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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Mohammed zillur Rahman mone
Bangladesh

How can possibly will i to get tourist visa

Reply Oct 11th, 2018
bakari nyanje
Kenya

good luk

Reply Oct 10th, 2018
Sani Lary
Spain

Hola soy Sani.soy de Ghana pero tengo la resodencia de España de UE..me hace falta visado para entered al Bulgatia

Reply Oct 9th, 2018
Hawlader Md. Efteas Uddin
Portugal

H. Excellency, I am holding portugees resident card and living Portugal .Am I require visa to enter Bulgaria.

Reply Oct 7th, 2018
H. Excellency

Yes, my dear subject, you need to apply for a visa. Visit the Bulgarian Embassy in Lisbon. Rua do Sacramento a Lapa 31. Telephone: (+351) 213 976 364. embassy.lisbon@mfa.bg

Reply Oct 8th, 2018
Talal Kuzbari
Germany

Hi, I'm holding the Syrian passport but living/working in Germany with a permanent residence permit. I need to go to Bulgaria in business trip with my company. What requirement are needed to fulfill here?

Reply Oct 4th, 2018
Guest

visit the Bulgarian embassy or consulate in Berlin, Hamburg or Frankfurt & apply there for a visa. They will tell you which documents to provide.

Reply Oct 4th, 2018
Muhammad Nahid
Bangladesh

hlw sir...i couldn't find any bulgaria embassy in bangladesh...if i want to come bulgaria with a spouse visa..what can i do..what's the documents i need to get the visa...

Reply Oct 3rd, 2018
Guest

Mr. Tanveer Imam- Honorary consul of Bulgaria in Dhaka, Bangladesh Address of the Honorary Consulate: House No. 14, 1st Floor Road No. 50, Gulshan – 2 Dhaka – 1212 Bangladesh Phone No. 00 8802 9861686 Fax: 00 8802 9886433 Email: imam.tanveer@gmail.com

Reply Oct 4th, 2018
Regina Gono
Zimbabwe

What are the job opportunities in Bulgaria?

Reply Sep 14th, 2018
Guest

Same as any other country.

Reply Oct 4th, 2018
Martin lyons
Thailand

Could you please tell me the visa rules for Thai nationals

Reply Sep 11th, 2018
Guest

Email, telephone or visit your local Bulgarian Embassy and they will provide you with the documents you need to provide to apply for a visa.

Reply Oct 4th, 2018
Imran Aslam Siddiqui
Pakistan

Hi, I am Pakistani national and i hold valid 5 USA visa. Can i get Bulgaria E visa?

Reply Sep 11th, 2018
Naveed
Bulgaria

Dear.sir/mudam I need viste visa of bulgaria plz tell me how i get the torist visa of bulgaria becoze in my country not your emmbassy. I am citizens of lesotho .plz assist me.

Reply Sep 7th, 2018
Horse
South Africa

Hi mr just go apply in south Africa.

Reply Sep 19th, 2018
Muhammad Amir
Pakistan

Hi sir I'm from Pakistan want to go bulgaria so kind which document i required . Thanks

Reply Sep 6th, 2018
SYED JAFRI
Pakistan

Hi, this is Jafri here , Dear I could not find Bulgarian visa requirement for Pakistan National, kindly send me link or tourist & business visa requirement, I will be thankful to your Excellency.

Reply Sep 4th, 2018
Her excellency

Hi Jafri - here is the link to the Bulgarian Embassy in Islamabad, you need to contact them to get a visa or information: https://www.mfa.bg/en/embassies/pakistan,

Reply Sep 5th, 2018
Diana
Ghana

What kind of documents you need to get Bulgaria visa?

Reply Sep 4th, 2018
Guest

Enquire with the Bulgarian Embassy in Ghana

Reply Sep 7th, 2018
Guest

Enquire with the Bulgarian Embassy in Ghana

Reply Sep 7th, 2018
Agnes
Bulgaria

hey am Agnes in Bulgaria for three months how can I get a visa

Reply Sep 2nd, 2018
Saeed Alam faraz
Pakistan

Excellent

Reply Sep 2nd, 2018
Rezalyn

Hi I’m a permanent UK residents but holding a Philippine passport, my husband who’s English and our three British Citizen children are planning to have a holiday in Bulgaria, now do I need a visa to travel with them ?

