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Capital City: Sofia
Official language: Bulgarian
Currency: Bulgarian lev BGN
Population: 6.84 million
EU member state since: 1st January 2007

Bulgaria is not yet a member of the Schengen Area, although it is in the process of becoming one. Despite not being a full member, Bulgaria’s visa policy is modelled on the Schengen zone.

This implies that nationals of various non-EU countries can visit Bulgaria without a visa for a limited period of time. Travelers will be able to get ETIAS to visit Bulgaria visa-free beginning in late 2023.

The EU visa waiver regulation also applies to countries in the process of joining the Schengen Area: Bulgaria, CroatiaCyprus, and Romania.

The paperwork needed to go to Bulgaria are determined on your nationality.

Citizens of the rest of the EU can visit Bulgaria with a valid passport or ID card.

If you are a non-EU citizen from a visa-exempt nation, you will require a valid passport and, beginning in late 2023, ETIAS. Brazil, Canada, and the United Kingdom are among the nations that do not require a visa.

Bulgaria does not issue Schengen visas, although Schengen visa holders are permitted to enter and stay in Bulgaria for up to 90 days without the need for an additional Bulgarian visa. Holders of valid Croatian, Cyprus, and Romanian visas and residency permits can also stay for up to 90 days.

If none of the following apply, you must get a Bulgarian national visa for your travel.

Bulgaria shares land borders with Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey. ETIAS will be valid for travel to Romania, which is also preparing to join Schengen. To go to other surrounding countries, you must first verify the visa requirements.

Bulgaria is well connected to other EU and Schengen nations. There are flights to countries across Europe including Greece, Hungary, and Italy.

Travellers with ETIAS will be allowed to utilise the same authorization to visit any Schengen countries as well as Bulgaria for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.