Bulgaria Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import to passengers arriving with goods purchased within the EU which are for personal use only:
a. tobacco products for passengers aged 17 and older:
-800 cigarettes;
-400 cigarillos (max. 3g each);
-200 cigars;
-1kilogram smoking tobacco;
b. alcoholic beverages, for passengers aged 17 and older:
-10 liters of spirits over 22% and ethyl alcohol;
-20 liters of alcoholic beverages less than 22%;
-90 liters of wine (though no more than 60 liters of sparkling wine);
-110 liters of beer;
Free import to passengers arriving from non-EU Member States (incl. Canary Islands, Channel Islands and other similar territories):
a. tobacco products, for passengers aged 17 and older:
-200 cigarettes; or
-100 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each); or
-50 cigars; or
-250 grams of smoking tobacco; or
-proportional assortment;
b. alcoholic beverages, for passengers aged 17 and older:
- 1 liter of spirits over 22% volume, or non-denatured ethyl alcohol with more than 80% volume; or
- 2 liters of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22% volume, or sparkling wines or liquor wines; or
- a proportional mix of these products; and in addition
- 4 liters still wine; and
- 16 liters of beer;
c. other goods up to a total value of EUR 430.-.

Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU Member State, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member State, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Faroe Isl., Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries.

For full details, please see or refer to the website of the European Union,

For full details please see Terms & Definitions, section 5. Customs, or refer to the website of the European Union,

Certain plants and plant products entering the EU must have an original phytosanitary certificate (see These items must be declared on arrival and are subject to phytosanitary checks.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Prohibited: It is not allowed to import arms and ammunition from Russian Fed. and Syria. For more information see


Cats and dogs are subject to special regulations (EC) No. 998/2003 and (EU) 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council .
Birds are subject to Decision (EC) No. 25/2007.
For more information contact a Bulgarian embassy.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Bulgaria.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Bulgaria.


Currency Import regulations:

Same regulations as for export apply.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Bulgarian Lev - BGN) and foreign currencies:
1. No restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State .
2. If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or more or the equivalent in another currency (incl. banker's draft and cheques of any kind) must be declared.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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