Auschwitz Memorial opened to visitors from 1 February
From 1 February 2021 the site of the former German Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp is again open to visitors. Reservations for guided tours, as well as individual entry can now be made online at visit.auschwitz.org. Visitors will also find regulations, price list and information for visitors related to the epidemic situation.
The visiting regulations are adapted to the new sanitary requirements, as ensuring the safety of visitors and employees of the Memorial is one of the most important tasks of the Museum during the ongoing pandemic.
Entry to both parts of the former camp, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, takes place exclusively based on Entry Passes. Reservations for each type of tour can only be made online. Unreserved entry passes will be available at the Museum on the day of the visit; however, we cannot guarantee entry to the Memorial without reservation.
Tours with an educator for individual visitors take place in smaller groups of up to 15 people. The number of people on the site will also be minimised. Visitors have to observe a safe interpersonal distance - both before entering the Museum and during the tour. The same regulations governing covering of the mouth and nose apply in the premises as in entire Poland (right now face must be covered outdoors and indoors). The temperature of people entering the Museum will also be measured. Several places on the Museum grounds have also been equipped with devices for contactless hand sanitation, and a special sanitation gate has been placed in front of the entrance.
A special tour route is prepared for visitors, which minimises the number of sites where Museum visitors will come into contact with each other. Visitors are required to move inside the buildings only along a one-way route. The larger space was created by removing all horizontal showcases from the exhibition, which facilitates keeping a safe distance during the tour.
To increase safety, the Museum guides wear protective visors during the tour, and the audio receivers and headphones used during the tour meet all sanitary requirements. Visitors can also use their headphones, which must fit into the mini-jack port.
Outdoor exhibition boards have been installed in several locations at the Auschwitz I site through which visitors can learn about the history and see among others, the interiors temporarily excluded from the tour, such as the underground of block 11.
The Memorial is open from 8. a.m. In February tours will take place with a guide until 14.00 hrs. Later individual visits will be possible with booked entry cards.