IMPORTANT VISA INFORMATION
From 15th of September 2011, every visa application filed at a Polish consular office must be preceded by on-line registration of the application, both in the case of an application for a Schengen visa and the national visa. Internet registration is available at: http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl.
The site provides as well detailed information on visa procedures and on the on-line submission of applications.
Poland is a part of the Schengen zone - a territory with no controls on internal borders. Schengen Member States apply uniform rules to entry and short stays (i.e. not exceeding 90 day) in their territories. The rules for long-term stays (over 90 days) are laid out in respective national legislations.
In order to enter into the territory of Poland, third-country citizens need to present:
- a valid passport or another travel document recognised by Polish authorities;
- a visa, if required;
- in case of transit through the territory of Poland to a third country - a valid entry permit or residence permit in that third country, if required.
They also need to meet following conditions:
- justify the purpose and the conditions of the journey, have sufficient means of subsistence for the intended stay as well as for return to the country of residence or for transit to a third country where the person is sure to be admitted, or to be able to legally obtain the above-mentioned means (generally the required amount is 100 PLN per day - ca. 35 AUD per day);
- not being persons for whom an alert in the Schengen Information System has been issued for the purpose of refusing them entry.
- not being considered to be a threat to public policy internal security, public health or international relations of any of the Schengen Member States.
Foreigners entering the territory of Poland should have a medical insurance for the whole period of the intended stay.
Moreover, all persons entering or leaving the territory of Poland or another Member State of the European Union, need to declare to customs the fact of possessing financial means exceeding 10000 EUR in total (cash, shares, state bonds, traveller's cheques etc.).
Australian citizens can enter and stay in the territory of Poland for tourist and business purposes without the necessity to obtain a visa for a period not exceeding 90 days. A full list of the third countries whose nationals are exempt from the visa requirement for short stays in the territory of Poland is here:
In general, undertaking paid activity in Poland by a foreigner, irrespectively of the intended length of stay, requires a working permit which has to be obtained in advance at a competent Voivod Office (administrative authority of a Voivodship - a province). Original of the permit has to be filed with the visa application.
Border guards have the sole right to decide on allowing third-country citizens into the territory of Poland. This applies to the third-country nationals exempt of the short-stay visa requirement as well as to those travelling with a visa issued by a Polish consular authority.
What kind of visa to apply for
- A uniform visa (Schengen, short-stay) - for an intended stay in the territory of Poland (or all Schengen Member States) which does not exceed 3 months in each half-year from the date of first entry or if you need to transit through the Schengen territory to another third country.
A uniform visa entitles its holder to stay in the territory of all Schengen Member States, provided that the bearer fulfills the Schengen entry conditions. In exceptional cases, the territorial validity of a short-stay visa may be limited to one or some Schengen Member States, which makes it a Limited Territorial Validity Visa, a LTV).
- A national visa (long-stay) - for an intended stay in the territory of Poland of more than 3 months.
A national visa entitles its holder to stay no more than a year in the territory of the state which issued it. If you intend to stay longer than a year, you need to apply for a resident permit once in the territory of the country whose authorities granted the visa (where applicable).
Holders of residence permits or long-stay visas are entitled to travel within the territory of the Schengen Member States for a period of 3 months in each half-year without the need to apply for and additional short term visa.
- An airport transit visa (ATV) - a visa required from nationals of some third countries, whose travel itinerary to a third country requires passing through the international transit area of the airport situated in the territory of Poland and where the person does not intend to leave the transit area (e.g. a connecting flight).
ATV holders are entitled to stay within the international transit area of the airport for a maximum of two days. An ATV does not entitle to leave the international transit area of the airport.
According to current regulation, applications for Schengen and long term Polish visas must generally be lodged in person with the Polish Consulate General in Sydney, unless otherwise stated.
Please note that visas cannot be issued more than 3 months prior to your date of departure. Applying too early will result in your application being rejected.
In order to obtain a visa the following documents must be submitted to the Consulate. Unless stated otherwise, original documents are required; they will be returned after the application has been reviewed:
1. Valid and signed passport or travel document issued not later than 10 years from the date of visa application - the passport must be valid for a minimum period of 3 months after the date of the planned departure from Schengen area, with at least two blank visa pages (excluding the observations/amendments/endorsements pages).
2. Visa application form- starting from 15th September 2011 visa applications for Schengen and National visas submitted in all Polish Consulates must be previously registered electronically on the website: http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl/. All the necessary information concerning visa procedures and filling out application forms electronically can be found there.
3. One colour photograph - (I) the photograph must be a full face photo, measures 3,5 x 4,5 cm with the head centred in the frame, taken within the last 6 months and must allow adequate identification; (II) the photograph must be a full-face view in which the applicant is facing the camera directly, showing both face and hair from the crown of the head to the top of the shoulders and the face should cover about 70-80 percent of the photo area, it is preferable that ears be exposed; (III) the photograph must have white or off-white background; (IV) head coverings are only acceptable due to religious beliefs, and even then, may not cover any portion of the applicant's face; (V) sunglasses or other wear which detracts form the face are not acceptable, if glasses are required for medical reasons they cannot obstruct the view of any part of an eye (eyes must be clearly visible).
