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An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every American citizen for short-stay period in Bulgaria starting from 2021.


A valid passport is required to enter Bulgaria. All tourists entering Bulgarian territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Bulgarian authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.

A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of United States of America who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every American citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.

Custom Regulations
Bulgarian custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Bulgarian territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:

If arriving from a non-EU country:

  • Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), loose tobacco (250g).
  • Alcohol: 1L of spirits with more than 22% alcohol by volume (1L), light liquor (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
  • Perfume: Perfume (50g) and of eau de toilette (0.25L)

If arriving from an EU Member State:
  • Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), smoking tobacco (1kg).
  • Alcohol: Spirits over 22% (10L), fortified wine or spirits up to 22% (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).

Currency Restriction
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Bulgaria with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.

List of American diplomatic offices in Bulgaria

U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria

Address: 16, Kozyak Street, Sofia 1408, BulgariaCheck on map

Phone: +359 2 937 5100

Fax: +359 2 937 5320



List of Bulgarian diplomatic offices in United States of America

Embassy of Bulgaria in Washington, United States

Address: 1621 22nd Street, NW, Dimitar Peshev Plaza, Washington, DC 20008, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: +1 202 387 0174, +1 202 299 0273, +1 202 483 1386

Fax: +1 202 234 7973



Office Hours: 09:00 - 17:30

Details: Elena Poptodorova-Petrova - Ambassador

Consulate General of Bulgaria in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Address: Two Newton Place, Suite 300 255 Washington Street, Newton 02458, Massachusetts, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) (617) 219-1490

Details: Mr Adam David Portnoy, Honorary Consul General

Consulate General of Bulgaria in Los Angeles, USA

Address: 11766 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 440, Los Angeles, California 90025, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) (310) 478-6700

Fax: (+1) (310) 478-6277



Office Hours: Monday to Friday 09:30 - 13:00 with prior appointment by tel. or e-mail

Details: Marin Dimitrov - Consul General

Consulate General of Bulgaria in New York, United States

Address: 121 East 62nd Street, New York, New York 10021, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) 212 935 46 46

Fax: (+1) 212 319 59 55


Details: Mr Milen Lyutskanov - Consul General

Consulate General of Bulgaria in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Address: 737 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2105, Chicago, Illinois 60611-6647, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) (312) 867-1904 / 5

Fax: (+1) (312) 867-1906



Details: Mr Alexander M. Peytchev - Consul General

Permanent Mission of Bulgaria in New York, United States

Address: 11 East, 84th Street, New York, NY 10028, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: +1 212 737 4790, +1 212 737 4791, +1 212 327 4180, +1 212 327 4181

Fax: +1 212 472 9865



Details: Stefan Tafrov - Resident Representative

Honorary Consulate of Bulgaria in Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Address: 4500 Ft. Jackson Boulevard, Columbia, South Carolina 29209, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) (803) 540-3400

Details: Mr Donald R. Tomlin - Consul

Honorary Consulate of Bulgaria in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

Address: 2000 Glades Road, Suite 110, Boca Raton, Florida 33431, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) (561) 750-1800

Details: Mr Stephen Franklin Beiner - Consul

Honorary Consulate of Bulgaria in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Address: 900 South Pavilion Center Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89144, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) (702) 240-0831

Fax: (+1) (702) 240-0331

Details: Mr Robert Joseph Miller - Consul

Honorary Consulate of Bulgaria in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Address: 201 W. Front Street, Media, Pennsylvania 19063, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) (610) 565-9191

Details: Mr Stephen Joseph McEwen Jr. - Consul

Honorary Consulate of Bulgaria in Portland, Maine, United States

Address: 1 Monument Square, 6th Floor, Portland, Maine 04101, United StatesCheck on map

Details: Mr David Thomas Flanagan - Consul

Consulate General in Bulgaria in Sacramento, California, United States

Address: 917 Seventh Street, Sacramento, California 95814, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) (916) 563-3222, (+1) (916) 447-9827

Fax: (+1) (916) 563-3264, (+1) (916) 443-2672


Details: Mr Brooks D. Ohlson - Consul General

Medical Information

Recommended vaccines

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies

About Bulgaria

Capital: Sofia
  • Bulgarian 76.8%;
  • Turkish 8.2%;
  • Roma 3.8%;
  • Other 0.7%;
  • Unspecified 10.5%

Area: 110,910 KM2
Population: 7,148,785
Timezone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Currency: Lev (BGN)
Calling Code: +359

Power Sockets

Type C European 2-pin  C European 2-pin
Type F Schuko plug  F Schuko plug

Country Specific Info

Travel info for Bulgaria