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  • GENERAL VISA INFORMATION

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    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    Starting from September 15, 2011 visa applications for Schengen and National visas submitted in all the Polish Consulates must be previously electronically registered. Please, book your visa appointment only online. To do so click on the following link:

    http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl/

    All the necessary information concerning visa procedures and filling out application forms electronically can be found on the website mentioned above.

    Visa applications from holders of passports which were issued earlier than 10 years from the date of visa application will not be accepted.


    I. General Information

    Since December 21st 2007, Poland has been a part of the Schengen area formed by 24 states (i.e. Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Iceland), a territory with no checks at internal borders. Aliens from outside of the Schengen area may cross the border of the Republic of Poland if they hold a valid passport (or another travel document recognized by Polish authorities) and an appropriate visa. Visa requirement was waived for citizens of some countries (see list below). The passport validity must exceed the required date of departure from Poland by at least 3 months.

    An alien entering the territory of the Republic of Poland must prove upon the request of the border authority that he/she has the financial resources necessary to cover the costs of his/her entry into, transit through, stay and departure from the territory of Poland, as well as the permission to enter another state or to return to his/her country of origin, if such permission is required.

    An alien entering Poland must possess travel/medical insurance to cover possible medical expenses for at least 30,000 EURO.

    An alien entering and departing Poland or any other EU country who carries the amount of money (cash, shares, bonds, traveler's checks, etc.) exceeding 10,000 EURO has to declare it to the customs authorities.

    In accordance with the provisions of law, the Polish border guard has the sole authority to admit an alien into the territory of the Republic of Poland at the port of entry. This rule applies to both aliens traveling on passports only, when no visa is required on the basis of bilateral agreements and to those to whom a visa had been issued at a Polish consular post abroad.

     Citizens of the following countries may travel to Poland (and the Schengen territory) for tourism and business purposes without a visa if the planned stay in Poland does not exceed 90 days: Albania (only for holders of biometric passports), Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina (only for holders of biometric passports)Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), Israel, Japan, Macao (Special Administrative Region), Macedonia (only for holders of biometric passports), Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro (only for holders of biometric passports),  New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia (only for holders of biometric passports), Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan (for holders of passports which include an identity card number) United States, Uruguay, Vatican (Holy See), Venezuela.


    II. Visas issued by Polish consulates

    UNIFORM VISAS which entitle the holder to enter and stay in the Schengen territory:

    1. AIRPORT TRANSIT VISAS (ATV) valid only for airport transit, does not entitle the holder to leave the transit zone of the airport. Airport transit visas are issued to citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka. Under the airport transit visa, the traveler is allowed to spend a maximum of 2 days in the international zone of a Polish airport. Travelers applying for an airport transit visa must present a valid visa for the country of their final destination first. Airport transit visas can be valid for one, two or multiple entries.

    2. SHORT-STAY VISAS valid for stays of no more than 90 days within 180 days of visa period of validity. Short-stay visas are issued for travelers going to Poland (and other Schengen countries) for purposes such as tourism, visits to friends or family, business trips, economic or cultural activities, international conferences, sport events, transit etc. 

    NATIONAL VISAS

    1. LONG-STAY VISAS valid for the territory of Poland and entitles to travel to other Schengen countries for up to 90 days within 6 months. This visa allows the holder to stay in Poland for a continuous stay or multiple periods of stay not exceeding jointly one year  within the visa validity period. Holders of Polish residence permits will be allowed to enter the Schengen territory and stay there for a period not exceeding 90 days.

    Entry conditions for third-country nationals under visa obligation

    Third-country nationals will be allowed to enter and stay in Poland, if they are in possession of one of the following titles:

    • uniform short-stay Schengen visa,
    • Polish long-stay national visa,
    • Polish residence permit,
    • Residence permit issued by another Schengen State.


    The jurisdiction of consular posts issuing Schengen visas.

    Please note that according to your final travel destination you are required to apply for a Schengen visa at the appropriate consular post. It means that you can apply for a Schengen visa at the Consulate in Tallinn only if Poland is your main destination within the Schengen territory! 


    FORMAL VISA REQUIREMENTS

    All visa applications must be submitted in person not earlier than 3 months prior to  departure and not later than 2 weeks before planned journey. Postal applications will not be accepted. Please submit all the documents in original and one copy of each document per applicant.

    If the applicant is under 18 years old, he/she must apply with at least one of his/her parents or a legal guardian.
     