4. Documents establishing the purpose of the applicant's trip (according to the type of visa):
a. tourism, visiting family/friends - confirmed tour booking/hotel reservation/rental of holiday apartment for the full duration of the requested stay OR private invitation (Zaproszenie) signed by the family member or friend and registered at local Governor's Office in Poland (Urząd Wojewódzki), the forms are available at local Governor's Office (Urząd Wojewódzki) in Poland;
b. business - a letter from a sending company, providing details on the nature of aplicant's business trip and accepting responsibility for the coverage of all the related costs and an invitation letter from a receiving company in Poland (a business partner/client) indicating the need for further visits (mandatory if you apply for a multiple entry visa or visa with the extended validity);
c. participation in cultural, economic, political, scientific or sporting events - an invitation or notification addressed to the applicant by the organizer;
d. scientific activity, training, teaching - a letter of acceptance or admission from a receiving organization in Poland;
e. studying - a certificate of enrolment and a proof of payment for the first year tuition;
f. working (paid employment) - a Promise of a Work Permit in Poland obtained for the applicant by his/her prospective employer OR an employment contract (if Work Permit is not required).
5. Detailed travel itinerary with the confirmed reservation for the whole journey OR a notarized copy of your airline ticket (e-ticket holders please submit your e-ticket receipt).
6. Proof of medical insurance (travel health insurance) with a minimum coverage of 30.000 EURO - for any incurred medical expenses, hospitalization or repatriation for medical reasons, valid for the entire Schengen area for the duration of your stay; (OR, for business trips, a copy of the corporate travel insurance policy of your company).
7. Proof of sufficient funds - recent bank statement covering last 3 months (original or notarized copy, internet printouts have to be signed and stamped by the bank) OR an invitation (Zaproszenie) registered at local Governor's Office in Poland (Urząd Wojewódzki), the forms are available at local Governor's Office (Urząd Wojewódzki) in Poland.
8. Confirmation of current employment OR school/university enrolment.
9. Valid re-entry permit to Australia.
10. If applicant is under 18 years of age, written consent of parents or legal guardians (signatures on this document have to be notarized).
11. A self-addressed prepaid envelope for the return of the passport or 7 AUD (Australia) to cover the cost of return postage by registered mail (if passport is to be returned by mail). Applicants, who fail to do so, will receive their passports by ordinary mail at their own risk.
12. Visa-processing fee (see price list) - all fees are payable in Australian dollars and must be paid in advance. Payments must be made in cash, by money order or bank cheque to the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney. Personal and company cheques are not accepted. Fees are not refundable and are subject to change without further notice.
Please be informed that submitting the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee automatic issuance of the visa and the Consulate reserves the right to request additional documentation or conduct a personal interview with the applicant. Visas are usually issued within 1 - 2 weeks after receipt of complete documentation. The decision on the time required to consider and process a visa application is made in each case by the Consul, depending on the type of the visa, the nationality and Australian residency rights of the applicant, the completion of all the necessary documents and the season of the year. Personal situation of the applicant, unfortunately, cannot be taken into account. It is the applicant's responsibility to take all necessary measures to lodge his/her application on time.
The Consulate recommends that you apply at least three weeks before your planned date of departure.
INFORMATION ON VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS OF EU NATIONALS
On the basis of Directive 2004/38/EC on the right to free movement for family members of EU citizens, visas for family members of the EU nationals who accompany or join the EU citizens who move to or reside in a Member State other than that of which they are a national, are issued free of charge and through an accelerated procedure. The following documents must be submitted:
1. Completed visa application form - starting from 15thSeptember 2011 visa applications for Schengen and National visas submitted in all Polish Consulates must be previously registered electronically on the website: http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl/. All the necessary information concerning visa procedures and filling out application forms electronically can be found there.
2. Valid passport or travel document issued not later then 10 years from the date of visa application - the passport must be valid for a minimum period of 3 months after the date of the planned departure from Schengen area, with at least two blank visa pages (excluding the observations/amendments/endorsements pages).
3. 1 biometric photograph - (I) the photograph must be a full face photo, measures 3,5 x 4,5 cm with the head centred in the frame, taken within the last 6 months and must allow adequate identification; (II) the photograph must be a full-face view in which the applicant is facing the camera directly, showing both face and hair from the crown of the head to the top of the shoulders and the face should cover about 70-80 percent of the photo area, it is preferable that ears be exposed; (III) the photograph must have white or off-white background; (IV) head coverings are only acceptable due to religious beliefs, and even then, may not cover any portion of the applicant's face; (V) sunglasses or other wear which detracts form the face are not acceptable, if glasses are required for medical reasons they cannot obstruct the view of any part of an eye (eyes must be clearly visible).
4. Passport of EU spouse.
5. Original marriage certificate (or another document showing that the person applying for a visa is an EU citizen’s family member).
6. Document indicating the purpose of travel to Poland (i.e. a proof that the EU citizen already resides in the host Member State or a confirmation that the EU citizen will travel to the host Member State).
Airport Transit visa A (ATV)
Short stay visa C (Schengen visa)
Long stay visa D (National visa)
Re-consideration of visa application
Visa for family members of EU citizens
ATTENTON! If all necessary documents are not submitted the visa application will not be processed.
Visas are not being required for Polish citizens. Polish citizens travel to Poland on basis of their Polish passports.