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Do we really need a Polish passport to enter Schengen?


PolskiAmerykanin
26 Jan 2020 #1
There are some new EU travel regulations starting next year, and one of them is if you're a dual citizen you have to use your EU passport. My parents are convinced that Polish authorities will consider me and my mom Polish citizens, even though I was born in the US and my mom has been a US citizen for almost 30 years, and swore off her Polish citizenship here. So they're convinced that we can only enter the Schengen zone on a Polish passport. Can anyone confirm whether or not this is true?

I remember we went once when I was a child, my mom went on a Polish passport and I went on an American one, and the customs agent told us that I'm supposed to have a POLISH passport.

And I heard a story from a Polish guy who had been living in Ireland for 9 years, and he went to Poland and lost his passport, and when he asked for an emergency passport so he could return to Ireland, they told him that they will not issue him one because it's not an emergency because he is a Polish citizen, even though he hadn't lived in Poland for 9 years.
mafketis 24 | 9,387
26 Jan 2020 #2
US citizen for almost 30 years, and swore off her Polish citizenship her

If she officially renounced her Polish citizenship then she's not a Polish citizen and doesn't need a Polish or EU passport to visit Poland.
OP PolskiAmerykanin
26 Jan 2020 #3
YES, she officially renounced it, but I'm not sure if Polish authorities honor her renouncement. Her passport says she was born in Poland, so I'm afraid they might still make problems for her.

I know that legally, they have no right to require a Polish passport from her, but based on our experiences with Polish customs agents in the past, I'm afraid they still might. But she's scared to visit ANY European country now because of this. She's afraid agents in other Schengen countries could demand a Polish passport from her.

Okay. I guess my mom only renounced it in the U.S., but didn't renounce it in Poland, so under Polish law she is still a Polish citizen it seems. I don't know why they would go after ME though, because I was born here
Lenka 3 | 2,577
26 Jan 2020 #4
Because Poland's citizenship law is based on blood not place of birth. So because your mother is Polish you are Polish too.
mafketis 24 | 9,387
26 Jan 2020 #5
my mom only renounced it in the U.S., but didn't renounce it in Poland

Time to do that then (or contact closest consulate/embassy) to do so.

because your mother is Polish you are Polish too.

I can't imagine someone with only a US passport not being allowed in Schengen....
pawian 176 | 14,299
8 Jul 2020 #6
YES, she officially renounced it,

That`s a pity coz the latest ranking places Poland in the 5th passport power group out of 66.

passportindex.org/byRank.php?f=


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