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Driving in Poland

If you're driving in Poland your checklist requirements:

  • A valid UK driving license - both the photo and paper parts
  • A GB sticker on the back of your car - even if your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background)
  • Your original motor insurance certificate
  • A warning triangle inside the car in case you break down
  • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way)
  • The car's original V5 registration document, even if you're driving a hire car

You must also:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Wear your seat belt at all times (this applies to everyone in the car)
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle

It's a good idea to have:

  • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A first aid kit
  • A Green Card - it's a useful back-up to your motor insurance documents and shows you've got the minimum legal level of cover. If you'd like to find out more, contact your insurance company

Other things you should know:

  • Petrol, diesel and LPG are readily available, along with a lead-replacement additive
  • Speed limits vary across Poland, so check the signposts for maximum speeds
  • If you're caught committing a driving offence, you'll be given an on-the-spot fine
  • The drink driving limit zero - so there must be no alcohol in your blood when driving
  • You must use dipped headlights during the day, when driving through Poland
  • Children under age 12 and less than 1.5m tall can't travel in the car unless they have an appropriate seat restraint
  • If you're driving in the country watch out for unlit, horse-drawn vehicles
  • You shouldn't use your horn except in cases of extreme danger
  • It's illegal to carry or use any radar detection equipment

Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

What RAC can do for you

RAC offers great-value, flexible RAC European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings.


Sources: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, www.nationaldrivesafe.co.uk, www.aboutdrivingabroad.co.uk.

Disclaimer: RAC are not responsible for the content of external websites. The information provided is correct as of August 2009 to the best of our knowledge and should be referred to for information purposes only - it should not be relied upon as formal advice. Please always check the current requirements of the country you are visiting before you leave.

Around 400,000 British nationals visited Poland in 2012. Most visits are trouble-free.

If you need to contact the emergency services in Poland call 112.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism 

Driving in Poland can be hazardous. See Road travel.

If you hold dual Polish and British nationality, the British Embassy may only be able to offer limited consular assistance.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE - know before you go - fco.gov.uk/travel
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