How can I reunite with my partner?
Here are successful stories from couples separated by travel bans
These stories are individual experiences, not official guidelines
Sam and Ela
United States of America (Oregon) to Poland
Third Country ?
Washington, DC London, UK Warsaw, Poland
September 25, 2020
I was supposed to move to Poland in March of 2020 but I had to cancel my plans due to the pandemic. My partner and I had been in a long distance relationship for two years and the pandemic delaying our reunification was a horrible turn of events for us.
After six months of searching for a way to get to Poland, I finally found a loophole. I was able yo obtain a work permit which is one of the exemptions to the border closure. I got the work permit in the mail in the middle of September. So, I booked a flight to Wroclaw and it was the longest journey I've ever taken. I left Portland, Oregon at around 3AM and drove up to Seattle (3 hour drive) in the middle of the night. I rented at car and drank 3 cups of coffee and blasted music on the radio to stay awake. I flew from Seattle to Washington DC on Alaska airlines. In DC I switched to British Airways and flew to London. I was almost denied boarding in London. British Airways is strict about COVID restrictions and they were confused with my work permit. So they called someone in London who said I couldn’t board. So I pleaded my case to the officials in DC and the woman looked at my documents and said they looked ok to her and overruled whatever jerk in London didn’t want me to board. I also told her I had a fiancée in Poland and showed her a picture. So I was able to fly to London. That was the best trans Atlantic flight I've ever taken. The flight had virtually no people on it and I had a whole row to myself and I slept most of the way. When I arrived in London I was really jet lagged and I did everything I could to stay awake. Then I flew to Warsaw where I went through passport control. The non-EU citizen line had only me and one other guy while the other line had everyone else who was on my flight. Oddly enough I had more trouble with British Airways than the Polish border police. I just showed them my passport and work permit and they let me through with no problem. After that, I flew to Wroclaw on LOT which was my favorite flight of the trip. It was only a 35 minute flight. After 30 hours of travel I made it to Ela. It was a crazy journey from the two years of a long distance relationship to the 30 hour flight, but in the end it was all worth it to finally be with the woman I love.