Last update 13 February 2019Diplomatic missions
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Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ireland
Address: 22 Burlington Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Telephone: +353 01 660 32 93, 01 660 30 22
Fax: +353 01 660 3915
Out-of-hours hotline for emergency cases: + 353 86 8167497
Telephone: +353 01660 32 93, +353 01 660 3022
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 09.00 - 13.00 h (with appointment in advance)
Embassy of Ireland in Sofia
Address: 1000 Sofia, 26-30 “Bacho Kiro” str.
Telephone: +359 2 985 34 25
Fax: +359 2 983 33 02
Crime and security
Crime rate in Ireland requires no special personal safety measures. Please be alert if you visit the big cities. There is a risk of petty theft in the areas of rail and bus stations, or shopping malls.
Follow the rules of the road and speed limits in particular. Ireland has left-hand traffic.
In Ireland there is no increased risk of any infectious diseases and no special precautions or vaccinations are required. Health insurance is mandatory, to cover medical emergencies, and a European health card is required.
There are no areas on the territory of Ireland with increased risk of natural disasters.
Travel papers and visas
From 1 January 2007, Bulgarian nationals are citizens of the European Union and as such have the right of residence in another Member State for up to 90 days without any conditions or formalities other than the requirement to hold a valid identity card or passport. These provisions also apply to family members who are not nationals of a Member State, accompanying or joining a Union citizen and holding a valid passport and residence card of a family member of an EU citizen.
On arrival in Ireland, people need to take out a PPS number from the social services. For this purpose, it is necessary to present the address where the person resides and a valid identity document.
All EU citizens have the right to reside in another Member State for a period of over 90 days, provided that they:
- Are workers or self-employed in the host Member State, or;
- Are enrolled in a private or public school, accredited or financed by the host Member State on the basis of its legislation or administrative practice, with the main purpose of a taking a course of study or vocational training;
- Have comprehensive sickness insurance in the host Member State and assure the relevant national authorities, by declaration or other equivalent means of their choice that they have sufficient resources for themselves and their family members, in order not to be a burden on the social assistance system of the host Member State during their period of residence, or;
- Are family members accompanying or joining a Union citizen who satisfies the above conditions.
European Health Insurance Card
The European Health Insurance Card allows use of the right to medical care, which are all citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria with continuous health rights have for the entire European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland. Information on the rights provided by the EHIC, countries where it is valid, and arrangements for its issue, may be obtained HERE.
Information for Bulgarian nationals wishing to work in Ireland
In 2006, Ireland imposed temporary restrictions on the access of Bulgaria and Romania to the labour market, which in 2008 were extended, together with the UK. The restrictions do not apply to self-employed people. In 2009, Ireland made some improvements and refinements in the existing legal framework governing work permits for Bulgarian citizens. The requirement for work permits for Bulgarian graduates in Ireland was dropped and permits requirements were relieved for Bulgarians who live and work in Ireland since before January 1, 2007. Work permits are issued by Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation - for more information see HERE.
All labour restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens have been abolished with a decision of the Irish Government from 17.07.2012. Now they can exercise all the rights and privileges of the European workers in the European Economic Area.
Finished documents are to be received from the Consulate between 16:00 and 17:00.
Finished documents can be sent by post if the bearer has brought a pre-addressed, postage paid envelope.
Emergency Telephone number - 112/999.
Certification and Legalisation
Documents (proxies, declarations, etc.) are notarised within 5 working days. For faster processing, extra charge needs to be paid.
Issuance of Bulgarian identity documents
The Embassy of Bulgaria in Dublin is not issuing passports, due to lack of equipment for the collection of biometric data.
Since March 3, 2010, the Embassy of Bulgaria in Dublin is not concluding marriages, as Ireland does not recognise marriages entered into on the territory of foreign embassies.