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Poland Visa Requirements

The rules and regulations regarding a visa to Poland.

The Poland Visa information that follows is a general visa guide. Since visa laws and their interpretations change, there may be some changes to visa laws that have not yet been made in this page. You can, however, get the general requirements for getting a visa to Poland here. You can also click through ( at the bottom of this Poland visa page or by clicking on this link now How To Get A Poland Business Visa ) to some practical tips on how to get a Poland visa.

The following visa information is provided for your convenience. The ultimate decision to issue you a visa will be made by the Polish consulate in your country. But first read this information so that when you apply for a visa at your country's Polish consulate you have the necessary information at hand.

It is important to note that all activities related to your visa to Poland must be done in the Polish embassy in your home country. Neither your embassy in Poland nor any entity of the Polish Government in Poland can help you regarding your visa except to give you information.

Poland is now part of the Schengen visa zone. That means that if you are interested in a short term stay in any country that is part of the Schengen zone, you must get a Schengen visa.

As a first step you should fully familiarize yourself with the Schengen zone these requirements. A full understanding of these requirements will help you throughout the business visa process.

In general, however:

A Schengen Visa allows you to travel to any (or all) member countries using one single visa, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country. This is particularly beneficial for persons who wish to visit several European countries on the same trip. The Schengen visa is a "visitor visa". It is issued to citizens of countries who are required to obtain a visa before entering Europe. It does not allow you to work.

The purpose of the visit must be leisure, tourism, or business. Upon the issuance of the visa, the visa holder is allowed to enter all member countries and travel freely throughout the Schengen area. It is strongly recommended to plan your journey within the timeframe of the Schengen Visa as extensions can be very difficult to obtain, thus forcing you to leave to stay in compliance with the Schengen rules and regulations.

All Schengen countries are in Europe. A total of 30 countries, including all European Union countries (except Ireland and United Kingdom) and three non-EU members (Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland) have signed the Schengen agreement. However, only 15 countries have implemented the common border control and visa provisions.

If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Embassy or Consulate of that particular country.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your main destination.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination, you should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your first point of entry.

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