From June 24, there is a 10-day quarantine for people arriving from outside the Schengen area. Fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from this obligation. A new regulation on this matter was published in the Journal of Laws.
The government restores mandatory quarantine after returning to Poland. The amendment to the regulation of the Council of Ministers in this matter, signed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, was released on Wednesday. Previously, its details were presented by the deputy heads of the ministries of health and foreign affairs, Waldemar Kraska and Piotr Wawrzyk.
During Wednesday’s press conference, Waldemar Kraska informed that from midnight the quarantine rules for travelers from outside the Schengen area will be extended. As he added, it is all due to the fact that new mutations are growing in Poland. “Due to the fact that these new variants have a much greater speed of spreading in the environment, we decided to take preventive measures” – emphasized the deputy minister of health.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also maintains the existing tier three travel warning, “don’t travel unless absolutely necessary”.
Quarantine for travelers from outside the Schengen area. There is a regulation
Pursuant to the new regulation, from Thursday (June 26), people who came to Poland and started their journey from a country outside the Schengen Area or the European Economic Area, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. It will be possible to shorten it after a negative coronavirus test result is performed no earlier than 7 days from crossing the border.
Until now, such restrictions applied to travelers from Brazil, India, South Africa or – from Wednesday – Great Britain. Travelers from other non-Schengen countries have so far been able to shorten their quarantine – after obtaining a negative test result performed within 48 hours of crossing the border of the Republic of Poland, e.g. at the airport.
The test performed in the country of departure has not been released from quarantine of people traveling to Poland from outside the Schengen area.
Who is released from quarantine after returning to Poland?
People vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from compulsory quarantine. This applies to travelers who have been issued a certificate of vaccination with a vaccine authorized in the European Union. Full immunization will be taken 14 days after receiving the second dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In addition, there are a number of exceptions to quarantine – for example, those who cross the border as part of certain professional activities (such as aircrews, transport drivers), diplomats, soldiers, etc., are not subject to it.
Quarantine will also not apply to children under the age of 12 traveling under the care of vaccinated adults.