In today’s world it’s not easy to know which destinations are safe to visit and which ones are better to avoid. Travelling abroad has never seemed as risky as it is now – whether it’s the journey to the destination, or the country itself.
While choosing travel destination, there are still some places in Europe according to the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) where there are ‘no or limited known terrorist activity’.
Safe holiday destinations: Terror threat levels across Europe for 2016
HIGH TERROR THREAT
FCO has put Spain on a high terror warning. This means there is a high level of known terrorist activity in the country.
On the FCO website, it reads: “The Spanish authorities take measures to protect visitors, but you should be vigilant and follow the instructions of the local authorities.”
The British government travel advice website went on to explain that in 2015, Spanish police disrupted a number of groups suspected of recruiting individuals to travel to Syria and Iraq. Some of them expressed an intention to carry out attacks in Europe.
It revealed further police operations have taken place in 2016 and Spanish authorities believe that a number of Spanish nationals have successfully travelled to Syria and Iraq.
France is also on high alert thanks to the threat from terrorists.
The FCO write: “Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamist terrorist groups, and recent French military intervention against Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL), the French government has warned the public to be extra vigilant and has reinforced its own domestic and overseas security measures.”
As with all public places – at home and abroad – the advice for tourists is to be vigilant in public places and follow the advice of local authorities.
Anyone thinking travelling to Turkey, Belgium, Germany or Russia should also be vigilant as they too have been placed at a high terror threat level.
Greece has deemed to have a general threat of terror to tourists.The government advice suggests visitors to Greece should ‘be vigilant and regularly review their security measures’.The FCO website goes on to list the most recent attacks involving explosives and automatic weapons. These were against Greek institutions, shopping malls, media interests, diplomatic targets and the police.
Cyprus, Italy and Sweden are also listed as having a ‘general’ threat. A general threat from terrorism means there is some level of known terrorist activity.Croatia has an ‘underlying’ threat from terrorism.
Portugal, Belarus, Ireland and Monaco are all banded under that same umbrella, although the FCO claims there is ‘a low level of known terrorist activity’.
There are places however that are still safe to travel to in Europe, the countries deemed to have ‘limited’ terrorist activity include the Czech Republic, Iceland and Latvia.
Estonia – neighbours with Latvia and Russia – has a low terror threat. The FCO say: “There is a low threat from terrorism, but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
If you’re looking for a little more sunshine, why not try Liechtenstein. Wedged between Switzerland and Austria, it’s famous for its medieval castles, alpine chalets and villages linked by a network of trails.
Similarly, the Republic of San Marino in North Italy (a microstate) is deemed to have an equally low terror threat.Lined with narrow cobblestone streets and oodles of historic architecture, it’s not too dissimilar to the joys of Italy.