Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in Bulgaria
Are you a Dutch national living in Bulgaria? And do you want to renew or apply for a Dutch passport or identity card (ID card)? You can do so at the Dutch embassy in Sofia. You can also lodge your application at a Dutch border municipality or at the Schiphol desk.
Step 1: Create your personal checklist
It is important for your passport or ID card application that you bring the correct documents with you. Therefore, per passport or ID card first create a personal checklist for each application. Then you’ll know what documents to bring.
Note: step 2 shows you whether there are additional document requirements in the country you live in.
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- You must appear in person to apply for your passport. Someone else is not allowed to do this for you. This also applies to someone under the age of 18. He or she must also be present at the application.
- You may need to have the original legalised.
- You may provide documents in Dutch, English, German or French. Abroad and at the passport desk at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, you may also provide documents from the civil registrar in Spanish. If your documents are in another language, you must have them translated by a sworn translator.
- You may be asked to provide additional documents.
Once you have completed your checklist, please continue with step 2.
Step 2: Check the additional requirements for Bulgaria
Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for Bulgaria.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Bulgaria, you can do this by providing one of the following documents:
- proof that you are registered with your local municipality;
- a Bulgarian residence permit (Разрешение за пребиваване/Razreshenie za prebivavane) issued by the Bulgarian interior ministry's migration directorate;
if you also hold the Bulgarian nationality: a valid Bulgarian passport or ID card.
First-time application: legalisation of documents
Does your personal checklist (step 1) state that you must have a document legalised? And do you have a multilingual extract of your birth certificate or marriage certificate issued by Bulgaria? Then legalisation is not necessary. You can use these documents directly to apply for a passport or ID card.
Do you have a document from another country? Then also check whether it should be legalised.
Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport
Step 4: Apply in Bulgaria
If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in Bulgaria, first make sure you have all the required documents. You can see which documents you need by completing the checklist (step 1). You should also check what additional requirements apply in Bulgaria (step 2). Then you can make an appointment.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment online to visit the embassy in Sofia.
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in Bulgaria.
Payments can be made in cash in Bulgarian leva (BGN) or by debit card, in euros (EUR).
How long will it take?
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will first determine if you are a Dutch national. If so, you are entitled to a passport or ID card.
Your passport or ID card will be ready in about 3 weeks. You may be asked to provide additional documents to help us assess your application. In that case, the decision period will be extended.
What if I need my passport or ID card in the meantime?
If you need your current passport or ID card while your application is being processed, you can hand it in later, when you come to collect your new one.
How can I track my application?
When you apply for a travel document, you will receive a track & trace code. This allows you to track the status of your application online. You will be informed by email when your document is ready.
Collect your document
You can collect your document from the embassy in Sofia between 10.00 and 12.00 on Mondays and Thursdays. You do not need to make an appointment. First check which days our offices are closed.
What happens to my old passport or ID card?
The embassy will cancel your old passport or ID card and then return it to you.
If your old document contains visas or residence permits that are still valid and you want to keep those pages intact, you should make this known beforehand.
If you have any questions, please contact the embassy in Sofia.