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Sofia Visa and Passport Requirements

To enter Bulgaria, citizens of UAE do not require a visa for a stay of 90 days within a 6-month period starting from the date of issue of the visa. Citizens of the other Middle Eastern countries which are not a part of the UAE require a visa to enter the country unless they hold a valid Schengen Visa or a valid visa issued by Romania, Croatia, and Cyprus.

Expats living in UAE from the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Israel, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, and South American countries do not require a visa. Expats from Turkey, Russia, Belarus, India, and Pakistan require a valid visa. Bulgaria Schengen Visa is valid and recognised in the country as it is a part of the European Union.

There are 3 categories of visas required for travelling to Bulgaria:

*Type A- which is only valid for airport transfer. 

*Type C- Short Term Bulgaria visit for single and multiple entries, which is valid only for a stay up to 90 days. Travellers with a valid Schengen Visa do not have to apply for this visa and are eligible for a short stay in the country. Bulgarian tourist visa comes under this category. Single entry visas are valid for a period of 3 months from the date of issue and are valid for a maximum stay of 30 days.

Type D- Especially for students, long-term business travellers, work permit holders and investors whose stay extends for more than 90 days in the time period of valid 6 months. The individual has to apply for long term Bulgarian Type D visa and has to face an interview.

Bulgaria Visa Requirements

#Following are the tips on how to apply for Bulgarian visa:

*Passport requirements: Following are the passport requirements for the visa:

The passport should have been issued within the last 10 years. 
It should have a validity of minimum 3-months after the intended date of departure from the territory of Bulgaria.
There should be at least a minimum of 2 blank pages in the passport.
Bulgarian Visa Price: The visa fees for Type-C visa category is €60.00. For children below 6yrs, it is without any charges.

Bulgarian Visa Application form: The visa application form can be downloaded from the website of the Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Foreign Affairs website - (

Documents Required for Visa Application: The following documents are required for the visa application form:

A photocopy of the first page of the passport and residence visa if applicable.
Photocopy of the last Bulgarian visa granted, or Schengen Visa, or visa issued to the US or UK if any.
A passport size photograph of the complete face before a light background.
A medical insurance which is valid till the entire period of the stay to take care of any unforeseen emergencies, which should not be less than of €30,000.
Hotel reservation proof or an Invitation letter for the Bulgaria visa declaration from the resident of Bulgaria where the stay is decided.
Last 3-months bank statement with funds amounting to €50 per day and €100 per day in-case of applicants arranging for their own accommodation is required.
Copy of the confirmed reservation ticket of the airlines booked for the return journey or confirmed tickets of other modes of transport.
For minors travelling with their guardians for a single point entry, a copy of notary certified authorization signed by both parents is required, along with a birth certificate.

Bulgarian Visa procedure in Dubai

For applying for a Bulgarian visa in Dubai, the Bulgarian Consulate which has a Visa Application Centre, the address is as follows:

Jumeira Road (Street), Villa No. 18,

18 Jumeira Road, Dubai

Bulgarian Embassy Abu Dhabi

For travellers planning to apply from Abu Dhabi, the Bulgarian Consulate is located on the following address:

Al-Nahayan Camp Area,

Jafn Street, Villa 6,

P.O Box- 73541

To enter Bulgaria, citizens of UAE do not require a visa for a stay of 90 days within a 6-month period starting from the date of issue of the visa. Citizens of the other Middle Eastern countries wh...

How to Reach Sofia

By Air

The Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport is well-connected with most of the prominent European cities like Paris, London, Munich, Rome, Amsterdam and more. Located in the eastern zone of the city, the airport is only a 10 km drive from the city’s center. The public bus on line 84 shuttles between the T1 and T2 Terminals of the airport, to the city center.

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