Entering Poland (visa information)
Since December 21, 2007, Poland has been part of the Schengen Area, a zone with no internal borders which comprises the territories of 25 countries. Third-country nationals may cross Poland’s external borders if they are in possession of a valid travel document and a visa (if required). Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 includes a list 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 justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay and prove that they have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the period of the intended stay and for the 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 Polish consular post in accordance with its territorial competence.
Applicants should contact the 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 15 calendar days after the date of submission of the full set of documents.
Polish delegations are not present in some countries. In this case, the applicant is obliged to submit the application to the relevant Polish consular post in another country
Foreign missions in Poland
Poland lies in the zone of moderate climate, intermediate between the marine and continental climates and the weather can be quite changeable. The temperature ranges in May: 15°C to 25°C. Rain is possible. The entire of Poland lies in Central European Time (GMT + 01:00)
Money: the official currency in Poland is the Złoty (zł) (1EUR = 4zł).
Paying by credit cards is widely acceptable. Cash machines, called bankomat, are available all over the country.
Language: an official language is Polish. English is quite widely understood/spoken.
Shopping hours: shops are generally open: Monday-Friday from 10:00 to 20:00; Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00; some are open on Sundays.
www.krakow.pl - useful information about Kraków
www.cracow-life.com - useful information about Kraków
www.krakow.pl/biznes - useful information about Kraków
www.lotnisko-balice.pl - Kraków airport
www.katowice-airport.pl - Katowice Airport
www.pkp.pl - national railways
www.intercity.pl - intercity trains