• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

  • Please note that Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to enter Schengen area for non-work related stays of up to 90 days in any 6-month period counting from the date of the first entry.


    Schengen visas for period longer than 90 days are not available.


    The possibility to enter Schengen states visa-free does not grant the right to work there.

    Where to apply:


    1. If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Embassy or Consulate of that particular country.    

    2. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country, which is your main destination (the country you will be spending the most of your time).

    3. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination, you should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country, which is your first point of entry to the Schengen area.

    4. If you do not need a visa for the Schengen country, which is your main destination or first point of entry, please note that you may require a visa for other Schengen states. You should then apply at the Embassy or  Consulate of the first Schengen country, which does require you to have a visa.

    5. Depending on which Schengen country is processing your application it might be necessary to apply in person. Please check with the respective Embassy or Consulate for further details.



    According to the current regulations, all documents have to be submitted in person.


    Please note that visas cannot be issued more than 3 months prior to your date of departure. Applying too early will result in your application being rejected.


    In order to obtain a visa the following documents must be submitted to the Embassy. Unless stated otherwise, original documents are required; they will be returned after the application has been reviewed:


    1. Valid and signed passport or travel document - the passport must be valid for a minimum period of 3 months after the date of the planned departure from Schengen area, with at least one blank visa page (excluding the observations/amendments/endorsements pages).


    2.Visa application form - visa applications for Schengen and National visas submitted in all Polish Consulates must be previously registered electronically on the website:

    All the necessary information concerning visa procedures and filling out application forms electronically can be found there.


    3. One colour photograph - (I) the photograph must be a full face photo, measures 3,5 x 4,5 cm with the head centred in the frame, taken within the last 6 months and must allow adequate identification; (II) the photograph must be a full-face view in which the applicant is facing the camera directly, showing both face and hair from the crown of the head to the top of the shoulders and the face should cover about 70-80 percent of the photo area, it is preferable that ears be exposed; (III) the photograph must have white or off-white background; (IV) head coverings are only acceptable due to religious beliefs, and even then, may not cover any portion of the applicant's face; (V) sunglasses or other wear which detracts form the face are not acceptable, if glasses are required for medical reasons they cannot obstruct the view of any part of an eye (eyes must be clearly visible).


    4. Documents establishing the purpose of the applicant's trip (according to the type of visa):


    • tourism, visiting family/friends - confirmed tour booking/hotel reservation/rental of holiday apartment for the full duration of the requested stay OR private invitation (Zaproszenie) signed by the family member or friend and registered at local Governor's Office in Poland (Urząd Wojewódzki), the forms are available at local Governor's Office (Urząd Wojewódzki) in Poland;

    • business - a letter from a sending company, providing details on the nature of aplicant's business trip and accepting responsibility for the coverage of all the related costs and an invitation letter from a receiving company in Poland (a business partner/client) indicating the need for further visits (mandatory if you apply for a multiple entry visa or visa with the extended validity);

    • participation in cultural, economic, political, scientific or sporting events - an invitation or notification addressed to the applicant by the organizer;

    • scientific activity, training, teaching - a letter of acceptance or admission from a receiving organization in Poland;

    • studying - a certificate of enrolment and a proof of payment for the first year tuition;

    • working (paid employment) - a Promise of a Work Permit in Poland obtained for the applicant by his/her prospective employer OR an employment contract (if Work Permit is not required).

    5. Detailed travel itinerary with the confirmed reservation for the whole journey OR a notarized copy of your airline ticket (e-ticket holders please submit your e-ticket receipt).


    6. Proof of medical insurance (travel health insurance) with a minimum coverage of 30.000 EURO - for any incurred medical expenses, hospitalization or repatriation for medical reasons, valid for the entire Schengen area for the duration of your stay; (OR, for business trips, a copy of the corporate travel insurance policy of your company).


    7. Proof of sufficient funds - recent bank statement covering last 3 months (original or notarized copy, internet printouts have to be signed and stamped by the bank) OR an invitation (Zaproszenie) registered at local Governor's Office in Poland (Urząd Wojewódzki), the forms are available at local Governor's Office (Urząd Wojewódzki) in Poland.


    8. Confirmation of current employment OR school/university enrolment.


    9. Valid re-entry permit to New Zealand.


    10. If applicant is under 18 years of age, written consent of parents or legal guardians (signatures on this document have to be notarized).


    11. A self-addressed prepaid envelope for the return of the passport (if passport is to be returned by mail). Applicants, who fail to do so, will receive their passports by ordinary mail at their own risk.


    12. Visa-processing fee (see Conuslar fees) - all fees are payable in New Zealand dollars and must be paid in advance. Payments must be made in cash or by cheque to the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Wellington. Fees are not refundable and are subject to change without further notice.


    Please be informed that submitting the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee automatic issuance of the visa and the Embassy reserves the right to request additional documentation or conduct a personal interview with the applicant.


    Visas are usually issued within 1 - 2 weeks after receipt of complete documentation. The decision on the time required to consider and process a visa application is made in each case by the Consul, depending on the type of the visa, the nationality and New Zealand residency rights of the applicant, the completion of all the necessary documents and the season of the year. Personal situation of the applicant, unfortunately, cannot be taken into account. It is the applicant's responsibility to take all necessary measures to lodge his/her application on time. 

    Visa applications should be submitted in person at:



    Embassy of the Republic of Poland

    Level 9, City Chambers

    142 Featherston St,

    CBD, Wellington

    PO Box 10211, Wellington, 6143


    Contact details:

    Phone: (04) 499 7844 

    Fax: (04) 499 7846




    Business hours:

    Monday - Friday - from 10 am - 2 pm




    Visa application will not be processed if the applicant fails to comply with the above instruction. The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Wellington reserves the right to return incomplete documentation at the applicant's own risk and cost.


    Visas are not issued to applicants holding Polish citizenship. Polish citizens are expected to travel on Polish passports.


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