The state of epidemic threat
Changes to isolation and quarantine rules
As of 11 February
The obligation to stay in quarantine following exposure will be lifted. This will also apply to persons who are currently in quarantine for this reason.
The obligation to quarantine for persons arriving to Poland from the Schengen Area will also be lifted; the quarantine obligation remains in force for persons without the EU COVID-29 certificate.
The quarantine for persons arriving from outside the Schengen Area will last seven days.
As of 15 February
Isolation will last seven days.
Quarantine for co-residents will last 7 days, which is the same as the isolation for the infected person, and the period will not be extended for co-residents after the isolation period ends.
Return to in-school education
All students will return to schools as of 21 February. Winter holiday dates remain unchanged.
New measures to address the fifth wave of the pandemic
Generally-available free-of-charge COVID-19 testing without prior referral and increased access to medical care for people over 60 years of age ‒ these are meant to serve as additional tools in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The quarantine period will also change – it will be shortened to 7 days.
COVID-19 testing in pharmacies
Starting on 27 January 2022, it will be possible to undergo a free-of-charge COVID-19 test in a pharmacy without prior referral. Tests will be carried out in those pharmacies which meet the applicable safety standards (having a separate room for testing). The costs of these tests will be covered in full by the National Health Fund, and their results will be entered to the record system and made available via the Online Patient Account.
Quarantine period shortened to 7 days
The introduced changes also concern the quarantine period. Asymptomatic individuals will be released from quarantine after 7 days, subject to producing a negative COVID-19 test result.
People undergoing quarantine are not obliged to be tested for coronavirus. This applies to people who are asymptomatic for COVID-19 but have been referred to quarantine because they have had contact with an infected person. Asymptomatic individuals will be released from quarantine after 7 days, subject to producing a negative COVID-19 test result, or after 10 days without undergoing a test.
If any symptoms of the illness develop in the quarantine period, the patient should consult a doctor who will decide on the further course of treatment. The Sanitary and Epidemiological Station may also decide to shorten the quarantine or to release the patient from it.
Medical appointment for people aged 60+ diagnosed with COVID-19
People aged 60 years or more will be examined by a GP within 48 hours of being diagnosed with COVID-19. The appointment can take the form of a home visit.
New safety rules between 1 December and 17 December
Flights from high risk countries are banned
Due to the emergence of the new coronavirus variant, between 1 December and 17 December 2021 all flights from high risk countries are banned:
Important! People returning from these countries will not be exempt from the 14-day quarantine – even if they have a negative coronavirus test result.
Extended quarantine for people returning from non-Schengen countries
Between 1 December and 17 December 2021, quarantine will be extended by 14 days for travellers from non-Schengen countries. Early release from quarantine will be possible if a person has a negative result of the PCR test taken 8 days after the day of crossing the border or later.
Changes in limits of people
Between 1 December and 17 December 2021, limits of people in, i.a., restaurants, hotels, sport facilities and churches will be changed.
- Churches, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, theatres, operas, philharmonics, community centres, concerts, circus performances, swimming pools and water parks – 50% occupancy (currently 75% occupancy)
- Gatherings, weddings, Holy Communion celebrations, funeral receptions, meetings, discotheques – up to 100 people (currently 150 people)
- Sports events (outside of sport facilities) – up to 250 people (currently 500 people)
- Gyms, clubs and fitness centres, gambling places, museums, art galleries, fairs, exhibitions, congresses, conferences, shops and retail parks – 1 person per 15 m2 (currently 1 person per 10 m2)
Public offices return to the pre-pandemic working arrangements
Warsaw is lifting some of the restrictions on services for residents imposed due to the pandemic in the City of Warsaw, including district offices. As of July 1, telephone appointments will no longer be necessary. Obligations to keep a distance, wear a mask and disinfect will be maintained.
From July every resident will be able to choose whether to make an appointment for a specific time using the online booking system rezerwacje.um.warszawa.pl or to visit the office without making an appointment. Direct customer service for all matters will be provided on Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on other working days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Safety precautions and sanitary guidelines will still be in place, such as limits of the number of customers present in the office, the obligation to disinfect hands and cover mouth and nose.
The Registry Office will be closed in the following districts Białołęka, Ochota, Wesoła, Wilanów and Wola. Residents of those districts will be able to settle their matters in other Registry Office locations. No zoning applies.
Contact with the offices is possible via e-mail and telephone. Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are provided on the websites www.warszaw19115.pl, www.bip.um.warszawa.pl and the district websites. All information and contact details are also available under the telephone number 19115.
The submission of letters requiring a signature is possible by post or electronically using the ePUAP platform (the letter must be signed with a trusted profile or an electronic signature).
