Poland Practical information
An identity card or valid passport is sufficient for any citizen of the European Union but your stay should not exceed 3 months.
If you are resident of a country outside the EU, a visa is not required if:
- You already have one issued by another country in the Schengen Area.
- You have a residence permit issued by another Member State in the Schengen Area.
No vaccinations are required for entry into Poland.
However, before your departure check that your diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP) vaccinations are up to date.
Ensure you have a European Health Insurance Card.
It is advisable to bring with you any medication you might require during your trip.
Bring an adapter for countries outside the EU
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The Polish currency is the Polish zloty (PLN).
1USD = 3.96 PLN*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only
Where can you change your money?
You can change your money in international banks and airports.
In Poland, you can change your money in banks, hotels, bureaux de change and even post offices, especially in very touristy areas.
Tips are not included in Poland. So remember to leave one (about 10% of the bill) in restaurants, for example.
It's the same for taxis.
The country's buses and trams allow you to travel all over with a well developed urban transport system.
The underground is also an option, but only if you're in Warsaw.
Ticket prices vary according to the duration of your trip: you can choose a ticket that lasts 20 minutes, one hour, one day, three days, etc .
For temporary stays in Warsaw, the Warsaw Pass (about €40) is recommended. It allows you to explore the city and enjoy many attractions for free or at discounted rates, for 48 hours.
The Melex is a golf cart that can carry several passengers in the back for a popular sightseeing option. Some cities also offer carriage rides or rickshaws to visit the old town.
In Europe, 112 is the number to call for emergencies of any type.
Police: 997 or 22 826 24 24
Fire service: 998
The official language is Polish. But most young Polish people also speak English.
A few phrases to remember :
Hello: Dzień dobry
Goodbye: Do widzenia
Thank you: Dziękuję
Sorry; excuse me: ; désolé : Przepraszam
How much is this ? : Ile to kosztuje ?
Where is ...? : Gdzie jest ...?
To the right: W prawo
To the left: W lewo
I understand: Rozumiem
I don't understand: Nie rozumiem
I don't speak Polish: Nie mówię po polsku
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