Travelling to the UK after 1 January 2021
After the end of the transition period, from 1 January 2021, new rules of travelling to the United Kingdom were adopted for all EU citizens, including Polish citizens. Check how the new rules affect you.
Travelling from Poland to the UK
- You can stay in the UK as a tourist or a conference/meeting attendee for up to 6 months without visa (Attention! While in the UK as a tourist, you cannot do paid or undpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person).
- You can cross the UK border using a valid passport which should be valid for the whole time you are in the UK (you may use your national ID card to enter the UK not later than 30 September 2021).
STUDENTS – study in the UK
- Student stay up to 6 months – no visa required.
- You can apply for a Short-term visa to study English language in the UK. This visa is for English language courses lasting longer than 6 months and up to 11 months.
- You can apply for a Student visa to study in the UK. If your course is at degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to 5 years. If it is below degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to 2 years.
RESEARCHERS OR ACADEMIC LEADERS – work in the UK
- With a Permitted Paid Engagement visa you can visit the UK for no more than 1 month i.e. to give lectures at a higher education institution, as long as it’s not a part-time or full-time role or you have been formally invited and paid by a UK-based organisation to attend an event or other permitted engagement.
- With a Global Talent visa you can work up to 5 years (extending the stay is possible) in the UK in academia or research, if you are a leader or potential leader in one of the following fields: science, medicine, engineering, humanities. You may be eligible if you have any of the following: an eligible job offer as an academic or researcher, an individual fellowship, a research grant that is approved by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Coming to Poland from UK (for UK citizens)