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Polish Zloty (PLN) coins and bills Polish zloty (= zl or PLN) is divided into 100 groszy (= gr).  It has five notes (for 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 zloty) come in different sizes and are easily recognizable. The nine coins are as follows: 1, 2, 5,10, 20 and 50 groszy and 1, 2 and 5 zloty.

Since the economic reforms of 1990, zloty can be changed in privately run bureaux de change (kantor). Some travel agents and the larger hotels in Poland will change money too. American Express, Visa, Eurocard, MasterCard, Diners' Club and ice credit cards are accepted in all major hotels, restaurants, cafes, well-established shops, art galleries and car rental agencies. Cash against visa cards can be obtained in banks only. Travellers' cheques are accepted all over Poland.

  Loss or theft of credit cards can be reported to

  • PolCard in Warsaw, tel: 274513, 273040 and 274513.
  • American Express cardholder, tel: 6353061/264460.

International dialing code: +48

Emergency and other Numbers:

  • The nation wide toll-free 24 hours emergency phone number include:
    • Ambulance, tel: 999,
    • Fire Department, tel: 998,
    • Police, tel:997, 
    • Breakdown assistance, 981
  • Mobile phone holders’ assistance, tel. 112 
  • Tourist emergency number for the summer season: 0-800-200-300
  • Number for organizers of tourism for the disabled: 022-635-13-30

National holidays:

  1. January 1st - New Year's Day.
  2. May 1st - Labor Day,
  3. May 3rd - Constitution Day.
  4. August 15th - Feast of the Assumption.
  5. November 1st - All Saint's Day,
  6. November 11th - National Independence Day.
  7. December 25th - Christmas Day,
  8. December 26th - St Stephen's Day.
  9. Movable Dates Easter Monday, Corpus Christi.
Visas and passports:

Visa extensions can be obtained from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Foreign Visitors Department, 11 Floor, 47a/49 Wspolna Ulica, Warsaw. Children included on their parents' passports are not charged any fees for visas. Passport and visa regulations can change quite quickly so it's wise to check with the Polish consular mission in your country of domicile before setting off. American visitors can stay in Poland for six months without a visa. Passport holders from most European countries, the USA and the Commonwealth can stay for up to 90 days without a visa. Visitors from Bulgaria, Estonia, Macedonia, Mongolia and Romania can remain for up to 30 days without a visa, while visitors from Hong Kong are allowed two weeks. Visas remain valid for six months from the date of issue.Visitors to Poland are obliged to register their stay within 48 hours after crossing the border. Registration is performed by the hotel or camp site reception desk.