Brunei among low risk countries for travellers, says report

Azlan Othman

Brunei Darussalam’s travel security risk has been classed as “low” in the 2020 annual Travel Risk Map released by International SOS, a travel security services company based in the United Kingdom.

Low Travel Security Risk means violent crime rates are low and racial, sectarian or political violence or civil unrest is uncommon. If terrorism is a threat, groups have limited operational capabilities, and acts of terrorism are rare. Security and emergency services are effective and infrastructure is sound. Industrial action and transport disruption are infrequent. The interactive map ranks countries’ level of safety across three criteria – medical, security and road safety.

The Travel Risk Map has listed the most dangerous countries, which could be ones to avoid if the unthinkable happens and a war breaks out. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Sudan are listed as having the highest travel security risk. For the first two categories – medical and security – countries are given a rating out of five, while road safety is rated out of four based on the mortality rate per 100,000 people.

Those visiting Europe, the United States (US), Japan, South Korea, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand all have the lowest chance of catching a disease while travelling.

Security threat is negligible in Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Slovenia, Greenland and Finland.

Travel security risk levels are considered low (rather than insignificant) in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland – on par with the rest of Europe, the US and Canada, China, Australia and New Zealand.

Travel Security Risk Map of the world, International SOS lists five categories of risk: insignificant, low, medium, high and extreme. According to International SOS, these ratings are based on “the current threat posed to travellers by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) as well as violent and petty crime.”

Other factors include transportation infrastructure, industrial relations, the effectiveness of security and emergency services and susceptibility to natural disasters.

Other 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 considered where they are of sufficient magnitude to impact the overall risk environment for travellers.