This is in accordance with changes to the regulations for the implementation of the Law on Foreigners which the Bulgarian G overnment approved at the end of 2005 . The new regulations came into effect from 1 January 2006.
I. Holders of valid ordinary passports from the following countries do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for up to 90 days within each period of six months:
Andorra , Argentina , Australia , Austria , Belgium , Brazil , Canada , Chile , Costa Rica , Croatia , Cyprus , Czech Republic , Denmark , El Salvador , Estonia , Finland , France , Germany , Greece , Guatemala , Honduras , Hungary , Iceland , Ireland , Italy , Japan , Latvia , Liechtenstein , Lithuania , Luxembourg , Malaysia , Malta , Mexico , Monaco , Netherlands , New Zealand , Nicaragua , Norway , Panama , Poland , Portugal , Republic of Korea , San Marino , Slovak Republic , Slovenia , Spain , Sweden , Switzerland , UK (British Citizen Passport Holders only), USA , Uruguay , the Vatican, Venezuela . SAR - China (Hong Kong, Makao)
II. Holders of valid ordinary passports from the following countries do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for up to 30 days within each period of six months:
Israel , Macedonia , Romania , Serbia
Passport holders from the countries listed above need a visa only if their stay in Bulgaria will exceed 30 days, if they need to enter the country a number of times for a longer period of time, or if they need a long-term visa.
III. All holders of passports from countries not mentioned in I and II need visas to enter Bulgaria.
Visa application processing can usually take up to 10 working days, since each application needs to receive clearance by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry in Sofia.
Foreigners entering Bulgarian territory on a motor vehicle have to present a document of ownership for that vehicle, if such ownership is not explicitly shown in the vehicle's registration documents.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All foreign visitors should bear in mind that under Bulgarian Law they are required to contact their local police station within 48 hours of arrival in Bulgaria and present in writing the address at which they will be staying. If they are staying in a hotel or private lodgings, the hotel management/host bear the obligation to register them at the local police station.
The Interior Ministry has announced that Bulgaria's border checkpoints are to introduce separate passport - control desks for Bulgarians and foreign nationals.
The move is expected to ease official checks at border passport control in the wake of adopted changes to the legislation on foreigners that oblige them to fill in a registration form.