Last update 21 February 2019Diplomatic missions
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Federal Republic of Germany
Diplomatic representations of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Federal republic of Germany
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Berlin
Botschaft der Republik Bulgarien in Berlin
Address: Mauerstrasse 11, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: +4930 201 0922;
Fax: +4930208 68 38
Consular Office at the Embassy
Address: Mauerstrasse 10, 10117 Berlin – Mitte
Telephone: +4930 206 48 935; +4930 206 48 936
Office hours: Mo, Tue, Thu, Fri, 09.00 - 12.00 h; Wed, 14.00 - 16.00 h
Information by telephone: Mo, Tue, Thu, 14.00 - 15.30 h
Emergency telephone: +49 176 122 99 190
Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Munich
Address: Walhallastraße 7, 80639 München
Telephone: +4989 171 176 14; +4989 171 176 15
Fax: +4989 155 006
Out-of-hours hotline: +49 172 888 10 56
Office hours: 09:30 - 12:30 (Mo, Tue, Thu, Fr) 14:00 - 16:30 (Wed)
Consular Office, consular district Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg
Telephone: +4989 155 028
Office hours: Mo, Tue, Thu, Fri, 09.30-12.30; Wed, 14.00 - 16.30 h
Information by telephone (consular affairs): Mo, Tue, Thu, Fri, 14.00 - 15.30 h
Automatic telephone information: any time at +490 89 17117617
Emergency telephone in non-working days: +490 172 888 10 57
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sofia
Address: 25, Frédéric Joliot-Curie Str.
Opening hours: Mo - Thu, 8.15 - 11.30 h; Fri, 8.15 - 10.30 h
Telephone: +359 2 963 41 01
Fax: +359 2 963 41 17
Honorary Consul of Germany in Bulgaria
4000 Plovdiv, 7, rue Saborna
Tél./Fax: +359 32 650 454
9000 Varna, 54, blvd Osmi Primorski polk, ét. 2
Tél.: +359 52 693 693
Fax: +359 52 693 694
E-mail: : firstname.lastname@example.org
Crime and security
Criminality in Germany is within the limits of the normal statistical values. This does not exclude the possibility of street robbery (perpetrators are usually foreign citizens) and frauds.
Violation against foreign citizens are not isolated cases in the recent years, especially in the Eastern part of the country.
Remember, that in Germany you should observe the local laws and habits. During your stay there, you are under their jurisdiction. We recommend to get acquainted with the laws in advance and obey them. Punishment for breaking the law could be much more sever than this imposed in Bulgaria, for same offences.
You can find information about the customs requirements HERE.
Travelers to Germany must abide by the laws of the country. Additional information is available with the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany in Sofia or HERE.
If you travel by car, you have to pay particular care to cyclists while driving in towns, as they are actively participating in the traffic.
Pedestrians have to observe the priority of the cyclists in the lanes specially marked for them on the pedestrian paths (usually marked in red).
Do your best to get acquainted with the local traffic rules. Many countries impose heavy fines for offence of the traffic rules. Fines are paid at the place of offence regardless whether you are local or foreigner.
The European Health Insurance Card gives the opportunity of using medical aid in case of emergency available to all Bulgarian citizens with uninterrupted health insurance rights in the EU countries, European Economic Area and Switzerland. Information about the rights ensured by the European Health Insurance Card, the countries where it is valid, and the procedure for its issuing can be found HERE.
Avalanches are possible in the high mountain areas of the Alps.
Travel papers and visas
Bulgarian citizens travel to Germany with passport, ID card, temporary passport or sailor’s passport of a crew member sailing on the Danube River.
When entering Germany, the requirements of a country from the Schengen Area shall apply.
As of January 1st 2007the citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria can enter and stay in the territory of other EU member state, including the Federal Republic of Germany for a period of 90 days without any conditions and formalities.
In case of period of stay longer than 90 days the administrative formalities require registration of such citizens by the relevant authorities that issue an actual registration certificate containing the name and address of the registered person and the date of registration. Failure to observe the registration requirement could lead to imposing of administrative fines to the person in question. The person staying for more than 90 days shall present valid ID or valid passport, confirmation for employment from the employer or employment certificate, or evidence of self employed person, evidence of enrollment in accredited educational institution, as well as full health insurance.
In case for any reason you are arrested by the local authorities you should demand a contact with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria. A consular officer will get in contact with you as soon as possible.
We advise you to conclude a contract for health, tourist, travel or other type of insurance in advance.
In case of death of Bulgarian citizen in Germany, the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria will render assistance and help in arranging the formalities.
You can receive direct financial aid by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria only if your relatives or close persons deposit the needed money in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Financial and Economic Affairs Directorate.
In case your identity documents, money, travel tickets, etc. have been stolen, you should immediately notify the nearest Police Department in Germany, personally and in writing, and demand the record ascertaining the incident. Contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to apply for receiving the documents necessary to continue your travel or return home.
Certifications and legalisations
Public document executed in Germany will be recognized in Bulgaria and Bulgarian public document will be recognized in Germany after being translated and Apostilled according to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents signed in Hague on 5th of October 1961, to which Bulgaria and Germany are parties. The document should be translated by sworn translator and his signature authenticated or by authorized company in Bulgaria, and the translator’s signature authenticated by the Directorate of Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Sofia, 2, Alfred Nobel Str.).
In Bulgaria Apostille is affixed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice, and in Germany by the governments of the relative states.
Each Bulgarian citizen staying in the country may apply before the Embassy for issuing of passport, ID card and temporary passport.
For issuing of first ID card, presenting of Birth Certificate is compulsory. In case the ID card and/ or passport have been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed the police document ascertaining the incidence should be presented.
For issuing of temporary passport of children born abroad it is necessary to present the local birth certificate with apostille of the child and both parents to be present. For issuing of temporary passport for returning to Bulgaria in case of lost/ stolen documents the police record declaring the incident (theft, robbery, forcedly taking away) should be presented.
The competent German civic status offices send to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria the certificates of birth, marriage and death of Bulgarian citizens executed in Germany. Civic status certificates received through official channels are sent by the Consular Office to the competent Bulgarian civic status offices for enrolling in the Bulgarian registries.
It is possible that the person after obtaining the relative local certificate of civic status with apostille presents it personally to the consulate office after translation and certification as per the established order, to be resent to the municipality of permanent residence for registering of birth, marriage before registrar or death.
When the concerned person is able and wishes to make the registration personally or through authorized person, he/ she should present the relevant certification document with apostille, translated and authenticated according to the established order to the relevant municipality in Bulgaria.
- For birth of a child, the document shall be presented to the municipality of the mother’s permanent address of residence or if the mother is a foreigner, the document shall be presented to the municipality of the permanent address of the father;
- For marriage before the registrar the document shall be presented to the local authorities where the permanent address of residence of the husband is or if he is a foreigner the document shall be presented to the municipality where the permanent address of the wife is.
- For death, the document shall be presented to the local authorities where the permanent address of the deceased was.