Last update 04 February 2019Diplomatic missions
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Republic of Korea
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Korea
Address: 723-42, Hannam 2-dong, Yongsan-ku, Seoul, 140-894, Republic of Korea
Telephone: +82 2 794 8625, +82 2 794 8626
Fax: +82 2 794 8627
Out-of-hours hotline: + 82 10 3549 8625
Telephone: +82 2 794 8625, +82 2 794 8626
Fax: +82 2 794 8627
Office hours: 09.00 - 17.30 h
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/korea
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of Bulgaria
Address: 1040 Sofia, 36 “Dragan Tsankov” Blvd., “INTERPRED”, bl. A, 7th floor
Telephone: +359 2 971 21 81, +359 2 971 25 36
Fax: +359 2 971 33 88
Hours: 09:00 to 12:00 a.m., 13:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of Bulgaria
8000 Bourgas, residence « Lazouren bryag », bureau № 213
Tél.: +359 888 580 220
9000 Varna, 6 rue Sofia, ét. 3, bureau №3
Tél.: +359 888 202 808
South Korean Won (KRW)
Crime and security
South Koreais one of the safest countries in Asia. Crime rate in the country is low, but the usual security measures should be taken.
Tourist visits to existing military bases in the country and other special purpose sites are prohibited. It is recommended that those wishing to visit the demilitarized zone along the border with North Korea join an organized tour group.
A customs declaration should be completed only in case of import or export of items subject to declaration.
It is mandatory to declare imports and exports of currency worth more than USD 10,000 and personal property and items worth over USD 400.
Duty free import of 10 packs (one box) of cigarettes, one litre of alcohol, perfume no more than two ounces (56.6 g) is permitted.
The import and export all kinds of pornographic and other such materials that may violate public order and safety is prohibited, as well as materials related to confidential government information or intelligence, false coins, banknotes, stocks and other commercial instruments, products of animal or vegetable origin, cool or firearms and ammunition, protected species and products thereof (including sturgeon caviar, corals, etc.), any types of illegal or medical drugs (without proper permission) containing narcotic constituents, etc.
This list is not comprehensive enough and travellers should be address the Korean Customs authorities if uncertain about any objects or items they carry.
Due to heavy traffic and specific labelling system for streets in urban areas, caution is advised when driving alone.
There are no communicable diseases in the Republic of Korea requiring mandatory pre-vaccination.
A special quarantine form must be completed if the foreigner is coming from a country where cases of cholera, yellow fever, plague, SARS, etc have been recorded.
A medical insurance when entering the country for short stays is not necessary.
It should be borne in mind that no treaty or agreement for cooperation in health and all medical services has been signed between Korea and the Republic of Bulgaria and all medical expenses are to be paid personally by the patient, which requires considerable financial resources.
Travel papers and visas
An intergovernmental agreement abolishing visa requirements vetween Bulgaria and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) is in force since August 13, 1994, under which Bulgarian citizens holders of a valid passport can enter and stay for a short term (up to 90 days) in this country, provided that their stay is not for the purposes of engaging in any gainful or paid activity.
When entering the Republic of Korea, a standard information sheet must be completed in English or Russian. It consists of two parts: “arrivals” and “departures”, and the second part is to be returned to the Korean border authorities when leaving the country.
From 2012, biometric data are collected from travellers at the border of Korea, with the exception of children under 17 years of age or persons travelling with a diplomatic or service passports.
For this purpose, Bulgarian citizens visiting the Republic of Korea must know the locality and the address where they will reside or the name of the hotel, where they will be staying, in order to fill in the form.
For short stays, compulsory registration with the Korean immigration authorities is not required.
Bulgarian citizens who intend to stay more than 90 days or wish to pursue any kind of gainful or paid activity, must first obtain a visa (there are 31 types of visas) from a diplomatic or consular representation of South Korea.
Due to changes in the legislation of the Republic of Korea, foreign nationals, holders of seaman’s passports cannot enter and reside in the Republic of Korea without an international passport.
In this regard, the provisions of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Korea on Maritime Transport signed on 16 June 2005 in Sofia, effective November 25, 2005 concerning entry and residence on the territory Republic of Korea of Bulgarian nationals holders of seaman’s passports, are inapplicable.
According to information provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Sofia, until discrepancies between changes made in the laws of the country and its bilateral agreements on maritime transport are removed, Bulgarian citizens, holders of seaman’s passports, entering and residing in the Republic of Korea, must also hold ordinary international passports.
Additional detailed information relating to visits to the Republic of Korea can be found in English on the following web-pages:
Working in Korea
Bulgarian nationals wishing to work in South Korea or to perform any other gainful activity, are required to apply foro the appropriate type of visa before entry. Foreigners found guilty in violation of local labour laws and the current visa regime, particularly in terms of gainful employment without the necessary authorization, suffer heavy fines and the coercive administrative measure “expulsion” and prohibition of entry from 1 to 5 years or more.
Bulgarian identity documents
The Consular Office at the Embassy in Seoul has the technical capability to take biometric data and is therefore accepting applications for all types of Bulgarian identity documents - passports, identity cards, driving licenses and temporary passports.
Legalisation and Certification
Bulgaria and Korea are signatories to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents of 1961, so that documents/instruments drawn up in each of the two countries should be provided with an “Apostille” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in order to serve before the authorities of the other country.