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The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Please see the Global Health Alert for more information.

Country-Specific Information:

  • LOT Polish Airlines has advised the Embassy that they will run two more charter flights to the United States: one flight from Warsaw to New York (JFK) on Wednesday, June 3, at 2:15 PM, and one flight from Warsaw to Chicago (ORD) on Friday, June 5, at 4:40 PM.  If you would like to purchase a ticket on either of these flights, you must fill out this form once for each traveler (including small children).  This is a new form specifically for these flights.  Please fill out the form, even if you have previously filled out a different form and ensure that all information is entered correctly.  The Embassy will confirm your eligibility and forward your information to LOT.  LOT will contact you by phone or e-mail to purchase your ticket.  The airline may call at any time, including early morning or late evening.  Please have a bank card or any card that can be used to make online payments ready in order to pay for the tickets when LOT calls.  LOT will send an e-mail if they are not able to reach you by phone.  By providing this information to us, you consent to our providing it to LOT for the purpose of facilitating your return to the United States.  These are not U.S. government operated or funded flights.  Availability and cancellations are controlled by LOT.  At this time, the United States government has no plans to charter an evacuation flight out of Poland. 
  • At this time, we are only able to provide notarial services to U.S. citizens in urgent cases. If you would like to request an appointment for an urgent notarial service, please send an e-mail to ACSWarsaw@state.gov with your full name, U.S. passport number, and a brief explanation of the reason for your request.
  • If you need a passport: U.S. Embassy Warsaw is still accepting applications for passports, however, the facilities that print passports have suspended their operations. All passport applications submitted after April 2, 2020, will be printed when the facilities reopen.  If you have an urgent need for a passport, please contact the Embassy at ACSWarsaw@state.gov.
  • At this time, the U.S. Embassy is not accepting applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs). The facilities that print CRBAs have suspended their operations. Applications submitted after April 2, 2020, will be printed when the facilities reopen.
  • Poland’s border restrictions have been extended through June 12.  The suspension of international passenger air travel has been extended to at least June 6. Domestic passenger flights began again on June 1.  Polish citizens and foreigners with permission to work and reside in Poland who return from abroad will be required to quarantine for 14 days after returning.  All other foreigners will not be permitted to enter Poland. Some road crossings remain open. Please see below for details.
  • U.S. citizens whose travel is affected should contact airlines or ground transportation companies to re-arrange travel or schedule alternative travel (see “Entry/Exit Information” below for more details).
  • On June 1, the Polish Ministry of Health confirmed 23,987 cases of COVID-19 in Poland, and 1065 related deaths. Country specific policies within Poland may change at any time, as needed.
  • U.S. citizens should reconsider travel by cruise ship to or within Asia. U.S. citizens planning travel by cruise ship elsewhere should be aware that, due to the current public health situation, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.  This is a dynamic situation and U.S. citizens traveling by ship may be impacted by travel restrictions affecting their itineraries or ability to disembark, or may be subject to quarantine procedures implemented by the local authorities.  While the U.S. government has successfully evacuated hundreds of our citizens in the previous weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities. U.S. citizens should evaluate the risks associated with choosing to remain in an area that may be subject to quarantine and take the appropriate proactive measures. Passengers who plan to travel by cruise ship should contact their cruise line companies directly for further information on the current rules and restrictions, and continue to monitor the Travel.state.gov website for updated information.

Movement Restrictions in Poland:

  • As of May 30, face coverings are no longer required outside as long as social distancing is maintained; masks are still required inside public buildings and locations such as churches, cinemas, hair salons, restaurants, shops and public transport. Up to 150 people are allowed to gather, and there are no limits on the number of people in cultural and religious institutions, restaurants, cafes, bars, or churches, as long as masks are worn and social distance is maintained.
  • Beginning June 6, theaters, cinemas, operas, and ballets can operate again with special sanitary requirements and only 50% occupancy.  Gyms, swimming pools, amusement parks, and children’s play areas will be open.  Weddings and ceremonies of up to 150 people will be allowed.  Nightclubs will remain closed.
  • All international passenger air and rail travel (inbound and outbound) is suspended through at least June 6. There is an exception for small aircraft with a maximum of 15 seats.
  • Border restrictions remain in place until at least June 12. All foreigners, except for certain exceptions, are barred from entering Poland, even for transit purposes (see “Entry/Exit Information” below for more information about exceptions).
  • Until further notice, all persons entering Poland, with limited exceptions, must undergo a police-enforced, 14-day quarantine.
  • You may be fined up to 30,000 PLN for violating any movement restrictions.

For more information about movement restrictions, please visit the Polish Government’s COVID-19 Page.

  • Poland is included in the list of countries affected by a Presidential Proclamation restricting travel to the United States from the Schengen Area. U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents are exempted from the travel restrictions. For more information, please visit the following websites:

https://pl.usembassy.gov/proclamation_suspension_of_entry/ 
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/13/department-homeland-security-outlines-new-process-americans-returning-certain
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-europe.

Entry/Exit Information

STATUS IN POLAND: The Polish government announced on April 2 that visas, temporary resident permits, and work permits which would have expired during the Epidemic State of Emergency will be extended until 30 days after the conclusion of the Epidemic State of Emergency. 

