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How to Apply for a Poland Schengen Visa for UK Residents

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Who needs a visa to travel to Poland from the UK?

Step 1: know your visa type and validity, when to apply for a schengen visa to poland, step 3: complete your application form, step 4: prepare your documents.

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Poland is a Schengen country that has survived centuries of conflict to emerge as a proud, independent country, ready to assume her new role in modern history. With its medieval architecture, troubled WWII history, and many villages that seem to be stuck in time, Poland is the perfect destination for history buffs and architecture lovers. Poland's cities are humming with the energy of art and culture and are a great starting point to discover everything the country has to offer.

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Whether exploring the nation’s vibrant cities, the lakes and forests of her picturesque countryside or some of the other tourist attractions in Poland, visitors are sure to bring away rich memories.

Entry Restrictions in Response to Coronavirus

In early 2020,  Poland joined its Schengen country neighbours in closing its borders  in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has since re-opened its borders to allow travel, but with restrictions that depend on your country of origin.

Poland, like other Schengen countries, updates its restrictions regularly depending on the current situation so it's best to check with the restrictions close to your travel date to know the updated measures and requirements before you travel. You should check on the latest news regarding restrictions, quarantine or whether a test will be required either from  reliable news sources , the  Polish government website , or the  UK government website  one to two weeks before your trip.

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Travelling to Poland for EU/EEA Citizens

Poland is a  Schengen country , which allows for free movement between the  26 EU and EFTA states (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland) . A uniform Schengen visa issued by one of the Schengen states is valid for travel within the whole Schengen area.

Travelling to Poland Post-Brexit for UK Citizens

The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:

  • you can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to  90 days in any 180-day period  without a visa as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training
  • if you are travelling to Poland and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days
  • for long-stay visits, to work or study, for business or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Polish government’s entry requirements.
  • if you stay in Poland with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit

At Polish border control, you may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. You may also need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay

There are separate requirements for those who are residents of Poland. If you are resident in Poland, you should carry proof of residence as well as your valid passport when you travel. You should also check your passport’s validity when you travel and renew it if you don’t have enough time on it. Your passport must be:

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave Poland or any other Schengen country
  • less than 10 years old

Travelling to Poland Post Brexit for Other Third Country Citizens

Citizens of the following countries residing in the UK and planning to visit Poland are required to get a Polish Schengen visa in order to be able to enter Poland.

The main requirement is that you must have a UK residence permit valid for at least another three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Poland/ the Schengen Area.

Before starting a visa application, or getting a flight to Poland, make sure to check whether you need a visa to Poland or not.

If you have a three-month UK visa you can extend it for three more months in order to be eligible to apply for a Poland Schengen visa from within the UK. You must apply for an extension before your visa expires and while you’re still in the UK.

Note : You can stay in the UK until the decision about the extension is taken, but only if you have applied within the visa period.

You should apply for a Poland visa at the appropriate Poland Embassy/Consulate or Poland visa application centre in the UK if:

  • Poland is the only Schengen country you plan on visiting
  • Poland is your main destination (the country you will be staying the longest in)
  • Poland is the first Schengen country you are visiting (when spending an equal amount of days in Poland and another Schengen country)

In case you plan on staying in Poland for more than 90 days you must apply for a residency permit, not a Poland Schengen visa.

Please, note that if you are not a resident in the United Kingdom you should apply at the Poland Embassy/Consulate/VAC in your home country of residence.

Steps to Applying for a Polish Schengen Visa from the UK

There are 2 types of visa that you can apply for and the one you need will depend on the duration of your trip and your reason for travelling to Poland:

  • Short-stay (Schengen) Visa – valid for up to 90 days (in a 180-day period) for the purposes of tourism, business, visiting family/friends, conference, EEA/EU national family member
  • Residence and work permits ( Long stays) – you should apply for this kind of visa if you want to live in Poland for more than 90 days for employment, family reunification, study, research etc.

You will then be issued either a  single entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry visa  for up to  5 years  based on the information you provide in your visa application.

It is important to choose the correct Schengen visa type to apply for depending on your trip so that you have the best chance of having your application approved. Find out more about the different types of Schengen visas in our blog post:  Schengen Visa Types – All You Should Know When Applying for a Schengen Visa .

Step 2: Identify where to make the application and book an appointment

To apply for a Poland visa, you must book an appointment with the Poland Embassy in London. You can get our service to handle everything for you or do it yourself through VFS Global .

The earliest you can file your Schengen visa application is at most six months before your intended trip. Whereas, the latest you can apply for your visa is two weeks prior to your trip to Poland.

However, you are highly recommended to apply for a tourist visa at least three months before your travel date in order to avoid any processing delays.

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The Schengen Visa application form contains questions about you including:

  • Name and surname
  • Date and place of birth
  • Nationality
  • Sex and marital status
  • National Identity number
  • Passport number
  • Home address and email
  • Purpose of trip
  • Question regarding previous trips to Schengen, if any
  • Intended date of arrival in Schengen area you are visiting, and the intended period of stay
  • Cost of traveling and remaining in Schengen area you are visiting, who will cover them, etc.

Make sure your answers are correct and that they comply with the information in the rest of the documents. Complete the form, print it twice, and sign both copies at the end. Find out more about how to complete a Schengen visa application form in this blog post .

The following list of documents are required in order to obtain a visa to Poland in the UK:

  • Your passport has been issued within the previous 10 years,
  • Your passport has 2 full blank pages, one for the visa stamp and an additional spare page,
  • Your passport will be valid for at least three (3) months after the date you exit the Schengen Area.
  • The UK residency permit must be endorsed in the actual passport (or on a new biometric ID card)
  • The UK residence permit must be valid for at least another three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Poland.
  • One Poland Schengen Visa application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
  • One recently taken passport format photo with a blank background and where all your facial features are clear, which must be glued to the application form. Applications with stapled photographs will be rejected.
  • A cover letter explaining the purpose of the visit to Poland
  • Fingerprints
  • A copy of the passport bio page where the photo is included. Note: Children under the age of 12 are exempted from providing fingerprints. This requirement only applies if you haven’t provided biometric data within the last 59 months.
  • Round trip flight/travel reservations or other proof of intended transport
  • complete itinerary of your visit to Poland (if several Schengen States will be visited or if the trip covers several Schengen States and non-Schengen countries)
  • Travel Insurance stating that you are covered in case of a medical emergency and repatriation not just in Poland but in the whole Schengen zone (minimum coverage of € 30,000).
  • Holders of diplomatic passports and family members of EU/EEA citizens are exempted from providing proof of travel medical insurance
  • Evidence of a hotel booking or rental agreement, or
  • Invitation from your Poland host (family member, friend) with a copy of their passport
  • Original recent Bank Statement (covering the last three calendar months. The last transaction must be no more than 1 month old)
  • Traveller’s Cheques Note : Cash is not considered proof of financial subsistence.
  • Certificate of criminal record of the home country– showing that candidate has no open crime case involvement
  • Proof of paid Poland visa fee.

Note : Photocopies of the original documents should also be submitted and documents should not be more than one month old.

The documents listed above are documents required in all cases, regardless of the purpose of your visit to Poland.

Depending on your employment status, here is a list of additional documents that are required for your visa application:

For employees:

  • Employment contract
  • Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Leave permission from the employer
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary

For the self-employed:

  • A copy of your business license
  • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)

For foreign students in the UK:

  • Proof of enrollment
  • No-objection certificate from school or university

For retirees:

  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months

If unemployed and married to an EU citizen:

  • A recent (less than three months old) Confirmation of Employment letter from their spouse’s employer stating the position held within the company as well as the starting date,
  • Spouse’s valid passport
  • An officially translated marriage certificate. The translation must be in English or Poland and must be certified as a true copy by the Embassy of the country where the marriage took place or by the Legalization Bureau of the Foreign Office in UK

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Requirements for children under the age of 18

Parents or an adult guardian are required to accompany their underage children to the application centre at the Embassy of Poland in London.

Also, minors who are granted a Poland visa are not allowed to travel to Poland by themselves. They should be accompanied by an adult during their stay in Poland.

Apart from the general documentation required, accompanying should be other additional documents depending on the purpose of your Poland Visa application.

Required documents for visa application for underage children

  • Birth certificate
  • Poland Schengen Visa application form should be signed by both parents.
  • Family court order, in cases where only one parent has full custody over the child.
  • Certified copies of ID / passport of both parents
  • A notarized parental authorization to travel to Poland, signed by both parents / guardians, if the minor will be travelling alone with another person.

List of additional documents required for the most frequent purposes of Poland Visa Application:

Poland Tourist/Visitor Visa:

  • Invitation letter from your family or friends in Poland with the address and phone number – if applicable
  • Bank statement of the last 6 months
  • Passport copies

Poland Visa for Business Purposes:

  • Invitation letter from the Poland company you will be visiting and their detailed address accompanied with the dates of your visit
  • A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel
  • If there were previous trade relations between the two companies, proof of such events must be provided
  • Business bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Memorandum and Article of Association in original certified copy (registered with joint-stock companies), Trade License (first issued and present renewal), Proprietorship/Partnership documents
  • Regarding the applicant’s expenses during their stay in the Schengen zone, either the employer or the partner company must state coverage of expenses on the letter or invitation .

