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Temporary limitations

RESTRICTIONS CONCERNING MOVEMENT

1.5 METER – MINIMUM DISTANCE BETWEEN PEDESTRIANS

It is mandatory that a distance of least 1.5 meters be maintained between pedestrians.

The following persons are exempt from the restriction:

  • parents with children who require care (younger than 13),
  • persons 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 carers.

COVERING YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE ONLY WITH A MASK IN PUBLIC SPACES

It is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose in such places 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 parlours
  • in churches, at schools and universities,
  • In government offices (when going there to take care of certain matters) and other civic centres.

Where is it not mandatory to cover your mouth and nose? In forests, parks, green squares, botanical gardens, historic gardens, family community gardens and on beaches as well as while travelling by private car.

Important!  Exemption from the obligation to cover the mouth and nose is limited only to persons who have a medical certificate or a document confirming:

  • a pervasive developmental disorder,
  • a mental disorder,
  • moderate, severe or profound intellectual disability,
  • difficulties in uncovering the mouth or nose on their own.

Covering the mouth and nose in public spaces is obligatory throughout the entire country.

QUARANTINE

NATIONWIDE RULES:

The restriction applies to persons who:

  • are crossing the border of the Republic of Poland which constitutes the external border of the EU*,
  • are crossing the Polish border from the Schengen zone,
  • had contact with persons infected with the coronavirus, or are living with an infected (isolated) person,
  • have been referred for a COVID-19 test by a primary or night care physician.

* The external border is defined by the provisions of Article 2(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) (OJ EU L 77 of 23 March 2016, p. 1, as amended).

Rules for travellers from the EU Member States, Schengen Area, and Turkey arriving in Poland

Regardless of the means of transport used (collective, individual, or when crossing the border on foot), travellers are subject to a 10-day quarantine upon entry, unless they meet one of the following conditions:

  • they are fully vaccinated with all vaccine doses required and 14 days have passed since their final dose was administered (counting from the day following the last vaccination date). The vaccination must be certified by the EU digital COVID certificate or another document, in Polish or English, confirming vaccination with a vaccine that has been authorised in the European Union,

  • they had been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (so-called convalescents), no later than 6 months before the day of crossing the Polish border. Convalescents must present a document confirming that they had indeed been infected, issued in Polish or English; acceptable documents include the EU digital COVID certificate,

  • they present a negative COVID-19 test result, confirmed with an EU COVID certificate or another document in Polish or English. Such a test must be performed no earlier than 48 hours before crossing the border.

  • they are children under 12 years of age who are travelling under the supervision of adults vaccinated against COVID19 or have a negative COVID-19 test result,

  • they are subject to other exemptions listed in Art. 3 of the Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 6 May 2021 on the establishment of certain restrictions, orders, and prohibitions in connection with the occurrence of an epidemic.

Travellers who have been quarantined may perform a test within 48 hours of crossing the border, with a negative test result releasing them from quarantine:

  • Test type: RT-PCR or antigen.

  • The tests are not publicly funded.

The above rules apply to travellers from:

  • European Union Member States: 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, and Italy,

  • 4 non-EU countries that are part of the Schengen Area – Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein,

  • from Turkey, with which a special agreement has been concluded.

Rules for travellers from outside the European Union, Schengen Area, and Turkey arriving in Poland

All travellers are required to present a negative result of the COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours before crossing the border, counting from the date of receiving the result, regardless of their means of transport (collective, individual, or crossing the border on foot).

As of 18 December, children under the age of 5 are not required to undergo testing.

Who else is exempt from presenting a negative result of the COVID19 test upon arrival from outside the Schengen Area?

