Temporary limitations

Restrictions Concerning Movement

1.5 Meter – Minimum Distance Between Pedestrians

It is mandatory that a distance of least 1.5 meters be maintained between pedestrians.

The following persons are exempt from the restriction:
  • parents with children who require care (younger than 13),
  • persons who live in one household or run a household together,
  • disabled persons, persons incapable of moving on their own, persons with a special educational needs statement and their carers.

Covering mouth and nose in public places

It is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose in such places as:
  • on streets, roads and in town squares, within cemeteries, promenades, boulevards, vehicle parking areas, forest car parks,
  • in buses, trams and trains,
  • in shops, malls, banks, markets and post offices
  • in cinemas and theatres,
  • at physician’s offices, in outpatient clinics and hospitals, in massage and tattoo parlours
  • in churches, at schools and universities,
  • In government offices (when going there to take care of certain matters) and other civic centres.

Where is it not mandatory to cover your mouth and nose?

In forests, parks, green squares, botanical gardens, historic gardens, family community gardens and on beaches as well as while travelling by private car.

Important!  Exemption from the obligation to cover the mouth and nose is limited only to persons who have a medical certificate or a document confirming:
  • a pervasive developmental disorder,
  • a mental disorder,
  • moderate, severe or profound intellectual disability,
  • difficulties in uncovering the mouth or nose on their own.
Covering the mouth and nose in public spaces is obligatory throughout the entire country.

Movement Of Persons

Children and youth up to 16 years of age

From January 5, the traffic order no longer applies to children and adolescents under 16 under the care of an adult.


Seniors, stay at home, please! We urge seniors, particularly persons above the age of 70, to limit their movement at all times except for the following circumstances:
  • performance of professional activities,
  • taking care of essential matters associated with daily life,
  • Performance or participation in activities related to a religious worship, including religious ceremonies.
Effective until: further notice


This restriction applies to persons who:

  •     are crossing the border of the Republic of Poland which constitutes the external border of the EU*,
  •     are crossing the border of the Republic of Poland by organised transport (from 28 December)**,
  •     had direct contact with persons infected (or potentially infected) with the coronavirus,
  •     have been referred for a COVID-19 test by a primary or night care physician.
* External border is defined by provisions of Article 2(2) of the Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) (OJ EU L 77 of 23.03.2016, p. 1, as amended).
** It applies to persons who have crossed the Polish border (which is both external and internal EU border) by plane, bus or other means of collective transport. The restriction is in force from 28 December 2020 to 31 January 2021.

The list of persons exempt from obligatory quarantine when crossing the external border of the EU is specified in provisions of the Ordinance of the Council of Ministers of 21 December 2020 on establishment of specific restrictions, orders and prohibitions in relation to the state of epidemic.

Important! As of 28 December, persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from the obligatory quarantine (on the basis of a certificate confirming vaccination against COVID-19)

The following persons are exempt from quarantine after crossing the Polish borders:

  • citizens of Member States of the European Union, Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and their spouses and children;
  • passengers of an aircraft, as defined in Art. 2 item 1 of the Act of 3 July 2002 – Aviation Law, making an international flight from an airport located within a country not subject to air traffic bans specified in provisions issued under Art. 119 para. 2 of the Act of 3 July 2002 – Aviation Law, except for passengers of an aircraft making an international flight from an airport located within the Republic of Belarus or Ukraine.
Obligatory quarantine does not apply to all students, postgraduate students and specialist education students studying in Poland, as well as all doctoral students and researchers carrying out academic activities in our country.

Foreigners who are spouses or children of Polish citizens or remain under their constant care are also not subject to obligatory quarantine.

As of 28 December, obligatory quarantine is not required of persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19

What does it involve?

Rules concerning:

  • quarantine (confinement of a healthy individual due to exposure to infection);

  •  isolation (confinement of a person with a positive result of the first diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2).

Home isolation lasts for 10 days, provided that the patient does not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

Should coronavirus symptoms appear during isolation, a primary healthcare physician orders prolongation of the period of isolation, which cannot end earlier than 13 days after the symptoms have appeared.

In case of isolation in hospitals and isolation wards, the end of the period of isolation is decided by the physician responsible for the patient, but cannot come earlier than 13 days after the symptoms have appeared, wherein the last three days must by symptom-free.

Quarantine lasts for 10 days if no symptoms of COVID-19 have occurred. Testing of asymptomatic individuals in quarantine has been abandoned.

During this time:

  • you may not leave your home,
  • you may not walk your dog, go shopping or go visit a physician,
  • if a person in quarantine is in close contact with other persons at home, they must also be quarantined,
  • should you experience symptoms of the disease (feeling unwell, fever, coughing, shortness of breath), you must report this by phone to the sanitary and epidemiological station.
Important! As part of their regular patrols, police officers visit quarantined persons and make sure that they are staying at their place of residence. Regulations provide for a fine of up to PLN 30 thousand for breaking the quarantine. The decision concerning the actual amount of the fine is always made on a case-by-case basis.

Attention! The quarantine is suspended for the duration of the test you have been referred for by a primary or night care physician (the way to the swab collection site and return home). From 28 November quarantine or isolation is suspended, when you need to see a doctor. Under the above circumstances, reporting to a sanitary and epidemiological station is not required.

For more informations please visit the website https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus

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