According to Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska, Poland has decided to impose a ten-day mandatory quarantine requirement for all visitors travelling from countries outside the Schengen Area.
According to Schengenvisainfo.com, the decision was made to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant within the country and went into effect on June 23.
“We are already seeing an increase in the number of novel coronavirus mutations among registered cases in Poland. Our country has seen the delta form as well, but there are just a few dozen occurrences so far.” However, Kraska commented on the recent decision by saying that the situation with novel coronavirus mutations is dynamic.
The Minister stated at a press conference that Delta variant infections have already been documented in Poland. According to the new regulations, anyone entering Poland from a country outside the Schengen Area musty self-isolate for ten days.
Anyone who is subject to such a restriction will be able to reduce their quarantine period by producing a negative COVID test result obtained within seven days of their arrival.
However, those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency are exempt from the quarantine obligation (EMA).
Children under the age of 12 who travel with their parents and have a negative test result or have been vaccinated against the virus are exempt from the quarantine requirement.
People who quarantine and receive a negative test result within the first 48 hours of crossing the border are released. This option applies to travellers who have received a positive test result at the airport upon arrival in Poland or those who have not been tested at the airport, according to the government statement.
Air transport crew members, those importing products and people, people carrying out national and political tasks, and personnel in the military services are all free from these rules.
Since June 19, all people travelling via international airports from the US, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia, Australia, and Israel have been permitted entrance into Poland, according to the Polish government.
Arrivals from the aforementioned countries are permitted to enter Poland as long as they have a negative COVID-19 test result.
It was emphasized that because the tests are not funded by the government, travellers must bear the costs.
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