Poland Tourist Visa is, in fact, called type-C (Or, Short-stay) Schengen visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including Poland for a maximum period of up to 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream where with one visa you can travel to any of the other 25 Schengen countries along with Poland.
A Schengen Visa (issued by a consulate or embassy of a Schengen State) is valid for all 26 States of the Schengen Area (including the European territory of Poland), unless it is marked otherwise on the visa sticker. So, you do not need another visa to enter or stay in the European territory of Poland. However, you must be in possession of documentary evidence for the reasons of your stay and your means of support. Schengen Area comprises of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of “90 days in any 180 days period”. This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days. The precise length of validity of your Schengen Visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Number of entries” by “1”. A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the Schengen Visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by “02” or “MULT” under the heading “Number of entries”.
Documents required for Poland Tourist Visa (if you are applying from the UAE)
- A visa application form filled via the e-konsulat system, printed and signed.
A 3.5 x 4.5 cm colour photo. The photo must be:
a. sharp, taken against white background and printed on a quality paper,
b. newer than 6 months,
c. taken en face, clearly showing the eyes and face from both sides from the top of the head to the top of the shoulders with the face covering 70-80% of the photo. The photo must be taken without any headwear.
- Passport issued within last ten years, valid for at least three months from the expected return date, with at least two blank pages for visas. If you have another valid passport, you should attach it to the visa application form.
- A copy of the passport page with personal data and a photo.
- Healthcare insurance valid across all countries of the Schengen area for the amount not lower than EUR 30,000. If you apply for a multiple-entry visa, it should cover the date of the first entry.
Copy of an ID document to confirm residence within the consular district of your application.
- Re-entry visa valid three months beyond the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States.
- UAE-ID-Card, valid for three months after the intended departure date from the territory of the Member States.
. Proof that you have enough means of subsistence in the form decided by the mission:
- Bank statements for the past six months or other verifiable evidence of sufficient means of subsistence during intended stay.
- Original letter from employer stating employment status, position, length of contract and salary.
- A proof of accommodation (for example, an official invitation or a hotel booking or reservation).
- A document to confirm the purpose and the conditions of your planned stay in Poland
- Invitation letter from a company or an authority to attend a meeting, conference or event or other documents which shows the existence of trade relations or relations for work purposes (e.g. confirmed registrations for trade fairs or congresses), including a proof of accommodation during the intended stay.
- Letter issued by the authority(-ies) concerned confirming identity of the applicant(s), purpose of the journey (meetings, consultations, negotiations or events held by intergovernmental organizations), period of intended stay and accommodation details.
Tourism or private visit
- For tourism: Proof of accommodation during intended stay: hotel reservation or copy of a rental contract or proof of residential property.
- For private visits: Original invitation letter signed by the host covering the intended stay using the official format required by the Member States’ national legislation. For further information please visit the website(s) of the Member State(s) of destination.
- A document issued by the medical institution in the Schengen Member State
confirming that the applicant will receive medical care in that institution.
- Pre-payment or other proof of sufficient financial means to cover the medical
treatment and related expenses, such as insurance coverage.
Study or training purposes for a stay shorter than 90 days
- A certificate of enrolment at an educational establishment for the purposes of attending vocational or theoretical courses within the framework of basic and further training;
- Student cards or certificates of the courses to be attended.
Additionally, when applying for a visa for a minor you should present:
- Written consent of the child’s parent(s) to apply for a visa, confirmed by a notary. If there is only one guardian, it should be proved by a birth certificate, a court decision on exclusive parental custody or a death certificate of the other parent.
- Originals and copies of parents’ passports.
- Original and a copy of a birth certificate.
If a child is entered in their parent’s or a legal guardian’s passport, please submit a separate visa application. The visa will be pasted into the parent’s or the legal guardian’s passport.
- You must apply for a visa in a consular office or the embassy’s consular department in the consular district of your place of residence.
- Usually, the above documents are enough to receive a visa, however, the consul may require additional documents.
- Apply for a visa not earlier than three months before your planned journey.
- The consul may, but does not have to, invite the applicant for an interview.
- You may be banned from entering any of the Schengen States if you present forged documents or provide false information.
- Receiving the visa does not guarantee that you will enter the Schengen area – the final decision is always made by the authorities of the country where you intend to cross the Schengen area border.
Documents required for Poland Tourist Visa (if you are applying from India)
Those who will be applying in India please check here for the common information.
Click here to download the document check-list for Schengen tourist visa of Poland.
Document Check list
If you are applying for a business visit please click here for the document check-list.