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Is the Czech Republic a Safe or Dangerous Country?Traveling in the Czech Republic is generally safe, it’s highly ranked on the list of the safest and most dangerous countries. The Czech Republic is in top 10 of the safest countries on earth. Visitors of the country never faced any serious threats during their stay in the country, however, pickpocketing, petty thefts, bag snatching and ATM scams are possible. There is high pickpocketing risk on the streets of Prague as its main tourist destination. The way to the Prague Castle has the highest density of pickpockets in the region. Moreover, the most known smug is checking the authenticity of a passport or currency by criminals posing themselves as police officers using forged police ID. There are also reports of taxi overcharging. Taxi drivers don’t switch on a taximeter and name the random amount at the end of the journey, which is usually exceed the normal fare in 2-3 times. If you have the intention of travelling by car, there is a high risk of car theft in the Czech Republic. So, we advise using official and underground parking under surveillance both during the day and at night. Parked your car we recommend don’t leave any valuables in plain sight on a back or front seats in the car. Be particularly cautious with your passport. Don’t carry it with you all the time, it can be stolen and criminals might commit a crime using your identity. There are known scams in the currency exchange offices. It is essential to inquire beforehand the transaction the rate and the fees charged. Rates posted in some offices may reflect the exchange rate for big sums. The Czech Republic is very vulnerable in terms of strikes. It is common and often they might turn violent. Thus, protect your security and try to avoid any potential place where the demonstration may occur. For additional information, see city specific advices and articles.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
The Czech Republic is a very safe country. It is ranked 10 out of 162 of the safest and most dangerous cities. However, SafeAround to be vigilant and don’t leave belongings unattended.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
As a top tourist destination with more than 25 million tourist annual visits, not surprisingly that pick-pocketing is common in the Czech Republic.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
The Czech Republic is a place, where you are not likely to be kidnapped or mugged. Anyway, we recommend you not to accept drinks from strangers and avoid street touts, that are common in some tourist’s neighborhoods.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
There are scams with fake police officers and criminals which use electronic “skimming” to steal credit card credentials and pin code at some ATM’s. Overcharging scams are also very common, especially in big cities like Prague, thus don’t allow waiters or vendors make any transactions with your credit card on their own, as they can copy the credit card information. Keep an eye on your credit card all the time, while paying at restaurant, shop and especially in the bars. Scams with money exchange on the streets are known, therefore we recommend to decline the offer to exchange the currency on the street as it more likely to be a scam.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Pick-pockets operate in a public transport mainly in Prague. Taxi drivers are used to overcharging clients for their services. So, make sure before the ride that taxi meter is running.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There is flooding possible during the spring. Any other natural disasters are not common.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Though the threat from terrorism is low in the Czech Republic. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
On the whole Czech Republic very safe for women travellers. We advise to use common sense and avoid public drunkenness places if you are alone, as well as other silliness.Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days. If you planning to stay longer you have to obtain a visa. Normally Czech Republic government requires the proof of payment ability in order to be sure that you possess sufficient amount to cover your trip. For any other additional information, you can visit the website of the Czech Republic embassy.