The security situation in Ukraine continues to be unpredictable due to the increased threats of Russian military action. Conditions may deteriorate with little notice. U.S. citizens in Ukraine should depart immediately, if conditions on the ground are safe enough to permit it, using commercial or other privately available transportation options.
U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that the U.S. government will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens from Ukraine.
Enroll in STEP to receive urgent updates: https://step.state.gov/
Poland has indicated to the U.S. government that U.S. citizens may now enter Poland through the land border with Ukraine. No advanced approval is required.
Please visit the Government of Poland webpage for information about resources near the border: https://www.gov.pl/web/udsc-en/information-on-the-stay-in-poland-of-persons-fleeing-from-ukraine. This website provides information for those feeling to Poland.
Poland has suspended COVID-19 related entry and testing requirements. Applicants attempting to cross the border should make every attempt to have identity and other travel documents ready at the time of crossing.
The Government of Poland may modify COVID-19 entry regulations or quarantine requirements at any time or may apply different requirements for those entering Poland from Ukraine at the land border. Please visit the Government of Poland’s website for the most up-to-date information: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/outside-the-european-union-schengen-area.
The Polish Border Guard can be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +48 22 500 4068, +48 22 500 4568, +48 22 500 5468, or +48 82 568 5119. There are restrictions on entry for travelers attempting to enter Poland from Russia and Belarus. U.S. Citizens who are traveling from Russia or Belarus to Poland must qualify for one of the entry exemptions listed on the Polish Border Guard website https://strazgraniczna.pl/pl/aktualnosci/informacje-dla-podrozny/9837,Koronawirus-wjazd-do-Polski-granica-zewnetrzna.html.
U.S. citizens can enter Poland as tourists without a visa for up to 90 days. U.S. citizens are restricted from entering Poland from Belarus or Russia unless they meet one of the exceptions currently in place. You may find the list of exceptions here: https://strazgraniczna.pl/pl/aktualnosci/informacje-dla-podrozny/9837,Koronawirus-wjazd-do-Polski-granica-zewnetrzna.html.
EU regulations apply for pets and EU customs regulations apply for goods, however we understand that Polish authorities may be waiving some requirements for those fleeing Ukraine.
- Pets: The maximum number of pets that a traveler may bring into the EU is five. The EU has strict requirements regarding the importation of pets, including the timing of rabies vaccination, titration test, and the implanting of an EU-compatible microchip.
- European Union information on importing pets
- Authorized ports of entry to the European Union
- Some travelers have found this website helpful: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/travel-guide/travelling-to-europe-with-pets/
- Goods: If travelers bring household goods into the EU, customs officials at the border may assume they are making a permanent move and require travelers to comply with customs regulations.
Polish Receptions Centers
The Government of Poland has established reception centers for temporary accommodations of people arriving from Ukraine at many locations near the border and throughout Poland and is providing transportation to these reception centers.
- Official information in English from the Government of Poland is available here.
- A map of the Polish reception centers is available here.
- For detailed information on crossing the border, contact the Polish Border Guard helpline at: +48 82 568 51 19.
Poland-Ukraine Border Information
Neighboring Country Border Crossing Information
Romania: We encourage those traveling into Romania by land from Ukraine to cross at the Siret border crossing. The U.S. embassy will soon have consular officers stationed near this crossing to provide assistance. Please call +40-41-270-6000 or email ACSBucharest@state.gov for further information. Vaccinated and unvaccinated U.S. citizens may enter Romania by land. The Romanian Border Police’s website also provides relevant information. The U.S. Embassy in Romania’s website describes entry and exit requirements (located under the header “Entry and Exit Requirements”).
Hungary: We encourage those traveling into Hungary by land from Ukraine to cross at the Záhony border crossing. The U.S. embassy will have staff stationed near this crossing to provide assistance. Please contact +36-1-475-4400 by phone or ACS.Budapest@state.gov by email for further information. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Hungary, but should be prepared to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recovery from COVID-19. Please contact +36-1-475-4400 by phone or ACS.Budapest@state.gov> by email for further information. Hungarian Police’s website provides relevant information. The U.S. Embassy in Hungary’s website describes entry and exit requirements (located under the header “Entry and Exit Requirement”).
Slovakia: A list of open border crossings is available on the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava’s website. The U.S. embassy can provide consular assistance to U.S. citizens who cross into Slovakia from Ukraine. Please call +421-2-5443-0861 or +421-903-703-666 by phone or email email@example.com for further information. All borders in Slovakia are open to vaccinated travelers, and unvaccinated travelers will be allowed entry in a humanitarian emergency but may need to undergo testing and quarantine. The U.S. Embassy in Slovakia’s website describes entry and exit requirements (located under the header “Entry and Exit Requirements”) in more detail.
Moldova: U.S. citizens traveling into Moldova by land from Ukraine should avoid the Transnistria region and cross into Moldova either to the north or south of the region. The main Moldova-Ukraine border crossing south of Transnistria is Palanca – Mayaki Udobnoe. The main border crossing north of Transnistria is Otaci – Mohyliv-Podilskyi. U.S. Embassy personnel will be stationed near border crossings to provide assistance. Please contact +373-2240-8300 by phone or ChisinauACS@state.gov by email for further information. Travelers should not enter Moldova through the breakaway region of Transnistria, where the U.S. Embassy has limited access and cannot provide the full range of assistance to U.S. citizens. Travelers should note the Chisinau-Odesa train goes through Transnistria as well. More information on Transnistria can be found here.
U.S. citizens can enter Moldova, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, though travel restrictions in-country will vary depending on vaccination status. The Moldovan Border Police’s website provides relevant information (in Romanian). The U.S. Embassy in Moldova’s COVID-19 website describes entry and exit requirements in full under the header “Entry and Exit Requirements.”
The European Union: The European Union maintains a website with all travel restrictions for member states.
- Visit the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv’s webpage to view the most recent safety and security alerts for U.S. citizens.
- Regularly monitor local and international news and social media news channels.
- Ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible.
- Review your personal security plans and always have a contingency plan in place that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
- Get a COVID vaccine to facilitate your travel.
- Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency.
- Regularly monitor the State Department’s website for current Travel Advisories. Read the Country Specific Information for Ukraine. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.
- Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis.
U.S. Embassy, Warsaw, Poland
Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31, Piękna 12
+48 22 504 2784 (business hours)
+48 22 504 2000 (after-hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens)
U.S. Consulate General, Krakow, Poland
Ul. Stolarska 9
31-043 Krakow, Poland
+48 12 424 5100 (business hours)
+48 601 483 348 (after-hours emergencies involving U.S. Citizens)
U.S. Consular Agency, Poznan, Poland
Ul. Paderewskiego 8 room 06, 61-770 Poznan
Tel: +48 61 851 8516
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Poland Country Information
Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter