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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-May 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

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
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg 
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom
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.

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

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

Travelers coming from the approved countries list are required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

However, travelers who are fully vaccinated, or who show a negative PCR test will be exempt from the quarantine.

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


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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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Wednesday 16th of June 2021

My husband (American) and I (Canadian) are gonna be flying from Turkey to America, with a layover in Poland for 17 hours. Will this be allowed if we stay in the airport?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 17th of June 2021

I am not entirely sure about transit rules right now in Poland, so it would be best to talk to your airline, the airport authorities in Poland, or border police to be sure


Tuesday 15th of June 2021

Any updates on Poland for vaccinated Americans? They seem to be rather silent. They're allowing Canadians, Cypriots, and the British who arguably are higher risk from an epidemiological standpoint.

thalia havaris

Saturday 12th of June 2021

My husband and I are flying from Canada to Poland with a connecting flight through Frankfurt in 2 weeks. We are fully vaccinated and I understand there is no need to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated. However, are we still required to take a Covid test prior or is showing our vaccination cards adequate?

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 12th of June 2021

travelers who are fully vaccinated, or who show a negative PCR test will be exempt from the quarantine.


Thursday 10th of June 2021

Hi I'm malaysia but I'm in turkey can I travel Poland

Brian Cullinane

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

I live in the United States. I am fully vaccinated! I am hoping to visit Poland around December 1st to visit the Christmas Markets. Do you think by then the USA will be on the accepted list and be able to visit with no quarantine?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 10th of June 2021

December is a very long time away from now, so anything is possible! I would guess much sooner than that