Travelling from the UK a visit of 30 days or less does not require a Visa, and the visitor can spend up to a maximum of 30 days in Bulgaria in a six month period. Longer stays in Bulgaria require an extended Visa obtainable from the Bulgarian Embassy in London.
From EU countries belonging to the Schengen Agreement the length of visit is frequently for up to 90 days without requiring a Visa. Many other countries have Visa Waiver agreements with Bulgaria i.e. the USA, and the length of stay is usually one month without requiring a Visa.
IMPORTANT - the 30 days
Upon your arrival your passport should have a minimum of 6 months remaining before expiry.
Please remember that you need to carry identification with you at all times whilst in Bulgaria!
In the event that you loose your Identification documents you must immediately report this to the nearest Police Station where the appropriate Form will be completed. In order to exit the country it is essential that you produce a copy of this Form to Passport Control officials. Please do let this concern you, as in such an unlikely event we at PenBro will be pleased to provide any assistance that may be necessary!
In the event that it is necessary for you to extend your visit beyond the legal time limit, extensions and other information can be obtained from the Passport Directorate at 48 Maria Luisa Blvd., Sofia. We at PenBro will be pleased to provide you with any assistance that may be necessary!
There is no requirement to have any inoculations before arriving in Bulgaria, however as with all holidays it is a sensible precaution is to ensure that your Tetanus inoculation programme is up to date.
Travel & Medical Insurance
Appropriate Travel & Medical Insurance should be obtained from a reputable company before travelling.
Bulgaria has international agreements with many countries, including EU countries, thus you may be entitled to emergency medical assistance free of charge, but medicines etc., may have to be paid for. Also, there are numerous Private Polyclinics with specialist staff, many of whom speak other languages, but full payment is required for assistance given by these Polyclinics.
If you intend driving in Bulgaria you can use your national driving licence if it has been issued in a signatory country to the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna 1968). Most European countries, and all EU countries, are signatories!
The Bulgarian currency is the Leva (100 Stotinka = 1 Lev), which is fixed to the Euro with 1Euro = 1.95 Leva. Leva are usually difficult to obtain outside Bulgaria.
Travelling from the UK we advise that you take Bank of England notes, as Scottish Bank notes are difficult to exchange, even in Sofia!
Travelling from elsewhere Euros and American dollars are easily exchanged and other major currencies such as Swiss Francs also can be readily exchanged.