Foreign travel advice

Poland

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.

Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Poland based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

If you are returning to the UK from Poland, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel is subject to entry restrictions

  • UK nationals, their spouses and children are included in the Polish Border Guards list of those who are exempt from entry restrictions related to COVID-19.
  • There are separate entry requirements for those who are resident in Poland. If you are resident in Poland, you should carry proof of residence as well as your valid passport when you travel.
  • Flights between the UK and Poland are permitted.
  • You are required to self-isolate on arrival in Poland if you enter by public transport, or have coronavirus symptoms, or have come into contact with someone who has, unless you have a negative COVID test result issued within 48 hours before crossing the Polish border.
  • You are required to self-isolate on arrival in Poland if you enter by public transport, unless you have a negative COVID test result issued within 48 hours before crossing the Polish border or hold a vaccination certificate for an EU authorised vaccine. There is no requirement to self-isolate if you enter by private vehicle, unless entering from Slovakia or the Czech Republic.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

Flights between UK and Poland are permitted but this could change at short notice. Some airlines are making commercial decisions based on demand. If you were due to travel to or from Poland and have been informed your flight has been cancelled, contact your travel operator for more information.

Flights are also operating between Poland and a number of countries including members of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. If you are travelling to Poland from a third country you should check country specific FCDO travel advice.

UK nationals who are legally resident in Poland will need to show proof of residence when entering Poland.

If you’re planning travel to Poland, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

There is a general threat from terrorism. There may be increased security in place over the festive period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Many British nationals visit Poland every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Terrorist attacks in Poland can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism 

If you’re living in or moving to Poland, read the Living in Poland guide in addition to this travel advice.

Driving in Poland can be hazardous. See Road travel

If you hold dual Polish and British nationality, the British Embassy may only be able to offer limited consular assistance.

If you need to contact the emergency services in Poland call 112.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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