Poland (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: If you hold an appropriate vaccine certificate you are exempted from the compulsory quarantine.

You do not need to have a PCR test to board your flight to Poland.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: No tests required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 10 days required for some travellers.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 28.07.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Poland;
– spouses and children of nationals of Poland;
– passengers under the constant care of nationals of Poland;
– nationals of Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;
– British nationals;
– spouses and children of nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;
– spouses and children of British nationals;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport;
– nationals and residents of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia and USA;
– passengers with a permanent residence permit or a long-term residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom and their spouses and children, returning via Poland to their country of residence;
– passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland;
– merchant seamen;
– passengers traveling as students;
– passengers with a Polish Card (Karta Polaka).
2. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days.
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in English or Polish showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.
More quarantine exemptions can be found at https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/temporary-limitations

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Regardless of the means of transport used (collective, individual, or when crossing the border on foot), people travelling from a third country to Poland must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival. The quarantine may be ended by a negative result to a COVID-19 taken on day 8 at the earliest from the arrival. The obligation to undergo quarantine is considered fulfilled when the negative test result is entered into the ICT system.

-Test type: PCR or antigen, performed by a laboratory included on the list of COVID laboratories.
-The tests are not publicly funded.

This obligation to undergo quarantine does not apply to travellers who have started their journey in one of the countries of the Schengen area or the European Union.

Travelers from non-Schengen Countries or non-Member States of the UE, but from a Country which has agreement with Poland regarding the movement of people related to the restriction introduce for the COVID-19 epidemy, have been exempt from the quarantine after getting negative result of the diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 within 48 hours after crossing the border. The countries are listed on the webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland (https://bit.ly/2Ulo3Qh).

The quarantine requirement does not apply to persons who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine that has been authorised in the European Union and to people who contracted COVID-19 in the past 6 months.

Children under the age of 12, travelling under the supervision of adults who have been fully vaccinated, who contracted COVID-19 in the past 6 months or have a negative result to a COVID-19 test, are exempted from testing and quarantine requirements.

Mandatory travel documentation when travelling by plane

All passengers travelling by air are required to complete the Traveller Location Card (https://aplikacje.gov.pl/app/klp/#/home): the document allows epidemic services to quickly inform passengers that an infected person has travelled by plane. More info about it here https://www.gov.pl/web/gov/wypelnij-klp . The data controller is the State District Sanitary Inspector competent for the place of residence or stay of the traveller.

Note: Travellers by plane from countries outside the Schengen/EU area who, after arriving in Poland, stay in the Country for no longer than 24 hours and have a flight ticket are exempt from the quarantine obligation. The departure must be within 24 hours, starting from the moment of arrival in Poland.

Please, check carefully what categories (https://bit.ly/3jS0p6C) are allowed to enter Poland from any third country.

Travellers who have been quarantined in Poland may perform a test on day 8 at the earliest, counting from the day after crossing the border (the day of crossing the border is not taken into account). A negative result is required to release quarantine.
 

Lockdown Details

Wearing a face mask covering mouth and nose is compulsory in closed public places (indoors), such as:

-in buses, trams and trains,
-in shops, malls, banks, markets and post offices
-in cinemas and theatres,
-at physician’s offices, in outpatient clinics and hospitals, in massage and tattoo shops
-in churches, at schools and universities,
-In government offices and other civic centres.

There is no obligation to wear masks outdoors and in other places such as forests, parks, green squares, botanical gardens, historic gardens, family community gardens and on beaches as well as while travelling by private car.

The obligation is waived for people who present proof of neurological, respiratory, or circulatory diseases

A minimum distance of 1.5 metres is required between people. The following categories are excluded from this requirement:

-parents with children requiring care (younger than 13 years);
-people who live in one household or run a household together;
-disabled persons, persons incapable of moving on their own, persons with a special educational needs statement and their caregivers.

Up to 150 people may participate in events and meetings, either outdoors, indoors or in designated areas. A distance between tables must be maintained (only every other table may be occupied, with a 1.5 metres distance between tables, unless there is a screen between them with a height of at least 1 metre). Trade fairs, congresses and conferences can be organised provided that the limit of 1 person per 15 m2 is complied with.

Shopping centres and retail trade are open. A strict sanitary regime is in place and customer capacity may be limited (1 customer per 10 square metres).

Restaurants operate under a strict sanitary regime at no more than 75% occupancy. A minimum distance of 1,5 metres has to be maintained between tables (unless there is a screen between them with a height of at least 1 metre, counting from the table surface). The limit shall not apply to persons fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to groups of children under 12 years old.

 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/POL
Data Source: covidcontrols.co