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The pandemic has left many people searching for vital information on the restrictions and how to deal with the disease while travelling. Below is the most important information in a FAQ format

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IMPORTANT! A detailed list of questions and answers is available at: https://www.gov.pl/web/koronawirus/pytania-i-odpowiedzi

 

Do hotels function as normal?

Hotels are closed. Exceptions include workers' hotels, as well as accommodation provided as part of business trips (the exact catalogue of exceptions, along with the required certification of business trips, will be included in the regulation).

The rules will apply until 7 May 2021.

From 8 May, hotels will resume operations - with the exception of the restaurant and wellness&spa areas. 
From 15 May, restaurant gardens will be allowed to open. Such places will have to operate under a strict sanitary regime - with a safe distance between tables, as well as a limit of people per table. 
From 29 May, restaurants will be able to resume their activities. Food and beverage establishments will have to operate under a strict sanitary regime - 50 percent occupancy at most, as well as a safe distance between tables and a limit of people per table. 
Valid until 5 June.

 

Will I be able to use the gym, swimming pool or recreation area during my stay at my hotel?

Hotels are closed. Exceptions include workers' hotels, as well as accommodation provided as part of business trips (the exact catalogue of exceptions, along with the required certification of business trips, will be included in the regulation).

The use of hotel services is allowed only for guests staying for at least one hotel day.

 

The rules will apply until 7 May 2021.

From 8 May, hotels will resume operations - with the exception of the restaurant and wellness&spa areas. 
From 15 May, restaurant gardens will be allowed to open. Such places will have to operate under a strict sanitary regime - with a safe distance between tables, as well as a limit of people per table. 
From 29 May, restaurants will be able to resume their activities. Food and beverage establishments will have to operate under a strict sanitary regime - 50 percent occupancy at most, as well as a safe distance between tables and a limit of people per table. 

Valid until 5 June.

From 1 May, you can do sport in outdoor sports facilities - with a maximum limit of 50 people (regardless of whether they are children, adolescents or adults).
From 1 May, you can do sport in indoor sports facilities - with a maximum limit of 50 percent occupancy at most.
From 15 May, sporting events in outdoor facilities will be allowed to take place with up to 25 percent of the public. From 29 May gyms, fitness clubs and solariums will be opened. There will be a maximum occupancy limit of 1 person per 15 square meters.

Valid until 5 June.

 

Are cultural institutions open?

Museums and art galleries are open and can operate under a strict sanitary regime. There is a limit of 1 person per 15 square meters.

Theatres, operas, philharmonics

  • suspension of all events with audience participation
  • the possibility of organising online events
  • the possibility of conducting activities necessary to prepare artistic events, such as: rehearsals and exercises, phonographic and audiovisual recordings

Cinemas

  • prohibition of activities related to the projection of films or video recordings with the participation of the public in cinemas and in open spaces

Valid until: 14 May/28 May

From 15 May, cinemas and open-air theatres will be open. Such places will be allowed to operate under a strict sanitary regime - 50 percent of occupancy at most. 
From 29 May, cinemas and theatres will open. Such places will be allowed to operate under a strict sanitary regime - 50 percent of occupancy at most.

Cultural and community centres

  • prohibition of activities involving audience participation, including educational activities, film screenings and organising concerts and vernissages
  • the possibility of conducting educational activities using means of remote communication
  • the possibility of organising online events
  • the possibility of conducting activities such as rehearsals and exercises (necessary for the preparation of artistic events) by organised art groups

From 15 May to 28 May, cultural and community centres may only hold their activities in the open air, provided that no more than 15 people take part, that a distance of 1.5 m is kept between participants and that participants do not consume drinks or food.

From 29 May, community and cultural centres are also allowed to carry out their activities indoors, provided that no more than 15 people take part, that a distance of 1.5 m is maintained between participants, that participants comply with the obligation to cover their mouths and noses and that participants do not consume drinks or meals.

Valid until 5 June.

 

Do I still have to cover my mouth and nose?

Yes, there is an obligation to cover your mouth and nose in public spaces, both open and closed. Masks will not be obligatory in public (open) spaces from 15 May, if you maintain social distance.

 

What about congresses, fairs and conferences?

These types of events can only be held online.

Valid until 5 June.

 

Until when are the restrictions on crossing the Polish border in force?

