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The applicant for an ETC must send an application form together with certified photocopies of any available proof of identity and nationality to the authority designated by his/her country of origin.

The EU country issuing the ETC collects from the applicant charges and fees equivalent to those it normally levies for issuing an emergency passport. An applicant who is unable to cover other local related expenditure will receive, where appropriate, the necessary funds as instructed by his/her country of origin, pursuant to the relevant provisions of Decision 95/553/EC.

It is recommended to get in touch with the consul of the certain country, in which the consul is serving his duty, and in which the requesting party is currently residing (even if, the residence of the consul is located in other country), by telephone (or via e-mail) in order to find out what kind of requirements individual needs to fulfill in order to receive for a mentioned document (Warning: Honorary Consul does not deal with issues in that particular category). Consul will provide the inquirer with practical advices and suggestions regarding the application procedure for the Emergency Travel Document.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • A Letter of Application stating the circumstances surrounding the loss of passport and/or relevant documents.
  • A Police Report
  • Two (2) Passport Photographs
  • Confirmed Flight Reservation (Departure date must fall within the validity of ETC.)
  • Administrative charges for ETC

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Poland's Missions Abroad

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Warsaw Poland
ul. Kosiarzy 22B
02-953 Warszawa, Polska
Tel.: + (48) 226515305, + (48) 226515348
Fax: + (48) 226515378
Email: [email protected]

Police stations in Poland

List of diplomatic missions in Poland

ul. Nowogrodzka 11
Tel: (+48 22) 521 34 44
[email protected]

ul. Gagarina 34
Tel: (+48 22) 841 00 81
[email protected]

ul. Wiertnicza 58
Tel: (+48 22) 742 09 90
[email protected]

ul. Senatorska 34
Tel: (+48 22) 551 28 00
[email protected]

ul. Matejki 1/5
Tel: (+48 22) 584 31 00
[email protected]

For a full list of embassies (,Embassies,in,Poland,2144.html)

There are also consulates in Krakow (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the U.S.A), Gdansk, Poznan, Szczecin, Katowice, Lodz, Bialystok, Lublin and other cities.

For detailed information about consulates (,Consular,Offices,in,Poland,2149.html)

Embassies and Consulates

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  • The applicant must be an EU national whose passport or travel document has been lost, stolen or destroyed or is temporarily unavailable;
  • The applicant must be in a country in which the EU country of which s/he is a national has no accessible diplomatic or consular representation able to issue a travel document or in which the EU country in question is not otherwise represented;
  • Clearance from the authorities of the persons country of origin has been obtained.


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


To ensure that citizens are able to return to a given place, the validity period of an ETD should be slightly longer than the minimum time needed to complete the journey for which it is issued. In calculating this period, the need for overnight stops and for making travel connections should be taken into consideration.

Documents to Use[edit]

Please attach documents that can be used by people. e.g. links

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Sample Documents[edit]

ACT Decision 96/409/CSFP of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council of 25 June 1996 on the establishment of an emergency travel document.

Processing Time[edit]

Please explain processing time taken in obtaining the document/certificate.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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While travelling, a citizen of the European Union (EU) may lose his/her passport or have it destroyed or stolen. Consequently, this decision establishes a standard model for an emergency travel document (ETD) to be issued by EU countries for the purpose of a single journey back to the applicants EU country of origin or of permanent residence.

Required Information[edit]

  • Your First Name
  • Your Last Name
  • Address
  • Copy of Police Report for lost Passport
  • Passport Photograph
  • Copy of your Polish Residence/Work Permit
  • Copy of the Data page of your lost Passport
  • Copy of your Polish Visa page
  • Payment Slip

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Need for the Document[edit]

The Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) is a document issued by the High Commission to enable Polish citizens with consular problems or without valid passports travel back to Poland.

If the EU citizen will lose his passport during his stay in the Poland, he is able to report this issue to the representative diplomatic consul of the member state of the European Union in order to receive Emergency Travel.

This decision establishes a standard model for an emergency travel document (ETD), as described in Annex I. ETDs are issued to European Union (EU) citizens for a single journey back to the EU country of which they are a national, to their country of permanent residence or, in exceptional cases, to another destination (inside or outside the Union). The decision does not apply to expired national passports; it is specifically confined to cases where travel documents have been lost, stolen or destroyed or are temporarily unavailable.

Information which might help[edit]

It is also vital to acquire information concerning the departing procedure from ones current temporary residence on the basis on aforementioned certificate (without regard for, whether the entrance to this country was on the basis on visa entry, or visa-free entry) and all information regarding ones stay in the transit zone during the onward journey.

In case of lack of sufficient knowledge in that field please contact consul to obtain relevant information.

You should pay special attention to your return itinerary, as the Emergency Travel Document is only issued for a single journey in order for individual to return to the Member State of the European Union).

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

The Polish National Police

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Should an EU citizen be refused an ETD allowing them to return to the EU, they may contact the Secretariat-General of the European Commission.