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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Passports

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, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card, but it is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary. Also, EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

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.

Visas

Visas for Poland are not required by nationals of EU countries, regardless of the purpose and/or length of stay. However, EU nationals who plan to live in Poland for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months.

Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay in Poland without a visa for up to 90 days.

Poland is part of the Schengen system, which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries without a visa. Please click here for information regarding the Schengen visa.

Apart from citizens listed in the chart above, citizens from the following countries can also visit without a visa for Poland for up to 90 days within a six-month period: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican State City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.

For citizens from Taiwan visa exemption only applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.

 

Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Poland.

Visa note

For visitors who are unsure, you are advised to contact the embassy to check requirements for Poland visas.

Types and cost

Schengen visa: €80. Nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35.

Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.

Validity

The Schengen short-stay visa is valid for up to 90 days within a six-month period.

Transit

Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen states, whereas citizens of certain other countries only require a transit visa for some of the Schengen states. If you are not from a Schengen visa exempt country, please check with your consulate.

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).

Schengen visas

Poland is part of the Schengen visa scheme.

Temporary residence

Non-EU/ EEA citizens staying in Poland for longer than three months need to obtain a temporary residence permit at the Office for Foreigners of the local Voivodeship Office.

EU/ EEA citizens staying beyond 90 days need to obtain a residence registration no later than the next business day after the expiration of the three-month period.

Working days

Visa applications may take up to 14 days. However, in special cases or unusual political situations, it might take up to two months.

Sufficient funds

Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry with pets

When bringing a pet from another EU country, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate (the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days prior to travel). Animals from outside the EU must also have an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on if your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies titer test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination. Please check how the European Union classifies the country you are travelling from to follow the right procedure. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Poland with a pet from outside of the EU.

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.