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The Italian Republic

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Rome, the Italian Republic
Ambasciata della Repubblica di Bulgaria a Roma
Address: Via Pietro Paolo Rubens, 21, 00197 ROMA
Headquarters: +39 06 322 4640, +39 06 322 4643
Working hours: 09:00 – 17:30
Emergency mobile out-of-hours hotline: +39 349 492 7764
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Website: https://www.mfa.bg/embassies/italy; https://www.amb-bulgaria.it/

Consular Office:
Consul (telephone): + 39 06 322 4648
E-mail: [email protected]
Opening hours for citizens at the Consular Office:
Monday : 9:30 – 12:30 (local time);
Tuesday: 9:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00 (local time);
Wednesday: 9:30 – 12:30 (local time);
Thursday: 9:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00 (local time);
Friday: 9:30 – 12:30 (local time).

Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Milan, the Italian Republic
Address: 37 Daniele Manin St., floor V,
Postal code 20121
Telephone: 0039-02-35987381
Fax: 0039-02-47769931
Emergency out-of-hours hotline: 0039-3337826043
E-mail: [email protected] 
Website: https://www.mfa.bg/embassies/italy2
Working hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 13:00

Office of Commercial and Economic Affairs
Andriyana Koleva
Telephone: +39 039 5964689
Mobile: +39 3295910349
E-mail: [email protected]

Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Italian Republic
Adv. Avv. Gennaro Famiglietti
seat: city of Naples, consular district - regions of Campania, Abruzzo, Calabria, Molise and Basilicata
Honorary General Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria for the Regions of Campania, Abruzzo, Calabria, Molise and Basilicata
Address: Palazzo Arlotta - Via Chiatamonte, 63 - 80121 Napoli
Tel./Fax: +39 0817642182
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Gianni Maria Stornello (Dr. Gianni Maria Stornello)
headquarters: Turin, consular district - regions of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria for the Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta Regions
Address: Via Santa Teresa, 3 - 10121 Torino
Phone: +39 011 537 187
Fax: +39 011 55 39 837
E-mail: [email protected]

Mrs. Anna Maria Patrizia Gadaleta
Headquarters: Bari and consular district - Puglia region.
Consul Honorario della Repubblica di Bulgaria per la Regione Puglia
Address: Via de Rossi, 195 - 70122 Bari
Tel./Fax: +39 080 5242939
E-mail: [email protected]

Mr. Marco Campanari
headquarters: town Leco and with a consular district - Lombardy region.
Consul Honorario della Repubblica di Bulgaria per la Regione Lombardia
Address: Via Caprera, 4 – 23900 Lecco
Phone: +39 0341 477253
Fax: +39 0341 477289
E-mail: [email protected]

Mr. Michele Scandroglio
headquarters: Genoa and consular district - Liguria region.
Consul Honorario della Repubblica di Bulgaria per la Regione Liguria
Address: Piazza Verdi, 6 - 16100 Genova
Tel.: +39 348 311 9125
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Mr. Franco Castellini
Headquarters: Bologna, consular district - Emilia-Romagna region
Consul Honorario della Repubblica di Bulgaria per la Regione Emilia-Romagna
Address: Piazza Del Francia, 1 - 40124 Bologna
Phone: + 39 051 339 1672; +39 335 309 025
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Mr. Antonio Cascianelli
headquarters: city of Perugia, consular district - district of Umbria
Consul Honorario della Repubblica di Bulgaria per la Regione Umbria
Address: Via Mario Angeloni, 78 - 06124 Perugia
Phone: +39 335 777 6764
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Pier Giovanni Cosmo
headquarters: city of Venice, consular district - Veneto region
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria for the Veneto Region
Address: Via Porto di Cavergnago 69/4 – 30173 Mestre (VE)
Phone: +39 041 4765881

Embassy of the Italian Republic in Sofia, Republic of Bulgaria
Office: Sofia, Shipka St. No. 2
Tel.: +359 2 921 73 00, +359 2 921 73 15
Fax: +359 2 980 37 17
[email protected]
[email protected]  (consular department)
Working hours: 09:00 – 13:00 / 14:00 – 18:00

Honorary Consul of the Italian Republic in the Republic of Bulgaria
Mr. Antonio Tarquinio
Office: Varna, 30 Topra Hisar St.,
Telephone: +359 888 456810; +359 898 779803
Е-mail: [email protected]

Mr. Giuseppe De Francesco
Office: 4000, Plovdiv, 26 Petko Karavelov St.,
Business Center Europe, floor 2
Telephone: +359 32 265266
Fax: +359 32 263434
E-mail: [email protected]