Poland Visa for Medical Purposes:

  • A local medical report
  • A medical attestation from the hospital or doctor in Poland, confirming the date of your appointment as well as your medical situation
  • Payment receipt of medical fees

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Poland Visa for Cultural, Sports, Film Crew or Religious Purposes:

  • Invitation letter from the above-mentioned authorities with details upon the nature of events or activities – purpose of visit, expense coverage
  • Names of the applicants (crew members)
  • Duration of stay
  • Travel itinerary

Poland Visa for Members of Official Delegations:

  • The official invitation copy
  • Identity of applicant
  • Purpose of journey (negotiations, meetings, event by intergovernmental organizations, consultations)
  • Place of accommodation

Poland Visa for Study, Training, Research, or other type of Internship Purposes:

  • An enrollment certificate allowing attendance of courses
  • Certificate of completion or courses attended
  • Financial sustenance

Poland Airport Transit Visa:

  • Visa or other types of entry permit in the transit country
  • Copy of your valid visa for your final destination

All documents provided should be legalized and be in either English or Polish.

Step 5: Attend your appointment

The visa interview is a meeting between you and the consular officer/interviewer. During this interview, the consular officer will ask you several questions about you and your intended trip. You will also be submitting the required documents throughout the meeting, to the interviewer.

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The visa interview might just be the hardest part of the Schengen visa application. The interviewer will scrutinise your documents as well as the consistency of your answers. The decision on whether or not you will be granted a visa will rely very heavily on this interaction.

You need to convince the interviewer that you are a genuine tourist, who will follow the territory’s rules during your visit, and have no questionable ulterior motives while staying in the Schengen Area. The questions asked in the interview will be personal and probing, and you should be able to provide detailed answers that satisfy the interviewer.

Don’t jeopardize your Schengen visa interview at the last minute. Use  this comprehensive and thorough visa interview guide  to crack the visa interview!

The fee must be paid upon submitting the Poland visa application. After you complete this payment, you will receive a receipt, which shows that payment has been made, which must be offered amongst other documents of the application dossier. You will have to pay a Poland visa fee in order for your application to be processed.

Since Poland is a Schengen state, visa fees are the same as any other Schengen visa. These are the costs of a Poland Schengen Visa when applying from UK:

Step 6: Receive your visa

What is the visa application processing time in uk.

You can apply for a Poland Schengen visa six months before your planned trip. Depending on the nationality of the applicant, the processing time may take at least 15 days from the day of application. In some cases when required documents are missing from the application, this process may take longer.

Therefore, to avoid unwanted complications, the Poland Consulate General in London advises that you provide all required documents and submit your application at least 20 workdays (4 weeks) before the day you leave for Poland.

Visa Application Decision

There are two outcomes for your Poland Schengen visa application:

  • Approved – Once your visa is approved, it will be stamped in your passport. Make sure to carefully check the visa sticker to make sure everything is correct and exactly how you need it.
  • Rejected – if your visa has been rejected, it would have been for a specific reason and you have the right to appeal.

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Common rejection reasons include:

  • Marriage certificate missing – if you are applying for a visa for family reasons, you may have to prove family ties. This is why you must provide a marriage certificate
  • You applied for the wrong visa – it is your responsibility to apply for the correct visa depending on how long you are going to Poland for and your reason for travelling there
  • It is not clear that you plan to return to the UK – it must be clear that you intend to return to the UK before the visa expires. If the visa staff have doubts about this, your visa will be rejected
  • The purpose of your trip cannot be established – the reason why you are planning to go to Poland must be made clear. You can do this by providing specific documents like a full itinerary, work contract or invitation letter, etc.

If you receive a negative answer in your Poland Schengen visa application, this does not mean you cannot ever travel to Poland. You have two options:

  • File an appeal for Poland Schengen visa rejection if you believe that the decision to deny you a visa is unjust. You should have a strong basis for your complaint. You can appeal this decision by writing an appeal letter for a Poland Schengen visa rejection.
  • Reapply by correcting the mistakes you did in your previous application. Or improve your situation to comply with the eligibility criteria for a Poland Schengen Visa.

Poland Schengen Visa Extension

The duration you are allowed to stay in Poland is stated in your  Schengen visa sticker . It is important not to overstay during your trip to Poland or the rest of the Schengen Zone or you risk facing penalties like a fine, deportation, being banned from travelling back to the Schengen Zone, and having difficulties in your future Schengen applications.

Although, there are also cases when people do not get any penalties for overstaying. For example, a child or a person that cannot travel without a caretaker because of an illness or disability or an unforeseen event that prevents you from leaving the country, like COVID-19.

Short-stay Schengen visa extensions are permitted however, you will have a very low chance to get one, if you do not have a strong reason as the basis of your application.

According to the Schengen visa policy, acceptable reasons to extend a Schengen short-stay visa are only the following:

You can base your visa extension application on this reason, only if you have a single-entry short-stay visa.  However, this is your best case to extend your visa. You can apply for this visa extension if you have entered Schengen after your visa became valid. I.e. if your visa became valid on August 1, but you entered Schengen on August 15, you can apply for a two-week visa extension, and you are very likely to get it.

Humanitarian Reasons

The Schengen visa policy has made it possible to extend a short-stay Schengen visa to prevent or overcome hardship for third-country nationals. You will be granted a short-stay visa extension based on humanitarian reasons if you need to stay in one of the member states to continue receiving medical treatment, to take part in the funeral after the sudden death of a family member, to give support to a person close to you who is going through some kind of hardship, etc.

Force Majeure

If something unexpected has occurred all of the sudden in your home country before your visa expiration, as a conflict or war, or even violent protests across the country, extreme weather conditions, no flight connections because of consecutive earthquakes or other reasons, then you have a good chance to get a Schengen short-stay visa extension. You will be granted an extension of a few weeks, or until the situation in your home country changes. If the situation does not change, you will have to apply once again for a short-stay visa renewal, to remain in Schengen.

Important Personal Reasons

Risky, but you should still give it a try if you have no other chance. If you have some unfinished business in one of the Schengen Member States, an unplanned wedding (of yours of your relative), etc., then you may apply for the extension. The immigration authorities will then decide whether you should be granted a visa extension or not.

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If you wish to extend your visa and stay longer in the Schengen Zone, then start getting ready for your application which differs from a regular Schengen visa application. The very first thing you have to do is decide under which reason you wish to apply for a Schengen visa renewal. After figuring that out, then you can proceed to the other steps.

It is very important to apply on time, which is before the expiration of your visa. If you apply after your visa expires, even just a day later, then you will be deported for overstaying your visa, despite your reasons. Therefore, take care to apply at least a week before your current Schengen short-stay visa expires.

It depends on the Member State you are currently residing in. The main thing you have to know when it comes to the application country is that you will have to remain in that particular country until you get your visa extension if you do. That is why you are strongly advised to apply at the immigration authorities (or their equal) in the country where you need to remain, and not another.

After you figure out the reasons which will be the basis of your application, where and when to apply, move to the other step, which is gathering the required documents. Unlike when collecting the Schengen visa required documents, for a visa extension, you need to submit quite fewer documents.

The list of documents you need when applying for a Schengen visa extension are as following:

  • Passport, which must have the current visa under which you entered the Schengen
  • Application form, for a short-stay Schengen visa extension
  • One photo, which fulfills all the criteria and visa photo requirements.
  • Proof of Income, which shows you can financially maintain yourself during the period you have applied to get a visa extension for
  • Travel Health Insurance – that covers the whole Schengen Area as well as the whole period which you have applied to extend your visa for
  • Documents, which prove your situation, and the need to get a visa extension

After you collect these documents, schedule an interview appointment online at the immigration authorities (or their equal). In some of the member states, you may not have to schedule an interview, however, try to check out if this applies to the country you are currently residing, or not.

If you need to schedule an interview, do it, and on the day of the interview show there on time with all of the required documents. The interview is crucial to get a visa extension, in the countries that apply it, since during it the interviewer will decide if you need to extend your visa and the reasons you have presented are true, or you are just trying to remain a little longer in the country.

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Usually, your visa extension application can take a few days, up to a month to be processed by the relevant authorities. During this time, you are permitted to remain in the country where you submitted your application even after your visa expires, but not to travel to the other Schengen countries.

If you are granted a visa you will be able to remain, while if you do not you will have one or two days to leave.

A Schengen visa extension fee is different from a normal Schengen visa fee, which you apply for before your trip towards the Schengen Area. Depending on the reasons for your application to extend your short-stay Schengen visa as well as if it is the first or second extension you are applying for, you may or may not have to pay a fee.