1. Pupils studying in the Republic of Poland or a neighbouring country and their guardians who cross the border together with the pupils to allow for such an education;

2. Children attending pre-school education in the Republic of Poland or a neighbouring country and their guardians who cross the border with the children to allow for such an education;

3. Persons who intend to take the eighth-grader exam, the school-leaving exam (matura), the exam confirming professional qualifications, or a vocational exam conducted by Regional Examination Boards, as well as guardians of these persons;

4. An aircraft crew, as defined in Art. 2 point 1 of the Act of 3 July 2002 – Aviation Law;

5. Fishermen within the meaning of Art. 2 point 9 of the Act of 11 September 2019 on work on board fishing vessels (Journal of Laws, item 2197) or seafarers within the meaning of Art. 2 point 3 of the Act of 5 August 2015 on maritime labour (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 1353), including seafarers employed under the terms and conditions specified in Art. 46 or Art. 108 of that Act;

6. Seamen or fishermen travelling to a port, also by means other than a ship, to take up employment on a ship, or returning to their place of residence, also by means other than a ship, after having completed employment on a ship – also in transit through the territory of the Republic of Poland;

7. Persons performing work or providing services on ships or offshore drilling or extracting platforms based on a relationship other than a maritime labour contract;

8. Crew members referred to in the Act of 21 December 2000 on inland navigation (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 1863), including persons returning from abroad by means other than a ship to take a rest as referred to in the Act of 7 April 2017 on working time on inland waterway vessels (Journal of Laws, item 993);

9. A ship crew, as defined in the regulations on maritime safety;

10. Persons performing works in the Republic of Poland or a neighbouring country, which are connected with the preparation or execution of an investment project in the scope of a terminal or investments accompanying the investment project in the scope of a terminal within the meaning of the Act of 24 April 2009 on investments in the field of a liquefied natural gas regasification terminal in Świnoujście (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 1866 and of 2021, items 234 and 784), strategic investments in transmission networks within the meaning of the Act of 24 July 2015 on the preparation and implementation of strategic investments in transmission networks (Journal of Laws of 2021, items 428 and 784) or strategic investments in the oil sector within the meaning of the Act of 22 February 2019 on the preparation and implementation of strategic investments in the oil sector (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 2309 and of 2021, items 234 and 784);

11. Drivers performing road transport within the framework of the international road transport or international combined transport within the meaning of Art. 4 points 2 and 14 of the Act of 6 September 2001 on road transport, respectively;

12. Drivers performing road transport within the framework of the international road transport or international combined transport within the meaning of Art. 4 points 2 and 14 of the Act of 6 September 2001 on road transport, respectively, who return from abroad or pass through the territory of the Republic of Poland in transit, by means other than the vehicle used to perform the road transport:

a) in order to take a rest as referred to in the Regulation (EC) No. 561/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport and amending Council Regulations (EEC) No. 3821/85 and (EC) No. 2135/98 and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3820/85 (Official Journal of the European Union L 102 of 11 April 2006, page 1, as amended), on the territory of the Republic of Poland or another country;

b) after taking a rest referred to in the Regulation mentioned in item (a) abroad and after a break in the provision of work under circumstances indicated in Art. 31 sec. 1 of the Act of 16 April 2004 on the working time of drivers (Journal of Laws of 2019, item 1412);

13. A train crew, as referred to in Art. 21 sec. 1 of Regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure of 18 July 2005 on general conditions for railway traffic operation and signalisation (Journal of Laws of 2015, items 360 and 1476, of 2016, item 1849 and of 2019, items 964 and 2352), and other employees necessary for carrying out freight services within the framework of the international railway transport, who perform their professional activities in the Republic of Poland or a neighbouring country, based a list of these persons submitted by the railway transport operator or the railway infrastructure manager to the President of the Office of Rail Transport who forwards the said list to the Commander in Chief of the Polish Border Guard;

14. Drivers performing carriage by road using motor vehicles or combination vehicles with a maximum permissible weight not exceeding 3.5 tonnes as part of the carriage of goods by road and the non-commercial carriage of goods by road;

15. Drivers performing carriage by road using motor vehicles designed to seat more than seven and no more than nine persons, including the driver, as part of the international road passenger carriage for hire or reward;

16. Persons employed in a medical entity established by a minister in charge of health matters for the purpose of carrying out tasks of air rescue medical teams.

