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Last update 15 November 2018Diplomatic missions

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Republic of Kazakhstan

 

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana, the Republic of Kazakhstan
Address: 11 “Imanov” str., Business Centre “Nursaulet”, fl. 5, Astana, 010000, Kazakhstan
Telephone: +7 7172 90 15 15
Fax: +7 7172 90 18 19
Out-of-hours hotline: + 7 7 789717882
Office hours: Mon - Thu, 10.00 - 12.00 h.
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/kazakhstan
 

Commercial and Economic Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Republic of Kazakhstan
050060, Almaty
59/2Zenkova str, office 140
tel.: +7 701 739 84 18
e-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Republic of Bulgaria
Address: Sofia, 38 “Galicica” str.
Telephone: +359 2 862 41 52, +359 2 862 41 55
Fax: +359 2 862 41 70
Office hours: 09.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 18.00 h.
Consulate
Telephone: +359 2 862 41 64
Working hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday):
Acceptance of documents: 10.00 - 12.00 h.
Issuance of documents: 15.00 - 16.30 h.
E-mail: [email protected]

Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Bulgaria

Ivan IVANOV

Varna, boul. Hristo Botev, 3

Tél.: +359 52 606-803

Tél./Fax: +359 52 606-804

E-mail: [email protected]

 

 

 

General information

general information

Local currency

Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT)

Crime and security

Overall situation in the country is relatively calm. Caution should be exercised when using taxis, which do not have characteristic markings. While travelling through the country, please keep in mind: move during daytime, stop in security parking lots close to or within settlements, strictly observe traffic rules. Currency should be exchanged only at designated exchange bureaus or banks.

Customs requirements

Under the Customs Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, it is permitted to import up to USD 3,000 without declaration. For larger amounts, the completion of a customs declaration and a bank certificate is required.

Road traffic

Make every effort to familiarise yourself with local traffic rules. Heavy fines are imposed in the Republic of Kazakhstan for violation of traffic rules, which under traffic laws are to be paid after a heavy course of judicial proceedings, irrespective of whether the offender is a local or a foreign national. Make sure that the duration of your driving license has not expired and that it is valid for Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

We recommend that you obtain an international driving license, to use in Kazakhstan.

Winter is not recommended for travel along the national road network, including highways.

Healthcare

No special vaccinations are required when entering the country.

According to unofficial data, however, there are some infectious diseases in the country, especially around water basins during hot summer days.

Climate

In the mountainous regions of the country, there is a danger of avalanches in winter and during spring and autumn when heavy rains fall and snow melts – there is a danger of landslides.

Travel papers and visas

Valid passport.

From 1 January 2000, there is a visa regime with the Republic of Kazakhstan. When travelling to Kazakhstan, you need a valid passport and visa.

Registration is required when staying in the country for more than 120 hours.

As of 01 June 2009, as decided by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Bulgarian citizens can obtain a visa without an invitation or other supporting, the only requirement being a visa application.

The following categories of visas are issued:

  • Single-entry business visa for up to 30 days;
  • Single-entry private visa for up to 30 days;
  • Single-entry tourist visa for up to 30 days;
  • Double-entry tourist visa for up to 60 days.

 

Bulgarian citizens entering in Kazakhstan through the 2 international airports in the country (Astana and Almaty) are exempt from registering with the migration authorities, as attested by the stamping of two (not one, as is common practice) stamps in the migration card by border police upon entry. Failure to display two stamps on the migration card when leaving the country may lead foreigners to a number of complications, including inability to board their plane, payment of fine determined at the sole discretion of immigration police and obtaining permission to leave the country.

Bulgaria is included in the list of countries whose nationals can also visit border regions of Isakkulska, Talaska and Shuyska area of the Kyrgyz Republic with a Kazakhstani tourist visa. Similarly, Bulgarian citizens possessing Kyrgyz tourist visas may visit Almatinska and Zhambilska region of Kazakhstan.

From 07.02.2009, Kyrgyzstan has facilitated the procedure of issuing visas to citizens of the Republic Bulgaria at the airport in Bishkek or at all consular offices of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan abroad without an invitation for a period of one month and with no obligation to register with the authorities of the Ministry of Interior.

From 27.02.2009, Tajikistan has also provided similar facilities when issuing visas to citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria at the airport in Dushanbe and in all its consular offices.

An Agreement for visa-free travel between Bulgaria and the Republic of Kazakhstan for holders of diplomatic and service passports is in force from May 14, 2010.

According to Kazakh legislation, prior employment authorisation is required for entry of a foreigner in the Republic of Kazakhstan to pursue employment. Employed foreigners who are in violation of local requirements are subject to extradition by forces of the Ministry of Interior.

Practical advice

Remember that during your stay in the Republic of Kazakhstan (resp. the Republic of Kyrgyzstan), you should abide by local laws and customs. During your stay there, you fall under their jurisdiction. We recommend that you inquire about them in advance and follow them closely. Penalties for breaking the law can be more stringent than those in Bulgaria for the same offenses.

Pay special attention and obey the rules for the possession and consumption of alcohol and psychotropic substances. In Kazakhstan people are not allowed to drive even after the consumption of alcohol in very small quantities.

Place all medications in their original packaging and check if some of them are not considered illegal drugs in Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan. If you use such substances, carry a copy of the prescription, confirming this fact.

Avoid carrying the belongings of other people when crossing a border.

If for any reason you are arrested by local authorities, require that you are provided contact with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria. A consular officer will contact you as soon as possible.

