Consular Services for Foreign Residents in Bulgaria

Details on the services and assistance available, including the replacement of lost or stolen passports, from the UK, USA, Canadian and Australian embassies and consulates in Bulgaria...

Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa living in Bulgaria can access information from the Consular sections of their relevant Embassies.

UK Citizens

The Consular section of the British Embassy of Bulgaria provides help for British nationals living in or travelling to Bulgaria. The website UK in Bulgaria provides information on trade and investment between Bulgaria and the UK, travel advice and a section on what the Embassy can do when things go wrong. The British Embassy and Consulate offers many services to British citizens in Bulgaria. These include:
  • Registering births and deaths and issuing certified copies of certificates
  • Certifying documents
  • Providing help for those who are victims of a crime or in hospital
  • Providing contact details of doctors, funeral parlours, lawyers and interpreters
  • Providing information on transferring funds
The UK government's GOV.UK website provides information online for Britons considering moving abroad and for those already there. It includes tax, health and education advice as well as a section on what to do when returning to the UK. British passports are not issued by the British Embassy in Sofia. Applications for first passports and renewals must be sent to HM Passport Office in the UK at the following address:
  • Her Majesty's Passport Office OVS-L 101 Old Hall Street Liverpool L3 9BP United Kingdom
  • To apply for a UK passport while overseas: application procedure

US Citizens

The United States of America Embassy has a website with up-to-date information for American citizens living in Bulgaria. The US Citizens Service consular section provides passport services, registration of births of American citizens abroad, information on visas, Federal benefits, notary services, voting information, as well as offering emergency assistance to American citizens in distress. The US Embassy website also has information on marriage in Bulgaria and a list of English-speaking doctors and lawyers.
  • The US Embassy, Sofia At: 16 Kozyak Street, Sofia 1407 Tel: 02 937 5100 Emergency number 24/7 Tel: 02 937 5101 Fax: 02 937 5320
US citizens resident in Bulgaria are eligible to vote in American elections.

Irish Citizens

The Embassy of Ireland in Bulgaria provides help and advice in emergency situations to Irish citizens resident or travelling in Bulgaria, Armenia and Georgia. The website provides information on travel between Ireland and Bulgaria.
  • Embassy of Ireland, Sofia At: Platinum Business Centre, 26–30 Bacho Kiro Street, Sofia 1000 Tel: 02 985 3425 Fax: 02 983 3302
Services provides by the Irish Embassy include:
  • Passport services
  • Visa Services
  • Authentication of documents
  • Issuing of Certificats de Coutume, required by Irish citizens who wish to marry in Bulgaria
  • Travel advice for Bulgaria

Australian Citizens

Australian citizens in Bulgaria are represented by the Australian Embassy in Greece. An Honorary Consulate is situated in Sofia for Australian citizens in an emergency situation. However, in the first instance it is recommended that Australians contact the Embassy in Greece.
  • Australian Embassy in Greece At: Level 6, Thon Building, Corner Kifisias & Alexandras Ave, Ambelokipi, ATHENS 115 23                                                                                                                      Tel: +30 210 870 4000
  • Australian Honorary Consulate At: 37 Trakia Street, Sofia 1504 Tel: 02 946 1334
  • Fax: 02 946-1704
  • email 

Canadian Citizens

There is no Canadian Embassy in Bulgaria, however, there is a Consulate that can help Canadian citizens in case of emergency and for other consular questions. The Canadian Embassy in Romania represents the countries of Bulgaria, Moldova and Cyprus.

South African Citizens

The Consular section provides help for South African nationals living in or travelling to Bulgaria. The website provides information on trade and investment between Bulgaria and South Africa, news and current events. South African Embassy At: 7, Shipka Street, Sofia, 1000 Tel (switchboard): 02 939 50 15 email: