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From Sunday, 15 March, Poland will close its borders to foreigners. All Polish citizens who are presently abroad can return to their homeland. They will also undergo a compulsory 14-day home quarantine. International passenger air flights and international rail travel will be suspended.

Not all foreign residents are banned from entering Poland

The ban on entering the Republic of Poland does not apply to:

  • citizens of the Republic of Poland
  • foreigners who are spouses or children of citizens of the Republic of Poland or remain under permanent care of citizens of the Republic of Poland
  • holders of the Pole’s Card
  • diplomats
  • persons who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Poland or a work permit
  • in particularly justified cases which have not been listed above, the commanding officer of a Border Guard outpost, upon authorisation of the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Border Guard, can allow a foreigner to enter the territory of the Republic of Poland according to the procedure set out in the Act of 12 December 2013 on Foreigners (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 35)
  • foreigners driving a vehicle intended for transporting goods.

The compulsory quarantine does not apply to:

  • persons from near-border areas who live in Poland, but work every day in the neighbouring country and regularly cross the border;
  • foreign citizens who live in the neighbouring country, but work in Poland and regularly cross the border;
  • professional freight and passenger transport drivers performing their duties.

Do I need to undergo a quarantine when I enter Poland?

YES.  Anyone crossing the national border to reach their place of residence or stay in the Republic of Poland is required to inform a Border Guard officer of the address of their place of residence or stay where they will be undergoing their compulsory quarantine as well as their phone number, and undergo a compulsory post-border crossing quarantine at the location specified as their place of residence or stay, lasting 14 days from the first day following the date of crossing the border.

Did Poland suspend air connections? With which countries?

A ban on landing at airports in the Republic of Poland was introduced for 14 days for international passenger flights, with the exception of flights transporting Polish citizens returning to Poland and chartered at the request of the Prime Minister as well as flights performing tasks to prevent or remove the consequences of natural disasters, and to save the life or health of people, unless a particular flight is conducted as part of business activities.

What is the basis for closing the borders to foreign citizens?

The borders are closed pursuant to Article 46(4)(1) of the Polish act on preventing and combating infections and infectious diseases among people, which allows for temporary restrictions on a specific mode of travel when the state of epidemic threat is announced.

Can I leave Poland?

Yes. You can leave Poland by means of road transport at border crossing points. The limitations apply to entering the country.