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  • TRAVEL FACILITATIONS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS OF AN EU/EEA NATIONALS - DIRECTIVE 2004/38/EC

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    If you are a family member of an EU/EEA national, please note that, on the basis of Directive 2004/38/EC and relevant Polish regulations[1] you might enjoy travel facilitations.

     

     

    For the purpose of the Directive 2004/38/EC family member means:

    • the spouse[2]
    • the direct descendants who are under the age of 21 or are dependants and those of the spouse
    • the dependent direct relatives in the ascending line and those of the spouse

       

    To enjoy travel facilitations, you need to be accompanying or joining the EU/EEA citizen, whose family you are a member of, in Poland.

     

     

    You do not need an entry visa to enter Poland if you meet all three following requirements:

     

    1. You are a family member of the EU/EEA citizen
    2. You are travelling together with the EU/EEA citizen to Poland or joining the EU/EEA citizen in Poland (whose family member you are, as defined above)
    3. You are a holder of UK Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National

       

    Please, make sure you hold the original of the document proving the family ties with the EU/EEA citizen (e.g. marriage or birth certificate) when crossing the Polish border.

     

     

    If you are a family member within the meaning of the Directive and you need an entry visa to travel with the EU/EEA citizen or join them, you have to book visa appointment first.

    To do so click the following link:

    http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl/

     

     Follow the instructions listed below: 

    • On the home page click the Visa icon (left hand side of the page)
    • Choose the sub-icon Schengen Visa - register form.
    • Read the 4-step instructions provided.
    • Book your Visa appointment (bottom of page)
    • Fill in your Visa application (it will pop up)
    • Save the application and process your data
    • Print out your processed Visa application and appointment details
    • Next , you are welcome at the Consular Section of the Polish Embassy on the day of your appointment

       Submit the following documents:

    • Completed and signed visa application form, after registration at: www.e-konsulat.gov.pl
    • Your valid passport - it should be valid for at least three months from the date of the planned departure from Poland or the Schengen area, it should contain at least two blank pages and it should have been issued within the last ten years
    • One biometric photograph
    • UK residence permit, the UK residence permit should be valid for at least three months after the expiry date of your Schengen visa
    • Passport of your EU/EEA spouse
    • Original marriage certificate, birth certificate, proof of dependency, serious health grounds respectively - they should be in English or Polish

    Translations should be certified by the Polish Embassy or sworn translator registered in Poland. Marriage certificates contracted outside the EU should bear apostille or legalization stamp from the Polish Embassy.

     

    • Proof that you accompany or join EU/EEA citizen, whose family you are a member of, in Poland

     

    Visas for family members of EU/EEA nationals are issued free of charge (original marriage certificate + spouse passport must be produced).

     

    Please note that the Embassy does not bear any responsibility for the travel tickets bought before the issuance of visa.

     

     

    If you are a family member of a Polish national and:

    1. the Polish national does not exercise a treaty right of free movement, e.g. they live in Poland and you want to join them there, you need to apply for a visa under general regulations. To find out about the requirements – click here

       

    2. the Polish national exercises a treaty right of free movement, e.g. they live in the United Kingdom and you plan to travel alone to Poland, you need to apply for a visa under general regulations (see point a)

       

    3. the Polish national exercises a treaty right of free movement, e.g. they live in the United Kingdom and you plan to travel with them to or join them in (e.g. move back to) Poland and you do not fall under visa exemption foreseen by the Directive 2004/38/EC (see here), you need to apply for an entry visa. See requirements below.

       

    4. the Polish national exercises the treaty right of free movement and you plan to travel with them to or join them in (e.g. move back to) Poland and you comply with requirements for visa exemption under the Directive 2004/38/EC (see here), you do not need an entry visa.

       

       

    If you need to apply for an entry visa under point c) you have to book visa appointment first.

    To do so click the following link:

     

    http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl/

     

     Follow the instructions listed below:

    • On the home page click the Visa icon (left hand side of the page)
    • Choose the sub-icon Schengen Visa - register form.
    • Read the 4-step instructions provided.
    • Book your Visa appointment (bottom of page)
    • Fill in your Visa application (it will pop up)
    • Save the application and process your data
    • Print out your processed Visa application and appointment details
    • Next , you are welcome at the Consular Section of the Polish Embassy on the day of your appointment

      When applying for a visa under point c) you need to submit the following documents:

    • Completed and signed visa application form, after registration at: www.e-konsulat.gov.pl
    • Your valid passport - it should be valid for at least three months from the date of the planned departure from Poland or the Schengen area, it should contain at least two blank pages and it should have been issued within the last ten years
    • One biometric photograph
    • UK residence permit/Entry Clearance or other form of Identity Card for foreign nationals. If your residence permit is in your expired passport, please bring your old passport together with current one. The UK residence permit should be valid for at least three months after the expiry date of your Schengen visa
    • Polish passport/Polish ID card of your family member
    • Original marriage certificate, birth certificate, proof of dependency, serious health grounds respectively - they should be in English or Polish.

      Translations should be certified by the Polish Embassy or sworn translator registered in Poland. Marriage certificates contracted outside the EU should bear apostille or legalization stamp from the Polish Embassy.

       

    • Proof that you accompany or join the Polish citizen, whose family you are a member of,  in Poland

       

    Visas for family members of Polish nationals are issued free of charge (original marriage certificate + spouse passport must be produced).

     

    Please note that the Embassy does not bear any responsibility for the travel tickets bought before the issuance of visa.

     

     

    [1] The Directive 2004/38/EC  is implemented into Polish law by the Act of 14 July 2006 on the entry into, residence in and exit from the Republic of Poland of nationals of the European Union Member States and their family members (Journal of Laws No 144, item 1043).

     

    [2] Please note:

    Polish Family Code of 1964 does not recognise same sex marriages nor registered partnership. Consequently, same sex partners as well as opposite sex partners are not treated as family members for the purpose of entering Poland. They are required to apply for an entry visa before travelling to Poland as they are not covered by the travel facilitations under relevant regulations.

     

     

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