Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Warsaw on Saturday, September 12, 2015

U.S. Embassy Warsaw informs U.S. citizens that Obóz Narodowo-Radykalny (National- Radical Block – “NRB”) has plans for an anti-immigration demonstration in the Center of Warsaw (near the Palace of Culture and Science) on Saturday, September 12, 2015, beginning at approximately 1600 hours. Media reports suggest as many as 40,000 followers of NRB may attend.  City authorities have also registered pro-immigrant counter-demonstrations for the same day and time in the area near the Copernicus Monument at Krakowskie Przedmiescie.

These demonstrations may cause traffic disruptions, interference with public transportation, and road closures.

The embassy reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can be unpredictable and may escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the areas of these demonstrations 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 the most current information.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts, and read the Country Specific Information for Poland.
  • Enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest security updates, and so the Embassy can locate you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, you can enroll in STEP directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw is located at Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31, telephone +48-22-504-2000.  Appointments for U.S. citizen services can be made Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., excluding Polish and American holidays and the last working Wednesday of each month.  Appointments may also be scheduled for Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  In the event of emergency after hours, you may contact the Embassy duty officer at +48-22-504-2000.
  • 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 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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