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  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No 
    • Poland has restricted entry to all foreigners at all external borders (land, air, and sea), including for transit purposes (see more information about transit below). Only foreigners who qualify for the exceptions in the following categories will be allowed to enter: 
      • Citizens or legal residents of European Union countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia, and Australia, and their spouses and children
      • Foreigners who are spouses or children of Polish citizens or remain under the constant care of Polish citizens
      • Foreigners holding a Karta Polaka (ID card for those with a claim to Polish heritage through ancestry)
      • Foreigners who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in Poland
      • Foreigners who are authorized to take up employment under the same rules as Polish citizens, who perform work in Poland, or will present documents showing that they will take up employment immediately after entering Poland, and who are in possession of one of the following: 
        • Work permit
        • Certification of registration to perform seasonal work
        • Work contract or statement entrusting a performance of work to a foreigner
      • Pupils, students, graduate students, and postgraduate students enrolled in Polish educational institutions
      • Scientists conducting research or developmental work in Poland
      • Foreigners participating in international sports competitions as a competitor, member of the training staff, doctor, physiotherapist, judge, or accredited journalist
      • Foreigners who drive a vehicle used to transport goods
      • Persons with diplomatic status in Poland and members of their families
      • Other particularly justified cases may be considered, but entry must be granted with the permission of the Chief of the Border Guard: https://www.strazgraniczna.pl/pl/kontakt/1946,Komenda-Glowna-Strazy-Granicznej.html
    • Transit through Poland: Only foreigners who meet one of the above-mentioned exemptions will be admitted to Poland, even for transit purposes. Travelers attempting to use Poland as the entry point into the Schengen Area must meet Polish requirements for entry, regardless of what permissions may have been approved by other Schengen countries. 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.
    • The Polish Border Guard determines who is allowed to enter Poland, and the U.S. Embassy has no control over this process. For questions regarding whether your situation qualifies for an exemption to enter Poland or whether your specific itinerary will allow you to transit, please contact the Border Guard by e-mail at zdsc.kg@strazgraniczna.pl or by phone at +48 22 500 4068, +48 22 500 4568, or +48 22 500 5468.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No
  • Legal status in Poland: The Polish government declared an Epidemic State of Emergency on March 14, 2020. Visas, temporary resident permits, and work permits that expire during the State of Emergency will be extended until 30 days after the conclusion of the State of Emergency. At this time, we do not know when the State of Emergency will end, but the Embassy will provide updated information as it becomes available.
  • Scammers Posing as Polish Government Employees: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is warning against fraudsters, claiming to be Ministry employees, who are trying to extort money from foreigners living in Poland by phone. The fraudsters are spoofing the MFA’s phone number and accusing foreigners of failing to complete their visa process correctly. They threaten deportation and demand payment via international money transfer. Anyone who has received a similar phone call should report it to the local police. Please also inform the MFA at rzecznik@msz.gov.pl and American Citizens Services at ACSWarsaw@state.gov or KrakowACS@state.gov.
  • 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.
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