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In 2021 the European Union will introduce a new travel authorization known as ETIAS visa waiver. ETIAS will become a requirement to travel to Poland and most European countries. Once available, you will be able to find more information and apply on this website.
The European Commission is expected to implement the ETIAS for Poland in 2021. The ETIAS Visa Waiver for Poland is an electronic travel authorization which will allow eligible citizens to visit Poland and the 26 Schengen Area countries for short stays.
The European Visa Waiver for Poland is being financed by the European Parliament and the European Commission in order to increase security with the borders of the Schengen Area. ETIAS Poland will help to improve safety within Europe by pre-screening all visa waiver travelers before they reach European borders.
The Polish ETIAS visa waiver will allow multiple entries to the Schengen Area, as it is a multiple entry travel authorization. With each entry, the traveler is permitted a maximum stay of 90 days within a 180-day period. The ETIAS to Poland is valid for a total of 3 years.
It will be possible to submit an ETIAS application for Poland exclusively online, without having to visit an embassy or consulate. Eligible applicants will be able to complete the ETIAS application form for Poland in just a few minutes with personal, passport, and travel information.
Those who submit an ETIAS Poland application form and receive an approved electronic visa waiver via email will be able to visit the Schengen Area for purposes of tourism, transit, business, or medical treatment.
Those eligible to apply for the ETIAS for Poland and the Schengen Area who wish to stay for longer periods, or visit for purposes such as to study or work, should contact a Polish Embassy or Consulate for further information.
Applicants must fulfill all of the Poland ETIAS visa waiver requirements in order to submit an application. The document requirements for an ETIAS for Poland involve the applicant having a passport from an ETIAS-eligible country valid for at least 3 months from the intended arrival in Poland and the Schengen Area.
As the approved ETIAS is electronically linked to the passport used to complete the application, it is essential for applicants with dual nationality to ensure they bring the correct passport when traveling to the Schengen Area. If the applicant’s passport expires during the validity of the ETIAS Poland, it will be necessary to submit a new application.
ETIAS Requirements for traveling to Poland also involve the applicant:
Applicants with an approved ETIAS Poland will be able to present their passport to transport carriers and at Polish border control to gain expedited entry to the Schengen Area.
The European Commission may announce further ETIAS requirements for Poland closer to the 2021 launch date of the electronic visa waiver. These will be published on this site once made available.
The documents needed to travel to Poland depend on the nationality of the visitor. As Poland is part of the EU and the Schengen Area, it shares the same visa policy as the other 25 European countries in the Schengen passport-free zone.
At the moment, citizens of countries visa-exempt for the Schengen Area are able to travel to Poland for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa or travel authorization. However, by the end of 2021, it will be mandatory for these same citizens to pre-register for an ETIAS Poland visa waiver online before traveling to the Schengen zone for short stays.
Those not eligible for ETIAS Poland are required to obtain one of the types of Schengen visa required for Poland before traveling to the country. In order to apply for a Poland Schengen visa, it is necessary to make an appointment at the nearest Polish diplomatic mission.
The applicant must then download and print a Schengen visa for Poland application, then complete and sign the form. It is necessary to indicate the intended purpose of the stay while completing the application form.
It is then necessary to attend the visa appointment with the following Schengen visa documents for Poland:
Further Poland visa requirements for supporting documents may apply depending on the type of Polish Schengen visa the applicant is requesting. For example, those applying for a study visa for Poland are required to supply a letter of acceptance from a Polish educational establishment.
Poland Visa FAQ
An electronic visa waiver, the Poland ETIAS authorization will allow eligible citizens to travel to Poland and the Schengen Area and is expected to be implemented in 2021.
The Poland ETIAS Visa Waiver is a multiple entry travel authorization and will allow multiple entries during its validity.
Applicants are advised to submit a Polish ETIAS application at least 72 hours before the intended date of arrival in Poland and the Schengen Area.
The Poland ETIAS will allow a maximum stay of 90 days within every 180-day period, with each entry to the Schengen Area.
Eligible citizens are able to apply for the ETIAS for Poland though a simple online application, which will only take around 10 minutes to complete. The approved ETIAS Poland will be sent to the email address provided during the application process.
Yes, it is necessary to submit a separate ETIAS authorization to Poland application for all children under the age of 18.
The standard processing time for the ETIAS for Poland has not yet been announced and will be published on this site once available.
No, it is not necessary to have a sponsor in order to apply for the ETIAS to Poland.
ETIAS holders who wish to spend more than 90 consecutive days in Poland and the Schengen Area within a 180-day period will be required to apply for a visa for Poland from an embassy or consulate.
Applicants will be able to track the Poland ETIAS application status though the updates and notifications sent to the email address provided during the application.
Yes, if the applicant’s passport expires, it will be necessary to submit a new ETIAS Poland application, as the approved ETIAS is electronically linked to the passport used to complete the initial application.
No, it is not possible for holders of an ETIAS to work inside Poland and the Schengen Area. Those who wish to undertake paid employment in Poland will be required to apply for a visa from a Polish Embassy or Consulate.