Country Guide: Bulgaria
Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Copy of Passport
- Copy of local ID / Residence Permit
- Declaration of value / Pro-forma Invoice
- Packing list
- List of electronic items (must include serial numbers and model)
- Letter of Employment (must be for a minimum of 12 months)
- Copy of Residential Rental Contract (must be for a minimum of 12 months)
- Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
- Copy of Diplomatic Passport (Diplomats)
- Diplomatic ID (Diplomats) Letter of Assignment (Diplomats only - issued by the Embassy stating the position and duties of shipper)
- Declaration for Temporary Import (Diplomats)
- The Declaration for Temporary Import must be prepared by the Embassy and approved by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Baggage clearance occurs at the first airport of entry in Bulgaria.
- Non-prohibited items may be imported on a temporary basis for a period 6 months or less; Customs duties will not be charged with a Letter of Guarantee from a Bulgarian organization stating that the goods will be returned or duties will be paid.
Note: The movement of household goods imported by natural persons transferring their normal place of residence from a third country to the EU are admitted free of import duties and value added tax by the criterion set out in Articles 3 to 11 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1186/2009.
- Original vehicle Registration
- Purchase Invoice
- Technical data (model, make, year of production, first year of registration, kilowatts of the engine, color, etc.)
- The kilowatts of the engine must be indicated as per the European system DIN or American system SAE.
- Vaccination Record
- Veterinary Health Record
- Veterinary Health Record must be issued by an authorized vet, identifying the origin and health status of the pet and made within 24 hours of its export.
- Pets under 3 months old must have lived indoors since birth.
- Animals are examined by personnel upon arrival.
- Guns and ammunition (permission must be obtained)
- Personal home computers as well as new electrical items are subject to Customs duties and taxes and purchases are required
- Precious metal, precious stones must be declared in writing.
- Medications for personal use can be imported but may not be expired.
- Tobacco may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
- Cigarettes (200)
- Cigarillos (100)
- Cigars (50)
- Tobacco for smoking (250 grams)
- Alcohol may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
- Wine (2 L)
- Sparkling or fortified wine (2 L)
- Spirits over 22% volume alcohol content (1 L)
- Coffee (500 g), coffee extract (200 g )
- Tea (100 g), tea extract (40 g)
- Perfume (50 g), eau de toilette (250 ml)
- Currency (cash sums greater than 8000 levs require the completion of a Customs Declaration prior to import)
- Illegal drugs
- Pornographic materials
- Dangerous chemicals
- Knives and deadly weapons
Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.
IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.