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Quarantine Information for U.S. Citizens in Poland

April 19, 2021

Quarantine Information for U.S. Citizens in Poland
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The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Poland due to COVID-19.


  • All travelers who are permitted to enter Poland must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine at their place of stay in Poland, except for people who qualify for one of the following exemptions:
    • For arrivals from the Schengen Area: travelers who have a negative COVID test result from a test performed in a Schengen Area country within 48 hours prior to arrival
    • For arrivals from outside the Schengen Area: travelers who are able to obtain a negative COVID test result within 48 hours after arrival to Poland.  (Results of tests taken in countries outside the Schengen Area do not qualify for exemption from quarantine.)
    • Travelers who are completely vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that is approved for use in the European Union
    • Pupils and students enrolled in Polish educational institutions
    • Service members of the Polish Army or allied military service members, police officers, border guards, customs officers, fire brigade members, State Security Service members, Road Transport Inspection officers, or sea administration inspectors
    • Crew members on airlines, trains, shipping vessels, or offshore drilling platforms
    • Persons performing certain work in the oil and energy sectors
    • Drivers of commercial vehicles transporting goods or passengers
    • Diplomats and their family members assigned to Poland.
  • Individuals who present with possible symptoms of COVID-19 may be required to undergo testing and quarantine.  Individuals who are exposed to a COVID-19 positive person may be required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days.
  • If you feel ill: The Polish government has set up a national informational hotline for COVID-19 health-related inquiries. To reach this hotline, dial +48 800 190 590 and press 6 for an English-speaking operator. For emergency services, dial 112. The government has designated certain hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients. A list of these hospitals can be found here. More information about the steps the Polish government is taking to address the outbreak can be found at their website here.
  • Polish social service agencies provide assistance in obtaining food and medicine to those who are under home quarantine due to COVID-19. These services are available to both Polish citizens and foreigners. In Krakow, call +48 887 202 946 or +48 887 202 947 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or email kontakt@mops.krakow.pl after hours. In Warsaw, call +48 22 487 1300.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • For U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States: Regular, commercial international flights from Poland are available. Travelers may book directly with airlines and address questions about travel options to transportation companies. The Embassy is not able to assist with making travel arrangements. Travelers are encouraged to explore the commercial options that are now available. Travelers returning to the United States are urged to stay at home for seven days, and some cities and states may have stricter quarantine regulations. Please review information on returning to the United States from the Centers for Disease Control and the Health Department of the state to which you plan to travel.
    • For U.S. citizens who qualify for an exemption to enter Poland: Regular, commercial flights to Poland are available. Travelers may book directly with airlines and address questions about travel options to transportation companies.
    • Presidential Proclamation 10143, which suspends entry to the United States of persons present in the Schengen Area in the last 14 days, remains in effect. Poland is in the Schengen Area. U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents are exempt from the Proclamation and may travel to the United States from the Schengen Area, however, family members traveling on ESTA or a U.S. visa will not be able to travel to the United States from the Schengen Area (including transit through an airport in the Schengen Area), unless they meet one of the exemptions listed in the Proclamation.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Face coverings must be worn while taking public transportation, including buses, trains, and taxis. Buses and trains are operating with limits on the number of seats that may be occupied.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Police may conduct random checks in any public spaces to ensure that people are following health and movement related restrictions, such as wearing face coverings.
  • You may be fined up to 30,000 PLN for violating any health or movement restrictions.

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