Passport Requirements

  • Participants are required to present a valid national passport to enter Poland. Its validity must extend at least 3 months past the intended date of departure and must have been issued within the previous 10 years.
  • The passport must contain at least two blank pages.

Visa Requirements

  • Visas will be processed free of charge for all accredited participants to the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee. If necessary, accredited participants can apply for a visa in any Polish consulate of their choice and not only in the Polish consulate in jurisdiction of which they legally reside. Participants should visit the website of any relevant consulate for all enquiries concerning visas and other formalities required to enter the Schengen area. The list of competent embassies/consulates can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of the Republic of Poland.
  • To ensure that visas are issued in time, participants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible,  It is recommended that participants submit the application once they have successfully completed their online registration and have been accredited by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, preferably, before 2 June 2017.
  • Please note that, depending on the country of residence, specific deadlines may apply for submitting visa applications.

The confirmation e-mail received upon online registration and accreditation must be presented to support the visa request, together with:

  • a copy of the official UNESCO invitation letter,
  • a passport and its copy,
  • a completed and signed visa application form,
  • a biometric photograph (in colour and passport-sized),
  • proof of medical insurance up to at least 30,000.00 Euro valid for the entire Schengen territory,
  • hotel booking confirmation,
  • return flight reservation.

IMPORTANT: The documents listed above represent the minimum visa requirements.

Polish visa sections in each country might require further information and/or documentation. Biometric data of the applicant will also be collected. All Polish embassies will be notified by the organizers of all participants who have successfully registered through the online registration system.

All visa applications should be lodged no earlier than 3 months before the start of the intended visit. Holders of a multiple-entry visa may lodge the application before the expiry of the visa valid for a period of at least 6 months.

Please note that the UNESCO World Heritage Centre will be unable to intervene in any visa decisions taken by the Polish authorities.

If you have any questions, please refer directly to the visa section of the competent consulate.

Consular posts in Poland

The majority of foreign missions in Poland are situated in Warsaw (the capital city). However, several countries (including France, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, United States) have their consulates in Kraków as well. The list of consular posts in Poland can be found at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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