Last update 02 May 2019Diplomatic missions
Level 1: Without special recommendations
Select passport type
Regular passport: visa not required
Diplomatic passport: visa not required
Official passport: visa not required
Republic of Austria
Diplomatic representations of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of Austria
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Republic of Austria
Address: Schwindgasse 8, 1040 Wien, Österreich
Telephone: +32 1 505 31 13; +43 1 505 64 44
Office hours: Mon to Fri, 08.30 - 17.30 h
Address: Schwindgasse 8, 1040 Wien, Österreich
Telephone: +32 1 505 31 13; +43 1 505 64 44
Office hours: Mon to Fri, 09.00 - 13.00 h
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria in Vienna, The Republic of Austria
Address: 1040 Wien, Rechte Wienzeile 13
Telephone: +43 1 585 66 03
Fax: +43 1 585 20 01
Embassy of the Republic of Austria in the Republic of Bulgaria
Address: 4 “Shipka” str., 1000 Sofia
Telephone: +359 2 932 90 32
Fax: +359 2 981 05 67
Honorary Consul of Austria in Bulgaria
Mme Radostina Ivanova-Mishinova
Chancellerie: 8005 Burgas, compl. Slaveykov № 126, ét. 3
Tél.: +359 56 586 767
Fax: +359 56 586 767
Crime and security
Crime rate - low.
Legislation of an EU Member State.
In order to travel on highways, a sticker for a paid toll fee is required. This obligation is in force immediately after crossing the Austrian border. The stickers are sold at all border check-points of entry into the country, at gas stations or in “Tabak”-shops.
Level of healthcare - high.
The European Health Insurance Card allows use of the right to medical care in emergencies, enjoyed by all citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria with continuous health-insurance rights across the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Information of rights provided by the EHIC, countries where it is valid, and arrangements for its issue, may be obtained HERE.
Travel papers and visas
For Austria, Bulgarian citizens may travel using a passport, identity card, temporary passport, seaman's passport for a crew-member sailing on the Danube. Personal documents used by Bulgarian citizens when travelling in Austria, should be valid for the period of stay in the country.
Bulgarian citizens do not need Visas when travelling in Austria. Upon entry into Austria, the requirements of the Schengen States apply.
Remember that when abroad, you must comply with local laws and customs. During your stay there, you fall under their jurisdiction. We recommend to travellers to inquire about them in advance and comply with them. Penalties for breaking the law can be more stringent than those in Bulgaria for the same offenses.
Pay attention and obey local rules on the possession and consumption of alcohol and psychotropic substances. In some countries, the sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
Place all medications in their original packaging and check if some of them are not considered illegal drugs abroad. If you use these substances, carry a copy of the prescription, confirming this.
Avoid carrying the belongings of other persons when crossing a border.
Make sure in advance that the duration of your driving license has not expired and that it is valid in the receiving country.
Make every effort to familiarise yourself with local traffic rules. Many countries impose heavy fines for violation of traffic rules, paid on the spot, whether you are a local or a foreign citizen.
If for any reason you are arrested by local authorities, require that you are provided contact with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria. A consular officer will contact you in the shortest possible time.
We advise that you obtain a contract for health, tourism, travel or other insurance in advance.
In case of death of Bulgarian citizens in Austria, the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria will provide assistance and support to arrange the formalities.
Direct financial assistance may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria only if your relatives or close persons deposit the required amount in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate “Financial and Economic Activities.”
In case of theft of your personal documents, money, travel tickets, etc. immediately notify both personally and in writing the nearest police station in Austria and request a copy of the protocol establishing the event. Contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to make arrangements for obtaining the necessary documents to continue your journey or return to Bulgaria.
Before leaving the Republic of Bulgaria or immediately after arrival in Austria, write down the address and telephone numbers of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria. Administration of the hotels where you are staying, the tour operators and local police, if necessary, need to have these data. For your convenience, you can find the address, telephone and fax numbers of the “Consular Relations” Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sofia on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Detailed information and tips for air travellers and security requirements in this regard can be found on the website of Sofia Airport.
Information on the import and export regime of the country and quantities of goods and cash that can be imported or exported from the country can be found on the web-site of the “Customs” Agency.
Certification and Legalisation
Between Bulgaria and Austria, a Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil Matters and Documents (Promulgated in State Gazette issue 79 of 1969, effective from 23.8.1969) is in force, according to which, documents issued by the competent courts or state offices of one of the Signatories, provided with official signature and official seal, have the probative value of official documents in the courts and agencies of the other Signatory. This also applies to other local documents which, in accordance with the rules of the Signatory where they are issued, have the probative value of official documents. The certification of signatures on private documents, laid by a court or notary office of one of the Signatories has the same probative value (Art. 25). Pursuant to Art. 26 of that Treaty, documents referred to in Art. 25, Par. 1 and the certification of signatures referred to in Art. 25, Par. 2, do not need another endorsement, in order to be used by the courts and public bodies of the other Signatory.
That means that documents cited in the Treaty on legal assistance are recognised directly in the other country, without needing an “Apostille”.
In order to be used in Bulgaria, it is recommended that documents issued by the competent Austrian authorities are translated into Bulgarian by a court-certified translator in Austria, and the translation is further certified by the Consular Office. The translation can be made in Bulgaria by a translation company with which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has contracted to perform official translations (a list of companies can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and the translation then needs to be certified by Sector “Certification and Legalization” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2 “Alfred Nobel” str., Sofia 1040).
Issuance of Bulgarian identity documents
Every Bulgarian citizen residing in the country may apply to the embassy for the issuance of a passport, identity card or a temporary passport.
When a person is to be issued an ID card for the first time, a birth certificate must be submitted, and in case of loss, theft or destruction of the ID card and/or passport, a police document evidencing such circumstances is required.
For the issuance of a temporary passport for children born abroad, the local birth certificate of the child is required, and also the presence of both parents. For the issuance of a temporary passport to return to Bulgaria, in case of lost/stolen documents, a police report stating the circumstances of loss (theft, robbery, forcible removal, etc.) is required.
The competent Austrian authorities on civil status send to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria birth, marriage and death certificates of Bulgarian citizens compiled in Austria. Acts of civil status obtained through official channels are sent by the Consular Office to the competent Bulgarian authorities on civil status, for the entry of data in Bulgarian registers.
A person, after receiving the local document certifying civil status, may submit it in person at the consular office, translated and certified in compliance with the established procedures, for referral to the municipality of permanent residence in Bulgaria for the registration of birth, marriage before foreign authorities, or death.
When the person is willing and able to make the registration personally or through an authorised person, it needs to submit the local certifying document translated and certified following the established order before the municipality in Bulgaria:
- for the birth of a child – at the permanent address of the mother, and if she is a foreigner – of the father;
- for a marriage - before the local authorities at the permanent address of the husband, and if he is a foreigner – of the wife;
- for death - at the permanent address of the deceased.