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 15, 2020
Event: Message to U.S. Citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions
- On May 15, the Polish Ministry of Health confirmed 17,850 cases of COVID-19 in Poland, an increase of 381 from May 14. The Ministry also reported 24 new related deaths, for a total of 893.
- LOT Polish Airlines has advised the Embassy that they will run two charter flights from Warsaw to New York (JFK) on Saturday, May 16, at 2:15 PM, and on Wednesday, May 20, 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. 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.
- Saturday, May 16, New York Travelers: There is a LOT Polish Airlines flight from Warsaw to New York that will depart on Saturday, May 16 at 2:15 PM. Embassy staff passed the last list of interested travelers for this flight to LOT at 2:00 PM today, May 15. LOT will be calling interested travelers throughout the evening today. If you are interested in this flight and did not purchase a ticket in advance, you may consider traveling to Warsaw Chopin airport on Saturday, May 16, to buy a ticket in person at the ticket office (kasa biletowa) located in Area E (Strefa E) near LOT’s business class check-in area. Please arrive at the airport early enough to purchase a ticket and complete check-in, security and immigration screening before the flight (which departs at 2:15 PM) closes. This option is only available for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (green card holders). If you intend to buy tickets at the airport on the day of the flight, you are not guaranteed a ticket.
- Wednesday, May 20, New York Travelers: The Embassy will continue to send lists of people interested in this flight to LOT on Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19. If you have submitted your name for this flight, you can expect a call from LOT on either Monday or Tuesday next week.
- Updates on movement restrictions announced by the Polish government:
- On May 13, Poland announced that border closures have been extended to June 12. The government also announced that some additional businesses will be permitted to reopen starting May 18 with proper sanitation and social distancing systems in place, including hairdressers, cosmetic salons, restaurants, bars and sports facilities. Restrictions on the number of passengers on local public transportation will also be eased. From May 25, elementary schools can open for childcare and high schoolers may return for exams. On June 1, all school children may return for in-person consultations. Pupils are not required to attend school; parents may decide to continue to keep their children at home.
- 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, including social distancing and wearing of face coverings in public places. 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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