Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Poland updates COVID-19-related international flight restrictions list Sept 16. Most domestic restrictions lifted.

Alert Begins 16 Sep 2020 02:14 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Authorities in Poland have updated the country's travel advisory list and ban on international passenger flights as of Sept. 16, as part of the country's efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The updated list, which will remain valid until Sept. 29, includes Argentina, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, the Maldives, Moldova, Montenegro, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Spain, Suriname, and the US. Flight restrictions have now been lifted for Albania, Armenia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini (Swaziland), India, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, North Macedonia, Romania, and South Africa.

Officials are maintaining entry restrictions on the Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine borders; there are no border checks or self-isolation requirements for arrivals entering from the EEA, Switzerland, or the UK. Entry restrictions for other travelers who are not EEA citizens or residents remain in place, except for:


  • Citizens or residents of Australia, Georgia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, or Tunisia


  • Spouses, children, or dependents of Polish or EEA citizens


  • Foreigners who hold a Polish identity card (Karta Polaka)


  • Foreigners who are permanent or temporary residents of Poland


  • Students enrolled in Polish educational institutions


  • Scientists who are conducting research or developmental work in Poland


  • Foreigners with valid work visas


Other persons entering Poland from a country outside the EEA, Switzerland, or the UK, as well as individuals who have been close to people infected with COVID-19 or who live with a person who is self-isolating, must self-isolate for 14 days.

Domestically, most nonessential businesses have reopened. General outdoor gatherings have no capacity limits provided that participants follow social distancing guidelines; a distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) is required between members of different households. Protective face coverings are no longer mandatory in public, providing social distancing can be maintained, though they are still required on public transport and in enclosed public spaces.

Restrictions could be extended, reimposed, or otherwise amended based on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as these may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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