The Polish government has revealed that the country will now apply less stringent rules for incoming travellers who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus.
According to the data provided by the government of Poland, unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers are now required to stay self-isolated for only seven days if they fail to meet the entry rules.
Previously, Poland applied a 14-day quarantine requirement to unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Even though the quarantine requirement generally applies to all travellers who do not meet the COVID-19 entry measures, different rules apply to travellers from the EU and to those from third countries.
The Polish authorities have explained that when travelling from a European Union/Schengen Area country and Turkey, the seven-day quarantine requirement applies only to travellers who do not hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.
Nonetheless, it has been emphasised that unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers from the EU/Schengen Area and Turkey, as well as those who do not hold a negative test, can end the quarantine 48 hours after entering Poland. The quarantine period can be ended by undergoing a COVID-19 test, the result of which should be negative.
“Travellers subjected to quarantine will be able to undergo a test 48 hours after crossing the border; negative result of the said test will mean exemption from the quarantine,” the statement of the Polish government reads.
Poland accepts both PCR and rapid antigen tests.
On the other hand, different rules apply to unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers who reach Poland from a third country.
Third-country travellers who do not hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, as well as those who have not undergone mandatory pre-entry COVID-19 testing before their arrival in Poland, need to stay self-isolated for seven days.
Differently from EU/Schengen Area arrivals, travellers from third countries who do not present the required documents are not allowed to shorten their self-isolation period.
This means that third-country travellers are permitted restriction-free entry to Poland only if they take a COVID-19 test before entry to Poland and hold a valid vaccination or recovery pass.
Poland recognises only vaccination passes that prove that the holder has completed primary vaccination with one of the accepted vaccine doses within the last nine months or has received a booster shot.
As for the recovery certificates, the country accepts them as long as the document proves that the holder has tested positive with the virus within the last six months.