How to Get a Short Stay Visa for Bulgaria

Bulgaria Short Stay Visa

Bulgaria Short Stay Visa

Citizens of certain countries who are traveling to Bulgaria for a short stay need to secure a short stay visa. A short stay visa is issued to a foreigner who enters Bulgaria once, twice or multiple times for a total term of stay up to 90 days within each 6 months as of the date of the first entry.

This type of visa is typically issued for the following purposes:

  • Private Visit
  • Business visit
  • Cultural exchange
  • Sport
  • Medical treatment
  • Tourism

(Go to my Bulgaria visa page for information on other types of visas for Bulgaria.)

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the Bulgaria Short Stay Visa.

  • Visa required for U.S. citizens before you go to Bulgaria:  No.
    • As a U.S. citizen, you are authorized to stay for a total of 90 days within a six-month period without a Bulgarian visa. This law is strictly enforced. You can file an application to extend your stay beyond the original 90 days for urgent or humanitarian reasons, but the application must be submitted to regional police authorities no later than five days prior to the end of the original 90-day period.
Find your closest consulate
  • If you’re inside the U.S: Click here to find the embassy or consulate that services your jurisdiction (based on the State you live in).
  • If you’re outside of the U.S.:  Click here.
Gather documentation
  • The official list of required supporting documents is here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but you should definitely check the website of the Consulate or Embassy you found in Step 1 above to confirm what is required for you.
Visa fee
  • Visa fees might vary depending on where you apply, so go to the website of the Embassy or Consulate you found in Step 1.
Submit materials
  • Submission instructions will vary from consulate to consulate and embassy to embassy, so you will need to check the submission instructions at the website of the embassy or consulate you found in Step 1.
Receive your visa

Congratulations!  The Embassy or Consulate of Bulgaria will give to you your brand new Bulgaria visa.

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