Completing Your USA Visa Application from Poland

For Poles planning a trip to the United States, the allure of vibrant cities, diverse landscapes, and a melting pot of cultures can be an exciting prospect. Whether it’s to experience the hustle of New York, the sunny glamour of California, or the historic streets of Boston, the US offers a myriad of experiences for every kind of traveler. In anticipation of discovering the American way of life, the first step for Polish citizens is to ensure they have the necessary travel authorization – and for many, this means obtaining an ESTA.

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows Polish nationals, among others from VWP countries, to enter the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. The process for completing a US visa application, or more precisely, an ESTA application, from Poland, is both user-friendly and efficient.

Eligibility for an ESTA

To be eligible for an ESTA, Polish applicants must fulfill certain criteria, including possessing a valid e-passport and planning to visit the United States for 90 days or less for business, tourism, or transit purposes. Importantly, they must not have a visitor’s visa already. To determine if you fall under the eligible nationalities, you can refer to the list of VWP Countries.

How to Apply for an ESTA from Poland

Completing the ESTA application from Poland is a straightforward three-step process:

  1. Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have your passport handy.
  2. Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types. PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay & Credit Card.
  3. Get your ESTA emailed to you within 72hrs. We’ll email you your approved travel authorization and that’s it, you’re ready to go!

If you need your ESTA in a hurry, you can choose from our two expedited processing options. Simply select your add-on at checkout.

Documents Required for Polish Citizens

The primary document required for ESTA application is a valid Polish passport – an e-passport with a digital chip containing biometric information. While other documents are not typically required for the ESTA, it’s recommended to have your flight details and U.S. address (if applicable) at hand as you will need to provide this information on the application form.

Understanding ESTA Validity

An approved ESTA is valid for two years or until the applicant’s passport expires, whichever comes first. With a valid ESTA, Polish travelers can make multiple trips to the United States without reapplying, as long as each stay does not exceed 90 days.

Common Questions from Polish Applicants

What if my ESTA application is denied?

If an ESTA application is denied, Polish citizens have the option to apply for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. This process is more detailed and generally takes more time than an ESTA application.

Can I extend my stay beyond 90 days with an ESTA?

Unfortunately, no. Under the terms of the VWP, the 90-day stay cannot be extended. Travelers seeking to stay longer will need to obtain a different type of visa suitable for their situation.

Can I work in the US with an ESTA?

The ESTA is strictly for tourism and certain types of business visits, not for employment purposes. Working in the United States requires the appropriate work visa.


Traveling from Poland to the United States is an exciting venture, and with a streamlined process for obtaining an ESTA, it’s easier than ever for Polish nationals to explore the vast offerings of the U.S. By following the steps outlined and preparing accordingly, applicants can embark on their American journey with confidence and peace of mind.

We are committed to making your pre-travel process as seamless as possible. If you have any further questions about obtaining an ESTA or your upcoming travel to the United States, do not hesitate to reach out for assistance. Safe travels, and we look forward to helping you take the first step on your U.S. adventure!

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