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  • IMPORT AND TRANSPORT WEAPONS THROUGH THE TERRITORY OF POLAND

  • Information on importing and transporting weapons and ammunition through the territory of Poland

    The rules with respect to bringing in and transporting weapons and ammunition through the territory of the RP were regulated in the Statute dated May 21, 1999 about the weapons and ammunition (i.e. - Dz. U. from 2004, No. 52, item 525).

    Based on the provisions of this Statute, a Consul issues the following types of certificates at the request of authorized persons:

    1. Certificate authorizing to transport weapons and ammunition through the territory of the RP,
    2. Certificate authorizing to bring weapons and ammunition from abroad by Polish citizens for their own use,
    3. Certificate authorizing to bring weapons and ammunition to the territory of Poland and to transport them abroad.

    Note 1. Certificate authorizing to transport weapons and ammunition through the territory of the RP

    Pursuant to art. 34 of the said Statute, the transportation of weapons and ammunition through the territory of Poland can take place based on a certificate issued by a relevant Consul of the RP.  Persons who obtain a certificate authorizing them to transport weapons and ammunition through the territory of the RP have an obligation to show the certificate to the Border Guard authorities in order to obtain a seal confirming the border crossing.

    Note 2. Certificate authorizing Polish citizens to bring weapons and ammunition from abroad for their own use

    Pursuant to art. 37 of the said Statute, bringing weapons and ammunition by Polish citizens to satisfy their own needs requires a prior issuance of the certificate by the relevant Consul of the RP.

    While crossing the border, Polish citizens bringing weapons to fulfill their own needs have an obligation to notify the relevant customs authorities in writing about bringing weapons and ammunition.  Notification forms are available in the relevant customs office and include data that will allow to identify the weapon and the person bringing the weapon unequivocally (among other things, they contain an information concerning the country where the weapon has been purchased).  A customs organ has an obligation to notify the relevant police organ within 2 days and pass the obtained information.

    In case when the said person does not have a weapons permit, he/she has an obligation to leave the weapons in the deposit of the relevant customs organ, and also to apply to the relevant police organ for a weapons permit within 14 days from the date of bringing the weapons to the territory of Poland.  The person leaving the weapons and ammunition in a deposit pays the cost connected with storing the weapons and ammunition.

    Note 3. Certificate authorizing to bring weapons and ammunition to the territory of Poland and to take them abroad

    The law provides that weapons and ammunition may be imported and taken abroad by Polish citizens who reside permanently abroad and by foreigners.  The import of weapons requires a prior issuance of a certificate by a relevant Consul of the RP.

    The following categories of persons are authorized to bring weapons and ammunition and to take it abroad:

    1. members of diplomatic missions,
    2. members of consular offices,
    3. persons who have their status based on international agreements,
    4. persons for whom weapons and ammunition are necessary to perform functions connected with the protection of diplomatic missions and consular offices of foreign states, agencies of international organizations, members of official foreign delegations, and also for other purposes resulting from international agreements or from the principle of mutuality,
    5. foreigners or Polish citizens who reside permanently abroad and stay on the territory of the RP to participate in hunting (hunters bringing in weapons for hunting purposes can also bring in and take abroad ammunition not exceeding 100 items),
    6. foreigners or Polish citizens who reside permanently abroad and stay on the territory of the RP to participate in sports events, where the regulations require the use of weapons or to take part in the preparations for such events.

    Invitations must be confirmed by a relevant provincial commander of the police forces

    A certificate replaces a weapons permit and authorizes one to take weapons and ammunition abroad within 30 days from the date of bringing in the weapons and ammunition.  During the validity period of the certificate, it can be used as the basis to purchase an ammunition.

    Persons who obtain a certificate authorizing them to bring in weapons and ammunition to the territory of the RP and to take it abroad have an obligation to show the certificate to the Border Guard authorities to obtain a seal confirming the border crossing.

    A consular fee is collected for issuing a certificate in the amount specified in the regulations that have been passed based on the Statute dated February 13, 1984 about the functions of the Consuls of the Republic of Poland.

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