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  • VISA AND STAY IN POLAND

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE 

    All visa applications for Schengen and National visas submitted in all the Polish Consulates must be previously electronically registered. Please, book your visa appointment only online. To do so click on the following link:

    http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl/

    All the necessary information concerning visa procedures and filling out application forms electronically can be found on the website mentioned above. The application form is free of charge. Visa applications from holders of passports which were issued earlier than 10 years from the date of visa application will not be accepted. 

     

    I. General Information

    Since December 21st 2007, Poland has been a part of the Schengen area, a territory with no checks at internal borders. Aliens from outside of the Schengen area may cross the border of the Republic of Poland if they hold a valid passport (or another travel document recognized by Polish authorities) and an appropriate visa. Visa requirement was waived for citizens of some countries (see list below). The passport validity must exceed the required date of departure from Poland by at least 3 months.

    An alien entering the territory of the Republic of Poland must prove upon request of the border authority that he/she has the financial resources necessary to cover the costs of his/her entry into, transit through, stay and departure from the territory of Poland, as well as the permission to enter another state or to return to his/her country of origin, if such permission is required.

    An alien entering Poland must possess travel/medical insurance to cover possible medical expenses for at least 30,000 EURO.

    An alien entering and departing Poland or any other EU country who carries the amount of money (cash, shares, bonds, traveler's checks, etc.) exceeding 10,000 EURO has to declare it to the customs authorities.

    In accordance with the provisions of law, the Polish border guard has the sole authority to admit an alien into the territory of the Republic of Poland at the port of entry. This rule applies to both aliens traveling on passports only, when no visa is required on the basis of bilateral agreements, and to those to whom a visa had been issued at a Polish consular post abroad. Thus, holding a visa does not automatically grant permission of entry.

    II. Visas issued by Polish consulates

    1. AIRPORT TRANSIT VISA valid only for airport transit, does not entitle the holder to leave the transit zone of the airport. Airport transit visas are issued to citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka. Under the airport transit visa, the traveler is allowed to spend a maximum of 2 days in the international zone of a Polish airport. Travelers applying for an airport transit visa must present a valid visa for the country of their final destination first. Airport transit visas can be valid for one, two or multiple entries.

    2. SHORT-STAY VISA (SCHENGEN VISA C) valid for stays of no more than 90 days within 180 days of visa period of validity. Short-stay visas are issued for travelers going to Poland (and other Schengen countries) for purposes such as tourism, visits to friends or family, business trips, economic or cultural activities, international conferences, sport events, transit etc. 

    3. LONG-STAY VISA (NATIONAL VISA D) is valid for the territory of Poland and entitles to travel to other Schengen countries for up to 90 days within 180 days. This visa allows the holder to stay in Poland for a continuous stay or multiple periods of stay not exceeding jointly one year within the visa validity period. Holders of Polish residence permits will be allowed to enter the Schengen territory and stay there for a period not exceeding 90 days.


    The jurisdiction of consular posts issuing Schengen visas


    Please note that according to your final travel destination you are required to apply for a Schengen visa at the appropriate consular post. It means that you can apply for a Schengen visa at the Embassy in Helsinki only if Poland is your main destination within the Schengen territory. 

     

    III.  Visa for a family member of EU citizen

     

    This procedure applies to citizens from third countries who travel to a Member State other than the Member State of whose nationality a family member – an EU citizen – is or already stay in that country.


    The application for a visa is free of charge. Visa applicants are admitted to the Embassy without prior registration.


    An EU citizen is a citizen of an EU Member State, a citizen of a Member State of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein), a citizen of the Swiss Confederation.

     

     A family member of an EU citizen is:

    - a spouse,

    - a direct descendant of EU citizen who is under the age of 21 or is dependent and those of the spouse, living in the common household with EU citizen,

    - a dependent direct relatives of EU citizen in the ascending line and those of the spouse or living in the common household with EU citizen.

     

     Visa Requirements for family members of EU citizens:

    - a completed and signed application form for a Schengen or national visa submitted by the applicant in person (filled on http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl/ );

    - one photograph of passport style and size [35 x 45 mm]; 

    - a valid travel document;

    - documents confirming the identity of an EU citizen and the family relationship with the applicant (the original marriage certificate, the birth certificate or other applicable certificates);

    - a proof of traveling to Poland together with family member of the EU citizen (i.e. a written statement issued by a EU citizen).

     

    Refusal to issue a visa family members of EU citizens:

    The entry of the applicant takes place during the period of validity of the entry concerning the person on the list of foreigners whose stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland is undesirable or the stay of that person in the territory of the Republic of Poland may pose a threat to the defence or security of the state or to the protection of public security and public order or public health.

    Refusal is issued in form of decision by a consul. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will review the appeal.

     

    Legal basis:

    1. Ustawa z dnia 14 lipca 2006 r. o wjeździe na terytorium Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej, pobycie oraz wyjeździe z tego terytorium obywateli państw członkowskich Unii Europejskiej i członków ich rodzin (Dz. U. z dnia 11 sierpnia 2006 r. poz. 1525) – transposed Directive 2004/38/EC of European Parliament and Council from 29th April 2004 into national law.

