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While many Polish citizens are still on vacation in countries covered by the new travel ban, the process of transporting them back to Poland would’ve presented a major logistical challenge. For that reason, commercial air traffic restrictions won’t apply starting August 26, as initially planned. Nor will they be enforced on September 1.  

The new travel ban will be effective starting Wednesday, September 2, and- according to the draft regulation on international passenger air traffic restrictions prepared by the Council of Ministers- it will include incoming flights from 46 countries.

Returning from vacation in Europe (and not only) won’t be easy

Incoming passenger flights from large countries such as the US, Brazil, India and Mexico will be suspended. The ban will also include Croatia, France and Spain- very popular holiday destinations among Polish tourists. Other popular destinations such as Albania, Romania, Montenegro and Malta are also on the list.

Following September 2, the only way to enter Poland for people returning from countries covered by travel restrictions will be either by land or by taking layover flights through destinations where the ban does not apply.

Other countries covered by the ban include Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bahrain, the Kingdom of Eswatini, Israel, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Argentina, Armenia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Kosovo, Costa Rica, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Maldives, Moldova, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, El Salvador, Suriname, Cape Verde, Luxembourg, Bolivia and the Bahamas.

Initially, the list of countries banned from commercial air traffic with Poland was supposed to be even longer and include a total of 63 destinations.

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