A visa is issued only to bearers of passports or travel documents, which are valid for the country of Bulgaria for at least 3 months after the expiry of the intended stay and which contain a blank page for affixing of visa stamps.
I. Holders of valid ordinary passports from the following countries do not need visa for a visit to Bulgaria for a period of up to 90 days within each period of six months:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.
II. Holders of valid ordinary passports from the following countries do not need visa for a visit to Bulgaria for a period of up to 30 days within each period of six months:
Andorra, Australia, Canada, Estonia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK, USA, The Vatican.
For the above listed countries, a visa is needed only if:
a. their stay in Bulgaria should exceed 30 days, or
b. they require multiple entry for a longer period of time.
III. Holders of valid ordinary passports do not need visa to enter Bulgaria in accordance with acting international agreements:
Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Republic of Korea, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tunisia, Yugoslavia.
IV. Holders of passports of countries not mentioned in I, II or III need a visa to enter Bulgaria.
- Single Entry Visa - valid for 3 months after the date of issue for a stay of up to 90 days.
- Multiple Entry Visa - when requested for business visit.
- Transit Visa - a single transit visa allows one entry and one exit and a maximum stay of up to 24 hours in Bulgaria. If you need to enter the country twice, you can obtain a double transit visa.
Employment: In case the foreigner is employed by a company or institution in Bulgaria, he/she should apply with a letter from the employer for a single or a multiple entry visa with a validity of up to 3 months. In Bulgaria he can apply to the local immigration and labour authorities for a working and residence permit.
Insurance: From 1 December 2001 all foreign and the stateless persons visiting Bulgaria need to have a medical insurance, covering them during the entire length of their stay on the territory of the country. If you are travelling with pets you should have a certificate of veterinarian examination carried out within one week before departure as well as certificate of rabies shot made during the last six months.
Motor vehicle insurance can be arranged at the Bulgarian border point of entry. For motorists a national driving license is required. Every foreign citizen who enters the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria on a motor vehicle has to present a document of ownership over this vehicle, if such ownership is not explicitly shown on the documents of registration of the vehicle.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Visas are not issued and cannot be obtained at the Bulgarian border check-points upon arrival.
For more detailed information regarding visa regulations and immigration to Bulgaria, please contact Bulgarian Embassy or Mission near you. The most updated and complete list of all Bulgarian Embassies and Missions around the world can be found here.
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Housing in Bulgaria's Capital Sofia Rose by 49% Within Four Years, 08/09/2020
Housing in Sofia rose by 48.6% in four years. This ranks the capital in first place among the major cities in the ranking of property prices. The prices of newly built apartments in Sofia in the first quarter of the year are 43.3% higher than in 2015, according to data from the National Statistical Institute. In the case of existing apartments, the increase for the same period is much higher - by 50.6%. For such a long period of time in the rise in price of new and old apartments in Sofia there is the smallest difference compared to other major cities in the country with over 120 thousand inhabitants. This shows that there is a serious demand in the capital for both new construction and existing housing. [read more]
Vitosha Boulevard in the Top 50 of the Most Expensive Streets in Europe, 14/11/2019
Vitosha Boulevard, known as "Vitoshka" among the capital's residents, has climbed the ranking of the most expensive streets in Europe, according to a list of a US real estate company. [read more]
UK Embassy in Bulgaria, 31/01/2019
Ambassador Emma Hopkins has a message for UK nationals in Bulgaria. In it she provides an update on latest negotiations, the Embassy's recent work and reminds of the importance of registering with Bulgarian authorities if you reside in Bulgaria. [watch the video]
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British holidaymakers are moving east to extract more value for their pounds, according to Europe’s biggest travel firm, writes Simon Calder in Bulgaria and Croatia See More Bargain-Seeking Brits. [read the article]
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