We are responsible for our health, so let’s behave responsibly! Our free time is quarantine. As young people, we can be infected with coronavirus and have no symptoms. However, this means that we can still affect others, especially the elderly or the sick, for whom coronavirus is a much more significant threat!
Classes at universities are suspended or are taking place online until April 10. The reason is simple – we don’t want you to be exposed to coronavirus infection. We also don’t want the virus to infect more people.
Follow all the announcements, and in case of any doubts related to the distance learning, please contact your colleagues and the teaching staff to be fully updated!
You will not be able to move freely at your place of residence until April 11, but this restriction does not apply to you in these cases:
Please remember that you can only move in a group of up to two people. This restriction does not apply to families.
Public transport continues to operate as expected. However, only half of the seats can be occupied on a bus, tram or subway. If the vehicle has 70 seats, there may be a maximum of 35 people on its board.
The new regulations also prohibit any gatherings, events or meetings. However, you will be able to meet your family.
The restrictions on movement do not apply to people who want to participate in religious events. Here, however, the government has introduced another essential regulation. Please remember that only five people can join in the mass or other religious rite in Poland. In this case, the government recommends streaming all the events online.
Are you wondering what about shops, etc.? Grocery shops and banks will remain open, so you can stock up on food and have access to your bank in case of any issue. The same rule is applied to pharmacies.
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Due to the state of epidemic threat, voivodeship offices have suspended direct customer service. Therefore, all applications for the legalization of stay of foreigners in Poland may be submitted by post. Applications for the legalization of stay of foreigners may be sent to voivodeship offices via Poczta Polska S.A. by registered mail or via any other postal operator. When submitting applications for legalisation of stay, it is important to do so during legal stay in Poland. Only then the stay during the administrative procedure will be considered legal.
Sending the application to the voivodeship office via Poczta Polska S.A. (which is the designated operator within the meaning of the Postal Law Act) before the period of legal stay has expired, guarantees that the deadline for submitting the application will be met. The legality of a foreigner’s stay during the proceedings results from the fact of submitting an appropriate application within the statutory period, and not from the fact that the foreigner has a stamp in the passport confirming submission of the application. The voivodes will return to calling applicants to appear in person, when required by law, after the restoration of direct customer service.
Legalisation of stay due to the inability to leave Poland
Foreigners who cannot leave the territory of Poland for reasons beyond their control may apply for either a visa extension or a temporary residence permit due to circumstances requiring a short stay.
Detailed information on visa extension and relevant application forms can be found here (https://udsc.gov.pl/en/
When applying for both a visa extension and a temporary residence permit due to circumstances requiring a short stay, it is important to do so during a legal stay in Poland. Only then the stay during the administrative procedure will be considered legal. Applications should be sent to the voivodeship office via Poczta Polska by registered mail or via any other postal operator. Sending the application during legal stay via Poczta Polska S.A. guarantees meeting the deadline for its submission and ensures the possibility of legal stay until the case is considered.Please follow further information appearing on the website of the Office for Foreigners. https://udsc.gov.