Special charter flight from UK for Poles wishing to return home

The embassy said the flight would be one-way only and is not meant for people who live permanently in the UK and want to visit Poland, but for Polish residents or people coming back permanently. Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

Next Wednesday, May 27, a special charter flight is planned from London to Warsaw for Poles who somehow got stuck in the UK during the lockdown period and wish to return home, the Polish embassy has announced.

The embassy explained to PAP that the charter flight by national flag carrier PLL LOT is in no way part of the 'Flight Home' initiative, which has already ended, but is rather a response to high interest from people who for various reasons have no other way to get home to Poland. In contrast to earlier flights, which were partly funded by the state budget, the planned flight will be paid.

The embassy said the flight would be one-way only and is not meant for people who live permanently in the UK and want to visit Poland, but for Polish residents or people coming back permanently. People flying in on the charter will face a mandatory quarantine period.

In the event of high interest the flight might be repeated. Talks are ongoing about organising a similar flight from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 Those interested in the flight can announce their interest by sending their details to a special email address launched by the embassy's consular section: londyn.powroty@msz.gov.pl, though neither the embassy nor the consular section is responsible for organising the charter and all information is given only by the carrier.