Entering Poland

Since December 21, 2007, Poland is part of the Schengen Area, a zone without controls on internal borders which comprises of 28 countries. Third-country nationals may enter Poland if they are in possession of a valid travel document and a visa (if required). Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 includes the lists of third countries whose nationals must possess valid visas to cross external borders, and of countries whose nationals are exempt from this obligation.

See the list of countries whose nationals may enter Poland without a visa:

If your country is not on this list, you need to apply for a Schengen C-type visa (a Short-term visa). The unified Schengen visa (C-type visa) entitles the holder to stay in the territory of all Schengen states for the certain period of time depending on the visa validity.

The visa application should be submitted to and examined by the relevant consular post in accordance with its territorial competence. Applicants should contact relevant consular post in order to obtain the application as well as information on the electronic registration of the application and visa fees. The application will be examined no later than 15 calendar days after the date of submission of the full set of documents.

Polish diplomatic missions are not present in some countries. In this case, the applicant is obliged to submit the application to the relevant Polish consular post in another country, or in another Schengen consulate which represents Poland in visa matters.

Check contact details for the Poland’s diplomatic posts:

Documents you need when submitting a C-type Schengen visa application include:

  1. Travel document:

– valid at least three months after your planned departure from Poland/Schengen territory;

– with at least 2 blank pages;

– issued within the last ten years.

  1. Completed and signed visa application form.
  2. Biometric photo.
  3. Visa fee.
  4. Health insurance of at least EUR 30000, valid in the entire Schengen territory.
  5. Supplementary documents, confirming the purpose of the visit,

The types and number of supplementary documents may differ depending on the consular office. Please, contact the relevant consulate to obtain full information concerning the documents needed when submitting a visa application.

Go to E-KONSULAT to apply for the visa:

In case you need an invitation letter for visa purposes, please let us know. Our International office is well trained in supporting such procedures.

Should you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact dr Agnieszka Hajdukiewicz at

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland,