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    Please note that the Polish Consular Office is competent to process visa application only if Poland is your sole destination, or if your trip plan includes more destinations and you stay in Poland most of the time, or if no main destination can be determined Poland is the first port of entry to the Schengen zone.


    REMEMBER the visa application (hard copy) MUST be submited in person to the Consular Office. Since May 15th, 2014 the Polish Consulates in the U.S. must collect digital scans of 10 fingers in order to process Schengen visa applications. Application can be submited no more than three months before departure for Poland.



    - FIRST read visa requirements below and gather all necessary documents, the  application will not be processed if the applicant fails to comply with requirements.

    - SECOND schedule an appointment through the website choose a proper visa type (short-term Schengen, long term National) and complete an online form, then print it out and sign, two signatures are required box #37 and at the very end below statements.

    - THIRD submit in person a hard copy of your application along with other required documents (see details below) to the Polish Consulate in Chicago on the day of your appointment.


    The visa processing time is up to 15 days but in some cases it may be extended. It is applicant's responsibility to take all necessary measures to submit visa documents on time.


    A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa allowing it's holder to travel within the Schengen area.  The Schengen area covers 26 countries without border check-points, and countries as Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland belong to Schengen area. PLEASE NOTE that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, French Overseas Territories, Ireland, Romania and United Kingdom are not part of Schengen.

    A Schengen Uniform Visa is an authorisation issued by a Schengen Member State on

    - stay in or transit through the territory of the Schengen States for no more than 90 days in any 180 days period, visa C,

    - transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States, an airport transit visa A.


    Valid for stays of not more than 90 days within the period of 180 days. Short-stay visas are issued for travellers going to Poland (and other Schengen countries) for purposes such as tourism, visit family or friends, business trips, economic or cultural activities, international conferences, sport events and TRANSIT.


    An airport transit visa shall be valid for transiting through the international transit areas of the airports situated on the territory of Member States. It does not entitle the holder to leave the transit zone of the airport. Airport transit visas are issued to citizens of: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka.

    The following categories of persons are exempt from the obligation to hold an airport transit visa:

    -holders of a valid uniform visa, national long stay visa or residence permit issued by a Member State;

    -holders of a valid visa issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, Liechtenstein, the Ireland or United Kingdom, Canada, Japan or the United States of America or when they return from those countries after having used the visa; The exemption of holders of valid visas issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan or the United States of America applies irrespective of whether the person concerned travels to the country that issued the visa or to another third country.

    -holders of a valid residence permit issued by Ireland or the United Kingdom, Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the United States of America guaranteeing the holder's unconditional readmission

    -family members of citizens of the Union covered by Directive 2004/38, irrespective of whether they travel alone, to accompany or join the EU citizen,

    -holders of diplomatic passports;

    -flight crew members who are nationals of a contracting Party to the Chicago Conventionon International Civil Aviation.




    Applicants for a visa shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Member States.

    Applicants for a visa for more than two entries (multiple entries) shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit. In addition, such applicants shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays.


    The insurance shall be valid throughout the territory of the Schengen Member States and cover the entire period of the person's intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30.000 (ca. USD 50.000) and include medical evacuation (or repatriation) and return of mortal of remains. Applicants shall, in principle, take out insurance in their country of residence. Where this is not possible, they shall seek to obtain insurance in any other country.

    When assessing whether the insurance cover is adequate, consulates shall ascertain whether claims against the insurance company would be recoverable in a Member State.


    The insurance requirement may be considered to have been met where it is established that an adequate level of insurance may be presumed in the light of the applicant's professional situation. The exemption from presenting proof of travel medical insurance may concern particular professional groups, such as seafarers, who are already covered by travel medical insurance as a result of their professional activities. Holders of diplomatic passports shall be exempt from the requirement to hold travel medical insurance.



    PROOF OF TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE: confirmation letter from Health Insurance Company stating coverage with a minimum of EUR 30.000 (ca. USD 50.000) for trips outside the U.S. valid for all Schengen territory, copy of healthcare card is not sufficient.

    If you do not have insurance, or your insurance company cannot provide such a specific letter, you must purchase insurance for the entire duration of your trip and provide proof of purchase (e.g. HCC Medical, Cigna Life, Travel Guard, Seven Corners etc.) with zero deductible.


    THE LISTS OF SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS according to the purpose of a trip (click on text)







    IMPORTANT: Your visa does not automatically entitle you to enter Poland or other Schengen country. During border controls you may have to provide information on your means of support, length of stay, and purpose of your visit. In some cases, such checks may result in a refusal for the visa holder to enter Poland and the Schengen area. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when you applied for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay). This will help to make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.

    Please apply for visa at the appropriate Polish Consulate in accordance with consular territorial jurisdiction.


    Legal basis:

    - Regulation No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of July 13th, 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code)

    - Commission Implementing Decision of 26.3.2013 establishing the list of supporting documents to be presented by visa applicants in the United States of America

    - Ustawa z dnia 12 grudnia 2013 r o cudzoziemcach/ACT of December 12th, 2013 on foreigners, Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland

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