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Information for U.S. and Dual National Polish-American Citizens who Wish to Travel to Poland

August 07, 2020

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Last update: August 6, 2020 - U.S. Embassy in Warsaw.

Poland’s border restrictions for U.S. citizens remain unchanged.  U.S. citizens who do not meet one of the existing exemptions will not be allowed to enter Poland.  A list of exemptions can be found below in the “Entry/Exit Information” section.  Enforcement of these restrictions will include random checks by the Polish Border Guard at land crossings, and travelers who attempt to circumvent Polish border restrictions may be subject to fines or other penalties.  The Polish Border Guard determines who is allowed to enter Poland.  The U.S. Embassy has no control over this process.  If you have questions about whether your situation qualifies for an exemption or if you will be allowed to enter Poland, please contact the Border Guard by e-mail at zdsc.kg@strazgraniczna.pl or by phone at +48 22 500 40 68, +48 22 500 45 68, or +48 22 500 54 68.  At his time, the Embassy does not know when border restrictions will be fully lifted, but the Embassy will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.  For U.S. citizens who qualify for an exemption, regular, commercial flights to Poland are available.  Travelers may book directly with airlines and address questions about travel options to transportation companies.

U.S. citizens who wish to transit Poland en route to another destination:  In some circumstances, travelers who are not permitted to enter Poland may transit through Warsaw Chopin Airport, if they arrive from a non-Schengen Area country and continue onward to another non-Schengen country. Travelers allowed to transit must remain in the airport non-Schengen transit zone while they wait for their connecting flight.  For questions regarding specific itineraries and confirmation of whether or not transit through Warsaw will be allowed, travelers should contact the Border Guard by e-mail at zdsc.kg@strazgraniczna.pl or by phone at +4822-500-4068, +4822-500-4568, or +4822-500-5468.

For dual national Polish-American citizens who enter Poland on their Polish passports:  Persons who enter Poland on a Polish passport must provide a valid, unexpired Polish passport upon departure.  This is a Polish government requirement, and the U.S. Embassy does not have the authority to waive this requirement for dual national Polish-American citizens who wish to depart on their U.S. passport instead of their Polish passport.

The Presidential Proclamation of March 11, which suspends entry to the United States of persons present in the Schengen Area in the last 14 days, remains in effect.  U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents are exempt from the Proclamation and may travel to the United States from the Schengen Area, however, family members traveling on ESTA or a U.S. visa will not be able to travel to the United States from the Schengen Area (including transit through an airport in the Schengen Area), unless they meet one of the exemptions listed in the Proclamation.

Please review information on returning to the United States from the Centers for Disease Control and the Health Department of the state to which you plan to travel.