Last update 11 May 2023Diplomatic missions
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Diplomatic representations of the republic of Bulgaria to the Swiss confederation
Embassy of Republic of Bulgaria in Bern, The Swiss Confederation
Address: Bern 3005, Bernastrasse 2, CH-3005 Bern
Telephonе: +41 31 351 14 55; +41 31 351 14 56
Fax:+41 31 351 00 64
Оut-of-hours hotline: +41 798243822
Mon - Fri, 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Email: [email protected]
Permanent representation of Republic of Bulgaria to Geneva, Switzerland
Address: 16, Chemin des Crêts-de-Pregny 1218 Grand Saconnex, Genève
Telephone: +41 22 7980300; +41 22 7980301
Fax: +41 22 7980302
Mon – Fri. 9.00 am - 18.00 pm
Оut-of-hours hotline: + 41 79 289 18 28
E-Mail: [email protected]
Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Sofia
Address: 1504 София, ул. “Шипка” 33, п.к. 132
Tel.: +359 2 942 01 00
Fax: +359 2 946 16 22
e-mail: [email protected]
Swiss franc (CHF)
Crime and security
The crime level in the country is low.
You have to be more careful in the cities, most of all in Zurich where there are mostly pickpockets, mainly foreigners.
Drivers are obliged to have chains for certain sections higher in the mountains.
No serious threat of natural disasters exists.
Travel papers and visas
As of May 2009 to enter or pass transit through Switzerland, as well as for stay up to three months without working a valid identity card is accepted in addition to the passport. No visa is needed for a stay of up to 90 days within 6 months. To stay for more than three months or to work in the country the Bulgarian citizens need a visa in their passport.
The visitors of the winter resorts must respect the instructions of the life-saving service for actions under the threat of avalanches.
Certification and legalisation
Consular certification of authorisations, declarations or other documents require laying your signature on the document in person before the consular officer.
If going in person is not possible, the signature should be laid before a Swiss notary, the document is certified with Apostille stamp, translated into Bulgarian by a sworn translator and legalised.
Official documents issued in Switzerland that need to be used in Bulgaria should be equipped with an Apostille stamp, translated into Bulgarian by a sworn translator and legalised.
The Apostille stamp is put by the Federal Chancellor in the canton where the document was issued.
The translation can be done by an authorised company in Bulgaria and the certification of the translator's signature should be done at the Consular Relations Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Sofia, 2 Alfred Nobel Street.
Issuing of Bulgarian identity documents
The temporary passport of a child born in Switzerland should be announced and signed by both parents or by one parent, if the other one has the due authorisation. The parents should submit a Swiss birth certificate with Apostille stamp, one passport-size colour photo of the child and their own valid identity documents.
The embassy of Republic of Bulgaria in the Swiss Confederation does NOT accept application for issuing of international passports because it does not yet possess the necessary equipment for biometric data. They can be issued by larger Bulgarian embassies in neighbouring countries.
In case you meet certain requirements, you can apply online for new Bulgarian ID documents on the following website: https://e-usluga_bds.mfa.bg/
When the embassy of Republic of Bulgaria in the Swiss Confederation gets officially notified by the Swiss authorities, the registration in Bulgaria of the respective event is made by the embassy. Otherwise the procedure should be taken care of privately.
The Swiss birth certificate or marriage certificate respectively, a court divorce decision or a death certificate should be stamped with Apostille by the Federal Chancellor in the canton /in Switzerland/ where the document was issued, translated into Bulgarian by a sworn translator and legalised.
The translation can be done by an authorised company in Bulgaria and the certification of the translator's signature should be done at the Consular relations Directorate of the Ministry of foreign affairs at Sofia, 2 Alfred Nobel Street.
The ready document should be submitted to the municipality of permanent address in Bulgaria, based on which the Bulgarian certificate is issued.
The registration procedure for change of the current civil status of Bulgarian citizens can be done in person or by an authorised person.