Last update 22 August 2018Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Diplomatic representations of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ukraine
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
Address: PO Box 01023, Kiev, Ukraine, 1, Gospitalnaya Str.
Telephone: +380 44 2354389; +380 442352202
Fax: +380 44 235 5119
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 09.00 - 18.00h
Fax: +380 442355119
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 09.00 - 12.00
Е-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/ukraine
Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Odessa, Ukraine
Address: 65062, Ukraine, Odessa, 9, Posmitnogo Str.
Telephone: +38 048 746 65 54; +38 048 746 65 58
Fax: +38 048 746 65 48
Out-of-hours hotlines:+38 098 205 18 60;
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 09.00 - 17.30 h
Telephone: +38 048 746 63 39 (Mon - Fri, 14.00 - 16.00 h)
On visa issues: Mon - Thu, 09.00 - 12.00 am
On issues of citizenship, notarial certificates, documents of Bulgarian origin, identity and more: every Friday 9.00 - 12.00 am.
Е-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/ukrainegc
Embassy of the Republic of Ukraine in Sofia
Address: 1618 Sofia, Ovcha Kupel quart., 29, Boryana Str.
Telephone: +359 2 818 68 28
Fax: +359 2 955 52 47
E-mail: [email protected]
Ukrainian Grivna (UAH)
It is mandatory to make all payment operations in the territory of Ukraine in local currency. According to the Ukrainian legislation, when exchanging a foreign currency, the foreign citizens are obliged to show their passport with the laid stamp of the border police, evidencing the exact date and time of entering the country. Currency shall be exchanged only at specially designated places.
Crime and security
Ukrainians are well-intentioned and responsive to the foreigners. Despite the recent improvement, the criminogenic situation in the country should not be underestimated.
There are no restrictions on traveling. Nevertheless, it is not recommended to the Bulgarian citizens to pass the border with the unrecognized up to now “Pridnestrovska Republic”.
Particular attention should be paid when traveling round the country. Travel mainly during the light hours of the day, stop only at guarder car parks close to residential places, and strictly observe the traffic rules.
There are heavy floods in Western Ukraine during the period of spring and autumn rains, as well as when the snow melts. There are landslides in many of the regions in the country.
Decree of the Council of Ministers of Ukraine № 2028 /01.11.1999 regulates the order of employing of foreign citizens. Work permits for foreign citizens are issued by the State Employment Center at the Ministry of Labour after receiving the relevant visa from the Ukrainian Embassy in Bulgaria or other parts of the world.
When hiring foreign citizens without permit the employer doing so shall be imposed the following penalties:
- The foreign citizen shall be immediately expelled from the country;
- The employer is imposed a fine amounting to 50 times the minimum salary.
Each person over the age of 18 passing the Ukrainian border has the right to import the goods listed below for personal use, incl. excise goods, without filling a customs declaration
- Tobacco products: 200 pieces of cigarettes or 50 pieces of cigars or 250 g tobacco;
- Alcoholic beverages: up to 1 liters hard alcohol or up to 2 liters wine.
- Food at customs value up to 50 Euro and total weight up to 2 kg, two packages of same product are not allowed;
- Other articles at customs value up to 200 Euro;
- Pieces of art, provided that you have document for possession. When leaving the country you should have a document from the competent authorities;
- Medicines in quantity necessary for personal use together with the doctor's prescription.
Travellers should fill in customs declaration in the following cases:
- Carrying goods intended for trade;
- when traveling together with domestic animal – veterinary passport is required;
- When importing or exporting of financial funds over 10 000 Euro or their equivalent in other currency you should present document certifying that the funds have been drawn from a bank account at accredited bank. When transferring financial means under the allowed limit, NO fees are due, but citizens are obliged to declare orally to the relevant customs authorities the amount of the money carried with them.
- Filling of false data in the customs declaration is subject to punishment according to the Ukrainian legislation (fine or prison).
- It is strictly forbidden to import drugs and psychotropicsubstances, toxic, radioactive and explosive devices, substances and precursors, firearms, etc. Attempts to import or export such materials are subject to punishment according to the Ukrainian legislation.
When travelling by car with foreign registration the procedure of entering/ leaving include registration of the vehicle in the computer system of the border police and laying a stamp on the passport of the driver/ owner.
According to the Ukrainian legislation, the stay of a vehicle with foreign registration in the territory of Ukraine is limited to 60 days.
