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#Alert: New developments re: Polish travel restrictions related to coronavirus effective from 9 October


According to newest amendment to the regulation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on temporary suspension or restriction of border traffic, all Turkish citizens travelling to Poland by air (plane) are exempt from the entry ban, regardless of point of origin of travel and the purpose of entry. The amendment facilitates the border crossing for all Turkish citizens starting from 9 October 2021. The exemption will be used by those who are already covered by one of other exempt category (e.g. workers authorized to perform work in Poland), as they no longer have to present any documents confirming exemption from entry ban. People who have not been covered by any of these categories so far – in particular family members wishing to accompany Turkish workers on their way to Poland – will also benefit, as they will no longer have to apply for individual approvals to the Border Guard for entry at the border. The same rules are provided for all foreigners holding valid residence rights in Turkey. The new regulations do not authorize to entry by other means (by land or sea) and do not lift obligatory post-entry quarantine. Beneficiaries of these new solutions should also obey “pre-coronavirus” regulations while entering Poland and therefore possess appropriate visas and work permits (if necessary).

Additional amendments also restore railway passenger traffic at the individual crossings with Russia and Ukraine.

It is also provided to introduce regulations allowing for entry to foreigners coming to Poland for business (economic) purposes. It will be possible only upon a written invitation from a Polish entity entered either in KRS or CEIDG, indicating such purposes and only if the travellers will document so to the Border Guard. The changes are to come into force on October 16. Business travellers will be also subject to standard entry, quarantine, stay and work rules in Poland, including to work permit requirement (when applicable).