COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Travelers fully vaccinated with a European Medicines Agency-approved vaccine at least 14 days before travel; and recovered travelers, carrying confirmation of infection and recovery in the 6 months before entry; need not carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test nor quarantine. Children under 12 accompanying a vaccinated adult are also exempt.
• Poland issues and accepts the EU Digital COVID Certificate as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative testing.
• Poland can issue EU Digital COVID Certificates for foreign nationals fully vaccinated with an EMAapproved vaccine, regardless of their country of residence.
• EU Digital COVID Certificates demonstrating negative COVID-19 test results are accepted from non-EU countries listed here as well. Nationals of these countries will also qualify for a quarantine exemption.
• Quarantine and COVID-19 testing: 10-day home quarantine for all travelers, except:
- Children under 12 years old, travelling under supervisor of airline staff.
- Travelers from Turkey, who obtain a negative COVID-19 test at the airport after arrival but before border control or who complete a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival.
- Travelers entering from a Schengen Area country by air, carrying a negative COVID-19 test (in Polish or English), performed within 48 hours before entry, and accompanying children under 12.
- Those travelling from within the European Union for work purposes.
- Cross-border workers entering from a Schengen country.
- Essential workers
- Civilian workers of allied forces (for example SOFA contractors).
- Teachers entering for vaccination, carrying a vaccination referral for vaccination within 90 days of entry.
- Persons traveling to take part in as a participant in an international conference organized based on international agreement with Poland.
- Travelers for study purposes: enrolled in Polish kindergartens, schools (and their legal guardians) or universities; or kindergartens, schools or universities in neighboring countries; those taking eighth-grade exams, high school exams (Matura), exams confirming occupational or vocational qualifications (and their guardians). Entrants should carry proof of exams.
- Passengers transiting in under 24 hours, carrying a forward plane ticket.
- Persons travelling to Poland to exercise a court judgement about contacts with a minor child.
- Passengers whose travel originated from Turkey after taking a COVID-19 test either at the airport after arrival but before entering border control, or within 48 hours of entering Poland.
• Travelers can reduce quarantine by obtaining a negative COVID-19 test after 7 days of entry. Travelers can cease quarantine once the laboratory enters the negative test results in the appropriate system.
• Consular posts are reopening in several countries, subject to local pandemic-related restrictions.
• Immigration offices and city halls are resuming services, but appointment availability remains limited due to safety measures and accumulated case backlog. Applicants can continue to submit immigration applications by mail, and address registration applications online. Mailed applications take an additional three to four months to process.
• The following categories of travelers may now enter Poland:
- U.S. nationals and residents entering by air from any destination.
- Travelers transiting by air in under 24 hours, carrying a forward travel ticket.
- Polish citizens, their spouses, children or those who remain under permanent care of Polish citizens.
- Travelers from EU, European Economic Area and Schengen Area countries.
- EU/European Economic Area/Swiss/UK nationals and their spouses.
- EU/EEA/UK residence permit and cardholders and their family members in transit to their residence.
- Nationals or residents of the following countries (even if they are not travelling from these countries): Australia, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, or Tunisia.
- Nationals of Turkey and long term Residence Permit holders in Turkey if travelling via plane irrespective of their origin of their travel.
- Holders of a Pole Card (Karta Polaka).
- Holders of permanent or temporary residence rights in Poland.
- Guardians of children enrolled in Polish schools. The guardian must travel with the children and a confirmation of the school enrolment is required (scanned copy will suffice).
- Children under the permanent care of: Foreign nationals holding a Pole Card, permanent or temporary residence permit holders, work permit holders, or persons exempt from holding a work permit who are already working in Poland and able to document the possibility of taking up employment immediately after crossing the border.
- Work permit exempt travelers (e.g., graduates from Polish higher education, students).
- Holders of a work permit, including a seasonal or short-term work permit.
- Those employed in transport of persons or goods performing their professional activities and international transport drivers in transit.
- Holders of national visa for repatriation or holders of national visa for family member of family of a repatriated person. “Repatriated person” status can be gained based on Polish roots.
- Athletes, journalists and staff traveling for international sports events in Poland.
- Individuals participating in an international completion or music festival organized by State or local government (artist, juror, journalist or guardian of the participant) based on the invitation letter from the institute.
- Members of official delegation of the constitutional authorities in Poland.
- Individuals participating in competitions, tournaments provided in the Polish educational law and their guardian (the guardian should either hold confirmation of vaccination approved in the EU or negative COVID test performed within 48 hours before entering Poland). An invitation letter from the organizer is mandatory.
- Belorussian nationals, under a special government program.
- Ukrainian nationals
- Those in other special circumstances, with consent of the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Border Guard.
• Border checks have been lifted.
• Services currently offered include:
- Virtual, with limited face-to-face interaction
- Lease checks
- Check in/out
• Timelines (normal)
• Market availability; mobility is limited to verify available properties
• Additionally agents can assist with:
- Needs assessment calls.
- Sharing housing market information.
- Sharing sample properties online.
- Conducting lease contract reviews and negotiation.
- Coordinating and assisting in utilities set-up such as internet and cable.
- Providing school information.
- Coordinating temporary housing bookings.
- Providing information on bank accounts opening requirements.
- Providing information on local registration requirements.
• Hotels and serviced apartments are available.
• Schools reopened per normal process on September 1, 2021.
• Everyone must cover their mouths and noses outside their homes, in the streets and outdoor spaces, including parks, keeping a distance of 15m from each other until further notice.
• All social businesses remain closed such as bars, restaurants and theatres.
• Public Transport operating on normal schedule.
• Wearing a mask is compulsory in public transport from 11 May, including young people starting at age 11 and up.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Yes, both recommended
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Air: Very limited services due restrictions to many countries and
very high rates.
• Sea: Limited service at present; longer transit time than usual.
• Normal services with some restrictions
depends on destination country.
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative.