Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Notice From the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw

Embassy of the United States of America
Warsaw, Poland

          The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of multiple scheduled demonstrations and marches in Warsaw on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, in celebration of Polish Independence Day.  Similar events may be held in other Polish cities.  Independence Day marches have previously resulted in clashes between opposing groups and/or police. 

          A major demonstration with up to 50,000 participants led by “Marsz Niepodległości” Organizacja Społeczna (Independence March Social Organization) will be held between 13:00-20:00.  Demonstrators will gather at the Roman Dmowski Roundabout , walk along Aleje Jerozolimskie towards the Poniatowski Bridge, cross the bridge, and turn left into the PGE Narodowy Stadium grounds at the Jerzego Waszyngtona Roundabout for a rally.

Other organizations are planning additional rallies:

·        In front of the two Marszałek Piłsudski monuments near Belvedere Palace and Plac Marszałka Piłsudskiego (opposite from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) as well as at the Roman Dmowski monument between 14:00 and 15:00 and 20:00 and 22:00 .
·        At Park Ujazdowski in front of Paderewski’s Monument from 11:00-11:30.
·        A religious march will start at the church in Plac Trzech Krzyży (Three Crosses Square) and end in front of Parliament between 10:00-14:00.

In addition to these demonstrations, the 10-kilometer Independence Run is scheduled along Jana Pawła II Avenue from 11:00 to 13:00.  Expect heavy traffic around the area, including the intersection with Aleje Jerozolimskie near the Warsaw Central Railway Station.

Although the majority of demonstrations are expected to be peaceful, even peaceful demonstrations can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings.  Expect heavy traffic congestion throughout Warsaw, as well as road closures and parking difficulties.

For further information:

·        Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Worldwide Cautions, and read the Country Specific Information for Poland

·        Enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency. 

·        The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw is located at Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31, telephone +48-22-504-2000.  Appointments for U.S. citizen services can be made Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., excluding Polish and American holidays and the last working Wednesday of each month.  Appointments may also be scheduled for Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  In the event of emergency after hours, you may contact the Embassy duty officer at +48-22-504-2000.

·        The U.S. Consulate General in Kraków is located at Ulica Stolarska 9, 31-043, telephone +48-12- 424-5100.   Appointments for U.S. citizen services can be made Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., by appointment only.  The Consulate is closed on Polish and American holidays.  In the event of emergency after hours, you may contact the Consulate duty officer at +48-601-483-348.

·        Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 

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