27th International Meeting on Probabilistic, Combinatorial and Asymptotic Methods for the Analysis of Algorithms
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Entering Poland (visa information)

Since December 21, 2007, Poland has been part of the Schengen Area, a zone with no internal borders which comprises the territories of 25 countries. Third-country nationals may cross Poland’s external borders if they are in possession of a valid travel document and a visa (if required). Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 includes a list of third countries whose nationals must possess valid visas to cross external borders and of countries whose nationals are exempt from this obligation.
When crossing the border, third-country nationals are also obliged justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay and prove that they have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the period of the intended stay and for the return to their country of origin or transit to a third State into which they are certain to be admitted, or are in a position to acquire such means lawfully.
Moreover, they must not be listed as persons who have been refused entry, and they must not be considered a threat to public policy, national security or the international relations of any of the Schengen states. The visa application should be submitted to and examined by the relevant Polish consular post in accordance with its territorial competence.
Applicants should contact the relevant consular post in order to obtain the application as well as information on the electronic registration of the application and visa fees. The application will be examined no later than 15 calendar days after the date of submission of the full set of documents.
Polish delegations are not present in some countries. In this case, the applicant is obliged to submit the application to the relevant Polish consular post in another country.


How to get to Kraków

By plane
- Krakow-Balice, also known as John Paul II International Airport, is 18km from the centre. There are flights from olmost all the European Countries as well as domestic flights form Warsaw provided by Polish LOT. Webpage: www.lotnisko-balice.pl

Getting to the center of Krakow - to get to the city centre from Krakow - Balice airport you may call a taxi, take a train or a bus. Details are available on the airport webpage: http://www.krakowairport.pl/en/60/4/176/Access-to-the-airport
Getting to town from the airport: a taxi ride should cost ca 80 - 100 zł (20 - 25 EUR), depending on the address.
Ca. 100 km from Krakow there is another International Airport Katowice-Pyrzowice. Webpage:

By train - the main railway station (Dworzec Glowny) is conveniently situated at the northern part of the Old Town and trains from Germany, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, plus many Polish cities, arrive here. There are several daily express and fast train services from Warsaw to Krakow and vice versa. Booking of seats is recommended. Webpage: www.pkp.pl

By car
- Krakow has direct access to the international motorways A4 (2 x 9,00 zł toll is paid when you enter and exit the motorway). Roads in Poland are marked with international traffic signs, and traffic regulations are similar to those in effect in other European countries.

Further information
Poland lies in the zone of moderate climate, intermediate between the marine and continental climates and the weather can be quite changeable. The temperature ranges in July: 20°C to 30°C. Rain is possible.

The entire of Poland lies in Central European Time (GMT + 01:00)

Money: the official currency in Poland is the Złoty (zł) (1EUR = 4zł).
Paying by credit cards is widely acceptable. Cash machines, called bankomat, are available all over the country.
Language: an official language is Polish. English is quite widely understood/spoken.
Shopping hours: shops are generally open: Monday-Friday from 10:00 to 20:00; Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00; some are open on Sundays.