The Bulgarian Passport

Bulgarian passport held by a girl
"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." - Lao Tzu

The Bulgarian passport is also an EU passport. While, contrary to the popular belief, there is no unified EU passport (widely and falsely believed that it exists in blue color), all EU passports share some common characteristics. The EU passports have similar burgundy colored cover, emblazoned in the official language(s) of the issuing member state (and sometimes its translation into English or French), with the title "European Union", the coat of arms of the relevant country and the word "PASSPORT". All EU passports are also guarder by biometric chip, which symbol is placed at the bottom of the cover of the passport.


Which countries require entry visa for Bulgarian citizens?

Below are the entry requirements for Bulgarian passport holders for all countries of the world. The following color scheme is applied:

  1. Unlimited residency rights - Bulgarian citizens enjoy unrestricted residency rights in all EU and EFTA countries. This is the ultimate freedom of travel and settlement as the citizens of Bulgaria enjoy virtually the same rights, irrespectively whether they are living in Bulgaria or in any of the other EU/EFTA countries.
  2. Visa-free - These countries provide unconditional visa-free entry to Bulgarian citizens. In some cases, the Bulgarian citizens may enter the country with their national ID and are not required to present international passport.
  3. Visa on arrival - The countries that provide visa on arrival to Bulgarian citizens are often considered as visa-free as the issuance of visa at the entry point (ie the airport) is in many cases not only free of charge, but also a seamless and speedy procedure. The traveller is not required to apply for visa at the destination country‘s embassy prior to his departure.
  4. eVisa/eTA/etc. - This category is virtually the same as the "visa on arrival", with the difference that usually an electronic (internet) authorization has to be submitted online prior to the departure. Logically, no visit to the embassy of the destination’s country is required.
  5. Visa required - These are the countries that require the Bulgarian passport holders to obtain visa prior to their departure (usually from the embassy of the destination country).
Country
Entry requirements for Bulgarian passport holders
Afghanistan
visa required
Albania
visa-free (travel with ID card allowed, no passport required)
Algeria
visa required
Andorra
visa-free (travel with ID card allowed, no passport required)
Angola
eVisa
Antigua and Barbuda
visa-free
Argentina
visa-free
Armenia
visa-free
Australia
eVisitors
Austria
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Azerbaijan
eVisa
Bahamas
visa-free
Bahrain
visa on arrival
Bangladesh
visa on arrival
Barbados
visa-free
Belarus
visa-free
Belgium
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Belize
visa-free
Benin
visa on arrival
Bhutan
visa required
Bolivia
visa on arrival
Bosnia and Herzegovina
visa-free (travel with ID card allowed, no passport required)
Botswana
visa-free
Brazil
visa-free
Brunei
visa-free
Burkina Faso
visa required
Burundi
visa required
Cambodia
visa on arrival
Cameroon
visa required
Canada
eTA
Cape Verde
visa on arrival
Central African Republic
visa required
Chad
visa required
Chile
visa-free
China
visa on arrival (for short stays of up to 6 days)
Colombia
visa-free
Comoros
visa on arrival
Congo
visa required
Congo (Dem. Rep.)
visa required
Costa Rica
visa-free
Cote d’Ivoire
pre-enrolment
Croatia
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Cuba
tourist card
Cyprus
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Czech Republic
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Denmark
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Djibouti
visa on arrival
Dominica
visa-free
Dominican Republic
visa-free
Ecuador
visa-free
Egypt
visa on arrival
El Salvador
visa-free
Equatorial Guinea
visa required
Eritrea
visa required
Estonia
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Ethiopia
visa on arrival
Fiji
visa-free
Finland
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
France
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Gabon
visa on arrival
Gambia
visa-free
Georgia
visa-free
Germany
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Ghana
visa required
Greece
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Grenada
visa-free
Guatemala
visa-free
Guinea
visa required
Guinea-Bissau
visa on arrival
Guyana
visa required
Haiti
visa-free
Honduras
visa-free
Hong Kong
visa-free
Hungary
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Iceland
EFTA country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
India
eVisa
Indonesia
visa-free
Iran
visa on arrival
Iraq
visa required
Ireland
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Israel
visa-free
Italy
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Jamaica
visa on arrival
Japan
visa-free
Jordan
visa on arrival
Kazakhstan
visa-free
Kenya
visa on arrival
Kiribati
visa-free
Kosovo
visa-free (travel with ID card allowed, no passport required)
Kuwait
visa on arrival
Kyrgyzstan
visa on arrival
Laos
visa on arrival
Latvia
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Lebanon
visa on arrival
Lesotho
visa on arrival
Liberia
visa required
Libya
visa required
Liechtenstein
EFTA country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Lithuania
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Luxembourg
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Macao
visa-free
Macedonia
visa-free (travel with ID card allowed, no passport required)
Madagascar
visa on arrival
Malawi
visa on arrival
Malaysia
visa-free
Maldives
visa on arrival
Mali
visa required
Malta
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Marshall Islands
visa-free
Mauritania
visa on arrival
Mauritius
visa-free
Mexico
visa-free
Micronesia
visa-free
Moldova
visa-free
Monaco
visa-free (travel with ID card allowed, no passport required)
Mongolia
visa required
Montenegro
visa-free (travel with ID card allowed, no passport required)
Morocco
visa-free
Mozambique
visa on arrival
Myanmar [Burma]
visa on arrival
Namibia
visa required
Nauru
visa required
Nepal
visa on arrival
Netherlands
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
New Zealand
visa-free
Nicaragua
visa-free
Niger
visa required
Nigeria
visa required
North Korea
visa required
Norway
EFTA country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Oman
visa on arrival
Pakistan
visa required
Palau
visa-free
Palestinian Territories
visa-free
Panama
visa-free
Papua New Guinea
visa on arrival
Paraguay
visa-free
Peru
visa-free
Philippines
visa-free
Poland
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Portugal
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Qatar
visa-free
Romania
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Russian Federation
visa required
Rwanda
visa on arrival
Saint Kitts and Nevis
visa-free
Saint Lucia
visa-free
Samoa
visa-free
San Marino
visa-free (travel with ID card allowed, no passport required)
Sao Tome and Principe
visa-free
Saudi Arabia
visa required
Senegal
visa-free
Serbia
visa-free (travel with ID card allowed, no passport required)
Seychelles
visa on arrival
Sierra Leone
visa required
Singapore
visa-free
Slovakia
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Slovenia
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Solomon Islands
visa-free
Somalia
visa on arrival
South Africa
visa required
South Korea
visa-free
South Sudan
visa required
Spain
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Sri Lanka
eTA
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
visa-free
Sudan
visa required
Suriname
visa required
Swaziland
visa required
Sweden
EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Switzerland
EFTA country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
Syria
visa required
Taiwan
visa-free
Tajikistan
visa on arrival
Tanzania
visa on arrival
Thailand
visa on arrival
Timor-Leste
visa-free
Togo
visa on arrival
Tonga
visa-free
Trinidad and Tobago
visa-free
Tunisia
visa-free
Turkey
visa-free
Turkmenistan
visa required
Tuvalu
visa-free
Uganda
visa on arrival
Ukraine
visa-free
United Arab Emirates
visa-free
United Kingdom
(ex)EU country - unlimited residency and travel rights. Travel with ID card allowed, no passport required.
United States of America
visa required
Uruguay
visa-free
Uzbekistan
visa on arrival
Vanuatu
visa-free
Vatican City
visa-free (travel with ID card allowed, no passport required)
Venezuela
visa-free
Viet Nam
visa on arrival
Yemen
visa required
Zambia
visa on arrival
Zimbabwe
visa on arrival