• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have tightened the provisions of the Schengen Borders Code on the rules for crossing the external borders. From the 7th of April all persons crossing the external border will be subject to detailed border checks. 



    NATIONAL VISA TYPE D LONG-TERM entitles you to stay in the in the territory of Poland up to 365 days. It can be obtained by submitting the relevant documents confirming the purpose of the stay, for example. Admission letter , employment contract, an invitation from the civil or legal entity, issued by the respective Voivod Office.



    SCHENGEN VISA TYPE C SHORT-TERM entitles you to stay in Poland or the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 180 day period. It can be obtained by presenting relevant documents confirming the tourist destination of the stay, such as hotel reservations, travel planes.



                                                           "The principle of the first entry"

    1. If you are planning to visit a particular Schengen country, you should apply to the Schengen Embassy / Consulate whose territory is the only destination of your visit.
    2. If you are planning to visit several Schengen countries, please contact the Schengen Embassy / Consulate, whose territory is the main destination of your visit (s) in terms of the duration and purpose of your stay.
    3. If no main destination can be determined you should apply to the Schengen Consulate of the first entry point to the Schengen Zone.



    1. VISA APPLICATION FORM, choose Schengen Visa for short stay in Poland for up to 90 days (business, tourist, visit) or National Visa for long stay in Poland from 91 days for up to 365 days (study, work). Each applicant shall submit ELECTRONICALLY REGISTERED, COMPLETED, DATED and SIGNED application; GO TO


    2. PASSPORT/Travel Document satisfying the following criteria:

    its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of Poland or other Schengen Member States; it shall contain at least two blank pages; -it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years. 


    3.PHOTO. 3.5 x 4.5 cm photo, white background, natural facial expression, no headgear or dark glasses in face, face should occupy 70-80% of the photo area.


    4.VISA FEE. The payment should be made on the spot in cash. Current prices are available in the Consular Fees section. The spouses of Polish citizens are exempt from the fee, in which case the original marriage certificate and the notarized copy of the spouse's passport must be submitted.



    A declaration page/document from health insurance company stating coverage with a minimum of 30.000 EURO valid for Poland , you must purchase insurance for the entire duration of your trip and present a proof of purchase; The use of internationally recognized insurance companies is recommended.




    7.ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS confirming purpose of your visit, for Schengen visas, a travel plan should be provided. In the case of a national visa, an official invitation issued by the appropriate Voivode in Poland, or a document confirming employment or study in Poland, should be submitted.


    8.Proof of accommodation. Hotel reservation, invitation, etc.


    9. PROOF OF SUFFICIENT FINANCIAL MEANS -last three bank account statements with name and address of owner(s),


    In accordance with Article 14 (6) of the Visa Code, the consulate may waive one or more of the requirements if it is demonstrated in advance that the person applying for the visa is honest and trustworthy, and above all, According to the law, there is no doubt that, when crossing the borders of the Member States, it will comply with the requirements of the article. 5 (1) of the Schengen Borders Code.


    In accordance with article 21 (8) of the Visa Code during the study of an application, the consulate may, in justified cases, invite the person requesting the visa for an interview and request for additional documents, which were not previously indicated in The list (e.g. documents showing the intention to leave the territory of the Schengen area by the person applying for the visa before the expiry date of the visa application). In this way, the applicant is informed that the submission of the above documents does not guarantee the automatic issuance of a visa.


    Your visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen country. During border controls you may have to provide information on your means of support, length of stay, and purpose of your visit. In some cases, such checks may result in a refusal for the visa holder to enter Poland and the Schengen area.





    Visa Application can be submitted to the consular office no more than three months before departure for Poland. The Consular office accepts applications on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9-12 after having registered with the e-consulate system and of the consular fee - see the current table of consular fees.




    Processing of visa applications for family members of an EU citizen takes place on simplified terms that have been set out in the Act of 14 July 2006 on entry into the territory of the Republic of Poland, stay and departure from the territory of citizens of EU Member States and their family members which implemented Directive 2004/38 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2006 on the rights of EU citizens and their family members to move freely within the territory of the Member States.


    A family member is entitled to receive a visa free of charge, as soon as possible and on an accelerated basis. A family member applies for a visa on the basis of proof of family ties with an EU citizen and proof that a citizen is exercising or will exercise his / her rights under the treaties to move freely within the Member State of destination.


    In case of refusal to issue a visa, the refusal shall be made in the mode of an administrative decision, and the appeal shall be granted to the Minister of Foreign Affairs .

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