First Visa Extension Fee

If this is the first time you are applying for a Schengen short-stay visa extension, then you will not have to pay any fee if your application is based on the following reasons:

  • humanitarian reasons
  • majeure reasons

Whereas, you will have to pay a fee of 30 euros, if you have based your application in one of the following reasons:

  • important personal reasons
  • due to late entry

Second Visa Extension Fee

If you have already extended your visa once, but you need to extend it once again, for whatever reasons, then you will have to pay a fee. The cost of the second Schengen visa extension fee depends on the age of the applicant as follows:

  • Minors need to pay a fee of 30 euros
  • Adults have to pay a fee of 60 euros

Do not forget, that just as when applying for a regular Schengen visa, if your application is rejected, you will not get your money back.


Is a Poland Schengen visa easy to get?

Yes, it is easy to apply for a Poland Schengen visa. As of 2019, the country only has a visa rejection rate of 3%. You can apply for the visa online or use immigration services like IAM to make the process even simpler for you and have a higher chance of your application being accepted.

Can I work in Poland with a Schengen visa?

No, you will need to apply for a work permit in addition to your Schengen visa if you intend to work in Poland.

Can I enter other Schengen countries with a Poland Schengen visa?

Yes! The Schengen visa is valid in all Schengen countries and 18 other countries .

How can I get Poland Schengen visa fast?

You can get a premium Schengen visa to get your Poland Schengen visa within 24 to 48 hours, which includes personalised advice from an expert immigration adviser.

How much bank balance is required for a Poland Schengen visa?

For stays of up to three days, you will need to have €67.76 in your bank account. For trips exceeding three days, the daily amount you will need is €22.60, which lowers to €4.52 per day if you can prove that you have pre-booked accommodations.

Can I use Euros in Poland?

No, although Poland is part of the European Union, the country has an independent monetary policy and uses its own currency called the Złoty (zł).

So, are you ready to make your Schengen visa application for Poland? Comment below.

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A complete guide to obtain a poland visa from uk.

A Complete Guide to Obtain a Poland Visa from the UK

Traveling is a big decision. It is not every day that you fly to Poland for exciting holidays and enjoy its vibrant culture, rich history, stunning views, world-renowned cuisines, and warm hospitality. If you are someone who is about to plan a trip to Poland, to make your holiday as fantastic and amazing as you are and to create unforgettable experiences, need guidance and support from experts to help you with the fast-track Poland visa Appointment process.

We at Poland Visa are ready to offer quick, superior, and hassle-free appointment services in just a click. Our comprehensive guide will guide you through the entire application procedures, eligibility criteria, and the essential documents requirement to appointment. Whether your aim is to travel for holidays or business purposes, we offer comprehensive resources and guidance to make applying for a Poland visa hassle-free.

What is Poland Schengen Visa?

For tourism-related visits, family visits, or business commitments, Poland Visa is your one-stop gateway to Poland. Being a part of the Schengen Area, obtaining a Visa to Poland entitles you to discover Schengen countries that are members of the Schengen Agreement. Extend your stay in the country, you are required to apply for a Poland Visa UK on long-term basis. 

Do UK Residents Need A Visa Appointment For Poland?

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Before you step to Poland, you are required to check whether you need to apply for a visa or not as per the purpose of entry. You might require a visa in any of the following cases:

  • You are a citizen of one of the Schengen nations or an EU/EEA citizen.
  • If the country you belong to has a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen region.
  • You will not stay in the UK for longer than 90 days and are a Canadian, New Zealand, US or Australian citizen

Poland Visa Types

Depending on your purpose of entry to Poland, you might require the following types of Schengen visa to Poland.

  • Tourist Visa
  • Business Visa
  • Transit Visa
  • Family Visit Visa
  • Student Visa

Documents Required to Begin Your Poland Application

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If you are planning to visit Poland anytime soon, it is very much essential to plan well in advance. According to the Poland visa requirement, you may require certain documents as per the types of visa and individual circumstances. However, the general Poland Visa Requirements for a Schengen Visa require includes:

  • Online Visa Application Form: Fill out the application form correctly and completely.
  • Two identical Passport-Sized Photographs: The photographs must be passport-sized- a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • Valid passport/Travel document: Valid for at least 3 months beyond your planned date of departure from Poland. It must not be older than 10 years. In addition, it must have at least two blank pages. 
  • A cover letter: A letter in which you explain the purpose of your trip to Poland and give a detailed travel plan. 
  • Round-trip Flight itinerary: Contains the dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Poland.
  • Proof of accommodation i.e. Hotel reservation for the whole duration of the intended stay in Poland.
  • Proof of civil status : This could be a birth certificate of children, a marriage certificate, etc.
  • Proof of sufficient financial means for the duration of your stay in Poland.
  • Schengen Travel Insurance: Confirmation that you have travel insurance for Poland and the whole territory of Schengen, with a minimum of €30,000 coverage of medical emergencies.

In addition, you need additional documents like proof of relationship, invitation letters, or business-related documents depending on the purpose of your visit.

How to Apply For a Poland Visa Appointment from UK?

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Once you have decided to get started on a Poland journey anytime soon in the near future, then you should prepare well in advance of your intended trip. Obtaining all the necessary travel documentation, including the Poland visa appointment, is a crucial step towards having a fun and unforgettable escape.

Never let the complex visa application procedure interrupt your Poland visa experience. To make your application process more straightforward and convenient, we’re your reliable trust partner there to assist you in fulfilling your dream of exploring the Poland journey.

To apply for Poland visa, below is the easy-to-apply and convenient steps-by-step procedure to schedule the application process:

Fill up the Application Form

Firstly, to book your next-day visa appointment, fill out the Poland visa application form with all the required details and pay the fees at the nominal charges.

Book Your Visa Appointment

After the payment of the fees online, our team of experts will ask your preferred time-slot to book Poland Schengen Appointment.

Documentation & Biometrics

Pay the Visa Centre fee using the various payment modes at the time of appointment for further visa processing. Moreover, visit the visa centre with all your required documents and upload the biometrics.

Obtain the Visa

Get your Poland Schengen Visa UK along with your passport back in a few days through courier.

Our Poland Visa from London & Manchester appointment booking services can be easily accessible by anyone who resides in the UK with a valid UK residence permit for any European national visa.

How Long Does It Takes to Obtain Poland Visa?

The standard processing time for the application might takes around 12 to 15 calendar days. However, submitting all the correct documents can reduce the time to less than 10 calendar days. Thus, it is recommended to apply for a Poland Schengen visa as soon as possible, not earlier than three months before your trip to Poland.

How Long Can Poland’s Schengen Visa Be Valid?

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The Poland Schengen Visa is valid for a specific timeframe of your visit within the country. The maximum duration of your visa is permitted up to 90 days in 180 days. A clear understanding of visa types helps to provide you clarity on your entrance and privileges.

Single-Entry Visa: With this visa type, you can enter Poland or any Schengen Region country once. But your total stay within the Schengen Area must be a total of 90 days. Your stay is contingent on the duration mentioned on the visa. Additionally, Once you exit, you can’t revisit.

Multiple-Entry Visa: This visa type permits to visit multiple times within the approved timeframe, allows convenient travel plans multiple times within the Schengen Region.

It’s crucial to be aware of the necessary distinctions to make travel plans with the specific conditions of your visa. Further, it does matter whether you go for a single-entry visa or multiple-entry visa; adherence to the stipulated duration to make your traveling experience smooth, and compliance with the visit in the Schengen Agreement.


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Q. How long does it takes to get your Poland Schengen Visa?

Ans. The standard processing time to apply for Poland Visa takes between 12 to 15 calendar days. However, it may take less than 12 days if the supporting documents needs to be presented as required or for other justified reasons.

Q. Can I travel to all Schengen countries with all Poland Schengen Visa?

Ans. Yes, with Poland Schengen visa you can travel to all other Schengen countries as per the Schengen visa agreement.

Q. How can I get Poland Visa fast?

Ans. In order to get your Poland Visa fast, apply for express visa appointment to get the Poland Visa UK within 24 hours. Additionally, with our year of expertise, we’ll schedule your express visa appointment just next day itself on your behalf at Visa Centre.

Q. Can I extend my Poland Schengen Visa?

Ans. The visa can only be extended if you stayed less than 90 days the Schengen area, in the course of past 180 days, and if your current visa has not expired. 

Q. Can I request for multiple entries Schengen Visa if I need to visit the different Schengen countries multiple times?

Ans. Yes, you may always apply for a multiple entry visa for Schengen countries that will allow you to travel to multiple occasions within a specific time period.

Poland Tourist visa

Required documents for poland schengen visa.

Documents for a Polish Schengen visa application must be filled in using Roman capital letters and either completed or translated into English or Polish.