The obligation to undergo testing also applies to vaccinated persons!

It is also possible to take the test at certain Polish airports prior to border check. We encourage you to verify if this option is available on the websites of individual airports. From 18 December, it is also possible to take a test at the airport, within three hours after crossing the border.

Persons who fail to present a negative test result will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.  Travellers quarantined in Poland will be able to take a test on the 8th day, counting from the day following the date of crossing the border, at the earliest – a negative result will exempt the traveller from quarantine.

When calculating the 7-day quarantine period that entitles a traveller to take a diagnostic test on the 8th day, the day on which they crossed the Polish border is not included.

Example: If you crossed the Polish border on 1 July, you can take a test that will release you from quarantine on 9 July.

  • Test type: RT-PCR.
  • The tests are not financed from public funds.

The aforementioned obligation does not apply to arrivals and departures from:

  • EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
  • the four non-EU countries that belong to the Schengen Area – Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein,
  • the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino, the Vatican City State or the Holy See,
  • Turkey, with which a special agreement has been concluded.

Persons who present a negative test result at the border will be exempt from the obligation to quarantine, irrespective of vaccination, pursuant to Art. 3 sections 1 and 2 of the Regulation of the Council of Ministers on the establishment of certain restrictions, orders, and prohibitions in connection with the occurrence of an epidemic.

Important! From 30 November to 10 January, flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are banned. Persons returning from these countries cannot be exempted from a 14-day quarantine.

The quarantine obligation may not be waived in the case of incoming travellers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Passenger Locator Forms

Starting from 17 July, any person crossing the state border of the Republic of Poland by plane must fill out an electronic Passenger Locator Form via the ICT system before checking in, and if this is not possible, fill out a paper Passenger Locator Form provided by the cabin crew.

The data controller is the State District Sanitary Inspector competent for the place of residence or stay of the traveller.

EU digital COVID certificate

The EU digital COVID certificate is issued by the Ministry of Health. Vaccination certificates are issued as follows:

  1. in electronic form,
  2. in paper form,
  • by entities providing vaccination against COVID-19,
  • by a primary health care physician or primary care nurse.

More details about the EU COVID Certificate

Check the Border Guard website to see who is exempt from quarantine after crossing the Polish border.

What does it involve?

Rules concerning:

  • quarantine (keeping a healthy person away from others due to exposure to infection)
  • isolation (keeping a person or group of people suffering from SARS-CoV-2 – as confirmed by a positive SARS-CoV-2 test – away from others to prevent further transmission)

Isolation:

If the patient has not developed symptoms of COVID-19, home isolation lasts 10 days.

Isolation ends as follows:

  1. once 24 hours have passed without fever – without the use of antipyretic drugs and with clinical improvement – but no earlier than 10 days from the day of symptom onset – in the case of patients exhibiting clinical symptoms in:
  • hospital isolation or an isolation unit unless the physician responsible for the patient extends the isolation period,
  • home isolation unless the primary health care physician, who provided consultation via phone or at home no earlier than on the eighth day the isolation, extends the isolation period;
  1. after 10 days from the date of obtaining the first positive SARS-CoV-2 test result – in the case of patients not exhibiting clinical symptoms unless the primary health care physician, who provided consultation via phone or at home no earlier than on the eighth day the isolation, extends the isolation period.

Quarantine:

The obligation to undergo compulsory quarantine does not apply to persons vaccinated against COVID-19 as well as those who had been subjected to isolation, hospitalisation or home isolation due to SARS-CoV-2 infection, but no later than 6 months from the day on which such persons, as mentioned in section 6, received a positive SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test result.

During this time:

  • you may not leave your home,
  • you may not walk your dog, go shopping or go visit a physician,
  • should you experience symptoms of the disease (feeling unwell, fever, coughing, shortness of breath), you should call to doctor.

Important! As part of their regular patrols, police officers visit quarantined persons and make sure that they are staying at their place of residence. Regulations provide for a fine of up to PLN 30 thousand for breaking the quarantine. The decision concerning the actual amount of the fine is always made on a case-by-case basis.

