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Republic of Austria

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Republic of Austria

Address: Schwindgasse 8, 1040 Wien, Österreich
Telephone: +43 1 505 31 13, +43 1 505 64 44 (24 hours)
Working hours: Mon – Fri, 08:30 – 17:00

Consular Office:

Address: Schwindgasse 8, 1040 Wien, Österreich
Telephone: +43 1 505 31 13, +43 1 505 64 44
Office hours: Mon – Fri, 09:00 – 13:00
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/austria

Exceptionally, and at the discretion of the Embassy, citizens may visit outside the announced opening hours of the Consular Office.

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Nations, OSCE and international organisations in Vienna, Republic of Austria

Address: 1040 Wien, Rechte Wienzeile 13
Telephone: +43 1 585 66 03
Fax: +43 1 585 20 01
E-mail: [email protected] ; [email protected] ;
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/austriapp

Bulgarian Honorary Consuls in the country

Arch. Erio Hofmann
Address: Arenbergstraße 5, 5020 Salzburg, Österreich
Telephone: +43 662 88 30 61
E-mail: [email protected]

Honorary Consul Dr. Peter Harold (Honorarkonsul Dr. Peter Harold )

Address: 3100 St.Pölten, Riemerplatz 1, 2.OG, Österreich
Telephone: +43 660 5075448
E-mail: [email protected]

Honorary Consul Dr. Günther Enzinger (Honorarkonsul Dr. Günter Enzinger)

Address: Villa Hartenau, Leechgasse 52, A-8010 Graz, Österreich
Telephone: +43 316/318753-213
E-mail: [email protected] 
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday from 9:00 to 14:00.
Embassy of the Republic of Austria in Sofia
Address: 4 Shipka St., 1000 Sofia Phone: +359 2 932 90 32
Fax: +359 2 981 05 67
E-mail: [email protected]

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Australia in the Republic of Bulgaria

Mrs. Radostina Ivanova-Mishineva
Office: 8010 Burgas, 126 Slaveykov Residential Area, Floor 3
Telephone: +359 56 586 767
Fax: +359 56 586 767
Е-mail: [email protected]

General information

Security level:

Remember that abroad you should comply with local acts and norms. You fall within their jurisdiction during your stay there. We recommend that you inform yourself about them in advance and comply with them. Penalties for breaking the law can be more stringent than those in Bulgaria for the same offences. Level of crime is relatively low.


Level of healthcare — high.
The European Health Insurance Card enables all citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria with uninterrupted health insurance rights in the countries of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland to benefit from the right to emergency medical care. Information on the rights conferred by the EHIC, the countries for which it is valid and the procedure for issuing it can be obtained HERE.

Customs requirements:

Information on the country's import-export regime, as well as the quantities of goods and cash you may import or export from the country, can be found HERE.

Road traffic:

Right road traffic. Travelling on highways requires a toll sticker. This obligation is in force immediately after crossing the Austrian border. The stickers are sold at all border crossing points, at petrol stations or in tobacco shops.
General information on traffic and the main penalties and fines for breaking the Austrian Road Traffic Act can be found HERE.

Practical advice:

Pay special attention to and observe local rules on the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages and psychotropic substances. Place all medications in their original packaging and check whether some of them are not considered illegal drugs abroad. If you use such substances, carry a copy of a doctor’s prescription confirming this fact.
Avoid carrying third party belongings when crossing borders.
Make sure in advance that your driving license has not expired and that it is valid in the country of visit. Do your best to familiarise yourself with local traffic rules. In many countries, heavy fines are imposed for traffic violations, which are paid to the offender, regardless of whether you are a local or a foreign citizen.
If you are detained by the local authorities for any reason, require to get in touch with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria. A consular officer will contact you as soon as possible.
We advise you to conclude a contract for health, tourist, travel or other insurance in advance.
In cases of death of Bulgarian citizens in Austria, the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria will provide you with assistance and assistance in settling the formalities.
You can receive direct financial assistance from the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria only if your relatives or close relatives deposit the amount you need in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Property Management Directorate.
In the event of theft of your identity documents, cash, travel tickets, etc., immediately notify the nearest police office in Austria in person and in writing and ask for a copy of the record establishing the event. Contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to take steps to obtain the necessary documents to continue your journey or return to your home country.
Before you leave the Republic of Bulgaria or as soon as you arrive in Austria, write down the address and telephone numbers of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria. It is appropriate this information to be provided to the administration of hotels you are staying at, the tour operators you travel with and the local police office, if necessary. For your convenience, you can find the address, telephone and fax number of the Consular Relations Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sofia for possible inquiries and information HERE.
Detailed information and advice for air travellers, as well as security requirements in this regard, can be found at the Sofia Airport website.
Information on the country's import-export regime, as well as the quantities of goods and cash you may import or export from the country, can be found HERE.
Recently, there have been more and more cases in which Bulgarian citizens with old cars purchased from France are sanctioned by the Austrian police authorities by having their French license plates confiscated and fines of about EUR 500 imposed. The reason, according to the Austrian authorities, is that after the sale, the car’s tags are crossed out by the seller with two stripes and they become invalid — with invalid registration and insurance.
It is recommended that Bulgarian citizens travelling in such vehicles through the Republic of Austria re-register the vehicle with short-term transit plates. In Austria it is possible to obtain this type of transit number with a three-day validity. Another option for the passage of such vehicles through the territory of the Republic of Austria is transport by road.

