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 ACSWarsaw@state.gov.
May 12, 2020
Event: Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions
- On May 12, the Polish Ministry of Health confirmed 16,561 cases of COVID-19 in Poland, an increase of 355 from May 11. The Ministry also reported 24 new related deaths, for a total of 827.
- LOT Polish Airlines has advised the Embassy that they will run one charter flight from Warsaw to Chicago (ORD) on Friday, May 15, at 10:00 AM and one from Warsaw to New York (JFK) on Saturday, May 16, at 2:15 PM. If you would like to purchase a ticket, 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. It may take up to 48 hours for LOT to reach out to you after you have filled out the form. After you fill out the form, please wait at least 48 hours before e-mailing the Embassy with questions. You must diligently monitor both your incoming calls and e-mail messages in order to purchase a seat on these flights. 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.
- Updates on movement restrictions announced by the Polish government:
- Starting May 4, hotels, shopping centers, outpatient medical facilities, and some cultural institutions could decide to reopen with certain limitations, including face coverings and social distancing. Starting May 6, local governments and school owners may decide to reopen nursery schools and kindergartens. Social distancing guidelines, including the requirement to wear face coverings, would still apply within all public spaces.
- On May 9, the regulation barring domestic and international passenger air travel in Poland was extended through May 23. There is an exception for small aircraft carrying 15 or fewer passengers.
- Previously announced restrictions are still in place. More information about restrictions can be found in English on the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 page and on the Polish Government’s COVID-19 Page.
- 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.
- 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 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 ACSWarsaw@state.gov.
Actions to Take:
- Follow all restrictions that the Polish government has announced. These restrictions have been modified several times. A full list of current 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 State Department’s COVID-19 page and the U.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 firstname.lastname@example.org after hours. In Warsaw, call +48 22 487-13-00.
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