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Poland: COVID-19 Entry Requirements Travelers Need To Know

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Poland is home to a large number of UNESCO world heritage sites and was quickly growing to become one of the most visited countries in the world prior to the pandemic. 

Poland reopened its borders for international visitors in June 2020, but went into lockdown for most of 2021. Now as of mid-June 2021, many things have started reopening once again.

Here are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements for Poland and everything travelers need to know before booking their trip. 

Warsaw, Poland. Aerial view Palace of Culture and Science

Temporary Restrictions and Updates For Poland 2021

  • Poland’s 7-month lockdown ended May 4, 2021
  • Hotels reopened May 8, restaurants for outdoor dining on May 14
  • Masks are no longer required outdoors as of May 14
  • More services will reopen May 29
  • The USA was added to the third-party list as of June 21

Countries Permitted To Visit Poland

Travelers from the following EU and third-party countries may visit Poland for tourism:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia 
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic 
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg 
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Warsaw, Royal castle and old town at sunset

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

All travelers entering Poland will need to provide proof of a negative antigen or PCR test, taken within 48 hours of arrival, plus perform another test within 48 hours of arrival. (Vaccinated passengers can skip this.)

Quarantine Requirements

Unvaccinated travelers from outside the Schengen zone will have to quarantine for 10-days upon arrival, starting June 24, 2021, to help combat the Delta variant.

Aerial view of the old town of Gnask, Poland
Aerial view of the old town of Gnask, Poland

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Poland

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Poland

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Poland:

  • Face masks are required inside public buildings and locations such as churches, cinemas, hair salons, restaurants, shops and public transport.
  • Outdoor masks have been removed, but social distancing and a limit of outdoor gatherings in still in effect.

Poland’s Vaccine Entry Requirements 

The Polish government has announced that all travelers coming from approved countries who have been vaccinated for Covid-19 will be exempt from the mandatory 10 day quarantine.

Vaccinated travelers will need to present proof of an international certificate of vaccine.

Visa Entry Requirements For Poland During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in Poland will need to follow regular visa requirements.

Travelers that require a visa must apply at a Polish embassy/consulate in their home country before traveling to Poland. 

Poland Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Check if your country is approved to visit Poland
  2. Check if your country requires a visa to visit Poland
  3. Take a test if needed, or show proof of vaccination/recovery
  4. Follow all health protocols while in Poland

READ MORE:

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Sources: Government of Poland

Disclaimer: Poland travel rules can change without notice and are being updated constantly. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse travelling against government advisories.

Article originally published September 1, 2020 with updates


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Vitia Kozel

Monday 13th of September 2021

Please advice of any requirements ( I am going to be in transit for 1 h) travelling from Prague to Toronto on October 14th 2021. Thank you Vicky

Robert Skaggs

Monday 30th of August 2021

We are traveling to Poland on 9-14-2021 and need to know of any new requirements to travel

Georgia

Monday 23rd of August 2021

Hello, I am traveling from the USA to Ukraine on September 7th. The flight transits briefly through Warsaw, Poland. I will have a PCR test taken 48 hours before departure. Can you advise if transit is possible for USA citizens through Poland - I can't find an answer on this topic. Thanks.

Maya

Monday 23rd of August 2021

Please advice if kids (pleas mention the age group) need to have a negative PCR test to enter Poland. p.S - Child is a polish national

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 23rd of August 2021

The information I have says that children under 12 do not need to provide a test as long as they are entering with an adult that either has a negative test or who has been fully vaccinated

Evangeline Ancheta

Monday 19th of July 2021

I live in Costa Rica and I have a work permit to Poland so my huband/partner and our son is suppose to travel with me. However, we are not sure if they will be allowed to enter the polich border since i am the only one with essential reason to travel. there are people recommending that we sould travel to other EU countries accepting tourists from from Costa Rica before flying to Poland. I am not sure if this option is possible. any insight will be greatly appreciated. thank you in advance for the response.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 19th of July 2021

Work permits with spouses, etc are very hard to advise on at this time. Most of my knowledge is around leisure travel. If you need to travel somewhere that Poland accepts first, my suggestion is Croatia. Croatia will accept passengers from Costa Rica (unvaccinated with a test and vaccinated with a vaccine proof), you could stay there for 14 days, and then enter Poland. However, like I said before, work visas may have other factors I can't forsee, so you may want to speak with a consulate