Visas and Travel Documents

Visa Requirements:

In general, visitors from the following countries do not need a visa to enter Bulgaria:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malta, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK (British Citizen Passport Holders and British Nationals /Overseas/ only), USA, Uruguay, the Vatican, Venezuela, SAR - China (Hong Kong, Makao) All holders of passports from countries not mentioned in the list above need visas to enter Bulgaria. More detailed restrictions are below.

Specific requirements:

With Bulgaria's entry into the EU in 2007, Bulgaria's visa requirements have been upgraded to meet EU requirements. Basically, entry into Bulgaria is now as (relatively) simple as entry into any EU Member State.

Entry requirements for Americans: Citizens of the USA do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for a period of up to 90 days within a six-month period. Passports must be valid for at least three months after entry.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: UK passport holders, endorsed British Citizen, do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for a period of up to 90 days in a six-month period. Passports should be valid for the period of intended stay. Other UK passport holders require a visa and a passport that is valid for at least six months.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadians do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for a period of up to 90 days within a six-month period. A passport valid for at least three months after entry is required.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australians do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for a period of up to 90 days within a six-month period. A passport valid for at least three months after entry is required.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans need a visa to enter Bulgaria. A passport valid for at least six months on entry is required and a visa will only be issued if blank pages are available.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealanders do not require a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days within a six-month period. A valid passport valid for at least three months on entry is required.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish nationals do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for a period of up to 90 days within a six-month period. A passport valid for the period of intended stay is required.

Passport/Visa Note: Visitors must have proof of sufficient funds or onward or return tickets in addition to other documents needed for the next destination. Valid health insurance is required. All visitors to Bulgaria must register as foreigners at a local police station within five days of arrival. This registration is usually done as a matter of course through the hotel or accommodation establishment. Visitors are advised to check this, as a dated registration slip has to be submitted when leaving the country. Immigration and entry regulations are very strictly enforced. Passports of all visitors should be valid for at least six months on entry for those requiring a visa, and three months on entry for visa exempt nationals other than those from EU countries, whose passports must be valid for period of stay.

Otherwise, all except the following require entry visas to Bulgaria:

Nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days within each six-month period (except nationals of Estonia, Ireland and the UK, who may stay for up to 30 days within a six-month period);

Nationals of Chile, Iceland, Malaysia and Norway for stays of up to 90 days within a six-month period;

Nationals of Andorra, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Switzerland, and Vatican City for stays of up to 30 days within each six-month period;

Nationals of Croatia, Korea (Rep), Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of), San Marino and Tunisia.

Note: Nationals of Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan must apply for an airport transit visa and may not leave the airport transit lounge. They need to present a valid flight reservation to get the visa.

Validity: Single-entry visas for tourist visits are normally valid for three months from date of issue for a maximum stay of 30 days. Multiple-entry visas are for business visits and are normally valid for three months from date of issue. Transit: Up to 24 hours.

The Bulgarian visas are issued by the Bulgarian embassies and consulates abroad, not at the airports or the land and sea passport control points in Bulgaria. Visa application requirements may include but are not limited to:

Valid passport;
Application form;
One passport-size photo;
Return ticket or documentation for next destination;
Fee, payable in cash or by postal order only;
Proof of sufficient funds (at least 50 USD a day);
Proof of paid fare for onward destination;
For motor vehicle transit, proof of an extra 200 USD for each entry;
Proof of a secured return trip;
For business visits: Letters from the applicant's company and from the Bulgarian business partner, endorsed by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce;
For private visits: A letter of invitation by a Bulgarian citizen endorsed by the local authorities.

Please see this website for a list of all Bulgarian embassies abroad.

Please Read Before Commenting: We are not the official Bulgarian Consulate, and therefore we cannot answer your specific questions about Bulgarian visas. WE DO NOT ISSUE INVITATION LETTERS! Please direct all questions to the Bulgarian Consulate in your country. Thank you.

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vikram from India Reply Oct 17th, 2017

Dear Sir We are Indian my self and wife need tourist visa to visit Bulgaria for 5 days 4 night to celebrate Christmas with my friends in Bulgaria. kindly mail us the formalities how I get Bulgaria visa regards vikram

Muhammad UmarDaraz from Bulgaria Reply Oct 16th, 2017

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Cristie Reply Oct 11th, 2017

Hi I'm cristie from Philippines can I need visa to visit only Bulgaria for 3 days I'm working at turkey working permit

HANZALA MALIK from Pakistan Reply Sep 29th, 2017

I want to visit this country

Mikeee from Egypt Reply Sep 6th, 2017

Hi , Iam married from Bulgarian & I have child , Iam living in uk & I have residence card in uk if I want fly alone to Bulgaria I need visa ??? Or we need to fly all tougher?? Thank you

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Mehdi from Iran Reply Aug 12th, 2017

My nationality is Iranian. Now I live in london(UK). I have travel document in UK. I want travel to Bulgaria. Do I need the visa?

