The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Visa Policy for Poland
On this page travelers from every country across the world can learn about the visa policy of Poland and discover the requirements for their nationality.
The visa law of Poland outlines the requirements that foreign visitors need to meet to travel to, enter, and remain in the country. Visa restrictions will vary depending on the traveler’s nationality, the purpose of the visit and the length of stay.
Poland is in the Schengen zone, a group of European countries that has signed an agreement for visa-free travel, and so shares the common Schengen visa policy with the other members.
Consequently, citizens of all 26 Schengen countries are admitted entry visa-free to Poland for an unlimited period of time and any purpose of visit, by presenting a National ID Card at Polish border crossings.
Individuals from over 60 other countries are visa-exempt for Poland for stays up to 90 days within every 180-day period, if they hold a valid passport upon arrival at a Polish immigration checkpoint.
However, individuals from these same countries will be required to meet an additional mandatory requirement by the start of 2022, when the European Commission implements an electronic registration system for visa-free travelers.
Once introduced, it will become compulsory for these citizens to pre-register for this online travel authorization, the ETIAS visa waiver, in order to travel to Poland for business, tourism, or transit purposes.
ETIAS will be a multiple entry travel authorization, which, once approved, is electronically linked to the holder’s passport. Further information about this type of online visa waiver will be outlined in the boxes below.
An additional 150 nationalities must apply for an embassy visa, also known as a Schengen Visa, to travel to Poland no matter the duration of stay or purpose. This must be obtained from a Polish embassy or consulate well in advance of the expected travel dates.
Polish immigration laws do not currently identify any visa bans for any foreign nationalities.
Find more detailed information about Polish visa rules in the boxes below.