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Who is Authorized to Enter Poland

July 30, 2020

Who is Authorized to Enter Poland
Terminal hall of John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice. Foto: De Visu
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Poland's borders, which also constitute the EU's external borders, remain closed.

On June 13, 2020, Poland restored full border traffic within the internal borders of the European Union, and the right to free entry, exit and transit through the territory of the Republic of Poland has been reinstated. Importantly, self-quaranting is no longer necessary. International rail traffic within the EU's internal borders has resumed, and since June 17, 2020, international flights have also been partially resumed.

The following individuals are exempt: 

  • Polish citizens,
  • foreigners who are spouses or children of Polish citizens or remain under the constant care of Polish citizens,
  • people who have a Pole's Card,
  • diplomats,
  • persons who have the right to permanent or temporary residence in Poland, or who possess a work permit,
  • in particularly justified cases, the head officer of individual Border Guard facilities - after obtaining the consent of the Commander-in-Chief of the Border Guard - may allow a foreigner to enter the territory of the Republic of Poland in accordance with the December 12, 2013, Act on foreigners (2020 Journal of Laws, item 35),
  • foreigners who operate a means of transportation used to transport goods
  • Citizens of European Union Member States, European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) Member States - those party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and their spouses and children who intend to travel through the territory of the Republic of Poland to their place of residence or stay
  • foreigners with a permanent residence permit or a European Union long-term residence permit for the territory of other European Union Member States or a Member State of the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) - those party to the agreement on the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and their spouses and children who intend to transit through the territory of the Republic of Poland to their place of residence or stay. 
  • primary and secondary school students, those enrolled in postgraduate programs, specialist education and other forms of education, as well as doctoral students studying in Poland,
  • scientists conducting research and development in Poland.

     

 The following individuals do not need to quarantine after crossing the external borders of the EU as part of their professional duties:

  • aircraft crews,
  • seafarers, fishermen and other crew members of sea and inland waterway vessels, as well as ship servicemen and inspectors of the maritime administration or organizations recognized to carry out inspections,
  • persons performing work or providing services on ships or offshore mining and drilling platforms,
  • persons engaged in work in Poland or a neighboring country related to the preparation or implementation of investments in accordance with the act on investments in the regasification terminal for liquefied natural gas in Świnoujście, strategic investments in the field of transmission networks in accordance with the act on the preparation and implementation of strategic investments in transmission networks or strategic investments in the oil sector in accordance with the act on the preparation and implementation of strategic investments in the oil sector,
  • drivers performing road transport as part of international road transport or international combined transport in accordance with the provisions of the Road Transport Act,
  • train crews and other employees necessary to perform freight services as part of international rail transport, performing their professional duties in Poland or a neighboring country on the basis of a list provided by the carrier,
  • drivers performing road transport of motor vehicles or vehicle combinations with a permissible total weight not exceeding 3.5 tons in road transport of goods and non-profit road transport of goods,
  • drivers performing road transport with vehicles intended for the transport of more than 7 but not more than 9 persons, including the driver, in the commercial international road transport of persons;

 In addition, the following are exempt from quarantine after crossing the Polish border:

  • Polish citizens and foreigners who are spouses or children of Polish citizens or remain under the constant care of Polish citizens,
  • primary and secondary school students, those enrolled in postgraduate programs and specialist education, as well as doctoral students studying in Poland and scientists conducting research and development in Poland,
  • soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland or allied forces, officers of the Police, Border Guard, Customs and Tax Service, State Fire Service and State Protection Service, and inspectors of the Road Transport Inspection performing official tasks,
  • members of diplomatic missions, consular posts and representatives of international organizations and their family members, as well as other persons crossing the border on the basis of a diplomatic passport,
  • maritime administration inspectors,
  • persons who work on a farm located on both sides of the border,
  • EU, EEA or Swiss citizens, and their spouses and children,
  • foreigners holding a permanent residence permit or authorization for long-term residency in the European Union for the purpose of traveling through the territory of Poland to the territory of other Member States of the European Union, a Member State of the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) - parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation, and their spouses and children, to travel through the territory of the Republic of Poland to their place of residence or stay,
  • persons sailing in recreational vessels between ports located in EU Member States, EFTA Member States - parties to the EEA Agreement without calling at ports of third countries,
  • aircraft passengers in accordance with art. 2 clause 1 of the Act of July 3, 2002 on Aviation Law, performing an international flight from an airport located in the territory of: Montenegro, Georgia, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Korea.

Beginning June 17, 2020, international flights from airports located on the territory of a member state of the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) - those party to the agreement on the European Economic Area, Switzerland or a member state of the European Union, except for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Sweden and Portugal - were restored. 

International rail traffic has been restored within the internal borders of the European Union. Travel by train to international destinations outside the EU's external borders is still suspended.

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