Entering Bulgaria

Information on the various travel documents needed for entering Bulgaria including residence permits, identity cards and visas...

To enter Bulgaria, foreign citizens must have a valid travel document issued in their country of citizenship. Foreigners with a Bulgarian Long-term or Permanent Residence Permit are obligated to carry the permit certificate or card as well. Foreigners failing to present these identification documents to the controlling authorities are fined. The Identity Card (Лична карта) is the national identification document issued to all Bulgarian citizens from the age of 14. It is compulsory for Bulgarians to carry the ID at all times. The card is issued by the police on behalf of the Ministry of Interior.

Visa requirements

Nationals from all EU member states, the USA and Canada and some other countries do not need a visa for a short stay in Bulgaria that does not exceed 90 days. A visa is not required for non-EU citizens who have a residency card issued by an EU member state.

Types of visa for residence in Bulgaria

Short-Stay Visa, Type C (Виза за краткосрочно пребиваване): This is issued for single or multiple entries into Bulgaria, but not for longer than 90 days within a six-month period, reckoned from the date of the first entry. EU citizens do not need this type of visa to enter Bulgaria. Long-Stay Visa, Type D (Виза за дългосрочно пребиваване): This is the National Visa or the so-called Residence Permit, issued to a foreign national willing to settle in Bulgaria long-term or permanently. There is a difference in the type of permit issued according to the type of settlement: Long-Term Residence Permit or Permanent Residence permit.