General information

General Information

Security level:
The crime rate in Italy does not suggest taking special measures for personal safety. Citizens are advised to be particularly vigilant if visiting southern Italy, as well as Naples, Rome (especially in the metro and restaurants), Florence, Venice and other cities characterized by a high concentration of tourists. Caution is required when passing through the ports of Bari and Brindisi. When travelling by car, it is recommended to travel with the windows up, avoid prolonged stops and breaks (overnight stays) at petrol stations and car parks, do not leave unattended luggage in a private vehicle.
Bulgarian citizens crossing the Italian border by car at the ports of Bari, Brindisi, Ancona are advised not to carry foreign or Bulgarian citizens unknown to them, as well as unaccompanied luggage of third parties.
In case of theft of documents, money and personal belongings, it is recommended to file a complaint at the nearest police station. It is recommended that Bulgarian citizens visiting Italy for tourism purposes carry both an identity card and a passport, if they have both documents. During their stay, keep documents in different locations to avoid any inconvenience, including financial, when issuing an Emergency Travel Document in case of their possible theft or loss.
If you need emergency help, call the single European emergency number 112.

The country is characterised by a high level of healthcare. In case of need for medical care, insured Bulgarian citizens should present a European Health Insurance Card and/or medical insurance.
Specifics of the local legislation:
The legislation in the country is largely unified with the European one and is not distinguished by certain peculiarities.

Customs requirements:
The amount of money allowed to be carried is EUR 10,000 per person. Where there is more than one traveller and the money exceeds EUR 10,000, the amount should be divided between the travellers so that the amount held by each traveller does not exceed the limit set. Attention should be drawn to the fact that the individualisation of personal luggage is essential in terms of the amount of money held by each of the travellers and, consequently, the avoidance of a possible administrative penalty and the confiscation of the excess of the monetary limit.
Customs requirements for Italy can be downloaded from HERE.

Road traffic:
The traffic regulations should be strictly observed. In the event of an offence and failure to pay the fine imposed, immediate revocation of the driving licence shall follow.
In Italy, the vehicle's documents (registration certificates — ‘small’ and ‘large’ registration documents) are also subject to confiscation and, depending on the offence, the foreign-registered vehicle may be administratively banned from driving in Italy. In the event of an infringement of Italian traffic regulations, the Italian authorities are entitled to demand immediate payment of the fine for the administrative offence committed. If the driver of a foreign-registered car does not pay the fine immediately at the time it is imposed, the Italian police have the right to impose an administrative suspension of the car, which is left in the custody of a specially designated car park. The vehicle shall remain in the custody of the police until the administrative penalty is paid in full, together with the costs incurred in moving the vehicle and the costs of its security (parking). A special report shall be issued by the competent police for the release of the detained vehicle.
It is important to be aware that the payment of the fine imposed precludes the possibility of appealing against it. Should you choose to appeal the administrative penalty imposed, you may do so either by filing an appeal within 30 days with the City Prefect, or within 60 days with the so-called ‘Giudice di pace’ (justice of the peace), territorially competent. Italian legislation provides for the possibility to pay certain types of administrative fines at a reduced rate of 30 per cent if payment is made within 5 days of its imposition. Fines are paid directly to the checking police officer, at the police station or at the Italian post office.
Always allow for a 2-hour layover before your flight at major Italian airports when departing the country, due to frequent emergencies and the need to reorganise flights and traffic.

Local currency:
Euro (EUR).

Travel papers and visas

Bulgarian citizens are required to have a valid identity card or a foreign passport to enter and drive on Italian territory. No visa is required to enter the country. There is no specific requirement for a certain validity of identity cards or foreign passports.


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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. Applications for the issuance of a driving licence shall not be accepted and processed.

Civil status:
The initial certificate of civil status is issued by the competent local authorities (municipalities) and the time limits for registration must be respected.
After obtaining the relevant local civil status document, it shall be presented to the Consular Office, translated and certified in accordance with the established procedure — bearing an Apostille, in the event that the persons concerned are unable to register with the local authorities a birth, a contracted civil marriage or a death in any other way.
When a civil marriage is solemnised before the local municipality, it is compulsory to present a Nulla osta — a document stating that there are no obstacles to the marriage.

Certifications and legalizations:
For the recognition in Bulgaria of a public document issued by a foreign country, and vice versa, for a Bulgarian public document to be recognized in another country — the documents must be translated and provided with an Apostille, according to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, drawn up in The Hague on 5 October 1961, to which Bulgaria and Italy are parties. This requirement does not apply in the case of civil status documents (birth, marriage, death) which have been drawn up in accordance with the Convention on the issue of multilingual extracts from civil status records signed on 8 September 1976 in Vienna. The translation must be carried out by a sworn translator and his signature must be certified.
The administrations in the Republic of Bulgaria that issue the Apostille are: Directorate of Consular Relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Centre for Information and Documentation (NACID), Ministry of Justice and regional administrations.

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