Visas

Visas

Visa Section Admission Hours:
Monday to Friday between 0900-1300h. by appointment

 

Useful telephone numbers and addresses:
Individual Inquiries on Submitted Applications: tel. 020 7581 3144, 020 7584 9400 (13.30-16.00 only)
Consular Section Fax: 020 7581 9073
Consular Section Direct e-mail address – consular@bulgarianembassy.org.uk
Web site: www.bulgarianembassy-london.org

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 commitments.

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 2 blank pages .

As 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.

From 01.01.2021 British citizens may visit Bulgaria visa free for short term stay /up to 90 days in any 180-day period starting from the date of first entry/. The required passport validity is 3 months after the planned departure from Bulgaria.

From 01.01.2021 holders of British travel documents  issued to refugees, persons granted humanitarian protection and stateless persons  will need short term visa to enter Bulgaria for short stay /up to 90 days in any 180-day period starting from the date of first entry/. For detailed information on short term visas, please contact the Consular office by email, specifying the purpose of stay /private visit, holiday, etc/. The required passport validity is 3 months after the planned departure from Bulgaria.

From 01.01.2021 British citizens who plan to stay more than 90 days in Bulgaria will have to apply for long-term visa. This includes British citizens who are family members of Bulgarian citizens. For detailed information on long-term visas, please contact the Consular office by email, specifying the purpose of stay /education, work, business, etc/. The required passport validity is 18 months from the date of applying for the visa.

The Law on EU citizens and their family members in Bulgaria shall continue to apply for British citizens and their family members who have become residents in Bulgaria before 31.12.2020 and hold valid residence cards issued under the Withdrawal Agreement. This includes persons who become family members after 31.12.2020 and who will be registered directly by the Migration authorities. Depending on the nationality short term visa may be required, whereas proof or relation /apostilled marriage, birth certificate, etc./ is attached to the visa application form as well as a copy of the valid residence card issued under the Withdrawal Agreement of the British family member.

Upon entry into Bulgaria, foreign nationals 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. Citizens of the European Union member-states and of the countries in the Economic European Area are exempt from this requirement.

You can download Visa Application form here:

Application form EN

 

TABLE OF COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS, HOLDERS OF ORDINARY PASSPORTS, REQUIRE/DO NOT REQUIRE VISAS TO ENTER BULGARIA
TABLE OF COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS, HOLDERS OF DIPLOMATIC AND SERVICE PASSPORTS, REQUIRE/DO NOT REQUIRE VISAS TO ENTER BULGARIA

 

  • Persons with refugee status in an EU member country, and in possession of regular travel document issued of this EU member country, do not need a visa to enter Bulgaria.
  • Since 31st of January 2012 The Republic of Bulgaria applies a visa-free system for holders of valid Schengen visas. The holders of Schengen visas have the right to enter and reside in the Republic of Bulgaria for a period of validity of their Schengen visas and permitted duration of stay, but no more than three months in any sixth-month period from the date of first entry .
  • Citizens of Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro with valid Schengen visas do not need transit visas for Bulgaria.
  • Gratis visas are issued to all children under the age of six.

Visa applications are usually processed for a period of up to 15 working days, since each application needs to receive clearance by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry in Sofia.

Foreign nationals entering Bulgarian territory on a motor vehicle need to present a document of ownership for that vehicle, in cases such is not explicitly mentioned in the registration documents of the vehicle.

All foreign visitors should bear in mind that under Bulgarian Law they are required to contact the local police station within 48 hours of their 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 are obliged to register them at the local police station.

For all other enquiries, please, visit the website of the Bulgarian Ministry of foreign affairs, following the next link: https://www.mfa.bg/en/services-travel/consular-services/travel-bulgaria/visa-bulgaria