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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 passengers arriving to Poland from the Schengen zone

  • All travellers are subject to quarantine unless they can produce a COVID-19 test with a negative result. Such a test must be performed no later than 48 hours before crossing the border.
  • Test type: PCR or antigen.
  • This covers travellers using all means of transport, including public and individual transport, as well as all persons crossing the border on foot.
  • Travellers who have been quarantined in Poland may perform a test within 48 hours of crossing the border, with a negative test result releasing them from quarantine.
  • The tests are not publicly funded.
  • From 26 of May, all persons who present a negative COVID-19 test result after arrival at Polish airports – before the border check – will also be exempt from quarantine.

Rules for passengers arriving to Poland from outside the Schengen Zone

  • All travellers are subject to quarantine.
  • Tests performed in the country of departure shall not exempt such travellers from quarantine.
  • Travellers who have been quarantined in Poland may perform a test within 48 hours of crossing the border, with a negative test result releasing them from quarantine.
  • Test type: PCR or antigen.
  • The tests are not publicly funded.
  • A test releasing travellers from the quarantine obligation may also be performed at the airport, before the border check.

Important! Persons vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine. This applies to persons who have been issued a certificate of preventive vaccination with a vaccine that has been approved for marketing in the European Union.

Persons travelling from India, the Republic of South Africa and Brazil, cannot be exempted from quarantine on the basis of a test carried out within 48 hours after arriving to Poland. This will only be possible after 7 days. The obligation to undergo quarantine is deemed to have been fulfilled when a negative test result is entered by a medical diagnostic laboratory to the IT system.

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,
  • if a person in quarantine is in close contact with other persons at home, they must also be quarantined,
  • should you experience symptoms of the disease (feeling unwell, fever, coughing, shortness of breath), you must report this by phone to the sanitary and epidemiological station.

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.

Valid until 25 June

SOCIAL LIFE

CULTURAL EVENTS - RESTRICTIONS

Note!

From 13 June, it will be possible to sell and consume food and drink in cinemas, theaters, concerts and other cultural and entertainment venues.

From 26 June, the limit of the number of people in cinemas, theaters and amusement parks will change - maximum 75 % of full capacity and in libraries - 1 person per 10 m2.

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.

Cinemas

Cinemas have resumed both outdoor and indoor activities. They operate under a strict sanitary regime at no more than 50% occupancy. Only every second seat may be occupied by viewers or listeners, and if no designated seats are available, a distance of 1.5 m must be maintained between all such viewers or listeners. Eating and drinking are prohibited. Wearing masks covering both mouth and nose is mandatory.

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 50% occupancy. Only every second seat may be occupied by viewers or listeners, and if no designated seats are available, a distance of 1.5 m must be maintained between all such viewers or listeners. No more than 250 attendees are allowed.

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

Indoors:

Theaters, operas and philharmonic halls have resumed their indoor activity. They operate under a strict sanitary regime at no more than 50% occupancy. Only every second seat may be occupied by viewers or listeners, and if no designated seats are available, a distance of 1.5 m must be maintained between all such viewers or listeners. Event organisers must ensure that the limit of 1 person per 15 m2 is observed. Eating and drinking are prohibited. Wearing masks covering both mouth and nose is mandatory.

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 and refrain from eating and drinking.

Concerts and circus shows

Indoor concert activities have been resumed under the following conditions:

  • no more than 50% of seats may be made available to viewers or listeners (every second seat),
  • 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,
  • ensuring that viewers or listeners comply with the requirement to cover mouth and nose,
  • ensuring that viewers or listeners refrain from eating and drinking.

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

  • no more than 50% of seats may be made available to viewers or listeners (every second seat),
  • 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; additionally, no more than 250 attendees are allowed. Persons vaccinated against Covid-19 shall not count towards the limit of 250 attendees.
  • ensuring that viewers or listeners comply with the requirement to cover mouth and nose,
  • ensuring that viewers or listeners refrain from eating and drinking.

Entertainment – Outdoor amusement parks

Outdoor amusement parks can resume operations at up to 50% occupancy.

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;
  • ensuring that attendees refrain from eating and drinking.

Valid until 25 June

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 75% of seats available to passengers

Valid until 25 June

From 26 June, the limit of people will change - max. 100 % of full capacity. 

 

RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

A limit of 1 person per 15 m2 is in effect in all places of worship. We also recommend that all ceremonies be held outdoors

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

Valid until 25 June

From 13 June, there is a new limit in places of religious worship - a max. 50% of full capacity.

From 26 June, there is a new limit in places of religious worship - a max. 75% of full capacity.

The limit shall not apply to persons fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

GATHERINGS AND MEETINGS

GATHERINGS

Up to 150 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 150 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.

Valid until 25 June

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.

Valid until 25 June

NIGHT CLUBS, DISCOS AND OTHER PLACES FOR DANCING

The activity of such venues is prohibited in the entire country, except for: sports dance clubs.

Valid until 25 June

From 26 June, night clubs, discos and other dancing venues will resume their activities. The limit of max. 150 people will apply.

 

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.

 

Valid until 25 June

 

From 26 June, the limit will change - 1 person per 10 m2.

 

EDUCATION

From 31 May, all students will return to stationary learning.

Valid until further notice

NURSERIES AND KINDERGARTENS

From 19 April 2021, nurseries and kindergartens in the entire country will be open, providing care for all children.

Valid until further notice

 

BORDERS AND INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC


INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY TRAFFIC

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

Valid until 25 June

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.

Valid until 25 June

From 26 June, the limit will change - 1 person per 10 m2.

 

GASTRONOMY

Gastronomic establishments operate under a strict sanitary regime at no more than 50% occupancy. 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)

Valid until 25 June

From 26 June, the limit of people will change - max. 75 percent of full capacity.

 

Hotel restaurants

Hotel restaurants operate under a strict sanitary regime at no more than 50% occupancy. 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)

Valid until 25 June

From 26 June, the limit of people will change - max. 75 percent of full capacity.

 

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.

Valid until 25 June

 

HOTELS

Hotels have resumed operations. A 50% occupancy limit is in effect.

The limit shall not apply to persons fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and organised groups of children and adolescents under 12 years of age.

Valid until 25 June

From 26 June, the limit of the number of people will change - max. 75 % of full capacity.

 

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 50% occupancy. Audience members may occupy no more than 50% 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.

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

Playing sports in indoor sports facilities is allowed at no more than 50% occupancy (including the audience).

Sports events in open-air sporting venues are held with audiences not exceeding 25% of the venue’s total capacity.

During the upcoming games of the Polish National Football Team against:

  • Russian Federation team on 1 June 2021 in Wrocław
  • Republic of Iceland team on 8 June 2021 in Wrocław

audience members may occupy no more than 50% of seats, leaving every other seat empty.

Valid until 25 June

From 26 June, the limit of the number of people will change as follows:

  • in gyms and fitness clubs - 1 person per 10 m2
  • audience at sports facilities - max. 50% of full 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.

Valid until 25 June

SANATORIUMS, HEALTH RESORTS AND REHABILITATION

As of 11 March 2021, health resorts resume their operations. As of 15 March 2021, 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.

Valid until further notice