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Bulgaria Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
British Yes No No
Australian Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No
Other EU 1 No No


To enter Bulgaria, a passport valid for at least three months beyond the length of stay is required by all nationals referred to in chart above, except (1) EU nationals holding a valid national ID card.

EU nationals are only required to produce evidence of their EU nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU member state. This evidence can take the form of a valid national passport or national identity card. Either is acceptable. They are not required to show possession of a return ticket, a certain length of validity on their document or sufficient funds for the length of their proposed visit.

For non-EU nationals, possession of a return ticket and sufficient funds for the length of the proposed visit are required.


Visas are not required by the nationals referred to in the chart above for the following lengths of visit to Bulgaria:

• Nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days. For stays longer than 90 days, EU nationals need to register with the local police and obtain the appropriate permit.

• Nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA for tourism purposes and stays of up to 90 days.

Even though Bulgaria has yet to join the Schengen area, if you hold a valid Schengen visa, you can visit Bulgaria for stays of up to 90 days. You are advised to contact the embassy to visa requirements if you have any questions.

Types and Cost

Short-stay visa: £52.


Short-stay visas are valid for 90 days within a six-month period.


Transit visas are available to travellers passing through Bulgaria for no more than 24 hours en route to another country.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Schengen Visas

Those who do require a visa must show proof of sufficient funds to support their stay in Bulgaria when applying for the visa. This is equivalent to €100 euros per day. If you don’t have return airfares arranged beforehand, proof of having €300 euros to cover the cost of leaving Bulgaria is required.

Working days

The processing time for transit and short-stay visas is 15 working days.

Sufficient Funds

Those who do require a visa must show proof of sufficient funds to support their stay in Bulgaria when applying for the visa.

Entry with pets

If bringing a pet from another EU country, your animal requires a pet passport, microchip and rabies vaccination certificate.

Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the USA

Telephone: +1 202 387 0174 or 7969 (consular office: Mon-Fri 1400-1700 only).
Address: NW, Dimitar Peshev Plaza, 1621 22nd Street, Washington, 20008,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1730; Mon-Fri 0900-1230 (consular section).

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the UK

Telephone: +44 20 7581 3144 or +44 20 75849400 or +44 20 7589 3763 (visa section; individual enquiries; Mon-Fri 1300-1600 only).
Address: Kensington, 186-188 Queen's Gate, London, SW7 5HL,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0930-1330 (consular section).

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