British citizens: other nationalities, please contact us.
The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed from 1 January 2021:
- you can travel to Bulgaria for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit for family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training
- visits to other EU or Schengen countries do not count towards your 90-day limit in Bulgaria as it is not in the Schengen area. Visits to Bulgaria do not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit in the Schengen area
At border control for Bulgaria, you may need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay, and
- use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing
- Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.
From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. You will need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.
Please visit for the FCO website for up-to-date information - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bulgaria/entry-requirements
Addresses of consulates
- Amabassade de Bulgarie en France
1, av. Rapp
Tél. : 01 45 51 85 90
Fax : 01 45 51 18 68
- Ambassade de France en Bulgarie
29 rue Oborichté
Tél. :  (2) 96 51 100
- Ambassade Bulagrie
Avenue Hamoir 58Avenue Hamoir 58
1180 Uccle , Bruxelles
Tél. : 02/374-59-63, 02/374
Fax : 02/375-84-94
- Ambassade Bulgarie
UK Citizens: A UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in the European Union (EU).
It’s important to take out appropriate travel insurance for your needs. A GHIC or EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance and you should have both before you travel. It does not cover all health-related costs, for example, medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment and non-urgent treatment.
Bulgaria has a universal healthcare system financed by taxes and contributions. The number of doctors is above the EU average with 181 physicians per 100,000 people but distribution by fields of practice is uneven, there is a severe shortage of nurses and other medical personnel, and the quality of most medical facilities is poor.
Bulgaria ranks 113th globally by average life expectancy, which stands at 73.6 years for both genders.
It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.
Voltage in bulgaria: 220 V
Frequency in bulgaria: 50 Hz
The lev (Bulgarian: лев, plural: лева, левове / leva, levove) is the currency of Bulgaria. It is divided in 100 stotinki.
Exchange rate on the 19/01/2016 :
£1 = 2,54 BGN
Code pays = +359
+2 heures UTC/GMT