Coronavirus - restrictions as of October 17th
Due to the higher numbers of COVID-19 cases, new restrictions have been introduced. As of October 17th. Poland has been divided into into yellow and red zones with more restrictions in the latter.
Face masks have to be worn in the whole country both in the open air as well as in shops, public transport etc. except for by children up to 4 years of age.
International travels and crossing Polish borders:
The Polish borders have been open, 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 their premises.
Means of public transport cannot be fully occupied. The number of allowed passangers is posted at the entrance to the bus or tram (50% of all seats or 30% of all spaces).
Restaurants and pubs can be open for customers till 9 pm; after 9 only for take-away sale.
Smaller shops will accept 5 customers per one check out counter. Big shopping centres accept 1 customer per 15 square metres. Between 10:00 am and 12:00 shopping can be done only by persons over 60 years of age.
Swimming pools and gyms are closed again.
There are limitations as for the numbers of participants in parties, weddings, sport events and other gatherings.