    In order to apply for a visa one should submit:

    1. The original passport or equivalent travel document - it must be signed and valid for at least 3 months after the date of intended departure from Poland and issued not earlier than 10 years from the date of visa application, with at least two blank visa pages (excluding the amendments/endorsements pages at the back);
    2. One Schengen Visa Application Form or National Visa Application Form - filled out and signed by the applicant. The Visa Application Form must be completed either in BLOCK LETTERS or typed in without any omissions, amendments or deletions and signed by the applicant.  Any application not fulfilling these requirements will be declined; 
    3. Confirmation letter from a health insurance company stating coverage for a minimum of 30.000 EURO, including medical repatriation (copy of healthcare  card is not sufficient);
    4. Flight booking (trip itinerary)                       
    5. Proof of sufficient funds to cover the costs of the stay in the Republic of Poland - e.g. bank statement covering  last 3 months (at least 100 zlotys per day required);
    6. Reference letter from employer
    7. Two passport size photographs. Photos submitted for the purpose of obtaining the visa must meet the following criteria:
      • the facial image must be sharp, clear and in good contrasts, printed on high-quality paper, in color,
      • size: 35x45 mm ,
      • taken within the period of the last 6 months,
      • the person should look directly into the camera with a neutral expression and without smiling,                                        -
      • the photo should be taken against a light, neutral background,
      • the whole head and the top of the shoulders must be exposed. The face must occupy 70-80% of the photo,
      • eyes must remain open and clearly visible, they cannot be covered by glasses frames or hair,
      • reflections on glasses are not acceptable and shadows on or around the face should be avoided;

    Documents confirming purpose of trip to Poland

    • transit visa - visa for the country of the final destination and a confirmed airline ticket; 
    • visiting friends/relatives - an invitation from friends/relatives in Poland which should be entered into the register of invitations in an appropriate office of Wojewoda in Poland;
    • tourist visit - proof of group travel/hotel reservation, airline reservation; 
    • business trip - business references (letter from employer, confirming your position and the fact that a business trip to Poland is intended (if self-employed the original business registration is required), original letter of invitation from Polish company (for multiple entry) or organization confirming the business trip, schedule of the trip and stating that it will bear all accumulating expenses; 
    • study - a letter of acceptance from a Polish university/language school/college, confirmation of tuition payment, evidence of sufficient funds to stay in Poland, insurance (see 1. above); 
    • employment - work permit or certificate of employment (when applicable)*.

    *WORK VISAS are issued for multiple entries and can be valid for as long as the work permit is valid, but no longer than one year (365 days). All persons who intend to work in Poland must  apply for a work visa and  submit a valid work permit issued by the appropriate local executive authorities (Office of Wojewoda) in Poland. Work visas are issued only by a Polish Consul in the consular office corresponding to the place where the applicant has his/her legal permanent. An alien intending to work in Poland must enter the country with a valid work visa, as no visas can be obtained in Poland.

    Submitted documents should be translated into Polish.

    The person intending to stay in Poland longer than three months should apply for a residence card after arrival in Poland. Employment without prior authorization is strictly prohibited. English language teachers planning to work in Poland at universities (colleges) must submit a Certificate of Employment issued by president of that university/college, instead of the work permit certificate.

     Remember to bring your Visa appointment, application form and ALL required documents to the Embassy on the day of your visit!

    For further questions please contact us:

    Tel: 00372 62 78 208

    E-mail: Tallinn.amb.rk@msz.gov.pl 

    The visa fee in the appropriate amount (see separate information). Acceptable forms of payment for consular fees are Cash and Money Order. Personal checks are not accepted. Please note that fees are not refundable;
    Caution: The Consulate Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland reserves the right to return incomplete documentation at the applicant's own risk and cost, the fee will not be refunded. We reserve the right also to ask for additional documentation or to conduct a personal interview with the applicant.
     

    THE RIGHT OF DATA SUBJECTS TO INFORMATION PROCESSED IN SIS AND VIS


    VISA FEES in euro

    Airport visa

    Short-stay Schengen visa - 60

    Long-stay national visa - 60

     

    Visa fee for citizens of Belarus

    Short-stay Schengen visa – 60

    Long-stay national visa - 20


    Visa fee for citizens of Russian Federation 

    Short-stay Schengen visa - 35

    Long-stay national visa  - 60


    Visa fee for citizens of Ukraine

    Short-stay Schengen visa - 35

    Long-stay national visa - 0


    Visa fee for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldavia,

    Montenegro, Serbia

    Short-stay Schengen visa – 35

    Long-stay national visa - 60
      

    Consulate does not bear any responsibility for travel tickets bought before the issuance of visa. 

    Notice

    Regular visa processing time takes approximately 15 calendar days. In some cases the procedure

    may be extended.

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