Some visitors will require a visa for Bulgaria. Please see the information below for further details.
Although Bulgaria is currently not a member of the Schengen Agreement, all European Union citizens, and those residing in the Schengen area, may enter Bulgaria without a visa. This includes all countries of the European Union, plus: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Citizens of the following countries will require a visa to enter Bulgaria:
- Russia (apply at Visa Application Centres: Moscow, Sankt Petersburg, Ekaterininburg, Novosibirsk, Kazan, Samara, Nijni Novgorod, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Rostov on Don, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Ufa, Sochi and Kaliningrad)
- Ukraine (apply at Visa Application Centres: Kiev, Odessa, Lvov, Lutsk, Ivano-Frankovsk, Donetsk, Kharkov and Simferopol)
Citizens of FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia may enter without a visa for up to 30 days.
All other nationalities may enter Bulgaria for up to 90 days without a visa.
Visa-free regime for holders of Schengen visas for a stay of up to 90 days
On 25 January 2012 the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria adopted a decision according to which by the date of Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area, Bulgaria will unilaterally apply a visa-free system for holders of valid Schengen visas. They will have the right to enter and reside in the Republic of Bulgaria for a period of no more than three months in any six-month period from the date of the first entry, without needing to have a Bulgarian short-stay visa. The decision entered into force on 31.01.2012.
Please visit the Bulgarian Home Affairs website, by clicking: here.