Local currency:

Euro (EUR)

Travel papers and visas

Bulgarian citizens travel to Austria with a passport, identity card, Emergency Travel Document or seaman's passport of a crew member sailing on the Danube. The identity document used by Bulgarian citizens travelling in Austria must be valid until they leave the country.

A visa-free regime for Bulgarian citizens in Austria is in force. When entering Austria, the requirements of a Schengen country shall apply.

When travelling alone or with an accompanying person, children under 18 years of age must present a declaration of consent in German signed in person by both parents or one parent upon request by the Austrian border authorities (no notary certification is required). A notary certified declaration in Bulgarian, translated and certified in German, would have the same effect.

When Bulgarian citizens travel through Austria in a car, not owned by the driver, it is advisable to have a power of attorney from the owner, translated and certified in German, for presentation at checks by the Austrian police authorities.

Competitive service

Issuance of identity documents:

Any Bulgarian citizen residing in the country may submit an application to the Embassy for the issuance of a passport, an identity card and an Emergency Travel Document.
A birth certificate must be presented when the first identity card is issued; and a police document verifying the relevant circumstances must be presented if the identity card and/or passport is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.
The child’s local birth certificate and the presence of both parents are required for the issuance of an Emergency Travel Document to children born abroad. For the issuance of an Emergency Travel Document to return to Bulgaria in case of lost/stolen documents, a report from the police stating the relevant circumstances must be presented (theft, burglary, robbery, etc.).

Civil status:

The competent Austrian civil registry offices shall send to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria the birth, marriage and death certificates of Bulgarian citizens drawn up in Austria. The civil status acts received ex officio are sent by the Consular Office to the competent Bulgarian civil status offices for entry in the Bulgarian registers.
It is possible, after obtaining the relevant local civil status certificate, the individual to present it in person at the Consular Office, translated and certified according to the established procedure, for forwarding to the municipality of permanent residence in Bulgaria for registration of birth, civil marriage or death with the local authorities.
Where the person concerned is able and willing to carry out the registration in person or through an authorised representative, he/she shall present the relevant local certification document, translated and certified in accordance with the established procedure to the relevant municipality in Bulgaria:
— a child birth — at the place of the permanent address of the mother, and if she is a foreigner — of the father;
— a contracted civil marriage — before the local authorities at the place of the permanent address of the husband or, if he is a foreigner — of the wife;
— for death — at the place of the permanent address of the deceased.

Certifications and legalizations:

An agreement between the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Austria on Legal Assistance in Civil Matters and Documents is in force (Published in State Gazette, No 79 of 1969; effective as of 23 August1969), according to which documents issued by the courts or by the State institutions of one of the Contracting Parties within the limits of their competence and bearing an official signature and an official seal shall also have the evidentiary value of official documents before the courts and institutions of the other Contracting Party. This also applies to other local documents which, under the legal rules of the Contracting Party in which they are issued, have the evidentiary value of official documents. The certification of a signature on a private document by a court, institution or notary of one of the Contracting Parties shall have the same evidentiary value. (Article 25). Pursuant to Article 26 of the same Agreement, the documents referred to in Article 25(1) and in Article 25(2) certified signatures shall not require any other certification in order to be used by the courts and agencies of the other Contracting Party.
This means that the documents cited in the Agreement on Legal Assistance are directly recognised in the other country without the need for an Apostille.
In order to be used in the Republic of Bulgaria, it is recommended that the documents issued by the competent Austrian authorities be translated into Bulgarian by a court translator sworn in Austria and the translation — certified by the Consular Office. The translation can also be made in Bulgaria by a translation company with which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has concluded a contract for official translations (a list of companies can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and the translation — certified by the Certifications and Legalizations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2 Alfred Nobel St., 1040 Sofia).
Hours to apply for Bulgarian identity documents are booked on-line at www.consulatebg.eu  and the electronically completed form is printed out and attached to the documents. In case of a ‘fast service’ request, the interested parties have to pay a DHL fee of EUR 45.33, which includes the delivery of the ready document within 1 month to the Vienna Diplomatic Mission."
In the Consular Services section, Certifications and Legalizations heading, please change the following:
In the last sentence — ‘the translation — certified by the Certifications and Legalizations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ to be changed to ‘the translation — certified by a Bulgarian notary.’
Regarding point 3, we inform you that the embassies accredited for Bulgaria in Vienna are of: El Salvador, the Sultanate of Oman, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Namibia. The five countries are signatories to the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention.

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