Coronavirus regulations and restrictions in Poland

Last update: August 6

Schools

  • On August 5, the education minister announced the rules for organizing the new school year:
    • On September 1, students return to schools.
    • Sanitary guidelines for schools have been published (you can download them here – scroll down, in Polish only). Basically, frequent hand washing and cleaning of school premises is recommended. Students will not be required to wear face masks.
    • By mid-August, the Chief Sanitary Inspector will develop detailed recommendations for action for poviat sanitary inspectors in the event of an outbreak of infection in the school.
    • Significant legal changes are being developed – the headmaster of a given school will be able to suspend classes due to the current epidemiological situation (after obtaining the consent of the local authority and a positive opinion of the County Sanitary Inspector).
    • In the event of an epidemiological threat, the school headmaster will be able to partially or fully suspend the work of schools, choosing one of two options: mixed/hybrid learning (the headmaster will be able to suspend selected groups, classes, activities and introduce remote education) or distance learning (remote learning for the whole school.
  • Nurseries and kindergartens in Poland are re-opened from May 6.
  • Reopening (from May 25) of primary schools (szkoła podstawowa) for children of grades 1-3. Daycare will be provided for children whose parents decide for their children to go to school (in Polish: świetlica). Depending on the situation in a given school, the headmaster will decide whether the particular school will continue online education or will go back to regular classes at school.
  • Remaining schools in Poland didn’t reopen before summer holidays.
  • An additional care allowance (zasiłek opiekuńczy) for parents of children under 8 years old was extended until July 26. The allowance will also be granted to those parents who decide that their child won’t go to nursery/kindergarten/school (even if it’s opened). Detailed info in Polish.

Air connections in Poland update (July 29 – August 11)

  • Permitted air connections include:
    • The European Union
    • The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
  • The flight ban to Sweden and Portugal has been maintained. Additional new ban from July 29 includes  Luxemburg.
  • Additionally, the new regulation allows air connections from July 29 with: Algeria, Georgia, Japan, Canada,  Morocco, Thailand, New Zealand, Albania, Belarus, South Korea, Rwanda, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Australia.
  • Montenegro has been removed from the allowed countries list on July 29.
  • The new regulation enters into force on July 29 and will be reviewed on August 11, 2020.

Relief of selected restrictions in Poland from July 25

  • Social distancing – a reduction from 2 m to 1.5 m.
  • Sports events – increasing the audience limit to 50% of the number of seats available for fans at stadiums and other sports facilities (including sports halls).
  • For swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), the number of swimmers will no longer be limited.
  • There is a limit of people who can use water parks – up to 75% of the facility’s capacity.
  • Increasing the limit of participants in conferences, fairs, congresses, etc. The number of people who can take part in the event depends on the area of the facility – there must be 2.5 square meters per person (before it was 4 square m). Additionally, the limit of 150 people participating in such events is lifted.
  • The obligation to alternate seats in cinemas and at indoor artistic and entertainment events is lifted. This applies, for example, to music clubs, entertainment and sports halls.

New quarantine rules

  • From July 3, the following people who cross the external border of the European Union / arrive by plane to Poland from outside the European Union do NOT have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine:
    • Polish citizens and their families,
    • citizens of European Union member states and EFTA (Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and their families,
    • passengers arriving from an airport located in Montenegro, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Albania, and South Korea.
    • Detailed information in Polish.
  • From July 2, a shorter quarantine for healthy people who have had contact with COVID-19 patients or suspected of being infected, who live with someone quarantined: the mandatory quarantine will continue only until a negative diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 is obtained (for no more than 14 days, so far it has always been 14 days). The quarantine will automatically end 24 hours after the medical diagnostic laboratory has posted negative test results.

Reopening of the borders and international transport in Poland 

  • From June 13, Polish borders with the European Union countries are re-opened. Travelers are allowed to freely enter, exit and transit through the country WITHOUT the obligation of undergoing quarantine.
  • There is no longer an obligation to keep at least 50% free seats on planes.
  • LOT Polish Airlines has resumed their international connections on July 1.
  • Air France and KLM resume flights in Poland from 17 June.
  • Ryanair resumes almost 200 connections from and to Poland from July 1.
  • WizzAir restores selected flights from June 17.
  • International passenger railway transport has resumed on June 22. There is an obligation to cover the mouth and nose on the train throughout the journey.

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Obligation to cover the mouth and nose  

  • In open space you either keep a 1.5-meter distance or you wear a mask. If in the open space it’s possible to keep a 1.5-meter distance, you do not need to cover your mouth and nose (so you can walk, ride a bike, walk on the street, park, beach or parking lot without a mask – but only if you keep the right social distance). But for example on a crowded street full of people – you have to cover your mouth and nose.
There are places where you must cover your mouth and nose:
  • buses, trains, trams, etc.,
  • shops,
  • cinemas, theaters,
  • churches,
  • public offices (if you are going to settle some matter in the office).

Full opening of hotels in Poland

  • From May 30, restaurants and hotel bars can be opened and serve meals to guests.
  • From June 6, swimming pools, gyms and fitness clubs can start operating in hotels.

What is reopened in Poland from June 6: 

  • Cinemas, theaters, operas, ballet,
  • Swimming pools, gyms, fitness clubs, play rooms and amusement parks,
  • Saunas, solariums, massage and tattoo parlors.
  • It will also be possible to organize fairs, exhibitions and congresses.

Reopening of restaurants, bars, cafes, food courts from May 18

  • The restaurant customer will be able to eat a meal both inside the restaurant and in the restaurant garden.
  • A 2-meter distance between tables.
  • Restaurant guests can take their masks off when they are already at the tables.
  • Mandatory hand disinfection by customers at the entrance to the restaurant.
  • The restaurant is obliged to provide employees with disposable gloves or hand sanitizers.
  • In the case of waiters and cashiers, it is recommended to wear masks and gloves or disinfect hands after each service.
  • Detailed guidelines (in Polish).

Reopening of hairdressing salons from May 18

  • Hairdressers can only accept clients by appointment – next customers cannot wait at the hair salon.
  • Beauty salon employees are to wear masks and gloves when performing the service.
  • Customers are required to wear masks + obligation to wear disposable gloves or disinfect hands.
  • A ban on using cell phones in hair salons.
  • Detailed guidelines (in Polish).

Reopening of beauty salons from May 18

  • Beauty salons can only accept clients by appointment – next customers cannot wait at the hair salon.
  • Hairdressers are to wear masks and gloves when performing the service (it’s not necessary if the specifics of a given treatment require it).
  • Customers are required to wear masks and disposable gloves (if possible due to the type of treatment).
  • A ban on using cell phones in beauty salons.
  • Detailed guidelines (in Polish).

Contactless cards – an increase of contactless payment (płatność zbliżeniowa) limit in Poland

  • The limit of contactless transactions (no need to key our PIN) in Poland has been increased from 50 PLN to 100 PLN. 
  • With Apple Pay, you have contactless payments for every purchase, regardless of the price.

Sunday trade ban – no changes

There’ve been some misinterpretations of the government announcement of planned changes in the Sunday trade ban. The changes only enable stores to be stocked on Sundays to be ready for Monday trade. The schedule of shopping Sundays in Poland hasn’t been changed so far. Click here to check the next shopping Sundays in Poland.

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