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Is Taiwan a Safe or Dangerous Country?SafeAround advises you to follow normal safety precautions in Taiwan. However, as with any popular destination, there are some dangers to be aware of. The violent crime almost doesn’t exist in Taiwan. Among main crimes in Taiwan, there is common pickpocketing and bag snatching. There are also many scamming schemes. Main criminal part of daily life is concentrated in around barbershops and nightclubs, where prostitution does exist. If you approached a barber shop and you can’t see any barber cutting hair, that means you are in the wrong place.
Taipei Main StationThe area around Taipei Main Station is an area know for a high density of homeless. Violence is rare, but nevertheless, it is very seedy.
Yangmingshan National ParkThis area is magnificent and attracts lots of people, both locals and tourists. However, on your way back you can enforce lining up 40 to 50 min on a bus station, where numerous pickpockets used to operate in search of relaxed tourists. Be vigilant and do not leave your belongings unattended.
Kenting National ParkThis fantastic place is a magnet for tourists. Especially it’s popular among tourists from mainland China. This is kind of the place, where you shouldn’t go without a reservation of the hotel. As a result, the place has a high density of the pick-pockets. Be prudent during sunbathing on a beach and while getting on the overcrowded buses.
Shilin Night MarketA very chaotic place, where you can get lost in the labyrinth of food and stands that sell everything from food to trinkets. It is the biggest market in Taipei. There is known that some tourists got sick after eating food there. Also, be aware of the counterfeit clothes, widely selling on Shilin Night Market.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Taiwan is a safe country. It is ranked 81st out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
As a frequently visited tourist destination with more than 10 million visits yearly, not surprisingly that pick-pocketing and bag-snatching are common in Taiwan. Excessive vigilance in all public place is recommended.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Taiwan is a place where an occurrence of kidnappings and muggings are low.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
The most common scam is mixing cheap tea leaves from China with the premium Mountain Tea (高山茶) and pass it off as the high-grade tea. Credit card scams are common, there are known situations when a scam artists call to the victims and claim to be a bank employee or a hotel staff and ask to provide a credit card credentials. ATM fraud is also a risk, be vigilant while using the ATM, reduce the chances of being deceived and try to use those machines, which are inside the bank.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Public transport is very convenient and safe. Public transport hubs are often targeted by pickpockets and bag-snatching. There have been reports of clients being assaulted by the cabbies. It occurs rarely, but the possibility exists, so constant vigilance is recommended. Some of the taxi drivers, do not turn their meters and then when you reach your destination they will charge you a price they will deem fit.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH
Earthquakes are among the main risks in Taiwan. It can strike at any time and quakes measuring over 6.0 on the Richter scale. Typhoon threat exists, especially between July to November. We advise refraining from visiting the mountains regions during these periods.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Mexico has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Overall, woman travellers risk seems to be lower than in main European countries or USA.