Do I need a visa

Foreigners exempted from a visa requirement when entering Schengen Area for the periods not exceeding 90 days within 180-day period:

1) citizens of the following states:

Albania (exemption from visa requirement refers only to holders of biometric passports) Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina *
Australia
Barbados
Bosnia and Herzegovina (exemption from visa requirement refers only to holders of biometric passports)
Brazil
Brunei
Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (exemption from visa requirement refers only to holders of biometric passports)
Chile *
Montenegro (exemption from visa requirement refers only to holders of biometric passports)
Dominican Republic (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Grenada (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union )
Guatemala
Honduras *
Israel *
Japan *
Canada
Kiribati (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Columbia (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
South Korea *
Costa Rica *
Malaysia *
Mauritius
Micronesia (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Mexico *
Monaco
Moldova (holders of biometric passports issued in accordance with ICAO standards)
Nauru (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Nicaragua *
New Zealand
Palau (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Panama *
Paraguay
Peru (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Salvador Samoa (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
San Marino
Seychelles
Serbia (apart from the holders of Serbian passports issued by Serbian Directorate for Coordination (in Serbian language: Koordinaciona uprava (exemption from visa requirement refers only to holders of biometric passports)
Singapore *
United States of America *
East Timor (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Tonga (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Trinidad and Tobago (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Tuvalu (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Uruguay *
Vatican
Venezuela
The Bahamas
Marshall Islands (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union )
Solomon Islands (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
Vanuatu (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)
United Arab Emirates (exemption from visa requirement shall apply from the effective date of the agreement on exemption from visa requirement which shall be concluded with the European Union)

2) citizens of special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China

Hong Kong SAR (exemption from visa requirement applies only to holders of “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” passports) *
Macao SAR (exemption from visa requirement applies only to holders of “Região Administrativa Especial de Macau” passports) *

3) British citizens who are not citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the purpose of the EU provisions:
British nationals (Overseas), British Overseas Territories Citizens, British Overseas Citizens, British Protected Persons, British Subjects

4) citizens of units and territorial authorities, which are not recognized as countries by at least one member state:
Taiwan (exemption from visa requirement applies only to holders of passport issued by the authorities of Taiwan and bearing identity card number)

* citizens of these countries or special administrative regions can re-enter Poland pursuant to visa-free traffic without complying with the 180 – day limit, on the basis of bilateral agreements regulating visa-free traffic, concluded by Poland with those countries before the accession of Poland to the EU.

2. Rules for stay in visa-free traffic

Total stay on the territory of all member states of the Schengen area (including Poland) without the need to obtain visa cannot exceed 90 days within each 180 – day period.

States of the Schengen area include:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, as well as Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland (the last 4 are Schengen countries that do not form part of the EU).
Note: UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania are member states of the EU but are not Schengen states.
In the course of stay without the need to obtain visa, a foreigner should meet the following conditions:

  • have a valid travel document,
  • be able to justify the purpose and conditions of the planned stay and
  • have sufficient means of subsistence or a possibility of obtaining them in accordance with the law,
  • not be a person for whom an alert has been issued in the SIS for the purposes of refusing them entry as well as
  • is not considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security, public health or the international relations of any of the Member States of the European Union, and in particular not be a person for whom an alert has been issued on this basis for the purposes of refusing them entry in national databases of the member states.