What are some of the safest countries for LGBTQ+ travellers?

Updated June 4, 2024 by Michelle Charbonneau

Fresh for 2024, we have curated a list of some of the safest and most inclusive destinations for LGBTQ+ travellers.

While these destinations are generally safe for LGBTQ+ travellers, it’s important to note that experiences may vary depending on the specific location and individuals encountered. It’s always advisable to exercise basic precautions and research local laws and customs before travelling to any destination.

Foreign laws and customs related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) can be very different from those in Canada, and it’s strongly recommended to reference the Government of Canada Website prior to travel: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/lgbt-travel

Here are a few destinations that are considered some of the safest in the world to travel to as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.


Canadian gay pride flag waving on wind. Canada LGBT community banner blowing.

Canada is a safe place to travel for LGBTQ+ individuals due to its widespread acceptance and inclusive society. Same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide since 2005, and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited by law.

Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver have vibrant LGBTQ+ communities, and numerous organizations advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. The biggest pride event happens in Toronto every June, along with other big festivals and celebrations throughout the country.




New Zealand was rated very high for safe LGBTQ+ travellers. Anti-descrimination laws were put in place in the 1990’s, and same-sex marriage laws have been in place for over a decade. A trip down under will offer our LGBTQ+ travellers beautiful sights such as Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Milford Sound / Piopiotahi, and of course the ever famous Hobbiton Movie set tours. For those looking for the ultimate adventure, New Zealand boasts fun activities like bungee jumping, skydiving and rafting! LGBTQ+ travellers are sure to find a relaxed and friendly scene throughout New Zealand, with plenty of jaw-dropping nature scenes.

Reference: https://www.travelgay.com/essential-guide-new-zealand 


For our LGBTQ+ travellers who don’t mind a trip to colder climates, a visit to Switzerland will embrace them. Zurich offers LGBTQ+ travellers an active queer scene, with many festivities, bars, cafes and Pride Month events. In fact, Europe’s oldest Gay bar, the Barfüsser, can be found in Niederdorf. Attractions in Switzerland include: The Matterhorn, Rhine Falls and The Swiss National Park.

Reference: https://www.zuerich.com/en/visit/lgbt-zurich 


Another colder destination for our LGBTQ+ travellers is Iceland! One of the most popular places for travellers in the last several years, Iceland boasts not only a welcoming atmosphere for LGBTQ+ travellers, but also some amazing sights! Iceland also has multiple festivals and a vibrant array of social spots for LGBTQ+ folks looking to celebrate and make connections while overseas. Be sure to check out Kiwi Queer Bar and the beautiful rainbow street in Seyðisfjörður!

Reference: https://www.visiticeland.com/article/lgbt-iceland


Gozo - Malta

In 2017, Malta became the first European country to outlaw conversion therapy, demonstrating its commitment to protecting the LGBTQ+ community. The country also has comprehensive anti-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected grounds.

Malta hosts various LGBTQ+ events throughout the year, including Pride celebrations and the Malta International Arts Festival, which showcases queer artists and performances. The capital city, Valletta, offers LGBTQ+-friendly venues such as bars, clubs, and hotels, while the island of Gozo has its own queer community.



Norway is generally regarded as a good place to travel to as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Since 2009, Norway has had anti-discrimination laws and gender neutral marriage laws in place. Oslo in particular is well known for being incredibly accepting and boasts a diverse queer scene with numerous bars, cafes and festivities alike. Annual festivals include Pride parade and Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival.



Spain can offer LGBTQ+ travellers an array of intriguing destinations and cities. Having been one of the first countries ever to legalize same-sex marriage (in 2005), LGBTQ+ travellers will also find Spain home to one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world.

Some top destinations within Spain include Seville, Madrid and colourful and artsy Barcelona! The northern region of Spain has also been receiving more traction, with tourists wanting to visit the mountains and get a taste of Spain’s cooler climate.

Reference: https://www.iglta.org/destinations/europe/spain/

We hope you find this guide useful in planning your journeys for 2024 and beyond! Contact our agency today to help you plan your dream trip, whether it is with a group of friends or a solo adventure!