Europe is one of the world’s most frequently-toured continents, with a vast array of destinations appealing to all types of travellers. From the ancient cities of Paris and London to the wild forests of Germany and mountains of Italy, Europe brings a wide variety of threats to be aware of. If you (or someone you know) is travelling to Europe and you would like comprehensive custom-made travel security advice or access to our advice and support telephone number, please get in touch!


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The information provided by How Safe Is My Trip Ltd (England & Wales registered company number 10953024) is intended to help you navigate a dangerous world, but is not intended to replace common sense or entirely remove the risks associated with travelling. Unforeseen circumstances are an inevitability with travel and as a result not everything can be planned for. While we endeavour to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information, we live in a rapidly changing world where not all risks can be predicted or mitigated against. By making use of the information provided to you by How Safe Is My Trip Ltd, you acknowledge that any dangers you are exposed to by travelling are faced at your own risk. The information provided by How Safe Is My Trip Ltd should not be considered a recommendation in favour of any particular destination. As an England & Wales registered company, interaction between How Safe Is My Trip Ltd, the general public, and clients will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the England & Wales and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England & Wales.


How Dangerous is Terrorism in Europe?

While terror attacks in Europe have been the focus of worldwide media attention recently, the reality is that Europe remains a relatively safe continent to visit. The chances of being caught in an attack are low, and this shouldn’t put you off going on the vacation of a lifetime. For the cautious traveller, there are simple steps you can take to better protect yourself and advice to follow in the event of being caught in a situation. Get in touch to find out if our travel safety and security advice is right for you.


How Safe is Travel to Albania

Medium risk – Travel with caution

Albania is a relatively quiet and calm nation, and crime poses a relatively minor threat nationwide. Although organised crime is a problem, and can occasionally turn violent, travellers are unlikely to find themselves exposed to such risks. Petty crimes such as pick-pocketing can be a problem.

Although Albania has been officially landmine-free since 2009, care should be taken in remote rural areas as legacy explosives may remain. The Albanian-Kosovan and Albanian-Montenegro border areas should be treated with caution for this reason as de-mining has not been completed in these countries, and weather patterns can cause minefields to slowly move over time.


How Safe is Travel to Andorra

Low risk – Travel

Andorra is, unsurprisingly for its small size, home to one of the world’s lowest crime rates. The biggest dangers here come from heading into the wilderness of the Andorran Pyrenees unprepared, and as such travellers should seek advice prior to any trips of this nature.

There have been some reports of drink-spiking in Andorran bars for both robbery and sexual assault purposes, and as such travellers should keep a close eye on their drinks.


How Safe is Travel to Armenia

Medium risk – Travel with caution

Armenia is a relatively safe destination, although there have been reports of petty crime such as pick-pocketing and credit card “skimming”. Scams involving inflated taxi fares are also a problem, especially affecting foreign visitors. While organised crime is a problem, and sometimes leads to incidents of violence, this is unlikely to affect visitors.

Female travellers should also take care when going out after dark, and should avoid walking alone to avoid the risk of unwanted attention.

The Armenia-Azerbaijan border is closed, and frequently sees limited-scale military confrontations over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. With this in mind, travel to this area is not advised.


 How Safe is Travel to Austria

Low risk – Travel

Austria is one of the world’s safest countries, and the capital of Vienna is ranked as the 6th safest city on the planet. Despite this, petty crime can still be a problem and pick-pocketing and minor scams can be a risk in tourist areas.


How Safe is Travel to Belgium

Low risk – Travel

Despite a number of high profile terrorist incidents in recent years, Belgium is generally a safe country to visit. While crime rates are slightly elevated in Central Brussels, areas of Antwerp, Charleroi and Liege, this is typically limited to petty crime such as pick-pocketing. Muggings have been reported around the Brussels Gare du Midi/Zuidstation Eurostar terminal, Gare du Nord and Schuman, and as such travellers are advised to avoid walking alone at night and to keep valuables well hidden.

