Visa Requirements for Citizens of Poland

Discover visa requirements for citizens of Poland for all the countries across the world.

Visa Requirements for Polish Citizens

The visa requirements for citizens of Poland are administrative entry restrictions set by the authorities of countries around the world. In terms of freedom of travel, the Polish passport is ranked 11th according to the Henley Passport Index.

Poland belongs to the European Union as well as the Schengen Area. This means that it has signed the Schengen Agreement for passport-free travel, and so Polish citizens can travel to all of the other 25 Schengen countries visa-free for an unlimited period by simply presenting a valid National ID Card.

In total, Polish citizens can travel to more than 110 countries without the need to obtain a visa, for varying periods of stay, between 14 to 180 days, depending on the destination.

Visa-exempt travel for Polish citizens is usually permitted for purposes of tourism, business or to transit to an onward destination.

Roughly 20 countries offer the option to obtain a visa on arrival for Polish citizens at border control points, although this often involves waiting in long immigration queues to submit an application.

Other visa-required countries require Polish nationals to obtain a visa before traveling, either through an embassy or consulate, or by applying for a visa online.

Regardless of whether they need a visa or not, Polish citizens are usually required to have a passport valid for between 3 to 6 months from the date of entry to their destination.

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List of Visa Countries for Polish Passport Holders in 2020

To visit a number of destinations around the world, Polish citizens must obtain a visa before traveling, either from an embassy or consulate or through an online application. A select few countries also allow travelers from Poland to obtain a visa on arrival at their borders.

Polish passport holders need to obtain an embassy or consulate visa for around 80 countries and territories across the world. Around 30 other countries permit travelers to obtain an electronic visa through an online program and around 20 countries offer a visa on arrival.

Some countries that offer a visa on arrival also offer the possibility of obtaining an electronic visa to expedite the process. In these cases, it is more convenient for travelers to request an eVisa in advance, since it eliminates the need to queue at the border of the destination country.

A visa for Polish nationals can be issued for a single entry or multiple entries, depending on the purpose of the visit, period of stay, and country of destination.

Browse the boxes below to check which visa is required for citizens of Poland and if you need a travel authorization for your destination.

Electronic Travel Visa Authorization

An electronic visa travel authorization is an online program that some countries offer to Polish citizens to eliminate the need to go to an embassy or consulate to obtain a travel document for short stays, or queue in immigration lines at the border.

There are currently more than 30 countries that offer Polish citizens the option of obtaining an electronic visa travel authorization, either an eVisa or visa waiver, by submitting an application online.

Once approved, an online visa waiver or eVisa for citizens of Poland is usually electronically linked to the traveler’s passport upon issue.

Therefore, it is usually important that travelers from Poland apply with the same passport with which they want to travel to the destination country, and that it is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the intended date of arrival.

It is normally necessary to complete a simple form with basic personal, passport, and travel information, pay a fee, and provide a variety of additional supporting documentation to apply for a visa or travel authorization online.

An electronic travel visa authorization for nationals of Poland may be issued for a single entry or multiple entries, and permit stays of between 14 and 180 days, depending on the country of destination.

Below you can find a full list of the countries citizens of Poland can visit by applying for an Electronic Travel Visa Authorization.

Visa on Arrival

A visa on arrival for Polish citizens is a type of travel document that visitors from Poland can obtain at border checkpoints of their country of destination.

There are currently around 20 countries and territories across the world that permit Polish citizens to obtain a visa on arrival.

The protocol that Polish citizens must follow is to go directly to a border checkpoint and wait in a queue to be given a visa on arrival application by an immigration officer-

Once they complete this form, it is usually nessecary to pay a fee. This must often be paid in cash in local currency, as many countries do not accept credit or debit card payments at the border.

Citizens of Poland are usually required to have a passport with a minimum validity of between 3 and 6 months for a visa on arrival to be approved.

Visas on arrival for Polish passport holders can be issued as single or multiple entry documents, permit a stay of between 7 and 90 days and usually permit travel for tourist, business, or transit purposes, depending on the country of destination.

Some countries that offer visa on arrival also permit travelers from Poland to obtain an electronic visa through an online application program before departure, which grants expedited entry to the destination at the border.

Find below a full list of the main visa on arrival countries for Poland that permit travelers to obtain a travel authorization at the border.

Visa on Arrival: Country list

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  • Bangladesh
  • Burkina Faso
  • Comoros
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Rwanda
  • Somalia
  • Togo
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Embassy Visa Required

An embassy visa for citizens of Poland is a type of document issued at government offices before Polish nationals travel to their destination country.

There are currently around 80 countries that require Polish passport holders to obtain an embassy visa, regardless of the period of stay or the purpose of the visit.

A travel document obtained from an embassy can be issued as a single or multiple entry visa, as either a work visa, student visa, tourist visa, business visa, or transit visa, among other visa types.

The period of stay granted with an embassy visa for Polish citizens will depend on the type of visa required and the country of destination.

Embassy visa requirements usually state that Polish applicants should have a passport valid for a minimum of between 3 and 6 months from the intended date of arrival in the country.

Occasionally, the passport must contain between one to two blank pages to receive entry/exit stamps in the destination.

Additional supporting documentation will also be requested depending on the purpose of the intended visit and the country of destination.

Applicants from Poland are usually advised to make an appointment to apply for an embassy visa well in advance of the travel dates, as it may take several weeks for the document to be processed and approved

Find below a list of the destinations for which an embassy visa for citizens of Poland is required.

Embassy Visa Required: Country list

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  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jersey
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Mongolia
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niger
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Reunion
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tokelau
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen

Visa Not Required

Polish citizens do not need a visa to travel to a number of countries around the world for short visits, with the period of stay permitted depending on the chosen destination.

As Poland has signed the Schengen Agreement for passport-free travel, Polish nationals are granted freedom of movement to all of the other 25 Schengen countries, if they present a valid National ID Card at Schengen border control.

To travel to other visa-exempt countries for Polish citizens, it is usually necessary to have a passport with a minimum validity of between 3 and 6 months from the intended date of entry to the destination.

Polish passport holders are granted a visa-free stay of between 14 to 180 days depending on the destination, most often for purposes of business, tourism, or to transit to a third country.

Visitors from Poland who wish to travel to visa-exempt countries for other purposes or for longer periods of stay are usually required to apply for an embassy visa from the nearest overseas diplomatic office of their destination.

Below you will find a complete list of the visa not required countries for Polish citizens.

Visa Not Required: Country list

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  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela

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