Poland is in the state of the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020. In order to inhibit the spread of COVID-19, the government has introduced certain strict measures. Current restrictions have been prolonged till February 14th, 2021.

International travels and crossing Polish borders:

The Polish borders within the EU are open so the movement within the Union is possible and the EU citizens do not have to undergo the quarantine when coming to Poland. Restrictions concern the external EU borders and some groups of foreigners have to undergo a 10-day quarantine after coming to Poland. The exception applies to those who have a negative COVID-19 test done 48 hours before the travel as well as to students (incl. doctoral students) studying in Poland as well as persons conducting scientific activity in Poland.

Many international connections (via airplane or train) have been suspended though.

Current information on crossing the borders are posted by the Polish Borded Guard.

Visas to Poland: it is recommended to check the information with the Polish consulates abroad as the services may differ from country to ocuntry. Certain types of visas may not be issued.


Daily life:

Shopping centres as well as theatres, cinemas and art galleries have been open again since February 1st, 2021 but can occupy 50% of its capacity. Swimming pools, ski tours and hotels will re-open on February 12th.

Adults have to wear the face masks in all public places, shops, public transport etc. Children up to 4 years of age do not have to cover their mounths and noses.

Public offices are open for customers, however, they function within a strict sanitary regime. They may require prior reservation of an appointment. So it is recommended to check their websites for more information. Some Voivode Offices (for residence permits) do not accept customer visits unless you have an appointment.

Childcare and education is run on spot in nurseries, kindergardens and elementary schools (grades 1 - 3 only). Grades 4 - 8 as well as secondary and higher education is run in the remote form (with few exceptions).

Universities, research institutes mostly work remotely with only some work duties carried out at at their premises.

Means of public transport cannot be fully occupied - 50% of seats or 30% of all places. The number of allowed passangers is posted at the entrance to the bus or tram.

Restaurants and pubs are closed; only take-away sale is possible. Smaller shops (up to 100m2) accept 5 customers per one check out counter whereas bigger shops accept 1 customer per 15 square metres.

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