Poland Schengen Visa Application Requirements
Depending on the purpose of your travel to Poland, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion.
Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside in Poland permanently, you will have to apply for a different Polish Schengen Visa, accordingly.
You can apply for the Polish Schengen Visa since 2007 when Poland as a Member State of the European Union also became a member state of the Schengen Area.
Stat: As per 2017, Poland has issued a total of 789,343 uniform Schengen visas from 823,101 visa applications received at Polish consulates and embassies around the world. The Visa rejection rate was 3.92%.
See the list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Poland by clicking Do I need a visa to visit Poland?
General required documents for a Polish Visa Application:
Download the Polish Visa application form, fill it completely and with sincerity. You can also fill the Poland Schengen Visa application form electronically and then print a hard-copy. 2 photos must be attached; the photo should be of passport format – a recent whole-face capture with a light background. Learn more about photo requirements and specifications for a Polish Visa.
Your passport and copies of your previous visas – valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required. Your passport must have at least two blank pages. Travel medical insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 € coverage within Poland and the entire Schengen area. Find out more about Visa Insurance for Europe. A cover letter stating the purpose of visit to Poland and itinerary Flight air ticket reservation with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Poland
Hotel Booking Reservation for the whole duration of the intended stay in Poland Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable) Means of subsistence – Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in Poland Advertisements
Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
No-objection certificate from employer
Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary
A copy of your business license
Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
Income Tax Return (ITR)
If a student:
Proof of enrollment
Leave approval letter from school or university
Pension statement of the latest 6 months
Regular income generated by property proof of the latest 6 months
*Note: The signed application form must be accompanied the rest of the above-mentioned mandatory documents and handed personally at the appropriate embassy/consulate or its representative in your home country.
Apart from the general documentation required, accompanying should be other additional documents depending on the purpose of your Polish Visa application.
List of additional documents required for the most frequent purposes of Poland Visa Application:
Poland Tourist Schengen Visa:
Invitation letter with the address and phone number from family member or sponsor – if applicable
Bank statement of the last 6 months
Poland Visa for Business Purposes:
Invitation letter from the Polish company you will be visiting and their detailed address accompanied with the dates of your visit. A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel. If there were previous trade relations between the two companies, proof of such events must be provided Business bank statement of the latest 6 months Memorandum and Article of Association in original certified copy (registered with joint stock companies) Trade License (first issued and present renewal), Proprietorship/Partnership documents.
Regarding the applicant’s expenses during stay in the Schengen zone, either the employer or the partner company must state coverage of expenses on the letter or invitation.
Poland Visa for Medical Purposes:
A local medical report
A medical attestation from the hospital or doctor in Poland, confirming the date of your appointment as well as your medical situation
Payment receipt of medical fees
Poland Visa for Cultural, Sports, Film Crew or Religious Purposes:
Invitation letter from the above-mentioned authorities with details upon the nature of events or activities – purpose of visit , expense coverage
Names of the applicants (crew members)
Duration of stay
Poland Visa for Members of Official Delegations:
The official invitation copy
Identity of applicant
Purpose of journey (negotiations, meetings, event by intergovernmental organizations, consultations)
Duration of stay
Place of accommodation
Poland Visa for Study, Training, Research, or other type of Internship Purposes:
An enrollment certificate allowing attendance of courses
Certificate of completion or courses attended
Poland Visa For The Wife/Husband of a Polish citizen:
Proof of Polish citizenship (ID card or consular card or certification of Polish nationality or naturalization order)
Polish marriage certificate
Polish family record book
Poland Airport Transit Visa:
Visa or other type of entry permit in the transit country
Copy of your valid visa for your final destination
Poland Visa for Under-Age Children:
Proof of parent’s regular income (work contract with specified monthly income or a bank statement or business license)
Notarized travel permission from parent (parental travel consent)
If one parent lives in another country – their notarized parental travel consent
*Note: When applying at the Polish embassy/consulate in home country, the guardian or parent should accompany their under-age children.
Can I extend my Schengen visa in Poland?
Yes, you can extend your Poland Schengen visa but only in exceptional cases where new facts and special reasons arise after entry in Poland.
Please read How to Extend a Schengen Visa to understand in what circumstances and what are the conditions you must fulfill in order to be eligible to Extend your Poland Schengen Visa.
Poland 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.