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Poland Reopening Travel Restrictions for Tourists – [Updated]

Poland has banned the landing of international flights departing from 26 countries as of September 16 but most of the EU countries are still allowed to enter. New travel restrictions are expected to be announced soon.

Poland’s government is reportedly planning to resume aircraft services with China, Gabon, Singapore, Serbia, Russia, and Sao Tome. At the same time, the country has decided to ban 26 countries from even landing in their territory due to the spike in infections the country has been experiencing since August 8. This rather extreme measure has been in place since September 16.

Keep reading to learn about the pandemic situation, the tourist and family activities you can do when in the country, and the restrictions and rules you should observe. 

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What flights are currently banned from landing in Poland? 

All civil aircrafts performing international flights from airports located in the following territories 

  • Argentine 
  • Bahrain
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • France
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanese Republic
  • Libya
  • Maldives
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Namibia
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • The Bahamas
  • United States of America

Polish borders vs EU’s external borders

It’s important to keep in mind that Poland has both of them. So, the country has restored international traffic with the internal E.U borders but the external ones remain closed. Click here to consult the exceptions.

What are the local restrictions in Poland? 

While in indoor public spaces you must keep your mouth and nose covered at all times, also in outdoor places where social distancing is not possible. The only exception to this rule is at the moment of consuming food in gastronomic establishments.

Different events may have special restrictions depending on the area’s level of threat. All activities in red zones are banned; indoor and outdoor events in yellow zones are limited to 25% occupation for the former and 100-people maximum for the latter; in green zones all events are allowed as long as there is room for participants to maintain a 5-feet (1.5 metres) distance from each other. (Check the map below)

Source: Official Twitter profile of the Polish Ministry of Health

What activities are allowed in Poland?

  • Enjoy with loved ones. Family gatherings and outings are allowed in closed or open spaces and establishments. Parks, shopping malls, museums, restaurants and sporting facilities are open and must ensure enough space for customers to practice social distancing.
  • Get pampered. Beauty parlors, spas and tattoo shops are also open. They work on an appointment-only policy though so be sure to make a reservation ahead and take into account that waiting rooms are not allowed.
  • Attend religious ceremonies. They are permitted without additional restrictions. 
  • Explore and learn. Cultural activities like watching a movie or a play, going to the opera or visiting a museum are all allowed. For indoor events the place can function at up to 50% capacity and for outdoor events there is a limit of 150 attendants. 

What does the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Poland look like?

Update on the current COVID situation in Poland (as of OCT 7)

At the moment, Poland has around 107K COVID cases and 2,792 deaths caused by the virus. With an average of 2000 new cases per day (over the last 7 days) (Source: Wikipedia)

The government is imposing new local and travel restrictions in order to stop the spread of the virus.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has been steadily increasing since August 8. Although the country has a relatively low number with 58 COVID-19 deaths per million population, which is quite positive when compared with its neighboring countries, data show the curve is not being flattened yet.

Source: Official Twitter profile of the Polish Ministry of Health

This week the country reached 77,734 confirmed cases and 2,270 deaths. These figures include 1,925 patients in hospital, 83 of them on ventilators and 111,530 quarantined because of potential exposure according to the Minister of Health.  

Our suggestion!

Traveling restrictions are ever-changing in Poland. Please consult your embassy before scheduling your flight.