Adewale Donald Bello from Nigeria Reply Aug 8th, 2017

My name is Donald, I'm from Nigeria, I want to travel to Bulgaria for study, and I have no one in Europe to stay with pls advice me on what to do, do I need a student visa to get? and am much in concern on where I could be living in. Thanks and God bless you all.

Azi from United Kingdom Reply Jul 31st, 2017

I am uk resident ,live here with work visa(Tier 2) ,to visit Bulgaria do I need to get a visa ??

Shaikh Mohammed Shaffi from India Reply Jul 30th, 2017

I am working in Kuwait. Want to apply for Bulgaria visit visa. Can you assist me

Tayyab sultan from Pakistan Reply Jul 14th, 2017

I am from Pakistan I live in uk as a student visa I am living as a lifepartner with Bulgarian girl I have one child which born in uk I want to get her country visa how can I apply please give me some suggestion

Saima from Pakistan Reply Jul 4th, 2017

I want to visat visa of romaina plz guide me

Ester Dahlia Juniae from Indonesia Reply Jun 25th, 2017

I will seminar in Germany on October and would like to take a visit to Bulgaria before I go back to Indonesia. How I could get visa to Bulgaria

Zahid Mahmood from Pakistan Reply Jun 16th, 2017

Kindly let me know that US B1/B2 visa holders need Bulgaria/ Romania visit visa

Guest from Iran Reply Jun 15th, 2017

hi iam from iran i live in uk and i have indefinite leave to remain to stay in uk but my passport is iranian am i need visa for bulgeria??

Theo from Mozambique Reply Jun 13th, 2017

Am from Mozambique do I need visa to travel to burgeria

Tani from Iran Reply Jun 10th, 2017

Hi, I'm Iranian with a permanent residence in USA(GreenCard), also I have a Travel document issue by USA, Do I need a visa to travel to Bulgaria?

Guest Jun 10th, 2017

I'm not living in Iran ..

CHRISTA GRIERSON from South Africa Reply Jun 9th, 2017

Good day, I am a South African Citizen with a valid passport and a Multiple Schengen Visa (type C) issued by the Embassy of Portugal, and it is valid from 15 December 2016 until 14 December 2017. Do I still need a visa to go to Bulgaria from the 20th of July 2017 until the 29th of July 2017 for a holiday. I only used this visa in December 2016 to go to Portugal for three weeks.

Mark Lester Paraiso from Philippines Reply Jun 2nd, 2017

Good day Im Mark from Philippines, currently working in New Zealand with working visa...i see in the VisaHQ when i type my citizenship and current Residence they didn't require me to get visa...can i ask to make it clarify...do i need to get a visa...thank you so much...

Zaheer Ahmed from Pakistan Reply May 30th, 2017

Hi! I am Zaheer. I have been planning to set up garments/ textile manufacturing business in Ireland and have been buying industrial sewing machines for my business from European countries. I have found a large machine in Sandanski, Bulgaria which I would like to buy but would like to view this machine before I pay for it. For this purpose I would either need a business visit visa or a standard visit visa. I have requested the company who possess this machine. I have been recently refused UK visit visa as the visa officer did not satisfy with my docs/ evidences I provided, my law firm in UK is taking this to the court for judicial review as I have provided all necessary documents. ( getting U.K. visa are the world's most difficult visas, and their refusals rates are very high ). I wonder whether this UK visa refusals would have any impacts on my visa application to Bulgharia or not?. I am going to provide the invitation letter from the seller of this industrial machine which I would like to buy. Can someone suggest please in the lights of my current visa status? Thanks

JAMES from India Reply May 20th, 2017

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF INDIANS NATIONALS HAVING VALID MULTIPLE ENTRY US VISIT VISA HAVE VISA EXEMPTION TO ENTER BULGARIA

TAPON MONDOL from Cyprus Reply May 15th, 2017

Nationality from Bangladesh. I would like to go in Bulgaria to visit. What should I do.Can you tell me please

Queenie from Philippines Reply May 12th, 2017

I'm planning to visit bulgaria soon to meet my boyfriend. My question is, what if i want to stay beyond 30 days? What do i have to do?

Mordecai from Malawi Reply May 7th, 2017

Hello I'm a Malawian with a permanent residence in Germany, do I need a visa to travel to Bulgaria?

