Legalization of documents in Bulgaria

How to legalize foreign documents for official use in Bulgaria

  • Always a valid option is to legalize the documents in the nearest Bulgarian embassy or consulate (NB: honorary consulates cannot attest documents, they have only representative functions). Embassies and general consulates cannot attest documents to sell company shares or buy a property in Bulgaria

  • You may attest your documents with a local notary public in Bulgaria. In that case, you will not incur any extra costs as the notary fees are included in our service fees.
  • If the country where you reside is a member to The Hague Convention on Apostilles, you can apostille legalize the documents with your Foreign Affairs Ministry (please note: apostilling the documents in your country, they must be further legalized by the Bulgarian Foreign Affairs and incur an extra fee of 50 € per apostilled document).

Signatory states to the Hague convention abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents:
Albania
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brunei
Bulgaria
Cape Verde
China (only Hong Kong and Macao)
Colombia
Cook Islands
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Korea
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malawi
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Namibia
New Zealand
Niue Norway
Panama
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Salvador
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Serbia
Seychelles
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
The Netherlands
The United States of America
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Vanuatu
Venezuela
  • If your country has signed a Legal Aid Agreement with the Republic of Bulgaria, you can attest the set of incorporation documents with the nearest notary public in your country.  (please note: attesting the documents with a local notary public in your country, the set of incorporation documents need to be further legalized with the Bulgarian Foreign Affairs and incur an extra fee of 50 € per attested document);

List of countries with which Bulgaria has signed bilateral legal assistance treaties (Legal Aid Agreements) providing for exemption of documents from legalization:
Austria
Algeria
Azerbaijan
Armenia
Belarus
Vietnam
Georgia
Italy
Yemen
Cyprus
People’s Democratic Republic of Korea
Cuba
Kuwait
Libya
Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia
Mongolia
Poland
Romania
The Russian Federation
Syrian Arab Republic
Serbia (as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Croatia) 
Uzbekistan
Ukraine
Hungary
France
Czech republic (as well as Slovakia)
  • N.B. In extreme cases, where due to political instability or another verifiable reason, the applicant is unable to obtain certification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in his own country (the issuing state of the document), it may be possible for us to arrange the legalization in Bulgaria. The fee, which includes all state and other fees, for the service is EUR 245 for documents issued by states that have embassies in Bulgaria and EUR 480 if there is no Embassy of the issuing country in Bulgaria. Please note that this service will be applied only in extraordinary cases and there is no guarantee that the legalization process can be successfully administered in all cases.

Please note that all company documents need to be signed in blue ink.

The above attestation and legalization procedures apply for the certification of signatures and content on Powers of Attorney for the opening of a company or personal bank account, set of incorporation documents in Bulgaria, VAT registration, accounting & bookkeeping service and many others.  

If you are not sure which method of attestation/ legalization to follow, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Latest updates on certifications and legalizations requirements of foreign and Bulgarian documents can be checked here.

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