Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A group of twenty travelers were arrested by Chinese authorities last week in
Mongolia on suspicion of having links to a terrorist organization.
 The wealthy, mostly retired group of tourists, who are British, Indian
and South African, were part of a 47-day organized tour of "Ancient China,"
and were arrested on Friday morning as they boarded a plane in the city or
Ordos.
 They had been visiting a nearby mausoleum dedicated to Ghengis Khan.
 While Mongolia is known for its petty street crime towards tourists
there has been little reason in recent years for travelers to avoid the region
due to security concerns.
Especially when on a guided tour.
 The US currently has five citizens being detained abroad with dozens of
others held without proper legal justification in the past decade.
In many cases, the prisoners were merely tourists in the country where they
have been held captive, whether by police or extremist groups.
 While some places are unsurprisingly dangerous for tourists to venture,
many high-risk countries may surprise you.
  The beautiful beaches of the DR attract thousands of visitors each
year, but tourists are often easy targets for various crimes including murder.
(Photo: Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis)Dominican Republic Stunning white
sand beaches and warm crystal clear waters attracts thousands of tourists to
this Caribbean paradise each year.
However the Dominican Republic can be a very dangerous place for visitors.
Foreigners are frequently targeted in criminal acts with reports of as many
as 39 tourists being murdered over the past three years.
The US State Department warns that the levels of professionalism within the
local police is likely to vary wildly from that of the US, with common
attempts to solicit bribes being reported along with incidents of them using
excessive force.
  Police patrol the streets of a gang ridden neighborhood in
Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Honduras now has the highest per capita murder rate in the world and its
capital city, Tegucigalpa, is plagued by violence, poverty, homelessness and
sexual assaults.
(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
HondurasThis beautiful, tropical
and historically rich country is located on the Caribbean coastline of central
America.
It is a big draw to American tourists due to its white sand beaches,
turquoise waters, lush jungles and ancient ruins, attracting tens of thousands
of visitors from the US each year.
But the country has incredibly high crime rates with 50% of the population
(around 3.
5 million people) living below the poverty line.
In 2012, the UN office on Drugs and Crime rated Honduras as the country with
the world’s highest per capita murder rate.
Just last year, a Canadian tourist and his stepson were shot and killed while
visiting the country.
 Related: 7 Ways to Stay Safe on a Cruise In this April 24, 2015 file
photo, an Egyptian youth carries a lit flare as supporters of the Muslim
Brotherhood gather in the El-Mataria neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, to protest
the 20-year sentence for ousted president Mohammed Morsi and verdicts against
other prominent figures of the Brotherhood.
Egyptian police are increasingly detaining activists and students in secret,
snatching them from homes or the street and holding them for weeks as their
families scramble to find them.
(Photo: AP Photo/Belal Darder, File)          
 
Egypt Despite Egypt’s long standing reputation as a
popular tourist destination,largely due to its spectacular ancient landmarks,
the country has become more and more dangerous in recent years for visitors.
With the high threat of terrorism and political instability leading to
frequent violent protests, the country’s main cities have become unsafe
for locals and tourists alike.
It has become illegal to photograph police stations, military facilities and
other public buildings and law enforcement is indiscriminate during times of
protest regarding who they arrest.
In November 2011, three American study abroad students, were arrested and
accused of being involved in the protests.
The three young men were detained in an Egyptian jail for over a week before
their release and deportation back to the US.
The US State Department advises against travel outside of the city of Cairo.
 Related: Are America’s Airports Really Safe? The mother of one
of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa college, holds a banner with the
portrait of her son during a rally to ask Mexican authorities to continue the
search for the 43 students kidnapped  by local police officers since
September 26, 2014 in southern state of Guerrero on March 26, 2015 in Mexico
City, Mexico.
(Photo: Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Mexico Almost 40
million tourists head to Mexico each year for it’s year-round warm
climate, spectacular beaches, turquoise water and ancient landmarks.
But the country is one of the worst on earth for kidnappings.
Violent, organized crime groups operating throughout the country have been
responsible for multiple car jackings, kidnappings, robberies and even
murders—many of which have involved US citizens.
In May this year the US State Department issued a Travel Warning to tourists
contemplating a trip south of the border, advising them to be extremely
cautious when traveling within the country.
Last year almost 1600 kidnapping cases were reported to authorities.
 Related: Is Mexico Safe for Tourists Right Now? Security forces secure
the scene at the site where two blasts detonated, one in a mini-van used for
public transportation, in a market area of Nairobi, Kenya on May 16, 2014.
(Photo: AP Photo, File)
Kenya With it’s spectacular
savannas, snow-capped mountains and unrivaled wildlife, Kenya draws visitors,
especially safari seekers, from all over the globe.
In January, the US Government issued a worldwide caution about the continued
threat of terrorist attacks from Islamic extremists across the globe and Kenya
was one of the countries highlighted.
Terrorists in Kenya have been responsible for bombings and kidnappings
involving US citizens in the past couple of years and visitors are advised to
be extra cautious when traveling to the country.
In April 2014, ISIS militants attacked a convoy in an attempt to kidnap a
foreign humanitarian worker and in 2011, two European tourists were kidnapped
and another killed within a month of each other.
  The Paharganj district is a popular tourist area packed with
backpacker hotels and restaurants near New Delhi railway station.
In January 2014, the Paharganj neighborhood made national news when a
51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped and robbed in the area.
(Photo: Vijay Mathur/Reuters/Corbis)
India Tourists to India are
expected to abide by strict local customs and etiquette.
As a visitor you are at risk from aggressive retaliation if these guidelines
are not followed, especially in more rural areas.
The country also struggles with anti-western terrorist activity that targets
tourists.
Past attacks have targeted public places and tourist attractions.
In February 2013, a bus bombing in a commercial area of Bangalore killed 17
and injured 119 bystanders included many foreign nationals.
Frequent reports of sexual assault on foreigners have plagued the country and
the US State department strongly advises against its female citizens traveling
alone there.
"Western women, particularly those of African descent, continue to report
incidents of verbal and physical harassment by individuals and groups of men,"
reads the State Department advisory.
"Known locally as ‘eve-testing’, these incidents of sexual
harassment can be quite frightening and quickly cross the line from verbal to
physical.
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  While some places are unsurprisingly dangerous for tourists to
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.
Related: 7 Ways to Stay Safe on a Cruise In this April 24, 2015 file photo,
an Egyptian youth carries a lit flare as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood
gather in the El-Mataria neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, to protest the 20-year
sentence for ousted president Mohammed Morsi and verdicts against other
prominent figures of the Brotherhood.
Egyptian police are increasingly detaining activists and students in secret,
snatching them from homes or the street and holding them for weeks as their
families scramble to find them.
(Photo: AP Photo/Belal Darder, File)          
 
