• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

  • Since December 21, 2007, Poland is part of the Schengen Area, a zone without controls on internal borders which comprises of 28 countries. Third-country nationals may enter Poland if they are in possession of a valid travel document and a visa (if required). Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 includes the lists of third countries whose nationals must possess valid visas to cross external borders, and of countries whose nationals are exempt from this obligation.


    List of countries whose nationals may enter Poland without a visa


    When crossing the border third-country nationals are also obliged to justify the purpose and conditions of intended stay and prove that they have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the period of intended stay and for return to their country of origin or transit to a third state into which they are certain to be admitted, or are in a position to acquire such means lawfully.


    Moreover, they must not be listed as persons who have been refused entry, and they must not be considered a threat to public policy, national security or the international relations of any of the Schengen states.
    The visa application should be submitted to and examined by the relevant consular post in accordance with its territorial competence.


    Applicants should contact relevant consular post in order to obtain the application as well as information on the electronic registration of the application and visa fees. The application will be examined no later than 21 calendar days after the date of submission of the full set of documents.



    The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have tightened the Schengen Borders Code regulations on external border crossings. Effective 7 April 2017, all persons crossing an external border will undergo thorough checks.


    The change of Schengen Borders Code regulations imposes an obligation on all EU Member States to carry out thorough checks of every person who enters or leaves the Schengen area. The Schengen Borders Code was amended in response to the terrorist threat that continues to exist in Europe.


    Until now, persons who enjoyed the right to free movement pursuant to EU law, i.e. Polish citizens, among others, underwent the so-called minimum check. Starting Friday, 7 April, everyone who crosses an external border at any of the border crossings, both road, sea and airport crossing points, will be subject to thorough checks. The tightened regulations mean that, in addition to identity and citizenship checks run on the person crossing a Schengen border as well as verification of the authenticity and validity of a travel document authorising its holder to cross the border, every traveller will be checked in domestic and European databases to see that he or she is not considered a threat to public policy, internal security, public health or international relations of any of the EU Member States.


    The tightened regulations will affect the duration of border checks at border crossing points in Poland (in the case of borders with non-Schengen countries) and can make them last longer. In order to reduce the negative consequences of the new regulations, the situation will be monitored on an ongoing basis by the Polish Border Guard and adequate measures will be taken depending on the intensity of border traffic and the travellers’ waiting time for border checks.



    Requesting access to personal data stored in the Schengen Information System


    Everyone has the right to obtain comprehensive information regarding personal data processed in data filing systems.


    In accordance with Article 32 (5) of the Act of 29 August 1997 on the Protection of Personal Data (Journal of Laws of 2002, No. 101, item 926, with subsequent amendments), the person concerned may exercise his/her right to obtain information once every six months.


    An application for access is free of chargé.


    According to the Act of 24  August 2007 on the participation of the Republic of Poland in the Schengen Information System and the Visa Information System, Poland’s controller of data processed within the Schengen Information System is the Commander-in-Chief of the Police.


    Requests for access or modification of data should be sent to him.


    Address for correspondence:


    General Headquarters of the Polish Police (KGP)

    Central Technical Authority KSI

    Puławska 148/150

    02-514 Warszawa


    If there is a need for consultation regarding the contents of a request for access to personal data, you can contact us by phone or via e-mail:


    Tel.: +48 (22) 601-53-29 ,        +48 (22) 601-53-15,       e-mail:


    Pursuant to Article 32 (1-5a) of the Act on the Protection of Personal Data, the data subject may request the following information regarding the processing of his/her personal data:


    • whether the data exists in the system,
    • how long the data have been processed for,
    • the source of data acquisition,
    • how data is made available,
    • the purpose and scope of data processing,
    • to what extent and to whom the data were made available.


    The controller will provide the information requested within 30 days. In order to obtain such information, a written request must be submitted in Polish or English.


    The request for information should include:


    1. name and surname of the applicant,

    2. Polish national identification number - PESEL (where applicable),

    3. nationality,

    4. date and place of birth,

    5. a photocopy of an identity document containing a clear image,

    6. place of residence (country, city, street and house number/apartment),

    7. subject matter of the request,

    8. signature of person making the request.


    In accordance with Article 32 of the Act of 14 June 1960 on the Code of Administrative Procedure (Journal of Laws of 2000, No. 98, Item 1071, with subsequent amendments), a party may be represented in administrative proceedings by a plenipotentiary unless the nature of the activities requires action in person. Article 33 of the Code establishes the procedural rules for the power of attorney, i.e.:

    • the plenipotentiary may be a natural person with legal capacity;
    • the power of attorney should be notified in writing;
    • the plenipotentiary files an original or an officially certified copy of the power of attorney.


    A lawyer, legal counsel or patent agent may themselves authenticate a copy of the power of attorney granted to him/her.


    Refusal to provide information on processed personal data


    According to Article 30 of the Act on the Protection of Personal Data, the controller may refuse to provide access where this would:

    1.  result in the disclosure of information constituting a state secret,

    2.  pose a threat to state security or defence, life and human health or safety and public order,

    3.  pose a threat to the basic economic or financial interests of the State,

    4.  result in a substantial breach of the personal interests of data subjects or third persons.


    The right to correct the data and request the suspension of their processing or removal


    The data subject may ask the controller to supplement, update, correct, remove and temporarily or permanently suspend processing of his/her data. However, the data subject must demonstrate that the data are incomplete, outdated, inaccurate or have been collected in violation of the law or that their processing is no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which they were collected.


    Application proceedings are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Administrative Procedure.


    Contact details of the national data protection authority


    In order to provide an adequate level of legal protection for persons whose data are stored in the Schengen Information System, the General Inspector for Personal Data Protection supervises whether the use of data violates the rights of data subjects. This supervision is exercised in accordance with the laws on personal data protection.


    Address for correspondence:


    Bureau of the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection (GIODO)

    Stawki 2

    00-193 Warszawa


    Tel. +48 (22) 860-73-93

    Fax: +48 (22) 860-70-86


    Any person whose data are processed in the Schengen Information System is entitled to submit a complaint to the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection with regard to the implementation of the provisions on the protection of personal data.






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