Situated in Central and Eastern Europe, Poland ranks among the largest countries in this part of the Continent. Its 38 million citizens populate an area of nearly 313,000 sq. km whose picturesque landscapes stretch from the Baltic Sea in the North to the Carpathian Mountains in the South.
Over long centuries, Poland has served as an interface between Eastern and Western Europe. This intermediary role has earned it a distinct legacy which now finds its unique expressions. Equally remarkable are Poland’s natural assets which range widely from mountains to wide sandy beaches on the Baltic to clean lakes and virgin forests.
Poland’s pristine natural beauty is treasured by Poles and visiting tourists alike. Poland recognizes the importance of these unique assets and strives to preserve their uncommon original beauty for future generations. We take responsibility for the future of our planet and joyfully welcome the decision to hold the 19th United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland.
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Passport and visa requirements.
Poland has been a member of the European Union since 2004 and a member of the Schengen area since 2007. Visitors seeking to enter and stay in Poland must hold valid passports and visas. The visa requirement is waived for citizens of EU member states, countries of the European Economic Area and countries explicitly exempted from the visa obligation.
In addition to travel documents and visas (if required), foreign nationals entering Poland are expected to hold funds, or produce proof of their ability to acquire funds, in an amount sufficient to cover the cost of entry, transit, stay and departure.
Travellers entering or departing from the European Union are required to declare to customs authorities any amounts of cash equal to or exceeding 10,000 (or an equivalent thereof in other currencies, easily marketable securities such as shares and bonds, and travellers’ checks). For additional information, see www.msz.gov.pl.
Poland lies in the Continental European time zone (GTM+1).
Reaching Poland by telephone
Country code: 00 48 (+48)
Warsaw area code: 00 48 22 (+48 22)
Poland’s legal tender is the Polish zloty (PLN), which is divided into 100 groszes USD 1 = ca. PLN 3.2; €= ca. PLN 4.2 (NBP rate as of May 2013). The Polish zloty banknotes are issued in the denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 zloties, the coins are 1, 2, 5 zloties and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 groszes. The currency may be converted at exchange points, in banks and hotels. Travellers’ checks are redeemable in banks.
Poland’s official language is Polish. English can be spoken in most service points, hotels, restaurants and at city information desks.
Electrical appliances and plugs
Electrical appliances in Poland run on 230V 50Hz current, the plugs are two- pronged plugs. Adapters are available at most hotels.
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