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Can I enter the country without a visa?

Third-country nationals or stateless persons legally residing in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 as beneficiaries of international protection status or equivalent national protection may enter into Bulgaria without a visa.

Can I get refugee status in the country?

Refugees who have obtained temporary protection status can stay in Bulgaria. In the country, such a document is called "Registration card of a foreigner granted temporary protection". The maximum period of stay in the country was extended mceclip0.png until March 2024 according to the EU recommendation.

To apply for the status of temporary protection, it is necessary to apply to the Border Police, the State Agency for Refugees or other bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (migration, police). The full list of institutions is at the link mceclip0.png. The registration procedure lasts from 5 to 15 minutes.

Those eligible for temporary protection include:

  • Nationals of other third countries (other than Ukraine) and stateless people who have used their right to international protection or another equivalent type of national protection in Ukraine before 24 February 2022, and members of their families;
  • Persons with foreign citizenship or statelessness who left the territory of Ukraine as a result of hostilities and entered and remained on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, if they explicitly state that they want to enjoy the status of temporary protection until 31 March 2022.
How long can I stay in the country?

Currently, you are free to stay in Bulgaria without a visa for up to 90 days within a six-month period.

Furthermore, you can request temporary protection, which is valid until March 2024.

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