Theresa May raised the terror threat to severe back in August 2014, but it has been raised up a level following the atrocities at Manchester Arena.
Severe means an attack is “highly likely“ and critical means an attack is “expected imminently”.
As a result of this, many Brits and other nations will be wondering where is still safe and some may even want to escape the country during these dark times.
So where are the safest destinations?
According to the Global Travel and Tourism Report by the World Economic Forum, Finland is the safest country in the world.
If you’re looking for a peaceful hub with the highest level of “safety and security”, the Northern European nation is the place for you.
Bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia, Finland is a great spot for a winter break and its northernmost region – Lapland – is home to Father Christmas.
Qatar was ranked the second safest country, followed by United Arab Emirates, which is bound to surprise some given their location in the troubled Middle East.
Iceland, which is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, came in fourth and Austria was named the fifth safest destination.
Overall the safest countries were predominately found in Europe, while the least safe were found in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Worryingly the UK didn’t even make the top 50, coming in as the 63rd safest country, below the likes of Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and Rwanda.
The US came in even lower and was ranked the 73rd most peaceful country. Meanwhile Nigeria held the lowest score for safety and security in the report.
Only 134 of the world’s countries were ranked and places like Afghanistan, Iraq and North Korea didn’t feature at all.
Below are the world’s 20 safest countries according to the WEF:
1. Finland – rating 6.7
2. Qatar – 6.61
3. UAE – 6.6
4. Iceland – 6.6
5. Austria – 6.47
6. Luxembourg – 6.46
7. New Zealand – 6.41
8. Singapore – 6.4
9. Oman – 6.38
10. Portugal – 6.33
11. Switzerland – 6.32
12. Hong Kong – 6.31
13. Australia – 6.24
14. Slovenia – 6.2
15. Ireland – 6.18
16. Belgium – 6.18
17. Netherlands – 6.16
18. Norway – 6.1
19. Sweden – 6.1
20. Germany – 6.06
Via Daily Star UK