Persons arriving to Poland from the Schengen area are subject to a 10-day quarantine
Regardless of the type of transport - individual, group or on foot. A negative COVID-19 test performed not earlier than 48 hours before crossing the border may be the basis for exemption from quarantine. Travellers who have been sent to quarantine in Poland will be able to take a COVID test within 48 hours of crossing the border and if the result is negative, they will be released from quarantine.
Persons arriving in Poland from outside the Schengen area and the European Economic Area are subject to a 10-day quarantine.
There is no possibility of exemption from quarantine based on a test carried out within 48 hours of arrival in Poland. Such an option is only allowed after 7 days.
EU Covid certificate
In order to travel freely within the European Union, it is worth having with you a Covid certificate. This is proof that:
you have recovered from Covid-19,
your result of Covid-19 PCR or rapid antigen test is negative,
you have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
The certificate will be issued from 1st July and used in all EU Member States, but in Poland it has already been available for download since 1st June.
The certificate can be downloaded in digital form via:
mojeIKP app (as of 25th June),
mObywatel app (as of 25th June).
Note! The certificate is also available in paper form in vaccination clinics (for vaccinated persons) or can be issued by a doctor/nurse in primary health care institutions (to convalescents and persons with a negative Covid-19 test result).
Changes to restrictions as of 13th June
Permitted sale and consumption of food and drink in cinemas, theatres, at concerts and other institutions of culture and entertainment.
Places of worship - max. 50% of full capacity. The limit does not apply to persons fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Changes in restrictions as of 26th June
Gyms, fitness clubs, casinos, commercial facilities, post offices, libraries, trade fairs, conferences, exhibitions and playrooms - new limit of guests - 1 person per 10 m².
Places of worship - max. 75% of full capacity.
Discos - max. 150 persons.
Events and meetings organised outdoor, indoor or in an isolated eating areas - no change, max. 150 persons; Gatherings - max. 150 persons.
Transport – 100% occupancy. Passengers should wear masks covering their mouth and nose.
Amusement parks - max. 75% occupancy.
Cinemas and theatres - max. 75% of full capacity.
Hotels - max. 75% occupied rooms. The limit does not apply to organised groups of children and youth aged under 12.
Restaurants - max. 75% occupancy.
Audience in sports facilities - max. 50% occupancy.
Note! The limits do not apply to persons fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Safety rules in force
The following safety rules are currently in force in the whole territory of Poland:
nurseries and pre-schools are open;
students of primary and secondary schools: in-school learning, strict sanitary regime: airing of classrooms during breaks, disinfection of establishments at weekends
in schools for adults, lifelong learning institutions, vocational training centres and higher education institutions: remote learning;
shops in shopping centres and malls, multi-surface furniture and DIY shops are open. Commercial establishments, marketplaces and post offices are still subject to strict sanitary regime and the limit of max. 1 person per 15 m2, customers are obliged to cover their mouths and noses. Senior hours have been lifted.
in places of worship, during service in sanctuaries the limit of 1 person per 15 m2 is in effect, it is recommended that all ceremonies be held outdoor;
open cinemas and theatres: max 50% occupancy, operation under strict sanitary regime; viewers are not allowed to eat meals or drink;
open cultural and community centres, educational and entertainment activity performed by cultural institutions indoors;
open playrooms for children: the limit of 1 person per 15 m2
open art galleries and museums: the limit of 1 person per 15 m2 is in effect, operation under strict sanitary regime;
beauty, hairdressing and tattoo salons are open;
open outdoors amusement parks, 50% of full capacity
doing sports in sports facilities in the open air is allowed with the observance of the limit of max. 150 persons;
doing sports in indoor sports facilities and swimming pools: facilities available for anyone, max. capacity up to 50% (Including audience)
doing sports in gyms, fitness clubs, tanning salons: the limit of 1 person per 15m2, operation under strict sanitary regime
the obligation to wear masks outdoors has been lifted. Attention! The obligation to cover mouth and nose with a mask in enclosed spaces is still in force.
open restaurants: max. 50% occupancy, operation under strict sanitary regime. A distance between individual tables must be maintained (only every second table may be occupied, with a 1.5 m distance between tables – unless there is a screen between them with a height of at least 1 m, counting from the table’s surface);
fairs and conferences – the limit of 1 person per 15m2;
a possibility to organise, i.a., weddings and communions: the limit of up to 150 persons, under strict sanitary regime - among others, a distance between individual tables and the limit of persons per table must be maintained (the same rules as for indoor eating places). Important! The limit excludes persons fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Discos and night clubs are closed.
Public transport is subject to restrictions. 75% of all seats can be occupied. Passengers are obliged to cover their noses and mouths.
Tourist Information Centres is open again
Both Tourist Information Centres (at the Palace of Culture and Science and Koneser at Ząbkowska Street) are open again. The employees are also available to respond to any inquiries from tourists by phone (503 033 720) or through e-mail (email@example.com) between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.