Poland in March: tips for making the most of your spring in Poland

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How to help Ukraine (online money donations, collection points in Poland)

Online grocery shopping for the Polish Red Cross warehouse

The products that are needed for Ukraine and for Ukrainian refugees in Poland change and will change in the coming weeks and months. The Polish Red Cross, in cooperation with the online store (applauding for the sponsor of this aid platform – online grocery store: https://koszyk365.pl), have created an online store where you can buy products for Ukrainians. 

The process is simple and similar to shopping in an online store. Go to the website: www.razemdlaukrainy.pl (available in English and Polish), select products from the list (food, cosmetics, etc.) and make payment. All purchased products will be transported to the Polish Red Cross warehouse, from where they will be then handed over by the Polish Red Cross to those in need.

Where to make an online money donation
Making a donation might seem like a drop in the bucket, but it’s a good place to start. Below are some Polish organizations working to help Ukrainians.

Polish Humanitarian Action (Polska Akcja Humanitarna – PAH) is one of the largest Polish NGOs, carrying out support projects in Ukraine since 2014. They give aid to the people of Ukraine who have to flee their homes and their volunteers are now working at Polish-Ukrainian border crossings (they distribute food, hot drinks, hygienic articles, diapers, blankets; provide information, help in finding transport to Poland). Website in English, Facebook.
You can support these activities by making an online donation here: https://www.siepomaga.pl/pah-ukraina.

Polish Red Cross (Polski Czerwony Krzyż – PCK). Within five days of the beginning of the war, over 1,600 people were taken care of by rescuers and volunteers of the Polish Red Cross.
Payments to help Ukraine organized by the Polish Red Cross can be made to the account: 16 1160 2202 0000 0002 7718 3060, transfer entitled “UKRAINE”. IBAN: PL16 1160 2202 0000 0002 7718 3060. BIC/S.W.I.F.T.: BIGBPLPWXXX. Transfer entitled “UKRAINE”.

An NGO run by Ukrainians living in Warsaw (Fundacja Nasz Wybór / Ukraiński Dom), established in 2014. More in Polish about the Foundation. The collected funds are transferred to Ukrainian humanitarian aid organizations. You can support these activities by making an online donation here: https://pomagam.pl/solidarnizukraina (website in Polish, Ukrainian, English).

Collection points set for donations for Ukrainian refugees
To help speed up distribution, it is recommended to note what is included in your donations.

Polish Red Cross (Polski Czerwony Krzyż – PCK) has collection points across Poland. They collect food with a long shelf life (e.g. canned food, oil, sugar, pasta, flour, groats, rice, tea, coffee, sweets, UHT milk, canned vegetables/fruit, dried fruit, nuts), drugstore items (e.g. shower gels, shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, barrier creams, pads, diapers), medical dressings (especially for cuts and burns), NEW blankets and sleeping bags. Please note they do NOT collect clothes. More in Polish about the collection. The list of collection points in Poland.
Uber offers free rides for those who want to go to the Polish Red Cross collection points. Use the special code to get the collection point (details in English, including the list of codes).

More in our post on the website: How to help Ukraine.

Malbork Castle in Poland – one of the biggest castles in the world & other ideas for spring weekend getaways in Poland

Malbork Castle is one of the most magnificent medieval fortresses in Europe, called by many the biggest castle in the world. Built in several stages, starting in the 13th century, thoroughly restored after the Second World War, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortress picturesquely situated on the river consists of three castles. Very interesting tour for all kinds of tourists, not only history fans, for both adults and kids.

The Castle is located in the town of Malbork – in northern Poland, in the Pomeranian Province, picturesquely situated on the Nogat river. Malbork’s location on Google map.

The Castle in Malbork is an idea for a one-day trip in Poland, a weekend getaway, or a several-hour trip while visiting the city of Gdańsk, from where you can get to Malbork in just 50 minutes (our tips on visiting Gdańsk).

Our new post on visiting the Castle in Malbork covers:

  • How to get to the Malbork Castle by train, by car, by plane.
  • Tips on visiting the Castle in Malbork.
  • Other attractions in Malbork (indoor & outdoor).
Click here to read our post on visiting Malbork Castle.
Spring is a perfect time to explore Poland! You will find the list of ideas for easy weekend getaways in Poland – from city breaks to nature escapes in our post:
Weekend getaways in Poland: explore the beauty of Poland on a short escape.

Weather in Poland in March

Although March is technically the beginning of spring (the astronomical first day of spring falls on March 20), it’s usually still cold in Poland and the weather changes often – one week you feel as if spring is just around the corner, and next week there is snow and frost. You can have all kinds of weather in March in Poland. There is an old Polish proverb that says ‘W marcu jak w garncu‘, meaning ‘March is like a pot’ (we can have anything – mixed weather conditions).

The average monthly temperature in March in Poland is 3,2°C / 37.8°F, average monthly rainfall level is 37,5 mm (the third lowest after February and April).

Read more about the weather and changes in nature in Poland in spring.

