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The Białowieża Forest World Heritage site, on the border between Poland and Belarus, is an immense range of primary forest including both conifers and broadleaved trees covering a total area of 141,885 hectares. Situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and Black Sea, this transboundary property is exceptional for the opportunities it offers for biodiversity conservation. It is home to the largest population of the property’s iconic species, the European bison.
As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.
We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Poland. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Poland.
Currencie(s): Polish złoty
Corruption: Poland has a corruption score of 40 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Poland, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Poland is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Poland is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.65 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Podlaskie Voivodeship is 18.
Age of Consent: 15 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Poland.
Poland scores a -1/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / E
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 20.88 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Poland. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.