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The Republic of South Africa
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Republic of South Africa
Address: 1071 Stanza Bopape Str. (formerly ‘Church street’),
0083 Hatfield, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Telephone: +27 12 342 37 20
Fax: +27 12 342 37 21
Out-of-hours hotline: +27 79 893 7336
Working hours: Mon – Fri, 08:00 – 16:30
Opening hours of the Consular Office: Mon – Fri, 09:00 – 12:00, by a preliminary scheduled appointment.
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
The Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria is accredited to Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Lesotho and Namibia.
Attention! The Consular Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria can also be contacted by any Bulgarian citizen in need, located on the territory of one of the neighbouring countries: Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia.
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Republic of South Africa
Mr. Boris Vassilev
Headquarters: Cape Town
Consular district: Cape Town
Address: 21 Meerlust Street, Table View, Cape Town, 7441
Mob. phone: +27(0)734330145
Email: [email protected]
Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Sofia, the Republic of Bulgaria
Address: 1000 Sofia, 7 Shipka St.
Telephone: + 359 2 939 50 15 - Headquarters
359 2 981 4880 - Consular Services
Working hours of the Embassy: 08:00 - 16:00
Working hours of the Consular Office: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for the submission of documents from 10.00 to 12.00. Wednesdays and Fridays for obtaining visas from 10:00 to 12:00
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 - Consular services other than visa services
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
We bring to the attention of Bulgarian citizens traveling to the Republic of South Africa the following information on measures to ensure the safety and well-being of foreign tourists implemented by the Government of South Africa:
- 2,300 tourism safety officers are deployed at 59 key tourist locations, including airports, train stations, museums, national parks, etc. Staff are trained to provide immediate assistance in the event of incidents with tourists and provide practical advice to ensure personal safety;
- an active SECURA Traveler SA mobile application worth 49 rand (with a 30-day validity period) has been introduced, which works with GPS coordinates and provides the ability to send a panic signal to the nearest police rapid response team;
- it is recommended that foreign tourists use registered legitimate tourist operators (hotels, guest houses, etc.) in which security is provided for the guests;
- the possibility of providing free shelter in a hotel to the victims of accidents, as well as access to medical care and psychological support if necessary.
Recommended vaccines and personal hygiene advice:
As a rule, vaccinations are not required, but a vaccination certificate is required when entering South Africa from some countries with a high risk of yellow fever (in Africa and South America). It must be issued at least 10 days before travel. The vaccine provides protection 10 days after administration and provides lifelong immunity. The model certificate from the country concerned must be approved by the World Health Organisation. Since 2016, travellers to or from Eritrea, Zambia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia and Tanzania do not need to have a certificate of yellow fever vaccination. To check which countries are at risk of yellow fever transmission and which countries require yellow fever vaccination click HERE.
Before travelling to South Africa, find out the phone numbers and address of the Embassy in Pretoria. During your stay in the country, it is advisable to provide the Embassy with a contact telephone/address in case of emergency or in case you need to register in the section ‘I travel to...’ on the website of the MFA.
We also recommended:
• move with caution and preferably in groups;
• avoid carrying large amounts of cash, laptops, expensive cameras, mobile phones and jewellery on the streets;
• leave money and expensive items in hotel safes;
• avoid walking in the evening;
• under no circumstances resist an attack.
The Republic of South Africa (RSA) is located in the southernmost part of the African continent. It borders Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Eswatini, with Lesotho as an enclave.
As of 23 June 2022, the restrictive measures related to pandemic COVID-19 have been lifted.
South African Rand (ZAR).
EUR 1 ≈ ZAR 19
Travel papers and visas
It is necessary to have a valid passport with a South African entry visa affixed to it. Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days after your departure date from the RSA and have at least two blank pages.
Bulgarian citizens holding regular passports wishing to enter the territory of the Republic of South Africa can obtain a visa at its Embassy in Sofia. Bulgarian citizens transiting through the RSA to a neighbouring country of the RSA must hold a transit visa. The requirement does not apply to those travelling solely for transit purposes through South Africa's international airports: O.R. Tambo - Johannesburg, Lanseria - Johannesburg, Cape Town and King Shaka - Durban. These passengers will be fingerprinted. Detailed information on the visa regime for foreigners and the requirements for issuing visas can be found at HERE.
IMPORTANT! In relation to the amendments to the South African Immigration Act, as of 01 October 2014, it is mandatory for all children under the age of 18 to present an English translated birth certificate containing the names of both parents upon entry, exit and transit into South Africa. The birth certificate or a copy of the birth certificate must be legalised with an Apostille and a certified English translation.
