The world has been rocked by a series of terror attacks recently. From the city of Paris to the beaches of Tunisia. Now, many British tourists are questioning whether it’s safe to return to once beloved holiday hotspots.
Egypt was once a hotbed for British holidaymakers. But in November, a homemade bomb brought down a Russian plane over Egypt’s Sinai desert.
Thousands of British tourists were left stranded in Sharm in the weeks following and planes are still not travelling to and from the airport of Sharm until November at the earliest.
Once popular resorts in Egypt have become virtual ghosts towns as a result.
So where are the best places to holiday to avoid terror? Express.co.uk spoke to Consumer Director of HolidayTravelWatch Frank Brehany about what are considered to be the safest spots around the world.
Switzerland: The country has a tradition of neutrality, widespread bunkers and a heavily armed army
Frank says: “Castles, mountainous train trips & clean air are just some of the many benefits on offer.
"But whilst the Country is stable, the UK Foreign Office warns that there may be ‘indiscriminate terror’ attacks, but the country is considered to be low risk from such activity.”
New Zealand: One of the most secluded, yet developed nations in the world. New Zealand has a stable democracy and is not involved in any major world conflicts.
Frank says: "Think Lord of The Rings and you will realise the scenic wonders that await you! Interestingly, the UK Foreign Office have reduced the terror threat from ‘underlying’ to a ‘low’ threat. The country has a good Human Rights record and crime is reported to be low."
Tuvalu: An island nation deep within the Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is very remote and neutral. Its extreme remoteness helps it avoid becoming politically aligned.
Frank says: "This is the fourth smallest country in the world made famous by its coral but the country only rises some 4.5 metres above sea level! The terror threat is classed as low."
Fiji: The remote island nation of Fiji lies within the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. It keeps Fiji isolated from potential invaders.
Frank says: “Fiji’s coral coast and South Sea history is perhaps the ultimate draw for tourists. Terror threats are considered to be low along with reports of serious crime (for example serious sexual assaults).
Iceland: Whilst it is a prosperous and developed nation, it doesn’t have any strong ties to any of the combatants of a potential third world war.
Frank says: “Where Europe meets the Americas, it delivers the charm of Scandinavia in a unique Volcanic environment. The UK Foreign Office advises that there is a low threat of terrorism."
Bhutan: It’s unique location makes it an excellent shelter should conflict occur. Since joining the United Nations in 1971, it has maintained a Swiss like aversion to getting politically entangled.
Frank says: “This mountain Bhuddist country claims to deliver ‘high value-low volume’ tourism. The terror threat is classed by the UK Foreign Office as being low and the country is considered to be stable."