  • At least 2 blank pages
  • With the applicant’s signature
  • Not more than 10 years old
  • Valid for at least 3 months after the expiration of the requested visa
  • Previous passport, if applicable
  • Size 3.5 x 4.5 cm
  • Plain white background
  • Taken within the past 6 months
  • Forward-facing with facial features visible and clear
  • Completed application form
  • Biometric data (Fingerprints)
  • Travel Itinerary or plan
  • Proof of return to the country of residence or forward ticket to another country
  • Reason for travel to Poland
  • Flight reservations
  • Proof of financial means (bank statements over the last 3-month period, personal properties, and/or other assets)
  • Proof of accommodations (with booking reference number, location, and contact number of the hotel)
  • Valid through the entire visa period
  • Valid in all Schengen countries
  • Minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR must be purchased
  • Insurance conditions such as validity, duration, and extent of your coverage to be clearly stated on the confirmation letter or insurance document
  • Name and address of employer
  • Nature of employment
  • Starting date of employment
  • Purpose of travel
  • Duration of time off from work for travel
  • Personal-ID page of passport.
  • Older Schengen visas (if relevant).
  • Residence permit (if relevant).
  • If the minor applicant is adopted, adoption documents are required
  • If the minor applicant's parents are divorced, divorce papers are required
  • If the minor applicant's parents are deceased, death certificates are required
  • Letter of consent from both parents or legal guardians
  • Passport copies of both parents or legal guardians
  • It may also be necessary to submit supplementary documents in relation to your travel visa application.

Poland Schengen Visa Fees

The standard fee for the application for a Poland Schengen visa is 80 EUR. However, there are particular applicants who are exempted from fees, such as most student visas and visas for children below the age of 6. Applicants will probably have to pay a separate, non-refundable service payment with their application.

Poland Visa Application Steps

  • Prepare all the required documents.
  • Select “Tourism” as the reason for travel on the visa application form.
  • Decide the number of entries needed to Poland or the Schengen area.
  • The application form for a Polish Schengen visa can be found here . Register for an e-Konsult account, fill out the form, print, and sign it. The form must be submitted to the Polish consulate or visa processing center.
  • Most applications require an in-person appointment at the nearest Polish Consulate or visa center in order to submit the application. Alternatively, applications may be submitted without prior appointment during normal operating hours. Contact the Polish Consulate or visa center to determine if there is a need to schedule an appointment.
  • Another option is to schedule an appointment online through Poland's E-Konsult site through this link .
  • Note: Applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the date of travel but not earlier than 6 months before the date of travel.
  • Generally, applications must be submitted in person to the Polish Consulate or a visa application center that is connected with Poland. However, there may be a few differences in the submission procedures.
  • Applicants will likely be required to submit their fingerprints (biometric data). Children below the age of 12 are exempted from fingerprint data collection. Applicants who have submitted their fingerprints within the last 59 months will most likely not be asked to resubmit.
  • Applicants may be required to come back on another date for an interview regarding their trip.
  • Pay the visa application fee.

When to Apply

Applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the travel date but not earlier than 6 months before the travel date.

Where to Apply for Poland Schengen Visa

Applications should be submitted personally either through the Polish Consulate or a visa application center that is connected with Poland.

Applications should be submitted only in the country of citizenship or residence.

In countries without any Polish consulate, applications may be submitted through a Schengen state consulate representing the interests of a Polish consulate.

Poland Visa Processing Time

It takes approximately 15 days to process Poland Schengen visa applications. However, in some cases it might take as long as 60 days.

For approved visa applications:

Applicants must ensure that the information on the visa is complete and valid upon collection.

Applicants who have received their Schengen Visa for Poland should remember the following things:

  • Inform the Polish Consulate of any change to your itinerary after submission is completed.
  • The approval of a Schengen visa does not guarantee entry to Poland or other countries in the Schengen area.
  • Additional documents pertaining to your financial means or accommodation may still be required to gain entry to Poland or other Schengen areas.

For denied visa applications:

If your application for a Poland Schengen visa is rejected, you have the right to appeal the decision within 14 days.

The appeal must be submitted to the consul that rejected the visa.

If the rejection is upheld by the consul, a final request can be submitted through the same consul to the Provincial Administrative Court in Warsaw.

There is no fee for the appeal request. However, applicants who choose to proceed with a final appeal through the Polish courts are required to pay a fee that can be refunded in specific cases. However, it is non-refundable in most cases, whether your appeal is denied or approved.

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Note: All foreign nationals are supposed to complete a biometric process at the visa application center to obtain a Poland visa. You can avail the service of entrusted agencies like Visa Genie to complete this process without any hassles.

Polish authorities have classified their visas into several types depending on the purpose and nature of the traveler’s visit. Please scroll down to know more about different types of Poland visas.

Poland tourist visa

Foreign nationals can apply for these visas if they are planning to enter the country exclusively for tourism-related activities. Using these visas, foreign nationals are not supposed to engage in any kind of other activities, and if found violating the rules, the visitor will be compelled to face strict legal consequences.

Please find below the necessary documents that are required to obtain a Poland tourist visa.

  • The applicant should submit the original, signed passport to get a Poland visa. Please make sure that the submitted passport has a minimum validity of six months and two blank pages.
  • It is necessary to submit two passport-sized photographs. These photographs should be taken within the last three months in a white background, and it should provide the full-frontal view of the applicant’s head with the face centered in the middle.
  • As the traveler is currently residing in the United Kingdom, it is necessary to submit the ILR card or proof of resident status. The traveler should ensure that this proof of resident status is valid for at least six months after returning from Poland.
  • The applicant should submit an employment letter issued by the UK employer. This employment letter which should be addressed to the Poland High Commission should state that a leave has been granted to the traveler for the trip, and he or she will rejoin the work after returning from Poland. School students can submit a letter from the head of the institution. If you are self-employed, do submit the copy of business license or tax return. Retired people can submit proof of retirement funds.
  • The traveler is required to submit the full version of the itinerary directly send by an airline company or travel agency. This itinerary will be used to by Polish authorities to determine the number of entries in your visa.
  • The applicant should submit proof of accommodation in Poland, and it can be hotel room booking confirmation.
  • It is necessary to submit the bank statements issued in the last three months. These bank statements should show the name of the applicant in it, along with the transaction history. It should be also noted that the minimum balance in the statement should be £600.
  • The applicant should submit proof of travel insurance. This travel insurance should be valid throughout the Schengen area, and it should provide a minimum coverage of €30,000 for medical emergencies and repatriation.
  • Please fill the visa application form without any errors.

Note: Three months is the validity of a Poland tourist visa. Using this travel document, a foreign national can stay inside the country for a maximum period of 90 days per entry.

Poland business visa

Foreign nationals who intend to visit Poland exclusively for business related activities can apply for a business visa.

Please find below the documents required to obtain a Polish business visa.

  • The original signed copy of the passport should be submitted, and it should have a minimum validity of six months.
  • Two passport sized photographs taken within the last three months should be submitted. These photographs should be taken within the last three months, and the foreign national should maintain a neutral facial expression in it.
  • As the foreign national is residing in the United Kingdom, it is very much necessary to submit the ILR card or proof of resident status.
  • The applicant should submit the full version of the itinerary. Please note that the authorities in Poland will determine the number of entries in your visa based on the itinerary submitted.
  • The foreign national should submit proof of hotel room booking reservation.
  • It is necessary to submit an employment letter issued by the UK employer. Please note that this employment letter is issued to the Poland High Commission. This employment letter should also assure that the foreign national will return to work after completing the trip to Poland. Self-employed people can submit proof of business license or tax return. People who are retired can submit proof of retirement funds.
  • All foreign nationals intending to visit Poland for business purposes should submit a business invitation letter issued by a company in Poland. This letter addressed to the Poland Consulate should detail the nature and purpose of the trip. The company in Poland should also guarantee the full financial responsibility of the traveler.
  • It is necessary to submit the bank statements issued within the last three months. The bank statement should be stamped by the issuing bank, and it should show a minimum balance of £600.
  • All foreign nationals who plan to visit Poland should submit proof of travel insurance. Please note that this travel insurance is valid in the Schengen Area. It should be also noted that the minimum coverage offered by this policy for medical emergencies and repatriation should be €30,000.

Poland medical visa

Medical visas are issued to foreign nationals who plan to visit Poland for medical related activities.

Please find below the documents required to obtain these visas.

  • All the documents required to obtain a tourist visa should be submitted.
  • All foreign nationals should submit a medical report from a medical practitioner in the United Kingdom.
  • Foreign nationals should submit a medical attestation from a hospital or doctor in Poland. Please note that this medical attestation should detail the current condition of the patient along with the booking confirmation.
  • It is necessary to submit proof of payment paid to the hospital or clinic in Poland.

Poland visa for spouse and family members

In order to obtain these visas, foreign nationals should submit the below-mentioned documents.

  • In order to get these visas, it is necessary to submit all the documents required to obtain a tourist visa.
  • It is a pre-requisite to submit the proof of Poland citizenship of the host.
  • If the spouse is traveling, it is a must to submit the marriage certificate.
  • Polish family book should be submitted.


