Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : HIGH
Chennai is the safest city in the whole country, though, there is need to be vigilant all the time. Travelers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
This is a real pain of India and Chennai is not an exception. Pickpocketing and bag snatching are very common, especially on public transport and near the main tourist destinations, beach area.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Kidnapping almost doesn’t exist. Mugging is not common.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
Unfair individuals or group of them desire to take an advantage of distracted tourists. Be aware of the Importing Gemstones scam, fast meter scam in a taxi and beg for mil or pen.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Taxi drivers know that you are a foreigner and do not acquaint with the local taxi fares used to refuse to switch on the taxi meters and call the price they deem relevant to call for their service. Be aware of pickpockets in the public transport, particularly while getting on the transport in the big transport hubs. Be especially vigilant on the overnight trains and buses. Do not accept any food or drinks as it may be spiked. Driving the rented motorcycle may be dangerous because the traffic is chaotic, driving standards is poor. If you decided to rent a motorcycle, be very cautious and use a helmet.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH
India is very exposed to natural dangers. Earthquakes, flooding, and severe storms are the main perils. If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.
TERRORISM RISK : HIGH
India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect tourists directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups are active in India, including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH
Sexual assaults do occur very frequent both day and night. Try not travel alone at all. Be in a group, avoid poorly illuminated streets and bars with intoxicated individuals.