Poland International Travel Information
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you break local laws, even without knowing it, you can be arrested, imprisoned or deported. A US passport will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution.
In addition, certain crimes are also subject to prosecution in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our Crimes Against Juveniles Abroad website and the Department of Justice website.
Notification of Arrest: If you are arrested or detained, ask the police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.. Under Polish law, a person with both Polish and US citizenship is considered a Polish citizen, but people with dual Polish-US citizenship can still request to see a US consular officer. See our web page for more information.
Special circumstances: Polish customs apply strict regulations regarding the export of items such as works of art. Contact the Polish Embassy in Washington, DC, or a Polish Consulate in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, or Houston for specific information regarding customs requirements.
- Taking pictures of Polish military buildings or other national security/restricted objects is illegal.
- Penalties are severe for possession, use or trafficking illegal drugs Poland. Expect long prison sentences and heavy fines if he is convicted.
- Local police can stop a car, ask for ID to establish their identity, and can ask the driver questions later.
Persons setting up a business or exercising a profession requiring additional permits or licenses should check with the relevant local authorities before exercising or operating a business. Information on doing business in Poland is available on the U.S. Embassy website.
Counterfeit and pirated goods: Although counterfeit and pirated products are prevalent in many countries, including Poland, they may still be illegal depending on local laws. Possession or purchase of them is against the law. You can be subject to heavy fines and even imprisonment. You must also give them up if you bring them back to the United States. For more information, see the US Department of Justice website and the Customs Department of the Polish Ministry of Finance.
Faith-based travelers: See the following Department of State web pages for details:
LGBTI travelers: There are no legal restrictions on consensual homosexual sex between adults or on the organization of LGBTI events in Poland. Polish law prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Although the government enforces these provisions, social acceptance of LGBTI people is not as widespread like in the United States. Government officials have made derogatory comments about LGBTI people, and harassment and violence against the LGBTI community has increased in recent years.
A number of municipalities and regions have adopted non-binding resolutions declaring themselves “free from LGBTI ideology”. Travelers who openly identify as LGBTI in these areas may face additional harassment.
See our LGBTI travel information page and section six of our Human Rights Report for more details.
Disabled travelers: Polish law prohibits discrimination against people with physical, sensory, intellectual or mental disabilities, but some discrimination does exist. Polish law states that buildings must be accessible to people with disabilities, but in practice many buildings remain inaccessible. New public trains, vehicles and stations may be accessible, but older ones are not. Wheelchair users will encounter many challenges across the country. Service animals are generally permitted in public buildings and transportation. Pedestrian crossings at intersections in large cities are usually equipped with audible level crossing signals.
Students: Check out our Student Abroad and FBI Travel Tips page.
Travelers: Check out our travel tips for female travelers.