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I want to go to Bulgaria, do I need visa? submitted by MoniLink in Legal advice

Hello,

I am recognized refugee with three years visa in blue pass. (I have my Bangladeshi passport also) Do I need a visa to go to Bulgaria for five days holiday?

If I need visa how can I have it? I live near Dortmund.

I checked the list of countries of visa exemptions for refugee but didn't find the name of Bulgaria. What to do now?

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I'll try to get some more eyes on your questions :) have a good weekend
Paolo (Wefugees)
Thanks a lot dear Paolo for such a quick response! Have a nice weekend too!
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Hi MoniLink, for 5 days Holiday you don't need a Visa according to my information.

Basically you are allowed to stay in any EU Country for up to 3 months within a period of 6 months (as long as you don't work there) given that you are a recognized refugee with a blue passport.

Event though Bulgaria is not part of Schengen it does not require a Visa for German residence titles such as jours. There will be a passport control though but your blue passport should be sufficient.

I would recommend you to double check with the embassy or General consulate of Bulgaria here in Germany to make sure they have not introduced any restrictive special rules for refugees in the meantime. And maybe also call the Airline just in case.

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Great Answer Marcel!
Paolo (Wefugees)
Thanks a lot dear Marcel! I was astonished as I got other list where Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria etc not mentioned. wefugees.de/k/questions/1653
MoniLink
Well, that's a good Point. Bulgaria has not signed this European treaty on visa-free travelling for refugees with blue passports. However they have decided to allow a visa-free travel of people that have received permission to stay in a Schengen state such as Germany. Have you tried to contact the Bulgarian embassy here in Germany to find out how they are handling it in their day-to-day practice?
Marcel (Lawyer/Rechtsanwalt)
@monilink ? any news about your travel arrangements and visa? let us know how it worked out for you
Paolo (Wefugees)
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Thanks a lot dear Paolo for such a quick response! Have a nice weekend too!

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