• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 05.11.2018


    Concerning visa procedures for COP 24 Katowice:


    Unless you are a citizen of a country that is waived from visa requirement or already hold a visa, you are required to apply for one in order to travel to Poland to participate in the Conference. Poland is part of the Schengen Area, which means that short-term Schengen visas issued by Poland are valid throughout the territory of all 26 Schengen states: Austria, Belgium, the 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.


    Citizens of the following third countries are not required to be in possession of a visa when entering Poland for less than 90 days:




    Please bear in mind that a set of very specific documents must be prepared when applying for a  Schengen visa.


    1. A copy of the acknowledgement letter from the UNFCCC Online Registration System (ORS) and a notification must be attached to the application as proof of the purpose of the journey. It is recommended that you indicate in your visa application that you will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP24.

    2. You are  obliged to provide proof of sufficient financial means (the recommended minimum amount per day is 75 EUR) and accommodation (hotel booking). You can provide bank statements (3 months prior), pay slips etc.

    3. Every participant is required to purchase travel medical insurance that covers the entire stay. If you are travelling twice, it is necessary that you obtain insurance that covers the time period of both stays. The insurance should be valid on the territory of all Schengen states, not only Poland. The policy should cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death. Minimum coverage is 30 000 EUR. Please refer to insurance companies which often provide tailored policies.

    4. There are special requirements which your passport must meet:

    • its validity should extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen states;

    • it needs to contain at least two blank pages;

    • it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.


    Please check carefully that the visa covers the full period of participation in the forthcoming sessions of the Conference of the Parties. In your application, please also indicate if a Schengen visa has been issued to you in the last 59 months.


    In several countries, Poland is represented by another Schengen State for the purpose of examining applications and issuing visas, i.e.:




    Represents Poland in:

    Czech Republic

    Ulan Bataar, Mongolia

    Iraq, Bagdad (only holders of diplomatic and service passports)


    Quito, Ecuador

    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    San Jose, Costa Rica

    Antananarivo, Madagascar

    Kathmandu, Nepal

    Colombo, Sri Lanka

    The Netherlands

    Accra, Ghana

    Khartoum, Sudan

    Harare, Zimbabwe

    Manila, the Philippines

    Paramaribo, Suriname

    Muscat, Oman

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


    Viciebsk, Belarus


    Podgorica, Montenegro


    Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Lusaka, Zambia


    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


    Exceptional facilitation


    Due to the fact that long distances in specific regions could require a disproportionate effort on the part of applicants to have access to Polish consular mission, Federal Republic of Germany and Republic of France will temporarily assist Poland for the purpose of examining applications and issuing visas for short stays in the Schengen area to the participants of the Conference and the preceding meetings. The applicant living in relevant countries can lodge their application both in the representing German or French consulate as well as in the Polish mission (because the representing country shall use its own procedure, please contact the relevant consulate in advance).



    Temporary assists Poland in issuing visas for the participants of the Conference and the preceding meetings in:




    Burkina Faso

    Dominican Republic

    El Salvador













    Côte d'Ivoire









    You are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate consular authorities as soon as you successfully register and receive an official notification. The issuance of a visa may take up to two weeks from the date of submission of the visa application. However, due to an often substantial workload of the consular posts, you might have to wait significant time for your visa appointment. Failing to file the application on time may result in you not being able to participate in the Conference.


    For more information, participants are kindly advised to visit the website of the territorially competent consular post of Poland to learn the location where visa should be applied for.




    Important notice: please be informed that from 19th of April 2018 the consular fees have changed. You can check the fees here.




    Important notice: please be informed that from 12th of March 2018 onwards in case of National visa applications for study and work passport collection may be done only personally by the applicant.




    The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have tightened the Schengen Borders Code regulations on external border crossings. Effective 7 April, 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.

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