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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South Africa

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Reply Feb 16th, 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
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
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
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

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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
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

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Reply Jan 14th, 2019
abdulfetahi adem
Ethiopia

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

Reply Jan 10th, 2019
Smith

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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
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
brian nesta
Bulgaria

hi am a cameroonian studying in china and a footballer too i have an invitation from a bulgarian club what other documenst do i need to get visa

Reply Nov 6th, 2018
Saiful
Bulgaria

I am trying to get you there but I do not know how I will come to Bangladesh.

Reply Nov 5th, 2018
Taidor Gatluak
Egypt

The first of all I would like to thank you for your giving me this opportunity. Secondly, I am greeting your highly consideration officer in Bulgaria. I am very interesting to join you ant to stay in Bulgaria as residents. I came to Egypt after my home was set on fire by President of south sudan. The only conditions for Egypt the cost of living stay in Egypt is very expensive and the cost of house also expensive am looking for place where my life becomes comfortable and here in Egypt no more job to do and now I plan that to visit your most beautiful environment which is Bulgaria. It's possible to stay peacefully there in Bulgaria? And if I get visa I want to stay there and to renew my visa anytime. Is there any job to to there in Bulgaria? And thank for your consider all nationality as qual. Thank you so much. Is there any showing money in to airport to allow you to stay in Bulgaria?

Reply Oct 23rd, 2018
Faisal
United Arab Emirates

Hi sir i am pakistan national living in uae looking for visit visa whats the documents required

Reply Oct 22nd, 2018
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

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