New Year's Eve: from 31 December, 2020 to January 1, 2021, from 19:00 to 6:00, movement is prohibited throughout the country.
New security rules – 28 December 2020 to 17 January 2021:
- limiting the functioning of shopping malls - remain open, among others grocery stores, shops with books and newspapers, drugstores, pharmacies, as well as free-standing large-format furniture stores
- closed hotels
- closed ski slopes
- 10-day quarantine for people coming to Poland by organized transport
Extension of existing rules and restrictions:
- restrictions on collective transport: up to 50% of the number of seats
- participation in meetings - max. 5 people
- ban on weddings, communions and parties
- closed gyms, fitness clubs and water parks
- limitation in shops - max. 1 person / 15m2
- hours for seniors - from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:00
- closed restaurants. Meals only to take away or delivery
- limitation of the number of guests during the Christmas Eve, a total of max. 5 guests, except for people who live together permanently.
According to the governmental instructions from Saturday28 November few restrictions will be loosened, however still some will be in force:
• shopping centres will be opened (apart from cinemas) – 1 person per 15 m2;
• classes will be still provided online;
• between 10 and 12 o'clock (Monday-Friday), only people over 60 are entitle to enter stores, drugstores, pharmacies or post offices;
• restaurants can only sell take-out and delivery;
• gyms, fitness clubs, aquaparks remain closed;
• outdoor training, sports competition - obligatory masks, except for professionals and green areas.
Duration of recommendations: 28/11 – 27/12/2020
From 15 October new restrictions will apply:
• From October 15, i.e. tomorrow, between 10 and 12 o'clock, only people over 60 will be able to enter stores, drugstores, pharmacies or post offices;
• this solution only applies on weekdays.
According to the governmental instructions from Saturday, 10 October in areas that are in the „yellow zone” (Szczecin is since 3 October) wearing face masks will be obligatory also in the open air (streets, parks, tram stops, etc.).
From 3 October 2020 Szczecin is in the „yellow zone” which means that some resctictions are still in force.
Obligation of wearing a mask:
1) in public transport;
2) in public places - unless a distance of 1.5 m is kept;
3) in workplaces and public buildings;
4) in commercial or service facilities;
5) during religious worship, including religious activities or rituals, in a public building intended for religious worship and at the cemetery.
More information and most current updates are available on: www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/temporary-limitations
University restrictions (still in force from 1.10.2020):
1. It is recommended to keep a distance of at least 1.5 m between people staying in one room, on a certain area, as well as in front of the Dean's Office or the room of the administration units involved in servicing students and doctoral students.
2. The rule of covering the mouth and nose applies to all University facilities. If for any reason the nose and mouth cover has to be removed, a distance of 1.5 meters must be observed.
3. According to the guidelines and epidemic procedures at the University it is forbidden to accept guests in the student house.
4. Information regarding restrictions during lectures and classes should be given by the Faculty.
From 31.03.2020 until 11.04.2020 the following restrictions have been introduced by the Polish government:
- keep at least 2 meters apart, even when walking (maximum 2 people can go out together)
- no access to parks, boulevards and squares, as well as other recreational places
- ban on renting city bikes
- all cosmetic saloons, hairdressers and tattoo parlors will be closed, home visits related to the performance of these services are not possible
- there can be a maximum of three people in stores per one cash register (e.g. if there are 10 cash registers in the store, 30 people will be able to shop at the same time)
- in post offices this limit is down to two people per one window
- in marketplaces there is a limit of three people per one stand
- you will have to wear gloves before entering a shop
- pharmacies, grocery stores and drugstores will remain open, except that between 10am and 12pm they will be open only to people over 65 years of age
- hotels and accommodation places will be closed, with the exception of buildings intended for quarantine. This ban will enter into force from April 2, by which time everyone must check out
- at the workplace there should be a distance of at least 1.5 meters between work places.
- the quarantine formula will be extended. Those subject to it will be completely isolated, also from their family.
- private carriers, e.g. buses, will follow the same rules as public transport
- as many people as half of the number of seats will be allowed in the vehicle
- leaving home alone is possible for a short walk or to go out with the dog. You shouldn't do sport.
Reminder: already from 24 March people also are not allowed to organize gatherings, penalty for unjustified gathering may result in a fine of up to 5,000. PLN. Polish army will help the police to make sure people comply with the above.
From 25 March 2020 the Polish government is introducing restrictions on assembly and movement in connection with the coronavirus. Please read the following guidelines and apply them strictly.
From 25 March onwards new restrictions are imposed on short- and long-distance travelling / commuting in Poland. Until 11 April inclusive it is not allowed to travel / commute freely except for basic living, health and professional purposes. The restriction does not apply to:
- Basic living needs. You can travel / commute to do necessary shopping, buy necessary medicines, visit a doctor, take care of your family or walk a dog.
- Voluntary service. If you actively involve in fighting coronavirus and helping persons in need (e.g. those who are quarantined and /or unable to move their homes, you can travel / commute for the purpose of this activity.
- Commuting to work. If you are an employee, run your own company you have the right to commute to your workplace. You can also travel / commute to purchase goods and services necessary to continue your professional activity.
New regulations prohibit any gatherings, meetings or parties – with the exception of your closest family Important!
A maximum of a travelling / commuting group is TWO PEOPLE – this does not apply to families. In case of any incident of breaking the above rules the head of a dormitory will inform the relevant public services.
Not applying to the above restrictions means having to pay a fine up to 5000 PLN.
We appeal to your sense of responsibility. Stay safe and please take the above seriously.
Dear International Students,
In the context of coronavirus infection many things are happening in many places in European countries at the same time.
Do not panic, stay calm and follow the advice below:
- Don’t listen to rumours, verify sources of information (there’s a lot of fake about coronavirus circulating in the net, some people love heating up the atmosphere!). If you hear a piece of gossip, try to verify it at the very source (e.g. the person who experienced something, and is not another person in the line repeating the story).
- Read and listen to texts about coronavirus and its spread only from reliable, expert sources.
- In every place in Europe it is possible that a group of people gets a quarantine order (you are not allowed to leave your flat/building for 14 days) – this is a normal procedure but it is advisable to stock some food just in case. Don’t panic, if you won’t be able to do that, you won’t be left without supplies.
- If you have fever and cough, it does not necessarily mean coronavirus infection – in most cases this may mean cold or flu. If you observe these, and you have not been abroad or had been in touch with coronavirus-positive person recently, contact the first-contact doctor first.
- Follow the instructions repeated at central and local levels: refrain from travelling, stick to hygiene rules (washing hands among others), don’t socialise – you probably know them by heart by now.
If you have any questions or doubts you can contact International Office: email@example.com
We will do everything to assist you and help you, will stay in touch, yet we also need some time to produce and distribute information quickly – thank you for understanding.
This is a new situation for everyone – self-discipline and common sense are highly advisable. We are constantly monitoring the situation, yet we are not able to provide you with more detailed information especially concerning the long- term prospects, as the situation is constantly changing and much depends on the actions of the central authorities.
We will, however, update you with all new relevant information as soon as it becomes available to us!