In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Poland
In spite of the fact that Poland is generally a safe country to visit, tourists need to be aware that petty crime does exist, and all travelers should be on guard against pickpockets and bag snatchers.
However, apart from employing common sense in order to stay away from trouble, tourists should also make themselves acquainted with Poland’s rules and regulations which may be different from the ones you’re used to.
For instance, every time you buy a ticket for a bus or a tram, you need to validate it. If you don’t stamp your ticket, you’re basically traveling without a valid ticket and could be fined.
Further, don’t be surprised to see crowds of people standing patiently at a crossing waiting for the lights to change. The local police will give you a 50-100zl fine for crossing a road where no crossing is marker, or a 100zl fine when the light for you is red. Since Poland has one of the worst road safety records in Europe, you’ll do yourself a big favor if you follow their rules.
Tourist may be disappointed to learn that drinking in public, or even being drunk in public, is illegal. And of course, there’s no need to mention and drinking and driving is not an option. The legal blood-alcohol level for driving in Poland is zero.