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Poland

Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

None. Consular services are suspended in all Polish consulates in Ukraine.

Any special considerations

Individuals who need information on the detailed rules of crossing the border, should contact the Border Guard: +48 82 568 51 19.

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

Biometric passport holders can enter Poland on the basis of visa-free traffic (90 days within 180 days).

Others can seek individual permission at the border to enter Poland for up to 15 days (with the possibility to extend). To local counsel’s knowledge, border guard permission is being granted indiscriminately to Ukrainian citizens. Individuals escaping from the armed conflict in Ukraine will be admitted to Poland.

Non-Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

None. Consular services are suspended.

Any special considerations

N/A

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

EU nationals have free entry to Poland.

Nationals entitled to visa-free movement (e.g. US nationals) can enter Poland on the basis of visa-free traffic (90 days within 180 days).

Others can seek individual permission at the border to enter Poland for up to 15 days (with possibility to extend). At this time, the border guard’s treatment of non-Ukrainian nationals remains unclear

Ukraine nationals in Destination Country

Options

Ukrainian nationals already in Poland do not need to worry about ending their legal stay. Polish authorities will make sure that their legal stay is extended. On March 12, 2022, the Polish government adopted a new law granting Ukrainian nationals who entered Poland due to the armed conflict 18 months of legal status. After nine months, Ukrainian nationals can apply for a three-year temporary residence permit.

The Polish government has adopted a series of amendments aimed at expanding support for Ukrainian nationals in Poland. Under the provisions, certain foreign nationals will be allowed to apply for Polish visas from within Poland, without traveling to a consulate abroad. The amendments also extend the time period for Ukrainian nationals to apply for a PESEL identification number to 90 days after arrival, and confirm that Ukrainian nationals who have fled to Poland are authorized to work even without a Polish work permit.

Visit our blog, The Mobile Workforce, for more information.

Other considerations

Individuals requiring more information may call the hotline: +48 47 721 75 75.

Links to latest Government information

https://www.gov.pl/web/udsc/ukraina-en

https://www.strazgraniczna.pl/pl/cudzoziemcy/ogolne-warunki-wjazdu-i/4497,Entry-and-stay-conditions.html

https://www.strazgraniczna.pl/pl/aktualnosci/informacje-o-granicy-polsko-uk