Last update 07 April 2023Diplomatic missions
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Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.
In case of consular issues Bulgarian citizens residing in Kyrgyzstan for a short or a long period of time may approach the Consulate at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Kazakhstan.
The contacts with Kyrgyzstani authorities are maintained through the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Kazakhstan, or through the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in Ukraine, which is officially accredited for the Republic of Bulgaria.
Consulate at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan
Address: 11 “Imanov” str., Business Centre “Nursaulet”, fl. 5, Nur-Sultan, 010000
Telephone: +7 7172 90 15 19
Out-of-hours hotline:+7 701 371 07 64; +7 701 313 25 67 (emergency calls only)
Office hours: Mon – Fri, 09:00 a.m. - 05:30 p.m.
Acceptance of documents: Mon – Thu, 10:00 a.m.- 01:00 p.m.
Provision of information (phone): Mon – Thu, 02:00 p.m. - 05:00 p.m.
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: https://www.mfa.bg/en/embassies/kazakhstan
Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in Ukraine
Address: Kiev, Pechersky district, Redutny str. 19/34
Phone: +38-044-237-03-48; +38-044-237-03-47
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of Uzbekistan
Address: 100031, Tashkent, 52 "Rakatboshi" str.
Telephone: +998 71 256 48 88
Fax: +998 71 120 33 73
Е-mail: [email protected]
Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS)
*1 EUR = 99 SOM (April 2022)
Currency should be exchanged only at designated exchange bureaus or banks.
Crime and security
Overall situation in the country is relatively calm. Security measures in Kyrgyzstan have been stepped up following protests in October 2020.
Kyrgyzstan is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. The rules of the local legislation and of the EAEU are applied. According to the customs legislation it is permitted to import without a customs declaration funds and financial instruments up to the total amount of 10 thousand US dollars per person. For larger amounts it is necessary to fill in a customs declaration and to provide documents proving their origin.
The roads in Kyrgyzstan are in bad condition. While travelling through the country, please keep in mind: travel during daytime, stop in security parking lots close to or within settlements, strictly observe traffic rules. Be aware that you can get in serious trouble on the Kyrgyz roads due to a sudden, unexpected change in weather conditions, typical for this country.
Make every effort to familiarize yourself with local traffic rules. Heavy fines are imposed by the Kyrgyzstani authorities in case of traffic rules violation. Bulgarian citizens over the age of 16 can bear responsibility for a violation of traffic rules. The fine imposed for the established violation shall be paid by the infringer in a bank branch or through the national postal operator. The fine should be paid no later than 30 calendar days from the date of service of the decree imposing the fine, and in case of appeal against the decree - no later than 15 days from the date of receipt of the notice rejecting the appeal.
Make sure that your driving license has not expired and that it is valid for Kyrgyzstan. It is recommended to obtain an international driving license. In winter it is not recommended to travel along the national road network, including highways. The severe winter conditions often cause the complete temporary closure of roads/highways.
In 2022, a toll tax is expected to be introduced for certain sections of the road transport network of Kyrgyzstan.
Reference data on the permit system, customs issues, list of Kyrgyz carriers, members of the union and other useful information can be found on the website of the Association of International Road Carriers of the Kyrgyz Republic: http://airto-kr.com/.
Remember that during your stay in the Kyrgyz Republic you should comply with local laws and customs. We recommend you to familiarize yourself with them in advance and follow them closely. Penalties for breaking the law can be more stringent than those in Bulgaria for the same offenses.
Place all medications in their original packaging and check if some of them are not considered illegal drugs. If you use such substances, carry a copy of the prescription in order to confirm this fact.
Avoid carrying the belongings of other people when crossing a border.
If for any reason you are arrested by local authorities, please request to be connected with the Consular Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Nur-Sultan.
We advise you to obtain in advance a contract for health, tourism, travel or other insurance.
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 Consular Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Nur-Sultan or the nearest diplomatic mission of an EU Member State to Kyrgyzstan in order to make arrangements for obtaining the necessary documents to continue your journey or return to Bulgaria.
Before leaving the Republic of Bulgaria, write down the addresses and the telephone numbers of the Bulgarian diplomatic mission in Nur-Sultan and the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States in Kyrgyzstan.
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 - https://www.mfa.bg/.
Detailed information and tips for air travelers and security requirements in this regard can be found on the website of Sofia Airport - https://sofia-airport.eu/.
There is no data on the eventual requirement for special vaccinations when entering the country. Emergency medical care for foreigners is free. Planned medical care for foreigners is paid.
Continental climate (hot summer and cold winter; significant fluctuations in daily temperatures).
Travel papers and visas
There is a visa-free regime for Bulgarian citizens - permitted residence for a period up to 60 days. Bulgarian citizens are exempted from registration for a period of 60 days from the date of entry into the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.
In case of violation of the visa-free regime, a fine is envisaged. In these cases, in order to leave the country the person should apply for an exit visa (apply electronically through the E-visa portal on the website www.evisa.e-gov.kg).
Certification and Legalisation:
The Bulgarian Consulate in Nur-Sultan confirms the date, content 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 (for Bulgarian citizens). Verification of the date, content and signature of a private document that is not subject to registration and is submitted by a foreign citizen shall be made only if the document is intended to have effect in the Republic of Bulgaria and is composed in Bulgarian language.
The Consulate does not draw notarial deeds or certify other private documents subject to registration (e.g., statements of claim, contracts for the sale of vehicles, etc.).
The Bulgarian Consulate in Nur-Sultan does not perform validation of translations in Bulgarian language of public documents issued by the authorities of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Issuance of Bulgarian identity documents
The Bulgarian Consulate in Nur-Sultan accepts applications for a new Bulgarian identity card, international passport, driving license and temporary passport valid for up to 12 months.
Registration in the Republic of Bulgaria of children of Bulgarian citizen(-s) born in the Kyrgyz Republic - 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 personally 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 legalized 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 personally 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 legalized 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 held 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 man.
Registration in Bulgaria of death of a Bulgarian national which occurred abroad - Death of a Bulgarian citizen, which occurred abroad, is to be registered in the municipality of his/her 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 legalized 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.