2024:Travel

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Requirements to enter Poland[edit | edit source]

A passport stamp from Katowice

Anyone arriving in Poland with passports from outside the Schengen Zone should prepare to have the following items on hand:

  • A valid passport. It must not be older than ten years and should be valid for at least three more months, recommended six months, beyond its intended departure date from the Schengen Area.
  • Blank passport pages. Your passport must have at least two blank pages for the entry stamp.
  • A valid Schengen Visa. You must carry your Schengen visa with you when you travel through the Schengen Area. Usually, your visa is affixed to your passport, so those two go hand in hand. (More information on applying for visas can be found on a separate page).
  • Evidence on the purpose of entry. While not required for all non-visa holders, attendees should carry documentation explaining that they will be attending Wikimania. Wikimania attendees can request invitation letters from the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Poland by emailing wikimania@wikimedia.org with the subject line “Wikimania Invitation Letter Request”.
  • Proof of sufficient financial means. Documentation that proves you have enough financial means to visit the Schengen Area. For Poland, this amount is a minimum bank balance of PLN 300[1] for three days plus PLN 75 for each additional day, provable by a printed bank statement. You can also provide proof of employment or sponsorship, which the Wikimedia Foundation will provide to scholarship recipients.
  • Proof of return flight. Print out your travel itinerary to show when you will be departing.

Coming to Katowice[edit | edit source]

Map of Polish airports

The recommended ways to get to Katowice is to travel by plane or train.

Plane travel[edit | edit source]

Katowice is served by an international Katowice-Pyrzowice airport (KTW / EPKT). It's the fourth busiest airport in Poland and is located about 30km from Katowice. The route from airport to the city is operated by public transport buses and taxis.

You might also want to book a flight to Warsaw or Kraków (the largest Polish airports) and then come to Katowice by train. Coming from Warsaw airport would take 3-4 hours and from Kraków around 90 minutes. Both trips require one transfer at one of the main stations in Warsaw or Kraków.

Train travel[edit | edit source]

There's a decent number of trains crossing Poland's western and southern borders that connect Katowice directly with e.g. Berlin, Prague and Vienna. More international routes are possible with transfers.

The Katowice train station is located 1.5 km from the Wikimania 2024 venue.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. As of 14 February, PLN 300 is approximately equal to: EUR 70, USD 75, GBP 60, CHF 65, JPY 11,150.