Egypt Despite Egypt’s long standing reputation as a
popular tourist destination,largely due to its spectacular ancient landmarks,
the country has become more and more dangerous in recent years for visitors.
With the high threat of terrorism and political instability leading to
frequent violent protests, the country’s main cities have become unsafe
for locals and tourists alike.
It has become illegal to photograph police stations, military facilities and
other public buildings and law enforcement is indiscriminate during times of
protest regarding who they arrest.
In November 2011, three American study abroad students, were arrested and
accused of being involved in the protests.
The three young men were detained in an Egyptian jail for over a week before
their release and deportation back to the US.
The US State Department advises against travel outside of the city of Cairo.
 Related: Are America’s Airports Really Safe? The mother of one
of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa college, holds a banner with the
portrait of her son during a rally to ask Mexican authorities to continue the
search for the 43 students kidnapped  by local police officers since
September 26, 2014 in southern state of Guerrero on March 26, 2015 in Mexico
City, Mexico.
(Photo: Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Mexico Almost 40
million tourists head to Mexico each year for it’s year-round warm
climate, spectacular beaches, turquoise water and ancient landmarks.
But the country is one of the worst on earth for kidnappings.
Violent, organized crime groups operating throughout the country have been
responsible for multiple car jackings, kidnappings, robberies and even
murders—many of which have involved US citizens.
In May this year the US State Department issued a Travel Warning to tourists
contemplating a trip south of the border, advising them to be extremely
cautious when traveling within the country.
Last year almost 1600 kidnapping cases were reported to authorities.
 Related: Is Mexico Safe for Tourists Right Now? Security forces secure
the scene at the site where two blasts detonated, one in a mini-van used for
public transportation, in a market area of Nairobi, Kenya on May 16, 2014.
(Photo: AP Photo, File)
Kenya With it’s spectacular
savannas, snow-capped mountains and unrivaled wildlife, Kenya draws visitors,
especially safari seekers, from all over the globe.
In January, the US Government issued a worldwide caution about the continued
threat of terrorist attacks from Islamic extremists across the globe and Kenya
was one of the countries highlighted.
Terrorists in Kenya have been responsible for bombings and kidnappings
involving US citizens in the past couple of years and visitors are advised to
be extra cautious when traveling to the country.
In April 2014, ISIS militants attacked a convoy in an attempt to kidnap a
foreign humanitarian worker and in 2011, two European tourists were kidnapped
and another killed within a month of each other.
  The Paharganj district is a popular tourist area packed with
backpacker hotels and restaurants near New Delhi railway station.
In January 2014, the Paharganj neighborhood made national news when a
51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped and robbed in the area.
(Photo: Vijay Mathur/Reuters/Corbis)
India Tourists to India are
expected to abide by strict local customs and etiquette.
As a visitor you are at risk from aggressive retaliation if these guidelines
are not followed, especially in more rural areas.
The country also struggles with anti-western terrorist activity that targets
tourists.
Past attacks have targeted public places and tourist attractions.
In February 2013, a bus bombing in a commercial area of Bangalore killed 17
and injured 119 bystanders included many foreign nationals.
Frequent reports of sexual assault on foreigners have plagued the country and
the US State department strongly advises against its female citizens traveling
alone there.
"Western women, particularly those of African descent, continue to report
incidents of verbal and physical harassment by individuals and groups of men,"
reads the State Department advisory.
"Known locally as ‘eve-testing’, these incidents of sexual
harassment can be quite frightening and quickly cross the line from verbal to
physical.
"  Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
and Pinterest.
 Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
  While some places are unsurprisingly dangerous for tourists to
venture, many high-risk countries may surprise you.

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