Last update 14 May 2019Diplomatic missions
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Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Czech Republic
Address: Praha 1, ul. Krakovska 6
Telephonе: +420 2222 12 011; +420 222 211 258
Out-of-hours hotline: + 420 774 790 991
Office hours: 8.30 - 17.00 h
Telephone: +420 222 211 727; +420 222 210 229
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 8.30 -11.30 h / 14.00 - 16.00 h
Prepared documents to be distributed: Mon - Fri, 15.00 - 16.00 h
Embassy of the Czech Republic in Sofia
Address: 9 Yanko Sakazov Blvd., 1504 Sofia (entrance from Panayot Volov Str.)
Telephone: +359 2 948 68 00
Fax: +259 2 948 68 18
Honorary Consuls of Chech Republic in Bulgaria
9002 Varna, 24, rue Tsani Gintchev
Tél./Fax: +359 52 64 17 75/74
Heures d’ouverture: 14.00 – 16.00 (mardi, jeudi)
Web site: www.mzv.cz/sofia
4000 Plovdiv, 37 blvd Tsar Boris III Obedinitel
Foire internationnale de Plovdiv, ét. 3
Tél.: +359 32 26 65 00, +359 889 005 000
Czech crown (koruna) (CZK)
24 CZK= 1 EUR
Crime and security
The level of crime in the country is low. Nevertheless, on the places of high concentration of tourists or groups of people – the rail and bus stations and the squares in the big cities, around hotels an in the public transport, there is danger of pick-pocketing. Inflated bills in tax are not infrequent.
Visitors of the Czech Republic should comply with the customs laws of the country.
We advise all Bulgarian citizens intending to go to the Czech Republic to obtain European Health Insurance Card in advance.
Without a Health Insurance Card, each visit in a medical establishment shall be paid in accordance with the price-list of the respective establishment.
There are no requirements for mandatory vaccinations before entering the country.
There is no information about epidemics or other infectious diseases.
Updated information about the prices of vignette stickers in the Czech Republic on motor vehicles up to 3.5 tons, valid until 31.12.2012:
- for 1 year – 1200 Czech crowns;
- for 1 month – 350 Czech crowns;
- for 10 days – 250 Czech crowns.
The penalty for failure to buy a vignette sticker is 5 000 Czech crowns, and if an administrative procedure is involved – 100 000 Czech crowns. For motor vehicles above 3.5 tons, the fee shall be paid in the form of electronic customs duty.
After the amendments of the Rules on the issuance of Bulgarian identification documents, enacted on12 February 2010, (Art. 34 Par. 1), the Bulgarian consular and diplomatic missions in the European Union member-states do not accept applications for issuance and replacement of Bulgarian driving licenses and control coupons.
Bulgarian citizens, whose habitual residence is on the territory of the Czech Republic, may drive a motor vehicle with their valid Bulgarian driving license. With the expiry of its validity, theft, loss, destruction or taking by the competence Czech authorities, they should apply before the local authorities to receive a Czech document for driving a motor vehicle.
Preparation of documents abroad
The primary certification of the civil status shall be issued by the competent local authorities (Civil Status Office of the respective municipality) and the deadlines for registration should be observed. Special attention should be paid not to miss the deadlines for registration of the birth of the child.
After obtaining the respective local certification document of civil status, it shall be submitted in the Consular Service translated and legalised in accordance with the established procedure in case the interested persons are not in a position to make in another way registration of birth, contracted civil marriage before the local authorities or death.
Where the interested person can and wishes to make personally the registration or through an authorised person, he/she should submit the respective local certification document translated and certified in accordance with the established procedure in the respective municipality in Bulgaria as follows:
- for birth of a child – at the place of the permanent address of the mother, and if she is a foreigner– of the father;
- for contracted civil marriage before the local authorities– at the place of the permanent address of the husband, and if he is a foreigner – of the wife;
- for death – at the place of the permanent address of the deceased.
Travel papers and visas
Bulgarian citizens can enter the territory of the Czech Republic with valid identity card or passport.
A visa-free regime for travelling is enforced with a maximum permitted period of stay no more than 90 days within each 6 months.
Due to more frequent frauds on behalf of incorrect intermediary companies, we advise Bulgarian citizens wishing to get employment in the Czech Republic to approach the specialised employment agencies on the following internet pages:
- www.mpsv.cz - Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic;
- www.mlsp.government.bg - Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria.
The Czech Republic does not apply a transitional period for workers from Bulgaria.
The payment is in accordance with the terms and conditions, negotiated in advance, but it may not be less than the minimum hourly payment rate in the Czech Republic.
Certifications and legalisations
Concerning documents issued in the Czech Republic andintended to have effect on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and vice versa, there is no requirement that they should bear an “Apostille” stamp.
In accordance with the Agreement on Legal Assistance in Civil, Family and Penal Cases, signed between the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and the Czech Socialist Republic in 1978, the Czech side sends copies of civil status certificates (birth, marriage and death) to the Embassy of R. Bulgaria in Prague, where they are translated, certified and sent officially to be entered in the Bulgarian registers.
Concerning the civil status certificates other than the ones specified in the above paragraph, applicable shall be the requirement for translation by a sworn translator registered by the Embassy and certification of the translator’s signature in the Consular Service at the Embassy in Prague against payment of the respective fee for the service.
Bulgarian identity documents
The Consular Service at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Prague receives applications for issuing of passports, identity cards and temporary passports.
When an identity card is issued for the first time, it is obligatory to submit a certificate of birth. In case of loss, theft, damage or destruction of an identity card and/or a passport, a police document verifying these circumstances shall be submitted.
Concerning issuance of a temporary passport for children, born abroad, the local birth certificate of the child and the presence of both parents is required. Concerning issuance of a temporary passport for returning in Bulgaria in case of lost/stolen documents, a document from the police shall be submitted.
Obligation for returning a passport with expired term of validity: not later than three months from date of validity of the passport, the holder shall give it back in the Consular Service of the Embassy or in the police station at the place of residence in Bulgaria.