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The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Please see the Global Health Alert for more information.

Country-Specific Information:

  • For U.S. citizens in Poland who wish to return to the United States: Regular, commercial international flights from Poland are now available.  Direct flights from Poland to the United States remain suspended until at least July 14, but there are many options for connecting flights. Travelers may book directly with airlines and address questions about travel options to transportation companies.  The Embassy is not able to assist with making travel arrangements.   Travelers are encouraged to explore the commercial options that are now available.
  • For U.S. citizens who wish to travel to Poland: As of July 1, Poland’s border restrictions for U.S. citizens remain unchanged.  U.S. citizens who do not meet one of the existing exemptions will not be allowed to enter Poland.  A list of exemptions can be found on the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 page.   Enforcement of these restrictions will include random checks by the Polish Border Guard at land crossings, and travelers who attempt to circumvent Polish border restrictions may be subject to fines or other penalties. The Polish Border Guard determines who is allowed to enter Poland. The U.S. Embassy has no control over this process. If you have questions about whether your situation qualifies for an exemption or if you will be allowed to enter Poland, please contact the Border Guard by e-mail at zdsc.kg@strazgraniczna.pl or by phone at +48 22 500 40 68, +48 22 500 45 68, or +48 22 500 54 68.  At his time, the Embassy does not know when border restrictions will be fully lifted, but the Embassy will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.  For U.S. citizens who qualify for an exemption, regular, commercial flights to Poland are now available.  Travelers may book directly with airlines and address questions about travel options to transportation companies.
  • The Presidential Proclamation of March 11, which suspends entry to the United States of persons present in the Schengen Area in the last 14 days, remains in effect.  U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents are exempt from the Proclamation and may travel to the United States from the Schengen Area, however, family members traveling on ESTA or a U.S. visa will not be able to travel to the United States from the Schengen Area (including transit through an airport in the Schengen Area), unless they meet one of the exemptions listed in the Proclamation.
  • Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, we have limited the number of appointments for services to U.S. citizens, but appointments are available.  Appointments can be scheduled at the appointments page on our website.
  • On July 1, the Polish Ministry of Health confirmed 34,775 cases of COVID-19 in Poland. The Ministry also reported a total of 1,477 related deaths. 
  • U.S. citizens should reconsider travel by cruise ship to or within Asia. U.S. citizens planning travel by cruise ship elsewhere should be aware that, due to the current public health situation, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.  This is a dynamic situation and U.S. citizens traveling by ship may be impacted by travel restrictions affecting their itineraries or ability to disembark, or may be subject to quarantine procedures implemented by the local authorities.  While the U.S. government has successfully evacuated hundreds of our citizens in the previous weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities. U.S. citizens should evaluate the risks associated with choosing to remain in an area that may be subject to quarantine and take the appropriate proactive measures. Passengers who plan to travel by cruise ship should contact their cruise line companies directly for further information on the current rules and restrictions, and continue to monitor the Travel.state.gov website for updated information.

Movement Restrictions in Poland:

  • As of July 1, the European Union loosened some of their border restrictions, but Poland’s border restrictions and quarantine procedures for U.S. citizens remain unchanged.  Please see “Entry/Exit Information” and “Quarantine Information” below for a list of exemptions for entry to Poland and quarantine procedures.  International flights to/from Poland and other EU countries and some other designated countries are now operating.
  • As of May 30, face coverings are no longer required outside as long as social distancing is maintained; masks are still required inside public buildings and locations such as churches, cinemas, hair salons, restaurants, shops and public transport. Up to 150 people are allowed to gather, and there are no limits on the number of people in cultural and religious institutions, restaurants, cafes, bars, or churches, as long as masks are worn and social distance is maintained.
  • As of June 6, theaters, cinemas, operas, and ballets are permitted to operate again with special sanitary requirements and only 50% occupancy.  Gyms, swimming pools, amusement parks, and children’s play areas are also allowed to open.  Weddings and ceremonies of up to 150 people are allowed.  Nightclubs remain closed.
  • You may be fined up to 30,000 PLN for violating any movement restrictions.

For more information about movement restrictions, please visit the Polish Government’s COVID-19 Page.

  • Poland is included in the list of countries affected by a Presidential Proclamation restricting travel to the United States from the Schengen Area. U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents are exempted from the travel restrictions. For more information, please visit the following websites:

https://pl.usembassy.gov/proclamation_suspension_of_entry/ 
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/13/department-homeland-security-outlines-new-process-americans-returning-certain
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-europe.

Entry/Exit Information

STATUS IN POLAND: The Polish government announced on April 2 that visas, temporary resident permits, and work permits which would have expired during the Epidemic State of Emergency will be extended until 30 days after the conclusion of the Epidemic State of Emergency. 

Scammers Posing as Polish Government Employees:  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is warning against fraudsters, claiming to be ministry employees, who are trying to extort money from foreigners living in Poland by phone. The fraudsters are spoofing the MFA’s phone number and accusing foreigners of failing to complete their visa process correctly.  They threaten deportation and demand payment via international money transfer. Anyone who has received a similar phone call should report it to the local police. Please also inform the MFA at rzecznik@msz.gov.pl and American Citizens Services at ACSWarsaw@state.gov or KrakowACS@state.gov.

Restrictions on foreigners entering Poland have been introduced on all borders (land, air, and sea). As of June 13, there are exemptions for citizens and residents of European Union countries.  Restrictions for travelers who are not EU citizens or residents remain unchanged.  Only the following categories of travelers will be allowed to enter:

  • Polish citizens
  • Citizens and residents of European Union countries who are transiting Poland en route to their place of residence or stay
  • Spouses and children of EU citizens and residents who are transiting Poland en route to their place of residence or stay
  • Foreigners who are spouses or children of Polish citizens or remain under the constant care of Polish citizens
  • Foreigners holding a Karta Polaka (ID card for those with a claim to Polish heritage through ancestry)
  • Persons with diplomatic status and members of their families
  • Foreigners who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in Poland 
  • Foreigners who have the right to work in Poland
  • Foreigners who have work permits
  • Foreigners who drive a vehicle used to transport goods
  • Other particularly justified cases may be considered, but entry must be granted with the permission of the Chief of the Border Guard: https://www.strazgraniczna.pl/pl/kontakt/1946,Komenda-Glowna-Strazy-Granicznej.html

Procedures to enter Poland

The Polish Border Guard determines who is allowed to enter Poland. The U.S. Embassy has no control over this process. If you have questions about whether your situation qualifies for an exemption or if you will be allowed to enter Poland, please contact the Border Guard at: +48 22 500 40 68, +48 22 500 45 68, +48 22 500 54 68 or zdsc.kg@strazgraniczna.pl. In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs operates an infoline on crossing all other borders: +48 22 523 88 80.

Quarantine Information:

All travelers who are permitted to enter Poland, except for the categories mentioned below, must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The following travelers are exempt from the quarantine requirement:

    • Travelers admitted to Poland who arrived on flights originating from a European Union country, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Montenegro, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Albania, Republic of Korea, or Ukraine
    • Citizens or residents of the European Union, members of the European Economic Area, or Switzerland, and their spouses and children, who are transiting Poland en route to their place of residence or stay
    • Pupils and students enrolled in Polish education institutions
    • Service members of the Polish Army or allied military service members, police officers, border guards, customs officers, fire brigade members, State Security Service members, Road Transport Inspection officers, or sea administration inspectors
    • Crew members on airlines, trains, shipping vessels, or offshore drilling platforms
    • Persons performing certain work in the oil and energy sectors
    • Drivers of commercial vehicles transporting goods or passengers
    • Diplomats and their family members assigned to Poland

For more information, please visit www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/temporary-limitations. 

      • If a patient presents with symptoms and the doctor has significant concerns, the patient may be tested and possibly quarantined, on a case-by-case basis. More specifically, a person who fulfills both clinical and epidemiological criteria listed below will undergo further proceedings:
        • Clinical criteria: fever, cough, difficulty breathing.
        • Epidemiological criteria: each person who within 14 days before the onset of symptoms fulfilled at least one of the following criteria:

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