Bulgaria: Visa Requirements

Last updated May 2017
Interesting facts
 

Over 8 million foreign tourists visited Bulgaria in 2016.

 

The majority of them came for “leisure and recreation”.

quick facts
 

Bulgaria is an EU country since January 1, 2007.

 

The country it is not a part of the Schengen area, so border checks continue to exists. All visitors, including EU citizens will be required to show a valid ID upon entry.


Make sure your arrival in Bulgaria goes smoothly with this guide to Bulgaria visa regulations.

 

NO VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR BULGARIA
 

EU Citizens
 

Bulgaria is a memmber of the European Union. EU citizens, as well as citizens of EEA countries /Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway/ and Switzerland do not need a visa to travel to, reside or work in Bulgaria.

Border control still exists as Bulgaria is not a part of the border-free Schengen area.

 

 

NO SHORT TERM VISA REQUIREMED FOR


Balkan Countries


Holders of passports from all Balkan countries, except Kosovo, can enter Bulgaria for up to 90 days without a visa, but only if they possess a biometric passport, also called an e-passport.
 

  • Macedonia
  • Serbia* 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Montenegro
  • Albania
     

*Holders of Serbian passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate require a visa even with a biometric passport.


Other Countries 

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa for Bulgaria for up to 90 days:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Israel
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Moldova
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Malaysia
  • most Central and South American countries 


If you plan to stay longer than 90 days or for stays totaling more than 90 days within each 6 month period /as of the date of the first entry/ you will need to apply for a long-term Bulgarian Type D visa and show up for an interview.

 

SHORT TERM BULGARIAN VISA REQUIRED

Citizens of the following countries do need a Bulgarian visa to enter the country, unless they already hold a valid Schengen visa or a visa issued by Romania, Croatia or Cyprus.

  • Turkey*
  • Kosovo
  • Russian Federation
  • Ukraine 
  • Belarus 
  • Armenia
  • all Middle Eastern countries (without the UAE)
  • all African countries
  • most countries in South-East Asia including India and Pakistan but without Malaysia
  • most countries in the Carrribean

* Turkish citizens who have a EU residence or workers permit can enter Bulgaria without a visa for up to 5 days for the purpose of transit.

Check the full list of visa requirements by country at the webpage of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.

Read about Bulgarian short term Type C visa requirement.

 

IF YOU HAVE A SCHENGEN VISA

You already have a valid Schengen visa? You can enter Bulgaria and stay for up to 90 days in a six-month period without a separate Bulgarian visa, under a visa-free agreement valid as of January 25, 2012.

Bulgaria also recognizes short stay or transit visas issued by Romania, Croatia and Cyprus. If you have such a visa you can enter and stay in Bulgaria, in addition to the country that issued the visa, for up to 90 days in any six-month period, without the need to obtain a separate Bulgarian short-stay visa.

Travelers who hold a Bulgarian visa cannot travel to any other countries on that visa.

 

BULGARIAN VISA TYPES

Visa C: Valid for a single or multiple entries with stays not exceeding 90 days within each 6-month period.

Citizens of countries not exempt from the short term visa requirements will need to apply for Visa C if they wish to travel to Bulgaria.

Visa D: Valid for 6 or 12 months, this visa is issued to students, long-term business travelers or investors. Personal interview is required.

Visa A: Valid for an airport transfer

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR BULGARIAN VISA

Check the full list of visa requirements by country at the webpage of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.

Read all relevant information about obtaining a Bulgarian visa.

Check if you are eligible to apply for a Bulgarian visa at an outsourcing visa application center. Eligibility is based on your country of citizenship.

Download and fill in your visa application forms

Find the nearest Bulgarian Embassy.

 

IMPORTANT!

Things change! We update this page frequently, but please take the time to double check any information related to your travel to Bulgaria. 

Some good sources include the webpage of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry,  your country's emabssy in Bulgaria or the Bulgarian Embassy in your country.

 

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Last updated May 2017
 
   
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