COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Vaccinated 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.
• Digital Health Platforms: Poland issues and accepts the EU Digital COVID Certificate as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative testing.
• Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing: 10-day home quarantine for all travelers, except:
- Children under 12 years old, traveling 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 traveling 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.
- Travelers for study purposes: Children enrolled in Polish kindergartens and schools (and their legal guardians, or universities; or in 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.
• 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.
• Travel Restrictions: The following categories of traveler 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 who remain under permanent care of Polish citizen.
- 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 card holders 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, Tunisia.
- 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).
- 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.
- Seamen to take up employment on a ship, or returning to their place of residence or in transit.
- 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, journalist and staff travelling for international sport 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.
- Member of official delegation of the constitutional authorities in Poland.
- Individuals participating in competitions, tournament 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.
- 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 will reopen per normal process on 1 September.
• 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