COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 07/27/21

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The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Poland due to COVID-19. Please see the Department of State website for more information.

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test (antigen and PCR tests are acceptable) taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Although the CDC does not require that test results or medical documentation be in English, airlines must be able to confirm the information before boarding.  Passengers whose test results or medical documentation are in a language other than English should check with their airline before travel about document requirements.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw at ACSWarsaw@state.gov or the Consulate in Krakow at KrakowACS@state.gov, and provide the information below.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

  1. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
  2. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  3. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  4. U.S. destination address
    1. Is U.S. destination home address?
  5. Departure date
  6. Flight itinerary
  7. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  8. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  9. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  10. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  11. Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  12. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  13. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)

Country-Specific Information:

  • On July 27, the Polish Ministry of Health confirmed 2,882,327 cases of COVID-19 in Poland since the pandemic began. The Ministry also reported a total of 75,249 related deaths.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Poland? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • The Polish government provides COVID-19 testing, but only for people who display possible symptoms of COVID-19, visit a doctor, and receive a prescription for a test.
  • Private COVID-19 testing is available at laboratories and medical facilities throughout Poland.  Results are available within 72 hours, and the average cost of a PCR test is approximately $85 USD.  For drive-through testing center options, you can buy tests online at this website and take the code you receive to the testing center you have selected.  This website is another option in Warsaw that provides drive-through and in-home testing. This website offers an in-home testing option in Krakow.    
  • Rapid tests are available at several airports in Poland for passengers who are traveling to or transiting countries that require a test result within four hours of flight departure. For more information about the type of tests offered, cost, and hours of operation, please contact the airport or visit the following websites:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Poland approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Poland for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Poland? The Polish government has signed contracts for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer BioNtech, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The Polish government has announced that a COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to everyone who legally resides in Poland and is old enough to receive an approved vaccine.  The vaccine is being made available in phases. For more information and to register your interest in receiving a vaccine, please visit the Ministry of Health website.  After you have filled out the online “declaration of interest,” the Ministry of Health will contact you when a vaccine is available for your cohort and provide instructions about registering for an appointment.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Citizens or legal residents of the United States who are traveling on an international flight are permitted to enter Poland. Quarantine Restrictions are still in force (please see Quarantine Information below for more details).
    • U.S. citizens traveling by land or sea must qualify for one of the following entry exemptions:
      • 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)
      • Foreigners who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in Poland
      • Foreigners who are authorized to take up employment under the same rules as Polish citizens, who perform work in Poland, or will present documents showing that they will take up employment immediately after entering Poland, and who are in possession of one of the following:
        • Work permit
        • Certification of registration to perform seasonal work
        • Work contract or statement entrusting a performance of work to a foreigner
      • Pupils, students, graduate students, and postgraduate students enrolled in Polish educational institutions
      • Scientists conducting research or developmental work in Poland
      • Foreigners participating in international sports competitions as a competitor, member of the training staff, doctor, physiotherapist, judge, or accredited journalist
      • Foreigners who drive a vehicle used to transport goods
      • Persons with diplomatic status in Poland and members of their families
      • 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
    • The Polish Border Guard determines who is allowed to enter Poland, and the U.S. Embassy has no control over this process. For questions regarding whether your situation qualifies for an exemption to enter Poland or whether your specific itinerary will allow you to transit, please contact the Border Guard by e-mail at zdsc.kg@strazgraniczna.pl or by phone at +48 22 500 4068, +48 22 500 4568, or +48 22 500 5468.
    • Travelers to Poland have to complete an electronic Passenger Locator Form prior to their arrival: https://aplikacje.gov.pl/app/klp/#/home.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No
  • Legal status in Poland: The Polish government declared an Epidemic State of Emergency on March 14, 2020. Visas, temporary resident permits, and work permits that expire during the State of Emergency will be extended until 30 days after the conclusion of the State of Emergency. At this time, we do not know when the State of Emergency will end, but the Embassy will provide updated information as it becomes available.
  • 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.
  • For dual national Polish-American citizens who enter Poland on their Polish passports: Persons who enter Poland on a Polish passport must provide a valid, unexpired Polish passport upon departure. This is a Polish government requirement, and the U.S. Embassy does not have the authority to waive this requirement for dual national Polish-American citizens who wish to depart on their U.S. passport instead of their Polish passport.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • In recent weeks, some restrictions have been lifted.  The changes include the following:
    • As of May 1, outdoor sporting activities with up to 50 athletes are allowed.  Indoor sport training facilities are allowed to open for athletes at 50% capacity.
    • As of May 4, shopping malls, large stores, museums, and art galleries are allowed to open with limits on the number of visitors.  Grades 1-3 in primary schools are allowed to return to in-person instruction.
    •  As of May 8, hotels are allowed to open at 50% capacity.
    •  As of May 15, face coverings are no longer required outdoors (masks are still required in indoor public spaces and on public transportation).
    • As of May 28, swimming pools and fitness facilities are allowed to open for the general public at 50% capacity.
    • As of May 29, indoor seating at restaurants, theaters, and cinemas are allowed at 50% capacity.  All students are allowed to return to in-person instruction.
  • Current continuing restrictions include the following:
    • Face coverings must be cloth or medical-type masks.  Face shields, visors, scarves, or other types of face coverings are not permitted as substitutes for masks.  Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces and on public transportation.
    • Only five people per cashier allowed in stores of up to 100 square meters. In stores over 100 square meters, one person is allowed for every 15 square meters.
    • Only one person per 15 square meters allowed in churches.
    • Seniors, especially people over age 70, are advised to limit their movements in public spaces, apart from their professional activities, fulfilling daily needs, or attending religious services.  A helpline for seniors has been established at +48 22 505 1111.
  • For more information and a complete list of the restrictions, please visit the Polish Government’s COVID-19 Page.
  • The authorities have announced that the police will strictly enforce health and movement related restrictions.  Offenders could be fined up to 30,000 PLN for any violations.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • All travelers who are permitted to enter Poland must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine at their place of stay in Poland, except for people who qualify for one of the following exemptions:
    • For arrivals from the Schengen Area: travelers who have a negative COVID test result from a test performed in a Schengen Area country within 48 hours prior to arrival
    • For arrivals from outside the Schengen Area: 10-day quarantine can be shortened for travelers who are able to obtain a negative COVID test result no earlier than 7 days after arrival to Poland. (Results of tests taken in countries outside the Schengen Area do not qualify for exemption from quarantine.)
    • Travelers who are completely vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that is approved for use in the European Union
    • Pupils and students enrolled in Polish educational 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.
  • Individuals who present with possible symptoms of COVID-19 may be required to undergo testing and quarantine.  Individuals who are exposed to a COVID-19 positive person may be required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days.
  • If you feel ill: The Polish government has set up a national informational hotline for COVID-19 health-related inquiries. To reach this hotline, dial +48 800 190 590 and press 6 for an English-speaking operator. For emergency services, dial 112. The government has designated certain hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients. A list of these hospitals can be found here. More information about the steps the Polish government is taking to address the outbreak can be found at their website here.
  • Polish social service agencies provide assistance in obtaining food and medicine to those who are under home quarantine due to COVID-19. These services are available to both Polish citizens and foreigners. In Krakow, call +48 887 202 946 or +48 887 202 947 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or email kontakt@mops.krakow.pl after hours. In Warsaw, call +48 22 487 1300.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • For U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States: Regular, commercial international flights from Poland are available. 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. Travelers returning to the United States are urged to stay at home for seven days, and some cities and states may have stricter quarantine regulations. Please review information on returning to the United States from the Centers for Disease Control and the Health Department of the state to which you plan to travel.
    • For U.S. citizens who qualify for an exemption to enter Poland: Regular, commercial flights to Poland are available. Travelers may book directly with airlines and address questions about travel options to transportation companies.
    • Presidential Proclamation 10143, which suspends entry to the United States of persons present in the Schengen Area in the last 14 days, remains in effect. Poland is in the Schengen Area. 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.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Face coverings must be worn while taking public transportation, including buses, trains, and taxis. Buses and trains are operating with limits on the number of seats that may be occupied.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Police may conduct random checks in any public spaces to ensure that people are following health and movement related restrictions, such as wearing face coverings.
  • You may be fined up to 30,000 PLN for violating any health or movement restrictions.

Consular Operations:

  • Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, we have limited the number of appointments for routine services to U.S. citizens, but appointments are available. Appointments for passport applications, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) applications, and notarial services can be scheduled at the appointments page on our website.
  • Visa services at the Embassy are also limited, but appointments for certain categories of visas are available. More information can be found here.

Local Resources:

U.S. Treasury Economic Impact Payments:

  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is currently processing Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks).  The U.S. Embassy and Consulate do not have a role in processing these payments.  For more information, including eligibility, forms of payment, or status of a pending payment, please contact the IRS or visit the IRS website.  For questions about how to cash a check in Poland, please contact your local bank.