Health & insurance
Before You Go
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles EU citizens to the same emergency healthcare beneﬁts as local citizens receive from their national healthcare; therefore, most emergency care in Poland will be free for EU citizens, but transporting you to your home country, if you fall ill, will not be covered.
Citizens from other countries should ﬁnd out if their personal insurance policy covers them abroad. Doctors expect cash if you do not have a national or European health-insurance card; make sure your insurance plan will reimburse your expenses.
Regardless of whether or not you carry an EHIC card, it's always wise to bring cash, a credit card and a valid passport to any hospital or emergency clinic.
There are no speciﬁc vaccinations required for travel to Poland.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that travellers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, as well as hepatitis B, regardless of their destination. Since most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, visit a physician at least six weeks before departure.
Tap water is generally safe to drink, though bottled water is cheap and readily available.
- For an ambulance call 999, or 112 from a mobile phone. English-speaking dispatchers are rare, however, so you’re probably better off phoning a medical centre with multilingual staff.
- For nonurgent treatment, you can go to one of the city’s many przychodnia (outpatient clinics). Your hotel or embassy can provide recommendations.
There are plenty of pharmacies in Warsaw where you can get medical advice; look or ask for an apteka.
Damian Medical Centre Reputable private outpatient clinic with hospital facilities.
DOZ Apteka All-night pharmacy at Warszawa Centralna train station.
EuroDental Private dental clinic with multilingual staff.
Lux Med Private clinic with English-speaking specialist doctors and its own ambulance service; carries out laboratory tests and arranges house calls.