21 December 2007 Poland joined the Schengen zone - area without internal border controls, which currently consists of 26 countries: Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden and Estonia.
These countries have adopted common principles of entry and short-term stay in their territories.
To enter the Schengen zone, third-country nationals must have a valid travel document or passport, and a valid visa, if required. They also must complete the following requirements:
What type of visa to get?
If you are planning to stay in Poland territory or in the territory of all Schengen countries for up to 90 days (for one or more entries) for a period of six months, counted from the date of the first entry, or travel throughout the Schengen area to transit (train, car, airplane), you should apply for a Schengen visa С.
A Single Schengen visa (valid in the territory of the Schengen countries) gives the right to stay in the territory of all Schengen countries.
If you plan to stay in the territory of Poland in general more than 90 days (up to a minimum of 91 days, for one or more entries) for half a year, counting from the date of the first entry, you must apply for a national visa D.
National visa D gives the right to:
If you plan to travel by plane to a third state and the air travel provides a landing at the airport located in territory of the Schengen country (RP), as well as:
In the case of planned transit through the airport located in the territory of another country, please consult the Schengen zone directly to the consular office of that country to get an airport visa.
Airport transit visa A gives you the right to enter and stay in the international transit area of the Airport (does not give the right to enter the territory of the Schengen countries and to leave the international transit area of the airport)
Foreign nationals may stay in the territory of Poland (national visa D) or in the territory of the Schengen countries (Schengen visa) the time period that is specified in the visa ("duration of stay"/"czas pobytu) labeled with numbers) during the period of validity of the visa (the visa is valid till"/"wiza ważna do ...", designated date).
The deadline for departure from Poland/Schengen - the last day of validity of the visa (the visa is valid till "/" wiza ważna do ... ") no matter how many days out of the period of stay"/"czasu pobytu" was used by visa holder.
AGREEMENT between the Russian Federation and the European Community on the facilitation of the issuance of visas to citizens of the Russian Federation and the European Union.
VISA IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION:
Legality of your stay within the Schengen area may be checked at any moment of your stay there (including at border crossing). The reference period of 180 days within which the foreigner can spend for up to 90 days in the Schengen area will be looked at backwards from each day of the stay (i.e. the calculation of stay will be done within 180 days preceding each day of stay).
When planning your future trip please follow these steps:
The European Commission puts at your disposal a calculation tool on the following link: