Last update 03 August 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)
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Kingdom of Bahrain
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in Manama, the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Bulgarian citizens residing in Bahrain on a short or long-term basis may address consular matters to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Riyadh
Address: B-53, Dareen street 4067 Diplomatic Quarter 12512 Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Telephones: telephone switchboard: +966 11 25 11 553; +966 11 25 11 554; +966 11 23 04 237
Out-of-hours duty phone: +966 55 776 9728
Working hours: from 9:00 to 16:30 (local time)
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +966 11 25 11 553; +966 11 25 11 554; +966 11 23 04 237
Working hours: from 9:00 to 16:30 (local time)
Opening hours: from 9:30 to 12:30 (local time)
E-mail: [email protected] (for scheduling an appointment and other questions)
At this time, travel to the Kingdom of Bahrain is not recommended except in urgent cases!
In connection with the ongoing coalition counter-terrorism operation in Iraq and Syria, extremist elements have incited acts of retaliation against citizens of international coalition member states and Western countries. Therefore, Bulgarian citizens should exercise increased vigilance and attention to the possible existence of risks to their personal security, as well as to keep themselves fully informed about the current situation in the country.
Recommended vaccines and personal hygiene advice:
For up-to-date information on mandatory and/or recommended vaccines you may contact the Regional Health Inspectorates in the country.
Specifics of the local legislation:
The import, distribution, possession and use of drugs are severely punished under local law, including long imprisonment.
Local legislation also provides for severe penalties for demonstrative heterosexual and homosexual behaviour.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of foreign and local currency. Import of drugs, weapons and pornographic material is prohibited.
Manama International Airport is fully operational. There are no restrictions on transit flights. For those travelling by car, an international driving licence is recommended. It is also advisable to use taxis and rental cars instead of public transport.
If you are in the Kingdom of Bahrain, it is advisable to stay away from demonstrations and protests in the streets, especially in the evening hours. Keep a close eye on developments.
It is recommended that children travel with separate passports.
The local currency in the Kingdom of Bahrain is the Bahraini dinar (BHD).
Travel papers and visas
Travel papers and visa requirements
An international passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the country.
Citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria can obtain entry visas for Bahrain at the border crossing upon arrival in the country. The visa is valid for two weeks. It is also possible to apply for a Bahraini visa in advance by applying online or by submitting an application at a Bahraini diplomatic mission abroad. Detailed information on visa requirements in the Kingdom of Bahrain in English can be found at: https://www.evisa.gov.bh/ .
Your passport must have at least one blank page so that the entry visa can be affixed to it. There should be no other visa stamps on the back of this page other than the border control stamps.
European Emergency Travel Document:
In extreme situations — in case of damage, loss or theft of a passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at an Embassy of an EU Member State in Manama.
Certifications and legalizations:
The Kingdom of Bahrain has acceded to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, done at the Hague on 5 October 1961. In view of this, Bulgarian or Bahraini documents certified with an Apostille do not require further legalization at a diplomatic or consular mission. Apostille certifications are carried out at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The type of certification requested should be explicitly stated. The certification of documents with an Apostille in Bahrain is done on a separate certificate.
Once the documents have been so prepared, they must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized translation agency in Bulgaria and the translation must be certified by the Department of Certifications and Legalizations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.