Poland

ESTA for Polish Citizens

Poland is the most recent country to join the Visa Waiver Program, having joined in 2019. Since becoming members of the VWP, Polish citizens are now able to benefit from applying for an ESTA instead of applying for a US visa.

ESTA Requirements and Important Information

Before applying for an ESTA make sure that you are aware of the following criteria and requirements:

  • An ESTA can be used for trips of up to 90 days maximum
  • Travellers to the US must obtain travel authorisation
  • An ESTA is valid for two years or until the passport expires
  • Children must have their own ESTA
  • A valid ESTA may be used for multiple visits to the US
  • Travel purposes include business, tourism, medical or transit
  • The applicant must have a biometric passport
Application for ESTA for Polish Citizens

Why Polish Citizens Should Apply for ESTA

There are many great benefits of applying for an ESTA instead of a US visa. For example, the process is much quicker and it is all completed digitally, with a response usually within about 24 hours. The alternative option, i.e. going through the US embassy to apply for US Visa, can take weeks and involves an interview that must be scheduled in with the embassy.

Another great benefit of applying for an ESTA is that it is considerably cheaper than applying for US visa in terms of the application fee. Furthermore, the ESTA can be used for multiple trips to the US provided that it is still valid. The ESTA can be used for business and tourism purposes as long as the trip is for no longer than 90 days.

When an ESTA application process is accepted it will usually be valid for two years, or if the applicant’s passport expires before the two years, it will be the passport expiry date that it is valid until. The application form itself is much shorter and it’s quicker to complete than the US visa application form.

The ESTA Application Process for Polish Citizens

Applying for the ESTA is a very simple process for Polish citizens, they simply need to go to the ESTA application form on the website and complete the necessary details. Completing the form should take no more than 20 minutes as long as you have all of the information already with you, such as passport details. It is also essential that you have a payment card to pay the application fee with and you must also have a valid email address for the correspondence to be sent to regarding your application’s progress.

If you are having any difficulties completing the form, you can refer to our FAQ’s or speak to an advisor. Before submitting your application, you should make sure that there are no errors on the application form, as any type of error can lead to the application getting declined, which could affect your travel plans.

My ESTA was Declined, What Can I Do?

If your ESTA gets declined you can resubmit an application if you think it was due to an error. However, if it was not down to an error, your next option is to apply for a US visa through the embassy.

US Embassy Address in Poland

U.S. Embassy Warsaw
Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31
00-540 Warsaw Poland

ESTA Benefits:
  • Fast processing•Valid for US visit up to 90 days
  • Short form to complete
  • Used for business or tourism, medical or transit
  • Can be used on multiple trips to the US
  • Form can be completed by mobile phone