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Poland to join the Schengen zone the beginning of next year


moire 4 | 40  
27 May 2007 /  #1
i read the news on 25th, May, that the interior ministry said Poland is ready to join the schengen zone in 2008, no delay.
peterweg 37 | 2,321  
27 May 2007 /  #2
Will be bad for business with Polands neighbours.
london07 - | 4  
23 Oct 2007 /  #3
hi

Does it mean that as from next year, anyone holding a Schengen visa can use this same visa to enter Poland?

I heard Poland is joining the Schengen zone in October 2007. What are the latest news?
Polson 5 | 1,771  
23 Oct 2007 /  #4
I heard Poland is joining the Schengen zone in October 2007. What are the latest news?

I think it's planned for 2008, maybe January ;)
Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
23 Oct 2007 /  #5
I heard Poland is joining the Schengen zone in October 2007.

I think it is more current data. EU wants to give us Schoengen before Chrismast ;)))

Yes our border will look the same as German-French.
Polson 5 | 1,771  
23 Oct 2007 /  #6
our border will look the same as German-French

That i know well... ;)
Sometimes when i cross the borders, i don't realise it, as there was no stop, and sometimes no "borders" visible :P
Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
23 Oct 2007 /  #7
Sometimes when i cross the borders, i don't realise it, as there is no stop, and sometimes no "borders" visible :P

It is good thing, less officers on borders, more friendly relationships...
Polson 5 | 1,771  
23 Oct 2007 /  #8
And better economic relations too... :P
lesser 4 | 1,311  
23 Oct 2007 /  #9
Schengen should be extended to the east because it will hurt our relations with Belarus and Ukraine. Whole Europe except Russia and Turkey should be in Schengen and the EU should be dissolved.
london07 - | 4  
24 Oct 2007 /  #10
Does it mean that as from next year, anyone holding a Schengen visa can use this same visa to enter Poland?

Anyone???
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
24 Oct 2007 /  #11
Does it mean that as from next year, anyone holding a Schengen visa can use this same visa to enter Poland?I heard Poland is joining the Schengen zone in October 2007. What are the latest news?

the date is 1 Jan 2008, but the EU will make final inspections by the end of the year in order to confirm that we are ready (accordning to governmental officers we are, and the date of 01/01/2008 is almost sure)

When we're in Schengen zone there won't by any check-points at those borders, this regards both Schengen citizens and citizens of any other country. There won't by any patrols outside the usual border crossing points either, you will be allowed to cross the border in any place.

This applies also to flights - on the airports there will be separation of the passengers for the flights inside and outside of Schengen zone, so travelling for example from Warsaw to Rome means you are treated the same way as in local (national) flights, no matter where you're from, only the usual identity (for ticketing purposes) and security checks remain.

Citizens from countries outside of Schengen zone,who received a visa to one of the Schengen countries will be entitled to enter any country of the no-borders zone. This means only one visa will be required for the entire zone. For Russians and Ukraininas this visa will cost 35 euro (currently Ukrainians don't pay for a Polish visa, so it's a little drawback for them, but they gain something in return).
diamond - | 10  
24 Oct 2007 /  #12
it will mean that poles can go to the US without all the visa approval paperwork.....

:-0
jareck8  
24 Oct 2007 /  #13
the date is 1 Jan 2008, but the EU will make final inspections by the end of the year in order to confirm that we are ready (accordning to governmental officers we are, and the date of 01/01/2008 is almost sure)

excellent news

easy simple and accessible thats what the next step is for poland
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
24 Oct 2007 /  #14
it will mean that poles can go to the US without all the visa approval paperwork.....

and where did you get that from?
unfortunatelly US has nothing to do with Schengen, so nothing changes for Poles with the US visa problem.
diamond - | 10  
24 Oct 2007 /  #15
i have to get to work now....but will try to find something later.

but if you read about visa requirements to the US.....they all say schengen treaty member states can enter for up to 90 days with just a passport.

this is why germans, brits, french etc. dont need visas.
london07 - | 4  
24 Oct 2007 /  #16
Thanks for the reply, Krzysztof.
pkatkom - | 2  
24 Oct 2007 /  #17
When Poland enters the Schengen zone, will all of their immigration procedures match those of the rest of the Schengen countries? Or does immigration have nothing to do with this?

