Poland Business Travel Guide

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The Poland Business Travel Guide has some interesting and useful tools and resources for business travellers to assist them on their trips. The travel guide has some important information such as business customs, culture, tips, visa information, facts on Poland and more. A good understanding of other cultures, languages, customs and traditions can bring rewards for business travellers helping to foster a climate of better understanding, avoid cultural misunderstandings and helping to create a successful business trip.

Poland has a developed economy with a number of business opportunities. It is a member of the EU, OECD, NATO and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Major trading partners include EU neighbours Germany, UK, France, Italy and the Czech Republic. Poland is located in central Europe and shares borders with Germany to the west, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to the south, Lithuania and Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia) to the north, Ukraine and Belarus to the east.

The country has a variety of landscapes including the lowlands, uplands, lakes, forests, mountains and coastline. Famous attractions include Łazienki Park, Royal Castle, Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Wilanów Palace, National Museum Warsaw in the capital Warsaw and the Main Market Square in Krakow, Gdansk Old Town, Bialowieza Forest, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Castle.

Poland Guide

Quick Facts on Poland
Poland Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Poland Map
Poland Weather & Climate

Quick Facts on Poland

Country: Poland

Capital: Warsaw

Currency: Zloty (1 zloty = 100 groszy)

Population: 38.3 Million (UN, 2012)

Area total: 313,000 sq km

Languages: Polish

Time Zone: GMT +1

Daylight Saving Details: Starts in late March until late October

Electricity: 230V 50Hz

Dialling Code: 48

GDP: USD 517.5 billion (World Bank, 2013)

Religion: Predominately Catholic

Political System: Republic

Internet Domain: .pl

Poland Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to Poland. You can find more information on entry requirements for Poland, advice on local laws and customs, health considerations, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British Embassy in Poland. The information is updated on a regular basis making it a useful resource to check for both business and leisure travellers, before starting their trips to Poland. For more information please see: Poland Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Poland Embassy UK

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business meetings should be arranged in advance, letters of introduction can also be useful when doing business in Poland. Business dress is conservative and smart. Greetings usually consist of a handshake. Initial meetings can be very formal and titles and surnames are used, should wait to be invited before using first names. Giving business cards to all in meeting is accepted custom.

Business meetings may take the form of lunches and dinners, it is usually the person who issues he invitation to the meeting that pays. Business decisions are often made by committee, negotiations can take time and be protracted with a deal confirmed when all parties agree. Some Polish business people speak English, translators are available if needed.

Travel Advice and Tips

The majority of trips to Poland for business visitors and tourists take place each year without incident. You should be aware of pick pockets and thefts of passports and at ATM machines. It is advisable to stay away from unregulated taxis, there have been incidents of over charging, using official taxis is recommended. Car crime means valuables should not be left in the car, valuables should also not be visible in public. It is wise to always remain vigilant and alert to your surroundings and environment to help avoid any undue incidents.

Travel Checklist: See our Packing & Travel Checklist containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: It is recommended you check with your GP for the latest advice on whether you require any travel vaccinations up to eight weeks before you travel. For more information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 10%

Hours of Business:

For Businesses:
8.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday

For Shops:
06.00 to 19.00 (for smaller shops and stores) Monday to Friday & closed earlier in Saturdays.

08.00/09.00 to 21.00 (for larger shops & supermarkets) Monday to Friday
10.00 to 18.00 on Saturdays.

For Banks:
09.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday

NOTE: There are some stores with 24 opening times.

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2015):

January 1: New Year's Day
April 6: Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day / May Day
May 3: Constitution Day
May 14: Ascension Day
June 4: Corpus Christi
August 15: Assumption Day
November 1: All Saint's Day
November 11: Independence Day
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Second Day of Christmas

Poland Map

Map of Warsaw, Poland

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Poland Weather & Climate

Poland's climate is temperate characterised by warm to hot summers and cold winters, the varied geography in the country results in the climate being Oceanic in the north and becomes more Continental and warmer in the south. Spring and summer (April to September) are popular times to visit Poland with pleasant temperatures and the possibility of some very hot days in July and August. Winter are cold and snowfall covers the mountains from December to April, there is rainfall throughout the year

Lightweight cotton and medium weight clothing can be warn in the summer months; Mountain/Alpine wear clothing is required in the mountain regions throughout the year. Additional layers and warmer/heavyweight clothing is required during the autumn and especially cold winter months.

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