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VISA

TIMINGS

The Visa Section is open from Monday to Friday between 10:00 hrs and 12:30 hrs for receiving documents for service. Serviced documents may be collected only with receipt for paid fee between 17:00 hrs and 17:30 hrs on the day advised. All telephonic enquiries may be made from 14:30 hours to 15:30 hours

ONLINE VISA SYSTEM

Embassy of India, Sofia has implemented online visa application system from 10th June, 2013.

 

All visa applicants are required to fill-in and submit their visa applications online at http://indianvisaonline.gov.in. Applicants are also advised to upload their photo while applying online.

 

When filling in the application form online, applicants should select “Bulgaria-Sofia” in the field “Indian Mission”. This applies to Bulgarians, Macedonians as also to the nationals of other countries who are residing in Bulgaria or North Macedonia.

 

After filling-in and submitting the application form online, applicants are requested to take a printout of the application form and sign it. After the online submission, applicant may email the copy of online submitted application form, along with relevant documents at cons1.sofia@mea.gov.in and cons.sofia@mea.gov.in seeking appointment for visa interview. The Embassy will inform the applicants via return email about their appointment at the Embassy for which the applicant will have to come personally for interview.

 

The applicants would be required to bring along with them the signed printout of the application form submitted online, two photographs, the relevant documents required for each type of visa and the requisite fee in cash. Appointments will be scheduled by the Embassy from Monday to Friday between 1000 to 1230 hrs either on the next working day after the date of submission of online application, or as soon as possible thereafter. Visa applicants are advised to apply at least 14 working days before the scheduled departure to India.

VISA TYPES AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

The following types of visas can be granted. For detailed information about visas contact Indian Embassy, Sofia.

·         Tourist: Air tickets for onward and inward journeys. Tourist visas are issued to individuals whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight-seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives etc. Any other purpose or activity like Business or Employment or any type of commercial activity or shooting of Documentaries is not allowed. Please note that continuous stay in India during each visit shall not exceed 90 days.

·         Transit: Confirmed onward ticket for entering India / sailing certificate. Letter from the Shipping Company of Bulgaria and letter from the Shipping Company of India indicating: Name, Passport details, Name of the Vessel, Name of the Port and Date of Sailing.

·         Student: Admission letter from the School / College / University in India, satisfactory evidence of financial support. For studies in Yoga, Music, Dance, Vedic Culture etc., letter from recognized institutions in India.

·         Business: Invitation letter from the Indian counterpart, Sponsorship letter from the local company and the attached Business Information Sheet, duly filled.

·         Employment: Employment contract signed between Indian Employer and the employee. More details about Employment visa may be accessed at http://www.mha.nic.in/pdfs/work_visa_faq.pdf

 

·         Diplomatic / Official: Note Verbale from Respective Diplomatic Mission.

·         UN Official: Note Verbale from UN Office.

·         Journalist: Details regarding the supporting documents can be ascertained from the Embassy which will depend on the nature of the visit.

·         Conference: Letter of invitation from the organizers of the conference and confirmed return ticket and copies of approval of Government of India.

·         Medical: Hospital’s recommendations and confirmed return ticket for the period of the treatment.

REQUIREMENTS FOR VISAS

·         Original passport valid for at least 6 months more from the expected date of return from India. Passport should have at least 2 blank pages for affixing the visa.

·         Two recent colour photographs (front facing with white background), of size 2” x 2” / 5cm x 5cm.

·         Correct visa fee (in Cash and in Bulgarian Leva only).

·         Supporting documents (Please see under type of visas & documents required).

·         Print out of completed online application form, duly signed by the applicant.

TOURIST HELPLINE

To facilitate visits of foreign tourist visiting India a 24x7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Help Line is available in 12 International Languages including Hindi & EnglishThis service can be availed at toll free number 1800111363 or on a short code 1363 by the visiting tourists while travelling in India.

Validity of visa starts from the date of issue. Actual period of stay permitted to stay in India and other instructions are endorsed on the Visa and should be read, checked & complied with.

Visa Fee

The current visa fees applicable to a Bulgarian or North Macedonian Passport holder for different categories of visitors are indicated below. The visa fees are subject to change without notice. Other nationalities may kindly ascertain the fee from the Embassy.

Revised visa fee chart w.e.f. 01.04.2021
(Visa fee is only accepted in cash)


Sl No.

