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Type of Bulgaria Visas

Tourist Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 10-15 days
  • Stay Period: Up to 90 days
  • Validity: 3 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 6,399/-
  • Ideal for: Indian passport holders who want to visit Bulgaria for tourism, sightseeing or visiting family and friends
Business Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 10-15 days
  • Stay Period: Up to 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Multiple
  • Fees: INR 6,399/-
  • Ideal for: Indian passport holders who want to visit Bulgaria for business purpose such as attending conference, seminar, participation in exhibition or commercial events

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Documents required for Bulgaria Visa:

  • Must have Documents for Bulgaria Visa :
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any
    • 2 Scanned recent colour photograph. (Photo Specification);
    • Visa Application forms: completed and signed
    • Personal Covering letter: explaining purpose of travel to the country
    • Original Bank Statement: stamped & updated for last 3 months with bank seal
    • Air tickets: proof of return flight tickets from and back to your home country
    • Hotel reservation: proof of accommodation for your entire stay
    • Travel Itinerary: day-wise plan outlining all elements of the trip
    • Travel Insurance: covering the entire duration of trip
  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:

    1. If Employed:

    • Leave Sanctioned Certificate: with company seal providing approval for leave
    • Salary Slips: of last 3 months

    2.If Self Employed:

    • Business Proof: Registration License/MOA/Partnership deed
    • Company Bank Statement: stamped & updated for last 6 months with bank seal
    • Company’s Income Tax Returns: of last 3 years

    3. If Retired:

    • Retirement Proof: pension book, statement etc

    4. If Student

    • ID Card: from school, college or institute

    5. If Minor

    • Birth Certificate showing the names of both parents
    • Legalized Letter of Consent (NOC)
    • If the child is travelling with one parent, the letter of consent authorizing travel must be legalized by the other parent
    • If the child is travelling alone or without either parent, a notarized letter of consent from both parents permitting travel
    • Death Certificate: in case one or both parents are deceased
    • ID Proof: of parents

    6. If Visiting friend or relative

    • Invitation letter: stating the relationship with the inviter and purpose of visiting the country & assuring the responsibility for housing and related expenses during the guest's stay in Algeria
    • ID Proof of Inviter: Passport or Resident Permit
    • Address Proof of Inviter: Utility bill

    7. If Sponsored

    • Sponsorship Letter: providing the name of the visitors, what the purpose of the visit is, relationship with the visitors, length of stay, dates of travel & any other additional information if necessary
    • ID Proof of Inviter: Passport or Resident Permit
    • Address Proof of Inviter: Utility bill
    • Proof of Financial Support: updated bank statement, pay slips

    8. For Business Visa

      Introduction/ recommendation letter from:

    • One of the Chambers of Commerce and Industries, government of India;
    • Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India;
    • Export Promotion Council of India; or Reference number from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan.
    • Registration certificate of the company from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India:

    • Income tax documents of the last three years;
    • Letter from the company addressed to the embassy, introducing the business man for visa issuance;
    • Invitation letter from the local partner or prospect local partner company in Afghanistan;
    • Copy of the license (JAWAZ) of the local partner or prospect local partner company in Afghanistan.
    • *Note: The Embassy/Consul General has the right to ask for additional information or documents and request a personal interview with the applicant.

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Bulgaria Visa FAQs

  • add Do I need a visa for Bulgaria?

    Yes. Indian citizens require a visa prior to enter the Republic of Bulgaria. Bulgaria visas must be obtained from the Embassy of Bulgaria in India. The type of visa to enter Bulgaria will depend on several factors such as purpose of your planned visit and duration.

  • add What is the validity of a Bulgaria visa for Indians?

    Single-entry visas for tourist visits are normally valid for three months from date of issue with a maximum stay of 30 days. Transit visas are valid up to 24 hours.If Multiple Entry Visa needed, then applicants should mention the reason for requiring a multiple entry in the cover letter.

  • add How early can I apply for a Bulgaria visa online?

    The earliest date to apply for a Bulgaria visa is three months before the intended date of travel to the country. In order to allow for adequate time for visa processing, it is advisable that all visa applications are submitted at least twenty days prior to travelling.

  • add Is there any visa exemption for Indians?