Time change in Poland in March 2022

Time change (zmiana czasu), March 27, 2022
On Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 02:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 03:00 am. The change to summertime in Poland takes place on the last Sunday of March. Poland switches back to regular time on the last Sunday of October. The European Union lawmakers wanted to end the twice-a-year (March and October) custom of time changes throughout the European Union, leaving member states the freedom to decide their standard time. But the coronavirus pandemic has put these plans on hold.

The next time change in Poland – October 30, 2022.

Click here to learn more about time change in Poland.

Trade ban Sundays in Poland in March 2022

In March 2022, there is no shopping Sunday in Poland, all Sundays are trade ban days. The next shopping Sunday will be on April 10, 2022.  Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2022.

Dates to remember in Poland in March 2022

March is one of the few months when there is no public/bank holiday in Poland (in 2022, Easter holidays fall on April 17-18).

  • March 1

Last day of the carnival, Śledzik (herring night), Ostatki (last days of carnival, Shrovetide Tuesday)
The last chance to party (typically with drinking and music) before the start of Lent (which doesn’t mean there are no parties during Lent in Poland, just not as many). The party / dinner is called in Polish Śledzik (little herring) – during old-fashioned Polish parties, it was a popular appetizer washed down with alcohol.

  • March 2

Ash Wednesday (Środa Popielcowa, Popielec)
The first day of Lent. People go to churches where priests put ashes (made from palm branches blessed on the previous year Palm Sunday) on people’s foreheads saying ‘Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return’ (‘Z prochu powstałeś i w proch się obrócisz’). It is a tradition among the Roman Catholics in Poland to avoid meat, alcohol, sweets, and snacks on that day.

  • March 8

Women’s Day (Dzień Kobiet)
The tradition of Women’s Day is not as popular as during communism time in Poland, but still, women usually get flowers or other gifts.

  • March 10

Men’s Day (Dzień Mężczyzny)
In Poland, Boy’s Day and Men’s Day are celebrated – Boy’s Day (September 30) is a much more popular holiday than Men’s Day.

  • March 17

St. Patrick’s Day (Dzień Świętego Patryka)
Poland also celebrates St. Patrick’s Day – people wear green, there are parades, festivals, concerts.

  • March 21

Truant’s Day / Skip Day (Dzień Wagarowicza)
The first day of spring (the first day of astronomical spring falls on March 20). The old Polish folk tradition of the first day of spring is to drown Marzanna (a straw figure of a woman symbolizing winter) in the nearest river (nowadays mostly in rural areas and by children at schools). For children, the first day of spring is Truant’s Day / Skip Day (Dzień Wagarowicza). Some students skip classes but usually, it’s just a special fun day at school – students dress up in a funny way, schools organize competitions and games, there are no tests on this day. Click here to read more about the weather in Poland in spring.

  • March 27

Time change (zmiana czasu)
On Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 02:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 03:00 amClick here to learn more about time change in Poland.

Read more about public holidays and dates to remember in Poland in spring 2022.

Things you can’t miss in Poland in March

Take a walk to the park in search of the first signs of spring

Nature starts slowly to come back to life in March. You may notice the first flowers blooming: white snowdrops (przebiśnieg) and yellow, white or purple crocuses (krokus). Another symbol of early spring in Poland – willow twigs with buds (bazie). You may notice them in almost every park in Poland or buy a willow twigs bunch at any florist or shopping market.

Willow twigs (bazie)

Snowdrops (przebiśniegi)

Crocuses (krokusy)

Remember an important Polish word of the spring glossary – nowalijki

After months of winter vegetables, spring in Poland welcomes us with the first fresh local treasures. In Polish, they have a special name – nowalijki – bringing something new; early vegetables. Nowalijka (singular) means a young vegetable available for sale in spring for the first time.

Currently in Poland, if you fancy a radish or tomato in the middle of winter – no problem, you can buy fresh tomatoes imported, for example, from Italy. But not so long ago, during the communist era, before 1989, only local products were available in Poland (by the way, now all over the world we are trying to return to eating mainly local vegetables and fruit). You can imagine what the joy it was to see the first fresh green vegetables (nowalijki) after eating winter root vegetables and frozen or canned veggies for months!

Now, Polish greenhouse vegetables are available from March, while Polish vegetables grown in the field are available for sale at the turn of May and June. Polish nowalijki include, among others, lettuce, radishes, young carrots, chives, watercress, parsley.

Don’t miss them! Some of the vegetables come and go quickly, so make the most of them while they last.

Our post Spring vegetables in Poland includes info about 6 springtime vegetables you must try while they are in season in Poland: sorrel (szczaw), kohlrabi / cabbage turnip (kalarepa or kalarepka), rhubarb (rabarbar), cress (rzeżucha), botwina beetroot, asparagus (szparagi).

