Visit Visa (Poland)
Poland offers an array of options to the average tourist. This European country has a rich history and is bustling with museums, seaside resorts and beautiful sceneries. Before you plan to visit the country, don’t forget to learn about Poland’s visa requirements.
Poland Entry Restrictions in Response to Coronavirus
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Poland, as well as the rest of the EU and Schengen Area members imposed an EU-wide entry ban on third-country nationals in mid-March 2020.
To this day, only the following are permitted to enter the Polish territory:
- Polish citizens
- Citizens and residents of Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia and Australia
- Foreigners who are spouses or children of citizens of Poland or remain under the constant care of citizens of Poland
- Polish identity Card Holders
- People entitled to permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Poland or who hold a work permit
- Foreigners who run a means of transport designed for the transport of good
- Citizens of EU Member States, EFTA Member States – parties to the Agreement on the EEA or the Swiss Confederation and their spouses and children, when travelling through the territory of the Republic of Poland to their place of residence or stay
- Those with a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit, in the territory of other EU Member States, a Member State of the EFTA – parties to the Agreement on the EEA or the Swiss Confederation and their spouses and children, when travelling through the territory of the Republic of Poland, to their place of residence or stay.
Additionally, in particularly justified cases, the commander of the Border Guard post may allow a foreigner to enter the territory of the Republic of Poland in accordance with the procedure specified in the Act of 12 December 2013 on foreigners (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 35), always after obtaining the consent of the Commander-in-Chief of the Border Guard.
Those coming to Poland from outside the EU are obliged to go through a fortnight of quarantine, whereas those crossing the internal EU borders are exempt from the requirement of quarantine.
Documents required for Poland visitor visa:
Before you apply for a tourist visa, ensure that you meet the visa requirements and have the required travel documents.
POLAND OFFERS TWO TYPES OF TOURIST VISAS:
- The Schengen visa:This is a short-term visa is also known as the Schengen visa that is valid for 90 days. As you may be aware the Schengen visa is valid in all the European countries which are part of the Schengen agreement. Poland is one of the countries under the Schengen agreement.
- National ‘D’ visa:This is a long-term visa that allows you to stay over 90 days and up to 365 days in Poland. This is a multiple-entry visa.
Visa Processing Time
The processing time for a Poland Schengen Visa may take up to 15 days in normal circumstances, but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.
Duration of stay:
A short-stay Schengen Visa allows you to enter and stay in a Poland territory for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of six months.
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