Last update 08 November 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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People’s Republic of Bangladesh
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in Bangladesh. The Embassy in New Delhi, India is accredited for Bangladesh.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in India
Address: 16/17 Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021
Telephone: +91 11 261 15549; + 91 11 261 15551
Fax: +91 11 268 76190
Mobile number for emergencies: +91 991 0999498
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone for visa related information, appointments and consular matters: +91 966 776 5100
Working hours: 09:00 to 18:00 (local time)
Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 15:00 (local time) - acceptance of applications for visa and consular services; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 to 13:00 (local time) - delivery of issued visas and consular services documents.
Appointments only by e-mail.
E-mail: [email protected]
Honorary Consul of Bulgaria in Bangladesh:
Mr. Tanveer Imam
Consular District: The entire territory of Bangladesh
Address: IMEX Bangladesh, House No. 14, Road No. 50 (1st Floor), Gulshan-2, Dhaka -1212, Bangladesh
Tel.: +880 2 986 16 86, +880 2 986 16 06
Fax: +880 2 988 64 33
Email: [email protected]
The Embassy of Bangladesh in Ankara is accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria
Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Ankara
Address: Birlik Mah. 391. Cad. No: 16, Ankara, Turkey
Telephone: +90 312 4952709
Fax: +90 312 4952744
E-mail: [email protected]
Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in Bulgaria:
Mr. Georgi Ivanov
Consular district: the entire territory of Bulgaria
Address: 1700 Sofia, Vitosha quarter, "Yana Yazova" street No. 7, apt. 1
Tel: +359 2 862 90 36
Email: [email protected]
In general, the situation in the country is relatively calm. In Bangladesh, demonstrations are usually crowded and can escalate into conflicts, blocking streets, neighbourhoods and entire districts. There have been isolated cases of armed robbery and pickpocketing.
The following diseases occur: dengue fever, malaria, Japanese encephalitis, tuberculosis. In the countries of the Indian peninsula, there has been an increase in cases of dengue disease, which is transmitted after mosquito bites. In order to avoid possible infection with the disease, Bulgarian citizens travelling in the region should take all possible measures to prevent mosquito bites, such as wearing body covering clothing, using mosquito repellents and nets, avoiding places with a higher risk of contracting the disease.
Private hospitals operate in the major cities of the country and maintain good standards of service.
Recommended vaccines and personal hygiene advice:
Only factory bottled water or boiled water and ice made from such water should be consumed during the stay in Bangladesh. Fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly and dried before consumption. Consumption of food that has not undergone heat treatment is not recommended. Unhygienic restaurants and food stalls on the street should be avoided.
Specifics of the local legislation:
Possession, use and distribution of narcotic drugs are subject to severe penalties in Bangladesh, including life imprisonment or death.
Customs requirements for Bangladesh can be downloaded from HERE.
The traffic of vehicles is in the left lane of the roadway.
The population of Bangladesh is predominantly Muslim and local legislation reflects this. The traditions, laws and religion of the country must be treated with respect. Behaviour should be in accordance with the cultural and religious beliefs of the local population, especially during the holy month of Ramadan and when visiting religious sites.
When visiting temples and mosques, decent clothing covering the shoulders and legs should be worn; shoes should be removed before entering. In most cases it is not permissible to film religious sites.
Women should cover their shoulders and wear long skirts or trousers. It is not customary for couples to hold hands in public. Locations of public protests should be avoided. It is advisable not to carry large amounts of money and jewellery on the street.
The use of public transport and cycle rickshaws is not recommended.
Bangladesh taka (BDT).
Travel papers and visas
In order to travel to Bangladesh, Bulgarian citizens need a pre-issued visa and should contact a diplomatic mission of Bangladesh.
Attention! The passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the planned stay in Bangladesh. There must be at least three blank pages in your passport for the entry visa to be affixed. There should be no other visa stamps on the back of this page other than the border control stamps.
European Emergency Travel Document:
In case of emergency (lost passport), Bulgarian citizens can seek on-the-spot assistance from a diplomatic mission of any EU Member State to obtain an Emergency Travel Document.
