Poland: Border Crossing Rules for Foreigners Entering Poland for Business

October 20, 2021

Key Points  

  • Foreign nationals entering Poland for business must present a written invitation from a Polish business entity  

Overview

As of Oct. 16, 2021, foreign nationals arriving in Poland for business reasons are no longer required to apply beforehand for a special recommendation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Instead, crossing the Polish border is possible with a written invitation from a Polish business entity. Foreign nationals who require visas for entry must also ensure that this documentation is acquired prior to entry from a Polish consular post. The written invitation should: 

  • Be written on a letter-headed paper of the given business entity; 
  • Contain explicit indication of the reason for a business visit; 
  • The personal data and information of the foreign national (including name, surname, passport number and dates of the planned stay in Poland); and  
  • Have the signature of an authorized person and a company stamp  

It is recommended that the invitation be enclosed with a copy or printout of a recent extract from the National Court Register (KRS) or the Central Registration and Information on Business (CEIDG), concerning the inviting Polish entity.    

Some foreign nationals are exempt from the above-mentioned requirements. Click here for a list of exempt travelers. Travelers should also ensure that they adhere to current travel restrictions, bans, and testing requirements that are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

What are the Changes?  

The Polish government has published new requirements for border entry for foreign nationals entering the country for business. Under this new requirement, foreign nationals will be required to obtain a written invitation from a Polish business entity. Previously, special recommendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was required for entry.  

Looking Ahead 

All travelers should also ensure that they adhere to current travel restrictions, bans, and testing requirements that are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue to check Envoy’s website for additional updates and further information.  

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.  

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