Summary

COVID-19 entry restrictions for Poland

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Poland’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing. You should not attempt to cross into Ukraine from Poland. See Safety and security

The FCDO advises against all travel to Ukraine. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing, with attacks against a number of major cities. Russian military strikes have taken place in Ukraine within 20km of the Polish border. There is a real risk to life. We advise British nationals to leave Ukraine immediately if you judge it is safe to do so. Ukraine’s airspace is closed. See Safety and security for more information and Entry requirements for advice on entry requirements for Poland.

If you are a close family member of a British national normally living in Ukraine and intend to apply for a visa under the Ukrainian Family Scheme, read the guidance on visas for close family members of British nationals normally living in Ukraine. Visit GOV.UK to apply for a visa under the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine). You can call a free helpline +44 808 164 8810 - select option 1 for assistance. Lines are open from Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5.30pm UK time. If you cannot contact UK 0808 numbers, you can call +44 175 390 7510 – select option 1, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5.30pm UK time. Calls to this number may be charged – please check with your phone provider if you’re not sure.

From 1 July 2022, Poland suspended a law limiting access to areas close to the Belarusian border (areas within approximately 3 kilometres of the border) in parts of Podlaskie and Lubelskie Voivodeships. However, access to within 200 metres of the border is still limited. See Safety and Security for more information.

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.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

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.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.