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Travel to Poland Amid COVID-19: Rules & Restrictions Explained

Poland is among the European countries that have maintained some of the strictest restrictions in order to avoid the further spread of the coronavirus disease.

The country continues to enforce restrictions and advise against non-essential international travel, reports.

Thus, at the moment, the possibility for travelers to enter Poland is limited as the country tries to keep the epidemiological situation under control.

What are the rules of access from EU countries and the Schengen area?

Poland has its own classification of danger zones, which means that travel restrictions within the country are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

As such, the Polish authorities announced that travelers from 26 member states are allowed to enter the territory of the latter without restrictions as they register low infection rates. Except for specific EU countries, Poland also allows entry into four countries in the Schengen area and Turkey.

The full list of countries allowed to enter Poland is as follows:

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Greece Spain Netherlands Ireland Lithuania Luxembourg Latvia Malta Germany Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia Sweden Hungary Italy Switzerland Iceland Norway Liechtenstein Turkey

Turkey is part of this list since the two countries reached a special agreement.

All travelers from one of the above countries who arrive in Poland by air transport must complete a traveler’s location card.

Additionally, in order to allow unrestricted entry, all travelers from these countries must carry an EU COVID-19 digital certificate. This means that travelers need to provide proof of complete vaccination, proof of recovery from the virus, or a negative COVID-19 test result.

For travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, it has been confirmed that Poland recognizes as valid evidence of immunity only those vaccines that have been approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Therefore, only the vaccines listed below are recognized as valid evidence of vaccination:

Pfizer / BioNTech AstraZeneca Moderna Johnson & Johnson

With regard to vaccination status, it was noted that the vaccination guide was valid 14 days after the last dose.

>> Poland only recognizes EMA-approved COVID-19 vaccines

Unrestricted entry is also allowed for all people coming from an EU/Schengen area country or Turkey if they show a certificate indicating that they have recovered from the virus within the past six months.

For those planning to submit a negative COVID-19 test result, it is emphasized that PCR and rapid antigen testing must be performed within 48 hours prior to admission.

All these documents are accepted if they are issued in Polish or English and can be submitted in electronic or paper format.

Polish authorities have announced that children under the age of 12 traveling with a parent who has been vaccinated, tested or recovered from the virus can enter Poland without undergoing testing and quarantine requirements.

On the other hand, travelers from the aforementioned EU/Schengen area countries or Turkey, who do not possess proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from the virus but are only able to submit a negative COVID-19 test result, are subject to a ten-day quarantine requirement days.

However, if they take a COVID-19 test 48 hours after entering Poland, they can be exempted from quarantine requirements if the test shows negative.

What are the rules of access from third world countries?

Poland currently allows entry to the following 3 countries:

Georgia Japan Canada New Zealand Thailand South Korea Tunisia Australia Israel United States United Kingdom Northern Ireland

Regardless of the mode of transportation used to reach Poland, travelers from a third country who have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 are subject to a ten-day quarantine requirement.

However, it has been emphasized that the quarantine period can be ended early if a negative COVID-19 test result is submitted eight days after arrival.

“Travelers who have been quarantined in Poland can take a test – on the eighth day at the earliest, starting the day after crossing the border – which results in them being quarantined with a negative result. When calculating the seven-day quarantine period, which gives Travelers have the right to take a diagnostic test on the eighth day,” the Polish government said in a statement.

In addition, note the same that quarantine requirements do not apply to third-country nationals who have started their journey in an EU/Schengen area country as well as to those transiting through Poland, provided they leave within 24 hours of entry.

“Passengers by plane from countries outside the Schengen/EU area who, after arriving in Poland, stay in the country for no more than 24 hours and have an air ticket are exempt from the obligation to quarantine. Departure must be within 24 hours, starting from the moment of arrival at Poland,” as stated in the EU reopening statement.

Several other groups of people who carry out important duties and essential activities in Poland are also allowed to enter the country.

What is open in Poland?

Similar to other European countries, most public places are open in Poland. Art galleries and museums are open to visitors with a maximum of one person per 15 square metres. Cinemas also resume their activities in indoor and outdoor environments. However, they can only work at 75 percent capacity.

Likewise, cafes, bars and restaurants are also allowed to resume operations under strict sanitary measures, with no more than 75 per cent occupancy. Hotels, gyms, fitness clubs, and other sporting events are also open.

Poland passport vaccination

Poland is already connected to the EUDCC portal, which means that the country issues and accepts the EU COVID-19 digital certificate. Thus, all Polish citizens and residents of other countries who hold such a document can travel freely within European countries and Poland without having to follow strict rules.

The EU Digital COVID-19 Passport has been created by the European Commission with the aim of facilitating travel within the European Union and features these key features:

Issued in paper or digital form One-page document issued in the national and English language Safe and secure for free Widely recognized in the European Union Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance when traveling to Poland

All travelers planning to visit Poland or any other country in the European Union during the COVID-19 pandemic are advised to purchase extended travel insurance packages that cover epidemic and pandemic situations.

Purchasing travel insurance ensures that all travelers can get their money back in the event that their trip is canceled due to the unexpected rise in COVID-19 cases.

Travel insurance at a reasonable price for Poland can be purchased from MondialCare, AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance.

COVID-19 status and vaccination rate in Poland

Based on figures provided by World Health Organization (WHO) figures, as of August 19, Poland had identified 2,885,883 cases of COVID-19, with only 207 new cases reported in the past 24 hours. In addition, since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has reported 75,307 deaths related to the health effects of the coronavirus.

Regarding vaccination rate, data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) showed that Poland has given at least 34,225,848 doses of COVID-19 vaccine so far. Assuming that each person needs two doses to be considered vaccinated, this means that 56.8 percent of the country’s total population has been fully immunized.

Here’s what you need to know before visiting other EU countries

Most EU countries currently have strict restrictions. If you are planning to travel to other countries except Poland this summer, the guide listed below provides all the information you need to know before booking your trip:

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