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Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
12400 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 555, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Visa applications by appointment only
Front desk opening hours, except National Holidays:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday:
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
FOR visa enquiries e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT FOR VISA APPLICANTS
Since May 1st, 2014 every visa applicant must apply for visa in person, according to the new Polish Act on Foreigners.
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.
U.S. Citizens may travel to Poland for up to 90 days without visa, for longer stay please apply for National visa type D
The consequences of illegal stay in the territory of Poland click for moreSince April 1st, 2015 the visa fee is $65Visas for European Union citizens' family members are fee exempt and issued in an expedited manner.
Before You Go please check - List of countries whose citizens may travel to Poland without visa and stay there up to 90 days
I. General information
Since December 21st 2007, Poland has been a part of the Schengen area, the territory with no check points at internal borders, formed by 25 states.
Foreigners from outside of the Schengen area may cross the border of the Republic of Poland if they hold a valid passport (or another travel document recognized by the Polish authorities) and an appropriate visa.
The passport validity must exceed the required date of departure from Poland by at least 3 months.
Entering and departing Poland or any other EU country, a foreigner who carries the amount of money (cash, shares, bonds, traveler's checks, etc.) exceeding 10,000 EURO must declare them to the custom authorities.
In accordance with the provisions of law, the Polish border guard has the sole authority to admit an alien into the territory of the Republic of Poland at the port of entry. This rule pertains to both aliens traveling on passports only, when no visa is required on the basis of bilateral agreements and to those to whom a visa had been issued at a Polish consular post abroad.
II. Visas issued by Polish Consulates
SCHENGEN SHORT-STAY VISA (type C)
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.
NATIONAL LONG-STAY VISA (type D)
valid for over 90 days of stay in Poland for a continuous or an aggregate (adding multiple entries together) stay on the territory of Poland for up to a year. Polish national long-stay visas entitle their holders to enter other Schengen countries and stay there for a period not exceeding 3 months within 6 months period.
AIRPORT TRANSIT VISA (type A)
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, Congo (Democratic Republic), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan.
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.
III. Consular territorial competence
An application shall be examined and decided on by the consulate of the competent Schengen Member State in whose jurisdiction the applicant legally resides.
The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform (Schengen) visa shall be:
- the Member State whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit(s);
- if the visit includes more than one destination, the Member State whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length or purpose of stay;
- or if no main destination can be determined, the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross in order to enter the territory of the Member States.
The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform visa for the purpose of transit shall be:
- in case of transit through only one Member State, the Member State concerned;
- or in case of transit through several Member States, the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross to start the transit.
The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for an airport transit visa shall be:
- in case of a single airport transit, the Member State on whose territory the transit airport is situated;
- or in case of double or multiple airport transit, the Member State on whose territory the first transit airport is situated.
IV. Submitting the visa application
An applicant shall appear in person when submitting visa application.
The application shall be submitted no more than 3 months before the start of the intended visit.
The third party submission is not accepted.
Only valid Permanent Residence Card (Green Card) or valid US Resident Visa type A, E, F (with endorsed I-20), G, H, I, J plus J1 documents, L, O, R are accepted to proof your legal residency in the USA and as a re-entry document. Tourists and visitors holding type B1/B2 of the US Visa must apply for Schengen/Polish Visa in their country of residence.
The US residence permit or visa should be valid at least three months beyond the intended departure from the territory of Poland or other Member States (Schengen).
The Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles is designated and competent to processes visa applications from 15 western US states i.e. Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
The visa application will not be processed if applicant fails to comply with the requirements.
The visa processing time is up to 15 days, but in some cases the procedure may be extended.
Citizens of ALBANIA, BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA, MACEDONIA, MOLDOVA, MONTENEGRO and SERBIA holding a biometric passports, are allowed to enter and stay in Schengen area without visa for 90 days in a period of 6 months.
citizens of TAIWAN holding passport with state ID number, are allowed to enter and stay in Schengen area without visa for 90 days in a period of 6 months.SEE MORE