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Poland

Poland

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Date of search

7 September 2021


Certificate adoption

Yes, for safe travel for EU or Schengen citizens and allowed entry for those from aborad with valid certification on specifc vaccination marketed in the EU


Instrument type

Both vaccination and immunity based


Certificate name

EU digital COVID Certificate


Timeline

1 July 2021


Certificate details

Main features:

  • digital form or hard copy
  • QR code
  • free of charge
  • available in national language and in English
  • safe and secure valid in all EU countries.
  • covers a person who: has recovered from COVID-19 has received a negative test result for COVID-19, amd  has been vaccinated against COVID-19

Certificate format

  • Electronic and hard copy.
  • Electronic only accessible to those who have a Polish phone number or a national unique ID, others receive hard copy. Electronic versions accessible directly through Patient Internet Account (IKP) – pacjent.gov.pl, mojeIKP application, mObywatel application and from health care facilities through gabinet.gov.pl application
  • Such official papers that confirm the full vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, and negative COVID-19 test result in terms of the part of the EU digital COVID certificate, are recognized if given in Polish or English, in electronic or paper form.

Entry protocol

Persons vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine, permitting they are issued a certificate of preventive vaccination with a vaccine that has been approved for marketing in the European Union. Travellers arriving from India, South Africa, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and from outside the Schengen Area and the European Economic Area cannot be exempted from quarantine based on the negative result of a test performed within 48 hours from arriving in Poland.This will only be possible after 7 days.

General entry

  • Passengers must fill out the passenger location form and prepare for the EU digital Covid certificate before arriving in Poland. In any case, all passengers flying must fill out the Traveler Location Card, which allows epidemic services to immediately notify passengers that an infected individual has traveled by plane. The data controller is the State District Sanitary Inspector in charge of the traveler’s place of residence or stay.
  • Because Poland has its own national classification of danger zones, travel restrictions in Poland are not based on the standard ‘EU Traffic Light’ map.
  • On the Border Guard’s website, you may get up-to-date information on who is permitted to enter the Polish border. As a result, Polish officials have stated that tourists traveling from 26 Member States would be permitted to access the latter’s territory without restriction because they have low infection rates. Poland, with the exception of certain EU nations, also permits admission to four Schengen Area countries and Turkey.
  • The complete list of nations permitted to visit Poland is as follows: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Turkey.
  • The guidelines in the two sections below apply to visitors from the following countries:
    • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, and Italy are European Union members.
    • Four non-EU Schengen Area nations – Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein; plus Turkey, with which a special agreement has been signed.
  • Travelers who do not have an EUDCC or another official certificate stating they are fully vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days, and have a negative result to a COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival are subject to a 10-day quarantine upon entry, regardless of the mode of transportation used (collective, individual, or when crossing the border on foot).
  • Travelers who are being quarantined may take a test within 48 hours of crossing the border; a negative test result relieves them from quarantine.
    • Test type: PCR or antigen, conducted by a laboratory on the COVID laboratory list.
    • The tests are not financed by the government.
  • People traveling from a third country to Poland must self-isolate for 10 days following arrival, regardless of mode of transportation (collective, individual, or when crossing the border on foot). The quarantine may be lifted if a COVID-19 test yields a negative result on day 8 after arrival. When the negative test result is recorded into the ICT system, the need to undertake quarantine is considered satisfied.
    • Test type: PCR or antigen, conducted by a laboratory on the COVID laboratory list.
    • The tests are not financed by the government.
  • Third-country visitors are currently permitted to enter Poland from the following countries: Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia, Australia, Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland. This requirement to undergo quarantine, however, does not apply to passengers who began their journey in one of the Schengen nations or the European Union.
  • Tourists from non-Schengen or non-EU Member States, however from a country that has a declaration with Poland regarding the mobility of persons related to the COVID-19 epidemy, have been eliminated from quarantine after receiving a negative result of the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test within 48 hours of coming across the border. The nations are mentioned on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland’s website.
  • The quarantine rule does not apply to those who have been completely vaccinated against COVID-19 using a vaccine approved in the European Union, as well as people who have contracted COVID-19 within the last 6 months.
  • All passengers flying must fill out the Traveler Location Card, which allows epidemic services to swiftly notify passengers when an infected person has traveled by plane. The data controller is the State District Sanitary Inspector in charge of the traveler’s place of residence or stay.
  • Travelers who’ve been quarantined in Poland may take a test on day 8 or later, counting from the day they crossed the border (the day of crossing the border is not taken into account). To be released from quarantine, a negative result is necessary.

For vaccinated person

  • Owners of an EU digital COVID certificate (EUDCC) are permitted to enter Poland without more restrictions (testing or quarantine), provided that their certificate contains either:
    • Proof of full vaccination, valid 14 days after the second dose of a vaccine with a two-dose timeline (counting from the day following the last vaccination date) or 14 days after the single dose

For person who previously infected from COVID-19

  • Owners of an EU digital COVID certificate (EUDCC) are permitted to enter Poland without further limitations (testing or quarantine), provided that their certificate contains either:
    • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 that is valid for at least six months from the date of the positive Coronavirus test result.

For unvaccinated person

  • Owners of an EU digital COVID certificate (EUDCC) are permitted to enter Poland without further limitations (testing or quarantine), provided that their certificate contains either:
    • A COVID-19 test result that is negative: both PCR and antigenic testing are approved. Appropriateness: 48 hours before arrival.

For children

Child below the age of 12 who are traveling under the supervision of adults who have been completely vaccinated or who have a negative COVID-19 test result are excluded from testing and quarantine procedures.


Vaccine authorised to be used in the country

  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • Pfizer BioNtech (BNT162b2)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Ad26.COV2.S
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca (AZD1222)

Vaccine accepted for inbound travellers

The following EMA approved vaccines are accepted:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Janssen/Johnson&Johnson.

Border status

Partially open only to specific categories of people


Remarks

Please double-check which categories are permitted to enter Poland from any third nation.