Type of Visa

Amount in BGN

1

Tourist Visa (T)

Upto 1 year/Single or Multiple Entry

170

More than 1 year and up to 5 years/Multiple Entry

340

2

Business Visa (B)

Upto 1 year/Single or Multiple Entry

204

More than 1 year  and up to  5 years/Multiple Entry

425

3

Entry Visas (X)

Upto 6 months/ Single or Multiple Entry

136

More than 6 months and up to 1 year/ Multiple Entry

204

More than 1 year and up to 5 years/Multiple Entry

340

4

Employment (E) &
 Project (P) Visas

Upto 6 months/Single or Multiple Entry

205

More than 6 months and up to 1 year/ Multiple Entry

340

More than 1 year and up to 5 years/Multiple Entry

510

5

Student Visas (S)

Valid for the duration of the course or 5 years,
whichever is less/Multiple Entry

136

6

Medical Visas (MED-1) &
Medical Attendant Visas (MED-2)

Upto 6 months/Single or Multiple Entry

136

More than 6 months and up to 1 year/ Multiple Entry

204

7

Conference/ Seminars Visas ( C)

Upto 6 months/Single or Multiple Entry

136

8

JOURNALIST VISAS (J)

Up to 6 months/Single Entry (or Double Entry with HOM’s approval)

136

9

RESEARCH VISAS (R)

Up to 6 months/Single (or Multiple) Entry

136

More than 6 months and up to 1 year/ Multiple Entry

204

More than 1 year and up to 5 years/Multiple Entry

340

10

MISSIONARY VISAS (M)

Up to 6 months/Single or Multiple Entry

136

More than 6 months and up to 1 year/ Multiple Entry

204

More than 1 year and up to 5 years/Multiple Entry

340

11

MOUNTAINEERING VISAS (MX)

Up to 6 months/Single (or Multiple) Entry

136

More than 6 months and up to 1 year/ Multiple Entry

204

12

Intern Visas (I)

Up to 1 year/Multiple Entry

136

13

Film Visas (F)

Up to 1 year/ Single or Multiple Entry
(Maximum duration of the visa will be 1 year)

204

14

Transit Visas

Up to 15 days/ Single or Double Entry

34

Important notice: In addition to the fee specified, a compulsory service charge of BGN 6 will be levied per Visa, OCI service rendered by the Mission with effect from 01.04.2021. Fee once accepted is not refundable.

*Note 1 - Owing to bilateral arrangements, there will be different Business Visa fee for 13 specified countries at the rates indicated inTable - 2
**Note 2- Owing to bilateral arrangements, there will be different Employment Visa Fee for 10 specified countries at the rates indicated in Table - 3.
***Note 3- Owing to bilateral arrangements/agreements, there will be different visa fee for certain categories of visas for 13 specified countries at the rates indicated in Table – 4

Table - 2
Business Visa Fee to be charged (w.e.f. 01.04.2021) from nationals of the following countries on Reciprocal basis


Sl No.

Country

Duration of Visa

Amount in BGN

1

Australlia

Upto one year

366

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

502

2

Czech Republic

Upto one year

323

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

459

3

Ecuador

Upto one year

408

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

544

4

France

Upto one year

281

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

425

5

Iran

Upto one year

468

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

604

6

Ireland

Upto one year

340

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

476

7

New Zealand

Upto one year

221

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

425

8

Philippines

Upto one year

374

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

510

9

Poland

Upto one year

247

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

425

10

Saudi Arabia

Upto one year

366

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

502

11

Thailand

Upto one year

340

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

476

12

U.A.E.

Upto one year

706

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

842

13

USA (Upto 10 years)

Upto one year

238

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

425

Table - 3
Employment visa fees to be charged (w.e.f. 01.04.2021) from nationals of the following countries on reciprocal basis:


S No.

Country Name

Type of Employment Visa

Amount in BGN

1

Australlia

Up to 6 months

306

Up to 1 year

374

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

510

2

Canada

Up to 6 months

255

Upto one year

340

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

510

3

Denmark

Up to 6 months

213

Upto one year

340

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

510

4

France

Up to 6 months

230

Upto one year

340

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

510

5

Iran

Up to 6 months

400

Upto one year

468

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

604

6

Ireland

Up to 6 months

272

Upto one year

340

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

510

7

Israel

Up to 6 months

1700

Upto one year

1768

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

1904

8

New Zealand

Up to 6 months

247

Upto one year

340

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

510

9

Thailand

Up to 6 months

272

Upto one year

340

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

510

10

U.A.E.

