Poland (The Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

The South African Embassy in Warsaw was officially opened during April 1991. Initially it only functioned as an Office of Interest and was upgraded to full diplomatic status in December 1991.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Poland

H E Mr S J  Ntombela
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Representation of the Polish Republic in South Africa

Vacant
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of the Polish Republic

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Consular Section at the Polish Embassy in South Africa.


Health Requirements

Poland is considered a "jaundice area" and visitors are advised to be inoculated against the Hepatitis B virus.

Common colds, bronchial ailments, sinusitis and intestinal flu are common especially in winter and it is advisable to bring along a supply of over-the-counter medicines for these minor illnesses. Respiratory ailments seem to be further aggravated as a result of low humidity and air pollution.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.


Climate Info

Poland's climate is continental European. Because of Poland being situated so far north-east sunset occurs by 3:30-4:00 pm during winter months. Winters can be severe, with heavy snows possible from December to March. Winter temperatures in Warsaw average between -10 to -20 degrees C. Spring is usually cold and rainy, with relatively hot summers. Autumn is usually cloudy and can be quite cold. Yearly rainfall averages about 23.5 inches.

For up-to-date weather information click here.


Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Polish Zloty. It is divided into 100 groszy. The Zloty was re-dominated, by dropping of four zeros, as of 1995 and only new zloty (PLN - Polish New Zloty) are accepted as currency.

Notes : PLN 10, 20, 50, 100, 200
Coins : 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and PLN 1, 2, 5.

For current exchange rates click here

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to: vanderwaltr@dirco.gov.za.

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Poland, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

Polish South African Friendship Society
Mr. Grzegorz Pisarski
ul. Bystrzycka 95/8
54-129 Wroclaw
Poland
Tel/Fax : + 48 71 351 2070

South African Polish Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 166955
1454 Brackendowns
South Africa
Tel : + 27 11 869 9730
Fax : + 27 11 869 9779

Polish South African Chamber of Commerce
Mr Jerzy Napiorkowski
ul. Trebacka 4
00-074 Warsaw
Poland
Tel : + 48 22 630 9660 / 630 9606
Fax : + 48 22 826 0442

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