COVID-19 travel restrictions: Poland

Travel Restrictions

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This article was published on December 3, 2021, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Poland?

Poland is open for all visitors now. Nevertheless, please be aware that Poland has enacted a number of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Can I enter Poland if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Poland if you are vaccinated. You are considered vaccinated if you have received a complete vaccination course at least 14 days before arriving in Poland.

Four vaccine drugs are approved in Poland as of November 22, 2021:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer / BioNTech
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Oxford / AstraZeneca

Travel documents if you are fully vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated, you have to present one of the following documents to prove your vaccination status:

  • For EU citizens — the EU digital COVID certificate
  • For visitors from outside the EU — another document confirming vaccination. It should be issued in Polish or English

As of November 2021, 16 non-EU countries have joined the EU COVID digital certificate system. Your local digital COVID certificate will be valid in Poland should you arrive from the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Switzerland
  • Faroe Islands
  • Israel
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Morocco
  • Monaco
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • San Marino
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Vatican City

Can I enter Poland if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Poland if you are unvaccinated. However, please be aware that you will have to present one of the following documents.

  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19. It has to be issued in Polish or English and state that the person has been infected no later than six months before the day of crossing the Polish border
  • A negative COVID-19 test result, issued in Polish or English. The test must be performed no earlier than 48 hours before crossing the Polish border

Who cannot enter Poland?

As of November 2021, there are no COVID-19-related restrictions on entering Poland other than those mentioned above.

The regular entry requirements are in place. In addition to your COVID-19 documents, you are obliged to show the necessary paperwork for entering Poland. Typically these are a passport, a visa, and any other documents required by Polish laws.

Can I leave Poland?

There are no COVID-19 restrictions for leaving Poland. Please ensure that you’ve learned the requirements of the destination country concerning COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travelers. Some countries, such as the US, demand tests anyway.

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Can I leave Poland if I am vaccinated?

Vaccinated travelers can leave Poland.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

Vaccinated travelers must have one of the following documents to leave Poland:

  • The EU digital COVID certificate (to travel within the EU)
  • Another document confirming vaccination (to travel outside the EU)

In addition, it is recommended to find out requirements of the destination country.

Can I leave Poland if I am unvaccinated?

There are no restrictions for unvaccinated travelers on leaving Poland.

Traveling to “red” or “non-red” countries from Poland if you are unvaccinated

Currently, there are no “red” or “non-red” countries in Poland. The Ministry of Health gently reminds travelers that they should be aware of the following:

  • Possible difficulties in returning to the country
  • Restrictions in air traffic
  • Mandatory quarantine or self-isolation, as well as additional medical examinations, that may be required by local authorities

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

Unvaccinated travelers have to present one of the following documents:

  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (it has to state that the visitor has been infected no later than six months before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Poland currently

As of November 2021, the COVID-19 situation in Poland is less dangerous compared to previous months.

FAQs

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Is it safe to travel to Poland right now?

International travel to Poland is safe provided you follow simple rules (like covering your nose and mouth with a mask inside the building).

Is Warsaw open for travel?

Warsaw is open for tourists now. Travelers are permitted to visit all public places. All recreational areas are open up to 75 percent capacity. It is not obligatory to wear a mask outside, but all visitors must wear a mask inside buildings.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Poland?

In terms of quarantine in Poland, travelers are divided into two groups:
  • Visitors from the EU, the Schengen Area, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Turkey — fully vaccinated and unvaccinated (provided the presence of a negative COVID-19 test for the latter) — are exempt from the quarantine. Unvaccinated visitors without a negative test have to self-isolate and take a PCR or antigenic test within 48 hours of crossing the border. A negative result will release them from quarantine
  • Visitors from outside the EU and the Schengen Area — fully vaccinated travelers do not have to self-isolate. However, unvaccinated visitors with a negative test are subject to mandatory ten-days quarantine upon their arrival to Poland. It is possible to take a test on the eighth day after arrival
In addition, transit travelers are exempt from the quarantine obligation. This rule is valid for those who arrive by plane from countries outside the Schengen or EU area, stay in Poland for no longer than 24 hours, and have a flight ticket to another country.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Poland?

If you travel from the EU or the Schengen Area, it would be a great benefit for you to install the EU Digital Covid Certificate mobile application to digitize your vaccination status. Visitors from outside the EU or the Schengen Area can have a paper certificate.

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