Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions – April 16, 2020

U.S. Embassy Warsaw will send a daily update to ensure all U.S citizens in the Warsaw Consular District have the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and local conditions.  If different or additional information would be useful, please email us at

April 16, 2020

Location: Poland

Event:  Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions

New Updates:

  • As of April 16, the Polish Ministry of Health has confirmed 7,771 cases of COVID-19 and 292 related deaths in Poland.
  • Several drive-through COVID-19/coronavirus testing centers have opened up around Poland. You must pay for the tests online at this website, and bring the code you receive to the test center you have selected.  Locations in Warsaw, Poznań and Łódź are using CDC recommended PCR technology for accurate testing of COVID-19.  The testing offered in Krakow uses antibody testing which is not recommended at this time due to accuracy concerns.  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.
  • Starting today, April 16, face coverings or masks covering the mouth and nose will be required in public places, including, but not limited to, public streets, sidewalks, stores, government offices and places of employment. For more details about current restrictions on movement, please see the S. Embassy’s COVID-19 page or the Polish Government’s COVID-19 Page.
  • At this time, the United States government has no plans to charter an evacuation flight out of Poland. However, we are gathering information from people who may be interested in such an option, should it become available.  If you are interested in a U.S. government-run evacuation to the United States, please fill out this form.  Please note that evacuation flights operated by the U.S. Government are not free of charge for passengers and may be more expensive than regular commercial flights.
  • U.S. citizens who are considering traveling via land through Germany to fly back to the United States should fill out this form. There is no need to complete this form if, upon the resumption of commercial flights, you are planning to transit Germany by air only.  The German Federal Police have requested that the Embassy inform them about any travelers they can expect to see in transit through Germany.  All travelers should be prepared for long delays at the German border, and should carry a copy of their flight confirmation and their passports with them at all times.  With certain exceptions, travelers will not be readmitted to Poland if they encounter problems in Germany after crossing the border.
  • U.S. Embassy Warsaw is still accepting applications for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs), however, the facilities that print those documents have suspended their operations. All passport and CRBA 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

Actions to Take: 

  • Follow all restrictions on movement that the Polish government has announced. A full list of these restrictions, as well as frequently updated guidance, can be found in English on the S. Embassy’s COVID-19 page and on the Polish Government’s COVID-19 Page. You may be subject to a fine of up to 30,000 Polish złoty for not adhering to these restrictions.
  • Visit the CDC’s website about COVID-19 for up-to-date information from the U.S. government about the virus.
  • Visit the State Department’s COVID-19 page and the S. Embassy’s COVID-19 page. Both have information specifically for travelers and the U.S. Embassy page is updated regularly with information relevant for U.S. citizens in Poland.
  • Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so the U.S. Embassy can contact you with updated information and in an emergency.
  • Polish Government Resources:
    • Visit the Polish Government’s COVID-19 Website for general health information, movement restrictions, and health tips.
    • 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.
    • Polish social service agencies provide assistance in obtaining food and medicine to those who are under home quarantine due to COVID-19. These services are available to both Polish citizens and foreigners.  In Krakow, call +48 887 202 946 or +48 887 202 947 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or email after hours. In Warsaw, call +48 22 487-13-00.


U.S. Embassy, Warsaw, Poland
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00-030, Warsaw
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