Central African Republic
Last update 11 June 2018Diplomatic missions
Level 4: Termination warning throughout the country (except in case of extreme necessity)
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Central African Republic /CAR/
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an operating embassy in CAR’s capital city, Bangui. Bulgarian citizens who are on a short or long-term stay in CAR can approach the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Federal Republic Nigeria, on all consular issues.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja
Address: 10 Euphrates Str., Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Telephone: +234 9 413 00 34; +234 9 672 43 59 – 10.00-16.00 GMT+2
Fax: +234 9 413 27 41
Office hours: 09.00 - 12.30 h
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/nigeria
The Embassy of CAR in Brussels is accredited for Bulgaria.
Embassy of CAR in Brussels, The Kingdom of Belgium
Address: Lambermontlaan 416, 1030, Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 242 2880
Fax: +32 2 215 1311
The Central African CFA Franc (XAF)
It is advisable to carry with you Euros, cheques or credit cards when travelling to CAR.
Crime and security
Travelers should exercise high degree of caution towards their personal security.
The crime rate in the country is very high, including abductions, theft and pick-pocketing in the big cities and tourist centres. Travelling at night and outside the capital city should be avoided.
Homosexuality is not prohibited, however, it is not accepted.
You are allowed to enter the country with an unlimited amount of foreign currency after declaring it, while the amount of local currency is limited to 75,000 Francs.
You are allowed to leave the country with the same amount of foreign currency that you have declared at entry and with no more than 75,000 Francs of the local currency.
You need a permit to export goods of animal or plant origin.
Travelling on the roads
There is no public transport in the country. You can travel only by taxis or private buses.
Bulgarian driving license is recognized together with an international driving license.
Low level of healthcare.
There are two private clinics in the capital city.
Numerous contagious diseases are prevalent, e.g. cholera, hepatitis, etc.
Travel papers and visas
The country can be entered with a valid international passport.
Bulgarian citizens (holders of regular, business or diplomatic passports) travelling for CAR need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days which they can obtain from the CAR Embassy in Brussels.
Vaccination against yellow fever and cholera is advisable.
Most current information regarding the necessary vaccines for CAR can be acquired from the National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases at telephone: + 359 2 944 69 99 / 221.
The intake of lots of liquids, low fat foods and no alcohol is advisable.
Be cautious when eating fruit and vegetables.
Emergency Travel Document
In emergencies (e.g. damaged, lost or stolen passport) Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at the embassy of an EU Member State in CAR.
Certification and Legalisation
To be considered valid in Bulgaria and be used for legal purposes before Bulgarian institutions, all documents issued to Bulgarian citizens in CAR must be stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of CAR. Then the said documents should be certified by the respective CAR Embassy certified for Bulgaria, in this case the embassy in Brussels. The signature and certification of the consulate are after that to be certified by our embassy in Brussels.
The documents certified in the above way have to be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria. The translation should be certified by the Certification and Legalisation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.