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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Taipei is generally safe. It is ranked 66th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
There are some areas with high density of pickpockets. Do not leave your belongings unattended and be vigilant while getting on a public transport, in overcrowded areas or in night markets.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Mugging and kidnapping are very rare.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
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 from a bank, hotel and ask to provide a credit card credentials. ATM fraud is also a risk, be vigilant while using the ATM and try to use those machines, which are inside the bank.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
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 : LOW
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
The threat of the national terrorism in Taiwan is almost non-existent.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Overall, woman travelers risk seems to be lower than in main European countries or USA.