WARSAW, Poland, July 24, 2016 – With more than 1,500 Filipinos expected to attend this year’s World Youth Day (WYD) celebration in Poland, the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw issued fresh reminders to all pilgrims taking part in this event that will be held in Krakow from July 25 to 31, reminding them of Schengen visa stay restrictions.
No ‘unli’ stay
The embassy reminded Filipino pilgrims that holding a visa issued by one of the Schengen member states entitled them to enter and to move within the territory of Poland, and of other Schengen ,ember states, for a duration not exceeding 90 days within a 180-day period.
The Embassy’s Advisory indicated that visa extensions are only allowed for humanitarian reasons, such as in the case of someone who falls ill on or right before the end of the 90-day stay, or due to “force majeur”, or natural or man-made disasters beyond the control of the visa holder.
Filipino pilgrims and visitors to Krakow are also advised to download the krakow.pl application on their smartphones or to visit the website at www.krakow.pl/en.
The website contains a pilgrim’s guide and other helpful information on Krakow, such as on public transportation and available accommodations.
Keep passports safe
The embassy also reminded Filipinos to safeguard their passports and to take with them only a copy of their passport data page and Schengen visa when going around Krakow to attend WYD 2016 activities.
In the event that a Filipino loses his or her passport in Krakow during WYD 2016, the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw will issue the concerned Filipino national an emergency travel document that would enable him or her to return to the Philippines.
The Philippine Embassy encourages all Filipino pilgrims participating in WYD 2016 to take note of and keep a copy of the embassy’s contact details with them while in Poland:
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
Ul. Lentza 11, 02-956 Warsaw
Republic of Poland
Tel No.: (+48) 22 490 2025 (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., from Mondays to Fridays)
Duty Phone No.: (+48) 694 736 488 (emergency number for Filipino nationals after office hours and during weekends and holidays)
A consular team had been sent by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Krakow to assist local authorities, the WYD Organizing Committee, and other local institutions and consular representatives of third countries in case of unexpected events. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)