Timings: The Consular Section is open on all working days from 10:00 hrs to 12:30 hrs for receiving the documents for service. Serviced documents may be collected between 17:00 hrs to 17:30 hrs on the day advised.
All telephonic enquiries may be made from 14:30 hours to 15:30 hours
|Indian citizens living in Bulgaria and Macedonia are advised to apply for urgent re-issuance of their passports in the following cases:-
(i). HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From 25th November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport. Indian citizens residing in Bulgaria & Macedonia and holding such non- Machine Readable (hand written) passports with validity beyond 24th November 2015 are advised to apply for re-issue of their passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or international travel.
(ii) PASSPORTS VALID FOR LESS THAN SIX MONTHS
Many international travellers may not realise that having an unexpired passport is sometimes not enough to obtain Visas or to enter certain foreign countries. Indian citizens residing in Bulgaria & Macedonia travelling on Passports which may expire in less than six months should renew their passports before any upcoming international travel. It is especially important to check the passports needs of any minor who may be accompanying their parents as passports for minors have a shorter validity period (5 years) than passports for adults (10 years). The universal practice in vogue now is; “Once your passport crosses the nine-year mark, it is time to get new passport”.
(iii) EXHAUSTION OF VISA PAGES
Some countries do not accept passports which may have fewer than two pages remaining. Please check your passport to ensure that you have enough visa pages. There is no provision of additional booklets/pages and you will be required to apply reissuance of passport following standard procedures. Frequent travellers may opt for Jumbo Passport containing 64 pages.
2. We have instituted a simple and fast-track procedure for renewal of passports. For more details kindly visit the Embassy’s website www.indembsofia.org.
The Embassy of India in Sofia provides passport services to Indian nationals who are ordinarily resident in Bulgaria and Macedonia including issue of:
Passports are usually issued with validity for 10 years after completion of required formalities. In respect of children up to the age of 18 years passports are issued for period of 5 years or eighteen years of age whichever is earlier.
Short validity passports i.e. for a period of 1 year are issued in the case of genuine urgency. However, the validity of such passports can be extended up to 10 years from the date of issue after due formalities without any charge.
Introduction of Machine Readable Passports by Government of India
In accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines, Government of India has introduced Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) in all passports offices in India and Embassies abroad. Embassy of India, Sofia (Bulgaria) has also introduced MRPs w.e.f. 26th August, 2007.
As the issuance of MRPs involve uploading of data, photograph, signature etc. to the central website and the passports are printed at the centralized printing unit of the Ministry of External Affairs, Delhi and then couriered to the Embassy, all the passport seeking applicants are hereby advised to apply for their passports well in advance as it may take Ministry upto 10 days to dispatch the passport from the date of approval of the passport by the Mission. Therefore, after the launch of the project on 26th August, 2007, this Embassy would not issue any hand written passport except in emergency cases.
All the passport applicants are required to register and apply online at the following site: https://passport.gov.in. After filling up details, a web file number and application form shall be generated and can be printed by the applicant. In case applicants are unable to get the printout of the filled-up form due to any reason, the same can be printed later by entering web file number and date of birth. The printed application from along with required documents and fee should be submitted at the Embassy.
(Note: The online registration is not yet made available, on the above website. However, till this option is made available on the website by the Ministry, the applicants can apply with manually filled-up forms).
All documents for attestation have to be duly certified by the Directorate of Consular Relations of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
NOTE: The Embassy does not attest any certificate issued in India. Such attestations are done within India only through the process of apostille. The procedure of apostilling/legalising a document in India is explained at URL http://www.mea.gov.in/legalization-of-documents.htm
A document apostilled in India does not need attestation by the Embassy of India.
Schedule of fees payable in respect of applications for passport and travel documents with effect from 01/10/2012
IMPORTANT NOTICE : This is to notify that in addition to the fees specified in the website, a compulsory service charge of Leva 5 per document will be levied for Passport, Visa, PIO cards, attestation of documents and other miscellaneous consular services rendered by the Mission with effect from 01/02/2013.
|Srl No.||Particulars of application/Category of service||Fees in Leva|
|1.||For issue of ordinary fresh passport or reissue of passport containing 36 pages having validity of 10 years(also applicable to minors in the age group of 15 to 18 years||120.00|
|2.||For issue of ordinary fresh passport or reissue of passport containing 60 pages having validity of 10 years(also applicable to minors in the age group of 15 to 18 years||160.00|
|3.||For issue of ordinary fresh passport or reissue of passport containing 36 pages for minors below 18 years of age with validity of five years or till the minor attain the age of eighteen years, whichever is earlier.||80.00|
|4.||Replacement of passport of 36 pages having validity of ten years for changes in personal particulars||120.00|
|5.||Replacement of passport of 60 pages having validity of ten years for changes in personal particulars||160.00|
|6.||Replacement of passport of 36 pages for changes in personal particulars for minors below the age of eighteen years with validity of five years or till the minor attains the age of eighteen years, whichever is earlier||80.00|
|7.||Replacement of passport of 36 pages having validity of ten years for deletion of Emigration Check Required Stamp||120.00|
|8.||Replacement of passport of 60 pages having validity of ten years for deletion of Emigration Check Required Stamp||160.00|
|10.||Certificate of Identity||80.00|
|11.||Issue of Police Clearance Certificate(PCC) or Surrender Certificate or any other miscellaneous certificates based on the Passport||40.00|
|12.||For Replacement of ordinary passport of 36 pages in lieu of lost, damaged or stolen passport||240.00|
|13.||For Replacement of ordinary passport of 60 pages in lieu of lost, damaged or stolen passport||275.00|
Passport application forms can be collected free of charge form the Embassy or downloaded from the link given above.
The current consular services fees applicable to an Indian Passport holder. The services fees are subject to change without notice.
|Srl No.||Category of Service||Fee [Leva]|
|1.||Registration of Birth of Indian citizens and Certified copy of an entry into the Register||50.00|
|2.||For each affidavit sworn/affirmed before Consular Officer||50.00|
|3.||Attestation of civil document (affidavits, educational degrees, sponsorship certificates, marriage, wills, POAs||25.00|
|4.||For issuing a document rqd. By Foreign authority for grant of Residence permit||50.00|
|5.||Attestation of affidavits/documents pertaining to sale, purchase, POA, mortgage, transfer, gift, etc., of real Estate or moveable Properties or issue of document by Consular Officer pertaining To such matters||50.00|
|6.||Any other consular services not covered (1 to 5) above||50.00|
|7.||Attestation of commercial document (pertaining to exports from India to a foreign country)||50.00|
|8.||Attestation of commercial document (pertaining to exports from foreign country into India)||125.00|
|9.||Marriage Fee (all inclusive)||125.00|
|10.||Attestation of pension papers, life certificate, declaration of Pay or Pension||GRATIS|
Fee once accepted is not refundable.