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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Poland
Continent: Europe
Capital City: Warsaw
Boundary Countries: Belarus 605 km, Czech Republic 615 km, Germany 456 km, Lithuania 91 km, Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast) 432 km, Slovakia 420 km, Ukraine 428 km.
Recommended Hospitals in Capital: Damian Medical Center - Bialystok
Szpital Kliniczny - Warsaw
Lindleya Hospital - Warsaw
Centralny Szpital Kliniczny - Warsaw
Wojskowy Medical Institute - Warsaw
Szpital Kliniczny - Warsaw
Lindleya Hospital - Warsaw
Clinica Carolina Medical Center - Warsaw
Main Cities: Warsaw, Kraków, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Lublin.
Country Size: 312,685 sq km
Population: 38,536,869

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Polish 97.8%, other and unspecified 2.2%.

Currency: Zloty (PLN)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic 89.8% (about 75% practicing), Eastern Orthodox 1.3%, Protestant 0.3%, other 0.3%, unspecified 8.3%.

National Holidays: Constitution Day, 3 May (1791).
Economic Status:

Poland is a stable, free-market democracy. Some services taken for granted in other European countries may not be available in some parts of Poland, especially in rural areas. On May 1, 2004, Poland became a member of the European Union (EU). With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.

Security:

Polish Armed Forces: Land Forces (includes Navy (Marynarka Wojenna, MW)), Polish Air Force (Sily Powietrzenje Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej, SPRP)

US Presence:

The US Embassy in Warsaw is located at Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31. The Consular Section entrance is located around the corner at Ulica Piekna 12. Tel (48) (22) 504-2000. This number can be called 24 hrs/day: for emergencies after business hours, press “0.” The Embassy's fax number is (48)(22) 504-2688 and the fax number for the Consular Section is (48)(22) 627-4734 (consular fax only checked during normal business hours). The US Consulate General in Krakow is located at Ulica Stolarska 9. The Consulate General's tel (48)(12) 424-5100; fax (48)(12) 424-5103; after-hours cellular phone (for emergencies only) 601-483-348. A Consular Agency providing limited consular services in Poznan is located at Ulica Paderewskiego 8. The Consular Agency's tel (48)(61) 851-8516; fax (48)(61) 851-8966. The Embassy's web site is at http://poland.usembassy.gov/.

 
 
Document Requirements:

Poland is a party to the Schengen agreement.  As such, U.S. citizens may enter Poland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.  The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.  For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our fact sheet

Polish immigration officials may ask travelers for proof of sufficient financial resources to cover their proposed stay in Poland, generally viewed as 100 zloty per day.  Additionally, citizens of non-EU countries, including the United States, should carry proof of adequate medical insurance in case of an accident or hospitalization while in Poland.  Polish immigration officials may ask for documentation of such insurance or proof of sufficient financial resources (at least 400 zloty per day) to cover such costs.  Those who lack insurance or access to adequate financial resources may be denied admission to Poland.  Medicare does not cover health costs incurred while abroad.

Poland requires Polish citizens (including American citizens who are or can be claimed as Polish citizens) to enter and depart Poland using a Polish passport.  Americans who are also Polish citizens or who are unsure if they hold Polish citizenship should contact the nearest Polish consular office for further information.

For further information on entry requirements, please contact the consular section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland at 2224 Wyoming Ave. NW, Washington, DC  20008, tel. (202) 234-3800, or the Polish consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles or New York.  Visit the Embassy of Poland web site for the most current visa information.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports: 122, Airports w/paved runways: 83

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

While Poland generally has a low rate of violent crime, the incidence of street crime, which sometimes involves violence, is moderate. Major cities have higher rates of crime against residents and foreign visitors than other areas.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 7.22 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 74.97 years (male 70.95 / female 79.23)
 

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Boosters: tetanus-diptheria and measles as needed.

Infectious Disease Concerns:

No Malaria risk in Poland. Tickborne encephalitis, a viral infection of the central nervous system occurs in the southern part of the nontropical forest belt in Europe and Asia (to Pacific Ocean). Most intense transmission has been reported in Russia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia. A number of rickettsial infections also occur in this region. To prevent tickborne infections travelers should take precautions to prevent tick bites (see below). Other infections that tend to occur more often in longer-term travelers (or in immigrants from the region) include tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C (especially in Romania).

 
Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Adequate medical care is available in Poland, but hospital facilities and nursing support are not comparable to American standards. Physicians are generally well trained but specific emergency services may be lacking in certain regions, especially in Poland's small towns and rural areas. Younger doctors generally speak English, though nursing staff often does not. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Medications are generally available, although they may not be specific U.S. brand-name drugs.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 21
Referrals: 84
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Please refer to the Infectious Disease Concerns section.

Communications Info:

Country Code:  +48  
Internet Code:  .pl

 



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