Poland Schengen Visa Requirements

Poland Schengen Visa Requirements

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.
  • 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
    • Previous passport, if applicable
  • Passport-sized photos
    • 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)
  • Visa fee
  • Documents pertinent to your trip
    • 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)
  • Travel medical insurance
    • 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
  • Employment letter with the following information:
    • Name and address of employer
    • Nature of employment
    • Starting date of employment
    • Salary
    • Purpose of travel
    • Duration of time off from work for travel
  • Scans (copies) of:
    • Personal-ID page of passport.
    • Older Schengen visas (if relevant).
    • Residence permit (if relevant).
  • Applicants below the age of 18 are required to submit the following additional requirements:
    • Copy of birth certificate
      • 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

  • Step 1: Prepare all the required documents.
  • Step 2: Select “Tourism” as the reason for travel on the visa application form.
  • Step 3: Decide the number of entries needed to Poland or the Schengen area.
  • Step 4: Fill out the application form.
    • 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.
  • Step 5: Schedule a visa appointment, if applicable.
    • 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.
  • Step 6: Submit your Polish Schengen visa application.
    • 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.
  • Step 7: 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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