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visas & law

it wouldn't be a fun time if you were to be denied entry - so don't; here's what you need to know.

- do I need a visa?
- what documents should I carry?
- can I drink in public?



Poland is part of the European Union, NATO, and the Schengen area. As such, the visa required to enter Poland does not apply to most developed countries and simultaneously allows the visitor to cross any Schengen border. It is therefore called the Schengen visa.

do I need a visa?

That depends on what passport you have. Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Poland and can stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in every 180 day period.

Sadly, if you're from a country not highlighted on the map above, you will need a visa to come to Poland and/or the Schengen area.

obtaining a visa

For a typical stay in Poland, you will need a Schengen C-type visa. We are not educated enough in regard to visa applications, but we strongly recommend Schengen Visa Info, a website where you will find everything you need to know about obtaining a Schengen C-type visa.

relevant law

public drinking

Generally, public drinking is not allowed in Poland. Public drinking is the act of holding an open bottle/can of alcohol or drinking said alcohol in public areas, such as parks, beaches, and promenades.

public smoking

Though this is not enforced as much as public drinking, public smoking is also forbidden in Poland. This includes both regular and e-cigarettes.


Jaywalking (crossing the street in non-designated places) is illegal in Poland and is enforced and fined. However, this is not applicable to situations in which the nearest road crossing is more than 50 meters away.

dog walking

You must clean up after your dog when it does its business in a park or another public space, or you will be fined.

wild camping

Wild camping is illegal in Poland, but has not been enforced for the last 30 years.

mushroom picking

It is completely legal in Poland to pick as many mushrooms as you like in any public forest - you do not need a permit.


Any form of nudity, including doing one's business under a tree in a park or topless suntanning, is an offence in Poland, and you may be fined.

protection by law

Being an EU and NATO member state, Poland has all the regulations in place that are needed for secure tourism. This includes broad data protection regulations, online payment regulations, internet freedom regulations, and much more. Digital security being covered, you can read more about physical safety in our dedicated article.