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Safety and Health

Police

In case of emergency call the nearest polices station - phone no 112 (from mobile phones - free of charge) or landline connection - 997 (free of charge) - 24h service

First Aid

In case of sudden health problem contact ambulance service - landline connection - tel. 999 (free of charge) - 24h service or ask police for help (phone no 112)

Health Care

You will receive detailed info of health care during a temporary stay in Poland from the National Health Fund (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia - NFZ):

or call:
Central Office of the National Health Fund - The International Affairs Office
ul. Grójecka 186
02-390 Warszawa
phone: +48 (22) 572 62 68
fax +48 (22) 572 63 19
e-mail: ca17@nfz.gov.pl

Pharmacy

In each city there are a lot of pharmacy shops (called Apteka), at least one of them working 24 hours. They are also in every shopping centre. The over-the-counter (OTC) medicines (drugs you can buy without a prescription) are available in drug stores, hypermarkets and gas stations too.

Safety in the mountains

Safety tips to help you keep safe in Polish mountains:

  1. Check the weather forecasts before going into the mountains for the period you'll be staying there.
  2. Take advice from people who know the area you're planning to tramp or climb.
  3. A waterproof jacket & strong shoes are recommended at all seasons.
  4. Sign in/sign out. Leave a trip plan at the hotel reception or a friend including a "panic" date. The more details you leave about your intentions, the quicker you'll be rescued if something goes wrong
  5. Take an up-to-date detailed map. Keep the marked routes.
  6. Going with others is better than going alone.
  7. Always have some water with you.
  8. Be careful of falling stones and fragments of rock when climbing the high mountains. Remember that it is forbidden to throw stones or any other objects.
  9. Staying at the mountaintop or hogback during a storm increases the risk of being struck by lightning, especially while being close to metal elements (balustrades, chains).
  10. If lost - seek shelter and stay where you are. Use a torch to attract attention at night.
  11. If it is impossible for you to seek help yourself, call for help with an international signal used in similar situations: ANY VISUAL OR ACOUSTIC SIGNAL REPEATED 6 TIMES PER MINUTE (EVERY 10 SECONDS).
  12. You may call for help using a mobile: +48 601-100-300. Mountain Emergency Service (Górskie Ochotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe - GOPR) operates 24h, but don't use a mobile during a storm.

Embassies

Embassies in Warsaw:

Australia
Warszawa, ul. Nowogrodzka 11
Tel.: (+48 22) 521 34 44
09:00-17.00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.australia.pl

Austria
Warszawa, ul. Gagarina 34
Tel.: (+48 22) 841 00 81/84
09:00-16:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.ambasadaaustrii.pl

Belarus
Warszawa, ul. ul. Ateńska 67
Tel.: (+48 22) 7420710
08:00-15:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.belembassy.org/poland/pol/index.php?p=consul&f=visas

Belgium
Warszawa, ul. Senatorska 34
Tel.: (+48 22) 551 28 00
09:00-13:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.diplomatie.be/warsaw/

Brasil
ul. Poselska 11, Warszawa
Tel.: (+4822) 617 48 00
10:00-16.00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.brasil.org.pl

Canada
Warszawa, ul. Matejki 1/5
Tel.: (+48 22) 584 31 00
08:30-16.30 (Mo-Fr)
Internet: http://www.canada.pl

China
Warszawa, ul. Bonifraterska 1
Tel.: (+48 22) 831 38 36
08.30-12.00; 13:30-17:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.chinaembassy.org.pl

Czech Republic
Warszawa, ul. Koszykowa 18
Tel.: (+48 22)5251850
http://www.mzv.cz/warsaw
08:00-12:00 (Mo-Th)

Denmark
Warszawa, ul. Rakowiecka 19
Tel.: (+48 22) 565 29 00
08:30-16:30 (Mo)
08:30-16:00 (Tu-Th)
08:30-15:00 (Fr)
http://www.ambwarszawa.um.dk/da/

Estonia
Warszawa, ul. Karwińska 1
Tel.: (+48 22) 8811810
09:00-17:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.estemb.pl

Finland
Warszawa, ul. Chopina 4/8
Tel.: (+48 22) 5989500
09:00-11:00(Mo-Fr)
http://www.finland.pl

France
Warszawa, ul. Piękna 1
Tel.: (+48 22) 529 30 00
08:30-13:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.ambafrance-pl.org/france_pologne/

Germany
Warszawa, ul. Jazdów 12,
Tel.: (+48 22) 5841700
09:00-12:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.ambasadaniemiec.pl

Greece
Warszawa, ul. Górnośląska 35
Tel.: (+48 22) 622 94 60
09:30-13:30 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.greece.pl/polski/kontakdn.htm

Hungary
Warszawa, ul. Chopina 2
Tel.: (+48 22) 628 44 51 - 55
Mo.,Wed,. Fr: 09:00-12:00
Tu,.We.,: Closed
e-mail: consulate.vao@kum.hu

Ireland
Warszawa, ul. Mysia 5
Tel.: (+48 22) 849 66 33
09:00-13:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.irlandia.pl

