How can I enter Poland?

Polish Border Guard admit to Poland all people fleeing the territory of Ukraine with any identity document, foreign passport, internal passport, driving license, birth certificate (child). If you do not have any documents, you will also be admitted, but it will take much longer (your identity needs to be verified).

The entry to Poland is possible on the basis of:

  • visa-free travel on the basis of a biometric passport;
  • national visa (D) or Schengen visa (C);

visas with D or C designation, or a residence permit issued by another Schengen state;

hold a temporary residence permit, permanent residence or long-term resident’s EU residence permit and a valid residence card;

an application for international protection, submitted at the Polish border crossing point (regardless of meeting other entry requirements);

on the basis of a permit from the Commander of the Border Guard Post – from the moment of entry, your legal stay on this basis will last:

a) 18 months, if you are a citizen of Ukraine or his spouse,

b) 15 days, in all other cases.

If you are a person covered by the Act on assistance to citizens of Ukraine and / or temporary protection [see:,łuajaca-ochrone-czasowa/ ] you do not need to submit an application for international protection or a temporary residence permit for further legalization of stay.

If you are a citizen of a third country and you are not covered by temporary protection, see what further possibilities of legalizing your stay are available: -in-Poland-on-a-15-day-permit /

Legal basis (27.01.2023):

Act of March 12, 2022 on assistance to Ukrainian citizens in connection with an armed conflict in the territory of that state.

Act of 12 December 2013 on foreigners.

Act of June 13, 2003 on granting protection to foreigners within the territory of the Republic of Poland.

Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 of 4 March 2022 declaring the existence of a mass influx of displaced persons from Ukraine within the meaning of Article 5 of Directive 2001/55 / ​​EC and resulting in the introduction of temporary protection.