Do other Schengen countries have such a thing as a 'temporary' residence permit? I believe that this is a card and the holder need not have a visa in their passport. If one is travelling from outside the Schengen zone to a Schengen country (other than Poland) holding a Polish temp residence card and no visa, are they allowed into that country?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
24 Oct 2007 /  #18
Or does immigration have nothing to do with this?

Rather not but I'm not sure.

If one is travelling from outside the Schengen zone to a Schengen country (other than Poland) holding a Polish temp residence card and no visa, are they allowed into that country?

Rather yes but I'm not sure.
diamond - | 10  
24 Oct 2007 /  #19
you may be right krzysztof.....but i remember reading something that the schengen was a reciprocal agreement with the USA....but seems these days its called the Visa Waiver Program......

not finding much about it now....

anyhow....its a step in the direction for it to happen.
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
24 Oct 2007 /  #20
immihelp.com/visas/schengenvisa
shakurullah - | 1  
25 Oct 2007 /  #21
i am vey worried that Poalnd is joining in schezen Zone. Because imwant to come in poland before after joining schezen Zone it will so tough to get VISA in Poland.

So waht can i do?

WOWO
pkatkom - | 2  
25 Oct 2007 /  #22
It depends on what the purpose of your visit is. Poland has been moving towards the Schengen for sometime now. The rules won't be so radically different. From my experience, i can say that Schengen rules are very specific (therefore easier to conform to) than the guidelines put up by Polish embassies until now.
diamond - | 10  
25 Oct 2007 /  #23
immihelp.com/visas/schengenvisa

immihelp.com/visas/schengenvisa/requirements-exemptions.html

on this link you can see there are some exemptions....USA is on the list.

so there are agreements with other (non EU) countries regarding the treaty....the questions is how it is detailed in the treaty. if it says "EU" or if it names individual countries.

but like i said (and i think it was on a delta airlines page before regarding visa requirments....but i checked it again....so maybe not)....i read something that schengen countries were exempt from having to apply for a visa to the US. its been awhile though.

another link: europa.eu/abc/travel/doc/index_en.htm

but still not much about being reciprocal.

i did read this also last night.....and the news doesnt look much better....poland is still on the "black list" as far as the VWP.....but they are trying to change that.

foreignaffairs.house.gov/110/35675.pdf
Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
8 Nov 2007 /  #24
There is official decision, we join Schengen durring night 20/21 December 2007.
jareck8  
8 Nov 2007 /  #25
am vey worried that Poalnd is joining in schezen Zone. Because imwant to come in poland before after joining schezen Zone it will so tough to get VISA in Poland.

So waht can i do?

WOWO

that is life, you cannot misuse the laws for your beenfit, dear sir if you do not fulfil the criteria then you cannot come in
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
8 Nov 2007 /  #26
official decision, we join Schengen durring night 20/21 December 2007.

btw, the date is correct, but it applies only the land borders, if I'm not mistaken (and I'm 99% sure). The air/sea borders will be "full-Schengen" a little later (I think March 2008)
DDSwedenPoland  
14 Nov 2007 /  #27
I am an Indian and holding Swedish work permit and hence schengen Visa. Now I would like to visit poland. Can somebody give me proper and authentic information in this regard? Do I need to have separate VISA for this? Some peopel are saying that Poland is already part of Schengen region and others are saying that it will be in the beginning of 2008. But none of them were sure about what they are saying. So if you feel you are sure and authentic, kindly give me information, otherwise leave me like that. I;ll look for other alternatives.

Regards, DD
Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
14 Nov 2007 /  #28
your visa is enought
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
14 Nov 2007 /  #29
Some peopel are saying that Poland is already part of Schengen region

No. Poland is joining Schenge in late December 2007.

Exactly on 21st December.
Polson 5 | 1,771  
14 Nov 2007 /  #30
Exactly on 21st December

Yeah i saw that too ;)

But the controls at airports will continue until next March...

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