DOOR TO THE BALKANS! BULGARIA VISA 18 June 2020 87 views 6 min. read

Apart from its geography and nature, you can find many reasons to travel to Bulgaria, a Balkan country located in Europe, which attracts many tourists with its history and antiquity, monuments, the architecture and design of its cities and streets, and the Black Sea coast. The way to go is very simple: to have a Bulgarian visa. We will tell you all the information about this visa in this article.

Bulgaria Visa Types

You can realize your planned trip to Bulgaria by obtaining a Bulgarian tourist visa. The reasons for applying for this type of visa can be tourism, visiting family or friends, business trip, medical examination or treatment, short-term study, exchange programs and many other non-permanent nuances. If you wish to receive a long-term education (such as a bachelor's, master's, doctorate, etc.) in Bulgaria with a duration of more than 90 days or to work permanently in an institution located here, apply for a Bulgarian national visa if you have official invitations or acceptance letters from those educational and work institutions.

Bulgaria Tourist Visa

Single-entry and multiple-entry Bulgarian visas are available. At the same time, you can apply for a short-term visa, which will cover only your first visit, or multiple-entry and long-term visa types. It varies depending on the purpose of your trip and the interval of your trip.

It should be noted that in most cases, the Bulgarian visa is issued in accordance with the travel period indicated by the applicant in the application form and other documents during the visa application.

Bulgaria is one of the countries that is part of the European Union, but not part of Schengen. Therefore, to visit this country, you need to get your own Bulgarian visa. But of course, since Bulgaria is part of the European Union, it has prepared a simplified regime for people with an active Schengen visa to enter Bulgaria. So, since January 31, 2012, the Republic of Bulgaria has adopted a decision to introduce a visa-free regime for transit or short-term visitors to its country with a Schengen visa. With this visa, holders of an active Schengen visa can stay in Bulgaria for a maximum of 90 days within 6 months, if the validity period of the visa allows. According to this decision, if citizens of Azerbaijan have an active multiple-entry Schengen visa, they can enter the territory of Bulgaria with this visa and stay in this country for a maximum of 90 days during the period of validity of the visa. However, you must have a multiple-entry Schengen visa.

Collection of Documents for Bulgaria Visa Application

When applying for a Bulgarian visa, you must submit the following documents:

Original and copy of the first page of your foreign passport
Copies of your previous visas and entry-exit stamps, if applicable
A copy of your identity card
Reference from the place of work* and, if applicable, an extract from the salary card (for persons studying, a reference from the educational institution) Reference and statement from the bank account in your name. (Detailed information about the amount is mentioned below)
Copies of extracts* of properties in your name and a copy of your car's passport, if applicable
If you are applying with a family member, proof of your marital status* (copy of your marriage certificate if you are applying with a spouse, birth certificate if you are applying with a child)
2 photos of you, size 3.5x4.5, on a white background
Airline reservations you make for your trip
Hotel reservations you made for your trip
Travel insurance that will fully cover your trip and cover a minimum value of 30,000 EUR
Application form filled in English
If the visa is applied for a business visit rather than a tourist one, in this case, an official invitation letter related to that work, event or meeting

Documents marked with "*" must be submitted to the embassy in English. If you have obtained the original document in Azerbaijani rather than in English, in this case, each of these documents must be translated into English and certified by a notary and submitted to the embassy.

The amount in your bank account is based on the travel dates you have indicated, i.e. the length of your stay in Bulgaria, the price of the flight tickets and hotels you have booked, etc. varies depending. In general, it is recommended that you have at least 2,000-3,000 AZN in your bank account for a one-week trip (equivalent to Euro or US dollars). This amount should fully cover your travel plan. When calculating the amount, you can sum up the average daily cost of 60-70 euros for each day you indicate that you will be staying in the country with the price of your ticket and hotel reservations and assume a little higher than the figure you received.

If you are an entrepreneur, you can submit the documents that will replace the certificate from the workplace (a copy of the TIN, a certificate issued by the Ministry of Taxes about your turnover, an extract from the register of your company) to the embassy. If you are not working, studying or in any case sponsoring another person to cover the costs of your trip, in this case a copy of that person's identity card, proof of employment (if self-employed, the documents listed above), proof of bank account and statement (this bank account can be both in your name and in the name of the sponsor), if you have a family bond, a document confirming this (for example, if it is a parent, your own birth certificate, if it is a brother or sister, both of your birth certificates, etc.) and a paper about sponsorship to the embassy must be submitted. If the applicant is under 18 years of age, in this case, if he is traveling alone, a copy of the permission document to leave the country from both parents or, if he is traveling with one of the parents, must also be submitted during the visa application.

It should be noted that even if you submit documents such as TIN, turnover certificate from the Ministry of Taxes, extract from the register of your company or sponsorship paper, permission paper, you must have each of these documents translated and certified into English by a notary.

Visa Procedure

If a person does not have an active multiple-entry Schengen visa, he must obtain a Bulgarian visa. For this, the Embassy of Bulgaria in Baku is addressed. The decision is made by the consul in the consular department of the embassy.

A prior appointment is required to hand over documents.

The visa process takes 5-15 working days for short-term visas and a minimum of 30 working days for long-term visas.

The visa fee is 35 euros per person. If you want to apply for a long-term visa, the fee you will pay to the embassy is 100 euros. The fee is paid in cash, in euros, when submitting the documents.

Probability of Obtaining a Bulgarian Visa

Just as when applying for a visa at the embassy of any country, your chance of getting a visa in Bulgaria depends on the state of your profile. Your workplace and position should be normal, your monthly income should be in the standard salary range (in experience, visas have been issued to people with a monthly income of 300-500 AZN, there have been many cases), you should show enough money in your bank account to cover your entire trip, the nuances that bind you to the country (having property in your name) , the presence of your family and children) and your travel history are factors that increase your chances of getting a Bulgarian visa. The Bulgarian embassy is not considered a high-risk embassy for persons with no previous travel history, i.e. without Schengen or other visa holders. In our experience, there were many applicants who got their first visas from this embassy. Of course, for this, all your other documents must be in order. Also, in any case, having your previous visas is one of the factors that increase your chances of getting a Bulgarian visa.

Bulgaria Visa Support

We, as company, can help you during your Bulgarian visa application. If you use our visa support service, our service includes making an appointment on your behalf at the embassy, filling out your application form, preparing your documents in a professional manner, booking your flight tickets that will cover your trip, booking or purchasing hotels according to your wishes, setting up your visa travel tour plan, will include travel insurance to cover your trip, consultation, follow-up of your visa procedure. Note that the travel insurance fee will be calculated in addition to our service fee. The insurance fee is usually in the range of 16-18 AZN for 1 week. You can get this insurance yourself. We can also assist you with notarizing and notarizing your documents into English. Additional fee for each document will be 16 AZN. In general, our company's Bulgarian travel visa support service fee is 69 AZN per person.

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