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ESTA for Polish Citizens

Poland has officially become a member of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Polish citizens can now travel to the US for tourism or business for periods of up to 90 days by obtaining an ESTA visa waiver, instead of a conventional visa.

The Visa Waiver Program allows eligible nationalities—including Polish passport holders— to apply online for an ESTA US travel authorization in just a few minutes. The visa waivers are valid for 2-year periods and allow stays of up to 90 days.

The inclusion of Poland into the Visa Waiver Program is a testament to the special relationship that exists between our two countries, and the ongoing friendship and close cooperation on our joint security priorities,” said Kevin McAleenan, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary.

Poland’s acceptance into the ESTA scheme follows years of negotiations. The European Commission asked the US government to allow Poland into the program in 2016, arguing that most European Union member countries were already part of the program and that the remaining countries deserved equal treatment.

How Can Polish Citizens Get the ESTA?

To complete the ESTA application form online, the applicant simply has to provide some basic details such as:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Citizenship
  • Sex
  • Passport details

The application for an ESTA from Poland includes a series of security questions, which must be answered honestly.

Completing the application only takes a few minutes, and most applications are processed almost immediately. However, some ESTA visa waiver applications for Polish nationals can take up to 72 hours to process. Travelers are advised to apply at least 72 hours in advance to avoid delays or issues before their trip.

The ESTA is electronically linked to the traveler’s Polish passport. With that said, many travelers do print a copy of their approved ESTA to present at the airport before departure, and upon arrival.

The passport must be valid both, at the moment of application, and at the time of arrival in the United States.

An email address is necessary for the ESTA application from Poland as this is how the citizen is notified once the request has been submitted.

The email is also where the traveler receives the news about the status of their ESTA for Polish citizens application, and whether it has been approved.

Finally, the ESTA has a fee that must be covered online at the time of application, therefore, all applicants must pay this fee with a debit or credit card.

ESTA Requirements for Polish Citizens

Now Poland has been officially added to the list of eligible countries, Polish citizens can quickly get their ESTA to travel to the US.

To get the ESTA, Polish travelers first must meet the ESTA requirements, which include:


  • A valid machine-readable electronic passport
  • A current email address the applicant has access to
  • A debit or credit card

Polish passport requirements

To apply for an ESTA visa waiver from Poland it is necessary to have a biometric passport that has a chip containing the passport holder’s biometric data. The passport must be valid at the time of application.

ESTA visa waivers cannot be transferred between passports. This means that if a traveler’s passport expires, so will the attached ESTA. In these cases, travelers can reapply for an ESTA when they receive a new passport.

ESTA travel limitations from Poland

Polish travelers entering the US. with an ESTA visa waiver should be aware of the following conditions:

  • The maximum length for a singular visit is 90 days
  • ESTA Visa Waivers only allow visits for tourism and business purposes (such as conferences, meetings, and negotiations
  • ESTA visa waivers do not grant Polish citizens the right to work in the US
  • ESTA travel authorizations are necessary for Polish passport holders transiting through the US en route to a third-country destination, regardless of how short the layover may be

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