Crossing Polish border and new quarantine rules

On 29th March 2021, new restrictions on crossing Polish borders were introduced. According to the new rules, 10-day quarantine is obligatory for persons coming to Poland from outside the Schengen Area. COVID-19 tests taken in the country of departure do not release from the quarantine. Travellers from the Schengen Area should present a negative COVID-19 test done no later than 48 hours before crossing the Polish border. New restrictions will apply to 9th April 2021.

Schengen travellers:

  • mandatory 10 days quarantine unless the traveller presents a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 48 hours before crossing the Polish border,
  • exemptions from quarantine: person recovered or vaccinated against COVID-19. Note: vaccine has to be certified in the EU,
  • rules apply to all modes of transport – public and individual as well as crossing border on foot,
  • possibility of being exempted from compulsory quarantine on the basis of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48h after arriving,
  • acceptable types of test: PCR or antigen.

Non-Schengen travellers:

  • mandatory 10 days quarantine – negative COVID-19 test taken in the country of departure does not release from quarantine,
  • exemptions from quarantine:
  1. person recovered or vaccinated against COVID-19. Note: vaccine has to be certified in the EU,
  2. a student or researcher carrying out academic activities,
  3. a student studying in Poland (including a parent/guardian who crosses the border with them),
  4. legally residing in EU/EEA but transiting Poland,
  5. participating as a competitor or staff in an international sports competition,
  6. travelling for professional, official or employment reasons.
  • possibility of being exempted from compulsory quarantine on the basis of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48h after arriving,
  • acceptable types of test: PCR or antigen.

Most airports in Poland have test facilities within or close to the perimeter of the airport. Some may require advance booking therefore check the website of the airport where you will be arriving for more information about COVID-19 testing facilities.

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