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 4, 2020
Event: Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions
- As of May 4, the Polish Ministry of Health has confirmed 13,937 cases of COVID-19 and 683 related deaths in Poland.
- The last LOT Polish Airlines charter flight to the United States left on May 3. There are no plans for more charter flights before regular commercial flights resume. Currently, LOT plans to resume regular passenger flights after May 31.
- 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.
- 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 less 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.
- Updates on movement restrictions announced by the Polish government:
- On April 29, the Prime Minister announced that starting May 4, hotels, shopping centers, outpatient medical facilities, and some cultural institutions can reopen with certain limitations. 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 April 24, the regulation barring domestic and international passenger air travel in Poland was extended through May 9. There is now an exception for small aircraft carrying 15 or fewer passengers.
- Also on April 24, the Polish Government announced an extension of school closures through May 24.
- Previously announced restrictions are still in place. More information about movement 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 Warsaw, Poznań, Krakow, and Łódź you can buy tests online at this website, and bring the code you receive to the test center you have selected. Note that the Życzkowski test center in Krakow only offers antibody testing, which the FDA states should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose COVID-19. The Tauron Arena test center in Krakow offers a molecular test, which the FDA has established as the standard for determining whether a person is infected. 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.
- 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 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 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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