Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

  • Reviewed: 31 March 2020, 16:05 NZDT
  • Still current at: 3 July 2020

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Due to increased operational pressures, New Zealand has temporarily closed its Embassy in Warsaw’s physical premises. In country consular assistance remains available. New Zealanders seeking emergency consular assistance should email nzwsw@nzembassy.pl or phone the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 24/7 Consular emergency line on 0800 30 10 30 (within New Zealand) or +64 99 20 20 20 (outside of New Zealand), or email cons@mfat.govt.nz.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Poland.

Local authorities in countries and territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus.

Such measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend that all travellers consult the official website or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls and other measures that may apply to you.

For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel.  IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that have imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.

As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Zealand Government has some temporary travel restrictions in place in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for up to date information.

For further travel advice and information about COVID-19, please see our webpage here. We encourage all New Zealanders living and travelling overseas to register with us.

Terrorism
There is a moderate threat of terrorism in Poland. Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, have made threats to conduct attacks across Europe. Be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could occur in public places, including areas visited by foreigners. 

New Zealanders in Poland are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places.

Crime
There is a low crime rate in Poland, however there have been occasional reports of muggings, drink spiking leading to credit card fraud, and pickpocketing in larger cities including Warsaw and Krakow. There is a higher risk of robbery around main railway stations and on trains. We recommend taking extra care to ensure your food and drink is never left unattended and being cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and recent acquaintances.

Be alert to your surroundings and take steps to secure your personal belongings.

Civil Unrest
Demonstrations are common in Poland, particularly in Warsaw and other large cities, and may disrupt local public services and transport. New Zealanders in Poland are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to escalate with little warning.

General travel advice
Poland does not recognise dual nationalities. Dual New Zealand-Polish nationals must enter and exit Poland on their Polish passport, as they will be deemed Polish by the Polish authorities.  Polish nationals travelling on foreign passports may be detained, or stopped at the border, until they obtain a Polish travel document.

Use regulated official taxis only and avoid hailing taxis in the street. It is advisable to phone for taxis, use an app, or take a cab from official airport taxi stands.

On-the-spot fines can apply for minor infringements, such as jaywalking or traffic offences committed by non-resident foreign nationals.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.

Always carry original photo identification such as a passport or driver’s licence as local authorities can ask you to provide them to prove your identity.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Poland should have comprehensive travel insurance.

New Zealanders in Poland are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland

Emergency Telephone 24/7 Consular emergency line: 0800 30 10 30 (within New Zealand) or +64 99 20 20 20 (outside of New Zealand) Email nzwsw@nzembassy.pl Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/poland

See our regional advice for Europe

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