Attention! The quarantine is suspended for the duration of the test you have been referred for by a primary or night care physician (the way to the swab collection site and return home). From 28 November quarantine or isolation is suspended, when you need to see a doctor. Under the above circumstances, reporting to a sanitary and epidemiological station is not required.

 

SOCIAL LIFE

CULTURAL EVENTS - RESTRICTIONS

Museums and art galleries

Museums and art galleries are open and can operate under a strict sanitary regime. A limit of 1 person per 15 m2 is in effect.

 

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

Cinemas

Cinemas have resumed both outdoor and indoor activities. They operate under a strict sanitary regime at no more than 30% occupancy. Wearing masks covering both mouth and nose is mandatory.

 

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

Theatres, operas, and philharmonics

Outdoors:

Theaters, operas and philharmonic halls have resumed their activities in the open air. They operate under a strict sanitary regime at no more than 30% occupancy.

 

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

Indoors:

Theaters, operas and philharmonic halls have resumed their indoor activity. They operate under a strict sanitary regime at no more than 30% occupancy. Event organisers must ensure that the limit of 1 person per 15 m2 is observed. Wearing masks covering both mouth and nose is mandatory.

 

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

Cultural and community centres

Cultural and community centres may conduct activities both outdoors and indoors, provided that the number of attendees does not exceed 15 people and a distance of 1.5 m between them is maintained, and that participants comply with the requirement to cover mouth and nose.

 

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

Concerts and circus shows

Indoor concert activities have been resumed under the following conditions:

  • no more than 30% of seats may be made available to viewers or listeners,
  • a distance of 1.5 m between viewers or listeners must be maintained, and if no designated seats are available, a limit of 1 person per 10 metres squared must be observed,
  • ensuring that viewers or listeners comply with the requirement to cover mouth and nose.

Concerts and circus performances can be organised outdoors under the following conditions:

  • no more than 30% of seats may be made available to viewers or listeners,
  • a distance of 1.5 m between viewers or listeners must be maintained, and if no designated seats are available, a limit of 1 person per 15 metres squared must be observed. Persons vaccinated against Covid-19 shall not count towards the limit.
  • ensuring that viewers or listeners comply with the requirement to cover mouth and nose.

 

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

Entertainment – Outdoor amusement parks

Outdoor amusement parks can resume operations at up to 30% occupancy.

 

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

Libraries

Libraries may make their collections available to readers provided that the limit of 1 person per 15 m2 of space is observed; librarians shall not count towards this limit. Information on the limit of persons allowed into the library shall be posted at the library’s entrance.

Public and research libraries may organise indoor meetings and events provided that the following criteria are met:

  • no more than 15 attendees are allowed, with each of them maintaining a distance of 1.5 m from other persons;
  • ensuring that attendees comply with the requirement to cover mouth and nose.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Public transport vehicles may be boarded by a limited number of persons.

All means of public transport across Poland may only make up to 100% of seats available to passengers.

 

RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

We also recommend that all ceremonies be held outdoors.Tthere is a limit in places of religious worship - a max. 30% of full capacity.

Important! In churches and places of worship it is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose.

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

GATHERINGS AND MEETINGS

GATHERINGS

Up to 100 people may participate in a public gathering at the same time. Participants are required to maintain a distance of 1.5 m from others. Additionally, the distance between individual gatherings must be at least 100 m.

MEETINGS

Up to 100 people may participate in events and meetings, either outdoors, indoors or in designated gastronomic areas. A distance between individual tables must be maintained (only every other table may be occupied, with a 1.5 m distance between tables – unless there is a screen between them with a height of at least 1 m, counting from the table’s surface).

This number does not include persons vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

WEDDINGS, COMMUNIONS, FUNERAL RECEPTIONS AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS

Special events may be organised outdoors and indoors alike (e.g. inside restaurants). A limit of 150 attendees is in effect. Such events may only take place under a strict sanitary regime. A distance between individual tables must be maintained (only every other table may be occupied, with a 1.5 m distance between tables – unless there is a screen between them with a height of at least 1 m, counting from the table’s surface).