Along with several fatal terrorist attacks in recent years, Belgium is also home to key NATO and EU facilities, and as such is still considered a target for extremist groups. While the chances of a major attack taking place during your visit are limited, travellers should be mindful of what actions they should take in the event of an attack.


How Safe is Travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Medium risk – Travel with caution

Crime rates in Bosnia and Herzegovina are low, although there have been some reports of petty theft against tourists, especially involving pick-pockets. Local police are known to be helpful, although they may not always speak English.

One of the more significant risks in Bosnia and Herzegovina comes from unexploded landmines and military ordinance. It is estimated that as many as 1 million landmines still litter the countryside, and despite efforts to clear them it can still be extremely dangerous to travel off of paved roads and to enter abandoned buildings. Travellers heading to rural areas should familiarise themselves with what explosives and landmines look like prior to their trip, and if in doubt should steer well clear of any unidentified objects.


How Safe is Travel to Bulgaria

Medium risk – Travel with caution

Bulgaria is a relatively safe country, although travellers have occasionally been targeted for theft due to their perceived wealth. Care should be taken in particular when walking at night, especially in Sofia, and it is worth noting that non-lethal weapons such as tasers are commonly owned by both criminals and normal citizens. Deliberate car accidents has also been reported as a means of robbery across the country. Scams such as overpriced entertainment venues are also a common problem in Bulgaria.

Wild dogs are also known to be a problem in Bulgaria, and travellers should seek immediate medical advice if they are bitten. Medical facilities in Bulgaria may be more basic than those in your home country, and there have been occasional reports of foreign patients being deliberately overcharged.


How Safe is Travel to Croatia

Low risk – Travel

Violent crime is not particularly common in Croatia, however a scam involving overpriced entertainment venues (especially those of an adult nature) is increasingly being reported by tourists. Travellers are advised to be clear of all prices prior to entry, and should exercise caution. Petty crime is also known to be a problem, and you should keep a close eye on your valuables.

Landmines also pose a danger in rural areas of Croatia and it can be extremely dangerous to travel off of paved roads and to enter abandoned buildings. Travellers heading to rural areas should familiarise themselves with what explosives and landmines look like prior to their trip, and if in doubt should steer well clear of any unidentified objects.


How Safe is Travel to Cyprus

Low risk – Travel

Cyprus has relatively low crime rates, although petty crime can pose a risk. Drink-spiking has also been reported as a robbery tactic in some tourist areas, and as such travellers are advised to carefully guard their drinks. Sexual assault has also been reported in some parts of the island, and as such female travellers should seek advice prior to their trip.

It should be noted that the island of Cyprus is split between the South and Turkish-occupied North, and the border between the two is militarised and tightly controlled. While it is possible to cross the border, care should be taken and orders given by border guards and military personnel should be followed.


How Safe is Travel to Czech Republic/Czechia

Low risk – Travel

One of the main problems facing travellers to Czechia is that of petty crime and scams. In particular, rigged taxi metres, pick-pockets and counterfeit currency notes have been reported by tourists in recent years. The overcharging of foreign visitors in entertainment venues is also a common issue.

A more concerning trend in recent years is that of fake police officers, who have been reported to demand to see travellers’ documents and money with the intent to conduct a mugging. Caution is advised and if you suspect that you are dealing with a fraudster, insist on going immediately with them to the nearest police station.


How Safe is Travel to Denmark

Low risk – Travel

Violent crime is rare in Denmark, and the most common issues are pick-pockets and bag-snatchers. Theft from stowed baggage on buses and trains is also known to be a problem. There have also been occasional incidents of gang violence in the Christiania and Nørrebro neighbourhoods of Copenhagen, and where possible these areas should be avoided.

Terrorism is also a potential risk in Denmark, and the authorities have disrupted several planned attacks in recent years.


How Safe is Travel to Estonia

Low risk – Travel

Crime rates in Estonia are slightly higher than in neighbouring countries, and muggings and robberies can be a risk. Drink-spiking as a robbery tactic is also a known problem, and travellers are advised to closely guard drinks. Despite these risks, Estonian police are generally helpful and capable.

