According to Safearound danger rankings, Croatia is the 19th safest country in the world! Statistically, it is safer than the US and UK. Yes, you heard that right.
If you need more consolation, Croatia is given a “Level 1” travel advisory by the US State Department. Nevertheless, we are humans and we all want to feel safe at all times.
Let us see how safe it actually is to travel to Croatia and what are the things you should keep in mind when travelling to this country.
Common scams and other things to be cautious of in Croatia
Statistically, Croatia experience 4 times less serious crime than the US. However, when there are a large number of tourists during summers, there are many pickpockets on the road.
It is advisable to carry your cash, cards and passports either in a cross-body bag or keep them at your hotel in a safe and only carry what you need.
- Be cautious after dark: Like many cities, it is not advisable to roam around dark alleys in the night alone. You should remain alert for pickpockets on the streets and in public transports.
You should also steer clear of the area around the Zagreb Bus Terminal and avoiding Ribnjak Park and King Tomislav Square after dark. Plus, if you are on the beach, then be cautious of petty thefts around that area.
- “Rosemary” scam: Here, a woman will approach you with a sprig of rosemary and will offer it to you for free. She will claim it is for good luck.
However, if you accept it she will demand money. If not she will cause an uproar and while distracted, an accomplice may pick your pockets.
Tips for staying safe in Croatia
- Public transport is safe: You will feel safe in public transport in Croatia at most times. Just be careful at night and also stay alert if you take the bus or train.
- Cabs and taxis: If you take the official taxis, then you can easily order a taxi from your phone without having to worry about being ripped off. The biggest taxi companies in Croatia are Cammeo and EkoTaxi. Ubers are also really safe.
- Croatia is great for solo female travellers: Croatia is a great country to visit if you wish to travel solo. Still, there are some tips which you can keep in mind like not accepting drinks from strangers, not walking alone in the dark and generally be vigilant of people around you.
Travelling to Croatia is as safe as travelling to any other European country. Just be careful of a few areas and be vigilant, and you will be fine.