Poland has removed all remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions and virtually all domestic Covid measures, according to Health Minister Adam Niedzielski.
People infected with the virus or who have been in close contact with a positive case are no longer required to self-isolate or quarantine as of March 27.
This also applies to passengers arriving in Poland who no longer need to enter quarantine.
People who test positive for Covid-19 will still be “expected” to isolate, but it’s not mandatory, Niedzielski said.
“The steps we are taking are to treat coronavirus infections the same as other infectious diseases,” said Niedzielski, quoted by Puls Medycyny.
In the event of local outbreaks of the virus, health officials may reimpose quarantine and isolation restrictions once again.
But for now, “both the international situation and the forecasts are positive,” Niedzielski said. “We expect [further] decreases in infections and hospitalizations by the end of April.
The obligation to wear a face covering in indoor areas is no longer in effect. The only exception is when visiting healthcare facilities.
Not everyone’s invited
While Polish officials have indicated that U.S. citizens can enter through the land border with Ukraine and no prior authorization is required, Russian and Belarusian travelers must demonstrate a compelling reason to enter the country.
Travelers from either of these countries must meet one of the following requirements:
- Polish citizens’ spouses or children, or those in the permanent custody of Polish citizens.
- Visitors in possession of a Karta Polaka (ID card for persons entitled to Polish heritage through ancestry )
- Travelers with a permanent or temporary residence permit in Poland
- Foreign workers in possession of one of the following documents:
- Work permit
- certificate of registration for seasonal work
- Work contract
Other people permitted to enter the country would be students, scientists conducting research or development in Poland, and athletes competing in international sports contests.