Up to 6 months

638

Upto one year

706

More than 01 yearupto 5 years

842

Table 4:
Special Visa fee Categories (w.e.f. 01.04.2021):


S No.

For nationals of Country:

Type of Visa

Amount in BGN

1

Argentina

Tourist, Business, transit visas

Gratis

For All other types of visas, General visa fee will be applicable.

2

Japan

Transit Visa

2

All other categories of visas irrespective of duration

14

3

Mozambique

Tourist Visa

Single Entry

136

Single Entry - Urgent

255

Multiple Entry

374

Multiple Entry - Urgent

510

Business/ Employment Visa

Gratis

All other types of visas except Transit and Student

Up to 6 months

374

Up to 6 months (in Emergency)

510

Up to 1 year

510

Up to 1 year (in Emergency)

510

Up to 5 years

510

up to 5 years (in Emergency)

510

4

Nigeria

All type of visas irrespective of duration

425

5

Pakistan

All types of Visas (Rs. 100)

3

6

Russia

All types of visas (excluding ICWF charges and Service Provider's Service Fee):

Single Entry

68

Double Entry

153

Multiple Entry

204

Transfer of Valid Visa

70

7

Seychelles

All types of visas, except Employment/ Work Visas

Gratis

8

Singapore

Tourist Visa/Multiple Entry/upto 6 months

43

For All other types of visas, General visa fee will be applicable.

9

Sri Lanka

Transit Visa up to 15 days (S/D Entry)

17

Tourist Visa

30 Days (Double Entry)

26

90 days (single Entry)

26

90 days (Double Entry)

43

6 months (Double/Multiple Entry)

43

Entry Visa up to 1 year (Multiple Entry)

43

Business Visa

30 Days (Multiple Entry)

43

90 days (single Entry)

46

90 days (Multiple Entry)

68

6 months (Multiple Entry)

136

1 year (Multiple Entry

136

5 years (Multiple Entry)

204

Employment Visa 1 year (Multiple Entry

267

Student visa (For institutions covered by bilateral Agreement)

1 year

74

More than one year

138

Student visa (For institutions not covered by bilateral Agreement)

138

10

UK

Tourist Visa up to 1 year (Single/Multiple Entry)

276

Tourist Visa 1 year to 5 years (Multiple Entry)

823

Business Visa 1 year (Single /Multiple Entry)

412

Business Visa 1 to 5 years (Multiple Entry)

1235

Entry visa up to 1 year (Single/Multiple Entry)

276

Entry Visa 1 year to 5 years (Multiple Entry)

823

Student Visa up to 5 years (Multiple Entry)

390

Medical Visa up to 1 year (Multiple Entry)

220

Research Visa up to 3 years or duration of course, whichever is less

390

Employment Visa up to 6 months

782

Employment visa up to 1 year

850

Employment visa for more than 1 year

1015

Transfer of Visa

284

Transit Visa

150

Business Visa issued same day (Excluding visa fee)

366

Emergency visa charges

152

11

Ukraine

Transit Visa for 15 days (Single/double Entry)

145

Tourist Visa for up to one year (S/D/M entry)

170

Student Visa for less that 5 years (Multiple Entry)

145

Business Visa for less than 1 year (S/D/M Entry)

221

Business Visa for 1 to 5 years (S/D/M Entry

425

Employment Visa for less than 6 months

204

Employment Visa (6 months to 1 year)

340

Employment Visa 1 year to 5 years (S/D/M Entry)

510

All other types of Visas i.e. Entry Visa, Conference Visa, Journalist Visa etc.

Less than 6 months

145

6 months to 1 year

221

1 to 5 years (S/D/M Entry)

340

Emergency visa fee

145

12

Uruguay

Tourist Visa

 Gratis

For All other types of visas, General visa fee will be applicable.

13

USA

Tourist Visa up to 10 years (S/M Entry)

272

Business Visa up to 10 years (S/M Entry)

272

For other categories of Visas (except tourist & Business visa, Visa application fee of US$ 20 should continue to be charged in addition to prescribed visa fee.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Nationals of Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, North Korea, Jamaica, Maldives, Mongolia, Mauritius, South Africa and Uruguay are issued gratis visas.

Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan do not require visa to enter India.

Holders of Bulgarian / Indian Diplomatic / Official / Service Passports and holders of North Macedonian / Indian Diplomatic Passports do not require Visas to visit each other’s countries for the period of stay up to 3 months.