Scammers Posing as Polish Government Employees:  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is warning against fraudsters, claiming to be ministry employees, who are trying to extort money from foreigners living in Poland by phone. The fraudsters are spoofing the MFA’s phone number and accusing foreigners of failing to complete their visa process correctly.  They threaten deportation and demand payment via international money transfer. Anyone who has received a similar phone call should report it to the local police. Please also inform the MFA at rzecznik@msz.gov.pl and American Citizens Services at ACSWarsaw@state.gov or KrakowACS@state.gov.

If you wish to depart Poland as soon as possible, you may consider the following options:

  • Cars and buses may cross into Germany at the following locations on the Polish-German border:

Jędrzychowice, highway A4
Olszyna – Forst, national road No. 8
Świecko – Frankfurt, national road No. 2
Krajnik Dolny – Schwedt, national road No. 26
Kołbaskowo – Pomellen, highway A6
Świnoujście – Garz, national road No. 93
Gubin – Guben
Słubice – Frankfurt nad Odrą
Kostrzyn nad Odrą – Kietz i Zgorzelec

  • Pedestrians may cross into Germany at the following locations on the Polish-German border: Gubin, Słubice, and Kostrzyn nad Odrą

For official travel information from the Polish government (in English), please visit: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/travel. 

Border controls will be carried out at Polish borders. The full list of border control points can be found as an attachment at the Ministry of Interior website here: http://www.dziennikustaw.gov.pl/DU/2020/434

Beginning March 15 and until further notice, border traffic is suspended at certain border crossings with the Russian Federation (2 crossings), the Republic of Belarus (5) and Ukraine (7). The list of crossings at which border traffic is suspended is attached as Annex 1 to the regulation at the following website: http://www.dziennikustaw.gov.pl/DU/2020/435.

New restrictions on foreigners entering Poland have been introduced on all borders (land, air, and sea) beginning March 15, 2020. Only the following categories of travelers will be allowed to enter:

  • Polish citizens
  • Foreigners who are spouses or children of Polish citizens or remain under the constant care of Polish citizens
  • Foreigners holding a Karta Polaka (ID card for those with a claim to Polish heritage through ancestry)
  • Persons with diplomatic status and members of their families
  • Foreigners who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in Poland 
  • Foreigners who have the right to work in Poland
  • Foreigners who have work permits
  • Foreigners who drive a vehicle used to transport goods
  • Other particularly justified cases may be considered, but entry must be granted with the permission of the Chief of the Border Guard

Procedures to enter Poland

All persons arriving to Poland must undergo a health inspection and provide contact information. All travelers will be obligated to submit to a 14-day quarantine. Mandatory quarantine is not required in the following categories:

    • Polish inhabitants who work in a neighboring country and regularly cross the border
    • foreigners residing in a neighboring country who work in Poland and cross the border regularly
    • drivers engaged in the professional transport of goods
    • ship and aircraft crews
  • The Polish Border Guard operates the following infolines on Polish border crossings: +48 22 500 40 68, +48 22 500 45 68, +48 22 500 54 68. In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs operates an infoline on crossing all other borders: +48 22 523 88 80.

Quarantine Information:

      • If a patient presents with symptoms and the doctor has significant concerns, the patient may be tested and possibly quarantined, on a case-by-case basis. More specifically, a person who fulfills both clinical and epidemiological criteria listed below will undergo further proceedings:
        • Clinical criteria: fever, cough, difficulty breathing.
        • Epidemiological criteria: each person who within 14 days before the onset of symptoms fulfilled at least one of the following criteria:
      1. Traveled in the area where the virus is suspected to be spreading.
      2. Was in contact with an infected person.
      3. Worked or was present as a visitor at a medical facility where people infected with the virus are treated.
      • IF YOU FEEL ILL: The Polish government has set up a national informational hotline for COVID-19 health-related inquiries.  To reach this hotline, dial +48 800 190 590 and press 6 for an English-speaking operator.  For emergency services, dial 112.
        The government has designated certain hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients.  A list of those hospitals can be found here: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/hospitals.More information about the steps the Polish government is taking to address the outbreak can be found at their website here: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/.This website includes health suggestions and explains the travel and movement restrictions the Polish government has put into place.
      • People remaining in home quarantine in Warsaw, especially elderly or sick people living alone may contact their local Social Services Center (Ośrodek Pomocy Społecznej) for assistance. In Krakow, call +48 887 202 946 or +48 887 202 947 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or email kontakt@mops.krakow.pl after hours. In Warsaw, call +48 22 487 1300. The assistance is also provided to foreigners. The list of Social Services Centers in Warsaw is available at http://www.pomocy.waw.pl/przykladowa-strona/osrodki-pomocy-spolecznej/. The Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Policy has a database of all Social Services Centers in Poland available at https://rjps.mpips.gov.pl/RJPS/AD/mapaJednostek/selekcjaWyszukiwarkiJednostek.do?szablon=szablon3&_CSID=null.

      • Several drive-through COVID-19/coronavirus testing centers have opened up around Poland.  For locations in many cities throughout Poland you can buy tests online at this website, and bring the code you receive to the test center you have selected.  For testing in Sosnowiec, you can complete online forms at this website, then proceed to the testing location at the designated time.  Neither the Polish nor the U.S. governments have implemented a requirement to be tested.  The CDC website offers some factors to take into consideration when deciding whether or not to be tested.

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