Poland’s temporary suspension of Schengen and re-introduction of border controls have caused heavy delays and frustration amongst travellers. German media outlets reported on traffic jams of up to 30 kilometers due to border controls at the Polish-German border.
As part of the NATO summit in Warsaw earlier this month and the World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland temporarily suspended Schengen and re-introduced border controls at its borders with Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania. While security officials deemed the suspension of Schengen necessary, to guarantee safety of participants of both, the NATO summit in Warsaw and World Youth Day in Krakow, holidaymakers and cross-border shoppers have been left frustrated as delays at border crossings caused heavy traffic jams.
This weekend, German news outlets reported on traffic jams of up to 30 kilometers. Travellers on the A12 / A2 motorway, with its border crossing close to Frankfurt / Oder, were hit the hardest as they had to endure waiting times of several hours before reaching the border crossing.
Poland joined the Schengen Area in 2007. Since joining, Poland temporarily suspended Schengen on some occasions such as the Euro 2012 tournament. Normal border traffic will resume on 2nd of August.