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Help “very limited”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns against traveling to Russia

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against “all travel to Russia”. He points out, among other things, that due to limited diplomatic staff, the possibility of providing direct consular assistance to Polish citizens is “very limited.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs “reminds again about the current warning for travelers to Russia, introduced in March 2022 after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.”

“We would like to draw your attention to the suspension of direct air connections between Poland and Russia and the very limited possibilities of traveling to/from Poland, the lack or extremely limited access to financial resources located in Poland (e.g. inability to use Polish payment cards), as well as the activities of local services, such as arbitrary detentions, searches of mobile phones and potentially preventing departure from Russia in the case of dual citizenship,” we read in a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also notes that Polish citizens who also have Russian citizenship are treated under Russian law only as citizens of the Russian Federation. “In the current conditions, when the Russian authorities have announced military mobilization for their citizens, the above may also apply to people with dual citizenship,” it was emphasized.

The ministry also adds that due to the significantly reduced number of diplomatic and consular staff of the Republic of Poland in Russia, the possibility of providing direct consular assistance to Polish citizens is “very limited”. It was added that “in the event of a drastic deterioration of the security situation, border closure or other unforeseen situations, evacuation may prove to be much more difficult or even impossible.”

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“Due to the war in Ukraine and the recognition of Poland by the authorities of the Russian Federation as an unfriendly country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel to Russia,” the ministry emphasizes.

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