We advise that you obtain a contract for health, tourism, travel or other insurance in advance.

In case of death of Bulgarian citizens in the Republic of Kazakhstan (resp. Kyrgyzstan), the diplomatic representation of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana will provide assistance and support to arrange the formalities.

Direct financial assistance may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria only if your relatives or close people deposit the required amount in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate “Financial and Economic Activities.”

In case of theft of your personal documents, money, travel tickets, etc. immediately notify both in person and in writing the nearest police station and request a copy of the protocol establishing the event. Contact the diplomatic representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to make arrangements for obtaining the necessary documents to continue your journey or return to Bulgaria.

Upon arrival in the Republic of Kazakhstan (resp. Kyrgyzstan), it is advisable (though not strictly necessary) to register with the Bulgarian Embassy in Astana. This would facilitate contact with you in an emergency or as necessary.

Before leaving the Republic of Bulgaria, write down the address and telephone numbers of the diplomatic representation of the Republic of Bulgaria. Administration of the hotels where you are staying, the tour operators and local police, if necessary, need to have these data.

For your convenience, you can find the address, telephone and fax numbers of the “Consular Relations” Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sofia on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - www.mfa.bg.

Detailed information and tips for air travellers and security requirements in this regard can be found on the website of Sofia Airport.

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Certification and Legalisation

The Bulgarian diplomatic representation in Astana confirms the date, contents and signatures on private documents that are not subject to registration and are presented by Bulgarian or foreign citizens, confirms the correctness of copies and extracts of documents submitted by Bulgarian citizens and composes notarial wills of Bulgarian citizens. Verification of the date, contents and signature of a private document that is not subject to registration and is submitted by a foreign person shall be made only if the document is intended to have effect in the Republic of Bulgaria and is prepared in Bulgarian.

The Consulate does not draw notarial deeds or certify other private documents subject to registration (e.g., statements of claim, contract for sale of vehicles, etc.).

The Consulate at the Embassy of Bulgaria in Astana does not perform validation of translations in the Bulgarian language of public documents issued by the authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Under the existing contractual and legal base, public documents issued by the authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan do not need to be legalised with an “Apostille” of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan and do not require certification by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana, in order to be used in Bulgaria!

Most Bulgarian institutions, however, only accept a document with an “Apostille” which must also be translated into Bulgarian. The diplomatic representation of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana does not endorse translations of Kazakhstan (resp. Kyrgyzstan) documents, so this should be made by the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bulgaria. Please note that translation the Kazakh (resp. Kyrgyz) document can be made only by a sworn translator working for a licensed translation company.

Issuance of Bulgarian identity documents

The diplomatic representation is temporarily not issuing identity cards, driving licenses or passports. The diplomatic representation of Bulgaria in Astana can only issue a temporary passport valid for 12 months.

Civil status

  • Registration in the Republic of Bulgaria of children of Bulgarian citizen(-s) born in the Republic of Kazakhstan

Citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria who are abroad are obliged within six months after the issuance of a birth certificate of their child by a local authority, to provide or send to the Bulgarian foreign representation in the respective country, a certified copy or extract from the document, along with the application stating their permanent address in Bulgaria.

Citizens may also provide directly to the relevant Bulgarian municipality the legalised birth certificate, with a certified Bulgarian translation done by a translation company that has a contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. The signature of the Bulgarian translator is validated in the “Consular Relations” Directorate at the MFA (Sofia, 2 “Alfred Nobel” str.).

The municipality where the birth of the child is to be registered, is the municipality of domicile of the mother, and if she is not a Bulgarian citizen - the municipality of domicile of the father.

  • Registration in Bulgaria of marriage of Bulgarian citizens made abroad

Citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria who are abroad are obliged within six months after the issuance of a marriage certificate by a civil status local authority, to provide or send to the Bulgarian foreign representation in the respective country, a certified copy or extract from the document, along with the application stating their permanent address in Bulgaria.

Citizens may also provide directly to the relevant Bulgarian municipality the legalised marriage certificate, with a certified Bulgarian translation done by a translation company that has a contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. The signature of the Bulgarian translator is validated in the “Consular Relations” Directorate at the MFA (Sofia, 2 “Alfred Nobel” str.).

The municipality where the marriage made abroad is to be registered, is the municipality of domicile of the spouse, who is a Bulgarian citizen; if both spouses are Bulgarian citizens - the municipality of domicile of the spouse.

  • Registration in Bulgaria of death of Bulgarian national occurring abroad

Death of a Bulgarian citizen, occurring abroad is to be registered in the municipality of permanent address in Bulgaria.

For this purpose, the original death certificate or certified copy of the document issued by a local civil status authority should be sent within six months after issuance to the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representation of the Republic of Bulgaria in the respective country, a certified copy or extract from the document, along with an application, stating the domicile of the deceased citizen in Bulgaria.

Relatives of the deceased may also provide directly to the relevant Bulgarian municipality the legalised death certificate, with a certified Bulgarian translation done by a translation company that has a contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. The signature of the Bulgarian translator is validated in the “Consular Relations” Directorate at the MFA (Sofia, 2 “Alfred Nobel” str.).

Bulgarian diplomatic and consular representations abroad do not fund or carry out the preparation or transportation of the deceased. In case of death, relatives of the deceased Bulgarian citizen should contact a funeral home / agency in the country of residence, to obtain information about services and transportation of the deceased abroad. Please note that in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, cremation is not performed for religious reasons.

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