Here are the worst - and safest - countries to travel to if you're LGBTQ+

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A new study has revealed the most dangerous - and safest - countries to travel to if you're LGBTQ+ (Picture: Getty)

Nigeria is the most dangerous country to travel to if you’re LGBTQ+, while Sweden is the safest, new research has revealed.

Analysis by travel blog Asher & Lyric has ranked 150 countries with the most international tourists to see which are worst and which are safest for LGBTQ+ travellers.

Its ‘LGBTQ+ Danger Index’ used data from a range of sources, including whether same-sex marriage is legalised, worker protections, protections against discrimination and propaganda or morality laws.

See the full list below

Asher & Lyric's Index lists the worst and safest countries for LGBTQ+ travel (Picture: Asher & Lyric)
Asher & Lyric's Index lists the worst and safest countries for LGBTQ+ travel (Picture: Asher & Lyric)

Nigeria, where homosexuality is a crime that can result in up to 14 years in prison, ranked top on the index making it the most dangerous place for an LGBTQ+ traveller.

At the other end of the scale, Sweden is the safest place for LGBTQ+ travellers.


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The UK sits at number 145 on the list, making it one of the safest places to travel to, while the United States is number 127, partly due to the fact that some states still prohibit the ‘advocacy of homosexuality’ in schools.

Here are the most 10 dangerous places to travel to if you’re LGBTQ+, according to the index:-

  1. Nigeria

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Nigeria tops the list of the most dangerous place for LGBTQ+ travellers (Picture: Getty)

Asher & Lyric’s research shows that homosexuality can be punished with up to 14 years in prison. Nigeria also criminalizes the discussion of LGBT rights.

  1. Qatar

In Qatar homosexual acts can result in one to three years in prison, flogging, or the death penalty under Sharia Law.

  1. Yemen

At number three in the index, homosexuality in men can be punishable with 100 lashes, one year in prison if unmarried and death by stoning if married. For women, the punishment is 100 lashes and up to three years in prison.

  1. Saudi Arabia

Desert safari in Qatar. Traveler man ride a camel on sand dunes of beach at Khor al Udaid in Persian Gulf. Tourist enjoys camel ride at sunset sunrays, a popular tour in Middle East, Arabian Peninsula
Saudi Arabia ranks fourth in the index (Picture: Getty)

According to the index, in Saudi Arabia homosexual acts as interpreted by Sharia Law can be punished by the death sentence, 100 whips or banishment for a year.

  1. Tanzania

In Tanzania, acts of homosexuality are liable to imprisonment from 30 years to life. Indecent behaviour linked to homosexuality can also get up to five years in prison.

  1. Iran

Punishment for homosexual intercourse in Iran can range from 31 lashes, to 100 lashes, to death.

  1. Sudan

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Sudan ranks number seven in the index of most dangerous countries for LGBTQ+ travellers (Picture: Getty)

According to the index, in Sudan the first two offences of sodomy earn 100 lashes and five years in prison. A third offence results in the death penalty or life in prison.

  1. Barbados

Buggery can earn life in prison in Barbados, according to Asher & Lyric’s research, while serious indecency - defined as any homosexual act - can result in 10 years in prison.

  1. Malaysia

In Malaysia homosexual intercourse can result in up to 20 years in prison, whipping and fines.

  1. Malawi

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Number 10 on the list is Malawi (Picture: Getty)

According to the index, in Malawi homosexuality can earn 14 years in prison for men and five years for women, with or without corporal punishment. Pro LGBTQ+ organisations are also banned.

To put the index together, Asher & Lyric looked at the top 150 most-visited countries in the world by number of incoming tourists, then examined LGBTQ+ rights by country.

They used eight factors to create the index. They were positive factors including: whether same-sex marriage is legalised; LGBTQ+ work protections; legal protections against anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination; criminalisation of hate-based violence; adoption recognition and Gallup poll scores, which asked people whether the city they live is a good place to live for gay or lesbian people.

They also looked at the negative factors of whether LGBTQ+ relationships and acts are illegal and propaganda and morality laws.

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