Will I need an ETIAS to visit Poland?
Poland is a member of both the E.U. and the Schengen Area.
The Schengen group of countries consists of twenty-six countries, who have all come together to allow each other’s citizens freedom to travel, work and live in any of the other Schengen countries. They also have uniform rules on immigration and border control.
There are almost 60 countries whose citizens are allowed free movement within the Schengen zone for 90 days out of 180 days. For this group of travelers, no visa is required, simply showing passports on arrival in the zone is sufficient to gain entry.
The ETIAS is an important increase in the security in the Schengen zone.
When the ETIAS is introduced in 2021, visitors from the aforementioned countries will need to have applied and been issued an ETIAS before they can commence their journey to Europe.
The ETIAS application is all conducted online by way of a simple form. Once the application is completed, and a fee is paid, the applicant then has to wait for their authorization to travel. This can take minutes or a few days. If the application is successful, and it is estimated that at least 95% will be, the ETIAS is electronically attached to the applicant’s passport which they show on arrival in Europe.
Travelers will have to state the first country on their itinerary, where they will be entering the Schengen area, and will not be allowed to vary from that. Once in Europe, travel within the Schengen zone will be unrestricted for 90 days.
Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in central Europe.
It has a coastline on the Baltic Sea and shares a maritime border with Denmark and Sweden.
Poland is bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia.
Covering an area of 312,696 sq. km it has a population of 38.5 million people.
The official language is Polish. 16 other languages are officially recognized as a minority language, Kashubian is the most widely used of these.
The capital and largest city is Warsaw.
The major religion is Christianity, and the official currency is the zloty (PLN).
Tourism is an important part of Poland’s economy.
Experience the sandy beaches of the Pomeranian Coast, climb the Tatras mountains, or soak up the medieval atmosphere in Cracow.
Perhaps you would like to learn about the Holocaust at Auschwitz. Victims of the Holocaust are remembered at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, now a museum.
For wide open spaces visit the Kampinos National Park, located close to Warsaw.
The Bieszczady National Park, part of the Carpathian Mountain, contains the last surviving fragments of the Great Bieszczady Forest. Home to lynx, wildcats, wolves and up to 120 brown bears, it is a great destination for a truly ‘back to the wild’ experience.
Poland at a glance
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Languages: Polish 96.2%, Unspecified 3.8%
Area: 312,685 KM2
Currency: Zloty (PLN)
Calling Code: +48
Travel in Poland
Since joining the E.U. Poland has seen a major surge in tourist traffic. Poland has a diverse landscape for travelers to enjoy and many fascinating sights.
The stunning Wieliczka Salt Mine, located close to Cracow, is a popular tourist attraction.
This UNESCO listed site has 300 kilometers of shafts and tunnels, richly decorated with statues carved out of salt by the miners.
The tourist route takes visitors 445 feet underground, passing through amazing vaulted chambers with chandeliers and a chapel all lovingly sculpted.
The Masurian Lake District, home to over 1,000 lakes, is a favorite for fishing and boating. For lively sea-shanty festivals and other popular events go to Mikołajki and Giżycko.
Poland has some of the very best beaches in Northern Europe. Kołobrzeg is a popular resort, as is Łeba, famed for its pure white sand.
Słowiński National Park, whose famous “wandering sand dunes” can shift several feet per year, is enjoyed by many.
Białowieża National Park is a major refuge for wild European Bison. It is also home to many rarer forest-dwelling species. The trees here can reach ages up to 500 years old. You can explore the nature trails alone, hiking or on a bike, exploring with a ranger is also possible.
The US and Poland
Poland is a stalwart ally of the United States. One of America’s strongest partners in Europe in fostering security and prosperity, regionally, through all of Europe, and through the world. The United States and Poland partner closely on many important issues, from NATO capabilities and counterterrorism to economic growth and innovation.
The U.S. and Poland both belong to the following organizations
- The United Nations
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
- Organization for security and cooperation in Europe
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- International Monetary Fund
- World Bank
- World Trade Organization
Poland is an observer to the Organization of American States. Poland is serving as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council until December 2019.
Direct flight times to Poland can take about nine and a half hours. There are also many European flights to Poland. Poland, as a member of the European Union, has committed to change its currency to euros, but this will not take place before 2020.
List of US diplomatic offices in Poland
The Embassy of USA in Warsaw, Poland
Address: Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31 00-540 Warsaw, Poland
Phone: +48 22 504 2000
Facts: Georgette Mosbacher – Ambassador
Consulate of USA in Krakow, Poland
Address: ul. Stolarska 9 31-043 Krakow
Phone: +48 12 424 5100
Fax: +48 12 424 5103