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Useful information for visiting journalists

Contacts to The Main Press Offices

Prime Minister’s Office

Al. Ujazdowskie 1/3, 00-583 Warszawa
phone: +48 22 694 74 21
e-mail: sprm@kprm.gov.pl

Government Information Center

Al. Ujazdowskie 1/3, 00-583 Warszawa
phone: +48 22 694 75 28, +48 22 694 61 02
Journalist inquiries (does not apply to accreditation):
phone: +48 22 694 74 74
e-mail: dziennikarze@kprm.gov.pl, cirpress@kprm.gov.pl, press@kprm.gov.pl
Contact for accreditation: pressroom@kprm.gov.pl

Press Office of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland

Pałac Prezydencki (Presidential Palace)
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 48/50, 00-071 Warszawa
phone: +48 22 695 10 70
e-mail: biuroprasowe@prezydent.pl

Sejm of the Republic of Poland’s Press Office

ul. Wiejska 4/6/8, 00-902 Warszawa
phone: +48 22 694 25 00

Press Office
phone: +48 22 694 22 15, +48 22 694 22 31, +48 22 694 10 96, +48 22 694 10 86, +48 22 621 11 50, +48 22 694 24 42
e-mail: cis@sejm.gov.pl

Senate of the Republic of Poland’s Office

ul. Wiejska 6, 00-902 Warszawa
phone: +48 22 694 94 39

Press Office
phone: +48 22 694 90 34, +48 22 694 91 46
e-mail dpr@senat.gov.pl

National Electoral Commission

Press Office
phone: +48 22 243 03 00 ext. 141
e-mail biuroprasowe@kbw.gov.pl

Free photos of Poland

www.pl.freepik.com, www.zdjecia.pl

Visas

If a foreigner wants to come to Poland he has to apply for a visa in Polish diplomatic outposts abroad. However, there are some exceptions of this rule:
1. Citizens of the EU countries as well as citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – they have a right to free, visa-less transfer of people within the EU and the European Economic Area.
2. Citizens of the following countries: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentine, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Croatia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong-Kong, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Costarica, Macao, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Salvador, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Uruguay, the United States of America, Vatican, Venezuela should apply for a visa after the period of 90 days. They should also hold a valid passport.
More information on visas
Address List of Polish Diplomatic Missions Abroad

Work Permit

Foreigners who want to work in Poland are required to have a permit issued by a voivodship governor.
The following foreigners are released form an obligation to possess a work permit:
1. The EU citizens, the European Economic Area citizens and Swiss Confederation citizens as well as their family members
2. Permanent correspondents of foreign mass media who were granted an accreditation of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (more information) due to a request of the main editor of a foreign editorial board or agency but only within the frames of his/her professional activities served in favour of this board or agency.
More information on work permit

History of Poland

Social Conventions

Poles are friendly, industrious people and foreigners are usually made very welcome. There are vast contrasts between urban and rural life and the Polish peasantry is very religious and conservative, maintaining a traditional way of life. Catholicism plays an important role in daily life and criticism or jokes about religion are not appreciated, despite people’s general good humor.
Shaking hands is the normal form of greeting. Normal courtesies are observed when visiting private homes and it is customary to bring flowers, preferably in odd numbers. Fairly conservative casual wear is the most appropriate attire, but the dress should be formal if it is for evening entertainment or a fancy restaurant. Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings.

Main Airports

Warsaw (WAW) (Frederic Chopin Airport) (www.lotnisko-chopina.pl) is 10km (6 miles) southwest of the city. To/from the airport: Buses and taxis are available (journey time – 20 to 40 minutes by bus; 20 to 30 minutes by taxi). Facilities: Post office, banks, bureaux de change, bars, restaurants, left luggage, tourist information services, car hire and duty-free shops.
Krakow (KRK) (Balice John Paul II) (www.krakowairport.pl) is 14km (9 miles) west of the city center. To/from the airport: Buses, trains and taxis are available (journey time – 15 minutes by train; 35 minutes by bus; 20 minutes by taxi). Facilities: Bar, restaurant, bureau de change, car hire and duty-free shops.
Wroclaw (WRO) (Strachowice/Copernicus) (www.airport.wroclaw.pl) is 8km (5 miles) from the city center. To/from the airport: Buses and taxis are available (journey time – 30 minutes by bus; 20 minutes by taxi). Facilities: Duty-free shops, bar, restaurant, car hire.
Katowice (KTW) (www.katowice-airport.com) is 34km (21 miles) from the city. To/from the airport: Buses and taxis are available (journey time – 40 minutes by shuttle bus or taxi to city center; 2 hours 10 minutes by road to Krakow). Facilities: Bank, bureaux de change, duty-free shops, restaurants and car hire.
Gdansk (GDN) (Lech Walesa Airport) (www.airport.gdansk.pl) is 10 km (6 miles) southwest of Gdansk. To/from the airport: Buses and taxis are available (journey time – 25 to 40 minutes by road to Gdansk city center). Facilities: Bureau de change, duty-free shops, post office, tourist information, restaurant and car hire.

Things worth seeing in Poland

Poland is a beautiful country with many places to visit and events to attend.
14 Best Places to Visit in Poland