The Polish government has announced that the country will extend quarantine requirements for specific groups of people.
In line with Poland’s current COVID-19 entry rules, travelers from EU/Schengen area countries, including Turkey, need to remain self-isolating for ten days if they are not vaccinated or recover from the virus.
However, it has been clarified that non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from the EU/Schengen area and Turkey can skip quarantine requirements if they get tested 48 hours after crossing the border, TheSchengen.com reports.
Quarantined travelers will be able to take a test 48 hours after crossing the border; A negative result of said test will mean exemption from quarantine,” the government notes.
Poland accepts both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid antigen tests.
Unlike unvaccinated and non-recovered people, EU travelers who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus can enter Poland without being subject to additional entry rules. They are only required to fill out a passenger locator form and submit a valid vaccination or refund certificate.
It was clarified that the redemption certificate is only valid if the document was issued within the last six months.
Unlike travelers from the EU/Schengen area, those arriving in Poland from third countries need to follow stricter entry rules.
According to the Polish government, travelers from third countries are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement if they have not been vaccinated or recover from the virus.
Non-EU citizens who have been fully vaccinated and recovered and who cannot provide a negative test result of no more than 24 hours are subject to quarantine requirements.
This is because Poland requires all third-country travelers to present a negative test result upon entry regardless of their vaccination status.
“The obligation to take the test also applies to people who have been vaccinated or recovered! The result of the test must not be older than 24 hours before arrival. The test can be taken at some airports in Poland – before the border check or 3 hours after arrival (counting from the border check) The government explained.
This means that people who test negative at the border will be exempted from the duty to quarantine.
In addition, the Polish authorities revealed that since February 2, doctors, nurses, soldiers and police officers will be required to remain in quarantine for only five days.
On the other hand, people who have been in contact with an infected person will have to stay in quarantine for seven days.
While Poland is still extending its COVID-19 restrictions, some countries have already decided to remove some of their measures.
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