Is it dangerous to travel to africa or middle east as a white person?

How about a Latino, or asian?

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  • Craig
    Lv 5
    1 month ago
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    The colour of your skin doesn't make a great deal of difference, although there are certain countries where it could be more of a factor.  Basically, your safety as a traveler depends upon the country - not the region and not your colour.  For example, while most of the Middle East is okay to visit right now, Syria is not - no matter who you are.  The same could be said for some regions of certain African countries, like northern Nigeria or eastern Democratic Rep. of Congo.

    Your question suggests that you imagine white-skinned people are likely to be attacked in Africa or the Middle East because black-skinned or perhaps Muslim people are nearly all (or mostly) hostile to anyone with white skin.  While there certainly are people who are hostile to white-skinned people (or hostile to Spanish-speakers, or hostile to Asians) in every region of the world...such as in the United States, for example...there isn't any greater threat of that in Africa or the Middle East.

    There's a very high correlation between fearing that dark-skinned or Muslim people are all hostile, and harbouring prejudices against such people.  If, upon examining your feelings, you find that you are predisposed AGAINST such groups, then traveling among them is likely to be a very stressful experience that offers you very little reward. 

    If you're determined to go, it would be best to do so in a private or very small group with a LOCAL professional guide/translator who can treat you like a guest or friend, rather than as a tourist - even a live-in guest.  (Such arrangements ARE often available.)  Visitors to any land who hold prejudices against its inhabitants usually fare best if they can get to know a particular local individual and his or her family and friends on a personal level - than if they simply see and do the typical tourist things independently, or with a larger tour group.  It turns out that learning how others are similar to you, and how they differ from you as human beings, is more rewarding than taking in a lot of landscapes, architecture, wildlife, or holy sites.

  • 1 month ago

    It totally depends on where you go, and what you do.

    As someone who has worked in international aid / development, I've been to several African countries, and been in some risky situations. And yes, I've had some issues, including getting robbed. 

    Having said that, I've been robbed in a U.S. city as well. So bad things can happen anywhere. Crime is certainly not unique to Africa or the Middle East. 

    It depends a LOT on where you are specifically. If you go on Safari with other tourists, you're pretty safe. If you go alone to cities at night, or refugee camps, you may be at risk. 

    But there are some issues that are unique to traveling there - one is that if you're in Africa and you're White, you're going to stand out. People will assume you have money. Most of the time, the results of this are minor annoyance at worst - you may get a lot of people begging or trying to sell you stuff, they can be persistent, and you may get pick-pocketed. Violent crime is not particularly common, but it does occur. Avoid going out alone at night, and even during the day in some areas. 

    In many African countries, there is the situation where you can't really trust the police or military, so be wary. Cops or soldiers may try to shake you down for money. The authorities in some places are particularly sensitive to being photographed, or having pictures taken of official buildings or facilities. Taking pics like that (or being perceived as doing so) can land you in some hot water. 

    You also may find yourself carrying a lot of currency as credit card use is fairly rare in many areas, which is somewhat of a risk. 

    In the end, a sense of "street smarts" will serve you better than paranoia. 

    One tip is carry photocopies of your ID and passport with you, so you can give that to cops or soldiers who ask for it. That way, you don't put the original at risk in case they won't give it back or try to bribe you.

    Carry currency in two bundles - a smaller amount to pull out to make a purchase or something, rather than your whole stash so you're not flaunting a lot of cash. Don't wear an expensive watch or jewelry. 

    If you have a problem, call your embassy. In reality, their ability to help you is limited, but corrupt cops or others may be intimidated by that and back off. 

    All-in-all, there is some risk, but I wouldn't let it stand in the way of going there. Africa and the Middle East has a lot to offer, and while there are criminals, etc, there are far, far more people who are friendly, welcoming, and wonderful to meet. 

  • 1 month ago

    white people been going there stealing Gold and Diamonds for hundreads of years

  • Dan
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Hell, it's dangerous to travel as an african or a middle eastern person too.

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  • 1 month ago

    There are 54 countries in Africa some of them are dangerous for travellers, most are not. The US census classifies north Africans as "white" so there are already plenty of "white" people in  Africa. Similarly western Asians are classified as "white" and Latino refers to language origins and says nothing about skin colour. Many Latinos are "white".

  • 1 month ago

    Most Asia safe to visit, but most middle east not really safe because there are people do war there, and the Africa i'm not really know about them.

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