Last update 07 April 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 4: Termination warning throughout the country (except in case of extreme necessity)
Select passport type
Regular passport: visa not required
Diplomatic passport: visa not required
Official passport: visa not required
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in Mogadishu. Bulgarian nationals residing for a short or longer period of time in Somalia can contact, if necessary, the embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ethiopia
Address: Bole KK, Kebele 04/06/07,Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Postal Address: P.O.Box 987 Addis Abeba, FDR of Ethiopia
Telephone: +251 11 66 100 32
Fax: +251 11 66 162 70
Officehours: 08.00 am - 06.00 pm
E-mail: [email protected]
Bulgarian nationals may apply for visa and certification of documents issued by the Somali authorities to the Somali embassy in Moscow.
Embassy of Somalia to the Russian Federation
Address: Simferopolsky Bulvar 7a-145, 117556 Moscow
Telephone: +7 495 317 15 72; +7 495 317 06 22
Fax: +7 495 317 06 22
E-mail: [email protected]
Somali shilling (SOS)
Crime and security
With a view to the continuing civil war in Somalia, you are advised not to travel to Somalia.
Very high risk of terrorist attacks all over the country; targets are international humanitarian workers and foreigners! Persisting threat of pirate attacks, taking hostages and hijacking of vessels along the Somali coast and in general in the Gulf of Aden, as well as in the adjacent marine territories of the Indian Ocean near to Seychelles, Kenya and Tanzania! Any boat trip along the Somali coast should be performed only in a convoy with communications up and running during the whole trip. More up-to-date information can be found on the web site of IMB Piracy Reporting Center - http://www.icc-ccs.org
There are almost no hospitals. There is a danger of contracting malaria.
Travel papers and visas
Passport and visa are necessary. There is no established universal visa for the whole country due to the lack of proper state system.
Emergency Travel Document:
In extreme situations – in case of damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian nationals can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at the Embassy of any EU Member State in Mogadishu.
Certification and Legalization:
Documents issued to Bulgarian nationals in Somalia have to bear a seal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia. They have to be certified by the Somali embassy in Moscow and then by the Bulgarian embassy in the Russian capital.
Thus compiled, documents have to be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized translation agency in Bulgaria and the translations have to be legalized by Certification and Legalization Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.