Poland Extends Internal Border Controls Until May 13
May 1, 2020
Poland’s government has decided to extend internal border controls with Germany, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia until May 13.
The Interior Minister of Poland, Mariusz Kaminski signed an amendment to the regulation on internal border control in order to keep full frontier checks until May 13, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The frontiers will be passable only at designated places, as well as the checks at seaports and airports.
Currently, the internal borders to enter Poland can be crossed at 42 designated places on the land border: on the border with the Czech Republic – 18, with Slovakia – 5, with Germany – 16, with Lithuania – 3. Border control is also carried out at 4 seaports and 17 airports.
“At border crossings – both on the internal and external border – restrictions on foreigners are maintained when entering Poland,” the Ministry of Interior and Administration’s statement reads.
According to the ministry, the entry is allowed to Polish citizens, their spouses and children, permanent and temporary residents, foreign diplomats and their families.
Amid COVID-19, Poland reintroduced its land, sea and air border controls with Germany, Lithuania Czech Republic, and Slovakia, on March 15.
The government of Poland foresaw it necessary to keep the border controls, which were set to expire on March 24, until April 13.
The decision has been taken and announced by the Polish Ministry of Interior, which considered that the border controls with these countries must continue to be in place, in a bit to contain the further spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Due to Coronavirus, Secretary of Management on Affairs of Foreigners Jakub Dudziak last week announced that Poland has also decided to extend visas for all internationals who hold work permits, national visas, or a temporary residence permit, for 30 days after the end of the emergency state.
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