The situation in Poland in the view of the coronavirus pandemic looks optimistic. We are now back in “the new normality”. The tourism industry has opened up and so have Polish borders!
It is better than it seems
The situation in Poland looks optimistic compared to other European countries. Tourism industry is now fully operational again, of course under the new health & safety regime.
Which governments describe Poland as green zone/travel fully allowed?
The list of the countries declaring Poland as a safe country to travel is pretty long. Those countries are among others: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the UK.
You will find more details about Poland Travel Advisory here.
What is open now?
Below you will find a list of tourism-related places that have been reopened for guests:
- Hotels and guesthouses can accept tourists again
- Restaurants, pubs and bars are open. The waiters can serve tables both inside and outside.
- Museums can be open for visitors. Most of them have already opened their doors for the toursits.
- Polish mountain trails are accessible (all of them in the Tatra mountains)
- You can take helicopter flights
- You can do water sports such as kayaking or waterbiking. You can also join the famous rafting on the Dunajec river.
- You are allowed to do attend the following open-air objects: horse riding schools, golf courses, shooting ranges, archery fields, go-kart tracks, tennis courts and others
- Places of entertainment in closed spaces can be reopen: bowling alles, trampoline parks, skate parks, table tennis and squash arenas and others
- Shopping malls are open
TIP: Before visiting any of these museums or places of entertainment, make sure to check their internal policy beforehand.
What about social distancing?
The rules of social distancing still apply – you need to keep a 6 feet/2-metre distance from one another (does not apply to families/people living in the same household).
In restaurants, bars and pubs distance between tables (6 feet/2 metres) must be maintained at all times.
To enable social distancing, museums in Poland have introduced limits in number of visitors. Also, museums apply their internal health&safety policies under the new sanitary regime, such as hand sanitation, obligatory masks or online tickets.
If you are wondering if you can travel with a group of friends or family, then yes, you absolutely can! In fact, open-air gatherings of more than 150 people are now allowed nationwide. This technically means there are no more limits in the number of people when it comes to mass events in the open air. Of course, you still need to remember about the 2-metre distance rule. If it is not possible, make sure to wear a mask. In the closed spaces, such as concert halls, music clubs or amphitheatres 50 percent of the seats can be occupied.
What about masks?
You do not need to wear masks in the open spaces (streets, parks, boulevards, beaches) and in restaurants once seated. However, you still need to comply with the rules of social distancing. Masks are still obligatory in:
- city buses and trams
- cinemas and theatres
- concert halls, amphitheatres
- massage and tattoo salons
- public offices
Are Polish borders open for foreigners?
Good news for EU citizens! Poland opened its borders to EU countries as well as the UK and Switzerland on Saturday, the 13th of June. Travellers are allowed to freely enter, exit and transit through the country without the obligation of undergoing quarantine.
International flights between Poland and EU countries started on June 15th. That is great news for all the EU citizens who booked their tours to Poland for this summer season.
We will keep you updated on when Polish borders will be open to other countries.
We cannot wait to welcome you in Poland!