Restricted border-crossing procedures apply on Easter

With Easter at hand, Poland’s Foreign Ministry reminds that the movement through the country’s border-crossing continues to be restricted in line with emergency provisions implemented by the Polish government as a measure to counteract the coronavirus epidemic.

“We remind all who, due to urgent reasons, have been planning to travel to Poland, that in view of COVID-19 border checks were temporarily reintroduced at the border-crossings with Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania. The Polish border can be crossed only at specified areas and the increased border traffic prolongs the time spent at border-crossings,” the ministry wrote on Wednesday, appealing that travellers choose the least busy crossings.

“The German border can be crossed in Jędrzychowice, Olszyna, Świecko, Krajnik Dolny, Kołbaskowo, Świnoujście-Garz, Zgorzelec, Gubin, Słubice, Kostrzyn nad Odrą.

The Lithuanian border can be crossed in Budzisko and Ogrodniki, whereas the Slovak border remains open at Barwinek and Chyżno,” the ministry stated.

Regarding those willing to enter Poland via the Czech Republic, border crossings at Cieszyn-Chotebuz, Gorzyczki, Nowe Chałupki, Kudowa Słone, Trzebina, Jakuszyce, Gołkowice, Lubawka and Głuchołazy. The crossing at Cieszyn-Český Tešín (the Bridge of Friendship) is for pedestrians only.

“It needs to be remembered that transit via the Czech Republic remains closed exclusive of heavy goods vehicles and lorries,” the ministry stressed, adding that the time needed to cross the border can be viewed at the Border Guard website.

The ministry also recalled that all individuals entering Poland will be put under an obligatory 14-day quarantine. Each traveller is obliged to present an address at which he or she would stay self-quarantine. In an event of the traveller being unable to quarantine at the place of his residence, he or she may indicate a place of collective quarantine. The information will be directly introduced into the database and automatically forwarded to pertinent services tasked with verification whether the individual abides by the obligatory quarantine.

“Important: in line with the current provisions, should the quarantine be carried out at one’s place of residence, all of its inhabitants are also obliged to undergo it,” the ministry stressed, adding that in exceptional cases, the quarantine can be shortened only either by the sanitary inspector ascribed to the area where the quarantine is carried out or by any other entity authorised by the Main Sanitary Inspectorate (GIS).