Mark garland from United Kingdom Reply May 7th, 2017

Hi I have a Thai girlfriend who has lived in England for 8 years now, I want to take her on holiday to Bulgaria in June.. does she need a visa and how do I get one!!! Thanks mark

Natalia from Colombia Reply May 1st, 2017

Hi, Colombian citizens not longer need a visa for the EU countries. Im planing holidays in september but not sure if I need visa?

Patrick from Netherlands Reply Apr 27th, 2017

I am married with a women from Ghana does she need a visa

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I am from the British Overseas Territory Montserrat, do I need a visa to visit Bulgaria?

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Yes you need a tourist visa to visit Bulgaria. You can apply in the nearest BG embassy by presenting an invitation from Bulgarian or other nationality residing legally in Bulgaria or you can just book a holiday through travel agency. Its important during the interview in the embassy to present valid medical insurance and return flight tickets.

dale Apr 21st, 2017

I am Australian, I travelled over the land border twice, they just stamped me through, I didn't need to apply for anything.

dale Apr 21st, 2017

and it was only in August last year that i travelled through. I didn't have to do anything whatsoever. NO visa application, no invitation from a resident, no holiday booking, no hotel booking, no interview, no tickets. I did have medical insurance but I didn't have to show it to anyone.

peter sinek from Russia Reply Mar 26th, 2017

Please can you tell me if a Russian citizen needs a visa to enter Bulgaria?

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Hi, Can you add Demoratic Republic of Congo"KINSHASA" as well as Republic of Congo "BRAZZAVILLE" in the list of countries here please. I'm from Kinhasa and did put Zimbabwe just because it is an African coutry neighbour.

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MD FARID AHMED from Bangladesh Reply Feb 22nd, 2017

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tahir hussain from Pakistan Reply Feb 20th, 2017

Hi my name is Tahir Hussain and I from Pakistan but I live in Cyprus and I need to Bulgaria visa please help me my contact number00905338217275

Moazzam from Pakistan Mar 20th, 2017

Mr. Tahir which type of visa your want? Do you need the Bulgaria visit visa?

Diaby Daouda from Bulgaria May 22nd, 2017

If you have the cyprus résident permit, you dont need a visa for bulgarian.

Jeanly from Philippines Reply Feb 14th, 2017

I wanna ask my boyfriend is a german national and currently live in bulgaria and he has already a resident permit he want me to go there....i am a filipina....what would be the requirements for a fiancee visa?

Saqib Majeed from Pakistan Reply Feb 3rd, 2017

I have visited Bulgaria/Sofia , back in 90's . At that time visa to Bulgaria was on arrival . Do I still need a visa before travel , if yes ! Then what are the requirements ?

Josephine Marsden from United Kingdom Reply Jan 29th, 2017

We are travelling to Bulgaria in August this year for two weeks holiday our passports expire November. Do we need to renew them before we fly Thank you

Viktoriya from Bulgaria Reply Jan 29th, 2017

I want to go to Pakistan how I'm have visa but I'm from bulgeria

Fahad from Pakistan Feb 25th, 2017

i can help you to visit Pakistan

Shakar from Norway Apr 12th, 2017

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Veda from India Reply Jan 18th, 2017

I want to visit balgaria for 10 days .. on holiday .. my husband is British .. Iam on spouse visa .. how can I apply visa

Michelle from Guyana Reply Sep 12th, 2016

Hi, i have to get a Bulgarian Visa D. I was wondering if i can use my schengen visa to travel to bulgaria and then apply for my student visa while i am there.

dim from Bulgaria Apr 20th, 2017

You can use your Schengen visa to visit Bulgaria but only as a tourist. For student visa you need to apply in the Bulgarian embassy in your country of residence.

Taherirad from Iran Reply Sep 12th, 2016

permission to stay in ukraine and have a company registration to his name if wish to go Bulgaria how can receive Visa in Kiev

Prabhat parmar from India Reply Jun 10th, 2016

Hi I am Indian national living in Ireland. I am on stamp 4eufam visa, I would like to know that what are my visa requirements to travel in Bulgaria

Mr GEORGES KANE from Guinea Reply Jun 8th, 2016

We have an invitation letter from University of Ruse to visit Bulgaria and we are person person but want you to advise us if one of person can just visit your office Consulate to obtain the visas and we try several time with your telephone number on the Embassy website it is not going . please advise us before leaving Conakry to Nigeria by next week.

amor from Philippines Reply Apr 16th, 2016

Hi, i would like to visit Bulgaria and maybe will stay there for good. I only have a passport. Please tell me what I need and how much will it cost me to go to Bulgaria. I really like the place and I have friends there already. I need your help.

