The citizens of many non-EU countries are required to obtain a Polish visa in order to enter and remain in Poland. However, a visa does not guarantee entry into Poland. Border guards have the right to refuse entry to a foreigner at the border. Polish consular services abroad are responsible for issuing visas.
A foreigner may request different types of visas:
Air Transit Visa (A): an “A” visa allows a foreigner to pass through the airport of one or more Schengen Area countries.
Schengen Visa (C) A “C” visa allows a foreigner to remain in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within a period of six months. The period is calculated from the first entry.
Individual Country Visa (D) A “D” visa allows a foreigner to enter a single country and stay within its borders for up to one year. The validity of such a visa depends on the purpose of travel.
If a foreigner intends to stay in Poland for longer than the authorized period of stay, he should apply for another visa or residence permit at a Polish consulate abroad. Foreigners seeking asylum in Poland, intending to repatriate to Poland or obtain a Pole’s Card should apply for this visa.