Israel
Warszawa, ul. Krzywickiego 24
Tel.: (+48 22) 597 0502
10:00-12:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://warsaw.mfa.gov.il

Italy
Warszawa, pl. J.H. Dąbrowskiego 6
Tel.: (+48 22) 8264317
09:00-12:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.ambvarsavia.esteri.it/ambasciata_varsavia

Japan
Warszawa, ul. Szwoleżerów 8
Tel.: (+48 22) 696 50 00
09:00-12:30; 13.30-17.00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.pl.emb-japan.go.jp/

Latvia
Warszawa, ul. Aldony 19
Tel.: (+48 22) 617 43 89
10:00-13:00 (Mo-Fr)
e-mail: embassy.poland@mfa.gov.lv

Lithuania
Warszawa, Al. Ujazdowskie 14
Tel.: (+48 22) 625 33 68
09:00-13:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://pl.mfa.lt/index.php?-183526548

Netherlands
Warszawa, ul. Kawalerii 10
Tel.: (+48 22) 5591200
Monday from 09.00 till 12.00 hrs
Tuesday from 14.00 till 16.00 hrs
Wednesday closed
Thursday from 09.00 till 12.00 hrs
Friday from 14.00 till 16.00 hrs
http://www.mfa.nl/war-en/homepage

Norway
Warszawa, ul. Chopina 2a
Tel.: (+48 22) 696 40 30 / 629 09 36 (visas)
10:00-13:00 (Mo-Fr) except:Wednesday
http://www.amb-norwegia.pl/info/embassy.htm

Portugal
Warszawa, ul. Francuska 37
Tel.: (+48 22) 5111010-12
10:00-13:00 (Mo-Fr)
e-mail: embaixada@embport.internetdsl.pl

Russia
Warszawa, ul. Belwederska 25C
Tel.: (+48 22) 849-51-11
08:00-12:00 (Mo-Fr) except:Wednesday
http://www.poland.mid.ru/

Slovakia
Warszawa, ul. Litewska 6
Tel.: (+48 22) 5258110
08:00-16:30 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.ambasada-slowacji.pl/

South Africa
Warszawa, ul. Koszykowa 54
Tel.: (+48 22) 625 62 28
09:00-12:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.southafrica.pl

Spain
Warszawa, ul. Myśliwiecka 4
Tel.: (+48 22) 622 42 50
09:00-11:00 (Mo-Th)
email: embesp@medianet.pl

Sweden
Warszawa, ul. Bagatela 3
Tel.: (+48 22) 640 89 00
10.00-12:00 (Mo, Tu, Th, Fr)
15.00-16.00 Wednesday
http://www.swedenabroad.com/Start____23077.aspx

Turkey
Warszawa, Krakowskie Przedmiescie 19/1
Tel: (+48 22) 826 62 88 - 89
09:00-12:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.turcja.org.pl/en/index_e.htm

Ukraine
Warszawa, al. Szucha 7
Tel.: (+48 22) 6224797
08:00-12:00 (Mo-We)
http://www.mfa.gov.ua/poland/pl/18110.htm

United Kingdom
Warszawa, al. Róż 1
Tel.: (+48 22) 3110000
08:30-16:30 (Mo-Fr)
http://www.britishembassy.pl

USA
Warszawa, al. Ujazdowskie 29/31
Tel. (+48 22) 5042000
08:30-17:00 (Mo-Fr)
http://poland.usembassy.gov/

Top 10 pieces of advice

Poland is generally regarded as a safe country, comparable to the rest of EU countries. However, bearing in mind the following, your safety will be still more secure:

  1. Beware of pickpockets. They act similarly all over the world, but they are especially dangerous in the centres of big cities, particularly in the means of public transport, at bazaars, railway stations, while getting on the train (when you feel it's becoming suddenly unnaturally crowded around you) or in crowded pubs. Don't leave your handbag unattended, keep your purse tucked closely under your arm, keep your wallet out of sight and never put your wallet or your mobile in your rear pocket.
  2. Beware of pickpockets if you have just used a cash machine (ATM) in a very crowded place.
  3. Paying with a credit card don't let anybody take it away, particularly out of your sight.
  4. Don't leave your belongings unattended while travelling by bus, train or tram.
  5. Don't sleep on the train. If you go by a night train, don't travel in an empty compartment, but choose one with travellers in.
  6. Always try to park your car in a guarded parking area. Even then don't leave valuables (camera, handbag) in sight.
  7. Don't walk alone at night in deserted places. Avoid districts commonly known as dangerous.
  8. Don't let anybody provoke you to fight, particularly if you are leaving a bar attended by tipsy young people. In case of aggression whip away and call the police.
  9. Avoid league football matches and football pitch surroundings just after the matches as you may be trapped in fights between football clubs fans, which usually need police intervention. If you insist on watching a match, go there with your Polish friends who are well aware of the realities.
  10. Although tap water in Poland meets rigorous EU standards avoid drinking it unboiled. In some big cities it can have a bit unpleasant taste. To be sure about the right taste and clarity buy mineral water, this is cheap and easily available (just at the shop on the corner).