After expiry of this time the owner has to register the car under the so called “temporary import” with temporary registration plates.
According to unofficial data, Ukrainians take one of the first places for number of HIV-positive people in Europe.
Travel papers and visas
When travelling to Ukraine it is necessary to have a Bulgarian passport with validity at least 6 (six) months.
Bulgarian citizens are free from the requirement of having a visa for short term travels up to 90 days within six months.
For transit travels and tourist visits in Ukraine, EU citizens are not required to have mandatory vaccinations.
When passing through the border control postone should show foreign passport with a valid visa (if required).
From 1 January 2008 Ukraine introduced a visa free regime for the citizens of Bulgaria and Romania to enter Ukraine, analogically to the regime for the citizens of the other EU countries.
Obtaining of visa and registration in the relevant territorial office of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine is mandatory for a stay longer than 90 days.
Working in Ukraine
Bulgarian nationals having signed employment contracts in Ukraine or staying in Ukraine in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Education of Ukraine and the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Bulgaria from 1994, after entering in the country with visa type “D” shall take steps before the territorial units of the State Migration Service to receive a certificate of temporary stay.
In accordance with the Ukrainian Law on Employment of the Population, foreigners, having signed their employment contracts in Ukraine, may work only in accordance with the employment permit obtained in the due order, except where it has been provided differently in the international agreements of Ukraine.
As of January 1 2013, an Employment Act is in force in Ukraine, the application of which is regulated by a Decree by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine on the “procedures for issuance, extension and withdrawal of authorizations for the employment of the labour of foreigners and stateless persons” by introducing a licensing system for the employment of foreigners by Ukrainian companies.
In terms of these documents, foreign citizens that a Ukrainian employer intends to hire must have a Type D visa to enter the country. This is issued by the diplomatic and consular missions of Ukraine. It is a single visa and gives the right to stay for 45 days.
Applicants for a Type Day visa must submit the following documents:
1) Completed and signed visa form (from diplomatic and consular missions);
2) Valid passport (with at least two free pages and valid for not more than 10 years);
3) Two photographs of size 3 x 4 cm
4) Document (bank receipt) confirming that consular fees have been paid;
5) Valid medical insurance;
6) A request by the Ukrainian employer confirming the purpose of stay of the foreigner in Ukraine.
After their arrival in Ukraine, foreign citizens should confirm their stay by making an application to Ukraine’s migration service in the relevant district, submitting the following documents for the issuance of a Certificate of temporary residence of a foreigner:
1) A completed application form;
2) Passport with the required Type D visa and a photocopy of the passport pages with personal data and visa;
3) A translation in conformity with the rules for Ukrainian language translation of the text of the passport pages with personal data;
4) Valid medical insurance;
5) A letter of request from the host Ukrainian company, institution or organization issuing the certificate;
6) A document confirming payment of state fees;
7) Four photographs of the foreigner of a size 3.5 x 4,.5 cm (on matte paper).
The documents for the issuance of the certificate should be submitted not later than 15 days before the expiry of the visa of the applicant.
The certificate of temporary residence permit is valid for one year with an option to extend for one year. Documents to extend the validity must be submitted to the migration service of Ukraine in the relevant district no later than 15 days before the expiry of its validity.
On expiry of the validity of the certificate, the holder is required within seven days to terminate their residence registration and leave the country.
Certification and legalisation
According to the actual agreement for legal aid between Bulgaria and Ukraine there is no necessity of legalisation of the Bulgarian or Ukrainian documents in order to be recognised in Ukraine or Bulgaria, correspondingly. The document is required to be translated and the signature of the translator certified.
Public document could be a document of company registration, birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate or divorce decision or other document.
Bulgarian identity documents
Each Bulgarian citizen who is staying in Ukraine may apply to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Kiev for issuing of passport, ID card, driver license and temporary passport.
It is important to note that issuing of passport, ID card and driver license may take up to 90 days or more.
A number of activities on civic status are performed by the Embassy of Bulgaria in Kiev.
- issuing of birth certificate of children of Bulgarian citizens on the grounds of documents issued by the local authorities;
- issuing of death certificate of deceased Bulgarian citizens on the grounds of documents issued by the local authorities;
- registering of marriage before the registrar and issuing marriage certificates
The initial certificate of civil status is issued by the competent local authorities (municipalities) observing the terms for registration. Particular attention should be paid to observing the terms for registration of child’s birth.