Poland Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes No No
British Yes No No
Canadian Yes No No
Other EU 1 No No
USA Yes No No

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A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.


Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above. Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay in Poland without a visa for up to 90 days. EU nationals may stay for an unlimited period, but must register with the local authorities after three months.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Poland.

Types and cost

Short-stay Schengen visa: €60. Be sure to get one of these rather than a transit visa, which costs the same but is only good for a period of two days.


Short-stay Schengen visa: 90 days within a six-month period.

Application to

Applicants must book an appointment online at the closest Polish consulate or embassy in their country of residence (www.e-konsulat.gov.pl). All visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.

Schengen visas

Poland is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement. A 90-day visa allows you to visit all the Schengen countries but you cannot exceed 90 days in total. Once your 90 days is up, you must leave the Schengen zone.

Temporary residence

Non-EU nationals planning to stay longer than three months must apply for a temporary residence permit at the consulate.

EU nationals wishing to stay longer than three months must register with the Department of Nationals' and Foreigners' Affairs. See www.malopolska.uw.gov.pl for more information.

Working days

Between two weeks and one month, depending on the applicant’s passport/nationality.

Sufficient funds

Visa applicants must prove that they have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the period of the intended stay and for the return to their country of origin or transit to a third country.

Extension of stay

Short-stay visas are only extended in emergencies (eg medical ones).

Entry with children

Visa fees are waived for children under six and are reduced for those between six and 12.

Entry with pets

A pet must have an ISO pet microchip inserted and then be vaccinated for rabies and various other diseases at least 21 days prior to travel and not more than one year prior to travel. Contact any Polish mission abroad for more details.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Poland
Telephone: (022) 311 0000. Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/world/poland Opening times: Mon-Fri 0830-1630.
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7291 3520. Website: http://www.london.mfa.gov.pl/en Opening times: Mon-Fri 0830-1630.
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the USA
Telephone: (202) 499 1700. Website: http://washington.mfa.gov.pl/en/ Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1500.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.