How Safe Is United Kingdom for Travel?

United Kingdom
Safety Index:
77

The United Kingdom is the top tourist destination everyone wants to visit at least once in their life, whether you are visiting the green planes of Ireland, enjoying the famous Scottish culture, watching your share of rugby games in Wales or just mingling around London, it is the country to be if you are yearning for some new experiences and a different breath of Europe.

While it is a very safe country, it should be noted that it is filled with tourists, and as such it is a great place for pickpockets and scam artists to circulate, so this is an issue in popular cities and landmarks.

Apart from that, the United Kingdom is ranked 33rd on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries in the world.

Warnings & Dangers in United Kingdom

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

The United Kingdom is considered a very safe country. Even though there are parts that are dangerous and should be avoided, it is, for the most part, completely safe to travel to, and if you use your common sense, your trip should go smoothly.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Taxis and other forms of transportation are known to be very safe and reliable in the United Kingdom, as would be expected in such a developed European country.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpocketing is the most common form of street crime in the United Kingdom. It is common to a certain degree and there are even some locations known for pickpocketing being reported there mainly popular landmarks. Take basic precaution measures and minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

You can relax when it comes to natural disasters, because, apart from constant raining, there are no threats!

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

When it comes to mugging and kidnapping, the United Kingdom is relatively safe. However, you should be careful and avoid dangerous areas where you could get attacked.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

The United Kingdom has recently been targeted by a terrorist attack and it is now publicly announced that the threat to the UK is present.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Since it is so filled with tourists, it only makes sense that there will always be people trying to scam them. Always be cautious with people trying to distract you, help you with your luggage, or groups of people acting strange. Always check your change twice and negotiate everything in advance.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

The United Kingdom is mostly very safe for women to travel to. Just follow your basic common sense and general rules of things to avoid, and you should be fine.

So... How Safe Is United Kingdom Really?

The United Kingdom, like other popular European countries, is very safe.

Violent crime is rare and there is a very low probability that, as a tourist, you will experience anything more than petty crime.

However, some British cities and towns can be dangerous in some areas at night as you can run into groups of drunken people acting strange.

Crime rates in such areas are broadly in line with the European average (though there are significant variations between different parts of the UK).

You should avoid wearing football shirts or showing any kind of support for any football team because such shows of support might end violently since some rivalries are taken very seriously in the UK.

The biggest nuisance for tourists has to be the risk of pickpockets, so you should be very careful when visiting important city landmarks and tourist areas, or crowded places such as airports, train or bus stations, and public transportation.

Do not leave your valuables in plain sight or at a visible place in a locked car, and always lock the car when exiting the vehicle.

Pickpockets, as well as beggars often work in teams.

Another thing to watch out for is crossing the roads since every year tourists suffer from traffic accidents because the British people drive on the left side of the road which is highly confusing for people from around the world.

These are some of the risks tourists might encounter, but apart from petty crime and football rivalry, there are no reasons to be worried – just use your common sense and things will go smoothly.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Member countries of the EU do not need visas to enter the United Kingdom, as well as some other countries, but there is a considerable number of countries that do, and the procedure for obtaining a visa for the UK is of a high standard. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the United Kingdom. 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.
  • Currency - The British pound is the currency in the United Kingdom. Keep in mind that this is one of the most expensive countries in Europe and the prices of accommodation in London are skyrocketing. You should bear in mind that you will need about 100£ per day, including accommodation, and if you're based in London - 150£.
  • Weather - The weather in the UK is mild with cool summers, and heavy rainfalls during the year. The best time to visit is during summer, from June to August.
  • Airports - The two busiest airports are London based (Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport), and the third busiest is Manchester Airport, also the busiest of the non-London airports.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to the United Kingdom, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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United Kingdom Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 7° C
Feb 7° C
Mar 9° C
Apr 11° C
May 14° C
Jun 17° C
Jul 19° C
Aug 19° C
Sep 17° C
Oct 13° C
Nov 10° C
Dec 7° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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991215182123232016129
Low
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456710131515131075
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484854596470737368615448
Low
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394143455055595955504541

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6 Reviews on United Kingdom

  1. The UK very safe? LOL

    The United Kingdom is very unsafe, terrorists are lurking around every corner. Even chemical and acid attacks happen in broad daylight.

    1. Well you’ve obviously never visited, what a ridiculous comment. I have lived here my whole life ( 50 years) and have never witnessed an act of violence or terrorism.

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        Jane Doe says:

        The UK isn't as safe anymore

        I’ve lived here my whole life and there have been acts of violence, particularly in London where knife crime is on the rise. There have also been terrorist attacks (e.g. 7/7, Manchester arena bombing, Westminster). Manchester is going through a similar thing to London over the last year as well.

        You probably live in a rural area where everyone plays nice and is blissfully unaware of what’s really going on in the UK. Turn on the news sometime and see it for yourself, Andy. Or maybe spend some time in London, Manchester or other big cities.

        The UK is not as safe as it used to be and I have no doubt things will get worse come B****t.

  2. No need to overplay the risks

    It’s true that knife crime is in the headlines but it is in large part centred on kids involved in crime and you are unlikely to have a problem if you’re not buying drugs. As for pickpockets the big cities are the same as almost any big city, use your common sense and you’re unlikely to have a problem (I have travelled the world and never had my pocket picked anywhere). The UK is obviously a big target for terrorists but after decades dealing with the IRA we’re as good as anyone in dealing with the problem and hence the attacks are rare but get lots of publicity; you’ll need to be very very unlucky to see anything. The atmosphere isn’t great in 2019 because BREXIT has divided the country and caused ill feeling towards foreigners from one faction but that will pass when the debacle moves to the next phase in 2020. Go to the smaller cities and villages and you are almost certain to have a very safe and enjoyable visit.

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    Anonymous says:

    Weegies

    I feel you would be safer to travel to the Yemen than go to Glasgow.

  4. F
    FCBoomstick says:

    Utter nonsense. Safest country on earth

    That statement about football shirts is complete and utter nonsense. Football hooliganism disappeared in the 80s and 90s. If someone wearing a football shirt got beaten up its because he was drunk and being obnoxious to the wrong people. As with anywhere in the world, if you say and do things that will annoy the wrong person then of course it could end badly.

    Knife crime is only an issue if you’re in a gang and hanging around on a high rise estate at night. I’ve never ever heard of a tourist minding their own business and being stabbed other than in events of terrorism, e.g the London Bridge attacks in 2018. That is unfortunately a result of living in a Western society in the 21st Century and is not unique to the UK.

    Take Camden for instance – lots of night life and things happening, no need to feel unsafe; but there will be plenty of dodgy people around at night who will offer you drugs etc. The quality of said drugs would likely be awful (scammed) or, worst case scenario, you could be led down a dark alley and mugged at knife point. Trust me, this story plays out in every country on earth and its down to the individual tourist to not be a mug. I wouldn’t walk into Compton, LA, in the middle of the night and start asking around for drugs because I’m not an idiot.

    That’s not to say that British people can’t be some of the rudest people in the world, just that they won’t be beating you up any time soon (unless you went looking for it) and certainly not over a football shirt!

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