The British Embassy in Warsaw
Al. Róż 1
The British Embassy
Warsaw Corporate Centre
ul. E. Plater 28
tel +48 22 311 00 00
fax +48 22 311 03 11
British Consulate in Krakow
Mr Kaz Karasiński
British Honorary Consul
ul. Św Anny 9
tel : +48 12 421 70 30
fax : +48 12 422 42 64
U.S. Embassy in Warsaw
Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31
Tel.: +48 22 504-2000
U.S. Consulate General in Krakow
ul. Stolarska 9
Tel.: +48 12 424 51 00
Fax: +48 12 424 51 03
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
998 Fire Department
Calling those numbers is free of charge from any
112 general emergency number for calling from
COAT OF ARMS: white eagle with golden crown.
FLAG: two horizontal stripes, the upper one white and the lower one red - these are the national colors of Poland.
The citizens of EU countries can travel to Poland on the basis of a passport or ID documents valid in their own countries. A detailed information (in English) for foreign visitors can be found on the web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland www.msz.gov.pl
All the citizens of EU member states in case of emergency have the right to free medical services on the same conditions as Polish citizens. To be entitled to free health care, every foreigner entering Poland should have an E-111 form or a private health insurance in a company having a contract with Polish National Health Found (NFZ).
The official currency of Poland is called Polish Zloty (PLN).
1 zloty equals 100 groszy.
On the market there are coins: 1, 2 and 5 PLN, and also 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 gr. (groszy) and banknotes with nominal: 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 PLN.
Money can be changed in banks, hotels and without commission - in exchange offices (in Polish called KANTOR) - there is a lot of them in the city centre. In hotels, restaurants and most of shops all the generally known credit and debit cards are accepted.
Travelers cheques can be exchanged in authorized sale offices and some banks, but it is not very popular to use them.
It is also possible to withdraw money from a numerous cash machines.
The official language in Poland is Polish. In all resorts and places popular among tourists, in hotels and restaurants is possible to communicate in English.
It is possible to make a call from a public phone using special cards, sold at all post offices, kiosks and many food stores. In large towns, you can also make cheap international calls from some Internet cafés. To call abroad it is necessary to dial the international prefix code (United Kingdom +44, USA +1).