Since 13 June 2020, Poland has restored border traffic within the internal borders of the European Union. This means that you can travel and cross the internal borders of the European Union. Travellers once again have the right to enter, leave and transit freely across the territory of the Republic of Poland.

Rules for travellers travelling to Poland from the Schengen area

  • Travellers are quarantined unless they submit a negative COVID-19 test result. The test has to be done no later than 48 hours before crossing the border.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen.
  • The solution will cover all means of transport: collective and individual transport, as well as crossing the border on foot.
  • Travellers who have been quarantined in Poland will be able to take a test, the negative result of which will allow them to finish the quarantine.

Rules for travellers travelling to Poland from outside the Schengen area

  • Each traveller is placed in quarantine.
  • A test carried out in the country from which the person arrives will not allow them to be exempt from the quarantine.
  • Travellers who have been quarantined may take a test in Poland, the negative result of which will allow them to finish the quarantine.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen.

Important! People travelling from India, South Africa and Brazil do not have the possibility of being exempt from quarantine on the basis of a test performed within 48 hours after returning to Poland. Such a possibility is only allowed after 7 days. The quarantine obligation is deemed fulfilled when a negative test result is entered into the ICT system by a medical diagnostic laboratory.

Important! People vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine. This applies to people who have been issued a certificate of vaccination with a vaccine that has been authorised in the European Union.

Valid until further notice.

 

Who is not banned from entering Poland?

Visit the Border Guard website for up-to-date information.

 

I am abroad. Can I return to Poland?

Every citizen of Poland may return to the country.

 

Rules for travellers travelling to Poland from the Schengen area

  • Travellers are quarantined unless they submit a negative COVID-19 test result. The test has to be done no later than 48 hours before crossing the border.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen.
  • The solution will cover all means of transport: collective and individual transport, as well as crossing the border on foot.
  • Travellers who have been quarantined in Poland will be able to take a test, the negative result of which will allow them to finish the quarantine.

 

Rules for travellers travelling to Poland from outside the Schengen area

  • Each traveller is placed in quarantine.
  • A test carried out in the country from which the person arrives will not allow them to be exempt from the quarantine.
  • Travellers who have been quarantined may take a test in Poland, the negative result of which will allow them to finish the quarantine.
  • Type of test: PCR or antigen.

Important! People vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine. This applies to people who have been issued a certificate of vaccination with a vaccine that has been authorised in the European Union.

 

Where should I go if I have lost my passport/ID card while I am staying abroad and would like to return to Poland?

Contact the nearest Polish consular office and apply for a temporary passport to return to Poland. Contact details can be found here.

 

What if a foreigner is staying in Poland on the basis of a Schengen visa? Due to cancelled flights, he/she cannot return home. Will he/she suffer the consequences of remaining illegally in Poland?

The stay of foreigners who stayed in Poland on the basis of a valid Schengen visa at the time of announcing the state of epidemic threat in Poland is considered legal. In this case, there is no need to submit any applications for the legalisation of stay, and no administrative decisions are issued. The foreigner should leave our country no later than on the 30th day after the cancellation of the state of epidemic threat or the state of epidemics*.

However, if foreigners arrive in Poland on the basis of a valid Schengen visa during the announced state of epidemic threat or the state of epidemics and cannot return to their country, and their visa expired during the above-mentioned stay, they may continue their stay in Poland on condition that they file an application e.g. for visa extension*. The deadline for submitting the application was extended until the 30th day after the cancellation of the state of epidemic threat or the state of epidemics.

Have flights from the UK to Poland been suspended?

No, currently there is no ban on flights from the UK.

 

Is the ban on flights from airports located in certain countries still in force?

As of 14 January 2021, there is no ban on air traffic.

 

I am travelling from Germany, Czech Republic, Lithuania or Slovakia - what obligations do I have to fulfil?

You must have and submit, at the request of a Border Guard officer or the Police, a negative result of a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 in Polish or in English, performed within 48 hours before crossing the border, counting from the moment when the test result was received.

 

If I cross the border on foot (the land section of the Polish border with the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Germany or Slovakia), do I also have to take the test?

Yes, the test is obligatory irrespective of the means of travel. The fact of crossing the border obliges you to have and submit such a test.

 

I regularly come by ferry from Sweden. Do I have to take the test from now on?

Yes, when crossing the maritime section of the border you must have and submit, at the request of a Border Guard officer or the Police, a negative result of a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 in Polish or in English, performed within 48 hours before crossing the border, counting from the moment when the test result was received.