How Safe Is Poland for Travel?

Poland
Safety Index:
84

One of the larger countries in Central Europe, Poland offers a variety of landscapes, the main of which is the long Baltic Sea coastline, its great pride, along with picturesque countryside and an abundance of cultural attractions.

Poland shares borders with by Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

This country is so large in size that its natural regions can be divided into five major belts: coastal, northern lake districts, central plains, south-eastern highlands, and southern mountains.

Apart from the coastline, another natural attraction in Poland is its picturesque countryside which is still unspoiled to some extent.

You can go through Poland and encounter breathtaking primeval forests, mountain ranges, secluded valleys, meadows, lakes, and organic and traditional farms.

Surrounded by this abundance of nature, visitors have many options when it comes to activities such as bird watching, cycling or horseback riding.

As for culture, Poland (and especially its countryside) is filled with churches, museums, ruins, palaces and adorable traditional ceramic and basket-making workshops.

Warnings & Dangers in Poland

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Generally, Poland is a very safe country to travel to. Still, never let your guard down, and be wary of pickpockets and scammers since their activities increased in the past couple of years.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Public transport and taxis are safe and reliable, but it is recommended that you be very careful with your valuables in public transport, since that's where organized pickpockets operate. Also, be careful with taxi drivers using numerous tricks and scams to try and overcharge you.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpocketing and bag snatching are common in tourist landmarks and crowded areas. Be vigilant at all times and never leave your belongings in plain sight. Be careful in crowded areas, in railway and bus stations and especially in public transport, since pickpockets often work in teams, and make artificial crowds around tourists in order to steal from them, or try to distract people as a trick to pick their pockets.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There are no threats of natural disasters in Poland. During spring there are occasional floods and during winter there are snowstorms and heavy snowfall. Be cautious when driving during the winter period.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

You shouldn't worry about being mugged or kidnapped in Poland since it rarely if ever occurs.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Even though there haven't been any terrorist attacks in Poland's recent history, they shouldn't be ruled out, so remain aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Scams are very common in Poland. There are credit card scams with someone calling you on the phone in your hotel room claiming they're the receptionist asking to confirm your credit card details; also be wary of taxi drivers trying to charge you double or convince you that you haven't paid enough (showing you smaller bills instead of the ones you paid with). Be wary of people claiming they're the police, and get familiar with Polish police uniforms.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Women traveling solo are completely safe in Poland. If you have your wits with you and follow your common sense, avoid dark and desert alleys or walking alone with strange people at night, your trip should go smoothly.

So... How Safe Is Poland Really?

Poland is a safe country to travel to.

It is getting more and more visitors each year, and its tourism has generally increased especially after joining the European Union in 2004.

However, petty crime has also increased with the influx of tourists.

Be wary of pickpockets bumping into you on the streets, or at the beach, and generally be careful with your valuables, especially in crowded places.

Pickpockets usually work in an organization, so they either create a distraction while someone else steals something from you, or they create artificial crowds on public transport.

Apart from pickpockets, you can easily get scammed in Poland.

There is a number of scams to watch out for like credit card scams where someone wakes you up early in the morning by calling you on your hotel room phone, claiming they’re the receptionist calling to verify your credit card information.

After you read out your credit card number and other details and return back to sleep, they steal everything from your card.

Also, be careful when taking a taxi, since taxi drivers have been known to cheat by insisting you didn’t pay enough, in the meantime having hidden the money you actually paid and showing you smaller bills.

Some might agree on one price and then charge you double once you arrive at your destination.

Also, watch out for “fake officers” claiming to be police and trying to extort money from you.

Get familiar with real uniforms of Polish police, because it’s easy to be tricked when you don’t know how the real police officers look like.

How Does Poland Compare?

CountrySafety Index
Poland84
Morocco54
Austria92
Spain83
Botswana77
Finland86
Hungary83

Useful Information

  • Visas - Most countries do not need a visa for any stays shorter than 90 days. Any longer than that, you might have to obtain a visa. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months from your planned date of return. However, if you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Zloty is the official currency in Poland. ATMs are widely available throughout the country and credit cards are accepted in most establishments such as hotels and restaurants.
  • Weather - Poland's has a temperate climate which is characterized by relatively cold winters and warm summers. The climate in Poland is greatly influenced by cold polar air from Scandinavia and Russia, as well as warmer, sub-tropical air from the south.
  • Airports - Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport is Poland's busiest and biggest airport, located in the Włochy district of Warsaw, Poland's capital.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Poland, since it covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Poland Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -2° C
Feb -1° C
Mar 3° C
Apr 9° C
May 14° C
Jun 17° C
Jul 19° C
Aug 19° C
Sep 14° C
Oct 9° C
Nov 3° C
Dec -1° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
1271419222424191362
Low
°C
-5-4-138111313940-3
High
°F
343645576672757566554336
Low
°F
232530374652555548393227

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41 Reviews on Poland

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    David P. says:

    Amazing Country

    Poland is absolutely beautiful and one of the safest places I feel I have traveled to in the last 10 years. I remember growing up I had a school friend who came to America with his family from Poland and he always mentioned going back as nothing compared to his home country. I understand why. My wife and I visited late this summer and are going back next year.

