We break down what you need to know if you’re planning a trip to Poland from the UK this autumn or winter.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Poland, whether you’re seeking culture, countryside and cuisine, travelling on business, or visiting friends and family.
But what are the latest rules on visiting from the UK?
Travel advice for Poland
The UK Foreign Office currently advises against non-essential travel to Poland. It has previously said that what counts as “non-essential” is at the discretion of the traveller, but essentially it means: no holidays.
That being said, it’s still possible to travel to Poland. The main thing to be aware of is that any travel insurance policies you have taken out may be invalidated as you will be travelling against Foreign Office advice.
Additionally, when you return to the UK you are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
Entry to Poland
You do not have to self-isolate on arrival in Poland if you are a UK, European Union or EFTA national.
The exception, of course, is if you have coronavirus symptoms or you have come into close contact with someone who has. In which case you should not be travelling full stop.
You do not need to fill out any traveller locator forms in order to travel to or within Poland, or take a test ahead of travel.
What’s happening in Poland?
As of October 10th, mask wearing is compulsory in all public spaces – whether you are outdoors or indoors – throughout the country.
The majority of hospitality, hotels and cultural venues are open.
How many coronavirus cases has Poland had?
As of October 13th, Poland had seen 135,000 coronavirus cases and 3,100 deaths.
It has seen a significant spike in new daily cases (charted below) since the start of September.
Again as of October 13th, its rate of cases per 100,000 people over seven days was 78.1. You can see how that compares to some other countries in this graphic from the PC Agency (based on ECDC data) below.