This is what classic Polish sandwiches with spring vegetables (nowalijki) look like:

Springtime in the Tatra Mountains and crocuses in the Chochołowska Valley in Poland

The season for crocus bloom in the Tatras starts usually late March / April. One of the most popular crocuses photo spots in Poland is Dolina Chochołowska. The Chochołowska Valley is also one of the most popular tourist hiking trails in the Tatra Mountains as it is relatively accessible. Our tips on hiking in the Polish Tatra Mountains.

Current COVID-19 restrictions in Poland: traveling to Poland & everyday life in Poland

End of covid restrictions in Poland from March 28:

  • From March 28, the obligation to wear masks will be lifted.
  • From March 28, there will be no home isolation for people infected with the coronavirus, no home quarantine for their housemates, no quarantines related to entry to Poland.

COVID-19 regulations in Poland from March 1, 2022

From March 1, 2022, the only covid restrictions that remain are the obligation to wear masks (inside buildings, buses etc.), isolation for a person infected with covid, quarantine for a cohabitant of a covid infected person and quarantine upon arrival in Poland (the details and rules for exempting below in the post).

Masks (no changes compared to February)

  • There is the obligation to cover the nose and mouth with a mask inside the buildings (e.g. in the stairwell, on the bus, in the shop, at the market, at the post office, in the cinema, in the clinic, at the bank). You need to wear a mask (scarves, headscarves, bandanas, helmets cannot be used). The type of mask is not specified in the regulations.
  • There is NO obligation to wear masks in the open air (e.g. on the street, in a park, on boulevards, on the beach).
  • Children do not have to wear masks until they are 5 years old.

Quarantine rules 

  • Isolation of a person infected with COVID-19 lasts 7 days (7 days if you did not develop COVID-19 symptoms. Your doctor may decide to extend your isolation if required by your health condition).
  • The quarantine for the co-household members of a person infected with COVID-19 lasts as long as isolation of a person infected with COVID-19 (meaning 7 days or longer). If you are vaccinated and your quarantine has been imposed because you live with someone with COVID-19, you can take the test. You will be released from quarantine after receiving a negative result. 
  • From February 11, quarantine imposed after contact with an infected person is lifted (e.g. quarantine at school for children who went to class with a child infected with COVID-19 or quarantine for colleagues of a person in the office infected with COVID-19). 
  • 7-day quarantine after crossing the Polish border (there are different rules for exempting from quarantine – please see blow).

Quarantine after crossing the Polish border

There is an obligatory 7-day quarantine for Polish citizens and foreigners (counting from the day following crossing the border). There are different rules for exempting from quarantine – depending on whether the traveler comes from a country within the Schengen Area or from a country outside the Schengen Area.

Arrivals from the European Union, the Schengen Area, and Turkey:

  • 7-day quarantine.
  • People vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from the quarantine obligation (people who have received a full course of vaccination with a vaccine registered in the European Union). Full vaccination is considered 14 days after the vaccination process is completed.
  • People who have been infected with COVID-19 no later than 6 months before the date of crossing the border are released from quarantine. They must present a confirmation document, issued in Polish or in English, e.g. an EU digital COVID certificate.
  • Travelers who present a negative test for COVID-19 are exempt from the quarantine obligation. The test will have to be performed no later than 48 hours before crossing the border (counting from the moment of obtaining the test result). Test type: PCR or antigenic (in Polish or English). 
  • Travelers who are quarantined in Poland after crossing the border, can take a test within 48 hours of crossing the border, the negative result of which will release them from quarantine. Test type: PCR or antigenic.
  • Children under 12 years of age are exempted from quarantine requirements when travelling in the care of adults who have presented a negative result to a COVID-19 diagnostic test performed on these adults prior to crossing the border, or in the care of adults who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The above rules apply to people traveling from:

  • European Union Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia , Sweden, Hungary and Italy.
  • 4 non-EU countries that belong to the Schengen area – Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein
  • Turkey, with which a special agreement has been signed.
  • Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City State.

Arrivals from OUTSIDE the European Union, the Schengen Area, and Turkey:

  • A person coming to Poland from outside the Schengen area, is required to present a negative COVID-19 test result in Polish or in English, performed before crossing the border within 24 hours, from the time of this test result. The test can be performed at some airports in Poland – before border clearance or 3 hours after arrival (counting from border clearance).
  • The obligation to perform the test also applies to vaccinated persons.
  • You are not quarantined if your antigen or PCR test is negative and you meet one of the following conditions:
    • People vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from the quarantine obligation (people who have received a full course of vaccination with a vaccine registered in the European Union). Full vaccination is considered 14 days after the vaccination process is completed.
    • People who have been infected with COVID-19 no later than 6 months before the date of crossing the border are released from quarantine. They must present a confirmation document, issued in Polish or in English, e.g. an EU digital COVID certificate.
  • If the traveler does not have a negative test result, he or she is obliged to undergo a 7-day quarantine, counting from the day following the crossing of this border. 
  • Children under the age of 5 are exempt from the obligation to present the COVID-19 test results after arriving in Poland from outside the Schengen area.

Click here to read our post on current covid restrictions in Poland.

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