Reply Aug 20th, 2018
Guest

Contact your local Bulgarian Embassy for details

Reply Sep 4th, 2018
maria
Pakistan

Hi sir I m from Pakistan , I want to go Bulgaria for visiting and how I can get visa of Bulgaria

Reply Aug 13th, 2018
Guest

Visit the Bulgarian Embassy in Istanbul or the Bulgarian Consulate in Karachi. They will help you to apply for a visa.

Reply Aug 14th, 2018
Sudeep pachhai
Nepal

I am student in Azerbaijan Baku and having Nepali passport holder. I am interested to visit Bulgaria.can I sir?

Reply Jul 20th, 2018
Guest

Visit the Bulgarian Embassy in Baku

Reply Aug 14th, 2018
Muhammad ashiq
Pakistan

Hi i am from pakistan,doing my job in UAE if I want to go to Bulgaria for job can I have detail please

Reply Jul 17th, 2018
Guest

Visit the nearest Bulgarian Embassy

Reply Aug 14th, 2018
Trisha Sale

Hi am a resident in uk but holds a Trinidad passport; do I need a visa to visit for a holiday?

Reply Jul 16th, 2018
Guest

Visit the Bulgarian Embassy in London Address: 186-188 Queen’s Gate SW7 5HL City: London (Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hours) Tel.: 020 7584 9400, 020 7584 9433, 020 7581 3144 Fax: 020 7584 4948 Working/Consular hours: Monday to Friday, 9.30 – 13.30

Reply Aug 14th, 2018
binay chd
Nepal

i am from nepal .what about job visa in Bulgaria ? is this possible for wrok visa?

Reply Jun 30th, 2018
Kristian Stenberg
Norway

Hello im a Norwiegian and my wife and kids are visiting Bulgaria for holiday my wife lives and Works in Norway but still holds a Passport from Ecuador she has her Norweigian living and work permit but as she travels on her Ecuadorian Passport will she need a visa? or not as Norwatis a part of schengen

Reply Jun 10th, 2018
Guest

Visit, or go to the website of the Bulgarian Embassy in Oslo

Reply Aug 14th, 2018
Fouzia khan
Turkey

How i can get Bulgarian visit visa I m Pakistani..and now in Turkey

Reply Jun 8th, 2018
meliza villasan
Philippines

hello I just asked if how to get bulgarian visa I'm from the Philippines and what other documents if I also already invitation from friend ,thank you...

Reply Jun 2nd, 2018
patriadi muhamad
Italy

I have a Indoesia Passport living in Rome and I have Italian Stay Permit (Carta di Soggiorno) .... shall I request a Visa if I want to visit as a turis in Sofia for 2 nights ...thanks

Reply May 26th, 2018
hossain
Malaysia

hi I doing job in Malaysia can I tour in Bulgaria my status is work permit in Malaysia

Reply May 24th, 2018
Ecelrus
Faroe Islands

hi im from philippines but im married here to a danish man , we are planning to visit bulgaria, do i need to apply schengen visa or apply visa in bulgarian embassy? i have permanent visa where i live now..

Reply May 18th, 2018
Sharna Floyd
United States

How can we get a longterm Visa? I am an American citizen and wish to stay longer than 90 days

Reply May 9th, 2018
Hassan Ali
Pakistan

Hello, This is Hassan Ali hope you are doing well .oky come to point when you reached Bulgaria then after 2 month you can submit documents of visa extant in Bulgarian migration office. For more Detail: +923333513300 whatsaap

Reply Jul 18th, 2018
Waqaar Tabish
India

I am an Indian how I can get the tourist visa for Bulgaria

Reply May 6th, 2018
Editor
Poland

Make an appointment at your local Bulgarian embassy (probably in Delhi or Mumbai) and they will help you to organise a visa

Reply May 7th, 2018
moody.
South Africa

Hi i m south african citizen wana tour to turkey and from there to bulgaria by road for hollidays do i need visa to enter bulgaria kindly guide me properly will be highly appricited thanks.

Reply May 6th, 2018
Guest
India

Very nice country Bulgaria

Reply Apr 30th, 2018
abdul qayyum
Azerbaijan

hi I have 6 month multiple visa for azerbaijan. may I apply tourist visa for bulgaria from azerbaijan? I am bangladeshi national. without residance card? I have bank statement and all etc documents

Reply Apr 26th, 2018
Editor
Poland

You will have to make an appointment to visit the Bulgarian Embassy in Azerbaijan and they will advise you.

