VISA

Visa Information

Citizens of the EU are exempted from the requirement to have a long-term visa and from the requirement to have “work permit” when staying in Bulgaria for the period of more then 90 days.

Our country is unilaterally applying a visa-free system for holders of valid Schengen visas (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Swiss). They will have the right to enter and reside in the Republic of Bulgaria for a period of no more than three months in any six-month period from the date of the first entry, without needing to have a Bulgarian short-stay visa.

Citizens of the Republic of Turkey holding valid regular passports and visas issued by the Member States of the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement or of the  European Union, or residence permits issued by the Member States of the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement or of the European Union, Switzerland or Liechtenstein, may enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and transit therethrough without visas for up to 5 (five) days, where their transit is from the Republic of Turkey to the state which issued the visa or residence permit, as well as in case of transit from such state to the Republic of Turkey.

 More information about the Visa Regime for foreigners with ordinary passports for a short stay (until 90 days) you can obtain from here http://www.mfa.bg/uploads/files/VisaRegime_for_foreigners_ordinary_passports_en.pdf )

A foreign citizen wishing to apply for a Bulgarian visa shall hold a regular travel document that meets the following requirements:

  • its validity expires at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria or in case of multiple visits – after the last scheduled date of departure from the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria;

  • contains at least 2 blank pages for visa purposes;

  • has been issued within the last 10 years.

Visas are issued by the diplomatic and consular representations of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Visa applications forms are submitted not earlier than 3 months before the date of the intended travel, personally or through an authorized agent.

Documents to be submitted with the visa application:

  1. A photocopy of the first page of the foreign travel document;

  2. A photocopy of the last Bulgarian and Schengen visas or visas for the UK and the US, if any

  3. A colorful photograph 3,5 cm х 4,5 cm against light-colored background (the same holds for a child entered in the passport) – a full-face photo with clear, large enough face which takes up 70-80% of the photo; eyes must be red; the following is ineligible: photos with dark glasses; non-professional photos or cut out of amateur photos

  4. A medical insurance valid for the EU member states for the whole period of the trip, covering all costs for repatriation and for urgent medical care and emergency hospital treatment for the period of the stay indicated in the visa. The insurance amount cannot be less than 30 000 euro

  5. Tickets (original and copy) or ticket booking conformation or financial means

  6. Copy of the technical passport of the car of the trip

You can download the Visa Application Form from and more information from here 

(http://www.mfa.bg/uploads/files/Annex%209_%20Application%20form%20EN_July%202011%20final.pdf)

More detailed information about the Visa Application Centers’ locations, as well as regarding the terms and regulations of submitting the visa application forms you could find on the phones of the respective Bulgarian diplomatic Missions abroad and their websites.