Passport with at least one blank page valid for at least three months beyond departure required by all.
Required by all except the following: (a) 1. nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days within each six-month period (except nationals of Ireland and the UK, who may stay for up to 30 days within a six-month period); Note: UK nationals living overseas do need a visa. (b) nationals of Croatia, Chile, Japan, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland for stays of up to 90 days within a six-month period;(c) 2. nationals of Andorra, Australia, Canada, Israel, Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of), Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, USA and Vatican City for stays of up to 30 days within each six-month period; (d) nationals of Tunisia and Yugoslavia, provided they hold a valid passport.
Nationals of Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan must apply for an airport transit visa and may not leave the airport transit lounge. They need to present a valid flight reservation to get the visa.
Single-entry visas for tourist visits are normally valid for three months from date of issue for a maximum stay of 30 days. Multiple-entry visas are for business visits and are normally valid for three months from date of issue. Transit: Up to 24 hours. Enquire at the Embassy for further details.
Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy); see Passport/Visa Information. Applications should be made in person or by courier, not by post.
(a) Valid passport. (b) Application form. (c) One passport-size photo. (d) Return ticket or documentation for next destination. (e) Fee, payable in cash or by postal order only. (f) UK Resident visa (if applicable). (g) Prepaid tourist vouchers from the travel agency. (h) Proof of sufficient funds (at least &Euro;50 for each entry). Transit: (a)-(h) and, (i) Visa issued by country of final destination. (j) Proof of paid fare for onward destination. (k) For motor vehicle transit, proof of an extra &Euro;200 for each entry. (l) Proof of a secured return trip. Business: (a)-(h) and, (i) Letters from the applicant’s company and from the Bulgarian business partner, endorsed by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce. Private: (a)-(h) and, (i) A letter of invitation by a Bulgarian citizen endorsed by the local authorities.
Working days required
Visas take up to 10 days to be processed (with the exception of long-term visas which take up to 30 days) and should be applied for in person if resident in the UK.
Enquire at the Bulgarian Embassy (see Passport/Visa Information).
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the UK186-188 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5HL, UK Tel: (0870) 060 2350 or 2351 or (09065) 508 950 (visa section; recorded information; calls cost £1 per minute) or (020) 7589 3763 (visa section; individual enquiries; from Mon-Fri 1300-1500 only). Website: www.bulgarianembassy.org.ukOpening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1800 (general enquiries) or 0930-1150 (visa applications; closed Wednesday and weekends). Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the USA1621 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA Tel: (202) 387 0174 or 387 7969 (consular office). Website: www.bulgaria-embassy.orgBulgarian Consulate General in the USA121 East 62 Street, New York, NY 10021, USATel: (212) 935 4646.Website: www.consulbulgaria-ny.org
No visa is required for purchasing a real estate or setting up a company within 30 days for citizens of the European Union.
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, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.
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, and the Vatican.
For passport holders of countries enumerated in this section, 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 or a long-term visa.
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.
Holders of passports of countries not mentioned in I, II or III need a visa to enter Bulgaria.
The processing of the visa applications can take up to 10 working days, as confirmation in each case has to be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria in Sofia
Transit Visa (type "B" visa) - it can be single, double and multiple valid for 3, 6 and 12 months after the date of issue. It allows entering the country and a maximum stay of up to 24 hours in Bulgaria. The multiple transit visa allows entering the country for up to 90 times within each period of 6 months.
Short Entry Visa (type "C" visa) - it can be single or multiple valid for 3, 6 and 12 months following the date of issue. It is issued to foreign persons who travel to Bulgaria for tourism, on business trips or make private visits. It allows one or multiple entries into the country and a stay not exceeding 90 days within each period of 6 months (for more information visit the website of Bulgarian Embassy in London)
Long-term Visa (type "D" visa) - it can be only single entry valid up to 6 months from the date of issue and a stay up to 90 days. It is issued to foreign persons who intend to apply for a long-term or a permanent residence permit in the Republic of Bulgaria.