SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

The crime rate is low. Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs.

Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

Exercise caution on trains, especially on overnight trips to neighbouring countries, as there have been incidents of theft.

Store your valuables in a safe place, and do not leave your compartment unattended. Ensure that the door is secured from the inside.

TERRORISM

There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities. There is a potential for other violent incidents.

Targets could include:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.

ROAD SAFETY

Road conditions and road safety are excellent throughout the country. However,driving conditions may be hazardous during winter, particularly in mountainous areas, where roads can be winding and are not always plowed. Snow chains are recommended. In the event of an accident, motorists should make an official report to police.

Dial 140 for roadside assistance or 117 for police.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Public transportation is excellent.

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines

There is no international airport. The closest one is approximately 130 kilometres away, in Zurich, Switzerland.

MOUNTAIN ACTIVITIES

If you intend on mountaineering or skiing:

  • never do so alone and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • ensure that you’re properly equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back to camp
  • know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal
  • obtain detailed information on trekking routes or ski slopes before setting out and do not venture off marked trails or slopes

Special avalanche beacons can be purchased or rented to help searchers locate buried victims.