Moving to Poland

Whether you are moving to Warsaw, Krakow or Gdansk, Britannia Ryans have the expertise and the international resources to tailor the relocation to your individual needs.

Useful information about Poland

Major cities: Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, Katowice.

Time zone: CET (UTC+1) - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2).

International dialling code: +48.

Currency : Zloty (PLN) - click here to check current currency conversion rates.

Moving your personal effects to Poland

If you are moving your possessions from within the EU, there is no import duty provided you have owned them for at least six months. You will require a copy of your passport and a detailed inventory in both English and Polish. If you are moving house to Poland from outside the EU, then you will also need a completed Polish customs form and a certificate obtained from the Polish Consulate in your country of origin. We will advise you of these and any other requirements prior to your move.

Prohibitions and restrictions

You should not import the following items to Poland:

  • Firearms & ammunition

  • Inflammable goods & substances

  • Plants & plant material

  • Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise

  • Narcotics and dangerous goods

  • Offensive materials

  • Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit times

Transit times can vary subject to the method of transport chosen, the size of your consignment and the final destination. Britannia Ryans will advise you once this information is established.

Tracking consignment

All groupage consignments are barcoded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This ensures that no items are left at origin and allows us to monitor the status of your goods while in transit.


We can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in transporting your pets to your new home. The shipper will coordinate all documentation and any necessary veterinary procedures. To find out more about pet transportation, please email

Car shipping to Poland

Importation of vehicles to Poland is subject to compliance. Duty and tax may apply but not necessarily and you will also be able to import either a new or used car.

Transferring money

If you are making international payments to individuals, you can benefit from Currencies Direct's expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency. They can help protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you both time and money on international payments.

They offer:

  • International payments

  • Regular overseas transfers

  • A prepaid currency card

  • Forwarding of contracts

To find out more about transferring money, please email

Living in Poland

After joining the EU in 2004, Poland experienced waves of emigration, as hundreds of thousands left the economically-challenged country in search of better employment opportunities. These days, Poland is doing relatively well in terms of economic development and is starting to overcome its challenging past.

Poland offers an exciting expat life with its energetic Central European culture, beautiful historic towns and landscapes, and low living costs. Warsaw, the country’s capital and major business centre is a truly cosmopolitan city, with a diverse culture, cafes, many tourist attractions and a mixture of architectural styles from gothic cathedrals to modern skyscrapers.

Located in Central Europe and bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine, Poland is nowadays a parliamentary democracy. The country ranks high on the Human Development Index and boasts a relatively high standard of living. Poland is a member of the European Union, NATO, the United Nations, and the OECD and has a high-income economy.

Poland is a unique country with strong cultural traditions that go back hundreds of years. So whether you want to visit stunning historic towns like Gdansk, Krakow or Wroclaw, live a modern cosmopolitan life on a smaller budget, or experience beautiful sceneries that range from mountains to deserts, Poland is a very appealing expat destination.

Interesting facts about Poland

  • Forests cover almost one third of Poland and over 50% of the land area is dedicated to farming.

  • About one third of modern Poland used to be ethnically, culturally and linguistically German.

  • Poland can boast 17 Nobel Prize winners, including prizes in literature and Peace Prizes.

  • Poland ranks very high for child well-being on a list compiled by the UNICEF in 2007.

  • Poland has the eighth largest population in Europe and the sixth largest population in the EU.

Moving to Poland to start a new life

  • As Poland is a member of the EU, you don't need any special permit to enter the country from within the EU. Stays beyond three months will however require a residence permit.

  • If you are moving to Poland with your children, you'll also have to consider opportunities for education. There are a number of international schools offering the International Baccalaureate, for example. If you are planning to stay in Poland permanently, you should consider learning the language and enrolling your children in a Polish state school.

  • Only a few years ago, Poland had high unemployment rates, but the situation has since improved significantly. There are a number of international corporations and businesses based in Poland, and you could always teach English as a quick way to find initial and rewarding employment.

  • Living and housing costs are substantially lower in Poland than the UK, though a lot will also depend on your lifestyle and which area you are moving to.

Useful websites

For more information about moving and living in Poland, please take a look at the following websites:

Moving to Poland with Britannia Ryans

Britannia Ryans is a moving company that has been providing an excellent door to door shipping and removals service to Poland for many years, and can either transport your effects by shared load or by sole use container load. Household and personal effects can be transported to Poland in various ways; overland by van, by sea containers or by air.

Additional removal services

We can provide a range of additional removal services when moving to Poland. Please contact us if you require international insurance and storage solutions.

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