Alert – Travel Information for U.S. Citizens, U.S. Embassy Warsaw, Poland (March 24, 2020)

Alert – Travel Information for U.S. Citizens, U.S. Embassy Warsaw, Poland (March 24, 2020)

Location:  Poland

Event:  On March 19, the State Department advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  The State Department is advising U.S. citizens  travelling or residing outside the United States to arrange for immediate return to the U.S. unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period of time.  U.S. citizens are urged to take advantage of commercially-available options for returning to the U.S. while they are still operating.  Those U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States should work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  (See below for more information on how to purchase tickets on charter flights operated by LOT Polish Airlines.)   Please enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at

LOT Charters: LOT Polish Airlines is running a limited number of charter flights from Warsaw to Chicago.  If you would like to receive information about how to purchase a ticket on a LOT charter flight, please send the following information to this email address:

Your email subject line should be: Evacuation Flight Information [Your Last Name]

Your email message should include the following information:

  • Your full name as spelled in your passport
  • Information we can use to contact you now – a current phone number and email address.
  • Your date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Your passport number, and its date of issuance and expiration.  If it is not a U.S. passport, please note the country that issued it.  Please also note any non-U.S. citizen immediate family members traveling with you.
  • Please note your current location (city and country) and any special needs you may have, such as medical issues.

By providing this information to us, you give your consent to our providing it to travel service providers for the purpose of facilitating your return to the United States.

For the latest information on available LOT flights, please see the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 information page.

Possible Schengen Visa Overstays:  The Polish Government has advised us that they are aware the current travel restrictions may cause some U.S. citizens inadvertently to remain in Poland past the expiration of their permitted period of stay under Schengen regulations and that they are working on a solution.


U.S. Embassy, Warsaw, Poland

Ulica Piekna 12

00-540 Warsaw
+48 22 504 2784 (business hours)
+48 22 504 2000 (after hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens)

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Poland Country Information
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