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    Visa Information System (VIS)



    The Consular Section of the Embassy of Poland in Washington DC serves residents of: Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, American Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


    Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland kindly informs that as from
    15 May 2014 all Schengen States' consulates in the United States of America will use the Visa Information System (VIS).


    The VIS is a central database for the exchange of data on short-stay (up to three months) visas between Schengen States. The main objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border as well as to enhance security.


    For the purpose of the VIS, applicants will be required to provide their biometric data (fingerprints and a digital photograph) when applying for a Schengen visa. It is a simple and discreet procedure that only takes a few minutes. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS central database. The recourse to biometric technology will protect visa applicants better against identity theft and prevent false identifications, which in certain cases lead to refuse a visa or entry to a person who is entitled to enter.  It is used commonly in the EU to make travel documents more secure (e.g. for the issuance of passports to EU citizens including diplomatic passports holders).


    Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for:

    -   children under the age of twelve;

    - persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible;

    - Heads of State and members of the national Governments, with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States' governments or by international organisations for an official purpose;

    - Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Member States' governments or by international organisations for an official purpose.


    More information:



    Each visa application, both Schengen and national, must be REGISTERED in advance in electronic system. At the website you may find Schengen visa and National visa application forms and helpfull information how to fill out the visa application form and the visa procedure information.


    The processing fee for the long term visa to Poland is $65.


    Due to European Union regulations, starting April 5th, 2010 the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland will not be accepting visa applications from holders of passports which have been issued more than 10 years from the date of visa application.

    The Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington will only be accepting visa applications, generated and printed  via the online visa registration application.






    • Aliens may cross the border of the Republic of Poland if they hold a valid passport (other 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. The passport shall contain at least two blank pages and must be issued within the previous 10 years.
    • An alien entering the territory of the Republic of Poland must prove upon the request of the border authority that he/she has the means (including funds) necessary to cover the costs of his/her entry into, transit through, stay and departure from the territory of the Republic of Poland and the permission to enter another state or to return to his/her country of origin, if such permission is required.
    • An alien entering and departing Poland and any other EU countries, carrying the amount in cash (shares, bonds, traveler checks) of 10.000 EURO or more must declare it to the custom authorities.
    • An alien entering Poland must possess travel/medical insurance to cover possible medical expenses for at least 30.000 EURO (equivalent in USD) and 100 zlotys per day for accommodation and sustenance.
    • 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 pertains to both aliens traveling on passports only, when no visa is required on the basis of bilateral agreements, and those to whom a visa had been issued at the Polish Consulate.

    US Citizens can travel to Poland for tourism and business for up to 90 days without visa.






    Since December 21st, 2007 Poland has been a part of the Schengen area formed by 25 States (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Norway, Iceland), a territory with no checks at internal borders.


    UNIFORM VISAS which entitle the holder to enter and stay in the Schengen  territory:


    • 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 certain countries traveling through Poland to another country. Under the airport transit visa the traveler is allowed to spend a maximum of 2 days in the international zone of Polish airport. Travelers applying for an airport transit visa must first present a visa to the country of their destination.
    • UNIFORM VISA (Schengen visa) valid for stays of no more than 90 days per period of 180 days. Uniform visas are issued for travelers going to Poland for reasons of tourism, visit, carrying out economic or cultural activities, participation in international conferences or sport events, business, education etc. Visa permits continuous stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland or multiple consecutive period of stay not exceeding jointly 90 days within the period of 180 days.                      

    NATIONAL VISAS which entitle the holder to enter and stay only in the territory of the issuing State:


    • NATIONAL VISA. All visas will allow for free circulation in the Schengen area for three months in a six month-period. A third-country national holding a  D visa issued by a Member State will be allowed to travel to the other Member States for three months in any half year, under the same conditions as the holder of a residence permit. In accordance with the Regulation, this rule also applies to the visas already issued before April 5, 2010, including still valid D+C visas.
    • For D visas already issued, the six months refrence period will start on April 5, 2010. In case of D+C visas issued before 5th April, the period of stay should be calculated on the basis of actual stays in the other Member States before and after April 5, 2010.

    Holders of Polish residence permits will be allowed to enter the Schengen territory and stay there for period not exceeding 90 days.


    Entry conditions for third-country nationals under visa obligation


    Third-country nationals will be allowed to enter and stay in Poland, if they are in a possession of one of the following titles:


    • uniform visa (Schengen visa),
    • national visa (Polish visa),
    • Polish residence permit,
    • residence permit issued by another Schengen State.

