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Information for Travelers and Residents

Traveling to Poland

Poland is a member of the Schengen Borders Agreement. If you are a qualified visitor for tourism or business with a valid U.S. passport, you can apply to enter the Schengen area without a visa for a period of 90 days within each 180 day period. To enter the Schengen area you need a U.S. passport (with applicable visas, if needed), valid for at least 90 days beyond your intended date of departure from the Schengen area. For information on extending a stay in Poland, applying for residence in Poland, or applying for a work permit in Poland, please contact the Polish Embassy in Washington. Please refer to the Schengen Fact Sheet for more information on the Schengen Borders Agreement.

Country Information on Poland

For more information on entry/exit requirements for U.S. Citizens, crime, special circumstances, health information, traffic safety and other issues please refer to Country Information on Poland.

Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts

The U.S. State Department maintains a current list of Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Travel Warnings describe longer-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable.  A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.  Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, generally within a particular country, that pose imminent risks to the security of U.S.citizens.  Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.

Messages for U.S. Citizens in Poland

For information on security issues, emergency notifications, and other information of particular interest to U.S. citizens in Poland please refer to Messages for U.S. Citizens in Poland

Legal and Medical Resources

Legal and Medical Resources

Six-Month Passport Validity

Six-month passport validity

  • In recent months, U.S. citizens traveling with passports that expire in less than six months have increasingly been denied airline boarding or refused entry upon arrival at certain foreign destinations, including popular European travel destinations in the Schengen area. This short video highlights the six-month passport validity requirement that some countries stipulate for entry.