Capital: Warsaw

Language: Polish

Area: 312679 km²

Population: 38634007

Timezone : UTC/GTM 1

Currency: Polish zloty (PLN)

Code: +48

Electric sockets: 230 V AC, 50Hz. Type plug E, plug C and plug F (Schuko) if it has an additional pin hole

Poland is a member of the Schengen Area.

To travel to Poland with ETIAS U.S. citizens are required to hold a valid passport and will soon need an ETIAS travel authorization. ETIAS is not a visa, the application process is fully online and can be completed in just a few minutes.

U.S. citizens staying in Poland for more than 90-days:

  • ETIAS for Americans is only valid for short-term stays of up to 90 days. If you intend to remain in Poland longer than 90 days, you must obtain the appropriate visa.

U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland

Address:Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31 00-540 Warsaw, Poland

Phone: (+48) 22 504 2000

The following cities have U.S. Consulates: Krakow.

Tourist Travel Information about Poland

etias polandRepublic of Poland (Rzeczpospolita Polska), is one of the larger countries in Central Europe and the sixth most populous member state of the European Union. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline and is bordered by Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

Poland is a democratic parliamentary republic with a stable, robust economy. It has been a member of NATO since 1999, and the European Union since 2004.

Poland has increasingly been sparking international travelers’ interests due to its rich cultural heritage, stunning historic sites and a gorgeous array of landscapes. Poland’s bustling cities and towns offer something for everyone, from beautiful architecture, urban vibes, and traditional culture.

Poland also offers vast natural areas that provide anything from dense forests, high peaks and lush hills to beaches and lake reserves to the most adventurous traveler. Poland’s capital and largest city is Warsaw. Other favorite cities include Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, and Szczecin. Poland’s highest point is Mt. Rysy at 8,199 feet (2,499 m); its lowest is near Raczki Elbląskie at 6.56 feet (2 m) below sea level.

Poland is one of the most devoutly Catholic countries in Europe. Nearly 90% of the population identifies as Catholic. Similar to Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Romania, the Roman Catholic Church has a deep historical and cultural influence over the country’s national life.

Interesting facts

  • On November 11, 1918, Poland declared itself a republic, independent of Russia. Poles have celebrated their Independence Day as a national holiday on November 11th since 1937, and it is the most important Polish national holiday
  • It is estimated that 100 million pączki, a Polish doughnut, are consumed every year on the the Thursday before Ash Wednesday alone
  • Kazimierz (Casimir Pulaski) is a Polish-born nobleman and soldier who was recruited by Benjamin Franklin and the Marquis de Lafayette to fight with the colonists in the American Revolutionary War. He is sometimes called the “Father of the American cavalry.” He was killed on October 9, 1779, during the Battle of Savannah in Georgia
  • In 1912, Casimir Funk, a Polish-born American biochemist, collected all published literature on the issue of vitamin deficiency. He was the first to isolated niacin, later called Vitamin B3. He also coined the term vital amine to describe the class of chemicals he and other researchers were studying, and the word was later simplified to vitamin by 1920
  • Poles drink, on average, 92 liters of beer a year, which places Poland as the third largest beer consuming country in Europe behind Germany and the Czech Republic.

Medical Information for U.S. citizens

Recommended vaccines:

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies


  • 112 is the pan-European emergency number and is always free to call.
  • 999 - Ambulance
  • 998 - Fire Brigade
  • 997 - Police
  • 981 - Road Assistance
  • 986 - Municipal Police
  • Please note: Using mobile phones: remember to dial the local code before the number, for example 22 - 997 to call the police in Warsaw. If you do not know the local code, dial the general emergency number for mobile phones: 112.
  • (+ 48) 601 100 300 - Mountain rescue service (GOPR)
  • (+ 48) 601 100 100 - Water rescue service (WOPR)
  • (+ 48) 22 278 77 77 or (+ 48) 608 599 999 - Emergency Tourist Helpline (open all-year 08:00-18:00 except Jun - Sep 08:00 - 20:00)
  • (22) 650 39 43 - International flight departure information
  • (22) 650 42 20 - International flight arrival information

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