After a truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on December 19, 2016 killing 12 people and injuring 48 others, many of us started wondering whether we really want to visit Europe at the moment…
The Berlin attack was “icing on the cake” for the terrorism-packed 2016, and now we must be extra careful when choosing our next travel destination.
45 countries around the world have now been rated “high” by the Foreign Office when it comes to terrorism.
“There is a high threat from terrorism,” The Foreign Office stated on its website after the attack in Berlin. “Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in public places visited by foreigners. The German government has announced that increased security has been put in place as a precaution at public buildings, major events, transport hubs and large public gatherings.”
So, which European countries, aside from Germany, are currently marked as most unsafe for visiting?
France suffered several severe attacks over the last couple of years. The Paris terror attacks in November 2015 saw 130 casualties, while on July 14 2016, 84 people were killed when a truck was driven through a crowd of people on the promenade in the city of Nice. Two days later, a priest was killed during a Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church attack in Rouen.
Three coordinated suicide bombings happened in Belgium on 22 March 2016. Two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels. 32 people were killed, and more than 300 people were injured. Another bombing attack was prevented when a bomb was found during an airport search.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.
This country has also witnessed a string of attacks over the last 2 years. Most “famous” ones happened at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, while more attacks occurred in the capital, Ankara, and the city of Gaziantep.
So Which Destinations Are Safe To Visit?
Countries around the world where the terror threat is low include:
- Czech Republic