- Reviewed: 16 July 2018, 16:45 NZST
- Still current at: 15 August 2018
There are no significant security concerns in Poland, however normal safety and security precautions should be taken to ensure personal safety.
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.
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.
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.
The New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland
Street Address Al. Ujazdowskie 51, Warsaw 00-536, Poland Telephone +48 22 521 0500 Fax +48 22 521 0510 Email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/poland Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200, 1330 - 1600 hrs
See our regional advice for Europe