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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • BIOMETRIC PASSPORT (10-YEAR) FOR AN ADULT

  • 3 December 2014

    Polish passport is a document which entitles to cross the borders and stay abroad. It certifies Polish citizenship as well as the identity of the owner within the scope of the personal data included. The Polish passport can be granted to a person who has confirmed Polish citizenship and whose identity can be proven on the basis of the documents presented.

    Appointment bookings are made through the website: http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl/
     

     

    Formal requirements for a 10-year passport for an adult:

     

    DOCUMENTS

     

    1. Passport application form - to be downloaded, printed on both sides and filled in before the appointment (download link). Passport application has to be submitted in person (must be completed accurately in capital letters). Your signature must not touch the inner border of the signature box.

     

    2. Original document proving your Polish citizenship: current Polish passport or/and Polish ID Card.

     

    You can still apply for your passport if your current passport is damaged, lost or stolen.  If your passport has been lost or stolen, it should be reported immediately during a passport appointment by completing an appropriate statement to help protect yourself against identity theft and to prevent someone else from using your passport. You should also report the incident to the police and obtain a police report or crime reference number. Passports reported damaged, lost or stolen are invalidated and can no longer be used for travel. Once a passport is reported lost or stolen, it cannot be re-validated.

     

    3. You are required to provide a confirmation of Polish citizenship issued by the Provincional Govenor (if previous passport has expired before 4 April 2002) or Polish President’s decision of granting Polish citizenship if you never had a Polish passport or a Polish ID Card. In addition to above mentioned documents, you are required to provide your current valid passport.

     

    4.  You must provide a PESEL number or Polish Birth Certificate and/or a Polish Marriage Certificate if you are changing your name following marriage.

     

    5. If you are returning to your maiden name after a divorce you must present a Polish marriage certificate which includes information about returning to the maiden name after divorce

     

    6. If you wish to change your name or/and surname on your passport, but not as a result of a marriage, you must present an administrative decision issued by a Polish Registry Office confirming the change of your name or/and surname.

     

    What is a PESEL number?

    PESEL is a mandatory eleven digits national identification number of permanent residents of Poland or for the temporary residents living in Poland for over 2 months based on the General Electronic System of Population Record. The PESEL number is compulsory for all passport applicants and must be requested during passport application.

     

     

    PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH

     

    One recent colour photograph – taken in the last 6 months, full face, front view, measuring 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm on a plain white background. The photo must be clear and in focus and having a good showing of your face and your clear open eyes. Your mouth must be closed.

    Photo should depict from head adornments except for those required for religious purposes (a certificate of belonging to the religious group is requested).

    Glasses should be removed to ensure that an accurate biometric can be obtained. Glasses can often show reflection or glare from flash, and the frames can obscure facial features. The photo colour should accurately represent skin and hair tone. No shadow should be visible on the background, either. Too much light will cause shine on the skin, which is not appropriate for biometric passport.

     

     

    PASSPORT FEE

     

    1. Passport fee is 88 GBP or 262 GBP if replacing your valid lost/damaged passport.

    2. Students with their valid ID cards (maximum age 26), pensioner’s and veteran’s with their cards are entitled for the discount. The passport fee is reduced to 44 GBP.

     

    Passport processing times is approximately 6 weeks from the time of application.

    Passport can be posted to a home address with an additional cost of 6.50 GBP upon applicant request.

     

    If circumstances do not allow you to apply for a passport in advance and you need to urgently travel abroad or you need a valid document for any other purposes you may apply additionally for a temporary non-biometric passport while waiting for the collection of your biometric passport. You must provide an additional passport application form and photograph. The cost of the temporary passport in addition to the biometric passport is 12 GBP and the processing time usually takes 2 weeks. The temporary passport is valid up to 12 months and allows you to travel abroad. However, a temporary passport may not grant you entry to some non EU countries. You may want to check the eligibility of the temporary passport with the country you wish to travel to.

     

    NOTE

    Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your passport appointment, please do not hesitate to send direct questions to londyn.paszporty@msz.gov.pl

     

     

     

     

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