Information for passengers flying to/from the USA and Canada

Increased safety

We would like to inform passengers that additional security measures have been introduced for people flying to the United States of America. The procedures involve both airport staff and LOT Polish Airlines flight attendants and apply both to passengers departing for the USA from Warsaw and Krakow and those in transit from other countries.

With regard to the aforementioned measures, passengers travelling to the USA on a LOT Polish Airlines flight departing from Krakow or Warsaw are kindly requested to check in earlier. The check-in will open four hours before the planned departure time and close one hour before take-off. After checking in their baggage and going through passport control, passengers should proceed without delay to the departure gate indicated on their boarding pass.

The security methods apply to passengers and their carry-on luggage. Regulations in respect of the quantity, weight and contents of carry-on luggage will therefore be rigorously observed.

Passengers are kindly requested to familiarise themselves with the information regarding admissible baggage limits and the restrictions in respect of what may and may not be carried. The information is available in the ‘Baggage' section.

For people extending their stay

Passengers who have, at any time, remained in the USA for longer than stipulated on the I-94 form issued to them by the immigration officer will not be admitted into the United States. In order to avoid being sent back to Poland and the possibility of being held at a detention point should a flight not be immediately available, passengers are urged to remember that:

  • A visa does not guarantee entry into the USA. The decision as to granting permission to cross the border of the USA is taken by an immigration officer at the point of entry.
  • Remaining in the USA for so much as one day longer than stipulated by the immigration officer on the I-94 form renders the visa in your passport null and void, even if the visa expiry date has not yet passed. You will not be permitted to enter the USA on the basis of such a visa.
  • Polish citizens who have previously overstayed in the USA must apply for a new visa at either the American Embassy in Warsaw or at the Consulate-General of the USA in Krakow.
  • We would like to remind you of that fact that it is essential to provide truthful answers to the Consul's questions about any previous stays in the USA. Being denied a visa is far less painful than being arrested and sent back to Poland by an American immigration officer after a long and costly flight.
  • The failure to disclose information regarding a previous overstay to an immigration officer or the Consul is deemed to be misrepresentation and will render you permanently illegible to receive a visa. This includes an immigration visa.

Passengers flying to Canada

With effect from 1st January 2009, only holders of biometric passports, also known as e-passports, issued on or after 28th August 2006, will be exempt from Canada's temporary resident visa requirement. At the same time, please note that temporary passports are non-biometric. In view of this fact, temporary passport holders are obliged to obtain a temporary resident visa before commencing their journey to Canada. As of 1st January 2009, holders of non-biometric Polish and Lithuanian passports are required to obtain a temporary resident visa for Canada. If you have any queries, please visit the Canadian Embassy's website at


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