ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR EU CITIZENS
As a citizen of an EU member state, to enter
Poland, you need only a valid travel document or a document confirming identity
and citizenship (i.e. your national ID). For a stay longer than three months,
you have to register your residence with Voivodship (Provincial Office) [Urząd
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-EU CITIZENS
When entering Poland as a non-EU citizen, what
you need are a valid travel document (passport) and a visa (if required). Visa As a general rule, you would need a visa to
enter Poland. However, foreigners from a number of countries are exempted from
a visa requirement when entering Schengen Area for the periods not exceeding 90
days within a 180-day period.
You can find the list of these countries here: https://udsc.gov.pl/en/cudzoziemcy/obywatele-panstw-trzecich/chce-przyjechac-do-polski/czy-potrzebuje-wizy/ Poland is a part of the Schengen Area, so you
can apply for a Polish visa and travel all around Europe (excluding the United
Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and states outside of the
Visa types “A” type – an airport transit Schengen visa, so
it cannot be used by a student coming to Poland “C” type – a short-term Schengen visa allowing the holder to stay in the
Schengen territory for up to 90 days in 180 days period “D” type – a long-term national visa issued for up to one year allowing travel
around the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 180 days period A visa can only
be extended in exceptional situations. Should you need to stay in Poland longer
than specified in your visa please do apply for the temporary residence permit
How to get a visa? 1) Find a Polish Consulate or a consular
section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland that can process your
application. You can use the MFA’s search engine: https://www.gov.pl/web/diplomacy/polands-missions-abroad 2) Read carefully ALL the information
concerning visa application on the consulate’s website and follow ALL the
3) Set a visa appointment with the consulate.
In most cases, you will have to register through the website: https://secure.e-konsulat.gov.pl/ 4) Prepare the necessary documents, including
application form, travel document (passport), biometric photo, health
insurance, sufficient means to support yourself, documents confirming the
purpose of your stay. The specifics of the required documentation may vary
among consulates, so confirm them with the consulate’s website.
5) Submit all the documents including a printed
and signed application form and the visa fee. Your visa application is
complete. It should take up to 15 days for it to be reviewed.
Early submission of visa documents is advisable
as in some cases procedure may take a considerable amount of time.
TEMPORATY RESIDENCE PERMIT - NON
Every Non-EU citizen living in Poland needs a
Temporary Residence Permit. You should apply for it while legally staying in
Poland, which means that you can do this after you arrive but before your visa
expires. When you receive the permit you will be issued a Temporary Residence
Card, an ID card that proves that you have a residence permit. Together with
your travel document, it allows you to cross the Polish border as many times as
you wish. The first residence permit is issued for a period of 15 months. It
can be renewed for periods of up to 3 years but for no longer than the
remainder of your studies.
You have to apply for a Temporary Residence
Permit with the local Voivodship Office. You can find a complete list of
offices here: https://udsc.gov.pl/en/cudzoziemcy/obywatele-panstw-trzecich/chce-przedluzyc-swoj-pobyt-w-polsce/zezwolenie-na-pobyt-czasowy/studia-i-nauka/nauka/
The documents you will need to legalize your stay include an application form,
photos and documents proving your identity and citizenship, address, the
purpose of stay (a certificate from your school) health insurance and
possession of sufficient funds. For detailed information check out the
Voivodship Office’s website. The procedure costs 390 PLN in total.
citizens do not need to apply for temporary
residence permits. They should only apply for registration of their stay with
local voivodship office within 90 days of their arrival. They will be issued a
cost-free certificate of registration with a non-limited period of validity
proving their right to stay in Poland. For detailed information check out the
Voivodship Office’s website.
More information: https://go-poland.pl/ / https://nawa.gov.pl/researchinpoland