Poland

Poland is top 10 of the biggest countries in Europe. It is boarded with countries such as Russia, Belarus, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Germany.  Stunning natural landscapes, wonderful resorts, national parks and protected areas, an abundance of architectural attractions, a huge cultural and historical heritage annually attract many tourists from all over the world. Poland has a wide variety of leisure activities.

SAFETY INDEX

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Generally, Poland is a safe country for tourists, although some areas are best to avoid or needed to be vigilant during the stay. SafeAround has compiled information from diverse resources make sure you have a safe trip in Poland and be aware of all potential dangers. Poland is the 17th out of 162 places of the safest country in the world.

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

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

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Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days. If you planning to stay longer you have to obtain a visa. Normally Polish government requires the proof of payment ability in order to be sure that you possess sufficient amount to cover your trip. Make sure your passport has at least 3 months’ validity from your planned date of return. Dual national visitors (Australian – Polish) must use Polish passport for entering and departing.
Zloty is the currency in Poland. SafeAround advises to use only trustworthy establishments like banks and currency exchange kiosks in the airport or ATM machines.
Throughout the year there is possible to experience almost every type of weather. During summer the temperature might be between 24 to 36 degrees Celsius. In winter months the temperature can fall below zero.
Main Polish airports are located in Warsaw, Kraków, Gdánsk, Katowice and Wroclaw. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.