Last update 11 June 2018Diplomatic missions
Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)
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The Republic of Bulgaria recognised the independence of the Kyrgyz Republic on 15 January 1992 and the diplomatic relations were established on 20 May 1992. The two countries do not have their embassies or consular services in Sofia or Bishkek and have not accredited ambassadors. Contacts with the authorities of Kyrgyzstan are maintained through the embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of Kazakhstan
Address: str. “Saryi arka” 15, 2nd floor, Business Centre “Isker”, Astana, Kazakhstan
Telephone: +7 7172 90 15 15
Fax: +7 7172 90 18 19
Working hours: Mon to Thu, 10.00 - 12.00 h
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
In case of necessity you can ask assistance from the Embassy of Germany in Bishkek.
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bishkek
Address: Ul. Razzakowa 28, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Telephone:+996312 661 975; +996 31 905 000
Visas can be obtained at the Kyrgyz diplomatic missions. The one closest to Bulgariais in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey.
Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Republic of Turkey
Address: Lamartin caddesi, #7, Taksim, Istanbul – Turkiye
Telephone: +9021 235 67 67
Fax: +9021 235 92 93
Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Russian Federation
Address: ул. Большая Ордынка, д. 64, 119017, г. Москва, Российская Федерация
Telephone: +7 495 237 48 82
Fax: +7 495 951 60 62
Continental climate (hot summer and cold winter; considerable amplitudes of the daily temperatures).
When you travel through the territory of countries neighbouring Kyrgyzstan by road, you should obtain the respective visas in advance for one or more stays/ transits (depending on your itinerary).
When minors, who are Bulgarian citizens, travel to Kyrgyzstan unaccompanied, they need the agreement of a parent/guardian translated into Russian and certified by a notary.
Kyrgyz som (KGS)
The official currency of the country is internally convertible.
You can exchange currency only in the bigger cities. Credit cards are rarely accepted. In the capital city of Bishkek ATM machines are few. Internal cash transfers can be made through Western Union for example.
Location: Kyrgyzstan borders on the North and Northeast with Kazakhstan, on the West and Northwest with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and on Southeast and Southwest with China.
Capital city: Bishkek (earlier Frunze), around 844 000 residents (according to 2009 data).
Languages: the official languages spoken in the country are Kyrgyz (state) and Russian (official). It is not recommended to travel outside the capital city of Kyrgyzstan unaccompanied, if you cannot speak one of the two languages.
Religions: 80% of the population are Muslim Sunnis, 16% - Orthodox Christians.
During your stay in Kyrgyzstan you must carry your passport with you at any time. If you do not have your passport, the Kyrgyz militia has the right to arrest you.
The import and export of foreign currency in the country is subject to customs control – you must declare the currency you import/ export. The imported and exported amounts are limited.
The roads in Kyrgyzstan are in bad shape. We do not recommend traveling in a car, especially by night. You can get in serious trouble on the Kyrgyz roads as a result of the sudden, unexpected changes in the climatic conditions, characteristic of this country.
We recommend that you secure an international driving license in advance. Do your best to get acquainted with the local traffic rules. In many countries there are solid fines for traffic rules’ violation, payable on the spot regardless of whether you are a local or a foreign citizen.
Before your departure to Kyrgyzstan, make sure you consult with a doctor about the necessity for vaccination.
Up-to-date information about the necessary vaccines for Kyrgyzstan can be obtained from the National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases at: +359 2 944 69 99/221.
Travel papers and visas
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic disseminated a note that, as of 1 July 2008 the Kyrgyz state introduced a visa regime for the citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Taking account of the friendly bilateral relations, on 07.02.2009 simplified the procedure for obtaining a visa for the citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria. Visas are obtained on the airport of Bishkek or at any consular service of the Kyrgyz Republic abroad without the need to present an invitation for a period of one month and without the obligation to get registered with the Ministry of interior offices.
To travel to Kyrgyzstan, the Bulgarian citizens must get a visa (allows a stay in the country for up to 60 days) and possess a valid Bulgarian passport (for at least three months ahead).
Foreigners staying on the territory of Kyrgyzstan for than 60 days must register at the “Visa and registrations department” of the local militia not later than 5 days after entering the territory of the country. For shorter stays this registration is not necessary.
A permit to prolong your stay in Kyrgyzstan you can only get from the Consular section of the Ministry of foreign affairs of Kyrgyzstan where you should apply at least 10 days in advance of the date of expiry of your visa.
Do not forget that in the Kyrgyz Republic you must abide by the local laws and customs. During your stay there you will be under Kyrgyz jurisdiction. We recommend that you get acquainted with them and respect them. Punishments for law violations can be much more severe than the respective punishments in Bulgaria for the same violations.
Pay special attention to and respect the local rules on the possession and consumption of alcoholic drinks and psychotropic substances. In some countries the sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
Keep all medicines in their original packages and check whether any of them are considered illegal narcotic substances in Kyrgyzstan. If you use such substances, bring with you a copy of the medical prescription confirming the fact.
Avoid transporting items of third people across the border.
If you happen to be detained by the local authorities for some reason, demand contact with the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana. An officer from the consulate will contact you in the shortest time possible.
We advise you to conclude prior to your travel a contract for health, tourist, travel or other insurance.
In the occasion of death of a Bulgarian citizen in Kyrgyzstan, the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana will offer you assistance and help you take care of the formalities.
