Poland Travel Information
Poland introduced the epidemic state of emergency
Saturday, March 21. Until May 13, foreign nationals
cannot enter Poland unless they have a valid residence
or work permit. This period may be extended. This also
means that transit for foreigners through Poland is not
possible. For information on entry and coronavirus, see
the entry Entry and Health below.
Entry and health
Coronavirus (covid-19): Poland has
introduced epidemic state of emergency. Foreign
nationals can no longer enter Poland unless they have a
valid residence or work permit. EU and EEA citizens, who
can document that they have work in Poland and will
start work immediately after completing the quarantine,
will also be able to enter. If you have a working
relationship in Poland and are in doubt that this is a
reason for entry, we recommend that your employer
contact the Polish border authorities.
The entry restrictions apply initially until 13 May.
The border closure means that transit through Poland is
International train and air services are canceled, at
least until 9 May. The Polish airline LOT has announced
that they will start their flights at the
earliest on May 31. You can still leave Poland
by car, provided the border of the country you travel
into is open. Travel information about neighboring
countries can be found on the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs' travel information pages.
Anyone arriving in Poland from abroad will be
quarantined for two weeks. Everyone living in the same
household as a person in the quarantine must sit in the
quarantine for the same period.
Shops, malls and hotels are open, but with some
restrictions for the protection of infection.
Restaurants, night spots and all kinds of beauty care
are closed for the time being. It is mandatory to wear a
mask outside the home and children under 13 must be
accompanied by an adult. Everyone, including family
members, must walk at least two feet apart on the
street, and apart from families, no more than two can
walk together. Playgrounds in the cities are closed. The
individual is responsible for keeping abreast of current
rules and complying with them. Violations of the
regulations can be fined.
- Countryaah: Warsaw is the capital
of Poland. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Poland.
The Ministry of Health follows the situation closely and
continuously informs about the situation.
If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, or
breathing problems, you should immediately:
- Alert Sanitary Epidemiological Station (Gł¨®wny
- Seek medical help at the infectious medicine
department where medical personnel decide which
procedures to follow.
Norwegians in Poland should keep abreast of the
development of the coronavirus and follow the Ministry
of Health's recommendations in English.
In addition, you can contact the emergency telephone
regarding the management of coronavirus infection on
telephone number - 800 190 590.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against
travel that is not strictly necessary for all countries.
The Travel Council initially applied from March 14 to
April 14, but was extended until April 3.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
There is no visa requirement for Norwegians in
Poland. Many countries in Europe have introduced border
control where previously you could travel without a
passport, this also applies in the Nordic countries. A
valid passport as a travel document is required.
Passports are also the only valid identification
document for Norwegian citizens.
Permits must be sought for stays over three months.
For more information on longer stays, contact the Polish
Embassy in Oslo:
Olav Kyrres Plass 1
Tel: (0047) 24 110 850/851
Fax: (0047) 22 444 839
E-mail: mailto: [email protected]
Or the Polish Immigration Directorate:
Tel: 0048 22 601 74 02
Fax: 0048 22 601 74 13
You can also read more about where and how to
register a stay of over three months in Poland. Visit
the site for your area/city for more information on how
There are not many security issues for travelers to
Poland. Should unpleasant surprises nevertheless occur,
it is important to be aware of the rights under. EEA
agreement and having the necessary travel insurance.
Travelers should be alert and take reasonable
precautions. Read more about this under general advice
Crime in Poland is generally at the same level as in
other European countries. However, it is always wise to
exercise caution, especially at train stations and other
places where many people gather. Violent crime is rare,
but particularly vulnerable places should be avoided,
especially at night and night. It is important to be
aware of where to store valuables such as money,
passports, mobile phones etc. The hotel's safe should be
As many as 97 percent of the population consider
themselves Poles and 95 percent are Catholics. This
ethnic homogeneity may in some places present challenges
for people of different backgrounds. The Ombudsman for
human rights, media and human rights organizations has
reported an increase in cases of verbal and physical
attacks against Muslims, Roma and people of African
origin in Warsaw, Białystok, Gdansk and Wrocław in
Road safety in Poland is lower than we are used to in
Norway. Many roads are of poor standard and road
lighting is often lacking. The driving style is more
aggressive than in Norway, and the accident rates are
high. It is recommended for pedestrians to be extra
vigilant at pedestrian crossings, as pedestrian stops
are not common. Cyclists must use both front and rear
lights at night.
Emergency telephones: emergency 112, police 997, fire
998, ambulance 999, roadside assistance 954, Euroalarm
Copenhagen +45 701 52 500, SOS Copenhagen +45 701 05 050
The areas along the major rivers (Wisla and Odra), as
well as the coastal area around Gdansk and Slupsk, can
be hit by floods and floods, especially during heavy
rainfall or when snowfall melts. There are also very
severe storms that cause accidents and material damage.
Snow avalanches can also occur in the mountains. It is
important to follow directions and recommendations from
Official Polish emergency telephone for tourists: (+
48) 22 278 77 77 (from landline) or (+48) 608 599 999
(from mobile). You can also email: [email protected] or
The emergency phone is serviced every day (except
public holidays) between 7 p.m. 08: 00-18: 00 (from 08:
00-22: 00 between June 1 and September 30).
The consultants can assist tourists in emergencies,
such as loss of documents, illness and traffic
accidents, as well as with information on tourist
attractions, culture, sports, restaurants and
accommodation. The consultants speak Polish, English,
German and Russian.
Remember travel insurance and European health
Tap water is not recommended for drinking water by
many. Local public hospitals and emergency rooms may
have lower standards than in Scandinavia. The standard
of services provided by doctors and dentists is good.
The currency unit in Poland is zloty. Most credit
cards can be used. ATMs are widespread in cities and
Normal opening hours for banks: 09.00-17.00, Saturday
until 13.00, shops: 09.00-19.00, Saturday until 14.00,
shopping centers: 10.00-20.00/22.00, often also Sunday
open, public offices: 08.00-16.00.
National Holidays: January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1,
May 3, Corpus Christi (Thursday, ten days after Easter),
August 15, November 1, November 11, November 1 and 2.
The mains supply 220 volts. Good GSM coverage in most
of the country.
Norwegian, Ryanair and Wizzair offer daily, direct
flights between several Polish and Norwegian cities.
The domestic flight offer as well as the railway
network and large parts of the main road network are
well developed. Long-distance buses run between most
cities and tourist centers.
For information on tolls go to the Polish Customs
Taxi from Chopina airport to the center of Warsaw
costs 30-50 zloty. Taxis are required to use a
There is no time difference to Norway.
Forty-five percent of the population state that they
speak at least one foreign language, and 25 percent
speak English. People are generally friendly and helpful
Poles are more formal in appearance and speech than
Norwegians, and the De form (Pan/Pani) is used
consistently in formal contexts and among people you do
not know. People greet and present themselves by name as
in Norway. Friends greet and say goodbye by kissing each
other three times on the cheek. It is not uncommon for
older men to kiss women on the hand as greetings. You
greet a good day (dzie¨˝ dobry) when you walk into a
room/shop/wardrobe/elevator/ waiting room and say
goodbye (do widzenia) when you go out.
In the job context, the dress code is formal. Poles
like to dress up in the opera, theater etc.
National pride, the country's history and religion
play a greater role in the consciousness of Poles than
in most Norwegians.
Polish laws and regulations should not pose special
challenges for a visiting Norwegian. Corruption occurred
to a greater extent in the past, but here the attitudes
in society have changed significantly.
For extended travel information to Poland read more