The Embassy of the Republic of Poland
10 Bouverie Street
London EC4Y 8AX
Telephone: Tel: 0207 8228 900
Online: Embassy website
Do I need a visa to visit Poland?
Some countries have special relationships with other countries which enables their residents to travel freely between the two without a visa. Check if you definitely need a visa to travel by checking the website.
How can I apply?
Visa applications from foreigners who live within the UK can only be submitted at the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London.
Unfortunately, you can only apply for a Schengen visa to Poland by visiting the Embassy in person. Instructions on how to do this are outlined below.
How do I book an appointment?
To apply for a Schengen visa it is necessary to make an appointment in London. This must be done online.
Please note: You should be making your application at least 8-12 weeks before you intend to travel.
What documents do I need?
The University has a checklist to assist you in collecting the required documents, however for a for a full list of documentation required, you should check the Polish Embassy website as requirements may change.
How do I get to the Embassy?
Click on the link for information on how to get to the Polish Embassy Consular section and a map. The nearest underground stations are Blackfriars London Underground and Temple. More information on how to get to the embassy can be found on the embassy website.
If you have a morning appointment, you will probably have to book overnight accommodation to ensure that you arrive in time. Make sure you plan your route across London on a map before you go. If your appointment is early in the morning, try and have a practice walk of the route the day before your appointment. You will not be seen or offered a later appointment if you miss your slot.
See www.megabus.com for cheap bus travel between Cardiff and London, www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm for National Express coaches to all destinations and www.thetrainline.com for trains between all stations.
How long will it take?
When you have had your documents checked at your appointment, the Embassy official will retain your passport (and the copies of your documents) for a decision to be made. Your passport will then be posted back to you. You can check the prospective time that you will have to wait .
Most embassies aim to return your passport within a few days.
How can the Immigration & International Student Advice team help me with my Schengen visa?
The IISA does not offer a service whereby they make your Schengen visa application or appointment for you. This is because generally travelling outside of the UK during your studies is for your personal pleasure. They can however check through your documents before sending/your appointment.
If you would like an adviser to check your documents for you, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which country you are applying to and the date of your appointment. Please note that this service is not guaranteed and is subject to staff availability and IISA commitments.
You should start making your Schengen visa application at least 8-12 weeks before your proposed travel date.