Last update 18 February 2019Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Federative Republic of Brazil
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Brazil (accredited in Peru and Bolivia)
Address: SEN 803, Asa Norte, CEP: 70800-911, Brasilia, DF, Brasil
Telephone: +55 61 32236193;
Fax: +55 61 33233285
Out-of-hours hotline: +556 186023360
Office hours: 09:00 - 17:30 h
Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil in Sofia
Address: 1000 Sofia, 5 Veliko Tarnovo str.
Telephone: +359 2 9719819; 97198
Fax: +359 2 9712818
Office hours: 09.00 - 17.00 h
Web site: http://sofia.itamaraty.gov.br/bg/
Brazilian Real (BRL)
3.65 BRL = 1 EUR
Crime and security
The crime rate is high, especially in the big cities.
Specifics of legislation
The sentences for possession of and illegal trade in drugs vary from 5 to 15 years. The country carries out a consistent policy against drug trafficking, accompanied with particularly thorough examination at airports with the help of most advanced technical devices.
The infrastructure to the south of the capital city is relatively well maintained but there also are numerous sections in bad shape where travelling requires caution. In the northern part of the country the infrastructure is in very bad shape.
Healthcare is at a very high level in the private sector. There is state health insurance covering basic and urgent treatment.
Travel papers and visas
You need a valid passport to travel round the country.
No visa is needed for a stay of up to 90 calendar days.
It is advisable to joining organized tours of the central parts and sights of cities. The shanty towns known as “favelas” are to be avoided.
It is advisable to decline carrying other people’s luggage even when the contents thereof are known.
Driving one’s own or a rented vehicle should happen only in daylight and stops should be made only at places specially designated for that purpose which have all the necessary amenities.
Health insurance is recommended.
Bringing food stuffs or pets into the country in the absence of the respective certificates is prohibited – checks are very strict and fines are hefty.
Certification and legalisation
A public document issued by Brazil is recognised in Bulgaria if the said document is legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil and certified by the Bulgarian Embassy or the Brazilian Embassy in Sofia.
Translation must be made by a sworn translator whose signature must be notary certified.
Issuance of Bulgarian identity documents
The embassy in Brazil has the technical equipment for the collection of biometric data - fingerprints and photographs for issuing of new passports, identity cards and driving licences.
When applying for an ID card for the first time it is obligatory to submit a birth certificate. If an ID card and/or a passport are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, a police report reflecting these circumstances needs to be submitted.
The presence of both parents and the local birth certificate with an Apostille affixed to it is required for the issuance of temporary passports to children born abroad. The issuance of a temporary passport for returning back to Bulgaria when ID documents have been lost/stolen requires a police report reflecting the respective circumstances (theft, robbery, forceful snatching, etc.).
The initial civil status certificate is issued by the competent local authorities (civil register of the respective municipality). Registration deadlines must be respected. Special attention must be paid to the deadline for registering a childbirth which is one month.
Once the respective local civil status document is acquired, it shall be presented at the Consular Service translated and certified in the established manner in case the interested parties are unable to register in any other manner a birth, a civil marriage made in front of local authorities or death.
Where the interested party is in a position and wishes to make the registration in person, the respective local certificate is to be submitted, translated and certified in the established manner in the respective Bulgarian municipality:
- for a birth - according to the permanent address of the mother and if she is a foreign national, of the father;
- for civil marriage made in front of local authorities – according to the permanent address of the husband, and if he is a foreign national, of the wife;
- for death – according to the permanent address of the deceased.