Reply May 7th, 2018
Shabbir
Italy

Hallo I am Shabbir I need for mission for Bulgaria visit visa

Reply Apr 26th, 2018
Tarathip
Thailand

Hi I would like to visit Bugaria I do have only Schengen for travel and now I'm in Netherland how do i can get visa to visit Buglaria or what i can do the best my passport is Thai

Reply Apr 26th, 2018
Lynne
Vietnam

Hi im from the philippines and i get bulgariaan visa for 3months,is it possible for me to travel from bulgaria to italy for visit only.

Reply Apr 25th, 2018
Editor
Poland

You would need a new visa for Italy because Bulgaria is a different country and not in the Schengen zone. If you wanted to fly to Italy you would need to get an Italian visa. You may be able to get a visa on arrival but you will have to check with the Italian government visa website. Otherwise, if you enter a different country within the Schengen zone, then you can visit Italy while on that visa. Schengen countries between Bulgaria & Italy are: Slovakia, Greece, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic.

Reply Apr 25th, 2018
Guest
Vietnam

How about travelling by bus or train?

Reply Apr 28th, 2018
Naziha Makhlouf
Lebanon

hello i am Lebanese and i have a USA tourist visa valid for 5 years .can i visit bulgaria with a USA visa?

Reply Apr 24th, 2018
Kem
Netherlands

Nope. Usually a tourist visa for one country does not give you entry to any other country, except in the case of entering "Schengen" countries within the EU. Bulgaria is not a Schengen country. The USA is not a Schengen country and it's also not even in Europe.

Reply Apr 25th, 2018
Maqsood ahmed
Turkey

I want visit in bulgaria

Reply Apr 23rd, 2018
Guest
Turkey

Why is only south africa mentioned in a continent of 50plus countries?

Reply Apr 21st, 2018
Chie
Jamaica

Because this is just a general article on a travel website outlining the laws probably taken from a listing on the official Bulgarian government website. The government website probably listed information about visas for the countries they get the most applications and questions from, and/or, the countries they have the closest relationships with. Bulgaria itself, although a fascinating and beautiful country, isn't really a popular tourist destination at this point in time... it probably doesn't get many Eritreans or Tanzanians applying for visas. Like I doubt that Lesotho or Mali or Vanuatu or Tonga have Visa information for Bulgarians on their websites.

Reply Apr 25th, 2018
Fourie
South Africa

What are the immigration requirements for a South African citizen to immigrate to Bulgaria. I also need to know if there are any health restrictions?

Reply Apr 15th, 2018
alona
Philippines

I from Philippines my fiance is from Bulgaria but he work in Cyprus, can I apply fiance visa in Cyprus even my fiance is from Bulgaria?

Reply Apr 12th, 2018
abc
Italy

Usually, you can only apply for a visa from a country where you are a resident. You can apply visa in Cyprus if you are a resident in Cyprus.

Reply Apr 14th, 2018
April
Singapore

I am from Philippines but Im working in Singapore and I would like to visit my boyfriend in Bulgaria for 2 weeks what should I do or how to process a visa?

Reply Mar 6th, 2018
Tee
India

Hello, this is my exact situation , were you able to get a solution?

Reply Mar 26th, 2018
HUSSAIN Ali
Pakistan

I m pakistani my husband have 5 ,yeas resident card I want get visit visa bulgaria for my family me n my three kids first son is 10 years old n 2end is 7 years old n daughter is 5 years .Me n my kids have not spanish card just my husband have spanish card n we are not go spain any visa so we want go to bulgaria for 10 days

Reply Feb 21st, 2018
Editor
Poland

Visit, call or email the Bulgarian embassy in Islamabad Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna V plot 6/11; Islamabad, Pakistan Telephone: +92 51 227 91 96 +92 51 227 91 97 Fax: +92 51 227 91 95 Оut-of-hours hotline: +92 300 8552573 Office hours: Mon to Fri, 09:00 to 17:00 Consular service office hours: Mon-Thu, 14.00 - 17.00 h Е-mail: Embassy.Islamabad@mfa.bg

Reply Apr 25th, 2018
Mian
Bulgaria

I am a Pakistan citizen and my wife British Citizen. I have a 5 year visa through marriage immigrant card 5 year how many country I travel on this card.