Road safety standards are particularly poor in Estonia, and care should be taken when planning overland trips through the country.


How Safe is Travel to Finland

Low risk – Travel

Finland enjoys low crime rates, although pick-pockets can present a threat in tourist areas and at transportation hubs such as airports. A scam involving fake “plain-clothes” police officers has also been reported in recent years, and travellers should be politely cautious towards anyone presenting themselves as such.


How Safe is Travel to France

Low risk – Travel

France remains the world’s most commonly-visited tourist destination and most trips are entirely trouble-free, however it should be noted that there are some minor risks associated with travel to France. Crime can pose a problem, especially in urban areas and even more so around tourist sites. Pick-pocketing and scams are unfortunately becoming increasingly common and can often be conducted by coordinated groups, and in certain neighbourhoods muggings can also pose a risk. Deliberate car crashes on French autoroutes have also been reported in recent months as a robbery strategy in some parts of the country.

Due to the elevated threat of terrorist attacks in France, do not be alarmed if you see armed soldiers and police patrolling on the streets. French police take their jobs seriously and are generally friendly and helpful. You are advised to carry official identification (such as a passport) at all times. While there have been several high-profile attacks in France in recent years, the risk of being caught in an attack is generally low. There are simple steps you can take to better protect yourself and you should make efforts to be aware of what to do in certain situations. Get in touch to find out if our travel safety and security advice is right for you if yourself or a loved one is travelling to France.


How Safe is Travel to Georgia

Medium risk – Travel with caution

Although the situation in Georgia has improved significantly since the Rose revolution in 2003, crimes such as mugging and robberies still pose a problem, in particular in urban areas after dark. Travellers are particularly at risk of targeting due to their perceived wealth, and should make efforts to avoid standing out as tourists. Sexual assaults, including by taxi drivers, are unfortunately still a problem, and as such female travellers should seek advice prior to travel.

The regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia should be avoided as the military situation in these breakaway parts of the country remains tense. The frontier between Russia and Georgia should also be avoided. Travellers should also be mindful of the risk posed by unexploded landmines and military ordinance left over from the 2008 war with Russia. Travellers heading to rural areas should familiarise themselves with what explosives and landmines look like prior to their trip, and if in doubt should steer well clear of any unidentified objects.


How Safe is Travel to Germany

Low risk – Travel

Germany enjoys relatively low crime rates, although petty crime continues to pose a problem. Pick-pockets, often working in coordinated groups, can present a significant risk and valuables should be closely guarded. Travellers may also encounter minor scams, especially in areas popular with tourists.

While there have been several high-profile terror attacks in Germany in recent years, the risk of being caught in an incident is generally low. There are simple steps you can take to better protect yourself and you should make efforts to be aware of what to do in certain situations. Get in touch to find out if our travel safety and security advice is right for you if yourself or a loved one is travelling to Germany.


How Safe is Travel to Gibraltar

Low risk – Travel

The British Mediterranean enclave of Gibraltar enjoys relatively low levels of crime and a police system modeled on that of the United Kingdom. The main risk to travellers in Gibraltar comes from scams, with fake customs guards selling “border tickets” to cars waiting to cross from the Spanish side. There have also been reports of assaults on pedestrians walking from Gibraltar into the Spanish town of La Linea late at night, and as such the use of taxis is advised for travellers making this trip.

One of the more common risks facing travellers to Gibraltar comes from the native wildlife. The famous Barbary macaques of the Rock of Gibraltar are wild animals and are known to bite. Travellers are also encouraged to avoid vendors selling “monkey food”, as feeding the macaques is illegal and carries significant fines.


How Safe is Travel to Greece

Low risk – Travel

While violent crime rates in Greece are low, petty crimes such as theft, pick-pocketing and alcohol-related crimes remain a problem. Scams targeting tourists are also a risk in Greece, in particular involving overpriced entertainment venues such as bars and clubs. Instances of sexual assault have been reported in Greece, and as such female travellers should seek advice prior to travel.


