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Country Name
Republic of Poland
Geographical Area
312,685 sq km (195428 sq miles)
Population
38,415,284 (Oct 2014 est.)
Capital City
Warsaw
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People   Polish 96.7%, German 0.4%, Belarusian 0.1%, Ukrainian 0.1%, other and unspecified 2.7%
Language   Polish 97.8%, other and unspecified 2.2%
Religion   Roman Catholic 89.8% (about 75% practicing), Eastern Orthodox 1.3%, Protestant 0.3%, other 0.3%, unspecified 8.3%
Government   republic; chief of the state is the president, head of the government is the prime minister
Head of Government   President: Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister: Ewa Kpacz
Embassy   The American Embassy Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31 00-540 Warsaw ph. +48-22/504-2000
Visas   A visa is not required for a U.S. or Canadian citizen holding a valid passport unless he/she expects to stay in Poland more than 90 days and/or to study or seek employment.
Health Risks   No immunizations are required for entry. The following medical vaccinations are desirable or helpful for travel to Poland to prevent contagious diseases in Poland: hepatitis A & B, rabies, typhoid and tetanus.
A common disease is the tick-borne encephalitis. Travelers are at risk who visit or work in forested areas during the summer months and who consume unpasteurized dairy products. Vaccine for this disease is not available in the United States at this time. To prevent tick-borne infections travelers should take precautions to prevent tick bites.
Clothing Suggestions   The Polish winter is reasonably harsh, worsening towards the east of the country, with January days in most places around 32°F and a bit less at night. Summers are mildly warm, with average July highs of 75°F for most of the country, although they can be wet.
Time Zone:   GMT/UTC +1;
Daylight saving time:
Start: late March
End: late September
Banking / Exchange   Banks work usually Monday to Friday between 8 am and 5 pm; on Saturdays only some of the banks work, and those are open between 9 am and 1 pm.
Travelers can exchange their money in banks, exchange kiosks (called kantors) and in main hotels and travel offices.
Currency   Zloty (zl)
Electric Current   230V, 50Hz
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks   American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in larger establishments. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.
Shopping   Groceries are generally open on weekdays from 6/7 am till 6/7 pm, on Saturdays from 7am till 1pm; some of them stay open on Saturdays and Sundays. Certain shops, predominantly groceries, stay open till 9/10 pm, and sometimes round the clock. Shops with industrial goods and services operate from 10/11 am till 6/7 pm. Super markets in big cities usually stay open from 6 am till 9 pm.
Weights & measures   Metric
How to shop Tax Fee   Value added tax (VAT) is included in the price of almost every product and service you purchase. Foreigners can reclaim VAT levied on goods they had bought in Poland and took abroad.
National Airport   Warsaw (WAW), Krakow (KRK)
Major Tourist Attractions   Warsaw, Krakow, Masurian Lakes
Tipping Suggestion   Tipping is not customary in Poland, but small gratuities can be offered for excellent service (10 to 15%). It is customary to tip tour guides 5 to 7 EUR per person per day on multiday tours and drivers 3 to 5 EUR per person per day. The suggested tip for day tours is 10 to 15 EUR for the guide and 5 EUR for the driver.
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