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Poland business visa application, requirements, price, and processing time

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The Poland business visa is for visitors who wants to visit the country for business trip. Business persons or participants in an event may enter Poland with this visa. However, only applicants who meet the requirements will be issued one. This page contains information about the visa application process for foreign nationals. You can also apply for a Poland tourist visa online by simply visiting VisaHQ.

Who Needs A Poland Business Visa

This visa is for travelers who are not from visa-exempt countries. If you are not from any European country that is a member of the European Union or part of the Schengen countries region, you need a visa to enter Poland for business purposes.

Types of Poland Business Visa

There are three types of business visas. The short stay visa is suited for short stays, and it is also called the Schengen visa. It allows the holder to stay in Poland for up to 90 days. The difference between this visa and the other business visa types is that it allows the holder to enter any other Schengen nation as long as the visa is valid.

The other type is the C Visa. This one is for those who wish to stay in Poland for less than 90 days. The D visa is for business visitors who plan to stay in Poland for more than 90 days.  

The purpose of your trip and the length of stay will determine which visa you apply for. If your engagement in Poland will take a week or two, a Type C Visa should do; for a longer engagement of more than 90 days, you should opt for a Type D visa. However, if your business trips will take you to other countries aside from Poland, it will be best to apply for a Schengen visa to gain access to those countries with a single travel document. Uniform Schengen visa is valid across the Schengen region but does not attract a work permit. Those who wish to work in Poland should apply for a work visa.

Poland Business Visa Eligibility

This visa is issued to the applicant on account of the following.

Genuine intentions: That the applicant is sincere about visiting Poland for business and not for any other purposes.

Ability to bear travel expenses: That their expenses will be borne by them and not passed off as a social cost to the government. They must prove that they have the funds to cover their expenses.

Return ticket: The applicant must have strong ties with their home country and have every reason to return home after they finish with their engagement in Poland.

Good character: They must have a clean record devoid of any criminal past. They must provide a Police Clearance Certificate to prove their good character.

Good health: They must meet the minimum health standard set by the Polish ministry of health for all visitors.

Reasons to return: You must have strong ties in your home country to ensure that you will return after your stay. 

Documents For Poland Business Visa Requirements

 Here are the documents you must attach to your Poland visa application form.

Valid Passport: You must attach a valid passport to your visa application form. The passport must have three extra months of validity after your departure date. Passports issued more than 10 years ago are not accepted by the authorities.

Previous visas: If you have copies of previous visas, you are advised to attach them.

Photos: 2 passport-sized photographs in colored and showing your face clearly.

Proof of funds: A bank statement of account showing that you have the financial capacity to cover your expenses.

Travel Insurance: Travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 to cover any medical expenses you might have.

Cover Letter: A cover letter issued by the company inviting you to Poland. The letter must state the purpose of the trip.

Income tax returns: Income tax covering the last three years.

The company or organization inviting you must issue a declaration to cover all your expenses.


How To Apply For A Business Visa

If you want to apply for a business visa, you have two options; you either visit the Polish embassy in your country or submit an application form online. Here are the steps to take.

  • Visit VisaHQ. Choose Poland as your destination

  • Select your destination country

  • Choose Business Visa

  • Fill out the application form

  • Attach the required documents

  • Pay the visa fee

  • Submit for processing

The process is easy and straightforward, and you will receive the visa in your email within 5 working days if your application is approved.

For Poland business visa embassy applications, the processing time may take 15 days. Visitors who wish to travel to multiple countries should apply for a Schengen visa. 

The Schengen visa is acceptable in any Schengen country as long as it was issued by a member nation.

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Poland Visa Policy

Poland is an Eastern European country that operates the same visa policy as 26 other countries that make up the Schengen Area. This policy applies even to non-Schengen countries like Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania, which have separate policies but partially recognize Schengen visas and policies. The Schengen visa policy of Poland determines who can enter Poland with or without visas and how long they can stay.

Under the current visa regime, visitors coming to Poland must obtain a visa unless they are from a visa exempt country.  Visa exempt countries are determined by the European Commission in agreement with member states one of which is Poland.