    2. Ustawa z dnia 12 grudnia 2013 r. o cudzoziemcach (Dz. U. z dnia 30 grudnia 2013 r. poz. 1650 z późn. zm.).

    3. Ustawa z dnia 25 czerwca 2015 r. prawo konsularne (Dz. U. z dnia 31 sierpnia 2015 r. poz. 1274).

     


    FORMAL VISA REQUIREMENTS

     

    All visa applications must be submitted in person not earlier than 3 months prior to departure and not later than 2 weeks before planned journey. Postal applications will not be accepted. Please submit all the documents in original and one copy of each document per applicant.

    If the applicant is under 18 years old, he/she must apply with at least one of his/her parents or a legal guardian.
     

    In order to apply for a visa one should submit:

     

    1. The original passport or equivalent travel document - it must be signed and valid for at least 3 months after the date of intended departure from Poland and issued not earlier than 10 years from the date of visa application, with at least two blank visa pages (excluding the amendments/endorsements pages at the back);
    2. One Schengen Visa Application Form or National Visa Application Form - filled out and signed by the applicant. The Visa Application Form must be completed either in BLOCK LETTERS or typed in without any omissions, amendments or deletions and signed by the applicant.  Any application not fulfilling these requirements will be declined; 
    3. One passport size biometric photograph;
    4. The visa fee;
    5. Confirmation letter from a health insurance company stating coverage for a minimum of 30.000 EURO, including medical repatriation (copy of healthcare  card is not sufficient);
    6. Proof of sufficient funds to cover the costs of the stay in the Republic of Poland - e.g. bank statement covering  last 3 months (at least 100 zlotys per day required);
    7. Reference letter from employer (if applicable);
    8. Documents confirming purpose of trip to Poland:
    • transit visa - visa for the country of the final destination and a confirmed airline ticket; 
    • visiting friends/relatives - an invitation from friends/relatives in Poland which should be entered into the register of invitations in an appropriate office of Wojewoda in Poland;
    • tourist visit - proof of group travel/hotel reservation, airline reservation; 
    • business trip - business references (letter from employer, confirming your position and the fact that a business trip to Poland is intended (if self-employed the original business registration is required), original letter of invitation from Polish company (for multiple entry) or organization confirming the business trip, schedule of the trip and stating that it will bear all accumulating expenses; 
    • study - a letter of acceptance from a Polish university/language school/college, confirmation of tuition payment, evidence of sufficient funds to stay in Poland, insurance (see 1. above); 
    • employment - work permit or certificate of employment (when applicable)*.

    *WORK VISAS are issued for multiple entries and can be valid for as long as the work permit is valid, but no longer than one year (365 days). All persons who intend to work in Poland must  apply for a work visa and  submit a valid work permit issued by the appropriate local executive authorities (Office of Wojewoda) in Poland. Work visas are issued only by a Polish Consul in the consular office corresponding to the place where the applicant has his/her legal permanent. An alien intending to work in Poland must enter the country with a valid work visa, as no visas can be obtained in Poland.

     

    Submitted documents should be translated into Polish.

     

    The person intending to stay in Poland longer than three months should apply for a residence card after arrival in Poland. Employment without prior authorization is strictly prohibited.

     

    Remember to bring your Visa appointment, application form and ALL required documents to the Embassy on the day of your visit!

     

    The persons intending to apply for a visa at the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Helsinki should contact the office before the visit (helsinki.konsul@msz.gov.pl).

     

    The visa fee in the appropriate amount (see separate information below). Acceptable forms of payment for consular fees are cash and wire transfer. Please note that fees are not refundable;
    The Consulate Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland reserves the right to return incomplete documentation at the applicant's own risk and cost, the fee will not be refunded. We reserve the right also to ask for additional documentation or to conduct a personal interview with the applicant.
     

    THE RIGHT OF DATA SUBJECTS TO INFORMATION PROCESSED IN SIS AND VIS

     

    The right of people to information

    The Central Technical Body of the National Information System - the Chief Commander of the Police COT KSI - the central technical authority of the National Information System is an administrator within the meaning of art. 4 point 7 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/46 / EC (general regulation on data protection - RODO), in the use of data through the National Information System (KSI), processed in the Schengen Information System (SIS) and the Visa Information System (VIS).

     

    The right to information

    According to art. 15 of the RODO, each person has the right to obtain from the administrator exhaustive information regarding the processing of his personal data.

    Detailed information on the implementation of the right to information is available on the COT KSI KGP website at:

     

    http://bip.kgp.policja.gov.pl/kgp/centralny-organ-techni/3943,Centralny-Organ-Techniczny-Krajowego-Systemu-Informatycznego-Komendant-Glowny-Po.html

    The information is also available in the English language version: http://www.policja.pl/pol/sirene/prawo-osob-do-informac/76188,The-right-of-data-subjects-to-information.html  ".

     

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    VISA FEES in euro

     

    Airport visa - 60

    Short-stay Schengen visa - 60

    Long-stay national visa - 60

     

    Visa fee for citizens of Belarus

    Short-stay Schengen visa – 60

    Long-stay national visa - 20


    Visa fee for citizens of Russian Federation 

    Short-stay Schengen visa - 35

    Long-stay national visa  - 60


    Visa fee for citizens of Ukraine

    Short-stay Schengen visa - 35

    Long-stay national visa - 0


    Visa fee for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova,

    Montenegro, Serbia

    Short-stay Schengen visa – 35
    Long-stay national visa - 60

     

    Consulate does not bear any responsibility for travel tickets bought before the issuance of visa. 
     

    Regular visa processing time takes approximately 14 days. In some cases the procedure

    may be extended.

     

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