Iran is safe

Iran is safe to travel at the same rate as the UK when it comes to security, according to a new interactive map showing the risk level around the world.


The 2019 Travel Risk Map, launched by global risk experts International SOS in collaboration with Control Risks, shows the danger level in each country and territory based on the current threat posed to travelers by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest, and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) and violent and petty crime.


Factors such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters are also taken into consideration.


The map lists five categories of risk: insignificant, low, medium, high and extreme. Very few countries manage to make it into the “insignificant” bracket; in Europe, only Luxembourg, Denmark, Slovenia, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Greenland are put in this category.


The majority of European countries are deemed low risk, including the UK; as are Iran, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Uzbekistan in the Middle East. Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand are all low risk too.


“Extreme” risk countries are almost exclusively in Africa and the Middle East, including Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan, and Somalia.

Iran is safe - Travel Risk Map
Iran is safe to travel

The map was released in conjunction with the Ipsos MORI Business Resilience Trends Watch 2019 report. The latter shows that a significant number of business decision-makers – 43 percent – expect travel risks to rise in 2019.


Although some 47 percent think risks have increased over the past year, this represents a 16 percent decrease from 2017, when 63 percent said the risk had increased. Alongside the Travel Risk Map, a Medical Risk Map and Road Safety Risk Map for 2019 have been launched.


The medical ratings are given by assessing a range of health risks and mitigating factors, including infectious diseases, environmental factors, the standard and availability of local emergency medical and dental care, access to quality pharmaceutical supplies, the requirement for medical evacuation and cultural, language or administrative barriers.


Iran is safe at the same rate as the UK, along with most of Western and Central Europe, which is designated “low” risk status.


Highest security risk countries







The central African Republic

South Sudan


The Gaza Strip

Part of Egypt

Part of eastern Nigeria

Part of eastern Ukraine


Lowest security risk countries




Norway (including Svalbard)

Denmark (including the Faroe Islands)





Cape Verde


Source: The Independent 

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    Iranian are wonderful and extremely friendly…

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