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Poland Schengen Visa

  • One Online Poland Visa application form duly filled and completed.
  • Valid Passport and UK residence Permit. Passport should have at least 2 blank pages and should be valid for at least 3 months beyond the period of stay in Schengen area..
  • 2 photographs should be attached to the application form (Passport format). Photograph should be recent and should show your complete face; it should be taken on a light background.
  • Proof of accommodation like confirmed hotel bookings containing the entire details of stay in Poland.
  • Travel Medical Insurance with minimum coverage of EUR 30,000 for Poland and other Schengen countries.
  • Proof of transportation (Flight tickets/Train Tickets/Driving License/Vehicle Registration Number)
  • Travel Itinerary and Cover Letter stating your purpose of visit to Schengen country ( In case, it is a family visit, accompany a letter from host or sponsor, host’s passport copies and other necessary details with application -if applicable)
  • Copy of Return-ticket reservation
  • Proof of Income/Sufficient Personal Means of Subsistence. As per the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Poland, a foreign national is required to attest the amounts as stated for means of subsistence while applying for Poland Visa Appointment in Embassy/Consulate:
  • For a stay up to the period of 5 days: Overall amount → 269.60 €/person and 212.81 €/ two or more persons.
  • For a stay up to the period of 6-10 days: Daily amount → 44.93€ /person and 26.33 €/two or more persons.
  • For a stay up to the period of 11-20 days: Overall amount → 51.64 €/person and 25.82 €/two or more persons along with daily amount → 36.67 €/person and 22.21 €/two or more persons.
  • For a stay over 20 days: Overall amount → 206.58€ / person and 118.79€/two or more persons along with daily amount → 27.89€ /person and 17.04€t wo or more persons.

Document Requirements For Your Poland Schengen Visa Application

  • Employed: Letter from Organization or Employer confirming the employment+ Current Bank Statement (Last 6 Months from application) + Leave permission from employer + Bank Statement(Last 6 months from application) or Certificate of tax deduction from salary.
  • Self Employed: Copy of Business License+ Bank Statement of Company (Last 6 Months from application) + Letter of Invitation (From concerned authority in case of Business Conference) +Documents confirming status of your employment in business.
  • Student: Letter of Enrollment and NOC (From University) + Student card or certificates (Of the course undertaken)
  • Business Purpose: Invitation letter(From the company in Poland which you will visit along with the address and date of visit) + Certificate from the employer (affirming your business travel) + Business Bank Statement (Last 6 months from application) + MOA & AOA in original certified copy/Trade License/ Partnership or Proprietorship documents + Letter of Invitation (Must state the coverage of expenses for stay in Poland either by employer or Company in Poland )
  • Medical Purpose: Medical attestation from the hospital or doctor in Poland ( Stating the medical situation and your date of appointment) + Receipt of medical fees + Local Medical report
  • Film crew/Cultural/Sports/Religious Purpose: Invitation letter from the concerned authority (Providing details regarding the event, expense coverage etc.) + Name of the crew members + Duration of stay along with a travel itinerary+ Entry tickets of the Event
  • Members of Official Delegations: Purpose of journey to Poland + Duration of stay and place of accommodation + Official Invitation along with identity Proof
  • Training/Research/Studies/Internship Purpose: Enrollment Certificate + Certificate for the courses attended or completed + Financial Sustenance
  • Spouse of an Poland citizen: Proof of Poland Citizenship of Spouse + Original Marriage Certificate (Poland ).
  • Transit Visa Entry Permit in transit country+ Valid Visa for destination country.
  • Minor: Proof of Parent’s Income (Income or Bank Statements) + Poland Visa Application to be accompanied with authorization by parents or legal guardian.
  • Retired Individuals: Pension statement (Last 6 months from application)

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Overview of UK Visas from Poland

Polish nationals form one of the biggest ethnic minorities in the UK today, with an estimated 691,000 Polish-born people or people of Polish descent in the UK as of 2020.

Polish is also the second-most spoken language in England, and the third-most spoken language in the whole of the UK, after English and Welsh.

It’s therefore no surprise that Polish culture and influence on contemporary British life is widespread, especially so after Poland joined the EU in 2004. Many major British towns and cities have Polish communities, with Polish food shops being a common sight in many urban areas.

Even after the UK’s departure from the EU, Polish migration continues through schemes such as the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s various visas. Polish citizens can travel to the UK using one of these visas, with a variety of long- and short-term options available to suit applicants.

Short-Term UK Work Visas for Poles

If you’re a Polish national looking to visit or live in the UK short-term, there are a range of options available to you.

Firstly, note that Polish citizens visiting the UK for less than 6 months will not need to apply for a visa. You must, however, adhere to the  Standard Visitor  rules while in the UK, which include restrictions on being able to take up employment or claim public funds.

If you do wish to work in the UK however, there are a wide variety of temporary work visas available that allow for short-term work visits to the UK. These include the following:

  • Seasonal Worker visa
  • Charity Worker visa
  • Creative Worker visa
  • Youth Mobility Scheme visa
  • Government Authorised Exchange visa

Note that this type of work visa is often only available to specific applicants who work in certain industries, such as horticulture and poultry production for the Seasonal Worker visa, or voluntary work for the Charity Worker visa. Because of this, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria for each visa before applying.

Long-Term UK Work Visas for Poles

If you wish to work in the UK long-term with a view to settle permanently, there are a number of potential routes available.

The first of these is the  Skilled Worker visa , which is the UK’s general work visa for applicants from a range of industries and professions. It allows you to come and work in the UK, as long as you have a valid job offer from an employer who can act as your sponsor, and as long as you meet minimum salary, job and English language requirements.

While the Skilled Worker visa is generally open to different types of workers, there are also visas targeted at workers in specific industries, and for different purposes. These include the following:

  • Health and Care Worker visa
  • Senior or Specialist Worker visa
  • Scale-up Worker visa
  • Minister of Religion visa
  • International Sportsperson visa

As these visas are targeted at specific niches, it’s once again important to familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria before applying to ensure that you’re eligible for your chosen visa.

All of these visas will allow you to apply for permanent settlement in the UK through  indefinite leave to remain .

Get in touch with our immigration experts for help with your move to the UK from Poland.

UK Family Visas for Poles

If you already have certain family members who are living in the UK (and you’re not eligible to apply under the  EU Settlement Scheme ), you may be eligible to apply for a  Family visa .

A Family visa will allow you to settle in the UK long-term with an eligible family member. Your family member must have some form of settlement in the UK, such as through British or Irish citizenship, or settled or pre-settled status.

Family members you can join in the UK include the following:

  • Spouses, civil partners or unmarried partners of at least 2 years
  • Fiancés, fiancées or proposed civil partners
  • Relatives who’ll provide long-term care for you

Polish citizens need to provide a wide range of evidence to be eligible for this visa, such as evidence showing that your relationship between you and your family member is genuine. You may also have to prove that you meet accommodation, financial and English language requirements, depending on which type of Family visa you wish to apply for.

All types of Family visa will allow you to eventually apply for permanent settlement in the UK.

Can Poles Apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme is the main way that EU residents, including Poles, can settle in the UK post-Brexit.

Although the main deadline for applicants for the scheme was 31 June 2021, you can still apply for scheme as long as one of the following apply:

  • You have a Polish (or other EU) family member who was living in the UK by 31 December 2020
  • You’re exempt from immigration control, or you stopped being exempt from immigration control after 30 June 2021
  • You’re already in the UK with limited leave to enter or remain in the UK (such as if you’re here on a work or study visa) which expires after 30 June 2021
  • You must have lived with them in that country by 30 December 2020, and returned to the UK with them

You may also still be eligible to apply if you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not applying before the main deadline, such as if you had a medical condition that prevented you from applying, or you were the victim of domestic violence or modern slavery.

How Can IAS Help?

Hundreds of thousands of Polish nationals have immigrated to the UK in the past few decades, establishing a significant network and community of Polish expats across the country.

If you’re a Pole looking to move to the UK from Poland, whether for long- or short-term purposes, IAS can help.

We are a team of expert and professional immigration lawyers working within the UK and internationally. Our legal advisers are on hand to help you with any issue or concerns you may have about immigration or migration, regardless of your circumstances or background.

Whether you’re a Polish national looking for routes to work in the UK, join your spouse or family member, need assistance with the visa application process or just need to talk to an immigration professional regarding your own personal situation, we can help.

We can also help if you’re an international student looking to obtain a UK Student visa, or a Settlement visa for your relatives.

For the latest information about the services we offer, and to find out more about what we could do for you, get in touch with us today. Call us on  (+44) 333 4149244 , or contact us  online .

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do i apply for a uk visa.

All UK visa applications must be made in Poland on the Gov.uk website before you travel to the UK.

Here, you will need to fill in an application form and upload relevant supporting documents for your chosen visa.

You may also be required to attend an appointment at a visa application centre to give your biometrics information.

There is one visa application centre for Polish applicants in Warsaw.

How long can I stay in the UK for?

How long you will be able to stay in the UK will depend wholly on the type of visa you have. Different visas will have different periods of validity attached to them, as well as different conditions on whether they can be extended or not.

For example, the Spouse visa will be valid for an initial 2 years and 9 months, after which you can extend it for another 2 years and 6 months. Meanwhile, the Graduate visa is valid for 2 years, but cannot be extended.

It’s important to be aware of the conditions of your specific visa to ensure that you do not overstay your allotted period of leave in the UK. If you are not found to be complying with the conditions of your visa, you may be at risk of being deported.

