Poland to reinstate flights to Schengen zone on Sept 30

All air connections with countries belonging to the EU's passport-free Schengen zone will be reinstated from September 30, but the air travel ban will apply to 29 other countries for the following two weeks, the Infrastructure Ministry announced on Friday.

A relevant draft regulation was sent to the government on Friday.

The new regulation means that Poles will again be able to fly to Spain, after a similar ban was lifted from flights to France, which introduced obligatory coronavirus tests for incoming passengers.

Despite the rising infection count across Europe, the flights are expected to have a limited effect on the epidemic situation in Poland, as October is regarded as a low season in tourism, according to Deputy Infrastructure Minister Marcin Horała.

"Additionally, we are maintaining a very strict epidemic security regime at all Polish airports. Therefore, we can safely continue to gradually lift the flight bans," Horała was quoted as saying.

Other countries that introduce the requirement of obligatory coronavirus tests for incoming passengers may also be removed from the restricted list, he added.

The 29 restricted countries include Brazil, Israel, India and the United States. The draft will still be consulted among relevant ministries and updated with the latest epidemiological data. "So it should be treated as a preliminary list that may still see some minor changes," the ministry said.