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Entering Poland with a Schengen visa C for Russian citizens in 2022

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Entering Poland with a Schengen visa C for Russian citizens in 2022

Vinsky forum ” November 18, 2020, 21:03

The current official version of the rules of entry:

Removed all covid restrictions. Entrance to Poland for Russian citizens with tourist visas from Belarus or Kaliningrad region – closed.

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Re: Entering Poland with Schengen visa C for Russian citizens

Ard10 ” 18 Aug 2022, 22:21

I don’t want to get all flubby and offtop here. But then I should just forget all my experiences from the last century of travel, and start from scratch. Ideally, I agree. Yes. Should fit the purpose. But if it’s a multi-visa, then the purposes of different trips will be different. Today one, tomorrow another. And how do you do that?

That is, if you go, say, an interview in Poland through Tallinn with a French visa – you should not say that you’re going to an interview in Warsaw, and say that you are going to Nice for a walk? I just always thought that in all cases you should tell the truth. It’s easier for everyone. By the way, I always did so, no problems never occurred to me))))

And another question, also about the Finns:

I look here that straight cheap direct flights from Helsinki to NY in October November at 350 dollars each way. If you go this route via Helsinki from St. Petersburg with an Italian visa, what to say at the border? That I’m going to Rome to the Colosseum? And if it works, after 3 hours, at the departure, where there will be a stamp again, mentally smirk that he fooled everybody around? Or how do you advise in this case?

I’m interested in your opinion, though I’m certainly still going to tell it like it really is. But still interested in opinion)))

P/S Даже еще немного усложню квест: вы летите в НЮ через Хельсинки по итальянскому шенегену, просто по личным делам, погулять. Но, при этом – вы доктор наук, профессор и индексом Хирша >30. (I’m not a professor or PhD, just supposing). The border guard does not know about it (but you know yourself). And then it is better to lie about Rome? ))))

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Re: Entering Poland with Schengen visa C for Russian citizens

OksanaK_ ” 18 Aug 2022, 22:30

Ard10 , you are trying to make an offtopic. If you’ve decided for yourself what you need to say, then it’s kind of a done deal.

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Re: Entering Poland with Schengen visa C for Russian citizens

Ard10 ” 18 Aug 2022, 22:32

OksanaK_ wrote (a) on 18 Aug 2022, 22:30: Ard10, you are trying to make an offtopic. If you’ve decided for yourself what needs to be said, then it’s kind of settled.

I’m not trying to offtope. I’m trying to convexly show that idiotic advice is dangerous, harmful, and just plain pointless.

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Re: Entering Poland with Schengen visa C for Russian citizens

valya10 ” 18 Aug 2022, 23:24

Ard10 wrote: 18 Aug 2022, 22:21: I see cheap direct flights from Helsinki to NY for October November at $350 round trip. If I go this route via Helsinki from St. Petersburg with an Italian visa, what to say at the border? That I’m going to Rome to the Colosseum?

Slightly different situation – the U.S. is not Schengen. At the entrance to the U.S. you will be checked for an American visa, which you won’t have. And they’ll turn you around. I just got confirmation from a woman from Finland – the border guard has to say what coincides with your visa – I’m flying to Italy, no direct flights from St. Petersburg, so I get there this way. They told me not to tell the truth about Poland. I would also prefer to tell the truth, but in the current situation, the truth will not get my mom to the interview in Warsaw!

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Re: Entering Poland with Schengen visa C for Russian citizens

nauczyciel ” 19 Aug 2022, 04:30

Ard10 wrote(a) on 18 Aug 2022, 22:21: If it’s a multivisa, then the purposes of different trips will be different. Today one, tomorrow another. And how should that be?

The first entry under a multivisa must be made in accordance with the stated purpose. The other entries are as you wish.

Ard10 wrote(a) 18 Aug 2022, 22:21: if you go, say, for an interview in Poland via Tallinn with a French visa – you should not say that you are going to an interview in Warsaw, but say that you are going to Nice for a walk?

Ard10 wrote: 18 Aug 2022, 22:21: I see cheap direct flights from Helsinki to NY for October November at $350 round trip. If I go this route via Helsinki from St. Petersburg with an Italian visa, what to say at the border? That I’m going to Rome to the Colosseum? And if it works, after 3 hours, at the departure, where there will be a stamp again, mentally smirk that he fooled everybody around? Or how do you advise in this case?

Finnish border guards see a person’s next departures on planes and ferries from Finland. That is, if the entry on the Italian visa first – there is a risk of being sent from the Finnish border back to Peter. In the described case, I would do this – at the border would show the route to Italy, plane ticket to NY would buy after crossing the border.

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Ard10 писал(а) 18 авг 2022, 22:21: вы доктор наук, профессор и индексом Хирша >30. (I’m not a professor or Ph.D., just assume). The border guard does not know about it (but you do know about it).