What activities are permitted when visiting the UK?

When visiting the UK from Poland on a short-term, visa-free visit, you will be restricted on the kinds of activities you’ll be able to carry out. However, you will be able to visit the UK:

  • For tourism, such as a holiday or vacation
  • To see your family or friends
  • To volunteer for up to 30 days with a registered charity
  • To pass through the UK to another country
  • For certain business activities, such as attending a meeting or interview
  • To take part in a school exchange programme
  • To do a recreational course of up to 30 days, such as a dance course
  • To study, do a placement or take an exam
  • As an academic, senior doctor or dentist
  • To access private medical treatment

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UK nationals not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement coming to Poland from 1 January 2021 will be covered by general rules concerning entry and stay of third country nationals. These rules are regulated by the Act of 12 December 2013 on Foreigners (OJ of 2020 item 35 as amended) as well as by the Schengen regulations. No additional transitional measures for UK nationals are planned.

Outbreak of coronavirus – information on rules of entry and stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland you can find HERE .

Generally the following stays of third country nationals on Polish territory are possible:

  • Short-term stays up to 90 days in each 180-day period in the whole territory of the Schengen countries, including Poland:

– in the framework of the visa-free regime (British citizens will be exempt from the visa requirement under the EU regulation),

– on the basis of a Schengen visa (C) issued by the Polish authorities or another country of the Schengen area (except for visas limited territorially to another country of this area) or

– on the basis of a long-term visa (D) issued for a period of stay exceeding 90 days or on the basis of a residence permit – both issued by another country of the Schengen area.

Foreigners may enter Poland and stay on a basis of the above listed short-term stays titles (including visa-free regime) also for business purposes (or work purposes – then work permit may be required). Tourist visas exclude work. Business activity should be conducted in accordance with the applicable laws.

In accordance with a general rule in the event of a planned stay in the territory of Poland for more than 90 days, foreigners should, as a rule, enter this territory on the basis of a long-term (D) visa issued by Polish authorities, unless they have already been issued with a residence permit issued by Polish authorities together with a residence card.

Conditions of entry for short-term stays up to 90 days in each 180-day period in the territory of the Schengen countries, including Poland are specified in Art. 6 (1) of the Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) (codification) (OJ L 77, 23.3.2016, p. 1–52, as amended):

Entry conditions for third-country nationals

  • For intended stays on the territory of the Member States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period, which entails considering the 180-day period preceding each day of stay, the entry conditions for third-country nationals shall be the following:

(a) they are in possession of a valid travel document entitling the holder to cross the border satisfying the following criteria:

(i) its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States. In a justified case of emergency, this obligation may be waived;

(ii) it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years;

(b) they are in possession of a valid visa, if required pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 (replaced by Regulation (EU) 2018/1806), except where they hold a valid residence permit or a valid long-stay visa;

(c) they justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay, and they have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to their country of origin or transit to a third country into which they are certain to be admitted, or are in a position to acquire such means lawfully;

(d) they are not persons for whom an alert has been issued in the SIS for the purposes of refusing entry;

(e) they are not considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security, public health or the international relations of any of the Member States, in particular where no alert has been issued in Member States’ national data bases for the purposes of refusing entry on the same grounds.

It is also necessary that third country foreigners have sufficient means of subsistence when crossing the border / border check in the direction of entry, both for the duration of the planned stay and for the return to their country of origin or transit to a third country into which they are certain to be admitted, or are in a position to acquire such means lawfully.

A foreigner entering the territory of the Republic of Poland must possess means of subsistence amounting to at least:

– minimum PLN 300, if the period of the planned stay does not exceed 4 days,

– PLN 75 for each day of the planned stay, if the period of the planned stay exceeds 4 days

– or its equivalent in foreign currencies.

A foreigner entering the territory of the Republic of Poland who:

1) is a participant in a tourist event, a youth camp or sports event,

2) has had the cost of the stay in the Republic of Poland paid,

3) comes to a treatment and sanatorium facility,

4) is a participant in the program enabling to perform holiday work on the territory of the Republic of Poland, which is not the main purpose of their stay, governed by an international agreement to which the Republic of Poland is a party

– must possess an amount of at least PLN 20 for each day of the planned stay, no less than PLN 100, or the equivalent of this amount in foreign currency.

A foreigner entering the territory of the Republic of Poland in order to take up or continue their studies, participate in scientific research or training, carry out development works as well as to take or continue education must possess an amount of at least PLN 1.270 for the first two months of their planned stay or the equivalent of this amount in foreign currency. A document confirming granting a scholarship to a foreigner may serve as evidence of possessing of the financial resources. A certificate of admission to studies or continuation of studies, participation in scientific research, training, conducting development works and on undertaking or continuing education are the documents that can confirm the purpose and duration of the planned stay by a foreigner.

In addition, it is necessary to have additional funds for return to the country in the amount equal to the ticket on the basis of which the foreigner arrived on the territory of the Republic of Poland, but not less than PLN 2,500, if he/she came from a country that is not a Member of the European Union and is not neighboring the Republic of Poland; PLN 500, if they came from a Member State of the European Union other than neighbouring the Republic of Poland, PLN 200, if they came from a country neighbouring the Republic of Poland, (unless during border clearance, the foreigner will present a return ticket entitling him/her to travel to the country of origin or residence).

The following documents may confirm the possibility of obtaining by a foreigner the above mentioned financial means:

1) traveler’s check;

2) certificate of the limit on the credit card issued by the bank or credit institution that issued the credit card;

3) a certificate of having means of payment in a bank or a cooperative savings and credit union or a credit institution having its registered office in the territory of the Republic of Poland or in another Member State of the European Union.

The certificates referred to in point 2 and 3, must be issued not earlier than one month before the date of crossing the border.

  • Long-term stays for periods of more than 90 days:

– on the basis of a national visa (D) issued by Polish authorities abroad (valid for up to 1 year). Such a visa entitles to short-term visa-free travel to other countries of the Schengen area,

– on the basis of a temporary residence permit (valid for up to 3 years), a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit, issued on the territory of Poland by a voivode. The residence card confirms the residence permit issued and entitles, together with the travel document (passport), to multiple border crossings without a visa and to short-term visa-free travel to other countries of the Schengen area.

A foreigner entering the territory of the Republic of Poland is obliged to:

1) possess a valid travel document;

2) justify the purpose and conditions of the planned stay;

3) possess and present on request:

a) a document confirming health insurance within the meaning of the provisions of the Act of 27 August 2004 on health care services financed from public funds (Journal of Laws of 2019, item 1373, as amended) or travel medical insurance with a minimum amount of insurance in the amount of EUR 30,000, valid for the period of the planned stay of the foreigner on the territory of the Republic of Poland, covering all expenses that may arise during the stay in this territory in connection with the need to return travel for medical reasons, the need for urgent medical assistance, emergency hospital treatment or with death, in which the insurer undertakes to cover the costs of health services provided to the insured directly for the benefit of the entity providing such benefits, on the basis of an invoice issued by that entity – in the case of entry on the basis of a national D visa (travel medical insurance should comply also with additional specified requirements – see the information of the Minister of Foreign Affairs about insurers and the insurance they offer, meeting the required conditions: gov.pl/web/dyplomacja/wizy),

(b) sufficient funds to cover the costs of the intended stay and return travel to the country of origin or residence, or the costs of transit to the third country granting entry, or a document proving that such means are lawfully obtained.

The obligation to present funds or documents confirming the possibility of obtaining such funds in accordance with the law does not apply to foreigners crossing the border on a basis of visa issued for the purpose of work or residence card – issued by Polish authority.

National visas (D) may be issued, inter alia, for the purpose of visiting family or friends, pursue studies, in order to perform work (visa may be issued after work permit is issued unless not required) or to conduct business activity in the territory of Poland, as well as for purposes other than those specified in the Act on Foreigners .

In accordance with Art. 77 (1)-(7) of the Act on Foreigners:

A foreigner applying for a national visa personally submits:

1) a completed application form for this visa;

2) a current photograph;

3) supporting documents confirming:

a) purpose and conditions of the planned stay,

b) having sufficient financial resources to cover the costs of living for the entire period of the planned stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland and for a return trip to the country of origin or residence or for transit to a third country which will grant permission to enter, or the possibility of obtaining such funds in accordance with the law,

c) having health insurance within the meaning of the Act of 27 August 2004 on health care benefits financed from public funds or travel medical insurance referred to in art. 25 sec. 1 point 2 lit. (specifed above at the entry conditions) and,

d) credibility of the foreigner’s declaration of intention to leave the territory of the Republic of Poland before the expiry of the visa,

e) other circumstances specified in the application.

In the case of applying for a visa in order to perform work, the information on the work permit possessed or certificate of entry of the application into the register of seasonal work applications or the information on exemption from the obligation to have a work permit should be provided in the application. The work permit or certificate on seasonal work should be attached to the application.

