Pakistan among countries named ‘dangerous’ for UK tourists

In Local
April 12, 2024

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has recently updated its list of destinations considered ‘too dangerous’ for UK tourists. Pakistan has been included in this revised list, indicating concerns about safety and security for travellers in certain regions of the country, the British media reported.

This year’s update includes eight new additions, raising the tally of ‘no-go’ countries and regions for Britons to 24 in total.

The primary objective of this comprehensive travel advice is to safeguard UK citizens’ well-being during their journeys abroad. The FCDO’s guidance spans a spectrum of potential hazards, encompassing issues such as crime rates, armed conflicts, terrorism threats, health risks including disease outbreaks, adverse weather conditions, natural calamities, and other factors that may jeopardise visitors’ safety.

The latest advisory from the FCDO strongly recommends UK citizens to steer clear of 24 specific countries or regions due to significant ongoing conflicts that could pose substantial risks to travellers. Notable newcomers to the list this year include Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Sudan, Lebanon, Israel, Belarus, and the Palestinian territories. These destinations are currently involved in significant conflicts that could pose a serious risk to visitors.

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The blacklist now encompasses Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Haiti, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Niger, North Korea, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

The current blacklist features a diverse range of nations, each grappling with complex challenges that render them unsafe for tourists. The listed countries and regions encompass a considerable portion of the world’s landmass, highlighting the extent of areas marred by instability and insecurity.

Alongside the ‘no-go’ list, the FCDO also maintains a red list of destinations where travel is advised against “unless absolutely essential”.

The listed countries and regions include all or parts of Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Laos, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkiye, Uzbekistan and Western Sahara.

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