Relocating to Bulgaria from the UK

Registering Essentials

As a British citizen relocating to Bulgaria from the UK, you can enter the country and stay for up to three months. Staying longer you will need to apply for a continuous residence certificate from the Migration Directorate, part of the Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior. When you have lived there for five years you may apply for a permanent residence certificate – information from your local police department or from:

The Central Office of Migration Directorate
48 Knyaginya Maria Louisa Boulevard, Sofia


You can bring in an unlimited amount of lev and foreign currency in cash. If the amount is over 8,000 lev you need to complete a currency declaration form for the customs officials.

Removals to Bulgaria from the UK

Relocating to Bulgaria from the UK with Pets

All pets need their own pet passport. They must be micro-chipped and have had the rabies vaccination within a year and not less than 4 weeks before arrival in Bulgaria. They must also have a full vaccination record. You will find that the standard of animal welfare differs from that in the UK. Stray dogs roam the streets in the villages – and may be shot. Mangy cats haunt the communal rubbish bins. It is not uncommon for dogs with owners to be chained up day and night, without the walks, play and social sharing we take for granted in the UK. If you intend to bring the pet back to the UK you must ensure the rabies vaccinations are kept up to date.

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