• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland





    Please note that due to a change in regulations, Schengen visa applications can no longer be accepted at Consular duties outside the Consulate in Pretoria. Schengen visa applicants are required to appear in person at the Consulate of the Polish Embassy in Pretoria.


    Applicants are kindly requested to pay cash for any consular operations carried out during consular duties. Please prepare the exact amount in accordance with the table of consular fees.



    Please be informed that the next consular duties will take place:







    Please be informed that the register of complaints is held by the Consul. Complaints may be lodged every Wednesday between 11:00 - 12:00.





    Information regarding personal data processing in the consular files


    Pursuant to Article 13 of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU) of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data repealing Directive 95/46/EC (GDPR), we hereby inform that:


    1. The Controller, within the meaning of Article 4(7) of the GDPR, of your personal data is the Minister of Foreign Affairs with their registered office in Poland, in Warsaw (00-580), at Al. J. Ch. Szucha 23.
    2. The Consul of the Republic of Poland in ………., with their registered office in .........., performs the duties of the controller in relation to the data included in their consular files.
    3. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has appointed the Data Protection Officer (DPO), who carries out their duties in relation to data processed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its foreign branches. This function is performed by Ms Ewa Wolska.   Contact details of the DPO  -  registered office address: Al. J. Ch. Szucha 23, 00-580 Warsaw   E-mail address:
    4. Access to the data is granted to persons authorised by the Controller only.
    5. The data included in the consular files are processed on the basis of the premises included in Article 6(1)(c) of the GDPR to implement the duties resulting from separate legal provisions (indicated in the table hereinbelow) by the consul of the RP.
    6. Data are protected under the provisions of the GDPR and cannot be made available to third parties who are not authorised to access these data, and will not be transferred to a third country that does not  guarantee an adequate level of protection equivalent to that provided by the provisions of the GDPR. Data may be transferred to a third country only if such a requirement is specified in Polish law or European Union law, pursuant to the provisions of Articles 44–46 of the GDPR.
    7. Your data may be made available to relevant entities, including public authorities, pursuant to legal provisions. 
    8. Providing your personal data by you is a statutory requirement and it is necessary to consider your case.
    9. If no specific provisions provide otherwise, you have the right to control the processing of data referred to in Articles 15–19 of the GDPR, in particular the right to access your data and to rectify, erase or restrict their processing (if Articles 17 and 18 of the GDPR apply).
    10. Your data will not be processed in an automated way, which will have an impact on making decisions that may have legal effects or may have a significant effect on such a decision. Data will not be profiled.
    11. You have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority at the following address: Prezes Urzędu Ochrony Danych Osobowych [President of the Office for Personal Data Protection] ul. Stawki 2 00-193 Warszawa.





    The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have tightened the Schengen Borders Code regulations on external border crossings. Effective 7 April, all persons crossing an external border will undergo thorough checks.


    The change of Schengen Borders Code regulations imposes an obligation on all EU Member States to carry out thorough checks of every person who enters or leaves the Schengen area. The Schengen Borders Code was amended in response to the terrorist threat that continues to exist in Europe.


    Until now, persons who enjoyed the right to free movement pursuant to EU law, i.e. Polish citizens, among others, underwent the so-called minimum check. Starting Friday, 7 April, everyone who crosses an external border at any of the border crossings, both road, sea and airport crossing points, will be subject to thorough checks. The tightened regulations mean that, in addition to identity and citizenship checks run on the person crossing a Schengen border as well as verification of the authenticity and validity of a travel document authorising its holder to cross the border, every traveller will be checked in domestic and European databases to see that he or she is not considered a threat to public policy, internal security, public health or international relations of any of the EU Member States.


    The tightened regulations will affect the duration of border checks at border crossing points in Poland (in the case of borders with non-Schengen countries) and can make them last longer. In order to reduce the negative consequences of the new regulations, the situation will be monitored on an ongoing basis by the Polish Border Guard and adequate measures will be taken depending on the intensity of border traffic and the travellers’ waiting time for border checks.







    Below procedure applies to persons traveling to another EU country, not to the EU country of the family member’s citizenship, or who is already staying in this country.

    Consideration of visa applications is free of charge.


    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), Swiss citizen.


    2. Family members of the EU citizen:

    · Spouse,

    · 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,

    · a 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 the following documents:

    · Visa application form (completed, printed, signed, with pasted photos)

    · Valid passport,

    · Proof that you are a member of the family, as provided for n. 2,

    · Proof that you accompany an EU citizen or travel to him/her (for example, notarized written statement of an EU citizen).


    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).

    · The Act of 12 December 2013 "On foreign citizens" ("Journal of Laws" dated December 30, 2013, Art. 1650 rev.) and the Act of 25 June 2015 "The Consular law" ("Journal of Laws" dated August 31, 2015, p. 1274).



    1 The present 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 members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States amending Regulation (EEC) (OJ L 158 of 30.04.2004, p. 77; OJ Polish special edition chapter 5 vol. 5 p. 46).




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