Visas and Travel Documents

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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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Yeasir Arafat
Georgia

Hi,I am BangladeshiI.But I am working Tbilisi, goergia,.Can I apply tourist visa for Bulgaria? Which requirments I need? Thank you

Reply Jun 7th, 2019
Karen
Bulgaria

Contact email address Consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply Jun 13th, 2019
Wajid Ali
Italy

I have a stay in sofia airport for four hours and i have a passport of Afghanistan and i have Italian residence card also now do i need any visa of Bulgaria if i will just stay in airport ?

Reply Jun 1st, 2019
Guest

no, you dont need any document to stay in the airport :)

Reply Jun 3rd, 2019
tyson_cox@hotmail.com
United Kingdom

Do i need a visa if i have a family member of an eea national visa?

Reply May 30th, 2019
Tefo Moorehead

Do i need a visa to go for a 10 days holiday in bulgaria im holding a botswana passport

Reply May 17th, 2019
Karen
Bulgaria

You need a visa. Contact email address Consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply May 17th, 2019
Rehan

Hello I want to get bulgaria [Sofia] tourist visa , can you help with the details .

Reply May 13th, 2019
Sunil Kumar Choyal
India

I want tourist visa for Bulgaria .

Reply May 12th, 2019
Guest
Bulgaria

Contact email address Consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply May 12th, 2019
Guest
Bulgaria

Contact email address Consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply May 12th, 2019
Guest
Bulgaria

Contact email address Consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply May 12th, 2019
Nouman Muhammad
Bulgaria

I want to apply for visit to Bulgaria I have a yellow slip

Reply Jun 5th, 2019
Sri Ekowulani
Indonesia

I am indonesian and Indonesian passport holder, how can I get the visa application form ?

Reply May 10th, 2019
Guest
Bulgaria

Contact this email address Consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply May 11th, 2019
Jiten Divecha
Tanzania

I am from TANZANIA and Tanzanian passport holder we have a mining workshop in Bulgaria , where do I Apply Visa from Tanzania and what are the minimum requirements?

Reply May 10th, 2019
Guest
Bulgaria

Contact email address Consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply May 10th, 2019
Karthik Sekar
Germany

Hi I am an Indian , Holding a Germany Blue card. Please advise if I need to obtain Visa for Bulgaria.

Reply May 8th, 2019
Guest
Bulgaria

You need a Bulgaria visa

Reply May 8th, 2019
Rana Salfiti
Israel

I have an Israeli travel document do I need a visa? How long it takes time , because I want to reserve my trip

Reply May 3rd, 2019
Karen
Bulgaria

Contact us on email address Consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply May 3rd, 2019
Ansu Alina
Bahrain

I am an Indian residing in the Kingdom of Bahrain. An engineer by profession, and wish to attend a training in Bulgaria. how do i obtain a visit visa to attend the tech training in Bulgaria

Reply May 3rd, 2019
Karen
Bulgaria

Contact us on email Consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply May 3rd, 2019
Sandra
Bulgaria

I am a UK citizen travelling to burgas bulgaria mid September but would like to stay longer then 3 months can anyone tell me how I can do this please

Reply Apr 30th, 2019
Karen
Bulgaria

Contact the email address Consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply May 1st, 2019
Ademola
Nigeria

What re the requirement for burgeria visa I’m from Nigeria but I stay in South Africa

Reply May 31st, 2019
Guest
Bulgaria

Ademola contact the email address

Reply May 31st, 2019
David S
United Kingdom

Do Uzbek and Turkmen passport holders need a visa?

Reply Apr 27th, 2019
Leroy Sim tan
Philippines

Holding a Philippine passport Travelling via cruise ship from Romania to Bulgaria to final stop Bucharest Have multiple entry Schengen visa do we need Bulgarian visa

Reply Apr 21st, 2019
Guest

Yes. Bulgaria is not a Schengen country.

Reply Apr 24th, 2019
felix

with schengen visa (multiple visa) you can enter bulgaria without bulgaria visa.

Reply Jun 6th, 2019
Aman
India

Indian people not entry without Sachegan visa. I'm back to india three days stay sofia airport cells.

Reply Apr 20th, 2019
Nikola Mitev 5004261742
Fiji

Privet ot Fiji, Az i saprugata me sme napusnali BG v 1986 g. za posleden pat sme bili pres 1995 g v Bulgaria sega sme s Pasporti ot Fiji no reshixme da se zavarnem kam korenite si. Iskame parvo da se informirame kakvo trjabva za tova. Az imam Pensija ot Germania i smjatame da prodadem nasite Firmite tuk i da pribereme vav Vidin. Njamame Bulgarski dokumenti a tuk njama Bulgarsko Posolstvo. Molja Vi uvedomete ni kak da postapim. Mnogo Vi Blagodarja Predvaritelno.

Reply Apr 15th, 2019
Dean

We are travelling from UK to Israel but transferring in Bulgaria, do we need to get Bulgarian Visa in this travel, under Philippine Passport?

