Due to the pandemic Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), border traffic in different countries has been temporarily suspended, which means that you should stay in Poland and legalize your stay until the situation changes.

Foreigners who cannot leave the territory of Poland for reasons beyond their control may apply for either a visa extension or a temporary residence permit due to circumstances requiring a short stay.

Despite the "anti-crisis shield" introduced by the Polish government, which allows foreigners to submit the application for temporary residence permit till the 30th day following the date of the cancellation of the state of the epidemic, we recommend that foreigners, whose legal stay already ends, to submit the applications for temporary residence permit without waiting for the cancellation of the state of the epidemic. Submitting an appropriate application today will allow to significantly reduce the time of waiting for a decision on granting a temporary residence permit.

There is also a possibility of the extension of stay in visa-free traffic for the citizens of:

  • Brazil,
  • Argentina,
  • Chile,
  • Honduras,
  • Costa Rica,
  • Nicaragua,
  • Singapore,
  • Uruguay.

A national visa can be extended once, provided that the period of residence on the basis of the extended national visa does not exceed the period of stay envisaged for a national visa, including the period of residence on the basis of a visa which is subject to extension (i.e. up to 365 days).

The period of residence on the territory of the Republic of Poland on the basis of the extended Schengen visa should not exceed the maximum stay period provided for a particular type of visa i.e. 90 within a 180-days period in the case of a Schengen visa (including the period of residence on the basis of a visa which is subject to extension).

If you are not sure whether you could enter Poland or not, you can contact us.

For finding out more information about our immigration law services for foreigners, who want to stay in Poland, check more information.