Mandatory quarantine when travelling to Poland


From Monday, December 28, 2020, passengers coming to Poland by collective transport from abroad, also by rail, are required to undergo a 10-day quarantine. Moreover, the passengers are under an obligation to provide the carrier with information about place of residence or stay where they will be quarantined.

The new sanitary and epidemic regime applies to travellers arriving in Poland from any country – from the European Union and from third countries. These rules will be in force at least until January 17, 2021.

Before crossing the border, the passengers are required to provide the carrier with personal data, contact details and address at which they will stay during their compulsory quarantine upon entry to Poland (place of residence or stay). The carrier determines the form in which these are to provided. The carrier is under an obligation to pass these data immediately to the unit responsible for public health information systems as determined the Polish Ministry of Health.

Carriers who run international trains crossing the Polish border are obliged to inform their passengers about the new sanitary and epidemic regime.

The following categories of travellers are released from the mandatory quarantine and provision of data on their residence or stay (however, they are required to show a document to support their claim):

  • travellers who have a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19,
  • persons crossing the border within the European Union to perform professional or business-related activities or duties in Poland or in a neighbouring country,
  • employees necessary to perform international rail freight transport services, including train staff, who are on the register kept by the President of the Office of Rail Transport,
  • medical professionals who cross the border to provide health services in Poland,
  • students (also postgraduate, doctoral, specialist and other) who are enrolled at university-type higher education institutions in Poland, people conducting research activities and in any other forms of learning,
  • soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland or soldiers of allied forces, officers of the Police, Border Guard, Internal Security Agency, Customs and Tax Service, State Fire Service and the State Protection Service while on duty.

Legal basis:

Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 21 December 2020 on the establishment of certain restrictions, orders and bans under the epidemic (Journal of Laws, Item 2316).

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