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Poland's Covid-19 entry restrictions and quarantine requirements for nationals of the United States and Canada.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Republic of Poland's government has implemented obligatory restrictions on the Polish border, which also constitutes the external border of the European Union. These restrictions limit foreign nationals' entry and dictate quarantine restrictions upon crossing the border.

The Polish Border Guard determines who is allowed to enter Poland. For questions regarding whether your situation qualifies for an exemption to enter Poland or whether your specific itinerary will allow you to transit, please contact the Border Guard by e-mail at zdsc.kg@strazgraniczna.pl or by phone at +48 22 500 4068, +48 22 500 4568, or +48 22 500 5468.

Please visit the Polish Border Guard website for the latest border restrictions and regulations, and quarantine requirements or the Coronavirus: information and recommendations on the official website of the Republic of Poland.

Citizens of the United States

United States nationals are not permitted to lawfully enter Poland. Only foreigners who qualify for the exceptions in the following categories will be allowed to enter:

  • Citizens or legal residents of European Union countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia, and Australia, and their spouses and children
  • Foreigners who are spouses or children of Polish citizens or remain under the constant care of Polish citizens.
  • Foreigners holding a Karta Polaka (ID card for those with a claim to Polish heritage through ancestry)
  • Foreigners who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in Poland
  • Foreigners who are authorized to take up employment under the same rules as Polish citizens, who perform work in Poland, or will present documents showing that they will take up employment immediately after entering Poland, and who are in possession of one of the following:
    • Work permit
    • Certification of registration to perform seasonal work.
    • Work contract or statement entrusting a performance of work to a foreigner.
  • Pupils, students, graduate students, and postgraduate students enrolled in Polish educational institutions.
  • Scientists conducting research or developmental work in Poland.
  • Foreigners participating in international sports competitions as a competitor, member of the training staff, doctor, physiotherapist, judge, or accredited journalist.
  • Foreigners who drive a vehicle used to transport goods.
  • Persons with diplomatic status in Poland and members of their families
  • Other particularly justified cases may be considered, but the entry must be granted with the permission of the Chief of the Border Guard

Citizens of Canada

As per the Polish Border Guard regulations, Canadian nationals arriving on a direct air connection from Canada are permitted to enter Poland.

Transit through Poland

Only foreigners who meet one of the exemptions mentioned above will be admitted to Poland, even for transit purposes. Travelers attempting to use Poland as the entry point into the Schengen Area must meet Polish requirements for entry, regardless of what permissions may have been approved by other Schengen countries. In some circumstances, travelers who are not permitted to enter Poland may transit through Warsaw Chopin Airport if they arrive from a non-Schengen Area country and continue onward to another non-Schengen country. Travelers allowed to transit must remain in the airport non-Schengen transit zone while waiting for their connecting flight.

Quarantine Requirements

As of March 30th, 2021, all lawfully permitted travelers entering Poland on any means of transportation are subject to a 10-day quarantine.

Quarantine exemptions include but are not limited to:

  • For arrivals from the Schengen Area: travelers who have a negative COVID test result from a test performed in a Schengen Area country within 48 hours prior to arrival
  • For arrivals from outside the Schengen Area (includes the U.S. and Canada): travelers who are able to obtain a negative COVID test result within 48 hours after arrival to Poland.  (Results of tests taken in countries outside the Schengen Area do not qualify for exemption from quarantine.) Negative COVID test completed in Poland releases from the quarantine.
  • Travelers with documented full vaccination cycle against COVID-19.
  • Pupils and students enrolled in Polish educational institutions
  • Service members of the Polish Army or allied military service members, police officers, border guards, customs officers, fire brigade members, State Security Service members, Road Transport Inspection officers, or sea administration inspectors
  • Crew members on airlines, trains, shipping vessels, or offshore drilling platforms
  • Persons performing certain work in the oil and energy sectors
  • Drivers of commercial vehicles transporting goods or passengers
  • Diplomats and their family members assigned to Poland.

Lockdowns and restrictions:

Beginning March 20th, 2021, and continuing through at least April 25th, 2021, additional restrictions are expanded to include the entire country. The additional nation-wide limits include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Hotel closures were extended to May 3rd, 2021   
  • Movie theaters, museums, and other similar public spaces are closed.
  • Shopping malls are closed, except for stores that provide essential services.
  • Pools, gyms, saunas, ski slopes, and other sports facilities are closed.
  • All schools, grades 1 through 12, are moved to virtual instruction (kindergartens and preschools may remain open for in-person instruction).

All other country-wide restrictions currently in place will continue, including but not limited to:

  • Face coverings must be cloth or medical-type masks.  Face shields, visors, scarves, bandanas, neck gaiters, or other types of face coverings are not permitted as substitutes for masks.  Masks must be worn in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, except for parks, forests, and beaches.
  • Restaurants and bars are closed for in-person dining, with delivery and take-away service only.
  • Only 50% of seats or 30% of all space may be used on public transport.
  • Only five people per cashier are allowed in stores of up to 100 square meters. In stores over 100 square meters, one person is allowed for every 15 square meters.
  • Only one person per 15 square meters allowed in churches.

Sources:

Polish Border Guard

Website of the Republic of Poland

The United States Embassy in Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

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