A foreigner applying for a national visa presents for inspection a travel document which meets the following criteria:

1) its validity period will expire no earlier than 3 months after the expiry of the visa for which the visa is applying;

2) it contains at least two blank pages;

3) has been issued within the last 10 years.

In urgent cases justified by the legitimate interest of the foreigner, the criterion referred to in point 1 may be omitted.

In special cases justified by the personal situation of the foreigner, the consul may waive the requirement to submit the application in person.

As a rule, to obtain Polish D visa British citizens will have to book an appointment via e-consulate either in Polish Consulate in London (other consulates in UK do not issue visas)  or any other consulate in the world, provided that they are allowed to lodge the application in this consulate (it depends on residence status). To lodge the application the applicant must appear in person. An adequate fee will be charged (currently 80 euros).The decision will be granted within 15 days.

UK citizens will be able to enter Poland immediately after the end of transition period for short-term stays or apply for a national D visa and enter Poland after the visa is issued.

A temporary residence permit may be granted when the circumstances which constitute the basis for applying for this permit justify the foreigner’s stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period longer than 3 months. Application is submitted personally to the respective Voivodship Office in Poland after the visit is arranged also through on-line callendar. 

Detailed information on temporary residence permits for different kinds of purposes can be found HERE .

Ukraine war latest: Moscow claims control of nine villages - as Putin's surprise reshuffle hints at 'serious instability' in Kremlin

Fierce fighting is taking place in Ukraine's Kharkiv region, with Moscow claiming to have seized nine border villages in the area. And in Moscow, Vladimir Putin has replaced a long-time ally. Submit your question on the war for our experts below.

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  • The big picture: Everything you need to know as war enters a new week
  • Russia claims control of nine Kharkiv villages after shock advance
  • Soldier says Moscow forces walked 'freely' across border
  • Moscow 'reaping benefits' of West's policy against striking Russia - and more sectors of frontline 'will be exploited'
  • Eyewitness: Deborah Haynes reports from town 'flattened' in offensive
  • Analysis:  Putin's 'baffling' reshuffle explained
  • Reshuffle points to 'serious instability' at heart of Russian leadership, says former MI6 officer
  • Explained: Who is Andrei Belousov, Putin's new pick for defence minister?
  • Live reporting by  Brad Young

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Vladimir Putin's decision to sack two key government figures may appear baffling, but it is driven by perceptions of the defence ministry and the economics of war, says Moscow correspondent Ivor Bennett .

The Russian president has removed defence minister Sergei Shoigu and security council chief Nikolai Patrushev from their posts.

"Both were very close Putin aides, they had been in post a very long time and this comes at a time when Russia has the upper hand on the battlefield - that's why it is so shocking, so baffling, so why did Putin do it?" says Bennett.

He explains the Kremlin painted the move as getting tighter control on defence spending - which has ballooned to 6.6% of GDP.

"There is a perception that the ministry of defence under Shoigu has not been as frugal as it could be, to say the least.

"There are also allegations of corruption."

One of Mr Shoigu's deputies was recently arrested on corruption charges, so his sacking is in part about "fixing those perceptions".

His replacement, Andrei Belousov, is an economist, suggesting there is also a practical purpose to the reshuffle.

"That tells you that Russia, right now, wants to ensure that the military-industrial complex is operating as efficiently as possible," Bennett says.

"The entire economy here is geared around the war, geared around the military.

"Putin clearly wants to make sure Russia can continue to fight his war for as long as he wants."

Russia's northeastern incursion on Friday has so far been blamed on poor fortifications and delays to Western weapons, but military experts have come to a different conclusion. 

The Institute for the Study of War says it was largely a consequence of the West's restrictions on Ukraine using donated weapons to strike military targets in Russia.

Ukraine would "greatly benefit" from using long-ranged systems to hit Russian logistics and routes supplying its Kharkiv offensive, the US think tank said.

"Russian forces are reaping the benefits of the West's long-term restriction on Ukraine using Western-provided weapons to strike legitimate military targets on Russian territory - territory that Russian forces now depend on to sustain their offensive operations in northern Kharkiv."

Lord Cameron, the foreign secretary, recently gave the go-ahead for Ukraine to use UK-supplied weapons to hit Russia, but this was "insufficient" and "came too late" to have an impact on the border, the ISW said.

Nor are Ukrainian drone operations effective enough to undermine the offensive.

The tacit Western policy has been encouraged by a Kremlin information campaign threatening Western nations, the ISW said.

The thinktank said the Kremlin will continue with the same rhetoric to "inhibit Ukraine's ability to use all its available weapons to defend against the current Russian offensive operations in northern Kharkiv Oblast, forcing Ukraine to allocate other resources to a less effective defence and creating opportunities for Russian forces on other sectors of the front to exploit".

Latest from the ground

Russian forces have been attempting to isolate Vovchansk by "increasingly targeting bridges" and by attempting to encircle the town via three adjacent settlements - Buhruvatka, Starytsya, and Izbytske - to cut Ukrainian lines of communication, the ISW said.

By Deborah Haynes , security and defence editor

Russia was able to open a new front in northeastern Ukraine because of delays in the supply of Western weapons to the frontline, the head of the region under attack has claimed.

Oleh Syniehubov, the governor of Kharkiv, rejected criticism about an alleged lack of Ukrainian fortifications on a long border shared with Russia, insisting that defences are strong - even as Russian forces capture multiple villages and fierce fighting rages.

But a Ukrainian soldier has taken the unusual step of publicly criticising Ukraine's preparations to stop Russia from pushing into the northeast of the country - a threat that commanders had been anticipating ever since they repelled a first invasion two years ago.

Denys, who is fighting to counter the latest offensive, said in a post on Facebook that he was speaking out because "we could die and no one will hear the truth".

He wrote: "The first line of fortifications and mines simply did not exist."

Describing what happened when Russian ground troops, backed by airstrikes and artillery, simply walked through the border area on Friday, he wrote: "The enemy freely entered the grey zone along the entire cordon line, which in principle should not have been grey!"

Read on here...

Meanwhile, in Georgia, security forces have been cracking down on protests against laws demonstrators believe will lead them back into the embrace of Moscow.

International affairs editor Dominic Waghorn has this eyewitness report...

The Georgian security forces moved in shortly after dawn. Phalanxes of masked men sweeping through streets and parks outside parliament.  

They kettled protesters with force. We were caught in the crush as they squeezed the crowd. A woman screamed as she was pinned to a post by the press of people.  

Demonstrators had ringed the parliament building all night, intent on preventing access to MPs to block the passage of Putinesque laws they believed put their country on the path to dictatorship and back in the embrace of Moscow.

"They want to drag us back to autocracy to the country they occupied us for too many years," one protester told Sky News. 

The police succeeded in clearing one entrance to parliament.

Flank after flank of interior ministry security forces, backed by helmeted riot police and water cannon trucks, are now in a tense standoff with a multicoloured sea of protesters on the corner of the parliament building.  

The blue and yellow colours of Ukraine and the European Union jostle with the red and white of Georgia's national colours. 

The protesters have been peaceful but the police have not. They have unleashed snatch squads barrelling into the crowd.  

Sky News witnessed as masked security forces seized one man raining blows on his unprotected head.

The protesters have failed in their effort to cut off parliament from MPs but their numbers are swelling. 

"We will not give up," one woman told us. 

"We cannot allow them to take our freedom."

 Pictures taken over the weekend after the heavy Russian bombardment of Vovchansk are emerging.

Fires could be seen raging in the town, three miles from the northeastern border, near where Russia launched a fresh incursion.

Some of the thousands of civilians evacuating the city were photographed by the Associated Press.

The incursion north of Kharkiv is a "significant development" in the war, says security and defence editor Deborah Haynes.

Vovchansk, three miles from the border, has come under "horrific bombardment", leaving the centre of the town "completely in ruins".

She described seeing a two-story residential block in flames.

A mass evacuation program has been working to move thousands of civilians away from the area, she said.

Ukraine has moved its forces to try to repel the assault, but "Russia has come at this hard".

"The governor told me that he thinks Russia is exploiting the fact that Ukraine has been left waiting for a Western resupply of weapons.

"But a Ukrainian soldier has taken the unusual step of questioning where the fortifications were that were meant to be protecting this part of Ukraine, given everybody knew the potential of a Russian assault was very real."

Putin's reshuffle

Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin is replacing defence minister Sergei Shoigu after nearly 12 years in the post.

Haynes said Mr Shoigu "has been a key figure" in government and it is "quite interesting" that, at the same time as Russia is gaining ground, Mr Putin is changing his wartime cabinet.

Mr Shoigu's replacement has an economics background, reflecting that the Russian economy is on a war footing, said Haynes.

"There is a huge focus on expanding the industrial capacity to build weapons and that really is what is going to win on the ground: Which side is going to be able to keep arming themselves the longest."

Russia has seized control of at least nine border villages in Kharkiv, its military has said. 

Ukraine has said it is repelling the attacks and battling to control the settlements claimed by Russia. 

In a post-midnight report, Ukraine's General Staff said Russian forces had achieved "tactical success" with 14 of 22 attempted advances in the area still ongoing.

