POLAND. Heightened security anticipated ahead of Independence Day


On Thursday, November 11, Poland will celebrate its national Independence Day and mass gatherings and demonstrations are possible in cities across the country, despite official coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions currently imposed. A heightened security presence is to be expected near any events and protest sites. Localized disruptions to business and travel, including road closures, should be anticipated. Due to increasing migratory pressure at the border with Belarus, Poland has introduced a state of emergency in areas within approximately 3kms of the Belarusian border, including parts of Podlaskie and Lubelskie Voivodeships. There are increased restrictions on movement, assembly and activities in these areas.


  • You can travel to Poland if you’re travelling from within the EU and Schengen Area, or if you are travelling from a COVID-19 ‘low risk’ country.
  • If you’re arriving by air, you’ll need to submit a Passenger Locator Form prior to check in.
  • If you’re permitted to enter, you may be required to quarantine for up to 10 days unless you fall into one of the exemption categories (see ‘Full Advice – Travel’).
  • Check latest entry requirements to Poland with the nearest Polish Embassy/Consulate or check the Republic of Poland Coronavirus website under ‘Entering and leaving Poland’.
  • Poland is accepting certificates issued by other EU member states under the EU Digital Certificate Scheme
  • You’re still required to wear a face mask indoors or where social distancing is not possible. Ensure you follow the latest COVID-19 measures – see the Republic of Poland Coronavirus website under ‘Current rules and restrictions’.

Follow the instructions of Polish authorities and carry ID with you at all times if you’re in these areas. Avoid public demonstrations as they may turn violent.