You can get direct financial aid from the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana, provided your relatives or friends deposit the necessary amount with the Ministry of foreign affairs, directorate Finance and Maintenance.
In the case of stolen personal documents, money, travel tickets or the like you should immediately notify in person and in writing the closest police office and demand a copy of the protocol establishing the event. Get in touch with the diplomatic mission in Astana to apply for issuing of the necessary documents to be able to continue your travel or return to Bulgaria.
It is not mandatory, but it is good to get registered at the Bulgarian embassy in Astana when arriving in Kyrgyzstan. This will make contacting you easier in the case of emergency or necessity.
Before departing from the Republic of Bulgaria or immediately after arrival write down the address and telephone numbers of the Bulgarian diplomatic mission in Astana. It is recommended that the hotel administration, the travel agent arranging your stay and the local police office have this information. For your convenience you can find the telephone number, fax number and address of the Consular Relations Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sofia for eventual references and information on the internet site of MFA.
Detailed information and advice for peoplepeople traveling by plane and the new security requirements can be read on the site of the Sofia airport.
Travel of children
We recommend that Bulgarian citizens staying in Kyrgyzstan or traveling to this destination to turn for assistance to the embassies of the European Union (EU) member states in Bishkek or the Bulgarian embassies in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in the case of extreme or extraordinary situations.
Certification and legalisation
The Bulgarian diplomatic mission in Astana shall certify the date, content and signatures on private documents submitted by Bulgarian or foreign citizens and not subject to registration, verify transcripts or abstracts of documents submitted by Bulgarian citizens and compose notary testaments for Bulgarian citizens. The certification of the date, content and signatures on private documents not subject to registration and submitted by foreign citizens shall be made only if the document will have its validity on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and was drafted in Bulgarian.
No notary acts can be composed at the consular service, neither can other documents subject to registration be certified (such as claims, vehicle sale contracts etc.).
According to the active legal agreements basis it is not obligatory for documents issued by the authorities of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan to be legalised with Apostille of the Ministry of justice of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and they do not need the certification of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana in order to be used in Bulgaria!
Most Bulgarian institutions however only accept documents with Apostille with accompanying translation in the Bulgarian language. The diplomatic mission of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana does not certify translations of Kyrgyz documents and therefore they should be done by the Consular directorate of the Ministry of foreign affairs in Bulgaria. Please have in mind that the translation of the Kyrgyz document can only be done by a sworn translator from a licensed translation company.
Issuing of Bulgarian identity documents
A temporary mission abroad cannot issue an identity card, a driving license or a passport. The diplomatic mission of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana can issue only a temporary passport with validity of up to 12 months once.
Registration in the Republic of Bulgaria of children of Bulgarian citizens born in Kyrgyzstan based on documents issued by the local authorities.
Citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria residing abroad must, within six months of having a birth certificate issued for their child by a local authority submit or send tot eh Bulgarian diplomatic mission in the respective country a certified copy or abstract from the document together with an application stating their exact permanent address in the Republic of Bulgaria.
The citizens may also submit to the respective Bulgarian municipality the legalised birth certificate together with a certified translation into the Bulgarian language, made by a translation company possessing a contract with the Ministry of foreign affairs of Bulgaria. The certification of the Bulgarian translator’s signature must be done at the Consular affairs directorate of MFA (Sofia, 2 Alfred Nobel Street).
The municipality where the birth of the child is registered shall be the municipality of the permanent address of the mother; if she is not a Bulgarian citizen, then the municipality of the permanent address of the father.
Registration in Bulgaria of marriages of Bulgarian citizens abroad
Citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria residing abroad must within six months after the issuing of a marriage certificate by a local civil status authority submit or send to the Bulgarian diplomatic mission in the respective country a certified copy or abstract from the document together with an application, stating their permanent address in Bulgaria.
The citizens may also submit the legalised marriage act directly to the respective Bulgarian municipality with a certified translation into Bulgarian, made by a translation company possessing a contract with the Ministry of foreign affairs of Bulgaria.
Registration of marriages abroad shall be made at the municipality per permanent address of the spouse who is a Bulgarian citizen. If both spouses are Bulgarian citizens, that will be the municipality per permanent address of the husband.
Registration in Bulgaria of death of Bulgarian citizens abroad.
Death of a Bulgarian citizen occurred abroad shall be registered at the municipality per permanent address of the person in Bulgaria.
For this purpose the original death certificate or a certified copy of the document issued by a local civil status authority must be submitted or sent to the consular service of the Republic of Bulgarian abroad together with an application stating their permanent address of the diseased citizen in Bulgaria.
The relatives of the diseased person may submit the legalised document directly to the respective Bulgarian municipality with a certified translation into Bulgarian, made by a Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representative or by a translation company possessing a contract with the Ministry of foreign affairs of Bulgaria. The certification of the Bulgarian translator’s signature must be done at the Consular affairs directorate of MFA (Sofia, 2 Alfred Nobel Street).
The Bulgarian diplomatic missions and consular representations do not finance and do not perform activities serving and transporting diseased people to Bulgaria. In the case of death the relatives of the person should get in contact with a funeral agency in the country of residence and get acquainted with the service and transportation abroad. Please be informed that for religious reasons in the Kyrgyz Republic the cremation service is not provided.