Compulsory quarantine introduced for travellers to Poland

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People travelling to Poland by mass transport will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine period because the free-Covid-19 test programme has come to an end, the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate has said.

According to Jan Bondar, the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate (GIS)'s spokesman, the compulsory period is a result of changes to quarantine rules.

In the second half of December, in part due to the emergence in the UK of a new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, all people who had been outside Poland could have a free Covid-19 test.

Bondar said some 3,000 people took advantage of the free tests over the Christmas period.

He added that the general rules would remain unchanged and that anybody experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 should contact a doctor to arrange a test.

But he said under the new rules, transport carriers were obliged to inform passengers of the quarantine requirement.

Anybody crossing the state border using mass transport has to pass on his or her details on to the carrier who will then forward them on to the appropriate district sanitary inspector.