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.
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 international obligations.
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.
With 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.
Upon entry into Bulgaria, foreigners
should declare in writing the purpose of
their stay and the 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. The same applies to the UK for British citizens passport holders only.
This is in accordance with changes to the
regulations for the
implementation of the Law on Foreigners which the Bulgarian Government approved at
the end of 2005. The new regulations came into effect from 1 January 2006.
I.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 months:
Republic of Korea,
UK(British Citizen Passport
– China (Hong Kong, Makao)
II.Holders of valid ordinary
passports from the following countries do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for up to 30 days within each period of six months:
holders from the countries listed aboveneed a visa only if their stay in Bulgaria will exceed 30 days, if they need
to enter the country a number of times for a longer period of time, or if
they need a long-term visa.
III.All holders of passports from
countries not mentioned in I and II need visas to enter Bulgaria.
Visa application processing can usually take up
to 10 working days, since each application needs to receive clearance by
the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry in Sofia.
Foreigners 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
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.
The Interior Ministry has announced thatBulgaria's
border checkpoints are to introduce
Bulgarians and foreign nationals.
The move is expected to ease
official checks at border passport control in the wake of adopted changes
to the legislation on foreigners that oblige them to fill in a