ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-EU CITZENS
To enter Poland if you are not the EU citizen you need a valid travel document (passport) and a visa (if required).
As a general rule you need a visa to enter Poland.
Poland is a part of the Schengen zone, 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 EU).
- “D” type visa – 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
5 STEPS TO GET A VISA
1) Find aPolish consulate that can process your application.
2) Read carefully ALL the information concerning visa application on the consulate’s website and follow ALL the instructions.
3) Set a visa appointment with the consulate.
4) Prepare the necessary documents.
5) Submit all the documents including a printed and signed application form and the visa fee. Your visa application is complete. It will take up to 15 days for it to be reviewed.
For more details, please contact the relevant consular post.
Temporary residence permit
You should apply for a Temporary Residence Permit 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. The first residence permit is issued for the 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 should apply for the Temporary Residence Card when you are legally staying in Poland, which means after you arrive, but before the expiry of your visa
You can find more information about the temporary residence permit on the Voivodeship Office's website.
Legalization of stay in the Voivodeship Office during the COVID-19 pandemic
Students should send the required documents by post or put them in the inbox in front of the Voivodeship Office (box open from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm), then the clerk will contact you and set an appointment at the office. The Voivodeship Office sends a letter stating the date to the address in Poland indicated by the student.
Helpline for foreigners: 32 606 32 32
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org