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SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip in Portugal and Lisbon and be aware of all potential dangers.
Is Portugal A Safe or Dangerous Country?Portugal is one of the safest European countries. Crimes rates are very low and often concern a few isolated neighborhoods. It is ranked 13th in the ranking of world’s safest countries. The main issues are pickpockets in touristic areas and mugging in some dangerous areas of Lisbon and Porto. Pickpockets are present in crowded streets, train, bus and subway stations, and bag-snatchers or thieves operate in restaurants. Beaches are also common targets for thieves: never leave any valuable unattended when you go swimming. While on the beach, always check the warning flags before going to swim: every year, people die from strong oceanic currents. If you travel by car, never leave any valuable in it – especially if it is a rental car: thieves occasionally operate on parking areas. 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. There is a national toll-free number for emergencies, the 112.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Portugal is a very safe country. It is ranked 13th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Portugal. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed. Take a look at the city maps to see the most frequent pickpockets locations.
MUGGING RISK : HIGH
Portugal 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 Portugal. 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 : MEDIUM
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Portugal. Watch out for pickpockets.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
There are no natural hazards in Portugal.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Portugal is a very safe country in respect to terrorist threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Portugal is generally very safe for women travelers.