Reply Feb 14th, 2018
Don
United Kingdom

I'm a South African living in the uk with a South African passport. I have indefinite leave to remain in the uk and have lived here for 15 years. I would like to visit on holiday with my British partner and British children. Where do I obtain a visa?

Reply Jan 31st, 2018
Shyrill Souma
Greece

Hi! Im a filipina and am living in Greece with Greek husband and i want to visit in boulgaria for 1 day, do i need visa? Thanks

Reply Jan 21st, 2018
Guest
Poland

Just try crossing the border and find out :)

Reply Apr 25th, 2018
Hassan Ali
Pakistan

yes you can apply.But if you want to go Bulgaria why you shouldn't take a trip of 15 days. when you apply for 15 days visa you will come back after one day on 15 days visa

Reply Jul 18th, 2018
Hasna Awan
Indonesia

Iam from Indonesian ' but stay in London. How to aply visa for holiday in Bulgaria? Manny thanks

Reply Jan 9th, 2018
Kenneth
Ghana

Hi like live turkey can look get to Bulgaria and how much

Reply Dec 30th, 2017
Inderjeet singh
India

My name is Inderjeet singh. I am currently in Turkey. I have one year's TRC Turkey. Can I visit Bulgaria on e-visa e-visa can apply from Turkey

Reply Dec 29th, 2017
Guest
South Africa

I am a South African, staying in London, would like to ski in Bulgaria but need a visa - how do I apply for a visa in the uk?

Reply Dec 28th, 2017
Don
United Kingdom

Hey there, Did you receive a reply. I'm in the same position as yourself.

Reply Jan 31st, 2018
Khurram
United Kingdom

I have an indefinite leave to remain in Uk and have a Pakistani Passport. I want to know if I need a visa to go to Bulgaria.

Reply Dec 23rd, 2017
Abdul samad
Pakistan

I wanna study in Bulgaria how can I apply ..

Reply Dec 21st, 2017
HOSSAMELDEN SHEWKY
Egypt

I am Egyptian and have a valid multi entry Schengen visa, can I enter Bulgaria without a visa?

Reply Dec 15th, 2017
ABDELQADER
Jordan

hi am from jordan and i live in greece. i want to visit bulgaria with my family for 2 days. do i need visa to get thir

Reply Dec 4th, 2017
Kuldeep singh
India

Hello sir, my name is kuldeep singh and i am living cyprus from one and half year. I want to go to bulgaria as a tourist. What requirements apply to bulgaria visa.

Reply Nov 25th, 2017
ahmed
Pakistan

hi i am a pakistani national.living in italy with permanent resident card.do i need visa to enter in bulgaria as a tourest?

Reply Nov 25th, 2017
Ali
Pakistan

Bhai hume bhi bulwalo italy agr pakistani bhai sumjhte ho to expense jo bhi hua wo m khud bharunga email ha maarijali1@icloud.com

Reply May 3rd, 2018
Mohamed
Kenya

Hellow am a Kenya living and working in Qatar with work visa permit i would like to visit Sofia What are the requirements I should fulfil

Reply Nov 19th, 2017
Anil Rawal
India

My son has to visit Bulgaria for 10 days regarding football trials.What documents he needs to get visa

Reply Nov 8th, 2017
Desire
Burkina Faso

I want to go to Sofia, Bulgaria. I am from Burkina Faso and currently living in the USA. Do I need a Visa?

Reply Nov 6th, 2017
editor
Bulgaria

Sorry Desire but you do need a visa... and you'll need all the required items written above in the article.

Reply Nov 7th, 2017
vikram
India

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

Reply Oct 17th, 2017
Muhammad UmarDaraz
Bulgaria

nice looking

Reply Oct 16th, 2017
Cristie
Bulgaria

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

Reply Oct 11th, 2017
HANZALA MALIK
Pakistan

I want to visit this country

Reply Sep 29th, 2017
Mikeee
Egypt

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

Reply Sep 6th, 2017
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Kuwait

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Reply Aug 27th, 2017
Mehdi
Iran

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?

Reply Aug 12th, 2017
Adewale Donald Bello
Nigeria

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.

Reply Aug 8th, 2017
Azi
United Kingdom

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

Reply Jul 31st, 2017
Shaikh Mohammed Shaffi
India

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

Reply Jul 30th, 2017
Tayyab sultan
Pakistan

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

Reply Jul 14th, 2017
Saima
Pakistan

I want to visat visa of romaina plz guide me

Reply Jul 4th, 2017

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