Mobility Options
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Polish passport is presently ranked 11th. It allows anyone to travel to 185 countries without needing a visa. It is one of the best-ranked passports in the world, with a high mobility score. Visa-free travel and visa-on-arrival are available to Polish passport holders in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and the European Union as a whole. This enables for almost instantaneous travel opportunities all around the world. Polish passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 44 countries around the world. China, India, and Australia are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank


Visa Free Countries


Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
  • Visa Free Destinations
  • Visa on Arrival
  • Visa Online
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
Passport Ranking Factors

Poland Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Poland passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Poland passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 139 visa-free countries for Poland passport holders, 36 visa-on-arrival countries for Poland passport holders, and 10 eTA destinations. In total, Poland passport holders can visit 185 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, the Poland passport is ranked 11th in the world. In addition to these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 44 other countries where Poland passport holders will need either a physical visa or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

Polish Citizenship by Descent

To qualify for Polish citizenship based on ancestry, you must have a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, or ancestor who was born and resided in Poland after 1920.

You are still eligible for citizenship if your ancestor fled before 1920, as long as you can verify that their address was recorded in Polish, Prussian, Russian, or Austro-Hungarian registries and that they were citizens at the time of your birth.

If your ancestor acquired another citizenship prior to 1951, you must remember that they forfeited their Polish citizenship and cannot pass it on to you.

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
  • Generations
  • Avg. Processing Time (mo.)
  • Avg. Cost
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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