Planning to visit Bulgaria? Be it a business trip or a holiday, there are a few things you should know before flying out. Every country has a specific set of requirements for visas and passports for the residents of different countries. Since Bulgaria is now a part of EU, the visa and passport rules are a bit easier for other nationals of EU countries than those from outside the EU. Here are the requirements for visas and passports for individuals traveling to Bulgaria.
No visa is required for the citizens of EU countries for the stay of 90 days or less. If their stay exceeds 90 days, they will need to get a special permission from the local police by registering with them. Countries like the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada can also visit Bulgaria for 90 days without a visa. All other visitors need to have a visa before they start their trip to Bulgaria. To get your visa issued, you will need to apply to the Bulgarian embassy and provide the required documents and proof of identity. The following are some of the required documents which you may need to submit to get a visa:
- Completed application for.
- Passport: Valid till 6 months ahead of the date of travel.
- Return ticket or ticket to the next destination from Bulgaria or 300 Euros to pay for the arrangements to leave Bulgaria.
- Proof of sufficient funds: The visitor must be carrying an amount equivalent to at least 100 Euros per day of his/her visit.
- To acquire a visa for a business trip you need to submit a letter from your company.
- For a private trip, you will be required to produce a letter of invitation from a Bulgarian citizen.
You will also have to submit the proof of submission of visa processing fee. It will cost you 52 GBP to apply for a short stay visa. A short stay visa is valid for a 90-day stay at Bulgaria in the next six months. Depending on your requirements, you can apply for a single-entry or a multiple-entry visa. A single-entry visa will expire in 90 days with a stay of maximum 30 days. Multiple-entry visas are typically suggested for business trips or when one has to make multiple trips in a short span of time. It is also valid for 90 days. You can also get a transit visa which is valid for 24 hours. It’s designed for people traveling in and out of Bulgaria several times. It typically takes 15 business days to get a short stay visa.
EU nationals are not required to carry a passport while traveling to Bulgaria. Valid proof of nationality is sufficient for them. All other nationals are required to carry a valid passport with a validity of 6 months at the time of travel. This is relaxed to 3 months of validity for countries like the UK, USA, Australia, and Canada.
This article is purely intended to give you an idea about the basic requirements and may not be having the complete information at the time you are referring it. I will advise you to conduct a thorough research on these requirements to avoid any surprises at the last moment. You can get some more relevant details here. If you are a British citizen this article can help you understand their entry requirements. It is always wise to be prepared beforehand so your travel and stay is a great experience.