What consular officers can do for you:
Protection of the rights and interests of Bulgarian citizens, Bulgarian legal entities and persons of Bulgarian origin in India and in the other countries of accreditation — Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, in accordance with Bulgarian legislation and international treaties in force for the Republic of Bulgaria, within the limits permitted by international law and norms, as well as the legislation of India and the other countries of accreditation;
• Consulting natural persons and legal entities on matters of consular activity or of significant public interest or Bulgarian citizens in distress;
• Consulting natural persons and legal entities on the representation of their interests in investigative and judicial proceedings, in case of restrictions on entry into the territory of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, in tracing inheritance/heirs, etc. on the territory of the countries of accreditation;
• Accepting, processing and forwarding to the competent Bulgarian institutions applications for issuance of Bulgarian identity documents (passport, identity card and driving licence);
• Acceptance and processing of statements for declaring invalid Bulgarian identity documents; acceptance of invalid Bulgarian identity documents and subsequently inform the competent Bulgarian institutions;
• Acceptance and processing of applications for Emergency Travel Documents of Bulgarian citizens with lost or stolen documents and of certificates of return to Bulgaria of foreigners; issuing replacement travel documents after obtaining the relevant permission from the competent Bulgarian institutions;
• Drawing up Acts for established administrative violations under the Bulgarian Identity Documents Act;
• Preparation of certificates, service notes, etc. within the competence of the Embassy;
• Acceptance and processing of applications for establishing Bulgarian citizenship and personal identification number, for entering the personal identification number in the National Population Database and for choosing/changing permanent and current address in the Republic of Bulgaria;
• Acceptance and processing of applications for acquisition or restoration of Bulgarian citizenship or for release from Bulgarian citizenship;
• Acceptance and processing of civil status notifications and documents for contracting civil marriage in the Embassy;
• Performing translation and certification of the translator’s signature of civil-status documents and certification of the translator’s signature of other documents and papers in accordance with the competences laid down;
• Notarization of signatures and transcript/copies;
• Acceptance and processing of applications for Bulgarian visas;
• Providing information on the procedures and conditions for issuing visas;
• Acceptance of requests and cooperation for providing assistance to Bulgarian citizens and foreigners in distress on the territory of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka;
• Protection of the interests of Bulgarian natural persons and legal entities in emergencies (natural disasters, terrorist attacks, etc.) and of the rights of Bulgarian citizens — victims of trafficking for sexual or other forms of exploitation, etc.;
• Providing information on Bulgarian citizens detained and/or serving custodial sentences in the territory of the countries of accreditation;
• Representing the interests of minors and under-aged children, and persons of limited capacity, persons with disabilities within the framework of international norms and the legislation of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka;
• Tracing Bulgarian citizens or persons of Bulgarian origin in the territory of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka at the request of Bulgarian natural persons or legal entities in the presence of a legitimate interest and within the framework of international norms and legislation of these countries;
• Rendering assistance to the crews of sea and river vessels sailing under the flag of the Republic of Bulgaria and to aircrafts registered in the Republic of Bulgaria, within the framework of international norms and the legislation of the host countries; if necessary - accepting ship sailing declarations, formalise ship documents and settling of disputes between the master, commanding staff, seamen and passengers, insofar as this is provided for by the legislation of the Republic of Bulgaria;
• Providing information on injured, detained, deceased or killed Bulgarian citizens on the territory of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka;
• Providing information on the procedures and documents required and provide assistance for repatriation to Bulgaria or for carrying out a funeral/burial in these countries in case of death of a Bulgarian citizen;
• In cases of arrest - visit of the consular official to the detained Bulgarian citizen; provide information and assistance to the relatives of the detained person to visit him/her in prison; make efforts to ensure the same treatment of the detained Bulgarian citizen as the citizens of the host country;
• Providing up-to-date information when travelling to and from countries of accreditation;
• Acceptance of requests for access to public information and providing information on matters relating to Bulgarian identity documents (passport, identity card and driving licence), on the possibilities of restoring or acquiring Bulgarian citizenship, on civil status, on citizenship issues, apostilles, legalizations, translation of documents and certification of the signature of the translator, etc. notarial activities in accordance with the competences laid down;
• In exceptional cases of Bulgarian citizens in distress and after their relatives have deposited the necessary amount at the cash desk of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy will pay the person the corresponding amount.
Certifications and legalizations
In order to be valid in Bulgaria and to be able to serve before the Bulgarian institutions, all documents issued by the authorities in Bangladesh to Bulgarian citizens must bear the stamp of its Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then, they need to be certified by the Embassy of Bangladesh in India. The signature and certifications of the Embassy of Bangladesh in India shall be certified by the Consular Office of the Embassy of Bulgaria in the capital of India.
Once the documents have been so prepared, they must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized company in Bulgaria and certified by the Department of Certifications and Legalizations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.