Border guards do not care about academic degrees and titles, and decent people do not look at Hirsch now, because everyone knows how it grows. In general, the border guard will not ask about such things.

valya10 wrote(a) on Aug 18, 2022, 23:24: When you enter the US, they will check your US visa, which you will not have.

If one is going to buy a ticket to NY, one either has a US visa or plans to get one. Otherwise, he just won’t make it to US entry – they won’t put him on a plane without a visa.

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Individual trip to Poland

Travellers to note information about a trip to Poland in 2022: prices, how to make a visa, how to get to Poland by car, plane, train, buses, what to see and what food to try.

Poland does not yet accept tourists from Russia, but some are successfully making their way through other European countries. Check out the list of open countries. For convenience, we provide pre-pandemic flight prices. Information about visas and flights may not be up to date now, check with official resources.

Despite the ups and downs of the past, today Poland is a country with a developed tourist infrastructure. It opens wide its arms to everyone who wants to get acquainted with it. And it has a lot to boast: the untouched Bialowieza Forest, spicy mountain peaks and rolling sand dunes of the Baltic Sea, churches, Teutonic strongholds and much more.

How to get to Poland

The easiest way to get to Poland is by plane: LOT, Aeroflot, Austrian, Lufthansa, Easyjet, Air Baltic and other airlines have direct and connecting flights from St. Petersburg and Moscow. Travel time is 2-3 hours and the cost ranges from 8 to 11 thousand rubles round trip. Wizz Air flies cheaply (with connection in Budapest) with a ticket price of 5-8 thousand rubles.

Look for cheap tickets on Aviasails. Read also the guide on how to find cheap airline tickets.

Train

You can come to Poland by train: “Polonez” train runs daily on the Moscow-Warsaw route. A round trip ticket costs about 230 euros. This variant costs approximately the same as air travel, but takes much more time – 18 hours. There are also passing trains that can take you to Poland.

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Bus

There are also buses to Poland – the company Lux Express offers travelers to use its services. This is quite a budget way (although airfare may cost even less), but is time-consuming. The cost of a one-way ticket from Moscow and St. Petersburg is from 5 thousand rubles. You can also travel by bus Ecolines. Carriers often organize lucrative deals and sales, for example, Lux Express has discounts up to 70% – we tell about such special offers in the “Cheap tickets” section, and in our “VKontakte” group. Sign up to stay informed.

Trip to Poland from Kaliningrad

Travelling to Poland from Kaliningrad costs a pretty penny for the residents of the city: you can get to Gdansk by bus for 500 rubles, and 750-1000 rubles – to Warsaw. From Kaliningrad you can get to Warsaw by comfortable buses Ecolines: the trip takes about 8 hours and the cost of the ticket is about 2250 rubles in both directions. Usually when buying round trip there is a 20% discount.

Trip to Poland by car

If you plan to travel to Poland by car, you need to present at the Polish border the following documents: passport with a valid visa, international driver’s license, technical passport and green card – international policy of compulsory civil liability insurance of vehicle owners. Sometimes a valid insurance policy and proof of purpose of travel (hotel reservation, invitation letter, etc.) may be required. In addition, do not forget to install the sign, which indicates the state in which the car is registered. The car must have functioning lights. Be sure to have a reflective vest, emergency stop sign, fire extinguisher and spare tire/repair kit. The windshield must be without cracks. Radar detector in the car is unacceptable.

Rent a car. You can rent a car with the help of Rentalcars.com – a popular service that allows you to book a car online. Learn all the nuances of renting a car abroad.

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Visa for travel to Poland in 2022

How do I get a visa to travel to Poland in 2022? You may apply for a visa either at the Consular Section of the Polish Embassy in Moscow or via Visa Application Point. In the first case, you must fill in the visa application form on the website www.e-konsulat.gov.pl, otherwise the application will not be accepted.

Required documents for travelling to Poland:

  • filled in visa application form;
  • 1. a passport (period of validity not less than 3 months from the end of the trip) and a copy of the first page of the passport;
  • two color photos 3,5 x 4,5;
  • visa fee (consular fee €35, service fee at the reception desk €19.5);
  • accommodation booking confirmation;
  • travel document;
  • medical insurance valid in the Schengen countries;
  • financial means at least 100 PLN for each day of stay and proof of their availability: traveler’s checks, bank account statements, etc.;
  • copy of domestic passport.
  • Sample visa application form, list of accredited travel agencies and address of Polish Embassy in Moscow can be found here: www.moskwa.msz.gov.pl. On the site www.vfsglobal.com you can find information about the addresses of visa centers.
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The service is convenient because it searches through several large insurance companies and allows to choose an insurance policy by required parameters and the best price. Read also, what medications to take while traveling.