How Safe is Travel to Hungary

Low risk – Travel

Hungary is unfortunately home to significant reports of petty crime, including pick-pocketing and bag-snatching. Scams also pose a risk, and tourists can find themselves specifically targeted with overpriced entertainment bills and inflated taxi fares. Drink-spiking is also a reported issue in Hungary, for both robbery and sexual assault purposes. As such, travellers are advised to closely guard their drinks at all times. The Hungarian police have a good reputation, however communication may be difficult as most will not speak English. Travellers are required to carry photographic identification at all times in Hungary.


How Safe is Travel to Iceland

Low risk – Travel

Iceland enjoys some of the world’s lowest crime rates, although petty crime (especially alcohol-related) can be a problem in Reykjavik. The main risk to travellers to Iceland comes from nature, and visitors should seek advice and follow instructions in the vicinity of glaciers, geysers and other high-risk locations.


How Safe is Travel to Ireland

Low risk – Travel

Crime rates in Ireland are relatively low and mainly involve petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching, in particular in Dublin. The Irish Garda (police) are known for being generally friendly and approachable.


How Safe is Travel to Italy

Low risk – Travel

Crime does pose a risk to travellers to Italy and can range from petty crimes such as coordinated pick-pocketing through to more significant threats such as robbery. Scams are also unfortunately very commonly in Italy and credit card “skimming” is an increasing risk. A scam involving fake “plain-clothes” police officers has been reported in recent years, and travellers should be politely cautious towards anyone presenting themselves as such. Instances of sexual assault have also been reported in Italy, and as such female travellers should seek advice prior to travel.

Due to the elevated threat of terrorist attacks in Italy, do not be alarmed if you see armed soldiers and police patrolling on the streets. You are advised to carry official identification (such as a passport) at all times. There are simple steps you can take to better protect yourself from terrorism and advice of what to do should you find yourself caught in a situation. Get in touch to find out if our travel safety and security advice is right for you if yourself or a loved one is travelling to Italy.

Road safety is one of the most significant risks associated with travel to Italy, especially in the south. Care should be taken when considering overland travel in Italy.


How Safe is Travel to Kosovo

Medium risk – Travel with caution

Crime is a problem in Kosovo, and foreigners can be specifically targeted due to their perceived wealth. This can range from petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching through to more serious threats such as carjacking. Inflated taxi fares, especially in unlicensed cabs, are also a common problem affecting travellers. The presence of the EULEX international police force also means that corruption is relatively rare in Kosovo, and the police are generally helpful and professional. Political unrest can also pose a threat in Kosovo, and travellers are advised to avoid all large gatherings.

Despite tensions rising slightly in recent years, Kosovo still hosts a large NATO peacekeeping force to reduce the risk of outright conflict erupting. The Serbia-Kosovo border and adjacent areas should be avoided due to heightened risks. A more significant risk comes from landmines and other unexploded ordinance left behind by the 1999 conflict. It can be extremely dangerous to travel off of paved roads and to enter abandoned buildings, especially in rural areas, and travellers should familiarise themselves with what explosives and landmines look like prior to their trip. If in doubt, steer well clear of any unidentified objects.


How Safe is Travel to Latvia

Low risk – Travel

The most significant risk to travellers in Latvia comes in the form of petty crime. Pick-pocketing and bag-snatching are unfortunately common, especially in Riga Old town, around the Central Market and in transport stations. Scams such as extortionate bills in shady entertainment venues are also increasingly common, and travellers are advised to clarify all charges ahead of ordering, in particular in bars and nightclubs. Inflated taxi fares are also a problem, and reports of meter-rigging are common.


How Safe is Travel to Luxembourg

Low risk – Travel

Petty crime, in particular pick-pocketing, is generally the most significant risk to travellers in Luxembourg. Pick-pocket gangs are known to operate in Hammilus (bus station) and Luxembourg Gare (train station). Hotel lobbies, especially around Findel, are also known as hot spots for theives and pick-pockets. A scam involving fake “plain-clothes” police officers has been reported in recent years, and travellers should be politely cautious towards anyone presenting themselves as such.


