Poland COVID – 19 Update

Effective immediately, Polish consulates are restricting their consular services for foreign nationals. The exact restrictions introduced varies, depending on the consulate. In most cases, visa appointments are cancelled until further notice. Effective 16 March, in-person submission of residence permit applications is suspended at  immigration offices. All previously-booked appointments are canceled, and further appointments will not be made until further notice.  Application and document submission by post is welcomed.

Effective 15 March, entry is suspended for foreign nationals other than foreign national residents of Poland. This includes holders of work visas, holders of an employer’s declaration on entrusting work to a foreign national and EU citizens holding EU registration certificates. Also exempt are foreign spouses or children of Polish citizens, Pole’s Card holders, work permit or Polish diploma holders and diplomatic staff.

Border controls with Schengen countries have been reintroduced from 15 to 24 March. The Polish border with Germany, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Slovakia can only be crossed in designated places. Border traffic is suspended at 7 border checkpoints with Ukraine, 5 with Belarus and 2 with Russia. Border control is also carried out at 4 seaports and 17 airports.

All international flights are suspended. International parcels cannot be posted at the Polish National Post Office. All persons entering Poland, including Polish citizens, must undergo a 14-day quarantine period. Some consulates have announced the suspension of new visa applications and all existing appointments.

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