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Do you need a visa to travel to Poland? What are the relating procedures? Find out in this article.

If you are planning to stay legally in Poland, you will probably need a visa, unless you come from a country whose nationals are exempt from the visa requirement. There are two main types of visas for Poland: the Schengen C visa and the national D visa. In all cases, it is best to inquire with Pole authorities in your home country beforehand.

Conditions

The Schengen C visa is valid for a maximum of three months, thus allowing you to make a short stay only in the country. The national D visa, for its part, has a more than 90 days validity, allowing you to make a long stay in Poland.

The airport visa, or A visa, applies to foreigners who have to transit in Poland during their trip to another destination. However, they are not allowed to go beyond the airport's international transit zone. The visa is especially designed for nationals of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Irak, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan and Sri Lanka.

Procedures

In general, documents to be produced vary according to the type of visa requested.

In the case of the Schengen or C visa (short stay), you will need the following:

  • your passport (issued by competent authorities not more than 10 years before, valid for at least three months beyond your return date and comprising two blank pages)
  • a duly filled and signed application form
  • a passport size identity photo
  • a health insurance with a minimum of 30,000 euros threshold (valid within the Schengen area)
  • other documents such as proof of accommodation, the purpose of your stay, proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in the country, a testimony stating that you will voluntarily leave the country upon your visa's expiry date.

In the case of the National or D visa (long stay), you are required to produce the following:

  • your passport
  • a duly filled and signed visa application form
  • a passport size identity photo
  • a health insurance certificate
  • other documents such as proof of accommodation, purpose of stay, information regarding to the estimated duration of your stay, proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay.

Note that fees apply both to the C and D visa. Make sure to seek relevant information from the Polish embassy or consulate in your home country beforehand.

Validity

The C visa is valid for a minimum of 90 days. The D visa, for its part, is valid for a year. Thereafter, you are allowed to apply for a resident permit from local authorities if you wish to stay for a longer period.

Exemptions

Nationals of the European Union and of the European Economic Area do not require a visa to travel to Poland. Nationals of a few other countries are also exempt from the visa requirement for a less than 90 days stay in the country. Find the relevant list in the useful links below.

 Useful links:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs ww.msz.gov.pl
Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Poland Missions Abroad www.msz.gov.pl/en/travel_to_poland
Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Visa exemptions www.msz.gov.pl/en/travel_to_poland/entering_poland
e-Konsulat – Visa application and online appointment system secure.e-konsulat.gov.pl

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