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Republic of Poland

 

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Republic of Poland
Address: Al. Ujazdowskie 33/35, 00-540 Warszawa, Poland
Telephone: +48 22 629 40 71, +48 22 629 40 72, +48 22 629 40 73, +48 22 629 40 74, +48 22 629 40 75
Fax: +48 22 628 22 71
Out-of-hours  hotline: + 48 22 629 40 71/72
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/poland
Consulate
Consular district: The territory of Poland, Latvia and Lithuania
Address: Al. Ujazdowskie 33/35, 00-540 Warszawa, Poland
Fax: +48 22 628 13 40
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 9.00 - 12.00 h
E-mail: [email protected]

Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Bulgaria
Address: 46 “Khan Krum” str., Sofia 1000
Telephone: +359 2 987 26 10, +359 2 987 26 60, +359 2 987 26 70
Fax: +359 2 987 29 39
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.sofia.msz.gov.pl/bg
Consulate
Telephone/fax: +359 2 981 85 45
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 9:00 - 13:00 h
E-mail: [email protected]

General information

general information

Local currency

The currency is Polish Zloty (PLN)

Currency is exchanged primarily in exchange offices called "Kantor wymiany walut" (abbreviated as Kantor or Lombard).

Crime and security

In Poland, as in many other tourist countries, valuables should not be visibly worn, such as wallets, jewellery, watches, cameras, documents and luggage should not be left unattended. Theft of and from handbags are no exception, with relatively frequent attempts to cut the bag.

Along some of the major highways and in large cities, thefts or forceful taking of vehicles are possible, particularly from unguarded parking lots or through simulated failures of the thieves’ own vehicles, imitated or staged accidents. In this connection, caution and prudence are recommended, especially in case the person’s vehicle breaks, and during the time of travel all doors of the vehicle should be locked.

During the period from 1 June to 30 September from 10.00 to 22.00 h., the Polish police has a “hotline” for foreign tourists in need. At telephone number +48 800 200 300 they can ask for assistance and legal advice, as well as information on community facilities, tourist offices and diplomatic and consular representations (in English).

In case of theft, forceful taking and/or loss of documents, credit cards, luggage, vehicle or items, you should immediately declare this before the Polish Police at emergency telephone 997 or 112 (mobile telephone).

In these cases, it would be especially useful if before travelling you have copied your documents or alternatively, you can present to the Police copies of your IDs on electronic media. (Especially useful if before travel you scan your documents and place the copies at an electronic address that only you have access to, such as your e-mail.)

Customs requirements

When entering/leaving the territory of Poland, amounts corresponding to the equivalent of 10,000 euros or more should be declared.

Exports of items (e.g., books, artwork, jewellery, furniture) made before 1945 is governed by specific provisions of Polish law. It is advisable to verify the legal possibilities for export before the purchase of such property.

Further information can be found on the web-site of the Customs Service (Służba Celna) of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Poland HERE.

From 01.01.2009, up to 800 cigarettes per person can be freely exported.

Current information on alcohol and tobacco, which can be imported into Poland without collection of customs and excise duties can be found in the section “Publications”, located on the website of the Customs Service (Służba Celna) of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Poland HERE.

Road traffic

Poland has a well developed network of domestic and international flights, bus lines and rail links.

Healthcare

Despite financial difficulties, public hospitals provide quality medical services.

Medical workers are highly qualified.

There is a large number of pharmacies, which are usually located in busy places and are well equipped, including with medical drugs manufactured abroad.

A number of medical drugs require a prescription.

Travel papers and visas

Bulgarian citizens can enter the territory of Poland with an identity card, passport or a temporary passport.

Visa-free travel is in force, with a maximum authorized period of stay of up to 90 days within every six months.

Travellers should be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to finance their stay in Poland.

Registration and residence permits

Foreigners must register their address of residence (zameldowanie tymczasowe) at the local offices for address registration (Urzad Meldunkowy) not later than the date of entry into the territory of Poland.

The certificate of address registration is a necessary but not sufficient condition for obtaining a residence permit (kartapobytu), if the person wants to stay beyond three months.

Additional information about the requirements of the Polish authorities for issuing residence permits, including the terms and conditions for obtaining a residence permit can be obtained from the web-site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (in Polish and English), at the following address HERE.

Practical advice

Tourists wishing to visit the forest and lake regions of Poland during the summer months are advised to get vaccinated against Tick-borne encephalitis (FSME), and according to some additional recommendations - also for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.

Drink driving is prohibited, as well as driving after use of other intoxicants or narcotics, and the maximum limit is 0,2 ‰. In case of police inspections, full co-operation is recommended to establish the actual quantity in the blood and in no case should bribes be offered.

If travelling by car, although from 05.01.2004 “green card insurance is not required, it is strongly recommend that drivers have such an insurance, since it could significantly alleviate them in drafting a protocol for accident and receive compensation.

From 01.07.2011, before accessing toll roads, drivers of vehicles with a total permissible weight over 3.5 tonnes (including drivers with trailers/trucks, etc. with a total weight over 3.5 tons) and drivers of minivans with more than 9 seats are required to pay tolls through the “viaTOLL” system.

In Warsaw and in the adjacent lowlands, water is not suitable for direct human consumption because of it is too hard.

During the heating season, air pollution in major cities is possible.

Taking photographs and filming of military facilities and services is forbidden.

Use of alcohol and other intoxicating substances in public places is prohibited.

From 2010, smoking in public places has been banned (such as bus stops and vehicles of public transport, railway stations, hospitals, schools, museums, theaters, cinemas, stadiums, children playgrounds, etc.) Under certain conditions, smoking is allowed in separate smoking rooms at restaurants and bars. The fine for violating the ban is 500 zloty (about BGN 250).

Bulgarian citizens residing in Poland for up to three months should have a European health insurance card or similar certificate, and those residing for more than three months need to have been registered (insured) in the Polish health fund on the basis of a certificate issued by NHIF (More detailed information can be obtained at the website of the NHIF HERE or of the National Health Fund in Poland - HERE).

Competitive service

Under the signed Treaty for legal assistance between Bulgaria and Poland, Bulgarian or Polish documents to be recognized in Poland or Bulgaria respectively do not need to legalization. The document needs to be translated and the translator’s signature must be certified.

A public documents may be a registration document of a company/firm, birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate or divorce judgment and notarized documents.

Issuance of Bulgarian identity documents

The Consular Office at the Embassy is accepting applications for passports, identity cards and temporary passports.

Civil status

The primary civil status certificate is issued by the competent local authorities - Polish Civil Status Office in the respective municipality, and deadlines for registration should be met. Particular attention should be paid to the deadlines for registration of a newborn child.

After obtaining the local document certifying civil status, it is to be submitted before the consulate, translated and legalized under the established order, in the event that the persons concerned are unable to otherwise register birth, marriage before the local authority or death.

When the person concerned can and wants to make the registration personally or through an authorized person, the local certifying document should be submitted, in translation and certified under the established order before the relevant municipality in Bulgaria: for the birth of a child – at the domicile of the mother, and if she is a foreigner – of the father; for a marriage certificate – before the local authority at the domicile of the husband, and if he is a foreigner – of the wife; for death – at the permanent address of the deceased person.

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