Put together by global risk experts International SOS in collaboration with Control Risks, the map looks at different aspects of risk including medical, security and road safety, rating them across five levels from lowest to highest. The criteria used to define risk levels varies for each category and are quite detailed.
Security risk evaluates the threat posed to visitors by political violence (terrorism, insurgency and the like), social unrest, more general crime and wider factors like transport infrastructure, quality of emergency services and susceptibility to natural disasters. They’re rated from ‘insignificant’ to ‘extreme’ risk.
Medical risk includes not only countries but regions, evaluating the threat from health risks like infectious diseases, availability of medical care, environmental factors, access to quality pharmaceuticals as well as cultural, language and administrative barriers. Rated from ‘low’ to ‘very high’, there’s also a category that highlights ‘rapidly developing variable risk’.