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The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in New Zealand. The Bulgarian embassy in Canberra, Australia has been accredited for New Zealand.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Australia   
Address: 29 Pindary Crescent str, O’Malley, Canberra, ACT 2606
P.O.Box: 6096 Mawson, ACT 2607, Canberra, Australia
Telephone: +6102 62869711; +6102 62869700
Fax: + 6102 62869600
Office hours: 09.00 – 17.30 h
E-Mail: [email protected]  
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/australia

Embassy of New Zealand in Belgium (accredited for Bulgaria)
Address: Square De Meeûs 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 512 1040
Fax: +32 2 513 4856
E-mail: [email protected] 
Website: www.nzembassy.com/belgium

General information

general information

Local currency
New Zealanddollar (NZD)
According to the latest official information:
1 NZD = 0.57 EUR
1 NZD = 0.77 USD

Criminality rate and security
The level of crime in New Zealand is relatively low.
The main threats come from natural disasters like earthquakes etc.

Legislation specifics
New Zealandlegislation is built upon the so-called Common Law system, developed in the UK as well. The main difference between this and the civil law, applied in the rest of Europe, is that judges decide on cases based on previous similar cases (precedence).

Road traffic
Right-hand drive.

Healthcare
The Healthcare system is relatively highly-developed. 

Climate
The climate in New Zealand is mainly moderate. It is sub-tropical in the summer in the North.  In the winter the temperature could fall below -10C in the highest parts of the Southern Island, but everywhere else in the country temperatures are mild, going lower as you move south. The sharp change of the weather is typical for the country – you could see all the four seasons within a single day.

Travel papers and visas

To travel to New Zealand, you need to have a passport, valid for at least three months past the date you are to leave New Zealand.

Bulgarian citizens who travel to New Zealand short-term (up to 90 days) do not need visas. Their passports need to be valid for at least three months past the date they are to leave New Zealand.

Bulgarian citizens who travel to New Zealand need to be informed that in case they pass in transit through Australia, they need an Australian visa, even if they never get off the plane.

When travelling to New Zealand for more than 90 days Bulgarian citzens should send their applications for  visas to  the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in London. The VAC will charge a VAC visa service fee of 24 pounds per application. The VAC visa application fee should be submitted with each application along with the relevant visa application fee.

ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE LODGED IN PERSON OR BY MAIL TO:

New Zealand Visa Application Centre
TT Visa Services Ltd
2nd Floor
Mimet House
5A Pread Street
London, W2 1NJ
UNITED KINGDOM

Phone : +44 207262 0489
Fax: + 44 20 7262 2316
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.ttsnzvisa.com

Opening Hours
Office hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00
Call centre hours:Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00

All fees are to be paid in UK pounds.Please refer to the TTS website, www.ttsnzvisa.com for details about payment methods.

For information on New Zealand visas please visit www.immigration.govt.nz

Practical advice

There are severe fines for breaching the Highway Code, no matter if you are local or a foreign citizen.

Competitive service

Certifications and Legalisations

The Bulgarian Embassy in Canberra performs standard certification of copies of documents or signatures, as well as of the contents of documents written in Bulgarian, which are to be used in front of the relevant authorities in Bulgaria. Wills can be prepared as well only after a preliminary appointment. The Embassy also verifies the signatures of the sworn translators of the Embassy.

Issuing of ID documents

At the Bulgarian Embassy in Canberra documents are processed for the issue of temporary passports, personal ID cards and Driving Licences. The technology for issuing new biometric passports is not installed in the Embassy.

When applying for a temporary passport or ID card of under-aged children, signatures of both parents are required or a signature of one of the parents and a Power of Attorney from the other one or a Court Decision about the parental rights.

Civil status

For a document issued in New Zealand to be recognised in Bulgaria, it needs to be legalised with an ‘Apostille’ as per the Hague Convention of 1961 for abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents.

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