Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to Poland.
Read this page in combination with the general guidance for EU Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland.
The authoritative source for Polish market regulations is the Polish government. This guidance links to official Polish sources wherever possible.
Trade and services regulations in Poland
If you are a UK business providing services in Poland, you need to follow specific regulations about:
- getting authorisations or licences to provide a service
- complying with specific local business regulations
- EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors
Poland’s e-government portal for service providers can help you to:
- find out what you need to know about providing services in Poland
- understand local regulations
- complete the relevant administrative procedures online
Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Poland to help you comply with specific regulations. You can also contact your local chamber of commerce for advice.
To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.
To sell or provide services to customers in Poland, you must follow local laws. If in doubt, you should get professional advice.
Reservations are part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. They reserve the right of each party to keep or make new laws restricting investment, or the sale of services, in ways that would otherwise breach the rules in the agreement.
Check which reservations apply to the sale of services from the UK to Poland. This includes an interactive tool to find reservations that are already in place.
VAT on sales of digital services
To use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to EU consumers, businesses need to register for MOSS in an EU member state.
Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.
Ownership of companies registered in Poland
If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a registered company in Poland or any other EEA country.
For information about setting up and running a business in Poland, visit Business in Poland.
Read more about this in our guidance relating to the EEA and Switzerland.
Ownership of legal firms in Poland
If you are a legal professional who has an investment in a Polish law firm you should contact the Polish Bar Council (site in Polish) and Poland’s National Council of Legal Advisers (site in Polish) to discuss what actions you need to take now that the UK has left the EU.
Business travel and entry requirements
UK business travellers and service providers may need a visa, work permit or other documentation. Check if you need a visa or permit for Europe.
- visas including intra-corporate transfers
- work and residence permits
- supporting documentation
- other conditions
Check which actions travellers visiting Europe need to take.
Social security payments for employees
Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Poland.
Recognition of professional qualifications
To check what you need to do in Poland, read our guidance on professional qualifications in the EEA and Switzerland.
If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Poland, these sources can help you:
- Polish NARIC, the information centre for the recognition of professional qualifications
- the Polish point of single contact
The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (UK CPQ) provides practical assistance and advice to:
- professionals who qualified overseas and are interested in working in the UK
- UK professionals seeking to practise overseas
UK statutory auditors working in Poland
For UK statutory auditors, the Audit Oversight Commission Poland (site in Polish) should be able to provide further information.
UK lawyers working in Poland
If you are a UK-qualified lawyer working in Poland, using either a Polish or UK professional title, you should contact the local Bar association in the region in which you are working or the Polish Bar Council (site in Polish) and National Council of Legal Advisers for specific advice.
Data transfer and GDPR
As part of the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the free flow of personal data from the EEA to the UK will continue after 1 January 2021 for no longer than 6 months, until adequacy decisions come into effect.
As a sensible precaution during this 6 month period, it is recommended that you work with EEA organisations who transfer personal data to you to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data.
Read guidance on using data in your personal business or other organisation.