How Safe is Travel to Macedonia

Medium risk – Travel with caution

Crime in Macedonia is generally limited to petty theft such as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching (including by children), and while armed criminal gangs do operate in some parts of the country, the risk of travellers encountering them is not high. It is worth noting that gunfire can be used as a form of celebration in Macedonia, and as such travellers should be prepared for sporadic and unexpected bursts of small arms fire. In such a situation, the risk of being accidentally hit is low, however you are advised to remain under cover where possible.

Although Macedonia has been officially landmine-free since 2006, care should be taken in remote rural areas as legacy explosives may remain. The Macedonian-Kosovan border areas should be treated with caution as de-mining has not been completed in Kosovo, and weather patterns can cause minefields to slowly move over time.

Political tensions remain elevated in Macedonia, and as such travellers should avoid discussing political topics. Border tensions, especially with Kosovo, can occasionally rise and as a result travellers to regions adjacent to the border should seek further advice.


How Safe is Travel to Malta

Low risk – Travel

Petty crime is the most significant risk in Malta, especially in the form of pick-pocketing and bag-snatching. Pick-pocket gangs are known to operate on bus routes, especially the number 12 and 13 buses between Valletta and St Julian’s. Instances of drink spiking and sexual assault have been reported in Malta and as such female travellers should exercise caution, especially in entertainment venues. Paceville has also seen a rise in alcohol-related violence in recent years, and caution is advised when out at night.


How Safe is Travel to Moldova

Medium risk – Travel with caution

Moldova presents a range of different security environments to travellers. In most parts of the country, crime, scams and corruption will present the most significant challenges. Inflated taxi fares and alcohol-related crimes are particularly problematic, and demands for bribes by police officers can make reporting crimes difficult. Being stopped by the police is a common occurence in Moldova, and police officers have the legal right to ask for identification on the street. This can also be used as an excuse to solicit bribes, and as such travellers should be politely cautious in their interactions with police and should avoid displays of wealth.

Travellers are advised to avoid the breakaway Transnistria region, as no diplomatic support is available within the self-declared republic. Security in Transnistria is mainly provided by militia groups of varying discipline levels, and law enforcement can be arbitrary at best.

Moldova is a somewhat conservative country, and as such lone female travellers and tourists from the LGBT community should seek further advice prior to travel.


How Safe is Travel to Monaco

Low risk – Travel

Monaco has one of the world’s highest per capita police presence, with one police officer for every 68 people. As a result, crime is relatively rare, although in recent years reports of scams and petty crimes have slightly risen. Counterfeit currency notes are a known problem in Monaco, and travellers should check their change carefully.


How Safe is Travel to Montenegro

Low risk – Travel

While Montenegro does suffer from criminal gangs, this mainly affects travellers in the form of coordinated petty crimes such as pick-pocketing, bag-snatching and scams. Gunfights between gangs, although rare, can also pose incidental risks to bystanders.

The Montenegro-Kosovo border and adjacent areas should be treated with caution due to the risk posed by landmines and other unexploded ordinance. It can be extremely dangerous to travel off of paved roads and to enter abandoned buildings, especially in rural areas, and travellers should familiarise themselves with what explosives and landmines look like prior to their trip. If in doubt, steer well clear of any unidentified objects.


How Safe is Travel to the Netherlands

Low risk – Travel

Petty crime poses a risk to travellers to the Netherlands, especially in urban areas. Pick-pocketing, bag-snatching and bicycle theft are particularly common in Amsterdam and the Hague. Scams also pose a problem, including ones involving thieves using fake police identification as an excuse to “inspect” cash and valuables. Instances of drink-spiking and sexual assault have also been reported, and as such female travellers should seek advice prior to travel. Certain neighbourhoods within cities in the Netherlands are known for more violent crimes, and travellers are advised to seek advice if they are travelling outside of common tourist areas.

Due to the elevated threat of terrorist attacks in Europe, do not be alarmed if you see armed soldiers and police patrolling on the streets. You are advised to carry official identification (such as a passport) at all times. There are simple steps you can take to better protect yourself from terrorism and advice of what to do should you find yourself caught in a situation.


How Safe is Travel to Norway

Low risk – Travel

Petty crime poses a risk in Norway, especially in urban areas. Pick-pocketing, bag-snatching and scams are increasingly common across the country, and the inner-east side of Oslo has seen an increase in crime rates in recent years.

More significant risks in Norway come from nature, with much of the rural country remaining wild and untamed. Wildlife can be dangerous, and travellers to the island of Svalbard should seek advice prior to travel.


How Safe is Travel to Poland

Low risk – Travel

Petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching pose a risk in Poland, in particular in large, touristic cities. Baggage theft is particular common on trains, especially sleeper services. Scams in the form of inflated taxi fares pose a problem, and travellers are advised to use reputable car services. Extortionate bar and restaurant bills are also occasionally reported by foreign visitors, and as such all prices should be clearly agreed before ordering.

Poland is a somewhat conservative country, and as such travellers from the LGBT community should seek further advice prior to travel.


How Safe is Travel to Portugal

Low risk – Travel

Theft poses one of the main risks to travellers to Portugal, with pick-pocketing and bag-snatching being a problem in urban areas. Crowded tram and bus services in Lisbon are particularly popular with pick-pocket gangs, and travellers are advised to closely guard their valuables. Instances of drink-spiking and sexual assault have also been reported, and as such female travellers should seek advice prior to travel.


How Safe is Travel to Romania

Medium risk – Travel with caution

Crime is a problem in Romania, and can range from low-level petty theft through to organised attacks by large, coordinated groups. Incidents involving criminals distracting victims while several people, including children, attempt to snatch watches and jewellery have been reported. Credit card skimming is also increasingly common in Romania. Scams such as inflated taxi fares are common, and travellers should keep a close eye on meter increases and only use reputable, licensed vehicles. At Henri-Coanda Airport, the in-terminal touch screens should be used to order an official taxi, and taxi-touts should be avoided.


How Safe is Travel to Serbia

Medium risk – Travel with caution

Crime is a problem in Serbia, and foreigners can be specifically targeted due to their perceived wealth. This can range from petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching through to more serious threats such as carjacking. Drug smuggling by organised gangs is particularly common in Serbia due to its geo-strategic position between Europe and Asia. Political unrest can also pose a threat in Serbia, and travellers are advised to avoid all large gatherings.

Landmines and other unexploded ordinance left behind by conflict pose a significant risk in Serbia. It can be extremely dangerous to travel off of paved roads and to enter abandoned buildings, especially in rural areas, and travellers should familiarise themselves with what explosives and landmines look like prior to their trip. If in doubt, steer well clear of any unidentified objects.

Serbia is a conservative country, and as such travellers from the LGBT community should seek further advice prior to travel.


How Safe is Travel to Slovakia

Medium risk – Travel with caution

Petty crime can pose a risk to tourists, with pick-pocketing becoming increasingly common in recent years. Credit card skimming is also a problem in Slovakia, as are scams such as inflated prices for tourists. Drink-spiking is a known risk in  Bratislava, for both robbery and sexual assault purposes. As such, travellers should be wary of drinks offered by strangers, and should guard their own beverages carefully. Police corruption is also a known issue, and travellers should politely insist on paying questionable “fines” at police stations. Minor banditry is also a problem on rural roads, and is known to particularly target foreign-registered vehicles. This can involve deliberately damaging tyres to stop a vehicle prior to conducting a robbery. Slovakia is a conservative country, and as such travellers from the LGBT community should seek further advice prior to travel.

Slovakian wildlife can be dangerous, and travellers to rural areas should seek advice prior to travel.


