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STEP 1. What type of Bulgaria Visa do you need?

On-arrival visa entry

The countries eligible for a Bulgaria on-arrival visa are:
  • Australia
  • Argentina
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Albania
  • Brunei
  • Barbados
  • Bahamas
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • Chile
  • Canada
  • Columbia
  • Dominica
  • El Salvador
  • Georgia
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Hong kong
  • Honduras
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Marshal Island's
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Micronesia
  • Monaco
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Palau
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Seychelles
  • San Marino
  • Solomon Island's
  • South Korea
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Taiwan
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • UAE
  • USA
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican city
  • Venezuela
  • Vanuatu
 
What is the permitted stay duration for travelers eligible for a Bulgaria on-arrival visa?

The permitted stay duration for individuals eligible for a Bulgaria on-arrival visa is 90 days within any 180 day period.

Pre-arrival Visa

If the applicant is the holder of a Schengen visa they are allowed to travel to Bulgaria as it is a part of European country.

Since UAE is one of the countries eligible for an on-arrival countries, UAE nationals don't require a visa to visit Bulgaria. But expatriates living in UAE whose passport is not listed under the countries eligible for an on-arrival visa need to take a Bulgaria Visa from Dubai to visit the country. Getting a pre-arrival visa is easy with the right guidance. Get in touch with our visa consultants for our assistance throughout the visa process.

STEP 2. Type of Pre-arrival visa?

Bulgaria visas are divided into 3 categories to cater to different visa requirements. They are:

1. Airport transit

Individuals having a layover at Bulgaria need to apply for a transit visa.

2. Business

The business pre-arrival visa is suitable for businessmen, investors and entrepreneurs visiting Bulgaria for business or investment purposes.

3. Tourism

Tourists or individuals visiting relatives, family or friends in Bulgaria should apply for the tourism visa.

STEP 3. Bulgaria Visa Price

The Bulgaria visa price depends on two factors; the applicant's age and the type of visa they are applying for. Due to these factors, the price might fluctuate slightly. The visa fee is compulsory to obtain a Bulgaria visa from UAE. This fee should be paid with an additional amount of AED 200 for our visa assistance. Once paid, neither of the fees are refundable.

 

STEP 4. Supporting documents to apply for a Bulgaria visa from UAE

To make sure that your Bulgaria visa from UAE gets approved, the Bulgarian Embassy requires the applicant to hand over these supporting documents along with the visa application form.

Required documents for Bulgaria pre-arrival visa when applying from UAE

Please note that if any of these documents are in Arabic, they need to be translated in to English.

STEP 5. Bulgaria Visa Processing

What is the usual procedure when applying for a Bulgaria visit visa from UAE?

The supporting documents listed above should be submitted to the Arooha visa consultant who is incharge of your Bulgaria visa. After that, the below mentioned procedures will be observed to ensure accuracy and approval of Bulgaria visa.

  1. The supporting documents listed above should be submitted to the Arooha visa consultant who is incharge of your Bulgaria visa. After that, the below mentioned procedures will be observed to ensure accuracy and approval of Bulgaria visa.
  2. Primary check of supporting document by the visa consultant. Depending on your travel requirements the visa consultant will suggest the best visa type and clear any questions you have.
  3. The Bulgaria visa application form will be typed out and the supporting documents rechecked.
  4. You will receive an appointment date with the Bulgarian embassy to submit the visa application and supporting documents. Biometric procedures will also be carried out on this day.
  5. The visa issue procedure begins which can take 7 working days.
  6. You will receive a visa-ready notification.
  7. Collect your passport with the stamped Bulgaria visa.
After all documents are submitted to the Bulgarian embassy, whats the duration for the Bulgaria pre-arrival visa to be issued?

The processing duration may vary anywhere between 7 to 10 working days.

Frequently asked Questions

No, you can't apply for a Bulgaria visa if your passport was issued more than 10 years ago because the embassy cannot enter it in the system.

Yes, you can if you are a pilot, cabin crew personnel or frequent flier. This will be approved only if you provide proof of travels in the form of itinerary. The passport has to be resubmitted when the visa is ready for stamping.

No, you can't. To be able to travel to other schengen countries you need to apply for a Schengen visa.

Yes, in addition to Bulgaria you can also travel to Cyprus, Croatia, Ireland and Romania with a Schengen visa.

The visa process duration might vary between 7 to 15 working days.

Yes, both are mandatory. Insurance is neccesary for the traveller’s safety and to compensate for sudden injuries or natural disasters while in Bulgaria. Hotel booking is an important factor for your visa to enter the processing stage.

Refer the embassy’s number on the receipt you get when submitting documents. Call that number and enquire.

Yes, individuals below 18 years (minors) have to be accompanied by a parent or adult unless both parents have issued a NOC letter stating their approval for the child to travel alone. The NOC and both parents passport copies have to be submitted with the other supporting documents.

 

Tips to know before travelling to Bulgaria

To be able to charge your phone while in Bulgaria make sure to carry a two-pin power extension. If you dont have mobile internet, head to any public place to get access to wifi. When you exit from the airport, dont catch any random taxi unless you want to fork out a fortune.

 

Carry Bulgarian Leva

Payment with cards are accepted. However, small shops and boutiques will ask for payment in cash so its best to carry some spare Leva. Some hotels accept card payments some dont so think one step ahead and have some cash in hand.

Dont Bargain

In Bulgaria prices are fixed so leave your bargaining hat at home. Dont even think of bargaining as it is considered disrespectful and might get you thrown out of the shop.

Nod for no and shake head for yes

This is confusing, so whenever you see someone nod their head ask them if they meant a yes or no before you continue the conversation.

Most signs are in Bulgarian

Most shop names, street signs and other boards are written in Bulgarian. Try and learn some Bulgarian before you visit Bulgaria. But, if you do have a problem locating some place you can qlways stop someone and ask because majority of the youngsters speak English.

Always carry your ID

According to Bulgarian law if a policeman stops you, you should be able to show your identification wth either an ID or passport. Its not a common occurence for a policeman to stop you, but make sure to carry either of the personal identification documents with you.

smoking is not permitted in closed areas

Although most Bulgarians break this rule, we suggest you not to smoke in restaurants, pubs andother closed public areas as you can get fined by the police if you are caught.

Electric use

The UK output with 3 pins is used in Bulgaria and the standard is 240 V. Make sure to carry a 3 prong adapter to be able to use electricity.

Drinking in public

Drinking in public is considered shameful and disrespectful because part of the island are Turkish Muslim and other part are Greek orthodox. The island also has zero tolerance for drug use.

Spoken language

Bulgarians speak Greek, Turkish and also English because it was a British colony. Most street signs are in English, Greek or Turkish depending on whether you are on the south or north.

Attire etiquette

Bulgarians follows European attire conventions. However, while visiting religious or sacred places women should wear long skirts or trousers and cover their arms, whereas men should wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts.