Polish embassies and consulates
Poland has 96 embassies and 125 consulates spread all over the world - meaning it does not have formal missions in every country. If there is not one in your country, then officials from another Schengen nation, or a visa applications partner, such as VFS Global, will act on Poland’s behalf.
What services do Poland’s embassies and consulates provide?
In addition to informing people, helping Poles abroad, and dealing with bilateral relations between governments, Poland’s embassies and consulates provide services to foreign nationals including dealing with immigration and asylum issues - such as issuing visas.
Who needs to apply for a Schengen Visa at a Polish embassy or consulate?
If you are traveling to Poland from a country without a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen group of countries, of which Poland is a member, you will need a short-stay visa for a trip lasting up to 90 days, and a residence permit and work or study visa if you plan to spend longer in the nation. You will need to apply via the embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
Polish embassies and consulates in the U.S., U.K., China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico
Below you will find a list of the cities where the Polish embassy or consulate is located in major nations - if your home state is not on the list, you can look up the locations of your nearest Polish mission on the foreign ministry website. In most countries, these will be located in administrative or major population centers.
Poland’s foreign ministry website : gov.pl/web/diplomacyl
Polish embassies and consulates in the U.S.
Poland has an embassy in Washington D.C. and consulates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.
Polish embassies and consulates in the U.K.
Poland has an embassy in London and consulates in Manchester and Edinburgh.
Polish embassies and consulates in China
Poland has an embassy in Beijing and consulates in Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
Polish embassies and consulates in India
Poland has an embassy in New Delhi and a consulate in Mumbai.
Polish embassy and consulate in Indonesia
Poland has an embassy in Jakarta.
Polish embassies and consulates in Brazil
Poland has an embassy in Brasilia and consulates in Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Vitoria, Salvador, Erechim, and Belo Horizonte.
Polish embassies and consulates in Mexico
Poland has an embassy in Mexico City.
Do I have to apply for a Polish Schengen Visa at an embassy or consulate?
No. In many countries, the firm VFS Global runs visa application centers on behalf of the Poland’s embassy and consulates.
Employees at VFS can help arrange your appointment and track your application on behalf of the embassy. The company’s website : vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/index.html
How long will it take the Polish embassy or consulate to process a Schengen Visa?
The processing time for a Polish Schengen Visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation, but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.
What does this have to do with travel insurance?
If you plan to apply for a Schengen Visa to Poland, you need travel and medical cover or your application will be refused. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs only €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.
Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
If you are traveling to a country other than Poland, links to the embassies and consulates of other Schengen Area countries can be found below:
Frequently asked questions about Polish embassies/consulates and Schengen Visas
If the Polish embassy refuses my Schengen Visa, can I appeal?
Yes. You can appeal if your visa application is refused for most reasons.
Will I have to turn up in person to be interviewed when obtaining my Polish Schengen Visa?
You need to attend an interview to submit and check the supporting documents submitted alongside your Schengen Visa application and to provide biometric data - an essential part of your application unless you have a valid reason not to or have already provided it.
If I previously applied for a Schengen Visa, do I have to fill in another form and attend a visa appointment?
Yes, unless your Schengen Visa is a multi-trip one and still valid. If your visa application was in the past five years, you may not need to submit new biometric data with your application.