Hamed from United Kingdom Reply Feb 20th, 2016

Hi Can someone tell me please Me and my 3 children's have British passport and my wife has a indefinite leave . Can we travel together to bulgaria for a couple of weeks holiday

dim from Bulgaria Apr 20th, 2017

As British citizens you can visit Bulgaria whenever you want but your wife still need to apply for Bulgarian visa.

DINH TIEN DUNG from Vietnam Reply Jan 30th, 2016

Dear sirs, I'm vietnamese who now living in Japan as an engineering. I have UK tourism visa(type C, 180days, multi) until Feb 13, and went to UK last year December once. With this case, could i enter bulgaria from Feb 6-11 for traveling?

DIANA from Kenya Reply Dec 30th, 2015

Am planning to travel to Bulgaria and there is no embassy in Kenya please help me

Omwoyo from Kenya Jun 7th, 2017

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Nusrat from Belgium Reply Nov 24th, 2015

I am from pakistan but living in belgium i have residenc here what is requirment for me my son is belg national

jane from South Africa Reply Nov 5th, 2015

hi there, we are south Africans living in Dubai, what will costs be for visas to Bulgaria, tks

tina from Indonesia Reply Oct 22nd, 2015

I am Indonesian and recently still have valid German visa could i entry Bulgaria with my German visa flight direct from Indonesia?

Melody from United States Reply Oct 12th, 2015

I currently live in the USA and want to retire in Bulgaria, do I need a visa or something else?

asif from Pakistan Reply Jul 1st, 2015

Love bulgaria

lauren from South Africa Reply Jun 13th, 2015

I have been to Bulgaria many times...but my visa has expired...i work on a cruise ship and want to visit a friend from Sofia...are there any other way I can apply then going to the embassy in Pretoria, can I apply online and have a temp visa for like 30 days...Im in Europe and will go on vacation from Amsterdam....How can I reapply?

Richard Vivian Phillips from Pakistan Reply May 26th, 2015

Hi would anyone be in Bulgaria in July, and traveling to Serbia mid July, Hope someone is, need to find out details and maybe have some company on the way

Ahmad ali from Pakistan Reply Apr 23rd, 2015

Hi can you tell me whats the requirements of buggarian visa for pakistani national living in turkey

elen from Philippines Reply Mar 11th, 2015

Hi..I just want to ask if I'm able to visit one of scengien area.. I'm a filipina citizen and presently working in Romania with valid working permit

Jenny Beukes from South Africa Reply Jan 16th, 2015

I will be on a cruise ship in August 2015 and will be in Burgas (for Nessebar) for one day - I will be travelling with a Schengen visa. Do I require a Bulgarian visa?

JanD from Bulgaria May 24th, 2015

Hi Jenny, Bulgaria is not part of the Schengen zone so unfortunately you will need a Visa if you want enter the country via the port. There are some beautifull sights to see but i don't know if it will be worth the money to get a Visa just for this as you only have one day in the port. Enjoy the trip.

AdNaN from Pakistan Reply Dec 21st, 2014

hi , sir my name is Adnan & I'm Pakistani citixn live in Pakistan.. my age : 17 year old in my nic , & school paper... I have a true love with a girl & she true love with me... we want get to marriage.. in legal . but she live in Malaysia. & I'm in Pakistan .. she have send mr invitation papers.. I going on visat to Malaysia. but she say me I can 't leave my country so .. how I find then living visa in malaysia? pleasure help..... for my true love please.. my email; adnanabid222@gmail.com my what's app number: +923028195155

Saber from Tunisia Reply Dec 6th, 2014

I want to go and play golf in Bulgaria and see my girlfriend who has a house there do i need a visa ?

Carina Shellard from South Africa Reply Nov 6th, 2014

I have a schengen visa . Can i visit Bulgaria for 3 days?

venter from South Africa Dec 21st, 2014

I have a current schengen visa can i use it to visit Bulgaria

Steve from South Africa Mar 8th, 2015

No Schengen does not help for Bulgaria, there are a group of european countries who signed up for this and it is generally separate from the EU regulations as EU only comes into freedom of travel for European citizens. Countries you can travel to on a Schengen visa are: Austria - Belgium - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Iceland (not a European Union Member State) - Italy - Latvia - Liechtenstein (not a European Union Member State) - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Malta - Netherlands - Norway (not a European Union Member State) - Poland - Portugal - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Swiss (not a European Union Member State)

Vara Ouk from Cambodia Reply Aug 8th, 2014

Hi, I have a valid Schengen visa multiple entries for one year and I want to visit Bulgaria, what should I do?

