U.S. Embassy Warsaw will send a weekly 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 29, 2020
Event: Message to U.S. Citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions
- On May 29, the Polish Ministry of Health confirmed 22,964 cases of COVID-19 in Poland, an increase of 364 from May 28. The Ministry also reported 13 new related deaths, for a total of 1,043.
- Starting today, May 29, the U.S. Embassy will now send these regular updates on a weekly basis unless we have time-sensitive information or updates for U.S. citizens living in the Warsaw consular district (e.g., if LOT Polish Airlines schedules new charter flights—please see below). If you have specific questions or concerns, please email ACSWarsaw@state.gov.
- The last scheduled charter flight operated by LOT Polish Airlines departs on Friday, May 29, at 4:40 PM. LOT has not informed the Embassy of any more planned charter flights to the United States. At this time, the United States government has no plans to charter an evacuation flight out of Poland.
- Commercial flights from Germany to the United States are currently available, and U.S. citizens may enter Germany at land border crossings for transit purposes. People traveling in groups of five or more will require a transit letter from the Embassy and should fill out this form for each person in their group. People transiting in groups of fewer than five do not require a letter. All travelers transiting Germany should carry their passports and flight confirmation 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. The website of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior has more information in English on this option.
- Updates on movement restrictions announced by the Polish government:
- 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 are suspended through May 31. There is an exception for small aircraft carrying 15 or fewer passengers.
- Beginning May 30, face coverings will no longer be required outside as long as social distancing is maintained; masks will still be required inside public buildings and locations such aschurches, cinemas, hair salons, restaurants, and public transport. Up to 150 people will be allowed to gather, and there will be 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 ismaintained.
- 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 allowed to open. Weddings and ceremonies of up to 150 people will be allowed. Nightclubs will remain closed.
- 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 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.govwith 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 passportapplications 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.
- Follow all restrictions that the Polish government has announced. These restrictions have been modified several times. A full list of currentrestrictions, 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 złotyfor 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 email@example.com hours. In Warsaw, call +48 22 487-13-00.