Reply Apr 14th, 2019
Arjun
India

I hold India passport, Currently i am working as a HR manager in UAE. Can you please let me know the documents which are required for visiting Bulgaria

Reply Apr 14th, 2019
Guest
Bulgaria

Mr Arjun kindly contact email address Consularcontact@gmail.com. Thanks

Reply Apr 15th, 2019
aamir
Pakistan

hi sir i hope you fine and good.my maryy 5 monts i want vist visa me and my wife

Reply Apr 10th, 2019
Karen
Bulgaria

Contact email consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply Apr 10th, 2019
Mrs shakeel
Pakistan

Plz send me detail how to applying bulgarian visa i want to vist and settle with family thanx

Reply Apr 7th, 2019
Becki
Bulgaria

Africans should not always think to get an invitation card from Europe before they can obtain a visa. Majority of European nations have their overseas consulate in Africa already. I have seen many Africans travel to Bulgaria by obtaining visa from their home country. If you are African and you need enquiry about Bulgaria visa, contact this address Consularcontact@gmail.com Thanks

Reply Mar 31st, 2019
Claude
Bulgaria

I m from Burundi How i can apply a visa and wich country i can go and get visa Thanks

Reply Mar 31st, 2019
Karen

Dear Claude, contact the consulate in your country via email consularcontact@gmail.com

Reply Mar 31st, 2019
Juan Carter
United States

The email is not working

Reply Apr 3rd, 2019
Smith

Contact email address Smithvasquez1395@gmail.com

Reply Apr 4th, 2019
Karen

Joan Carter the email address is working. Make sure you type the correct spelling consularcontact@gmail.com OR Smithvasquez1395@gmail.com

Reply Apr 4th, 2019
Karen

Joan Carter the email address is working. Make sure you type the correct spelling consularcontact@gmail.com OR Smithvasquez1395@gmail.com

Reply Apr 4th, 2019
Abdallah
Belgium

Hello, I have a travel document from Belgium and a residence card valid till 2021, Do I need a visa to enter Bulgaria? Thanks

Reply Mar 26th, 2019
Editor

Abdallah, I know the names of these countries are similar but they are still different countries and you still need a visa because Bulgaria is not schengen. Everyone who goes there needs a visa, no matter where they live or where they were born (unless they are from Bulgaria!). Just go to the Bulgarian Embassy in Belgium and they will help you, okay?

Reply Mar 27th, 2019
Douglas Benson
South Africa

We are South Africans with valid Schengen Visas Would Bulgaria accept this?

Reply Mar 19th, 2019
Guest

Bulgaria is not a Schengen country. To visit Bulgaria, you need to obtain a Bulgarian visa,

Reply Mar 19th, 2019
Guest

Bulgaria is not a Schengen country. To visit Bulgaria, you need to obtain a Bulgarian visa,

Reply Mar 19th, 2019
Douglas

Thanks a lot

Reply Mar 19th, 2019
felix

with schengen visa (multiple visa) you can enter bulgaria without bulgaria visa.

Reply Jun 6th, 2019
Sheikh md faisal
Bulgaria

Sir i have travel like, tourke, Malaysi, oman,india, & dubai investor visa,,now i need travel to Bulgari, whats required document need,me Bangladesh passport holde,

Reply Mar 11th, 2019
Guest

You need to visit or contact the Bulgarian Embassy in Dhaka and ask them.

Reply Mar 19th, 2019
Peter
Ireland

I am a resident in Ireland on a stamp 4 eu fam. Do I need a visa to travel to Bulgaria?

Reply Mar 5th, 2019
Smith

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Reply Mar 10th, 2019
Guest

Bulgaria is not a Schengen country. You need a Bulgarian visa.

Reply Mar 19th, 2019
Ranya zena
Egypt

Dear sirs , I want to have visa fir Bulgaria next summer. I am from Egypt

Reply Mar 5th, 2019
Guest

So contact or visit your nearest Bulgarian Embassy

Reply Mar 19th, 2019
Nyang

I Am a business man from Africa. I am looking for a suitable market for pets, precious stones and cocoa world wide. Please anyone here to help me? Nyangtatah@gmail.com

Reply Feb 25th, 2019
Rahul mahajan
India

I want to travel to Bulgaria

Reply Feb 20th, 2019
Carole Morris

My residency is due for renewal but I no longer own a property there but live with my partner in his house, will there be a problem with renewal

Reply Feb 15th, 2019
Guest

Contact your Embassy and ask them.

Reply Mar 19th, 2019
Tina
United Arab Emirates

I’m a Kenyan living in abudhabi and I would like someone to help me how to apply for Bulgaria visit visa

Reply Feb 7th, 2019
Smith

Hello Tina. Apply for Bulgarian visa and get all travel guides via email Smithvasquez1395@gmail.com

Reply Feb 17th, 2019
Tina
United Arab Emirates

Would like someone to help me on how I can apply for Bulgaria visa Living in abudhabi uae

Reply Feb 7th, 2019
Ashutosh
India

What about visa for Indian passport holder ? If I have Turkey or Greece visa, can I travel to Bulgaria with these visas or need Bulgaria visa ? I intend to stay at Sofia only for 2 days....