How Safe is Travel to Slovenia

Low risk – Travel

Petty crime such as pick-pocketing can be an issue in Slovenia, and travellers should guard valuables carefully. Slovenia is a conservative country, and as such travellers from the LGBT community should seek further advice prior to travel.


How Safe is Travel to Spain

Low risk – Travel

Theft is a problem in Spain, and tourist areas can be particularly targeted. Pick-pocketing is common, and motorcycle-borne thieves can also engage in bag-snatching attacks. Scams are also a risk, including inflated taxi fares and entertainment bills. Thieves posing as plain-clothes police officers also pose a problem in tourist areas, and travellers should insist on seeing identification and only pay fines at official police stations. All traffic-related policing in Spain is conducted in uniform. Drink-spiking and sexual assaults have been reported, especially in resort areas of Spain, and travellers should guard drinks carefully.

Due to the elevated threat of terrorist attacks in Spain, do not be alarmed if you see armed soldiers and police patrolling on the streets. You are advised to carry official identification (such as a passport) at all times. There are simple steps you can take to better protect yourself from terrorism and advice of what to do should you find yourself caught in a situation. Get in touch to find out if our travel safety and security advice is right for you if yourself or a loved one is travelling to Spain.


How Safe is Travel to Sweden

Low risk – Travel

Petty crime such as pick-pocketing is a problem in urban areas of Sweden, and violent crimes such as muggings can take place in some areas, such as Rinkeby in Stockholm or Biskopsgarden in Gothenburg.

The most significant threat in Sweden comes from nature, and rural travel should be undertaken with care in winter. Temperatures can drop to extreme lows, and in more isolated parts of the country help can often be hours away.


How Safe is Travel to Switzerland

Low risk – Travel

Although crime rates are generally low in Switzerland, petty theft, pick-pocketing and scams can cause problems for travellers. Geneva airport is particularly popular with coordinated pick-pocket gangs, and valuables/baggage should be closely watched. It should be noted that some Swiss vendors will print whole credit card numbers on receipts, and as such travellers should be mindful of disposing of them.


How Safe is Travel to the United Kingdom

Low risk – Travel

Petty crime such as pick-pocketing is a problem, especially in tourist areas such as central London. Scams can also be a problem, and in particular tourists should avoid tickets sold by touts on the street. The British police are known for professionalism and friendliness.

Due to a number of incidents in recent years, it should be noted that the Guards Regiments (found wearing the iconic red tunic and bearskin hat across London and other Royal residences) are comprised of active-duty soldiers and carry live firearms. Protective duties are taken extremely seriously, and tourists are advised to avoid interfering.

Due to the elevated threat of terrorist attacks in the UK, do not be alarmed if you see armed police patrolling the streets. You are advised to carry official identification (such as a passport) at all times. There are simple steps you can take to better protect yourself from terrorism and advice of what to do should you find yourself caught in a situation. Get in touch to find out if our travel safety and security advice is right for you if yourself or a loved one is travelling to the UK.


The author of this article is a former British Army Intelligence Officer with several years experience working and living in Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific in a variety of geopolitical intelligence, travel security and corporate security roles.

If you (or someone you know) is travelling to Asia and you would like comprehensive custom-made travel security advice or access to our emergency advice and support telephone number, please get in touch!


Disclaimer

The information provided by How Safe Is My Trip Ltd (England & Wales registered company number 10953024) is intended to help you navigate a dangerous world, but is not intended to replace common sense or entirely remove the risks associated with travelling. Unforeseen circumstances are an inevitability with travel and as a result not everything can be planned for. While we endeavour to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information, we live in a rapidly changing world where not all risks can be predicted or mitigated against. By making use of the information provided to you by How Safe Is My Trip Ltd, you acknowledge that any dangers you are exposed to by travelling are faced at your own risk. The information provided by How Safe Is My Trip Ltd should not be considered a recommendation in favour of any particular destination. As an England & Wales registered company, interaction between How Safe Is My Trip Ltd, the general public, and clients will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the England & Wales and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England & Wales.