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11 February 2022

A guide to Bulgarian notary services and apostille

If Bulgaria is a place of significance for you or your business, we can help.

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Bulgaria is known for its beauty. Its long history and population of 7,000,000 make it rich in culture and heritage. Of the 1.3 million UK nationals that live in Europe, around 7,000 are settled in Bulgaria, while many others conduct business there. In addition, approximately 79,000 Bulgarian nationals were living in the UK in 2021. 

If that includes you, we can provide the service you need for notarising and obtaining an apostille for your Bulgarian documents.  

Bulgarian Travel Consents for Children

If you’re planning on taking a child (someone who is under 18) to Bulgaria, you need the permission of someone who has parental responsibility. You already have parental responsibility if you’re the child’s mother, but you still need permission from anyone else with parental responsibility before you take the child aboard. 

You also need a letter that includes:

  • evidence of your relationship with the child, eg a birth or adoption certificate
  • a divorce or marriage certificate, if you are a single parent but your family name is different from the child’s

Bulgarian Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney documents allow someone to make decisions on behalf of someone else. They are used when the principle (the person that grants the power of attorney) is not able to make the decision themselves. This may be due to being absent from the decision making process, or being too ill to make the decision.   

Power of Attorney (PoA) forms are commonplace in most countries; they are often used in the UK when a family member needs help with financial decisions. In Bulgaria, powers of  attorney are used widely; they form part of day to day Bulgarian business as well as personal matters. Woodcock Notary Public can assist with documents, like powers of attorney, that are intended for use in Bulgaria. 

Selling property in Bulgaria using PoA

If you are acting as an attorney on behalf of someone to sell a property in Bulgaria, there are several points you should be aware of. 

In terms of what needs to be included in the form itself, the Bulgariain Government does not have an extensive list of mandatory requirements. As long as the Power of Attorney form generally sets out the will of the principle, the form will be acceptable. 

If you are granted Power of Attorney to sell a property in Bulgaria, it’s recommended that you seek legal advice to protect yourself from future legal problems. If you require such advice, our contact details are at the bottom of this page. 

Using educational documents in Bulgaria

Educational documents grant you certain liberties in Bulgaria. For example, they are needed to apply for a driving licence and to study once you arrive. If you want to use your certificates, you need to get them validated.

The British Council in Bulgaria stopped accepting documents for verification in December 2021, which means official documents can no longer be certified by the Bulgarian British Council. If you are already in Bulgaria, it’s recommended you get your documents verified by the British Council in Greece.

Translating your documents for use in Bulgaria

Before you take your document to Bulgaria, you need to get it translated. The requirements for translation are as follows:

  • The translation has to be done by a sworn translator
  • The translator has to be registered by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry


It’s important to note that, due to the Bulgarian language having a different alphabet, some names are translated in Bulgarina differently. If this happens it may mean that the name on your translated document no longer matches your own. To make sure this does not happen, the translator needs to be informed. 

Bulgarian Apostilles

If you want to use a UK document in Bulgaria then you need an apostille. An apostille is a certificate that is attached to your document so it can be legally recognised in Bulgaria. 

You will need an apostille if you plan to do any of the following whilst in Bulgaria:

  • Get married
  • Apply for citizenship
  • Apply for residency 
  • Apply to study


Bulgaria is part of the Hague Apostille Convention, so there is no need for separate legislation certificates. An apostille is all you will need. To find out more about apostilles and the services we offer, click
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READY FOR ASSISTANCE?

If you have any questions about our notary, apostille or consular services,
contact Woodcock Notary Public today.

Call us on 0800 049 2471 or email info@woodcocknotarypublic.com.

If you have any questions about our notary, apostille or consular services, contact Woodcock Notary Public today.

Call us on 0800 049 2471 or email info@woodcocknotarypublic.com.