Important Visa Requirements

Important Visa Requirements
May 1, 2018 boiko

Here you can find a summary of the visa procedures for entering Bulgaria. For more information, please consult the foreign ministry of your country, the closest Bulgarian diplomatic mission or the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. PGLF Bulgaria will assist all participants who need to apply for a visa. Here’s a full list of countries whose citizens, holders of ordinary passports, require/do not require visas to enter Bulgaria.

SCHENGEN VISA

People holding a valid Schengen visa do not need any additional documents to enter Bulgaria and stay for up to 90 days.

EUROPEAN UNION MEMBER STATES

Following countries do not need visa to enter Bulgaria at all.

Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom

OTHER VISA-FREE COUNTRIES

Following countries do not need visa to enter Bulgaria for stays of no more than three months in all.

Andorra
Argentina
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Bolivia
Brazil
Brunei
Canada
Chile
China, Hong Kong
China, Macao
Colombia
Costa Rica
Dominica
Ecuador
El Salvador
Guatemala
Holy See
Honduras
Iceland
Israel
Liechtenstein
Japan
Kiribati
Malaysia
Marshal Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Norway
Palau
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Puerto Rico
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Samoa
Salvador
San Marino
Seychelles
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Korea
Switzerland
Taiwan
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
United States of America
Uruguay
Venezuela

WESTERN BALKANS

The citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, holders of biometric passports, are exempt from the requirement of holding a short-stay visa (up to 90 days) in the Republic of Bulgaria.

 

VISA APPLICATION CENTERS

In order to facilitate visa applicants, and to provide a better and quicker service, Bulgarian Consular Services started, on stages, accepting visa application forms through the so called Visa Application Centers (Outsourcing Centers), operated by the VFC Global Company www.vfsglobal.com, specialized in providing visa services. For now, visa application forms could be submitted in this way at the Visa Application Centers situated in the following countries and cities:

Russia
Moscow, Sankt Petersburg, Ekaterininburg, Novosibirsk, Kazan, Samara, Nijni Novgorod, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Rostov on Don, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Ufa, Sochi and Kaliningrad.

Ukraine
Kiev, Odessa, Lvov, Lutsk, Ivano-Frankovsk, Donetsk, Kharkov and Simferopol

United Arab Emirates
Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Qatar
Doha

Oman
Muscat

Bahrain
Manama

Saudi Arabia
Riyadh and Jeddah

Turkey
Ankara, Istanbul, Edirne, Bursa, Gaziantep, Adana and Izmir.

Kazakhstan
Astana and Almaty

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.

OTHER COUNTRIES

All other countries need to check visa requirements through the foreign ministry of your country, the closest Bulgarian diplomatic mission or the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Keep in mind that currently Bulgaria issues national visas only. Those visas do not give their holders the right to enter the Schengen area.