    Holders of valid Schengen visas may enter and stay in Bulgaria for a period of up to three months within each six-month period from the date of the first entry in this country without having a Bulgarian visa (with effect from 31 January, 2012). Holders of single-entry Schengen visas and those whose Schengen visas have been utilized completely are, however, not being allowed to enter Bulgaria.

  • add How much does the Bulgaria Tourist visa cost?

    The Bulgaria Tourist visa fee is INR 6,399/-.

  • add Are the Bulgaria visa fees inclusive of all charges?

    The Bulgaria Visa fees are exclusive of taxes and are subject to change as per the Embassy’s notification.

  • add What are the types of Bulgaria visa for Indians?

    Bulgaria Tourist Visa: It is a visa which is issued to persons intending to enter Bulgaria for tourism, sightseeing, leisure or visiting relatives and friends.
    Bulgaria Business Visa: This visa is issued for a short visit to conduct conferences, trainings, discussions, seminars, negotiations, and/or any other commercial activities, but not to take up employment.
    Bulgaria Transit Visa: Transit visa allows a visitors to travel across or through Bulgaria on way to another country. The visa is issued for a limited period and the applicant of this visa must provide proof of a Visa of the destination country and/or onward ticket.
    Bulgaria Student Visa: Student visa is granted to Indian nationals who are enrolled at qualified educational institutions. This Visa may be issued for a specific period of time.

  • add How long does it take to get a Bulgaria visa for Indians?

    Bulgaria Visa application is normally processed within 15 working days.

  • add What are the eligibility criteria for a Bulgaria visa application?

    • To enable the authorities to process your application, you must clearly state
    • Why are you visiting bulgaria
    • How long you intend to stay in bulgaria
    • How will you support yourself during your time in bulgaria
    • What is the purpose of your visit to bulgaria
    • Type of passport you hold and for how long it is valid
    • Where do you intend to travel following your visit to bulgaria
    • If you have a permit to bulgaria the country you intend to travel to after your stay in bulgaria

  • add How can I apply for a Bulgaria visa online?

      It is a straightforward and effortless process to apply for a bulgaria visa online through Akbar Travels.
    • Choose your preferred type of bulgaria visa based on your travel type
    • Pay online
    • Submit documents through our pick up & drop service
    • Receive your visa once approved

  • add Which are the necessary documents required to be presented on arrival in Bulgaria?

    Passport valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry.
    Valid Bulgaria visa
    Boarding Pass
    Return ticket to your country or next destination
    Accommodation proof or invitation letter for family visits
    Sufficient funds to cover your stay in Bulgaria (cash, debit/credit card etc)
    Detailed itinerary of your trip
    Documents relating to business trip (invitation letter, business card etc)
    Note: It should be noted that the possession of Visa is not a final authority to enter the Republic of Bulgaria. The Immigration Officer at the Entry point may refuse a holder of visa to enter, if he is satisfied that the holder is unable to fulfil Immigration entry requirements or if the presence of such person or visitors in the Republic of Bulgaria would be contrary to the National Interests.

  • add What is the Bulgaria visa photo size requirement?

    The Bulgaria visa photo must meet the requirements described below. If not, the application will be delayed until you provide correct photos.
    Photo must be 45 mm X 35 mm in size
    The face should cover 80% of the photo
    In colour. White and black photo won’t be accepted
    Taken against a plain white background
    Taken within the last 3 months
    Your head should face the camera directly. It should not be tilted or turned, even slightly
    The head must be centred in the image. You must look directly at the camera and show your full face
    Do not wear sunglasses or tinted/coloured glasses. If you normally wear glasses, your eyes must be clearly visible in the photo
    The photo must be different from the passport photo.

  • add What is the relationship between the validity of a Bulgaria Visa, number of entries and duration of stay?

    Validity of a Bulgaria Visa refers to the period within which the visa holder is allowed to enter Bulgaria.
    The number of entries refers to the number of times the visa holder is permitted to enter Bulgaria within the visa’s validity. One must carefully note what kind of entry is permitted. If the visa reads a single entry, its holder can only enter and leave Bulgaria only once. Whereas, with multiple entries, he/she can enter or leave more than once within the visa validity.
    Duration of stay refers to the longest period the visa holder is allowed to stay in Bulgariaon each visit, and this is counted from the day following entry into Bulgaria.
    When all the permitted entries are used up, the visa will no longer be valid. Even if there are unused entries, the visa will no longer be valid if the validity has already expired. In either case, the visa holder should apply for a new visa if another visit to Bulgariais planned.
    The holder of a visa is eligible to enter Bulgariaat any time prior to the expiry of its validity provided that permitted entries on the visa have not been used up; the holder’s planned duration of stay in Bulgariamust not exceed the duration stated on the visa.

  • add Are there any chances of my Bulgaria visa application getting rejected?

    Yes. Like other country visas, your visa application for Bulgaria can be rejected for a number of reasons. The most common Bulgaria visa rejection reasons are:
    Invalid and damaged Passport
    Incomplete Visa Application form
    Applied Wrong visa category
    Current Bulgaria visa still valid
    Incomplete documents submitted
    Intention of returning to home country not clear
    Purpose of travel not clear
    Insufficient bank balance
    Criminal history

  • add How can I avoid a Bulgaria Visa Rejection?

    While there may be many more reasons for a Bulgaria visa refusal, the most common reasons are mentioned above.
    If you hope of getting that refusal overturned, or a second application approved or above all just get the Bulgaria Tourist/Business visa successfully in the first attempt itself, here are some of the things that you can do to avoid a Bulgaria visa rejection:
    Make sure your passport meets the standard requirements for applying for Bulgaria visa online.
    It is really important that you provide all the documents required for your application. Different visa categories require several supporting documents, so it is important to make sure your application is specific to you, and that nothing is missed out.
    Be clear on your purpose of visit. If travelling for tourist purpose; specify that and submit documents supporting your Bulgaria tourist visa application. Similarly, vice-versa for Bulgaria business visa.
    Apply for the correct visa category.
    Make sure that your previous visa is not valid before applying for a new Bulgaria visa.
    Submit confirmed return tickets as an assurance that you will return back to your home country & your purpose of travel is temporary.
    Seek assistance from a reliable travel agent to process your application smoothly without any hiccups. They are professionals who have the right training and knowledge to guide you correctly.

  • add What happens if I overstay the Bulgaria Visa?

    You will be liable to pay a heavy penalty for overstaying the Bulgaria visa. Applicants must take careful note of the validity of their visa and make sure not to overstay, as anyone in breach of the immigration act may be prosecuted and subject to a term of imprisonment or fine or both and also face a ban from entering Bulgaria.

  • add Can I get the best Bulgaria Visa offers and discounts from Akbar Travels?

    Yes. Save money, time and energy with our attractive discounts, offers and deals on Bulgaria visas.

  • add Do I need to personally visit the Consulate/Embassy to submit my documents?

    No. You are not required to visit theBulgaria Embassy personally. We will submit the visa application on your behalf.

  • add DWhat is the easiest way to get a Bulgaria Tourist Visa?

    Contact our Visa Experts and apply for your Bulgaria visa instantly with minimum documents and lowest visa fee. No need to visit our office and no need to deal with the Embassy or Consulate directly. We do it all for you.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the Bulgaria Visa process?

    Please feel free to contact us for all your Bulgaria Visa worries. We have you covered across India with presence in all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and many more.
    Important Notice: The information provided here are subject to change without prior notice. For confirmation on visa requirements and fees, you may consult with the Bulgaria Embassy or Consulate near you.


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Simple steps to get a Bulgaria Visa:

Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer quick and hassle-free Bulgaria visa assistance. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Bulgaria visa application requirements. Read more

Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated visa expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for an Bulgaria Visa through Akbar Travels:
Step 1: Contact our Visa Expert with your travel plans and gather all the visa information and requirements.
Step 2: Pay your Bulgaria visa fee online and get your documents picked by us from your home or office.
Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify, complete your Visa application online and schedule an appointment as part of the visa process
Step 4: On the appointment day personally visit the High Commission / Visa Application Center (VAC) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprints) and documents.
Step 5:Receive your Bulgaria Visa.

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Basic Requirements to visit Bulgaria

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Bulgaria Visa;
  • Be in good health Read more
  • Good moral character
  • Thorough knowledge of your accommodation and itinerary details to furnish at immigration if asked to
  • Return flight tickets or onward flight tickets to ensure your return to home country or your next destination once your visa expires
  • Adhere to the moral standards of the country and follow the general rules
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity
  • Valid Bulgaria Visa depending on the purpose of your visit and duration of stay Read more
  • Confirmed return or onward tickets.
  • Details of accommodation.
  • Travel itinerary
  • Foreign currency
  • Any additional documents to support your purpose of visit, especially for business visa travellers
  • Have all documents authenticated before traveling
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What to do when you arrive in Bulgaria ?

  • Keep all your travel documents ready to be produced for verification by the immigration officers
  • Ensure you are not carrying any forbidden items that will not pass through customs, including ‘any immoral items liable to cause a breach of the peace’ like books, audiobooks, audio and video tapes Read more
  • Always carry your passport or a copy of it while traveling within Bulgaria
  • Note down emergency helpline numbers in the country
  • Be aware of the general rules of conduct in public places
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Bulgaria travel guide

Bulgaria is a European country situated in the Balkan. The country is located on the western side of the Black Sea. Bulgaria’s neighbours include Romania towards north, Turkey and Greece towards the south. The country is part of the European Union since 2007, and it holds key land routes from Europe, the Middle East and Asia pass through Bulgaria. Read more

  • Bulgaria boasts of magnificent beaches, dramatic mountain ranges, incredible history, scenery and nightlife. The country is known for winter sports activities, hiking and other unforgettable adventures. It is a fascinating blend of nature and history and no doubt one of the few exotic nations of Europe. This beautiful place offers a wide range of activities for travellers. Sofia, the capital, is an attractive city with a lot of history.
  • The shoulder months from April- May and September- October are the best months to visit Bulgaria, as the weather will be pleasing.
  • However, if you want to make use of the dynamic ambience and spend time with crowds, you can choose your travel date from June -August.
  • The Bulgarians use Bulgarian language and the Cyrillic alphabet. Most signs in the country are written in this alphabet and hence getting around the country somewhat difficult. However, getting familiar with this alphabet isn't very difficult as many words similar to English or French words. Also, bigger cities are familiar with English.
  • Bulgaria is a relatively safe country most common crimes being pickpocketing and bag snatching. Sofia Airport is the main international airport in the country. Most airlines fly to and from all the major cities across the world.
  • Within cities, Bus is the main transportation mode. InterRail is the other option. Sofia has able tram and metro system to help you move across the capital city. The other cities also have a very good public transport system. If you want to travel around the countryside, a bicycle is also a good option.
  • What to see in Bulgaria?

  • Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria, houses wonderful museums, churches, architecture. Sofia, the economic hub of Bulgaria, has many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Sofia is at the foot of Mount Vitosha and is great for hiking and skiing. Bulgaria’s third largest city, Varna, is a major tourist destination during the summer. Several beach resorts offer great nightlife. Varna's Archaeological Museum is famous for its spectacular gold Thracian treasures.
  • Plovdiv known as Europe’s oldest city has a preserved Roman amphitheatre is famous for Roman ruins and churches. Plovdiv is more laidback and artsy.
  • VelikoTarnovo houses a picturesque university city. It was the capital of the second Bulgarian Empire and has a beautiful castle and offers hiking trails. The ancient city of Nessebar is one of the most visited destinations in the country. It has historic buildings, paved streets and the highest number of churches per capita. Nessebar was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
  • Popular dishes of Bulgaria includes Meatballs, Kebapches, Grilled meat pieces, Grilled sausages, Kavarma, vine leaves with rice and meat, Cheverme, Patatnik, etc.
  • Bulgaria is famous for its dairy products, rose oil products, and for wines and brandies.

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Bulgaria Facts and Figures

South East Europe
Major cities:
: Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Bourgas, Rousse, VelikoTurnovo,
Time in Bulgaria
India is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Bulgaria Read more
110,994 km²
Independence day:
22 September
Bulgarian lev
Main Airline:
Air Lazur, ALK Airlines, Aviostart, BH Air
International Airports:
Sofia International Airport, Burgas Airport, Varna Airport, Plovdiv Airport,
Best time to visit:
April to May & September to October
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