  2. Authoritarian country

      1. No I don’t mean Russia

        1. Probably the safest country in Europe – has very few non-europeans.

    1. That’s a good thing compared to what we suffer in the USA!

    2. USA is.Not Poland for sure.

  3. Lgbtq people

    Quick notice for lgbtq people, poland has made its entire country a lgbtq free-zone. PLEASE BE SAFE!

    1. that is not true, only in the east of poland there are some provinces which are lgbt free zones, but for example Warsaw is very liberal, and majority of people there tolerate lgbt people, the president of Warsaw included

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      Richard says:

      This lgbt free zones are not what you think they are. They means something like ‘here you will not see any rainbow flags, we will not treat you better just because you are lgbt.’ That’s all. There is no risk for any lgbt people there.

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        Dinsdale says:

        Bullshit. If that were true then what would be the damn point? Are people that bothered by flags? And preferential treatment for LGBT people? As if that happens. I’m not gay, and I’ve always wanted to visit Poland. This appalling bullshit has put me right off.

        1. Lack of flags and acknowledgment is to prevent indoctrination. No one will hurt gay people here unless they start getting uppity…

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            Westboro Bro says:

            Yeah because being indoctrinated by gay people is a huge problem. What is wrong with you? Those uppity gay people act like they have human rights. They do. I know a lot of gay people who are awesome and funny. Never met a homophobe who is awesome and funny. Usually dumb. Can’t travel to this country while they’re doing this all the time. Not because I’m LGBT, I’m not……

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            Anonymous says:

            No one is aking you to come to Poland hahaha, you better back off and saty in your unsafe country

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          Margaret says:

          Excellent place to vacation with family.

          People like you want special treatment and it’s not OK!!! Here in Marxist America, we can’t even fly our American Flag because it offends people.

          I don’t care what you do in your bedroom! Most people mind their own business because we don’t care, we have our own stuff to deal with! I don’t like an ideology shoved down my throat!!! So please stop! Nobody cares!! I think I made myself clear!

        3. If you don’t respect our Country and our heritage,you are not welcome here.Our country- our rules.Please go visiting somewhere else.Thank you.ohh one more think ,communism agitation in Poland is prohibited as well.

    3. Not true

      It’s fake made popular by one man who wants to harm the ruling gov. There’s nothing like this in Poland

    4. I’ve been violently attacked in eastern Poland for holding hands with my LGBT partner. Avoid eastern Poland. Western Poland is probably safe

      1. good for everyone except LGBT people

        oh man, in the name of my country, i’m sorry. It really isn’t safe here for LGBT people. You won’t be murdered, but the chances of being harassed and even attacked are high. Big cities are safer, but never 100% safe. To feel free as a gay person, this unfortunately isn’t yet the country to do it. But we’re slowly becoming better!!!

    5. Eastern Poland only

      I’ve been assaulted on the streets of eastern Poland holding hands with my lgbt partner. Eastern Poland is not safe for lgbt people. Western Poland is probably safe though.

    6. Sam, it is not true. LGBT free-zone is a project of polish LGBT activist who prepared “LGBT free zone” logo, put it in various places and took photos of it to create fake news about LGBT free zones. Then he claimed it is “artistic project”.

      There are few villages in Poland who voted for laws which locally “protect traditional families”, but it does not have any power, as local governments are very weak in Poland.

      If you are visible LGBT some people may be rude to you in east part and poor villages, in bigger cities and West/North part you will be fine. Physical assaults are extremely rare.

    7. There are unfortunately lots of insanely conservative people in Poland but there is no lgbt free zone and I’d say there is no risk for lgby people.

    8. Nonsense. No such thing in Poland as LGBT free zones. It’s fake news created by government opposition and idiots like you.

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        Colin Walker says:

        Then why did the EU withhold EU money to regions that declared themselves LGBT+ free zones?
        It is only in recent weeks that regions like the ones below backed down so they could receive the funds from the EU.
        The southern region of Małopolska
        The southeastern provinces of Lublin and Podkarpackie
        The eastern Swietokrzyskie region

        The full list of Powiats (regions) and Gminas (Districts) is below

        Powiat białostocki
        Powiat bielski
        Powiat dębicki
        Powiat jarosławski
        Powiat kielecki
        Powiat kolbuszowski
        Powiat krasnostawski
        Powiat leski
        Powiat limanowski
        Powiat lubaczowski
        Powiat lubelski
        Powiat łańcucki
        Powiat łowicki
        Powiat łukowski
        Powiat mielecki
        Powiat nowotarski
        Powiat opoczyński
        Powiat przasnyski
        Powiat przysuski
        Powiat puławski
        Powiat radomski
        Powiat radzyński
        Powiat rawski
        Powiat rycki
        Powiat sztumski
        Powiat świdnicki
        Powiat tarnowski
        Powiat tatrzański
        Powiat tomaszowski
        Powiat wieluński
        Powiat włoszczowski
        Powiat zamojski

