Is Greece a Safe or Dangerous Country?
Greece is a very safe country. It is ranked 39th on the ranking of world’s safest countries. All the risks listed have a small chance of happening, but as one of the top touristic destinations and a strong economic crisis, travelers may face some dangers.Pickpockets and bag snatchers are an issue in crowded subway stations of Athens and other cities, and near touristic attractions, so it is best to use a money belt or leave all valuables at your hotel. Violent crime is very low, there have been some reports of fights between intoxicated tourists near resort areas such as Korfu or Rhodes Begging is not uncommon in some larger cities, but not to a greater extent than in most other major cities, and you will rarely experience aggressive beggars. Some beggars are organized in groups. Be aware that flashing any cardboard sign very near to your body could be a pickpocket trick. Since the Economic crisis, some organized protests can lead to fights between the demonstrators and police force, it is therefore unwise to join any of these protests. Protect your personal belongings at all times, especially your ID and passport. Petty crime, like bag snatching and pick pocketing, is a serious problem around touristic areas and on public transport. In big cities, take the usual precautions (eg: not walking in parks alone at night, not leaving your bike or phone and camera unattended and not keeping your wallet in your backpocket) and you will most likely not encounter any crime at all while staying in Greece. For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Greece is a very safe country. It is ranked 39th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
There is some pickpocket-related risk in Greece, especially in the large cities. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Greece is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Greece. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Greece.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There are no natural hazards in Greece other than risks of drowning at sea.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Greece is a very safe country in respect to terrorist threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Greece is generally very safe for women travelers.