Poland is in the state of the coronavirus pandemic since March this year. In order to inhibit the spread of COVID-19, the government introduce certain strict measures. Since October 17th Poland has been divided into into yellow and red zones with more restrictions in the latter.

Adults have to wear face masks in both zones both in the open air as well as in shops, public transport, cinemas, thatres, etc. Children up to 4 years of age do not have to cover their mouth and nose.

International travels and crossing Polish borders:

The Polish borders within the EU are open so the movement within the Union is possible. As for external EU borders, they have remained closed except for some groups of passengers, including foreigners who have the right to stay or work in Poland. However, many international connections (via airplane or train) have been suspended.

Visas to Poland: it is recommended to check the information with the Polish embassies and consulates abroad as the services may differ from country to ocuntry.

Public offices are open for customers, however, they function within a strict sanitary regime. 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.

Universities, research institutes and schools mostly work remotely but some work duties can be carried 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.

In both zones restaurants and pubs can be open for customers till 9 pm; after 9 only for take-away sale. Smaller shops accept 5 customers per one check out counter. Big shopping centres accept 1 customer per 15 square metres. In the week between 10:00 am and 12:00 shopping can be done only by persons over 60 years of age.

Theatres and cinemas can be occupied to 25% of their capacity with face masks obligation. Swimming pools and gyms have been closed again. Sport events without any audience.

There are limitations as for the numbers of participants in parties, weddings and other gatherings.

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