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Factsheet for measure PL-2021-13/1874 Updated – measures in Poland

Extending the validity of tourism voucher in specific circumstances

Przedłużenie terminu na realizację vouchera turustycznego w szczególnych przpadkach

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 22 March 2021 – 30 September 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics) and Eurofound
Measure added 15 April 2021 (updated 11 March 2022)

Background information

Following the introduction of the tourist voucher, see case PL-2020-30/1030 during the summer holiday of 2020, the government reviewed the instrument in the context of recurring lockdowns. In the conclusion, the government has decided to step forward with a proposal to correct the current regulation in favour of voucher-holders. The original regulation made it possible - within 180 days from the date on which the traveller withdraws from the contract for participation in a tourist event or from the date on which the tour operator terminates the contract, directly due to the outbreak of COVID-19 - to offer the traveller a voucher for the execution of the tourist event. The voucher would be valid for a year.

Content of measure

The draft regulation foresees extension of validity of the voucher accepted by the tourist, from the original one year to two years. As the government argues, the new solution is supposed to be very practical, because it will allow, on the one hand, the tourist to attend the originally planned and booked event later, when it is safe to do so from a public health perspective, and on the other hand, it will allow tour operators to settle accounts with travelers without cash involved. So the aim of the draft is to secure the interests of consumers in a more efficient way without increasing the risk borne by tourist operators, who were envisaged as the main beneficiaries of the tourism voucher.

Updates

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

23 December 2021

Contrary to the earlier announcements, the measure has been actually extended only until 30 September 2022.

21 May 2021

This measure is to be extended until 31 March 2023, according to the regulations under debate.

Use of measure

The new instrument has not been activated yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

No engagement on the part of social partners.

Views and reactions

No views of social partners registered.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 01 April 2020: The Act of 31 March 2020 amending the Act on Special Measures regarding Prevention, Counteraction and Combating COVID-19 Other Contagious Diseases and Crisis Situations Related (Ustawa z dnia 31 marca 2020 r. o zmianie ustawy o szczególnych rozwiązaniach związanych z zapobieganiem, przeciwdziałaniem i zwalczaniem COVID-19, innych chorób zakaźnych oraz wywołanych nimi sytuacji kryzysowych oraz niektórych innych ustaw (dziennikustaw.gov.pl)
  • 22 March 2021: Draft Act on amending the Act on special solutions for preventing, counteracting and combating COVID-19, other infectious diseases and crisis situations caused by them (Projekt ustawy o zmianie ustawy o szczególnych rozwiązaniach związanych z zapobieganiem, przeciwdziałaniem i zwalczaniem COVID-19, innych chorób zakaźnych oraz wywołanych nimi sytuacji kryzysowych) (archiwum.bip.kprm.gov.pl)

Citation

Eurofound (2021), Extending the validity of tourism voucher in specific circumstances, measure PL-2021-13/1874 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2021-13_1874.html

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