Since Poland joined the Union, it has maintained this policy and also issued Schengen visas and accepts visas issued by other Schengen countries. Furthermore, Poland also recognizes the same visa-exempt countries as other member states in the Schengen Area. If you are from a visa-exempt country, you don’t need a Schengen visa to enter Poland; what you need is the electronic travel authorization and information system (ETIAS) which is a special entry permit for selected nationalities.

ETIAS is an approval set to go into active service by 2024 and is required from all visa-exempt foreign nationals, including Romania, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Liechtenstein.

Poland Visa Exempt Countries

Poland maintains a list of visa exempt countries which is similar to that of other Schengen countries.  This list is made up of countries it has multilateral and bilateral relationships with and their citizens can visit without holding valid visas.

If you are from any of these visa-exempt countries, you can visit Poland and stay for 90 days within a 180 days period. As a visa free visitor you are free to go to any passport free zone in the country but you cannot work or study without a visa.

Poland ETIAS

The European visa waiver program covers the visa policies and practices of European countries in the Schengen Area, and Poland is one such country. This visa waiver program qualifies visa-exempt nationals for visa-free entry, but under new regulations, they must apply for ETIAS approval before they can enter Poland or any EU country.

Before now, visa exempt visitors only needed valid passports to enter Poland but with the introduction of ETIAS there is a slight rule change. Now, they will need to apply for this online travel authorization in advance before coming to Poland. Also, due to the universal feature of ETIAS visitors can also access other Schengen and non Schengen countries in the EU like Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania.

ETIAS is a pre-screening system for visitors who previously did not need visas.  Once they submit their data to the System, it screens such data across multiple security databases to check for threats; persons who pose one or more threats to the host country will be denied entry. The application form contains sections for travel, passport and itinerary information. There is also a section for security questions which must be answered honestly.  This document is designed for business, tourist and transit visitors. Persons coming to Poland for medical care may also apply for it.

Although it is partially in use now, the plan is for it to become fully active and mandatory for all visitors coming to Europe from visa exempt countries in 2024. The application is available online and there is an application fee attached to it which must be paid with a credit or debit card before you can submit it.

Unlike consular and online visas that take days or weeks to approve, the Europe Travel Information and Authorization System will be processed in 30 minutes or less after submitting the application.

Key Information About Poland ETIAS

Linked To Your Passport: You must travel to Poland with the same passport you used to register for your Etias because they are linked. If you travel with a different passport, you will be denied entry into Poland.

Travel To Several Countries: You can travel to different European countries with the same ETIAS because it is recognized by almost all European countries apart from The Republic of Ireland.

The 90/180 Rule: During your time in Poland and the Schengen Area, respect the 90/180 rule. This rule states that visitors must not spend more than 90 days within 6 months. These rules also apply if they visit different countries, as the number of days spent in all countries will be combined and must be at most 90 days. Spending more time is a violation of the permit.

Primary Destination Rule: The primary destination rule states that you should visit the country issuing the ETIAS before traveling to another Schengen or EU country. In this case, Poland should be your first destination.

Poland Visa Online – Get your Poland e-Visa with VisaHQ

Traveling to Poland will require the acquisition of a visa unless you are from a visa-exempt country. However, visa-exempt visitors will still need a permit before they can enter the country to pursue whatever interest they have in mind. If you are from a visa-exempt country planning a trip to Poland, you can apply for an electronic travel authorization and information system approval with VisaHQ.  

How To Apply For ETIAS With VisaHQ

If you want to apply for ETIAS with VisaHQ, you can do that within minutes because the application only takes a few minutes. Here are the steps to take

Complete The Form: Choose the ETIAS you want, then fill out the application form carefully and avoid mistakes. Your passport, travel, and personal information will be required of you.

Attach Your Documents: The next step is to attach documents like your passport. The documents you attach will depend on the type of ETIAS you pick. Pay the application fee and submit it for approval.

Get Your ETIAS: This permit takes 20 minutes or less to process. After submitting the application form, wait for the system to work, screening your information against several databases. If no alert is triggered, the application will be approved, and the permit will be forwarded to your email.

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