Visa information in English

Whether you are planning a short term visit, attend a business meeting, or take up studies or employment in Germany - here you can find information on the visa application process and required documents

Appointment Booking


All visa applicants are required to make an appointment. During peak travel season there may be a waiting period for an appointment.

General Information about the Procedure

Going to Germany? This website will help you to find out whether or not you need a visa and will guide you through the application process. It also allows you to download  the relevant application forms free of charge and provides you with detailed information on the required documents you have to submit with your visa application.


Schengen Visa for Third-Country Nationals Living in Bulgaria

Visa information for  Third-Country Nationals living in Bulgaria with a valid bulgarian residence permit.

Visa for family reunification

Planing to join your spouse who resides in Germany? See link below for further information.

Visa for Students, University Applicants and Language Course Participants

Germany is increasingly attractive to students, offering international degrees such as Bachelor and Master degrees. Further information on the requirements can be found here.

Entry Visa for EU Blue Card

The EU Blue Card allows third-country nationals with a university degree to take up employment in Germany commensurate with their qualifications.

VIS - Visa Information System

Visa Fees

Since 14 May 2008, the fee for Schengen visas has been EUR 60. The fee for national visas has increased to EUR 75 since 1st of September 2017. Please note that all fees must be paid in Bulgarian Leva (BGN), in cash or by credit card (visa, mastercard). Fees are to be paid upon submission of the application. Further fees will not be charged.

Visa information in English

Consular and Legal Section

Address, Contact & Hours


ul. Frédéric Joliot-Curie 25
BG - 1113 Sofia
Metro station: F. J. Curie

(00359)-2-918 380 (visa information only from Monday through Thursday
between 8 and 9 a.m. and between 3 and 4 p.m. and Friday between 8 and 9 a.m.)
(00359)-2-9634117 oder (0049)-30- 1817 67254

Office hours, visa/passport pick-up, appointment booking

For visa applications please proceed to the windows 3 and 4, entrance Consular and Legal Department

Office hours (for visa applications an appointment must be booked beforehand online)

  • Monday through Thursday:
    8.15 to 11.30 a.m.: only applications
    3.00 to 3.30 p.m.: only pick-up of visa and passport
  • Friday:
    8.15 to 10.30 a.m.

Information by phone

consular and visa information only from Monday through Thursday, between 8.30 and 10.30 a.m. and between 3.30 and 4.30 p.m. and Friday between 8.30 and 10.30 a.m.

(00359)-2-918 380


cash (bulgarian leva only) or credit card (Mastercard, Visa)

Official Holidays in 2018

In 2018, the Embassy and the Legal and Consular Department will be closed on the following German and Bulgarian holidays

January 01 (New Year's Day)
March 05 (national day on March 03)
March 30 (Good Friday)
April 02 (Easter Monday)
May 01 (Labor Day)
May 07 (St George's Day, Day of the Bulgarian Army, 06. Mai)
May 24 (Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day)
September 06 (Unification Day)
September 24 (Independence Day on Sept 22)
October 03 (Day of German Unity)
October 31 (Reformation Day)
December 24-26 (Christmas)
December 31 (New Year's Eve)

Entry and residence-overview


Application form for Schengen Visa

Antragsformular Schengenvisum

Visa application forms can be obtained from the mission free of charge. Applicants may also download the forms here. The forms submitted must be original versions in German or English language.