The Polish government has updated its rules for foreigners entering the country for business purposes.

Key Points:

  • As of Oct. 16, foreign nationals traveling for business visits can now enter the country with a written invitation from a Polish business that:
    • Is written on the sponsoring business entity’s letterhead.
    • States the reason for the business visit.
    • Includes the traveler’s full name, passport number and dates of stay.
    • Is signed by an individual from the sponsoring business.
  • The invitation should be enclosed with a copy of the recent extract from the National Court Register or the Central Registration and Information on Business, concerning the inviting Polish business.
  • Foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Poland must submit their visa application and invitation letter directly at a Polish consular office.

Additional information: The letter requirement does not apply to foreign nationals from other Schengen Area countries or to those who were previously allowed to enter Poland without having to acquire a special recommendation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

BAL Analysis: The new border crossing rules make it easier for many foreign nationals to enter the country for business travel. The change does not affect existing entry requirements or bans.

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