AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING BULGARIA
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian 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 Australia 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 Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
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).
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.
Australia and Bulgaria
Australia and Bulgaria established diplomatic relations in 1972 and co-operate in areas of shared interest including countering terrorism, the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), illegal people movements, international trafficking in drugs and other forms of transnational crime. The proposed Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement could provide a platform to expand bilateral economic links which currently sees two-way merchandise trade in Australia’s favour.
Australia’s major exports to Bulgaria included copper ores and concentrates, wool, paper and paperboard, and medicaments. Australia’s major imports included medicaments, cheese and curd, men’s clothing and pharmaceutical products. Both countries’ trade in services is negligible. Bulgaria is a member of the Australia Group and like-minded groupings including the Wassenaar Agreement, the Zangger Committee, the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Missile Technology Control Regime.
Currently, 2,916 Australian residents were born in Bulgaria and 5,431 residents are of Bulgarian ancestry, mainly as a result of inter-war migration.
Australians wishing to travel to Bulgaria, whether by air, sea or land, will need the new ETIAS pre-authorisation before embarking.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in Bulgaria
Australian Consulate in Sofia, Bulgaria
Address: 37 Trakia Street, Sofia 1504, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 2 946-1334
Fax: +359 2 946-1704
Details: Indiana Trifonova - Consul
List of Bulgarian diplomatic offices in Australia
Embassy of Bulgaria in Canberra, Australia
Address: 29 Pindari Crescent, O’Malley, Canberra, ACT 2606, P.O.Box 6096 Mawson, ACT 2607 Canberra, Australia
Phone: +612 62869711, +612 62869700
Fax: +612 62869600
Office Hours: 09:00 - 17:30
Details: Emilia Stefanova-Veleva - Ambassador
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- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Bulgarian 76.8%;
- Turkish 8.2%;
- Roma 3.8%;
- Other 0.7%;
- Unspecified 10.5%
Area: 110,910 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Currency: Lev (BGN)
Calling Code: +359
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