Is Poland a Safe or Dangerous Country?Travelling in Poland is generally safe, it’s highly ranked on the list of the safest and most dangerous countries. Poland is in top 20 of the safest countries on earth. Visitors of the country never faced any serious threats during their stay, however, pickpocketing, petty thefts, bag snatching, overcharge and ATM scams are possible. We will provide the tips of how to eliminate the chances of being robbed and which areas are better to avoid during your visit. Generally, the areas in Poland with the highest crime rate are West Pomeranian, Lubusz, Lower Silesian, Silesian. Despite the crime rate is relatively high, it doesn’t mean that these regions of Poland are unsafe. That just means that you should be especially vigilant while visiting these parts of the country. However, in a big, most visited tourist’s cities like Warsaw or Krakow, there are some boroughs, which SafeAround would advise to avoid. For additional information, see city specific advices and articles Warsaw or Krakow.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Poland is a very safe country. It is ranked 17 out of 162 of the safest and most dangerous countries. However, SafeAround recommends to be vigilant and don’t leave belongings unattended. Use common sense while your stay in Poland as you would be in any other European country.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
As a frequently visited tourist destination with more than 16 million visits yearly, not surprisingly that pick-pocketing is common in Poland. Widely spread the situation when someone distracts you and the affiliated person commits the crime and steals your wallet or mobile phone. SafeAround’s advice is to stay aside of the bus or train stops in order to avoid being targeted by the group of pickpockets. Be aware of the being surrounded by big guys with plastic bags in their hands, as more likely they are pickpockets. In addition, be vigilant visiting the resorts on the Baltic seashore. During summer season cities like Gdansk and Sopot are the chief pick pocketing destinations. Be particularly cautious with groups of children, asking for food or money as they may be pickpockets as well.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Poland 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 using an unofficial taxi.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Krakow is known as a big market of stolen credit cards credentials. Thus in Poland, the probability of scams with credit cards is high. There are known situations of receiving calls into hotel rooms with hotel staff on the phone asking to verify the details of your credit card. Later on, the victim finds out that some amount from his credit card has been stolen and it turns out that the caller wasn’t the receptionist. There is also a popular type of scam with fake police officers who are under the guise of checking the ID’s additionally ask to show the cash in order to check its authenticity, whilst steal imperceptibly couple of banknotes. Widely known that criminals which use electronic “skimming” steal credit card credentials and pin code at some ATM’s. Overcharging scams are also very common, especially in big cities like Cracow and Warsaw, don’t be shy to ask the price of the meal or a beverage in the bar beforehand as afterward, you could be unpleasantly surprised.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Pickpockets operate in a public transport, especially in Warsaw’s public transport. SafeAround recommends to be vigilant and look after your wallet all the time during your trips in the public transport, mainly while getting on. Taxi drivers are used overcharging clients for their services. So, make sure before the ride that taxi meter is on. Some dishonest taxi drivers may overcharge you.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There are no disaster risks in Poland. During Spring there are floods possible. Winter season can bring heavy snowfalls and black ice on the road, high caution is recommended while driving at winter period.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Though the threat from terrorism is low in Poland. In light of frequent terrorist attacks in Europe. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Poland is safe for women travelers. We advise to exercise normal prudence and use common sense Whenever possible try to avoid public drunkenness places if you are alone.