Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions – April 18, 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 18, 2020

Location: Poland

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

New Updates: 

  • As of April 18, the Polish Ministry of Health has confirmed 8,563 cases of COVID-19 and 339 related deaths in Poland. 
  • LOT Polish Airlines has advised the Embassy that they may run one more charter flight from Warsaw to Chicago.  This flight would be scheduled for Friday, April 24 at 4:40 PM. LOT will begin making preparations for the flight only if at least 50 people express interest in the flight by 5:00 PM on Monday, April 20, and the flight will take place only if at least 50 people purchase tickets.   Tickets for this flight will be booked directly with LOT.  This flight may be your last option for a direct flight from Poland to the United States before regular commercial flights resume.  If you would like to purchase a ticket for this flight, please fill out this form for EACH traveler (including small children).  This is a new form specifically for this flight.  Please fill out the form, even if you have previously filled out a different form. Please ensure that all information is entered correctly, especially your contact information.  By providing this information to us, you consent to our providing it to LOT Airlines for the purpose of facilitating your return to the United States.  This is not a U.S. government operated or funded flight.  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. 
  • On April 16, the Polish Government announced preliminary plans for lifting movement restrictions.  Starting on Monday, April 20, the following restrictions will be eased: 
  • Smaller stores will be allowed to have four customers in the store per register/payment point.  Larger stores will be allowed one customer per 15 m2 of space. 
  • Some recreational activity will be allowed again.  Starting Monday, forests and parks will be open and running and cycling will be permitted.  But everyone must continue to keep social distance and cover their faces.  Playgrounds are still closed. 
  • Religious worship will allow one person per 15 m2 of space. 
  • People who are at least 13 years old will be able to go out without adult supervision, but must follow social distancing rules and cover their faces. 
  • Note that face coverings or masks covering the mouth and nose continue to 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 U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 page or the Polish Government’s COVID-19 Page. 
  • 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. 
  • U.S. citizens who are considering traveling via land through Germany to fly back to the United States should fill out this formThere 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. 

Actions to Take:   

  • If you need a passport: 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 
  • 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 U.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 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. 


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