With the world slowly but steadily defeating the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking for places to visit and unwind. After months of staying in the same place and reduced mobility, the desire to just unwind and travel is not only understandable but very natural. Poland is a popular tourist destination of choice, and because of that, we received a lot of questions and inquiries about how traveling to Poland looks in practice. What is the situation in Poland? What restrictions are in place? Should you wait, or visit now? Is it safe to come to Poland?
To answer your questions and set you at ease, we prepared this article. If the situation changes, our updates will reflect it. The date in the post will reflect the latest update, so you don’t have to guess if you are looking at fresh info or not. Obviously, we will do our best to always have relevant, reliable data ready for you!
BREAKING NEWS 15.01.2021
After deliberations and evaluations, the Polish Government decided to extend the restrictions until the end of January. Tourists should remember that this means that hotels, museums, and other tourism-related objects are closed until 31.01.2021.
BREAKING NEWS 17.12.2020
All tourism industry and activity are suspended until 17 January of 2020. This is because of the nation-wide lockdown that is taking place between 28th December and 17th January. This move by the Polish government aims to avoid the third wave of Coronavirus that might otherwise happen after Christmas Holidays and New Year’s Eve. For the travelers, it means that since all objects of interest such as hotels are closed, you should postpone your trip to Poland until the lockdown is lifted post 17th January. However, this is pretty good news – Poland is preparing to introduce the vaccine to the population as fast as possible, and the lockdown is a way to make sure the process will go smooth. So traveling to Poland in 2021 looks to become a reality very soon!
What is the current situation in Poland?
The current situation in Poland is stabilizing and optimistic. The second wave of Coronavirus hit in November Poland, and things looked grim for a moment. However, the greatest danger is behind us. Currently, Poland is in a “responsibility period”. What does that mean? The Polish Government defined the “responsibility period” as a time of returning to normality. There are many restrictions in place, but their primary function is to prepare the country to return to normality from before the pandemic. This responsibility period is to last until 28th December. After that, a National Quarantine goes into effect, lasting until 17th January. The hope is that it will prepare the country for safe vaccination and restart of all industries, including tourism.
When should I look for another big update?
Another big update should happen around 28th December, with the results of the Responsibility Period. After that, look out for news on National Quarantine ending 17th January. We will keep you updated with the most important information, especially regarding traveling to Poland.
COVID-19 numbers in Poland
Here, you will find relevant data updated in real-time.
Can I enter Poland?
Most likely, yes! Polish borders reopened 13.06.2020. In a nutshell: anybody from within European Union and Schengen Zone can enter Poland freely. You also do not need to quarantine yourself in Poland, with an exception of when returning from the United Kingdom.
However, due to National Quarantine starting 28th December and lasting until 17th January, you should avoid entering Poland in that period of time.
There are some countries that remain on the banned list in Poland. Make sure your country is not on it:
The United States of America, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Maldives, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Israel, Kuwait, Libya, UAE, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, India, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Lebanon, Iraq, North Macedonia, Moldova, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Montenegro, Cape Verde, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait.
The flights from United Kingdoms to Poland have been suspended since 21.12.2020 until further notice. This is due to a new mutant Coronavirus strain.
What should I do before flying to Poland?
Make sure to fill out the public health passenger locator card and Passenger Self Declaration Form. They provide required information about your health to the authorities. Thanks to it, everybody can travel safely, and if you need emergency help, all information required will be already known so you can be helped immediately. Looks arcane and hard to fill out? Don’t worry – your airline will certainly instruct you how to do it and help you with any questions. Everything will be done online, so don’t let it stop you! Just make sure to get in and out of the airport safely – this article aims to help you remain safe.
What are the current restrictions in Poland?
There are the following temporary restrictions currently enforced in Poland:
You have to cover your mouth and nose outside. This includes places such as:
- streets, roads and in town squares, within cemeteries, promenades, boulevards, vehicle parking areas, forest car parks,
- public transport: buses, trams, and trains,
- shops, malls, banks, markets, and post offices
- culture and entertainment: cinemas and theatres,
- physician’s offices, in outpatient clinics and hospitals, in massage and tattoo parlors
- churches, schools, and universities,
- government offices and other civic centers.
Failing to do so will result in a fine, so make sure to always carry and wear your mask!
Social distancing is enforced. Please, keep 1,5m of distance between you and other people. This does not include your family and the people you are traveling with.
You are free to move around the country as you wish, just make sure that children under 16 are under the supervision of adults.
Public transport is available, but not recommended. Essentially, only half of any public transport vehicle can be occupied at a time. Every second seat has to be empty.
Culture, Gastronomy, Entertainment
For facilities such as churches, shops, restaurants, libraries, and similar, the rule is pretty simple. No more than one person per 15m2 of space. For objects smaller than 100m2, like tiny convenience stores, the rule is one person per 10m2 of space instead.
For gastronomy, stationary business is currently prohibited. You still can take out and order food for delivery. Hotel restaurants are an exception – guests can eat there freely.
Sport-related establishments, such as gyms, pools, fitness clubs and so on are currently suspended.
Cultural events, such as sports competitions, concerts, fairs, exhibitions are suspended and prohibited.
Cultural and entertainment establishments, such as night clubs, museums, discos, cinemas and theatres are currently suspended.
The beauty industry, such as hairdressers, tattoo parlors and beauticians operates under a strict sanitary regime.
Hotels and Accommodations
Hotels currently only offer accommodation to business travelers, remote workers, and patients. Tourists are explicitly excluded. The situation is very likely to change after 17.01.2021. Stay tuned. We will inform you when hotels will be available to you.
When should I visit Poland?
Currently, your options in Poland might be a bit limited. It might be better to plan your trip for 2021 instead, after the period of responsibility ends. To make sure you secure the best deals, follow our blog and website – we are very excited to receive travelers from across the world in 2021! With us, you will be safe – we take a very strict approach to our sanitary regime and focus on preventive solutions.