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Factsheet for measure PL-2020-12/836 Updated – measures in Poland

Sick leave allowance for people returning from abroad and their household members under quarantine

Zasiłek chorobowy za czas kwarantanny dla osób powracających z zagranicy oraz ich współmieszkańców

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 15 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Paid sick leave
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)
Measure added 11 May 2020 (updated 29 September 2023)

Background information

With temporary closure of national borders (in force since 15 March 2020), the obligatory quarantine of 14 days have been introduced for people returning from abroad. Since 31 March quarantine has been extended to their household members. During the quarantine the persons concerned may apply for sick leave remuneration from employers or sick-leave allowance paid by social security if they are not able to perform their professional activities while being confined to home or a place of temporary isolation.

Note: the regulation has been updated several times since 31 March, when the state of epidemics was officially introduced.

Content of measure

Upon accepting the application, the person concerned will receive the sick leave remuneration from employers or sick-leave allowance paid by social security for the period of quarantine (14 days). Eligible are employees (sick leave remuneration, sick-leave allowance) and self-employed as well as holders of mandate contract (freelancers) (sick-leave allowance). It amounts to 80% of gross wages or average revenue.

The scale of support is difficult to determine. The only frame of reference is the number of persons being subjected to quarantine, yet not all of them are entitled to sick-leave remuneration or sick-leave allowance.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

12 August 2021

The measure has been systematically extended and is expected to remain in force until the state of pandemic is over.

Use of measure

No precise data available. As of 11 May nearly 100,000 people remain under quarantine, according to the Ministry of Health.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


No involvement.

Views and reactions

Social partners' positions are unknown.


  • 02 May 2020: Ordinance of the Council of Ministers on Introducing Specific Restrictions, Orders and Prohibitions in the Context of the Current State of Epidemics (


Eurofound (2020), Sick leave allowance for people returning from abroad and their household members under quarantine, measure PL-2020-12/836 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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