Ranking within the top 10 largest countries of Europe, the country of Poland is a popular tourist destination within the Schengen area. The Schengen zone consist of 26 different countries, most of which are a part of the EU. It allows visitors to travel freely between the countries within the zone.
Unless you are eligible for visa free travel to the Schengen zone, you will need to apply for a visa. As a citizen of Cape Verde, you are required to obtain a visa prior to traveling to Poland and the Schengen area. But not to worry! iVisa makes it easy for you by providing you with the application, helping you coordinate the interview with the embassy or consulate, and giving you a guide that prepares you for your trip to the embassy/consulate. We also have a dedicated team of customer service experts who are available for you 24/7. You can check out the application by clicking here.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What documents need to be provided when I submit my application?
You will submit your application at the Poland embassy in your country. When you arrive, you will need to present several documents, including the following:
- Printed confirmation of scheduled interview appointment.
- Current valid passport.
- 2 recent photos. Photos must be taken with a white background and can have no obstructions (glasses, hats, etc.) covering your face or ears. Additionally, the photos cannot be more than 6 months old and must be 5x5 inches.
- Bank statements for the last 3 months to show that you have more than enough money to cover the expenses of your trip (unless you are being sponsored by a company/institution).
- Accommodation details (hotel reservation or invitation letter).
- Medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive. It depends on your visa type and your reasons for travelling to Poland/Schengen. A more comprehensive guide will be provided when we email you your application.
What maximum stay is allowed with a Poland (Schengen) visa?
The max stay is dictated by the visa that you obtained. However, restrictions are placed on single entry and several of the multiple entry visas. Unless given special permission or if you have a visa that does not follow these restrictions, visas will adhere to the 90/180 rule. The 90/180 rule states that travelers cannot visit the Schengen zone for more than 90 days within 180 days. While you can apply for an extension, extensions are rarely granted if there is not a great need for it.
When should I submit my application?
You should submit your application 3 weeks before your planned arrival date. However, you are able to submit your application up to 6 months prior to your visit. Applications should not be submitted later than 15 days before your trip.
Is the application fee refundable if my application is denied?
Application fees are handled by the embassy at which you submit your application. Application fees are not refundable. However, if you are under the age of 25 and are participating in an event run by a nonprofit, you may be eligible for an exemption from the application fee. Exemptions also apply to minors under the age of 6 and travelers who are visiting the Schengen zone on diplomatic or official business. Check with your embassy to see which exemptions you qualify for.