The Polish government has announced it will update its testing requirements for non-Schengen Area travelers on Dec. 15.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Dec. 15, individuals traveling to Poland from outside the Schengen Area must have proof of a COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of departure.
  • As of Dec. 15, individuals traveling to Poland from outside the EU, Schengen Area or Turkey must quarantine for 14 days unless they:
    • Are fully vaccinated, 14 days have passed since the final dose was administered and their vaccination is certified by the EU digital COVID certificate or other document in Polish or English.
    • Are under the age of 12 and traveling with fully vaccinated adults.
    • Have been previously infected with COVID-19 within six months of intended arrival.

Additional Information: Individuals who are traveling to Poland for no more than 24 hours and have a ticket confirming their departure within this period are not subject to the 14-day quarantine. Travelers Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are not eligible for the quarantine waiver.

BAL Analysis: The new testing requirements and quarantine makes travel to Poland more difficult. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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