Ginny from United Kingdom Dec 5th, 2015

You can use a schengen visa to visit Bulgaria .my husband has done it he is a Tunisian

malay from India Reply Jun 16th, 2014

H,i want to visit Bulgaria, Romania,Hungary, Austria,Poland in the same tour for a total of say 25 days,max 6 days in a country. I like to enter through Bulgaria. Which country visa I need ? Will one schengen visa serve the purpose or separate visas have to take. Please advise.

Alexander from United States Reply May 28th, 2014

I living in U.S. 17 years with my green card but i am russian citizen so I need visa to Bulgaria?

Faran from Pakistan Reply May 6th, 2014

Hi, I am a Pakistani national and a friend of mine who is a Balgarian citizen, wishes me to work with her in the company in which currently she is employed. She has the power to hire me in the company. Kindly advise me how she can send me an invitation and the process and what documents are required in this regard. Thank you.

Richard Greaves from United Kingdom Reply Apr 3rd, 2014

I am a British Citizen and my wife holds a Philippine passport containing a valid UK Spouse visa. Can my wife travell to Bulgaria with me for a 10 day visa using only her UK Spouse Visa? Regards

Liliana from Armenia Reply Feb 23rd, 2014

Hello, I'm from Armenia, but now I'm working in Romania and I have Romanian resident cart . I need visa for entering to Bulgaria?

Charles from Ghana Reply Jan 27th, 2014

I wanted to go on tour in Bulgaria do I need an invitation letter

james from Nigeria Dec 6th, 2015

No u don't need an invitation ...apply for tourism and a tourist visa be apply to u

Glorious from Sri Lanka Reply Nov 17th, 2013

Hi I am a Sri Lankan and I would like to visit Bulgaria, can someone tell me how to get visa and what are the requirements and how long i can stay in Bulgaria?

Liliya from Ukraine Reply Aug 3rd, 2013

Hi i am ukrainian nationality my husband is Bulgarian, we live and work in UK and i have got EA member visa for UK. We are planing to go to Bulgaria together this summer do i need a visa to go to Bulgaria? if yes, where can i get it from?

Weng from Philippines Reply Jul 6th, 2013

i am holding a philippine passport. i would like to know how can i get a visit visa as well as a working visa for sofia, bulgaria. Kindly send me all the necessary requirements that i need have inorder for me to acquire any of those visa's that i've mentioned. Thank you very much.

Essa from Oman Reply May 26th, 2013

I am an Omani passport holder, I want to spend a few weeks in Bulgaria, we don't have embassy in Muscat. How can I get the entry visa of Bulgaria and what documents shell I bring. Also how many days it will take to issue visa.

Ari from Iran Reply May 23rd, 2013

I have got British travel document I want to visit Bulgaria for holiday how can I get visa thanks

scarlet from Philippines Reply May 22nd, 2013

I have a husband Bulgarian we are married here in the Philippines I wanted to know what requirements needed for tourist visa to go there

Mel from Philippines Jul 2nd, 2013

Hi Scarlet, can i ask you something? Me and my bulgarian bf wanted to get married here in the philippines. What are the requirements he needed to bring along with him? I told him only the Legal capacity of marriage and his birth certificate are there some other neede requirement? And do we need to ask permission to the bulgarian embassy that we will get married here or not anymore? I will appreciate if you can give me a reply..thank you so much

Khuram Zee from United Kingdom Reply Apr 27th, 2013

i have girl friend in bulgaria citizen she wants come to me in uk i want which things she need to travel for uk will she have to pay in police station before travel or any health insurence because she has european union card and bulgaria passport so please help me

JD from South Africa Reply Apr 3rd, 2013

Read people!! it states quite clearly (Albeit in small bold text) that this is not an official Bulgarian Consulate, it is merely a website informing you of any Passport/Visa requirements needed to visit Bulgaria. Some of these questions really make me wonder if said individual should actually be allowed into Bulgaria ...lol

m. matt from United States Reply Feb 12th, 2013

I am an Indian residing in UAE. I have a valid multiple Schengen visa , and I need to go to Bulgaria for a business visit , do I need a separate visa or the Schengen I have will be ok?

Vincent Atta-Fynn from Ghana Reply Feb 5th, 2013

I need to visit Bulgaria for a business trip before the end of February 2013. I live and work in Ghana. What do I do?

Erick Asante from Ghana Reply Dec 24th, 2012

Please l'v been invited by a friend of Bulgarian citizen to pay a visit at Bulgarial and l want to no what to do to apply a visa

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