Poland, situated in Europe neighboring Germany and Ukraine, is also a signatory of the Schengen Agreement. As a result, tourists planning a short stay will require a Schengen visa.
For Filipinos, a tourist visa is needed to be able to go to Poland. This visa is valid for 90 days. Once you are granted this document, you may also enter other countries that are part of the Schengen agreement. However, you should not have used up the allotted days as indicated in your visa.
Tourist Visa Application for Filipinos
While Poland might not be a top-of-mind destination for many tourists, it boasts captivating architecture and unique natural parks. With your visa approval, you can explore not only Poland but also other Schengen agreement nations within the allocated time frame. Alternatively, you can utilize the visa calculator to determine the remaining days for potential visits.
Requirements for Visa Application
The Polish government issues various types of visas, but for a short visit, you must apply for a C-Type Schengen visa. Here are the documents you need to submit:
- Duly-filled visa application form, available through the e-konsulat system
- Passport photo: Dimensions are 3.5 x 4.5 cm, with white background and must have been taken within the last 6 months, and without any headwear.
- Valid passport: Issued in the past 10 years, with a validity of at least three months beyond your return date. The passport should have at least 2 blank pages left.
- Previous passports (if applicable)
- Photocopy of the personal data page of the passport
- Healthcare insurance: Coverage should at least be €30,000
- Photocopy of Qatari ID
- Proof of funds: This can include a bank statement, income certificate for the last 3 months from your employer, and confirmation of leave approval. Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate the means to support your stay in Poland, having at least 75 PLN (or 75 QAR) per day.
- Accommodation: Evidence of hotel booking or an official invitation
- Flight itinerary: This can be a ticket reservation.
- Letter of invitation (if applicable)
Procedure for Visa Application
Follow these steps for your visa application:
- Step 1: Gather the required documents
- Step 2: Schedule an appointment with the consular office using the e-konsulat platform.
- Step 3: On your appointment day, bring all documents and pay the visa application fee. In some cases, the officer may ask for additional documents or conduct a further interview.
- Step 4: Await the result of your application. The visa processing duration is about 15 to 45 days.
Visa Application Fees
The fee is QAR 320, payable in cash. Keep in mind that the application fee is non-refundable, even if the consular office doesn’t approve your application.
Address and Contact Details of the Embassy of Poland in Qatar
- Address: West Bay, Al-Qutaifiya, Zone 66, Str. No. 913 Bldg. No 152 Doha, Qatar
- Telephone Number: +974 441132 30
- Fax Number: +974 44 11 03 07
- Email: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PLinQatar/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/PLinQatar
Map of the Embassy of Poland in Qatar
Video About Tourist Visa Application
For a comprehensive and a conversational instruction on visa application, you can refer to this YouTube video from Oily Louie Castillo. With over a decade of experience working in Poland, Castillo shares valuable insights on how to succeed in your visa application.
While the discussion is intended for those based in the Philippines, Castillo shares valuable tips that are still useful wherever you are based. He emphasizes the importance of regularly checking your email for potential requests from the consular office for additional documents.
You can watch the full video here:
Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on personal experiences that the OFW shared in the video. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on their video or on their social media accounts.
Getting from Qatar to Poland
Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines are the two most popular airlines flying from Doha, Qatar to Poland. Among the popular entry points in Poland are Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Zielona Gora, and Lublin.
If you’re still working on your budget, the most affordable flight to Poland is approximately priced at QAR 1300. Your expected travel time is a little over 6 hours. On average, the months of February and March tend to offer cheaper flight options. Additionally, for a more serene experience, consider planning your visit for September or October, avoiding the peak tourist season.
It’s worth noting that Polish winters can be quite chilly, making these months less suitable for travel. Instead, opt for a trip between April and September to enjoy milder weather conditions.
Popular Destinations in Poland
Poland, located in Central Europe, is home to a diversified natural environment. Most of these attractions are free from human touch. You can also plan your itinerary by considering these recommended destinations:
Warsaw is the country’s capital, and its main attraction is the mix of grey and colorful houses used long ago. These buildings, witnesses to a darker chapter in history, now draw millions of visitors.
Aside from the restored buildings, there are a number of museums including the Palace of Culture and Science, Copernicus Science Structure, and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Alternatively, you can also visit the parks and try out the numerous restaurants and cafes.
A noteworthy site to include is the Royal Castle, once home to the last of Poland’s royalty.
Krakow is another city rich in history, where visitors can traverse sites that have played pivotal roles in shaping the past, alongside contemporary architectural marvels. The city is characterized by its cleanliness and safety. Most locals are also proficient in English and French.
If you know how to ride a bicycle, you can go to Ghetto Heroes Square and go sightseeing. While there are some places that feature the memories of war, it is also worth your time to see these and understand what happened before. A visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is an opportunity to gain insight into the struggles endured by those sent there.
When it’s time to acquire souvenirs, local markets await your exploration. For fresh produce, head to the farmer’s market at Nowy Kleparz, where you can also find cheese and bread. Meanwhile, Plac Nowy is your destination for vintage discoveries.
Gdansk stands out for its harmonious blend of ancient and contemporary attractions. Cathedrals, monuments, and museums grace the city. Notably, the Museum of the Second World War showcases relics from World War II and exhibits designed to educate visitors about the conflict and the utilized propaganda.
For those seeking a religious experience, St. Mary’s Church, also known as the world’s largest brick church, welcomes worshippers. Visitors can enter through one of its seven gates and marvel at the Crucifix.
Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting Poland
To make your trip more memorable, it would help to know their customs and other desirable practices. This way, you are less likely to experience hassle and disappointment. Here are some tips for you:
- Learn a few Polish phrases. You should do this in all foreign countries you visit. When you can speak and understand a few local words, you would be able to find your way around. And who knows, you might be able to ask for a discount or additional favor if you do it nicely.
- Use the local currency for payments. In Poland, the currency is the Polish Zloty; therefore, euros are not accepted as payment. Credit cards are an alternative, but having some coins for service worker tips is recommended.
- Use trains or local tour operators when going around Poland. Using local transport would be a better option rather than self-driving. For one, the road signs are in Polish. Next, the navigation system is not reliable. Plus, you also need an international driver’s license to be allowed to drive. Remember to validate your ticket when using public transport..
- Observe proper road crossing rules. Avoid jaywalking, as it’s punishable by fines. Use designated crossing points and follow signposted directions.
- Refrain from public drinking. Drinking alcohol in public is illegal, and drinking and driving are strictly prohibited, leading to legal consequences if violated.
- Be mindful of prohibited imports. While bringing small amounts of fruits and vegetables from Qatar for personal use is permitted, larger quantities require a phytosanitary certificate.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Can I find work in Poland with my tourist visa?
No, you cannot find work with your tourist visa. This visa can only be used for touring or for visiting family and friends.
- Can I apply for my tourist visa in less than 15 days?
It’s advisable to allocate more than 15 days for your visa application, as a shorter time frame might not be sufficient.
- In case my visa application was denied, can I appeal?
Yes, you can appeal the decision by visiting the consular office from Wednesday to Sunday. An appeal processing fee of QAR 320 applies.
Poland is located in Central Europe and it offers historic and contemporary attractions for its guests. Another appeal of the country is the role it played during World War II, and history enthusiasts would want to look at exhibits and other attractions to learn more.
For Filipino passport holders, obtaining a tourist visa is a prerequisite. Begin the application process by collecting vital documents like your passport, Qatari ID, bank statements, and employer certification. Once prepared, request an appointment with the consular office. On your scheduled date, submit the required documents and pay the application fee, awaiting the outcome of your application afterward.