If the child is accompanied by only one parent, in addition to the birth certificate as described above, a notarised and legalised written consent from the missing parent for the child to travel to/out of South Africa, a copy of the missing parent's identity document and a contact telephone number must be presented. The English translation must be certified.
If the child is travelling accompanied by a third person or alone, in addition to the birth certificate, as described above, notarised and legalized declarations should be submitted - consent from both parents, a copy of their personal documents and a contact telephone number. For unaccompanied children, a letter from the person welcoming the child to South Africa with the address where the child will reside and a copy of the welcoming person's identity document must also be provided. Detailed and up-to-date information on immigration legislation can be found on the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of South Africa http://www.dha.gov.za/.
The Consular Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria is open to citizens for the submission of applications for Bulgarian identity documents, visas and certification of documents from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 12:00, by appointment.
To receive ready documents - Monday to Friday from 13:30 to 14:30, without an appointment.
For information and to make an appointment, call any weekday from 14:00-16:00 +27 12 342 3720. You can also send your requests to e-mail [email protected] . In case of emergency and urgent cases during out-of-hours, holidays and weekends, Bulgarian citizens in crisis situation can contact the Consular Office at +2779 893 7336.
Bulgarian consular officers have the authority to carry out civil registration of Bulgarian citizens.
When a child with at least one Bulgarian parent is born in South Africa, the parent must obtain an unabridged birth certificate issued by the South African Department of Home Affairs. Once the document is received, it is legalised with an Apostille by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa (DIRCO).
The birth certificate with the Apostille should be submitted to the municipality of the mother's permanent address in Bulgaria or, if the mother is not a Bulgarian citizen, to the municipality of the father's permanent address. This can be done in person, through an authorised person or through the Embassy in Pretoria.
In the event of the death of a Bulgarian citizen in South Africa, relatives should obtain an unabridged death certificate issued by the Department of Home Affairs of South Africa.
When the relatives of the deceased are in Bulgaria, the Embassy in Pretoria assists the local authorities in issuing the necessary document.
The document should be legalised with an Apostille by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa (DIRCO).
The death certificate, bearing the Apostille, shall be presented to the municipality of the permanent address in Bulgaria of the deceased Bulgarian citizen. This can be done in person — by the relatives of the deceased, or through the official channel - through the Embassy in Pretoria.
Conclusion of marriage:
South African law allows foreign nationals to marry local nationals and South African nationals to marry foreign nationals before an authorised representative of the South African Department of Home Affairs, provided certain conditions are met.
After the marriage, the Bulgarian citizen must obtain an unabridged marriage certificate issued by the Department of Home Affairs of South Africa.
The document should be legalised with an Apostille which is affixed by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa (DIRCO).
The civil marriage certificate, bearing the Apostille, is presented to the municipality of the permanent address in Bulgaria of the person who has married a citizen of the Republic of South Africa. This can be done in person or officially - through the Embassy in Pretoria.
Detailed information on local authority requirements for the above documents is available at ТУК.
Certifications and legalizations:
The Consular Service at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria has the authority to provide limited notarial services, such as certification of signature and/or content on private documents (declarations, powers of attorney) that are not subject to registration.
If the document concerns immovable property, a certification of the signature and the contents and two originals of the text of the document are required, one of which is kept in the archives of the Consular Office.
The Consular Office can perform these services only if the document is in Bulgarian and is intended to serve before the competent authorities in the Republic of Bulgaria.
The conditions of Tariff No 3 on the fees to be charged for consular services in the system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the State Fees Act shall apply with regard to the speed of the service - regular, fast or express order.
Documents issued by South African institutions are recognized in Bulgaria only when they or an annex thereto are stamped in original with an Apostille by the Consular Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa (telephone 012 351-1232). Documents issued in this way, accompanied by an Apostille, must be translated into Bulgarian. The translation is carried out by authorised translation agencies and shall be certified by the Certifications and Legalizations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria. Alternatively, it can be done by one of the sworn translators at the Embassy, with the signature of the sworn translator being certified by the Consular Office.
The Consular Office with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria does not translate documents.
Documents issued by Bulgarian institutions are recognised in South Africa only if they or an annex to them bear an original Apostille stamp. In Bulgaria, an Apostille can be issued by the Department of Certifications and Legalisations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Justice, depending on the document. The document must then be translated into English and the translation certified by the Certification and Legalisation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.