Last update 09 May 2019Diplomatic missions
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The Kingdom of Spain
diplomatic representations of the republic of bulgaria to the kingdom of spain
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Madrid, The Kingdom of Spain
Address: Embajada de Bulgaria, Travesía de Santa María Magdalena 15, 28016 Madrid
Telephone: +34 913 455 761; +34 913 456 651; +34 913 597 611
Out-of-hours hotlines: + 34 913 455 761; + 34 913 456 651
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 09.00 - 17.00h
Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Valencia, Kingdom of Spain
Address: Consulado General de la República de Bulgaria, c./ Antonio Suárez, 48; 46021 Valencia, España
Telephones: 0034 963 690 921;
Fax: 0034 963 891 357
Out-of-hours hotline: 0034 630 168 018
Office hours: Mon – Thu, 9.00 – 17.00
For citizens Mon – Thu, 9.00 – 12.30
Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in Sofia
Address: 27, Sheinovo St., 1504 Sofia, P.O.Box 381
Telephone: +359 2 943 36 20; +359 2 943 30 32; +359 2 943 30 34; +359 2 946 12 09
Fax: +359 2 946 12 01; +3592 946 34 68
Office hours: Mon - Thu, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Honorary Consul of Spain in Bulgaria
9000 Varna, 180, boul. Slivnitsa
Tél.: +359 52 91 62 28
Fax: +359 52 73 14 65
Crime and security
Criminality rate: average for EU.
Caution is advised especially in central urban areas, around airports, railway stations and bus stations, large department stores, as well as in public transport vehicles and some other places where money pick pocketing and documents snatching predominate.
EU member-state. Local legislation is harmonised to a major extent with European acquis, with no outstanding specifics.
Special attention should be paid to road traffic rules and parking. Any offence results in a fine that has to be duly paid otherwise the vehicle is apprehended.
Level of healthcare: very high.
No special vaccinations are required.
Travel documents and visas
Valid identity card or passport.
No visa is required to travel to Spain.
Travellers should have a valid identity document, tickets and insurances as well as to obtain a European health insurance card.
Certifications and legalisations
Documents issued by foreign state institutions as well as documents issued by Bulgarian institutions require a translation and an “Apostille”, in order to have them recognised by, respectively, the Bulgarian and the foreign state, as stipulated in the Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation of foreign public documents, drawn up in the Hague on 5 Oct 1961. Both Bulgaria and Spain are signatories to the Convention. The translation has to be done by a sworn translator and the translator’s signature certified.
In Bulgaria an “Apostille” is placed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Justice while in Spain – by the Supreme Court of each autonomous region.
Identity documents issuance
Any Bulgarian citizen staying in the country may file an application with the Embassy to have a passport, identity card or a temporary passport issued.
For having the first identity card issued, it is necessary to submit the birth certificate. Should an identity card/passport be lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, a police issued document evidencing such circumstances has to be provided.
For having a temporary passport issued to a child born abroad, it is necessary to submit the local birth certificate certified by an “Apostille” and the presence of both parents. For having a temporary passport issued for the purpose of returning to Bulgaria when identity documents are lost/stolen, it is necessary to submit a police report evidencing the circumstances (theft, robbery, forcible seizure, etc.).
The primary civil status certificate is issued by the competent local authorities (Civil Register - Registro Civil, with the respective municipality); the respective registration deadlines must be complied with, giving particular attention to the one-month registration time for a newborn child.
After acquiring the respective local civil status document, such document is submitted to the Consular office following the established procedure – bearing an “Apostille”, in case the interested parties are not able to perform in any other way the registration of a birth, a civil marriage entered in front of the local authorities or a death.
When the interested party can and wishes to make the registration in person or via an authorised party, the respective document issued, translated and certified under the established procedure – bearing an “Apostille”, is submitted to the respective Bulgarian municipality, the later being:
- for child birth: as per the mother’s permanent address; if the mother is a foreign citizen: as per the father’s permanent address;
- for a civil marriage entered in front of the local authorities: as per the husband’s permanent address; if the husband is a foreign citizen: as per the wife’s permanent address;
- for a death: as per the deceased permanent address.