    The following titles will be valid only for the purpose of transit:


    • airport transit visa,
    • uniform visa.

    Citizens of the following countries must apply for airport transit visa: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Democratic Republic),  Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka.





    Each visa application, both Schengen and national, must be REGISTERED in advance in electronic system. At the website you may find Schengen visa and National visa application forms and helpfull information how to fill out the visa application form and the visa procedure information.


    When applying for any type of visa one should submit:


    • Passport. It must be signed and valid for at least 3 months from the date of intended departure from Poland, with at least two blank visa pages (excluding the amendments/endorsements pages at the back). It must be issued within the previous 10 years;
    • Schengen visa application or National visa application registered, filled out, submitted, printed and signed by the applicant. All entries of the form should be properly filled out (no blanks);
    • Two passport size photographs;
    • Notarized copy of a US Permanent Resident Card (green card) or other document confirming status in the US;
    • Bank statement - 3 last statements;
    • Confirmation letter from health insurance company stating coverage with a minimum of 30.000 EURO (equivalent in USD) for trips outside the US (copy of healthcare  card is not sufficient);                          
    • In the matter of application for national visa one should submit a prove of sufficient funds (at least 300 zlotys per day) or medical insurance or official invitation to cover medical expenses;
    • Reference letter from employer.

    Documents confirming purpose of trip to Poland


    • stay in transit zone of the airport - airport transit visa (see the list of the countries above) - visa for country of final destination and confirmed airline ticket;
    • visit friends/relatives - invitation from friends/relatives in Poland;
    • tourist visit - proof of group travel/hotel reservation, airline reservation;
    • business trip - business references (letter from US employer, invitation from Polish company or organization, stating that it will bear all accumulating expenses), proof of hotel reservation and airline reservation;
    • study - letter of acceptance of a Polish university/language school/college, evidence of sufficient founds to stay in Poland;
    • employment - work permit or certificate of employment (when applicable).

    Caution: persons who intend to work in Poland must submit a valid work permit certificate issued by appropriate local executive authorities (Office of Wojewoda) in Poland or an employer's written declaration confirming the intention to employ the alien if the work permit is not required. Visas for the purpose of carrying out work are issued only by the Polish Consul at the office appropriate for the applicant's legal permanent residence, for the period of stay not exceeding one year, relevant to the period indicated in the permit or the employer's written declaration. Employment without prior authorization is strictly prohibited. English language teachers planning to work in Poland at universities (colleges) instead of the work permit certificate must submit Certificate of Employment issued by president of that university/college.


    • Visa fee in the specified amount (see separate information). Acceptable forms of payment for consular fees are: cash, Money Order, Traveler's Checks or certified checks payable to The Embassy of Poland. Personal checks are not accepted. Please note that visa fees are not refundable.
    • SAS envelope or prepaid airway bill of the carrier of one's choice. Applicants, who fail to do so, will receive their passport and visa by regular first-class mail.

    Caution: Visa application will not be processed if the applicant fails to comply with the above instruction. The Embassy of the Republic of Poland reserves the right to return incomplete documentation at applicant's own risk and cost.



    Visa requirement does not apply to the citizens of the members of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, Great Britain and citizens of: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Andorra, San Marino and Monaco


    Citizens of the following countries are waived from visa requirement if stay in Poland up to 90 days:



    Visa FEE Schedule


    Airport transit visa $ 65

    Uniform visa $ 65

    National visa $ 65


    Visa fee for citizens of Belarus


    Uniform visa for the purpose of transit $ 65

    Uniform visa $ 65

    National visa $ 22     (No fees for children age of six and below the age of 12).


    Visa fee for citizens of Russian Federation


    Uniform visa $ 38

    National visa  $ 65    (No fees for children age of six and below the age of 12).


    Visa fee for citizens of Ukraine


    Uniform visa $ 38

    National visa  $ 0


    Visa fee for citizens of Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Serbia


    Uniform visa $ 38

    National visa  $ 65




    1. Children under six years.

    2. School pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training.

    3. Reaserchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research.

    4. Reprezentatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural and eucational evenets organized by non-profit organizations.


    No fees for National and Uniform visas for foreigners who are members of EU citizen's family. 


    Extra 33 USD fee for the urgent NATIONAL visa proceeding.



    Visa processing can take up to 15 days. In the individual cases visa processing can be extend up to 30 days.

    Please note that there are additional Entry requirements that apply to all travelers regardless whether they travel to Poland with or without a visa

    Please apply for visa with the appropriate Polish consulate in accordance with territorial jurisdiction

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