13 countries Aussies should avoid

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has updated its list of countries which Australians should avoid. The travel advice for these destinations is simple: ‘Do Not Go’.

The 12 countries to which DFAT recommends Australians do not travel, in no particular order, are:

  • Afghanistan
  • Sudan
  • Somalia
  • Mali
  • Syria
  • Yemen
  • South Sudan
  • Central African Republic
  • Iraq
  • Niger
  • Libya
  • Chad

But is this really an exhaustive list of the the most dangerous countries for Australians? According to new research, a thirteenth country should be added to that list. Thailand has been revealed as the most dangerous destination for Australian travellers. More Australian tourists require medical attention in Thailand than any other country outside Australia. In the past year 168 Australian tourists have required hospitalisation in Thailand, which is an 8.5 per cent increase from the previous year. Injuries from motorcycle accidents, brawls and dehydration are among the most common causes for medical treatment.

There are obviously more Australian tourists in Thailand than in any of the countries listed on DFAT’s ‘Do Not Travel’ list, however, it is a timely reminder that even a fun tropical holiday can turn sour quickly. One of the best and most effective ways to ensure an accident or illness does not ruin your trip and leave you in debt is to take out travel insurance.

Would you visit any of the countries on DFAT’s no-go list? And does this new research make you wary of visiting Thailand? Or can those statistics be explained by plain old human stupidity?

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