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Last update 26 January 2023Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)


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Regular passport: visa not required

Diplomatic passport: visa not required

Official passport: visa not required

Vatican City State

Embassy of The Republic of Bulgaria to The Holy See
Address: Via Ferdinando Galiani, 36
00191 Roma, Italia
Tel: +39 06 687 57 17
Fax: +39 06 686 52 33
Office hours: 9.00 – 18.00 h

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/vatican

General information

general information




The level of safety is high: it is provided by the so-called Swiss Guard – traditional ceremonial corps responsible for the security of the Holy See and the Pope, fire-fighting corps and gendarmerie, playing also the role of border police.

Customs requirements

Free import: 250 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250 g tobacco.

Banned import: spirits; drugs; pornography; forged items; cultural artifacts ort other items of cultural significance; explosive materials; weapons and ammunitions; all kinds of seeds and nuts (except for those, which are on sale for consumption in the commercial network); fresh fruits and vegetables; live plants; animal products – feathers, hide, leather goods, etc. and foods such as honey, milk, meat, etc.

Restricted import: live animals – required passport, health certificate with all valid vaccinations; endangered species and all products and parts thereof as listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species; medicines, medical instruments and apparatuses; dry, commercially packaged and processed foods such as rice, legumen, biscuits, packed spices; plant products such as straw hats, baskets, straw mats should be declared, quarantined and specially processed before being brought into the Vatican; farming instruments; camping equipment; used sports mechanisms – shoes, golf sticks, etc.

Banned export: drugs; pornography; forged items; cultural artifacts ort other items of cultural significance; henna, palm trees and any products made thereof; explosive materials.

Restricted export: foreign currency – up to the amount declared at entering; endangered species and all products and parts thereof listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species may be exported only within the permitted under this Convention and accompanied by a document of origin and acquisition.

Road traffic

The traffic is subject to the common European regulations. It is forbidden to drive after drinking alcohol and to talk on a mobile phone while driving without the respective devices.


For emergency medical aid, you will need an identity card or passport, a valid European health-insurance card (EHIC). You are advised to have also an additional medical insurance, valid for the Vatican, or additional cash to pay off the medical costs, which are not covered by the European card.


The climate is Mediterranean.

Travel papers and visas


A valid identity card or passport.

Practical advice

Vatican is a theocratic monarchy, where all powers are concentrated in the hands of the Pope. The conduct and clothing of Bulgarian nationals should be in conformity with the Christian-Catholic standards of conduct. You should not take pictures at places, where you are not allowed to. You should observe the instructions on all signs in the churches, museums, etc.

Competitive service

For all consular services – issuance of Bulgarian identity papers, certifications and legalizations, civil status documents, conviction status certificates, etc., you should refer to the Embassy of R. Bulgaria in Rome. In the event of needing consular protection, you should refer to the Embassy of Bulgaria in the Vatican.

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