ETIAS Visa Waiver for Poland

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In 2022, the European Union will introduce ETIAS, a new Travel Information and Authorisation System. ETIAS will become a requirement to travel to Poland and most European countries. Once available, you will be able to find more information on this website. The European Union official website is https://europa.eu/, and a specific ETIAS website will soon be launched.

Polish ETIAS Visa Waiver

The European Commission is expected to implement the ETIAS for Poland in 2022. 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 ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) for Poland is not a visa. Registering with the online system will be an additional entry requirement for travelers who are exempt from needing a Polish visa.

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.

Highlights
Multiple entry online travel authorization
Allows a 90-day stay with each entry
Validity of 3 years from approval
Allows travel to all of the Schengen countries
For tourism, business, medical treatment, or transit
What is Necessary?

Passport with minimum 3-month validity from the date of intended entry

Travel information such as the country of first intended entry

Current email address

Payment method (valid credit or debit card)

Requirements for the ETIAS to Poland

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:

  • Supplying a current email address at which to receive the approved ETIAS for Poland
  • Providing valid debit or credit card details to pay the Polish ETIAS fee.

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 2022 launch date of the electronic visa waiver. These will be published on this site once made available.

Application Steps

STEP 1
Complete online application
STEP 2
Confirm Payment
STEP 3
Receive approved Visa

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Required Documents to Visit Poland

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 2022, it is expected to become 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:

  • The completed Poland Schengen visa application form
  • An eligible passport valid for at least 3 months from the intended entry to Poland
  • 2 recent photographs, passport-style and taken within the last 3 months
  • Evidence of travel insurance to cover a stay in the Schengen zone
  • Proof of accommodation in Poland, e.g hotel reservations
  • Evidence of return flight bookings
  • Proof of sufficient finances to cover the trip to 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.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Poland Visa FAQ

  • What is the Poland ETIAS authorization?

    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 by the end of 2022. It is not a visa; rather it is a travel authorization system that requires visa-exempt travelers to register online before going to Poland.

  • How many entries does a Poland ETIAS Visa Waiver allow?

    The Poland ETIAS Visa Waiver is a multiple entry travel authorization and will allow multiple entries during its validity.

  • When is the best time to apply for the Polish ETIAS?

    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.

  • What is the maximum stay validity of Poland ETIAS?

    The Poland ETIAS will allow a maximum stay of 90 days within every 180-day period, with each entry to the Schengen Area.

  • How to apply for ETIAS for Poland?

    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.

  • Are children required to apply for an ETIAS Authorization to Poland?

    Yes, it is necessary to submit a separate ETIAS authorization to Poland application for all children under the age of 18.

  • How long does it take to get approval for the ETIAS for Poland?

    The standard processing time for the ETIAS for Poland has not yet been announced and will be published on this site once available.

  • Do I need a sponsor to apply for the ETIAS to Poland?

    No, it is not necessary to have a sponsor in order to apply for the ETIAS to Poland.

  • I need to spend more time in Poland, can my ETIAS be extended?

    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.

  • How to track my Poland ETIAS application status?

    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.

  • Do I need to renew my Polish ETIAS if my passport has expired?

    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.

  • Can I use my ETIAS as a work permit to work inside Poland?

    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.

  • Is the ETIAS for Poland a visa?

    No, ETIAS is a visa waiver, which will provide an additional level of security for visa-exempt travelers. It is not a visa and the online registration process is much simpler than applying for a true visa.

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