Lodging while traveling. Look for hotels on Roomguru.ru – the service finds bargains among several booking systems.

Trips to Poland for shopping

It is no secret that many go to Poland not only for the holidays – the stores in the days of sales offer seductive discounts on clothing brands, especially in Warsaw, there are many shopping centers, which offer a wide range of global brands. The most popular are Blue City, Arkadia, Galeria Mokotow and Złote Tarasy.

Shopping trips to Poland are popular with residents of neighboring countries. Christmas sales in Poland start on the 20th of December with discounts of 20-50% and up to 80% after Christmas. However, shopping in Poland is better to arrange in mid-January and mid-June, when most stores have total sales of old collections.

However, if you have not been able to visit Poland during the bargain season, do not worry, because throughout the year there are outlets and night sales in the country. And in Białystok, where such giants as Auchan, Alfa and Galeria Biala are located, you can find everything. Thanks to Tax Free you can save up to 22% of VAT.

shopping trip to Poland by car

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Food in Poland: what to try

Polish cuisine, like German, focuses on cabbage and meat, as reflected in such famous dishes as bigos (stewed cabbage with meat). Other popular dishes include red and white borscht, zhurek, rassolnik, perogi – a dish similar to dumplings, kolduns and dumplings. Desserts are also popular in Poland: sirnik, poppy seed cake, marshmallow, mazurka.

Poles consume beer no less than their German neighbors (if not more). Poland as well as Germany is famous for its ancient beer traditions – in the country foamy drink was known already in the tenth century. The variety of beers in Poland is impressive. For a taste of Polish beer, we recommend visiting one of the many beer festivals held in Poland, such as Chmielaki Krasnostawskie.

Apart from beer, other spirits are also common in Poland: vodka, various liqueurs (zubrowka, starka) and fruit liqueurs, honey, grzanec.

Prices for food in Poland are reasonable, but they naturally vary depending on the status of the restaurant. Very budget can be eaten in the so-called milk bars, where prices are often three or four times lower than in restaurants. Such bars are popular among the local population, as they offer traditional dishes.

By the way, two Polish cities – Warsaw and Krakow – are among the ten cheapest cities in Europe, according to the portal Price of Travel. Poland, in turn, is one of the five cheapest countries in Europe.

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Trip to Poland: What to see

As trite as it may sound, Poland is full of historical and architectural monuments, and the country has a bizarre topography due to a glacier that has come and gone. So what is worth paying attention to when traveling to Poland?

Warsaw

In Warsaw, the historical center of which was rebuilt after World War II, you should visit the cozy Old Town: the Palace Square with the Royal Castle, the Cathedral of St. John and the Church of the Jesuit Fathers, the Market Square, where the smallest street – Kamenny Shodki begins. Do not forget Krakow suburb, Łazienki, the Royal Route and the Palace on the water.

Beyond the Old Town you are in for a treat. The city has made great progress as the center of the country, with skyscrapers rising here and there, and because of the Soviet past, you will find many dismal blocks of flats.

Krakow

Krakow is by far the most visited city in Poland. And no wonder: there are so many churches, monasteries and chapels! And the Soviet construction almost untouched the city, so nothing will darken your eyes. Kazimierz, the Wawel complex and of course the Old Town are a must for exploring, as is Sukiennice Market Square with its market stalls.

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Lodz

Lodz, an industrial city, now attracts tourists with the beautiful facades of merchants’ and manufacturers’ houses next to industrial buildings. The city is rightly considered a cultural center: the world-famous Film School is located here.

Lublin

Lublin, which is not as popular as Krakow and Warsaw, nevertheless has a lot to see: the authentic Old Town is not inferior to Krakow’s. Many people like this city also because of the lack of crowds of tourists. Speaking of Lublin, it is hard to forget the sad glory of Majdanek, the death camp that was located on the outskirts of the city. Now it is home to a memorial.

Other Polish cities

Wroclaw, this Polish Venice, is remarkable for its more than 200 bridges. With its mix of Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, the city has no shortage of tourists.

In such cities as Malbork, Paczkow, Frombork, Ujazd there are preserved buildings which belonged to the Teutonic Knights, and around Krakow there was a whole defensive complex.

Apart from the architectural splendor, Poland shines with its natural attractions: the famous Bialowieza Forest, Narwianski and Bebrzanski National Parks, the purest Masuria Lakes. Sopot, Busko-Zdrj, Rebal, Leba, Ustka and other resorts are waiting for travelers on the Baltic Sea coast.

And for those who like active holidays, Poland has also prepared a surprise: the Sudety, Beskydy, Tatry, Pohlale, Gorce, Penny and Bieszczady mountains are framed by such mountain ranges, where you can go skiing! In a word, you should not limit yourself to Zakopane – you should explore other resorts in Poland.

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