Visas

Vaccination and Testing Requirements

On October 25, 2021President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  This proclamation ended the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area (including Poland), South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national nonimmigrants traveling by air to the United States and an updated testing regime for all air travelers.   This proclamation applies to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States on or after November 8, 2021.  More information about this global vaccination requirement, including details on exceptions and waivers, is available at: Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States | CDC.  Proof of pre-departure testing for COVID-19 will remain in effect for all travelers.  Please see www.CDC.gov  for further information on testing.  Very limited exceptions to the vaccination requirement may be granted in certain circumstances.  Those who wish to apply for a humanitarian or emergency exception should review the information under “How do I apply for a humanitarian or emergency exception to the requirement for noncitizen nonimmigrants to show a pre-departure proof of COVID-19 vaccination” at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html and provide all of the required listed information in an email to support-Poland@ustraveldocs.com.

Please note that the recission of these Presidential Proclamations does not mean U.S. Embassy Warsaw or U.S. Consulate General Krakow are able to immediately schedule all affected applicants for visa interviews.  For certain types of visas, particularly B1/B2 visas, there is a significant wait time and we expect this to remain for some time.  To schedule an appointment, please visit https://www.ustraveldocs.com/pl/en.

Cases that were refused ONLY because of Presidential Proclamation 10143 will be reconsidered at the applicant’s request. There is no need to submit a new application or pay a new fee. To request a review of a case of this type, email support-poland@ustraveldocs.com. Please do not send your passport unless and until you are requested by email to do so.

General Information

Please check the website Holidays and Closures to check when the Consular Section of the Embassy in Warsaw and the Consulate General in Krakow will be closed to the public.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.  See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.  Please note that you may be eligible to apply for admission under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Learn more about the eligibility requirements:  https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

U.S. Visa is a document affixed to a page in your passport and issued by a U.S. Embassy or a U.S. Consulate that gives you a permission to apply to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. It simply indicates that your application has been reviewed by a U.S. consul, who determined that you are eligible to travel to the port-of-entry – i.e., an international airport, a seaport or a land border crossing, and apply for admission for a specific purpose. Only a U.S. immigration officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the authority to permit you to enter the United States and decide how long you can stay for any particular visit.

What is a Difference between Visa Validity and Length of Stay?

The visa expiration date and the length of time a traveler is allowed to remain in the United States are two different terms.

Visa validity is the time from the visa issuance date to the visa expiration date as shown on the visa. During this time the visa can be used to travel to the port-of-entry to apply to enter the United States. A visa can be issued for any number of entries, from as little as one entry to as many as multiple (unlimited) entries, for the same purpose of travel.

The expiration date for the visa should not be confused with the authorized length of your stay in the U.S., which is given to you by a U.S. immigration officer at the port-of-entry, on the Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94.

We cannot guarantee that you will be issued a visa. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.

Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to support-poland@ustraveldocs.com.
Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:

    • Callers in Poland – Call +48 22 3071361 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
    • Callers in the United States – Call +1 703-988-7101 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time)

More contact information can be found on: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/pl/en/contact-us

U.S. Embassy Consular Section
ul. Piekna 12
00-540 Warsaw
Tel: +48 22 625 1401 – 24-Hour Automated Consular Information
Hale C. VanKoughnett
Consul General, Warsaw

Visa and Consular Information
U.S. Consulate General
ul. Stolarska 9
31-043 Krakow
Tel: +48 12 424 5100
Fax: +48 12 424 5103
Patrick T. Slowinski
Consul General, Krakow

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.