How to apply: Visa Outsourcing and E-Consulate
Visa applications for:
- Schengen visas for persons travelling to Poland or Latvia and other Schengen zone countries (short stays less than 90 days)
- national visas for purposes such as study, research, work, family sojourn etc. in Poland (stays longer than 90 days)
from the residents of Guangdong and Hainan provinces or Guangxi Zhuang A.R. shall be submitted at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre www.vfsglobal.cn/poland/china at Tian He Bei Lu no. 28, Times Square building, East Tower, 8th Floor, room 808 天河北路28号时代广场东区8楼808室
However, travellers can still apply for visas personally at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland making reservation and filling-in application form on-line at www.e-konsulat.gov.pl, printing-out the visa application form and then coming to the Consulate in person.
In the Consulate applications from individual applicants are accepted on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon. Applications from visa group applicants of are accepted on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon.
Collection of passports of the two latter groups of visitors as well as the negative visa decisions for applications submitted at Visa Application Center can be done from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:30 p.m. till 4:30 p.m.
General Visa Requirements
- Citizens of the PR China and foreign nationals legally residing in the provinces of Guangdong, Hainan and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region may apply for a Schengen visa or a national visa at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Guangzhou.
- Visa application along with accompanying documents should be submitted personally by the applicant, regardless of whether being submitted in a Visa Application Center www.vfsglobal.cn/poland/china or directly in the Consulate; applicants applying for a Schengen visa will be fingerprinted;
- Fee for visa application, both for uniform Schengen visa and national long term visa, is equivalent of €60.- what is presently ¥443.-.
- Documents made in the Chinese language should be submitted along with English or Polish languages translation. The translations should be signed by the applicant.
- Visa application forms must be filled in Latin letters on a typewriter, computer or by handwriting, but clearly mimicking printing and without corrections and deletions, and the data entered on the form must be consistent with the data shown on your passport.
- All questions included in the visa application form must be answered. For questions not related to the applicant please insert a dash in the appropriate box.
- One photo should be affixed to m: size 3.5 X 4.5 cm, background, sharp and in color, printed on high-quality paper with white background; not older than 6 months, enabling identification of applying person; en face - face straight to the objective, both sides of the face need to be visible; head must be uncovered and unveiled, face must not be covered by hair, eyes must be visible, mouth must be shut.
- The passport of a foreigner applying for a visa should be valid for at least a period of three months from the last day of the planned stay in the Schengen zone / Poland. Passports with a shorter validity period will not be accepted. The passport should be issued within the last 10 years.
- Only persons holding passports “for public affairs” may apply through external entities such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or provincial/municipal Foreign Affairs Offices and other state institutions.
- Applicants for a uniform Schengen or national visa must prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance. The insurance must be valid throughout the territory of the Schengen Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit however in case of applicants for a visa for two or more entries (multiple entries) they shall possess medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit. In addition, such applicants shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays. The minimum coverage shall be € 30,000. Applicants should, in principle, take out insurance in their country of residence. Where this is not possible, they may seek to obtain insurance in any other country.
- Please note that a personal interview may be required on a case-by-case basis.
- The Consulate General of Poland makes every possible effort to make visa procedures as swift as possible and in the vast majority of cases visas are issued within two or three working days, however in some rare cases the procedure may be extended to 15 calendar days or even beyond.
Simplified visa procedure for family members of the European Union (EU) citizen
The procedure applies to foreigners who travel to the Member State that is another EU Member State than the State of nationality of a member of his family - EU citizen, or reside in that Member State.
1. EU citizen is a citizen of an EU Member State, citizen of the Member State of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein), citizen of the Swiss Confederation.
2. Family members of the EU citizen:
- Partner with whom the EU citizen has an official partnership in accordance with the law of Member State, if the legislation of the host Member State recognizes the equality of the partnership and marriage,
- Child under the age of 21, who is a dependent of an EU citizen or his / her spouse or partner,
- Parents who are dependents of an EU citizen or his / her spouse or partner.
3. To obtain a visa the applicant is required to submit in the Visa Application Center www.vfsglobal.cn/poland/china OR directly in the Consulate the following documents:
- Visa application form (made at the Visa Application Center or in case of applying directly in the Consulate completed on the website http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl/ , printed out, signed, with pasted biometric photograph on white background)
- Valid passport,
- Proof that you are a member of the family, as provided for item 2 above (e.g. , original marriage certificate, legalized, with a copy of his/her passport)
- Proof that you accompany the EU citizen or travel to him/her (e.g., written statement of the EU citizen).
- Medical travel insurance (valid throughout the territory of all Schengen countries and cover the entire period of the person's intended stay, with the minimum coverage of EUR 30 000).
Consideration of visa applications is free of charge. Persons willing to obtain a visa at the Consulate are not required to have a prior appointment.
4. The refusal to issue a visa
The visa will be refused to issue if:
- an applicant's visit on the territory of the Republic of Poland is planned during the period when he is on the list of foreigners whose stay at the territory of the Republic of Poland is undesirable or
- a person's stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland may pose a threat to national defense and security or security and public order protection or public health.
The decision to refuse the visa is taken by the Consul. The decision of the Consul on refusal to issue a visa may be appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
5. Legal basis:
- The Act of 14 July 2006 On The Entry Into, Residence In And Exit From The Republic Of Poland Of Nationals Of The European Union Member States And Their Family Members (Journal of Laws No. 144, item 1043). This Act, within its regulations, implements the provisions of Directive 2004/38/EC of The European Parliament and of The Council of 29 April 2004 On The Right Of Citizens Of The Union And Their Family
- The Act of 12 December 2013 On Foreign Citizens (Journal of Laws dated December 30, 2013, Art. 1650 rev.);
- The Act of 25 June 2015 The Consular Law (Journal of Laws dated August 31, 2015, p. 1274).