- Reviewed: 26 January 2017, 13:45 NZDT
- Still current at: 20 August 2017
There are no significant security concerns in Poland, however normal safety and security precautions should be taken to ensure personal safety.
There is an underlying threat of terrorism in Poland. Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, have made threats to conduct attacks across Europe.
New Zealanders in Poland are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places.
Violent crime in Poland is low, however, there have been occasional reports of muggings, drinks spiking and pickpocketing in larger cities. We recommend taking extra care to ensure your food and drink is never left unattended and being cautious accepting drinks from strangers and recent acquaintances. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings and take steps to secure their personal belongings.
Demonstrations are common in Poland, particularly in Warsaw. New Zealanders in Poland are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations as, although these are usually peaceful in nature, there is the potential for civil disorder to occur.
General travel advice
Holders of dual citizenships, ie. New Zealand and Polish, should be aware that Polish authorities treat dual citizens solely as Polish citizens. For this reason Polish Border Authorities expect all dual citizens to be travelling to and out of Poland on Polish passports/ID's only (legal basis: Act of 2 April 2009 on Polish citizenship).
New Zealanders travelling or living in Poland should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.
New Zealanders in Poland are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland
Street Address Al. Ujazdowskie 51, Warsaw 00-536, Poland Telephone +48 22 521 0500 Fax +48 22 521 0510 Email mailto:email@example.com Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/poland Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200, 1330 - 1600 hrs
See our regional advice for Europe