My friends from Algeria have arrived in Europe as tourists, they came to Italy to Lombardy based on an Italian Schengen visa, and later flew to Poland to for a visit. The crisis occurred while they were staying in Poland, the were unable to return to either Lombardy or Algeria. They do not know what to do and their Italian visa is about to expire. Can they extend or obtain a new visa in Poland? How?

The special act provides for special solutions for foreigners who have arrived in Poland as tourists based on Schengen Visas issued by the officials of other Schengen area countries, and due to the crisis they are unable to leave the territory of Poland.

If they were staying in Poland on the basis of such visa on March 14th, their stay shall be considered legal from the day following the day on which their legal stay on the basis of the visa has expired until the 30th day following the day on which the state of an epidemic emergency or an epidemic have been lifted, whichever will be the last.

The only condition is that the visa which allowed for their stay was a uniform visa, marked the C symbol, allowing for their stay on the territory of all Schengen countries or was a visa with limited territorial validity, covering the territory of Poland.

“The recognition of legal stay” is a national, specific form of residence permit which is not equivalent to an extension of a Schengen Visa.

Utilising that document as a base for stay after the lapse of the stay stated in the visa, does not require submitting any additional applications, obtaining permits or documents. Each foreigner is covered by the solution by law. No additional formalities are required.

Please remember that the exercise of the right depends on remaining on Polish territory. Leaving Poland will therefore mean that a foreigner will not be able to exercise the right as a basis for re-entering the territory of the Republic of Poland.