Visas and Travel Documents
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.
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:
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.
Proof of the purpose of your travel (e.g. invitation from a friend or business partner; travel voucher; retirement letter; work permit; letter from the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science or university, Bulgarian marriage certificate etc.)Reply
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I left some money in saving account in bulgaria, I want to with row them , how can I get the visa , I'm from libya and the Bulgarian embassy in Tripoli is closedReply
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Can I travel bulgaria with my biometric residence permit or do I need visaReply
Forward your questions to email address Consularcontact@gmail.com ThanksReply
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I’m holder of Australia passport . I wish to stay for 6 months . Do I have to exit Bulgaria after 90 days and then re enter to gain and extra 90 days ?Reply
This depends on your visa type. You can get a long stay visa. With which you will not have to exit and reenter. But if you buy multiple entry visa, you will need to exit and reenter. Contact email address Consularcontact@gmail.com ThanksReply
Greetings sir, am a Cameroonian resident in the English part of my country, I will like to come to your country, to work and better my life and family. Am 31 years old and hard working please sir I wish you grant me your visas thank youReply
Dear sir.... I'm Zahid rafi from Bangladesh... I live in Malaysia allrady 11 years..... Sir... I won't visit some dairy farm in Bulgaria....i know Bulgaria have very nice dairy farm....and see Bulgarian toures aria......Reply
Hi! I'm a pilipina permanent residence in israel. I want to visit in bulgaria for holiday for few days.I can go to embassy bulgaria to get tourist.visa directly. Of course i can prepare all the requirements it written.Reply
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My daughter going to play Bulgaria open international badminton competition at Sofia Bulgaria. So, what documents she required for vija of Bulgaria.Reply
Hi. I am in a spouse visa, married with a British Citizen. What documents do I need in order to obtain a Visa for Bulgaria?Reply
My child going to study in Sofia medical university and I want to go with them for first time visit to support my child,so what is the requirement for me to get VisaReply
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I am a Nigerian, I have Estonian resident permit card because I live in Estonia. Do I need visa to enter Bulgaria? ThanksReply
Hi. I am Bangladeshi. Invite me from a Bulgarian company. But there is no ambassador in Bangladesh, so I want to apply from Thailand. Advance air tickets and hotel booking are Compulsory? Please advise meReply
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Pakistani nationalty .living malawi last 9year doing business.how i get visaReply
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I have blue travel document from uk, do I need to get visa?Reply
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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
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Do i need a visa to go for a 10 days holiday in bulgaria im holding a botswana passportReply
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I am indonesian and Indonesian passport holder, how can I get the visa application form ?Reply
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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
Hi I am an Indian , Holding a Germany Blue card. Please advise if I need to obtain Visa for Bulgaria.Reply
You need a Bulgaria visaReply
I have an Israeli travel document do I need a visa? How long it takes time , because I want to reserve my tripReply
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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 BulgariaReply
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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 pleaseReply
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Yes. Bulgaria is not a Schengen country.Reply
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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
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 BulgariaReply
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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 ThanksReply
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Hello, I have a travel document from Belgium and a residence card valid till 2021, Do I need a visa to enter Bulgaria? ThanksReply
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
We are South Africans with valid Schengen Visas Would Bulgaria accept this?Reply
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You need to visit or contact the Bulgarian Embassy in Dhaka and ask them.Reply
I am a resident in Ireland on a stamp 4 eu fam. Do I need a visa to travel to Bulgaria?Reply
Bulgaria is not a Schengen country. You need a Bulgarian visa.Reply
Dear sirs , I want to have visa fir Bulgaria next summer. I am from EgyptReply
So contact or visit your nearest Bulgarian EmbassyReply
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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 renewalReply