Poland could demand negative coronavirus test result at border, minister says

FILE PHOTO: People queue at a ski lift after the loosening of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in the reopened resort of Zakopane

Mon, 22 February 2021, 7:20 am

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland is expected to announce new rules this week demanding a negative coronavirus test result to enter the country, Poland’s Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said on Monday.

A person with a negative coronavirus test result will not have to quarantine after entering the country, Niedzielski told private broadcaster TVN.

“We are aiming for the end of the week,” Niedzielski said, adding that the government wasn’t planning to reintroduce broad new restrictions over the course of the coming weeks.

He said Poland is at the start of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic which is likely to peak at the end of March or beginning of April.

Coronavirus infections have increased recently, consistently reaching over 8,000 new daily cases.

Poland has loosened some restrictions, opening ski slopes as well as cinemas, hotels and theatres at up to 50% capacity, but authorities have warned that these measures may have to be rolled back depending on the pandemic situation.

(Reporting by Joanna Plucinska and Pawel Florkiewicz; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Catherine Evans)