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Latest News: Hotels to reopen on 8 May; other COVID restrictions to be relaxed throughout the month (Reuters, 28.04.2021).

International Restrictions:

*From within the EU:

Poland adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Poland are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

Is a coronavirus test required?

All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

Accepted tests: PCR, antigen

Is a quarantine required?

Travellers arriving in Poland by plane, bus, or other means of public transport, who do not provide a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen), are required to quarantine for 10 days, counting from the day following the day of entry.

In addition, all travellers returning from the Czech Republic and Slovakia - also those who cross the border by car - must quarantine for 10 days.

The quarantine period may be ended by taking a PCR test after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

vaccination-benefits Provisions for vaccinated people

Travellers who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine (a certificate of vaccination is needed).

Find out more:
Travel information (in Polish)
Quarantine rules from 30 March (in Polish)

Documents you need to travel in Europe

Health cover for temporary stays *Transit:

As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

*From Third Countries:

Citizens and residents of Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia and Australia may enter Poland without additional restrictions.

Travellers from third-countries outside the EU and Schengen Area are subject to the rules described hereafter.

Is a quarantine required?

Third-country travellers arriving in Poland by plane, bus, or other means of public transport, must complete a 10-day quarantine, counting from the day following the day of entry.

The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a PCR test after arrival in Poland. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

vaccination-benefits Provisions for vaccinated people

Travellers who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine (a certificate of vaccination is needed).

People who have recovered from COVID-19 infection and present proof of hospitalisation or isolation in the past 6 months do not have to quarantine.

Is a coronavirus test required?

Travellers will be able to shorten the 10-day quarantine by taking a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Poland. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

A Passenger Locator Form and a Public Health Self Declaration are requested on flights.

Internal Restrictions:

*Public spaces and services: The Polish government has strict sanitary rules and restrictions in place nationwide. Tighter restrictions are in place in some regions until 1 May. The Polish Government’s website (in Polish) explains which regions have tighter rules.

Facemasks are compulsory in open public spaces across Poland until 15 May, apart from parks, forests and National Parks. Children under 4 are not required to wear facemasks. If there are medical reasons why you cannot wear a facemask, you must carry a doctor’s note with you explaining this. Bandanas, scarves, balaclavas and visors are not permitted alternatives to facemasks. Your mouth and nose must be covered. When outside, you should keep a 1.5 metre distance from others, unless you are a parent with a child under 13 or the carer of a disabled person.

You must also wear a facemask at all times in enclosed spaces, on public transport, in taxis or in an open space where you are unable to maintain a 1.5 metre distance. You do not need to wear a facemask in a private car. Police and sanitary inspectors are entitled to issue you with an on-the-spot fine (approximately PLN500) if you are found not to be wearing a facemask when you should. Further prosecution could result in a fine of up to PLN 30,000 for failing to follow sanitary rules.

Public gatherings are limited to 5 people, excluding households bigger than 5 members and workplaces. Private gatherings may include no more than 5 people, excluding household members. Outdoor gatherings, celebrations and events are planned to be allowed for up to 25 people from 15 May, and both outdoor and indoor events for up to 50 people from 29 May. There are restrictions on the number of people attending religious services and funerals and you should contact religious venues for more information.

Public transport is operating with 50% capacity seating to maintain appropriate distance between passengers. You can still use taxis. Facemasks must be worn at all times.

Cultural institutions such as museums, art galleries and cultural centres plan to re-open 4 May. Outdoor theatres, opera houses and cinemas plan to re-open 15 May (with maximum 50% audience capacity), with indoor theatres and cinemas planning to open 21 May (with maximum 50% audience capacity). Libraries are open with strict sanitary procedures in place.

National Forests, parks and beaches are open.

All non-essential shops in shopping malls and retail parks including large DIY, homeware and furniture shops are open from 4 May. Customer numbers are limited in shops. This might mean you have to queue for entry. In all areas of Poland a facemask must be worn inside shops and hand sanitiser must be used where provided.

Petrol stations, car washes and car/motorbike repair centres remain open. Banks, insurance providers and post offices also remain open. Restaurants, cafes and pubs are closed, and can only provide a takeaway/delivery service. From 15 May they plan to partially re-open (outdoor terraces only) and from 29 May re-open indoors and outdoors (maximum 50% capacity).

Open air sport facilities and grounds are open for up to 25 people and plan to open for up to 50 people from 01 May. Children and young people may take part in sports activities run by sporting associations. Indoor sporting venues (including swimming pools) are reserved for professionals only and will only open to children and young people in organised groups from 01 May (maximum 50% capacity). Indoor swimming pools plan to open for everyone (up to 50% capacity) from 29 May. Outdoor sports venues plan to allow audiences (up to 25% of normally permitted numbers) from 15 May.

Gyms, fitness clubs and saunas plan to re-open 28 May with limits on how many people can attend at the same time. Hairdressers and beauty salons are open in all regions from 01 May.

Administrative offices may open with limited numbers inside at any one time. You might find some offices are only open by appointment and you are recommended to check websites or contact the office before travelling as appointments may be limited.

The above national measures may be extended further, in scope and time, at short notice. Some regions may have stricter rules in place. See here (in Polish) for details of any regions with stricter rules.

*Road and air travel: You can enter and depart Poland by car or coach over some land border crossings, though the situation could change quickly. Countries neighbouring Poland may introduce border restrictions at short notice.

*Accommodation: Hotels are closed until 8 May, except for business trips and to accommodate workers. If you have a reservation check directly with your accommodation provider for refund policies or to check your reason for stay is permitted. Hotel restaurants will remain closed until further notice, but room service is allowed where the hotel has guests. Spas within hotels will remain closed until further notice.


Other: closed/cancelled

Restrictive measures mandatory between 30 May 2020 to TBD

From 24/10/2020 limitations regarding participation in religious celebrations (mass or other kind of celebrations). Mandatory mouth&nose covering. In churches the limit is max. 1 person on 7m2, keeping distance not smaller than 1,5 m. If outside keeping distance & covering mouth & nose. Only who celebrates may not cover mouths&nose. from 24/10 fairs and congresses - they can be organised only on-line From 10/10/2020 Limitation for the functioning of lunaparks, recreation parks and similar - these places remain closed in red zone. 24/10/2020 Organisation of Weddings, Holy Communion, Consolations after Funerals, and other celebrations & parties for certain circumstances - banned till recall Night clubs, discotecs and other dancing places: - banned in the whole country, only sports clubs for dancing can be opened. Valid till recall SPORT: 24/10 in the whole country suspended activity of: swimming pools, acquaparks, gyms, fitness clubs except for healing activities for patients, professional sportsmen, sport activities or sport events, for students & pupils with school or university activities. In hotels only for hotel guests as above. Suspended also saunas, solarias, massages' centers and those for loosing weight. Ban for any dancing activity except for sport dancing clubs. - people doing sport professionaly do not have to cover m&n; those who do sport for recreation must cover m&n unless they do it in forests, parks, allotments, botanic gardens or beaches. - In the whole country sport competitions, sport activities and events are organized without the audience. In the sport competitions, sport activities and events (except for golf fields, tenis corts, stalls and tracetracks for horses, facilities for water and air sports to which the limitations do not apply as for number of people) there can participate no more than 250 participants at the same time, excluding staff for the event. Valid from 10/10/2020 SANATORIUMS, health resorts, rehabilitation is suspended with a possibility to finish the started periods before the rule entered inot force. The exceptions regards cases where interruption of rehabilitation would seriously worsen the health of the patient.

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