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  • VISA GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Schengen C-type visa

    If you intend to stay in the territory of Poland and/or any other Schengen states (during one or more visits) for a total of up to 90 days within a half-year period calculated from the date of first entry, or if you plan to transit through Schengen territory (by train, car or plane), you need to apply for a Schengen C-type visa.
    The unified Schengen visa (C-type visa valid in Schengen States) entitles the holder to stay in the territory of all Schengen states.


    National D-type visa 
    If you intend to stay in the territory of Poland for a total of more than 90 days (at least 91 days) during one or more visits within a half-year period calculated from the date of first entry, you need to apply for a national D-type visa.

    The national D-type visa entitles the holder to:
    - stay in the territory of Poland throughout the period of its validity;
    - additionally, to move within the territory of other Schengen states for up to three months within a half-year period.

    Transit airport visa
    If you intend to travel by air from a third state to another third state with a stopover at an airport in the Schengen area (in the territory of the Republic of Poland) and also:
    (1) you do not intend to leave the international transit area of the airport and
    (2) you hold the citizenship of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan or Sri Lanka
    - you need to apply for an A-type airport transit visa.

    When planning transit through an airport situated in a Schengen state other than Poland, we advise you to directly contact a consulate of the country concerned for visa information.
    The A-type airport transit visa entitles the holder only to stay in the international transit area of the airport (it does not entitle the holder to enter Schengen territory or to leave the transit area of the airport).

    How long can I spend in the territory of Poland/Schengen with a C or D-type visa? 
    The duration of stay by foreign nationals in Poland (holders of national D-type visas) or in Schengen territory (holders of unified C-type visas) is indicated in the visa ("duration of stay" expressed in numbers); such stay is possible only during the validity of the visa ("visa valid from....to....").


    The consul of which Schengen state is competent to process your Schengen visa application?
    The consul of the Schengen state which is the main destination of your visit is always the consul competent to process your visa application.

    If you are not planning to visit Poland at all, you cannot submit your Schengen visa application at a Polish consular office.

    If you are going to visit several Schengen states, a Polish consul will be competent to process your application only if Poland is the main destination of your entry into Schengen territory, or if Poland is the state in which you intend to spend most time.

     

    The right of data subjects to information: http://www.policja.pl/pol/sirene/prawo-osob-do-informac

     

    IMPORTANT

    Due to the fact that the European Parliament and the European Council has sharpened the Schengen Codex regulations concerning crossing the Schengen zone borders; since 7th April 2017 all the travelers at the Schengen external border will be subjected to more detailed border control.

     

     

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