Bulgarian passport
The front cover of a contemporary Bulgarian biometric passport
The data page of a contemporary Bulgarian biometric passport
Issued by Bulgaria
First issued29 March 2010 (current biometric version)
EligibilityBulgarian citizenship
Expiration5 years[1]
  • 40 leva / €20 (adults aged 14–58)
  • 20 leva / €10 (under 14 and 58-70)
  • 10 leva / €5 (over 70)[2]

A Bulgarian passport (Bulgarian: Български паспорт, romanizedBŭlgarski pasport) is an international travel document issued to nationals of Bulgaria, and may also serve as proof of Bulgarian citizenship. Besides enabling the bearer to travel internationally and serving as indication of Bulgarian citizenship, the passport facilitates the process of securing assistance from Bulgarian consular officials abroad or other European Union member states in case a Bulgarian consular is absent, if needed.

As of 20 November 2023 Bulgarian citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 179 countries and territories, ranking the Bulgarian passport 13th overall in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley & Partners Passport Index.[3] Bulgarian citizens can live and work in any country within the EU as a result of the right of free movement and residence granted in Article 21 of the EU Treaty.[4]

Every Bulgarian citizen is also a citizen of the European Union. The passport, along with the national identity card allows for free rights of movement and residence, establishment and employment in any of the states of the European Union and EFTA.


The Ministry of Interior is responsible for the issuing and renewing of Bulgarian passports.


For travel within the European Union, Schengen Area as well as to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, North Cyprus,[5] Serbia and Turkey[6] Bulgarian citizens are not required to carry a passport and only need a valid national identity cards.

A Bulgarian passport gives its bearer the right to assistance and protection by Bulgarian diplomatic missions and consular offices abroad (or to those of other EU member states when there is no Bulgarian diplomatic mission or consulate in the destination country or territory).

The passport remains the property of the Republic of Bulgaria.


Physical appearance

Bulgarian passports are of the common EU design, burgundy in color, with the Bulgarian Coat of arms emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The text "Европейски съюз" (Bulgarian) / "European Union" (English), the country's official long name "Република България" (Bulgarian) and the English form "Republic of Bulgaria" are inscribed in capital letters above the coat of arms, with the word "паспорт" (Bulgarian) / "passport" (English) underneath. It is issued for a period of five or ten years,[7] and contains 32 or 48 pages.

Security features include holographic images, micro printing, UV-visible features, watermarks, etc. In addition, the passport holder's photograph is digitally printed directly onto the paper, in standard ink as well as a holographic image. All passports are machine-readable.

Biometric passports

Since 29 March 2010,[8] all newly issued Bulgarian passports contain a chip with biometric data, and also feature the text "Европейски съюз" (Bulgarian) / "European Union" (English) above the country's official name, thus reflecting Bulgaria's EU membership. Additional design changes include the placement of pictures of famous Bulgarian landmarks and monuments on the inside pages of the passports. The new passport fees are €20 (40 BGN).

Passport note

The passports contain a note from the issuing state that is addressed to the authorities of all other states, identifying the bearer as a citizen of that state and requesting that he or she be allowed to pass and be treated according to international norms. The note inside Bulgarian passports states:

The Government of the Republic of Bulgaria requests all Civil and Military Authorities to let through the holder of this passport without hindrance and, in case of need, to render him/her the necessary aid and assistance in accordance with the international law.

This passport is valid for all countries.


The data page/information page is printed in Bulgarian, English and French.

Visa requirements

Main article: Visa requirements for Bulgarian citizens

Visa requirements for Bulgarian citizens
  Freedom of movement
  Visa free
  Visa issued upon arrival
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa required prior to arrival

As of 8 September 2023, Bulgarian citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 177 countries and territories, ranking the Bulgarian passport 15th overall in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley & Partners Passport Index.[3]

Visitor statistics

According to the National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria, these were the top 10 destination countries for Bulgarians:[9]

Rank Destination 2014 2016
1  Turkey 1 106 913 1 218 842
2  Greece 866 609 1 200 576
3  Romania 321 546 423 396
4  Serbia 316 146 404 975
5  North Macedonia 327 033 360 422
6  Germany 239 310 344 713
7  Italy 126 313 178 287
8  Austria 110 085 163 979
9  United Kingdom 101 737 141 941
10  Spain 102 417 139 418

Gallery of historic images

See also


  1. ^ "Издаване на паспорт".
  2. ^ "Такси за издаване на лична карта и паспорт на български граждани". www.mvr.bg. Archived from the original on 21 January 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Henley Passport Index 2023 November Global Ranking" (PDF). 20 November 2023. Retrieved 20 November 2023.
  4. ^ Treaty on the Function of the European Union (consolidated version)
  5. ^ "VISA Regulations - Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus". gov.ct.tr. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Resmî Gazete" (PDF) (in Turkish). 22 July 2022. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  7. ^ a b "From 2021: Bulgarian Passports Will Be Valid for 10 Years - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency". novinite.com. 11 July 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Bulgaria to Start Issuing Biometric IDs in March 2010 - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency". novinite.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Trips of Bulgarian residents abroad by months and by country of destination - National statistical institute". www.nsi.bg. Retrieved 12 April 2018.