Reply Feb 3rd, 2019
Guest

Why would you think if you have a visa for Turkey or Greece that you can visit Bulgaria? No. You need a Bulgarian visa to visit Bulgaria.

Reply Mar 19th, 2019
ASHUTOSH ATRAY
India

What are the charges for Bulgaria visa ? I need to stay there for just 3 days. Where can I apply for Bulgaria visa in India. I am staying at Mumbai- India.

Reply Jan 30th, 2019
Phil
Bulgaria

Contact this agency Smithvasquez1395@gmail.com

Reply Feb 3rd, 2019
Noor khan
Bulgaria

I am very interesting to visit Bulgaria but I don't know how I get visa regarding I am working in k.s.a tnx .

Reply Jan 25th, 2019
Phil
Bulgaria

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Reply Feb 3rd, 2019
Mike Day
Azerbaijan

Can I live in Bulgaria

Reply Jan 20th, 2019
Junaid
Pakistan

I want family member to visit me in bulgaria he is holding a pakistani passport i need assistance with acquiring a family visit visa for him.

Reply Jan 18th, 2019
Smith

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Reply Jan 14th, 2019
Eldar
Azerbaijan

I'm an Azerbaijan citizen and I have a valid US Visa in my passport till 02.12.2019, may I travel to Sofia with this visa?

Reply Jan 14th, 2019
Smith

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Reply Feb 17th, 2019
Tochukwu Celestine
Nigeria

sir pls iam Nigerian, I study metallurgical and materials engineering I want to practice it in Bulgaria

Reply Jan 11th, 2019
Smith

Contact me

Reply Jan 14th, 2019
chris
Nigeria

visit our office in abuja. good lucky

Reply Mar 13th, 2019
abdulfetahi adem
Ethiopia

i am very interesting to visit bulgeria but i dont know how i get visa

Reply Jan 10th, 2019
Smith

Contact me

Reply Jan 14th, 2019
Bashdar

Hello My name is Bashdar I have uk residence permit and I am EU family member my wife from lithunan I hold Iraqi passport can I travel to Bulgaria do I need visa or with out visa I can go I have a car I want to drive back to London from Iraq I need to driver through Bulgaria last time I drove from London to Iraq through France Italy Greece I didn’t need visa but this time I want to drive through Bulgaria please tell me if I need visa or I don’t I ask few people they said I don’t need visa but I want to check with you thank you

Reply Jan 4th, 2019
shafqat nawaz
Bulgaria

Hi sir am so sorry i was forget to mention am from pakistan and living in dubai

Reply Dec 24th, 2018
shafqat nawaz
Bulgaria

Hi sir i am coming in bulgaria by visit visa and i will invest 250000 bulgarian and is it possible can i invest money at visit visa and can get TR and i want to invest in hotel and restaurent buisness sir pleas reply me am waiting for your answer good bye

Reply Dec 24th, 2018
Smith

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Reply Jan 14th, 2019
shafqat nawaz
Bulgaria

Hi sir am in dubai and i want to settel my life in bulgaria and i can invest 250000 bulgarian for buisnes is it possible can i get TR by investing this amount

Reply Dec 24th, 2018
MD Azizul Haque
Bangladesh

I agree your country visit

Reply Dec 16th, 2018
Manjit Singh
Cyprus

Good i need visa for Bulgaria

Reply Nov 18th, 2018
Smith

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Reply Jan 14th, 2019
Julie Goldman
South Africa

Good Day. My son is a commercial diver based in Cameroon but a South African citizin. The Dive company he works for is wanting to send him on a specific course early 2019. What documents will he require from himself and from the company ?

Reply Nov 15th, 2018
hillary
Nigeria

I'm living in Nigeria,How can I get Bulgarian visa

Reply Nov 15th, 2018
Foosiya ibrahim cise
Ethiopia

Iwant to help vise bulgaria

Reply Nov 14th, 2018
Hamed
United Arab Emirates

Iranian citizen living in UAE, How to get bulgairan visa ?

Reply Nov 10th, 2018
Claire Griffiths

If you are interested in buying a property around £3500 - £10,000 then contact me and I will advice on residency with D8 visa in Bulgaria. clairegriffiths1966@gmail.com

Reply Nov 8th, 2018
Mike Donaldson

Hi Claire am v interested in a property purchase in that price band nr Varna and would welcome any advice on residency with a D8 visa-much appreciated, Mike Donaldson

Reply Jan 3rd, 2019
Leonard Page
South Africa

Hi Claire. My wife and I are interested in buying a property or properties in that price range between Varna and Burgas and a Rural property less than 100km from the coast. We plan to retire in Bulgaria. We are South African citizens. Your help will be much appreciated. Leonard & Jana Page.

Reply Mar 27th, 2019
Khan
Ireland

Hi I want to buy property ....

Reply Apr 20th, 2019
Atul D
Singapore

Hi I am a Indian Passport Holder, working in Singapore. I need to visit Bulgaria for a business meeting. Where can i apply for Bulgaria visa in Singapore

Reply Nov 6th, 2018

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