Foreigners, UE Citizens

EU citizens

If you are a citizen of the EU, and you do not have business activity registered in a Member State other than Poland, you may register business activity in our country on the basis of the same principles as citizens of Poland.

If you do not know how to do this, we will help you. Please refer to section Registration of activity.

If you are a citizen of the EU and you already have registered business activity in another Member State, you have two options to choose from.

If you want to provide services in Poland only for a limited period of time, you may take advantage of the temporary cross-border provision of services mechanism. This way you shall be conducting activity in Poland on the basis of your registration in another EU Member State. Check out how you can temporarily provide cross-border services.

Here you can find information about temporary provision of unregulated activity. You should also know the rules of Check of qualifications in case of cross-border provision of services.

If you want to conduct activity in Poland in a continuous manner - you must establish a branch of your company. Registration of a branch takes place in the National Court Register KRS.

Check out how to register a branch of a foreign entity.

The second option is to register a separate company in the National Court Register KRS.

Check information on the possible forms of conducting activity in Poland.

If the activity you intend to conduct requires recognition of qualification, you should read the guide on recognition of professional qualifications.

Foreigners who are nationals or entrepreneurs of the States - parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation do not need to obtain authorisation for the purchase of real estate, including agricultural land and forests.

A foreigner from outside the EU

As a foreigner from beyond the EU you may register a company in Poland in the CEIDG or National Court Register KRS.

Check information on the possible forms of conducting activity in Poland.

If you have business activity registered in the territory of another country, you may establish a branch of a foreign entity in Poland.

Check out how to register a branch of a foreign entity.

If you are a foreigner from outside the EU you must keep in mind that  registration of sole tradership in Poland is subject to some restrictions.

If you want to know more, read the article Registration and conducting of economic actvity in Poland by foreigners.

Restrictions in acquiring real property

Due to restrictions in the possibility of acquiring real property located in the territory of Poland by foreigners, if you do not hold Polish citizenship and you wish to acquire shares in a company, which is an owner of real property, you must obtain administrative permission (permission of the Minister of  the Interior and Administration)

Check out how to obtain permission to acquire shares of a company, which is an owner or a perpetual usufructuary of real property.

If you are interested in this subject check the service acquiring real property by a foreigner.

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