General Visa and Passport
Information for Bulgaria
Visa Section Admission Hours:
09.30 - 13.30, Monday to Friday
Useful telephone numbers and addresses:
24 Hour Automated Booking System: tel. 090 6554 0750 (calls
cost GBP 1/min)
24 Hour Visa Information Service: tel. 090 6550 8950 (calls
cost GBP 1/min)
24 Hour Fax on Demand Visa Application Form Service: tel. 090 6554 0819 (calls
cost GBP 1/min)
Individual Inquiries on Submitted Applications: tel. 020 7589 3763 (13.00-15.00 only)
Consular Section Fax: 020 7581 9073
Section Direct e-mail address – firstname.lastname@example.org
site: www.bulgarianembassy.org.uk “Consular” and “Visa Info”.
visas are issued by the Bulgarian embassies and consulates abroad, not at
the airports or the land and sea passport control points in Bulgaria.
By applying for a
Bulgarian visa, the applicant agrees that his/her personal data appearing
on the application form would be electronically stored and processed, and
if necessary, passed over to the appropriate authorities of other countries
in execution of Bulgaria's
A visa is issued
only to holders of passports or travel documents that are valid for Bulgaria for
at least 3 months after the end of the intended stay and
that contain a blank page for affixing of visa vignettes.
effect from 1 January 2006, all children entering Bulgaria will need to
have their own passport. Children included in their parents' passports will only be allowed in if the
passport also contains their photograph.
entry into Bulgaria, foreigners should declare in writing the purpose of their stay
address at which they will reside. To this end they should fill in a registration form. Exempt of that are
the citizens of the European Union member-states and the citizens of the
countries in the Economic European Area.
Holders of valid ordinary
passports from the following countries do
not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for up to 90 days within each period of six
Republic of Korea,
UK (British Citizen Passport
Holders and British Nationals /Overseas/ only),
SAR – China (Hong Kong, Makao)
1. Family members of the EU
citizen, who do not have the nationality of EU Member State, enjoy the same
rights of the EU citizens for their travel to Bulgaria. This is only in case they
have a status of permanent residence in an EU country (ILR) and are travelling together or are going to Bulgaria to
join (with the relevant documents) their family member(s) who is(are)
already in the country.
2. The holders of the following
types of the British Passports need visas for travel to Bulgaria:
British Overseas Territories Citizen without Right
British Overseas Citizens
British Subjects without Right to Abode
British Protected Persons
All holders of passports from countries not mentioned in the
List above, need visas to
application processing can usually take up to 10 working days, since each
application needs to receive clearance by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry in
entering Bulgarian territory on a motor vehicle have to present a document
of ownership for that vehicle, if such ownership is not explicitly shown in
the vehicle's registration documents.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All foreign
visitors should bear in mind that under Bulgarian Law they are required to
contact their local police station within 48 hours of arrival in Bulgaria and present in
writing the address at which they will be staying. If they are staying in a
hotel or private lodgings, the hotel management/host bear the obligation to
register them at the local police station.