Passport and Visas

Bulgaria and the overall visa policy of the European Union:

From 1 January 2007, the Republic of Bulgaria applies the common visa policy of the European Union, according to the terms of the Merger Agreement.

Visa-free regime for holders of Schengen visas for stays for up to 90 days.

January 25, 2012 the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria adopted a decision according to which the time of Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area, our country will unilaterally apply visa-free regime for holders of valid Schengen visas. They will have the right to enter and stay in the Republic of Bulgaria for a period not exceeding three months in any six-month period from the date of first entry, without the need to have a Bulgarian visa for short stays. The decision came into force on 31.01.2012


A visa (airport transit)

Visa C (short-term stay for the purpose of transit or intended stay)

Visa D (long-stay)

Requirements for entry into the country

A foreigner may enter the Republic of Bulgaria, if he / she is the holder of an ordinary document, travel abroad or other equivalent document and a visa, if required.

The issuance of visas.

A foreign national who wishes to apply for a Bulgarian visa, must have a personal document (passport) that meets the following requirements:

expires at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, or in the case of repeated trips – after the last scheduled date of departure from the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria;

  • It contains at least 2 blank pages for visa
  • It was issued in the last 10 years.

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

Visa applications

Visa applications forms submitted no earlier than 3 months before the intended date of travel, either in person or through an authorized agent, except for humanitarian cases.

Application for visa issuance for minors or persons with reduced mobility should be represented by their legal representatives, trustees or persons specifically authorized to do so.

For more information, please visit the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: