COVID related access requirements valid from January 18, 2022

Any individual seeking services from the Embassy should be prepared to present a valid digital or paper COVID-19 certificate showing that the person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, or has received a negative COVID test result within 48 hours, or has recovered from COVID-19. Minors under the age of 18 are exempt from this requirement.

Recovery from COVID-19 can be proven by one of the following documents:

  • "Valid EU digital COVID certificate of recovery" is a document certifying by a PCR test that a person has suffered from COVID-19 which is valid in the EU for the period from the 11th to the 180th day from the date of the test entered in the document. The same is valid for 1 year in Bulgaria.
  • "Valid COVID certificate of recovery" is a document certifying by an antigen test that a person has suffered from COVID-19 which is valid only in Bulgaria for 1 year.
  • "Valid COVID certificate for antibodies" is a document certifying by a test that a person has antibodies for COVID-19 which is valid only in Bulgaria for 3 months.
  • Apply for a Visa

    On this page:


    Overview

    Please note that repeat travelers to the United States may qualify to renew their visas without appearing for an interview. In addition applicants under 14 or over 80 may be able to apply for a visa without an appointment.

    If you do need an appointment for a nonimmigrant visa, please follow the steps below.

    How to Apply

    Step 1

    For Nonimmigrant Visa applicants:

    Determine your visa type by reading Common Nonimmigrant Visas. Each visa type explains the qualifications and application items. Choose the visa type that applies to your situation.

    Be sure to also review the Visa Waiver Program. If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need to apply for a visa if you are traveling for business or pleasure and will only be staying in the Unites States for 90 days or less.

    Step 2

    Once you have determined the correct visa type, you must pay the visa fee. The visa fee page lists the visa types and correlating visa fee in US dollars and native currency.

    To pay your visa fee, read the Bank and Payment Options page. This page explains how to make your visa fee payment. You must keep your receipt number to book your visa appointment.

    Step 3

    The next step is to complete the DS-160 form. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.

    Step 4

    You are almost ready to schedule your visa appointment!

    Now you will need to create a profile in our system. Follow this link and click on New User.

    Complete all fields and create a password. Once you are in the system, you will see your dashboard.

    Click on Schedule Appointment on the left-hand side menu.

    This will start the process for scheduling your appointment. You will need:

    • Your passport number
    • The CGI reference number from your Visa Fee receipt. (Click here if you need help finding this number on your receipt.)
    • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page

    As you go through the process you will be able to select your visa type, enter personal data, add dependents, select your document delivery location, confirm visa payment and finally, schedule your appointment.

    Step 5

    Visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your visa interview. Be sure to check the Schedule My Appointment page for the necessary documentation needed for your appointment.

    Step 6

    If your application is approved, your passport, including your new visa, will be delivered by one of the following methods:

    • TNT/FedEx Pickup in Sofia:You may pick up your passport from the TNT/FedEx Head office at Nedelcho Bonchev 35 in Sofia. This option is free of charge. This location is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 - 19:00.
    • Premium TNT/FedEx Pickup:You my pick up your passport from one of the TNT/FedEx locations listed here. There is an additional per applicant fee for this service of 11.25 USD (rendered in Bulgarian Leva at the exchange rate applicable on the day of the payment). Once your documents are released for delivery, you will be notified via email. This email will contain the information necessary for you to make the required payment. Please retain proof of payment; without this proof, you will be unable to retrieve your passport from TNT/FedEx.
    • Premium Home/Office Delivery:Your documents will be delivered to your desired address in Bulgaria. There is an additional fee for this service of 11.25 USD (rendered in Bulgarian Leva at the exchange rate applicable on the day of the payment). Once your documents have been prepared for delivery, you will be notified via email. This email will contain the information necessary for you to make the required payment. Please retain proof of payment; without this proof, you will be unable to retrieve your passport from the courier.

    Note:  Please provide us with your mobile phone number and email address so that we may contact you for information on your passport delivery. Passports will be delivered only on business days.