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How do I open a bank account in Poland with only a visitors visa?


Ziemniak 2 | 6  
2 Dec 2008 /  #1
I am a foreigner living in Poland. What are the requirements to open a basic savings account or checking account in Poland? I do not have residency but am here on a Visitor's Visa. Do I need residency to open an account?
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
2 Dec 2008 /  #2
Hi Ziemniak.

Just walk into a bank with your passport.

Good luck
delphiandomine 88 | 18,858  
2 Dec 2008 /  #3
If you're on a visa, best bet is via mbank - they're somewhat lax with their checks, as they only demand that you 'declare residency'.
OP Ziemniak 2 | 6  
2 Dec 2008 /  #4
Thanks for the advice SeanBM. :-)

delphiandomine: I remember a visit to Poland years ago; I frequented a mBank and promised to open an account only to be able to use their free internet access. This lasted two weeks until they finally made me fill in a form, which I refused to do. So much for free internet access.

Thanks for the tips. Please keep them coming.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,858  
2 Dec 2008 /  #5
The other thing I should say is that mbank categorically don't demand residency from EU citizens. I'm not sure about non-EU however - but I opened an account without any sort of registration at the time.

Nordea (in Poznan, at least) have signs on their doors saying WE SPEAK ENGLISH, so they might be worth investigating.

There's threads on here which suggest to avoid PKO like the plague, however.
mephias 11 | 304  
29 Jul 2009 /  #6
Ziemniak

Yes I also opened an account in Citibank Handlowy. Only your passport is enough. Bad thing you have to sign many papers in Polish without understand anything. And nearly all people working in Citibank speak at least basic english, So I recommend it.
Claddagh 1 | 2  
5 Aug 2009 /  #7
I was able to open both a savings and regular account at WBK using only my passport and umowa najmu as proof of residency. They both allow you internet access. They also speak English, and they have even mastered the queue, as many branches have a number system!
gumishu 11 | 5,603  
5 Aug 2009 /  #8
Ziemniak

Yes I also opened an account in Citibank Handlowy. Only your passport is enough. Bad thing you have to sign many papers in Polish without understand anything. And nearly all people working in Citibank speak at least basic english, So I recommend it.

it really is not difficult to find a Polish helping hand (or rather eye) to go with you to the bank
groovyg 3 | 70  
15 Sep 2009 /  #9
at the time millennium bank allowed to open accounts without too much hassle. don't know how it is today. they also offer a great service in general.
lowfunk99 10 | 397  
16 Sep 2009 /  #10
I opened an account and Dominet bank, no problems.
roalex 13 | 40  
16 Sep 2009 /  #11
Although I am not in Poland now. I did open an account at Citibank Handlowy. People there spoke English and it wasn't a problem at all. I can also access internet baking all in English. All I needed was a passport and an address.

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