VISA AND CUSTOMS

Poland belongs to the Schengen Area. In order to enter the area, citizens of third countries must hold a valid travel document and, if required, a visa. Travellers should also state the purpose of their journey.

Citizens of third countries to whom the visa requirement applies are obliged to hold one of the following documents:

  • a uniform short-stay Schengen visa (C);
  • a Polish long-stay national visa (D);
  • a valid Polish C- or D-type visa;
  • a Polish residence permit;
  • a residence permit or national long-stay visa issued by another Schengen state.

Before submitting an application for a Schengen or national visa, the application must be registered electronically at a Polish Consular Office. This can be done at www.e-konsulat.gov.pl.  

Polish diplomatic missions abroad

Poland belongs to the Taxation and Customs Union together with the other European Union Member States and goods brought into, and taken out of, the country from within the EU are not liable for duty. Poland is also a signatory of the Convention on Temporary Admissions. ATA Carnets are thus honoured, making the transportation of film equipment over the border a simpler matter.

Customs Service Information Centre
Open Monday to Friday (8 am – 4 pm)
tel: +48 33 857 62 51, +48 22 857 63 00, +48 801 470 477
email: info.sluzbacelna@kat.mofnet.gov.pl