Americans Evacuating to Poland Need Proof of Covid Vaccination

The State Department this weekend told Americans evacuating to Poland that they need to show proof of Covid vaccination.

The State Department advised Americans in Ukraine to evacuate after US Intelligence warned Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine before the end of the Winter Olympics.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on Friday that Russian military forces are “in a position to be able to mount a major military action” and urged American citizens in Ukraine to “leave as soon as possible.”

Americans were told in order enter Poland they need to provide a US passport and proof of Covid vaccination.

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Americans were also encouraged to present a negative PCR or antigen Covid test which would facilitate entry into Poland.

Via the US State Department:

Poland has indicated to the U.S. government that U.S. citizens may now enter Poland through the land border with Ukraine. No advanced approval is required. We encourage those traveling into Poland by land from Ukraine to cross at the Korczowa-Krakovets or Medyka-Shehyni border crossings. U.S. citizens must present a valid U.S. passport and proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Travelers are also encouraged to present a negative test result from a PCR or antigen COVID-19 test, which will facilitate entry into Poland.

U.S. citizens wishing to depart Ukraine by land to countries other than Poland should refer to the Message to U.S. Citizens: Ukraine Land Borders. U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Ukraine and who do not depart immediately as advised, should complete this online form so we may better communicate with you. U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that the U.S. government will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens in the event of Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine.

Additional Actions to Take: 

  • Regularly monitor local and international news and social media news channels. 

  • Ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible. 

  • Review your personal security plans and always have a contingency plan in place that does not rely on U.S. government assistance. 

  • Get a COVID vaccine to facilitate your travel. 

  • Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency. 



Cristina Laila