This number does not include persons vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

NIGHT CLUBS, DISCOS AND OTHER PLACES FOR DANCING

Night clubs, discos and other dancing venues are closed. They will be allowed to operate exclusively on New Year's Eve (31/12-1/01) under sanitary regime (max. 100 people, COVID-19 certificate holders not included).

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

FAIRS, EXHIBITIONS, CONGRESSES AND CONFERENCES

Trade fairs, congresses and conferences can be organised provided that the limit of 1 person per 15 m2 is complied with.

 

EDUCATION

All students, primary adn secondary school students too, return to stationary learning.

NURSERIES AND KINDERGARTENS

Nurseries and kindergartens in the entire country will be open, providing care for all children.


INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY TRAFFIC

International passenger transport by rail that crosses the Polish border is suspended.

ECONOMY

SHOPPING CENTRES AND LARGE-FORMAT STORES

Shopping malls, DIY and furniture shops are open. They are allow to operate under a strict sanitary regime, with a limit of 1 person per 15 m2.

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

GASTRONOMY

Gastronomic establishments operate under a strict sanitary regime at no more than 53% occupancy. A distance between individual tables must be maintained.

 

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

Hotel restaurants

Hotel restaurants operate under a strict sanitary regime at no more than 30% occupancy. A distance between individual tables must be maintained.

 

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

HAIR AND BEAUTY SALONS, TATTOO PARLORS

Hair and beauty salons across the country are open. They are allow to operate under a strict sanitary regime.

 

HOTELS

Hotels have resumed operations. A 30% occupancy limit is in effect.

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

 

SPORT AND LEISURE

GYMS, FITNESS CLUBS AND CENTRES, SWIMMING POOLS AND AQUAPARKS

Gyms, fitness clubs and solariums operate under a sanitary regime. A limit of 1 person per 15 m2 is in effect.

Swimming pools, water parks and closed sports facilities are open as well, subject to a limit of up to 30% occupancy. Audience members may occupy no more than 30% of seats – every other seat with only every other row occupied – and if no designated seats are available, audience members must maintain a distance of 1.5 m between each other.

Sports classes and events held outside sports facilities shall be subject to a limit of 250 persons.

The limit does not include people vaccinated against COVID-19 provided that they present:

  • the EU Digital Covid Certificate;
  • or a vaccination certificate, a positive test result and a recovery certificate.

Failure to show these documents may result in denial of service.

Playing sports in indoor sports facilities is allowed at no more than 30% occupancy (including the audience).

Sports events in open-air sporting venues are held with audiences not exceeding 30% of the venue’s total capacity.

EXEMPTION OF PARTICIPANTS OF INTERNATIONAL SPORTS COMPETITIONS FROM OBLIGATORY QUARANTINE

The exemption of people from outside of the EU from obligatory quarantine concerns:

  • competitors,
  • coaching staff members,
  • doctors, physiotherapists,
  • umpires,
  • accredited journalists.

The exemption applies to persons who are participating in competitions organised by:

  • an international sports federation of an Olympic or Paralympic sport, or another organisation recognised by the International Olympics Committee,
  • an international continental sports organisation belonging to a sports federation,
  • Polish sports association.

Note! Persons crossing the Polish border must present the Border Guard with a letter issued by the organiser of the sports competition. It may also be a document – certified by a Polish sports association competent in a given sport – containing data concerning the fact of organisation of the sports competitions, its date as well as the nature of that person’s participation.

SANATORIUMS, HEALTH RESORTS AND REHABILITATION

Health resorts resume their operations. The condition to begin inpatient rehabilitation in a rehabilitation centre or a therapeutic-preventive stay will be a negative result of a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2. The material must be collected no earlier than 4 days before the start of the rehabilitation stay. You will not have to pay for the tests.

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