Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Denpasar is an overall safe city. With a rating of 60.3%, it is ranked 83rd on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities. Crimes in Bali are largely non-violent.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
Pickpockets activity is high during the festival or any other celebrations. Generally, the risks of being robbed are relatively low, though following cautiousness is recommended all the time.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Denpasar is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Be aware of fake Arak (traditional Balinese spirit). It might be dangerous for your health as instead of alcohol, methanol is used for saving costs. Never use taxi services offered by touts. A probability of scams with credit cards is high in Denpasar as anywhere else in Indonesia. Widely known that criminals which use electronic “skimming” steal credit card credentials and pin code at some ATM’s.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Driving in Denpasar, you might accidentally violate the local rules, thus you should be aware of corrupted police. The fines in the form of bribes, which you can settle immediately, by paying an amount from 40000 to 100000 rupiah. Traveling in the open water be aware of pirates. It is a concern in South-East Asian waters and precisely in the Straits of Malacca. While traveling by boat, passenger limits are not always observed. Avoid any ferry or boat you feel to be overloaded. Be attentive using Bemo – as routes of this small buses are very complicated and the probability is high to get to the wrong place in case if you don’t speak the local dialect.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH
The potentiality of earthquakes and tsunamis is high, because of the location specificity of Indonesia. The eruption of the volcanoes might be a threat. We advise observing the latest updates on the Indonesian Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Mitigations.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Terrorism is considered as a worldwide threat. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time. Local authorities continue to arrest suspects of attack planning.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Denpasar is generally very safe for women travellers, use common sense and avoid suspiciously looking places. It’s advisable not to walk alone, try to keep in a group and do not leave any drinks in the bars or clubs unattended as drink spiking Is common, though less widespread as in the rest of the Bali.