A well-functioning coordination between ministries and institutions has been established to this end on political and expert level.The efforts in the preparation process have been focused on meeting the high Schengen standards and securing reliable external borders.In order to meet the Schengen criteria Bulgaria undertook all necessary actions in view of harmonizing immediately the national to the European law, updating our international base of treaties, providing the relevant state-of-the-art technical equipment and infrastructure and enhancing the administrative capacity whereby our country uses the best practice of the EU member states. Those visas do not give their holders the right to enter the Schengen area.On 25 January 2012 the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria adopted a decision according to which by the date of Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area, our country will unilaterally apply a visa-free system for holders of valid Schengen visas.Documents to be submitted with the visa application: 1.A photocopy of the first page of the foreign travel document; 2.
Visa applications for minors or judicially disabled personsshall be submitted by their legal representatives or by persons expressly authorized to do so.Members of the families or the households of European Union, European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation citizens; 2.Persons applying for a visa for a long stay in view of gathering their families, in relation to a refugee status acquired or asylum in the Republic of Bulgaria – pursuant to a written decision of the State Agency for Refugees with the Council of Ministers 3.The rest of the information shall be filled in in English or Bulgarian.
The application shall be signed by the applicant personally.
Foreign citizens who as of the date of the visa application are under 6 years 2.