Poland - Apply for Passport (Expat)
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
- Visit the Polish consulate and submit the same documents as required in Poland.
- Fill in the "Application for Passport" form
- The passport application must be submitted and collected in person by the holder, following the verification of the data contained in the microprocessor.
- Pay the passport fee
- Should there be any doubt as to the applicants Polish citizenship, they are required to submit a document certifying their Polish citizenship or, apply for it via the consulate at the competent Polish Office.
- If the applicant has no PESEL number (Polish identification number), the consul submits an application for assignation.
- filled in passport application
- two identical photographs according to the requirements laid down in the legislation
- an abbreviated or unabbreviated copy of birth certificate in the case of the first passport application
- an abbreviated copy of a marriage certificate if the applicant got married abroad
- a receipt of payment of the passport fee
- For information regarding photograph requirements follow link: http://www.paszporty.mswia.gov.pl/portal/content/p2i/30_techniczne/20_foto.html#faq_edit
Office Locations & Contacts
Ministry of the Interior
ul.Stefana Batorego 5
MI headquarters phone number: (+48 22) 621 20 20
Polish passports are issued to Polish citizens
- 140 PLN for a 10-year passport
- 30 PLN for a passport for a child who, on the day of submitting application, was under 7
- 60 PLN for a passport for children aged 7 to 13
- 30 PLN for a temporary child passport
- 45 PLN for a temporary passport
The following persons are exempt from the passport fee:
- persons over 70
- persons living in social welfare centres or care centres or benefiting from social assistance and receiving a permanent allowance, if they travel abroad to receive a long-term therapy or undergo surgery
- persons who applied for passport replacement due to its technical default
- soldiers sent to serve abroad, excluding professional soldiers
The following persons are entitled to a 50% passport fee allowance:
- pensioners, disabled persons exclusively dependent on their spouses,
- persons living in social welfare centres or care centres or benefiting of social assistance and receiving a permanent allowance
- combatants and other victims of war and post-war repressions
- minors and students
A discounted passport fee applies to:
- a change of surname, name or other data included in the passport
- a change of physical appearance of the passport holder, which may hinder their identification
- the lack of free space for visas and stamps confirming passing the border in the current valid passport
A double fee is collected when:
- the previous passport has been lost or destroyed for reasons attributable to owner thereof
- Fees for passports issued abroad vary and are specified in the Ordinance of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on consular fees.
- for 10 years from the date of issue
- for 5 years in the case of children aged 5-13
- for 1 year (a temporary passport) for children under 5
- Passport expiration does not deprive its holder of the right to return to the Republic of Poland on the basis of this document.
- Passport documents during their validity period shall remain a property of the Republic of Poland.
Extension of the validity of passports for children below 5 years of age
From 11 August 2012, passports issued for children below 5 years of age will be valid for 5 years. Currently all children under the age of 5 receive temporary passports valid for one year. The changes were introduced taking into account the suggestions of parents who until now had to obtain new passports for their children every year. Until 10 August 2012, children below 5 years of age will still receive temporary passports valid for one year.
Starting from 11 August, the main travel document for children below 5 years of age will be a passport valid for 5 years from its issue date. The fee for a passport will not change and will amount to PLN 30. The extension of the validity of passports for children under the age of 5 s the result of a deputies' bill which was supported by the Ministry of Interior.
Passports for children at the age of 5-13 are also valid for 5 years. Passports issued to minors aged 13 and more are valid for 10 years from their issue date.
Documents to Use
Please attach documents which can be used by people who would like to follow this procedure.
Please attach sample completed documents which would help other people who would like to follow this procedure.
The time for passport issue is specified by the authority issuing the passport. An average waiting time for the document issued in the country does not exceed 30 days.
Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites. Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation. Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed. e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M".
Passports and temporary passports are issued and modified in Poland by a voivode locally competent for the permanent place of residence of a person applying for the passport, and abroad by a Polish consul.
The Minister of Interior exerts supervision over passport and temporary passport procedures. By consent of the minister of interior, a passport and temporary passport may be issued by a office other than the locally competent one.
A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure. e.g. 1. Date of Birth. 2. City or County of Birth.
Need for the Document
A passport is an official document which entitles its holder to cross borders and stay abroad. It is also a proof of Polish nationality and identity of the holder of the document based on the data it contains.
A passport is an official document in the form of a book containing 40 visa pages and a personalized page. The size of the document is 125 mm+/- 0.75 mm x 88 mm +/-0.75 mm. A book produced by the Polish Security Printing Worksconsists of the following parts:
- Personalized page;
- Visa page;
Information which might help
For traveling inside the European Union, as well as to Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino, Andorra, Croatia and the British dependencies in Europe (i.e., Gibraltar, Jersey, Isle of Man, Guernsey), Polish citizens can use their national ID card.
Other uses of the Document/Certificate
Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate. e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.
- Polish Passport: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_passport
- Passport Information Portal: http://www.paszporty.mswia.gov.pl/portal/
- Polish Ministry of Interior Website: http://www.msw.gov.pl/en?dzial
More information which might help people.