Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in front of the U.S. Consulate February 17, 2016

U.S. Consulate General Krakow

February 12, 2016

The U.S. Consulate General in Krakow informs U.S. citizens that an anti-U.S. demonstration will take place in front of the U.S. Consulate building in Krakow at Ulica Stolarska 9 on February 17, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  The police expect up to 70 participants. Protestors plan to march from the Consulate to the main square and back to the consulate during the protest.  The participants will protest U.S. policies, particularly in regard to Kosovo and Serbia.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can be unpredictable and may escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area in front of the Consulate at the time of the demonstration and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations or protests.  Be alert and aware of your surroundings and monitor the local news media for up to date information.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens and nationals traveling to or residing in Poland enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Poland.  For additional information, refer the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00am to 8:00pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Consulate General in Kraków is located at Ulica Stolarska 9, 31-043 Kraków (tel. +48-12- 424-5100 and is open to the American public Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 3:30pm (closed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm for lunch), excluding Polish and American holidays.  Appointments for services are not required but are encouraged.  In event of emergency only, you may contact the Consulate duty officer after hours at tel. +48- 601-483-348.

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