        Gminas
        Gromnik (gmina)
        Istebna (gmina), revoked by a court ruling
        Jordanów (gmina wiejska)
        Klwów (gmina),revoked by a court ruling.
        Kraśnik,[95] withdrawn by city council in April 2021
        Lipinki (gmina)
        Łososina Dolna (gmina)
        Niebylec (gmina)
        Serniki (gmina),[100] revoked by a court ruling.
        Szerzyny (gmina)
        Trzebieszów (gmina)
        Tuchów
        Tuszów Narodowy (gmina)
        Urzędów (gmina)
        Zakrzówek (gmina)
        Skierniewice
        Radziechowy-Wieprz, repealed in October 2020 by the voivode of the Silesian Voivodeship, Jarosław Wieczorek

        Times will change but we have to tell the truth for that to happen.

        By the way, I have lived in Poland for 21 years now and it is an amazing country that runs deep in my soul and you will be hard-pressed to find another modern European country with the same diversity of fora and flora as Poland has.

  4. Poland is not only safe, but very courteous and patient with foreigners (which Is more than I can say about France and the US). Very often if you ask them for directions they’ll guide you or walk with you. How can you rate this country’s safety (with 1 star), if you’ve never been (Dinsdale, yeah, you)? They may not understand you, or agree with you, but not only you’ll be safe, you’ll be treated fairly. I just wish every country was as safe, courteous , and as tolerant as Poland! You want some special LGBT attention? Go to San Francisco or LA, good luck being safe there!

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      NotFromMinnesotaUS says:

      Havent Been there, But the people seem amazing!

      Hey KitKat, and Many of you other reviewers (But not the awful LBGQ antagonist person).. You all sound awesome, Never really thought of going to poland until I saw Something about the Salt-mine.. Wielicska I believe it is called (Plz. forgive any mispelling)… Then I started reading these reviews on travelsafe abroad… You people sound amazing (not the antagonist). I would super love to visit, Poland sounds amazing and I dig the way you guys (90% of the people in this review chat) roll! I Hope, when I finally make it there, I share a random smile or hello w/one of you all! (And for some reason..) if you ever get the inkling to come to the U.S. Minnesota isn’t bad…. There are some conservative small towns/villages… some liberal big ones…. but all in all I like to think the people there are very welcoming and kind also for the most part (The weather is colder though… One of the other things that turned me on about Poland is the temperate winters 😛 1 degree celsius is a beautiful temperature). In any case, Much Love, Stay Chill, and Many Blessings!

  5. E
    EvilWhiteMan says:

    Cold as ice

    Who has a colder personality? North Poles or South Poles?

  6. Poland od very safe country

    Poland is a very safe country. It is a country much safer than Germany, France and Great Britain.

  7. A
    Anonymous says:

    Poland seems like a fairly good European country many towns and cities to go to

  8. t
    tourist says:

    Poland is a safe country. Love the food!

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      French Fries says:

      French Fries

      Well Snaps… Went From Salt Mines to Poland to Polish Food…. Pardon my ignorance, I am still learning, but in thinking (at this exact moment) what I know about polish food… all I can think of is Polish Sausage (Which most likely isn’t even from Poland like French Fries aren’t from France! 😛 ) Hey Tourist, What is your favorite Dish?

  9. Love Poland God bless

    Poland is a wonderful country. it was rebuilt after WW11 and it will stand firm on morality and the traditional family principles. If you have other ways to live than this, find another country that meets your needs. Poland will not change. Why should it? God is for Poland.

  10. K
    Kornelia says:

    overall safe and very beautiful country but really anti-LGBT, keep that in mind.

    1. and that is a good thing 🙂
      btw, islam is right about lgbt. if you dont agree you’re racist.

  11. F
    Frederić Chopin says:

    Poland has the greatest music and the largest castle in the world

  12. Safe, unless you're non-white or gay

    Safe, unless you’re non-white or gay. Highly racist and homophobic society.

  13. You guys are hilarious I love the comments I am going to Poland soon and I think it’s gonna be awesome

  14. A
    Anonymous says:

    Never had any problem

  15. Sorry, but you are overoptimistic. A front country with several million of war refuges from Ukraine is not as safe as Germany or Finland which have nearly the same score. Additionally, there are gangs of football hooligans which terrorize whole cities and go unpunished as the police and courts are extremely corrupted. Finally, I you get sick or have an accident, better seek help abroad because the health service is totally inefficient and hardly anyone speak there English.

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