Last update 13 March 2020Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of the Philippines
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in the capital city of Manila. Servicing embassy is the one in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Hanoi
Address: №5 Nui Truc str., Van Phuc Hanoi, P.O.Box 10
Tel.: +844 3845 2908
Fax: +844 3846 0856
Official hours of the Consular Office: Mon - Fri, 9.00 -12.00 h
Е-mail: [email protected]
The Enbassy of the Philippines in Budapest is accredited to Bulgaria.
Honorary Consul of Philippines in Bulgaria
1421 Sofia, 46, rue Tchervena stena
Tél.: +359 2 963 50 25
Fax: +359 2 986 92 15
E-mail: [email protected]
Crime and security
Since 2010, following an inspection carried out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation in 2009, all Philippine airlines have been defined as insufficiently safe as per the European standards.
In general, it is recommended that tourists exercise a high degree of caution regarding their personal security everywhere in the country. The risk of street assaults and terrorism remains high. In the last years new bomb explosions have been recorded with high death toll. Places where lots of people gather like bars, discos, night clubs and markets are to be avoided. The risk of terrorist attacks remains high at airports, bus terminals and places frequented by tourists.
Trips round the country should be made only in groups with a reliable local guide.
Drug possession of even small amounts (5 grams) may end you up in life imprisonment. Sexual crimes specifically against children are severely punished.
The local currency unit is the Philippine peso.
Euros can be exchanged in the country. It is advisable to use credit cards as well as US dollars in cash.
Import and export of up to 10,000 Philippine pesos and USD 10,000 is allowed. Goods intended for personal use, including up to 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250 gr of tobacco and two 1-litre bottles of alcohol can be brought in the country duty-free.
Possession of even the smallest amount of drugs is severely punished by local laws. The import of illegal CDs and DVDs is also penalised as is the import of night vision devices, weapons, parts of weapons and ammunition.
The general condition of the medical establishments does not meet the European standards. All year round in Manila and during the rainy season in the other parts of the country there is a threat of outbreaks of malaria transmitted by mosquitoes.
Travel papers and visas
Starting August 1st, 2013, Bulgarian citizens are now allowed a 30-day visa-free stay in the Philippines.
In order to benefit from the visa-free regime, Bulgarian citizens wishing to travel to the Philippines must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity beyond the planned date of departure from the Philippines and a return ticket to Bulgaria or another country they intend to visit.
There are no requirements for specific vaccinations.
Up-to-date information on these issues can be obtained from the National Centre on Contagious and Parasitic Diseases on telephone: +3592 944-69-99/extension 221.
Maintenance of good personal hygiene, frequent hand washing.
Cautious consumption of fresh fruit and salads.
Drinking tap water is not advisable.
Certification and Legalisation
In order to be recognised by the Bulgarian authorities, documents issued by Philippine authorities to Bulgarian citizens should be stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines which is then certified by the Embassy of the Philippines in Budapest. In order to be recognised by the respective Philippine authorities, any documents issued by the Bulgarian authorities to Philippine citizens must be stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and certified by the Embassy of the Philippines in Budapest.