In 2008 the Australian eVisitor visa was launched, making it easier for citizens of 27 European Union member states plus 7 other Schengen Area countries to gain access to Australia.
Bulgarian citizens who wish to travel to Australia for business or tourism purposes are required to apply for an eVisitor visa online.
In order to obtain the travel permit, Bulgarians must meet a set of Australia visa requirements, including:
- Being in possession of an eligible Bulgarian passport
- Not having any disease or health condition that could be harmful to the Australian public
- Not being in need of healthcare or community services which would place a financial burden on Australian society
- Not having a criminal record or having spent time in jail for a cumulative time period of 1 year or more
Do Bulgarian citizens need a visa for Australia?
Bulgarian passport holders must be in possession of a valid Australian visa to enter the country. They should select from the different types of Australia visa depending on their reason for travel.
Bulgaria is one of 36 nations eligible for the eVisitor visa or Australia, applied for online.
The Australian eVisitor visa allows Bulgarian citizens to visit the nation for several purposes for a maximum duration of 3 months (90 days):
- Business trips
- Visiting family and friends
- Holidays, including cruises
- Studying or training
- Unpaid voluntary work
Bulgarian families travelling to Australia with children each need a separate eVisitor visa, including minors.
The only exception is for youngsters included on the passport of a parent, in this case, the minor travels on their same eVisitor visa as their mother or father.
Those who wish to stay longer than 90 days or want to work in Australia need to apply for the relevant visa.
Documents required to apply for an eVisitor visa from Bulgaria
Bulgarian nationals must present certain documents during the eVisitor visa for Australia application process.
Australian visa documentation requirements for Bulgarians include:
- Bulgarian passport valid for 3 months from date of entry into Australia
- Health clearance document proving the applicant is of no risk to public health
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover the duration of the stay
- Medical insurance for Australia (recommended)
Additional supporting documentation may be requested. Such documents include a police clearance certificate or a letter from an employer attesting to the good character of the Bulgarian applicant.
How long does it take to get a visa for Australia from Bulgaria?
Most Bulgarian citizens will receive the approved eVisitor visa within 24 hours of making the request.
However, mistakes or errors when completing the form can result in delays, it is therefore advised to make the application 2 weeks prior to departure.
Processing times for other types of Australia visa may vary, applicants should ensure they allow enough time.
How to apply for an Australian visa from Bulgaria
Bulgarians should apply online for the eVisitor visa for Australia. A form is completed with basic personal information, including full name, address and date of birth, and other details.
Applicants should have the following information to hand when filling in the request:
- Passport number and expiration date
- Medical history
- Criminal conviction records
- Travel plans such as hotel bookings and itinerary
The approved eVisitor visa is sent via email directly to the Bulgarian passport holder.
The eVisitor visa is electronically linked to the passport, these 2 documents must be presented together at the border.
How long is the Australian eVisitor visa for Bulgarians valid for?
The eVisitor visa for Bulgarians has a validity period of 12 months from the date of issue. The permit allows for multiple entries within 12 months, the maximum stay permitted each time is 90 days.
As the visa is electronically linked to the passport used to make the application a new permit must be requested if the passport expires within this 1-year period.
It is not possible to extend an eVisitor visa. The document becomes invalid 12 months after the date of issue, Bulgarian travellers who wish to enter Australia after this date must reapply in order to be granted entry.
Overstaying an Australian eVisitor visa can have negative consequences, including issues obtaining a visa in the future.