Vladimir Putin's forces have been fiercely attacking the northeastern Ukrainian region over the weekend. 

Troops moved in on Friday, opening a new front and forcing thousands of Ukrainians to flee the town of Vovchansk.

Fighting was raging around Vovchansk, Ukraine's General Staff added, with Russian forces "deploying significant forces for its attack on the town".

But it said Russian troops were "taking no account of their own losses", with at least 100 reported dead. 

Several Russian media outlets, including Mash and Readovka, reported that Moscow's troops had entered Vovchansk. 

The main thrusts of Russia's attack were aimed at Vovchansk and the town of Lyptsi which is around 20 km (12 miles) from the city of Kharkiv, Ukrainian military spokesperson Nazar Voloshyn said. 

Tamaz Gambarashvili, head of Vovchansk's military administration, told Reuters the town remained under Ukrainian control after its soldiers turned back small groups of Russians. 

In his nightly address, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said heavy fighting was taking place in Kharkiv. 

At least 15 people have been killed and 20 injured after a part of a building collapsed after a Ukrainian attack in Belgorod, Russian officials have said. 

The building was hit by fragments of a Soviet-era missile fired by Ukraine and shot down by Russian forces yesterday morning. 

Initially, seven people were reported dead but Russia's emergency ministry has released updated figures this morning. 

It is one of the deadliest attacks on the Russian border region since the war broke out more than two years ago. 

Officials said Ukraine launched a massive missile attack, involving Tochka ballistic missiles and Adler and RM-70 Vampire (MLRS) multiple launch rocket systems.

Footage showed at least 10 floors of the building collapsing, and emergency services scouring the rubble for survivors.

Russia's defence ministry said the attack, which it called a "terrorist attack on residential areas", took place at around 8.40am yesterday. 

Both Ukraine and Russia say they do not target civilians. 

We're starting a new week hot off the heels of the announcement that Vladimir Putin is replacing defence minister Sergei Shoigu after nearly 12 years in the post.

The long-time ally of the Russian president is set to be replaced by Andrei Belousov, a 65-year-old former deputy prime minister with a background in economics. 

Meanwhile, Mr Shoigu will become secretary of Russia's powerful Security Council, replacing close Putin confidante Nikolai Patrushev, whose new position is yet to be announced.

A former MI6 intelligence officer told us the move pointed to "serious instability" at the heart of Russian leadership - and potentially something deeper going on behind the scenes.

Thousands flee Russian offensive

The reshuffle comes after Russia renewed its offensive in northeastern Ukraine on Friday, with fighting raging over the weekend and forcing thousands of civilians to flee.

Ukraine's military chief Oleksandr Syrskyi insisted his forces were doing all they could to contain the Russian threat, but admitted it was proving a challenge. Fierce battles have forced at least one Ukrainian unit to withdraw.

Voloydmyr Zelenskyy described heavy fighting in the Kharkiv region and to the east on Sunday, with battles reaching the edges of Vovchansk, which has become a war zone since Russia launched the surprise new offensive.

Delays in weapon supplies

The reopening of a major front in the northeast will stretch Kyiv's already undermanned and outgunned forces as they wait for Western weapons, our  security and defence editor Deborah Haynes reported .

Ukraine says serious delays by US Congress in passing a massive aid package including military support for Kyiv has cost its forces dearly on the battlefield.

There's hope that the new aid will reach frontlines quickly in order to push back against Russia, which has capitalised on Ukraine's shortage of manpower and shells to seize the momentum in the conflict.

'Extremely dangerous' moment

Lord Cameron says Russia's surprise offensive in Kharkiv marks an "extremely dangerous" moment in the conflict, as he reiterated that the UK must to "everything we can" do help Kyiv.

Appearing on Sky News' Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips programme, he lamented the amount of time the US had taken to approve its multi-billion dollar aid package but said it will make a difference.

And the foreign secretary said morale among the Ukrainians is strong despite them suffering with a lack of ammunition.

"They're still inflicting appalling casualty rates on the Russians. If only the Russian people could see how many people they're losing," he said.

Russia claims Ukraine continuing to strike its territory

As Russia ramped up its attacks on Ukraine, last week was also marked by a number of further cross-border assaults in the Belgorod region that Moscow has attributed to Kyiv.

Last Monday, Belgorod regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov claimed six people were killed and 35 others, including two children, were injured as Ukrainian drones hit the region.

A further attack on Thursday injured eight people and damaged scores of residential buildings and cars, he said.

Mr Gladkov claimed cross-border shelling by Ukraine's armed forces killed a woman and injured 29 others on Saturday, while yesterday saw at least 13 people reported dead after an apartment block collapsed in what Russia has reported to be a Ukrainian missile attack.

We're ending our live updates on the Ukraine war and Vladimir Putin's surprise reshuffle for this evening.

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    Only book UK visa appointments through TLScontact. TLScontact is the only official partner for UK Visas and Immigration in Poland. Beware of other websites, companies or individuals attempting to sell UK visa appointments. UK visa appointments are available for free at the TLScontact Visa Application Centre in Warsaw, but there is a fee of £76 ...

  8. How to Apply for a Poland Schengen Visa for UK Residents

    Travelling to Poland Post-Brexit for UK Citizens. The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021: you can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training

  9. Poland visa for UK citizens in 2024

    UK citizens do not need a tourist visa when travelling to Poland. Poland Schengen visa free is free for UK citizens. With this tourist visa stay is usually short with a period of 90 days and visa expires in 90 days. Applicant is not required to be present when applying for Poland visa free. A total of 4 documents are required for applying Poland visa free. You can find Poland visa exemptions.

  10. Visas

    Information on the principles of applying for visas by foreigners intending to practice as a doctor, dentist, nurse, obstetrician or paramedic in the territory of the Republic of Poland Pages available in the www.gov.pl domain may contain e-mail addresses. By clicking an e-mail address provided as a ...

  11. A Complete Guide to Obtain a Poland Visa from UK

    According to the Poland visa requirement, you may require certain documents as per the types of visa and individual circumstances. However, the general Poland Visa Requirements for a Schengen Visa require includes: Online Visa Application Form: Fill out the application form correctly and completely. Two identical Passport-Sized Photographs: The ...

  12. Poland tourist visa Requirements, Application, and Types

    Documents for a Polish Schengen visa application must be filled in using Roman capital letters and either completed or translated into English or Polish. Valid passport. At least 2 blank pages. With the applicant's signature. Not more than 10 years old. Valid for at least 3 months after the expiration of the requested visa.

  13. British Embassy Warsaw

    Poland. Telephone +48 22 311 00 00 / +44 20 7008 5000. Fax +48 22 311 03 13. ... Visa applications to travel to the UK must be made in advance online through the TLS Contact website.

  14. Complete Poland Visa guide for UK Citizens

    Everything You Need To Know About Poland Visa. Poland is located in the Schengen area, and as a result, all UK nationals can visit and stay inside the country for 90 days without a visa. However, if a you are a citizen of countries like India, Russia and China, who resides in the United Kingdom, you should obtain a visa to enter Poland.

  15. Apply Poland Schengen Visa From UK

    For any enquiry regarding our services or any doubts regarding the documents for your Poland Schengen Visa in UK, kindly get into touch with our team. You can call us on 02084323472 or email us - [email protected]. Normally, Visa for Poland takes 7 days to get approved; however according to the below given list, it will take nearly ...

  16. Visas

    No. Visas are issued as Schengen Visas or Polish visas by Polish consuls. A Schengen Visa (of the "C" series) is issued when planned residence in Schengen Area Member States is up to 90 days per each 180-day period. A Polish visa (of the "D" series) authorizes entry to Poland and a single stay or a number of stays for up to 90 days.

  17. UK Visa from Poland

    Overview of UK Visas from Poland. Polish nationals form one of the biggest ethnic minorities in the UK today, with an estimated 691,000 Polish-born people or people of Polish descent in the UK as of 2020. ... Polish citizens can travel to the UK using one of these visas, with a variety of long- and short-term options available to suit ...

  18. Poland Visa Appointment

    Step 2: Enter your login information to log in, then choose between "Schedule Appointment" and "Biometric Appointment." Step 3: Provide the requested information. Step 4: After carefully checking your availability, select the day and appointment window and click "Submit."

  19. British Embassy Warsaw

    British Embassy Warsaw. ul. Kawalerii 1200-468WarsawmazowieckiePoland. Telephone +48 22 311 00 00 / +44 20 7008 5000. Fax +48 22 311 03 13.

  20. UK nationals coming to Poland from 1 January 2021

    Foreigners may enter Poland and stay on a basis of the above listed short-term stays titles (including visa-free regime) also for business purposes (or work purposes - then work permit may be required). Tourist visas exclude work. Business activity should be conducted in accordance with the applicable laws.

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  23. Poland travel advice

    Still current at: 10 May 2024 Updated: 3 May 2024 Latest update: New information on travel to Ukraine from Poland (See 'Ukraine-Poland Border' on the 'Warnings and insurance' page, and ...