Questions and Answers regarding the resumption of B1/B2 visa interviews
What are the criteria for applicants starting to interview for B1/B2 visas on December 8? Will it be first-come, first-served or based on other selection criteria?
We are able to offer a limited number of appointments at this time, and they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Do applicants need to be fully vaccinated or present a COVID-19 green certificate?
The U.S. Embassy follows local guidelines for entry into public buildings. Any individual seeking services from the Embassy should be prepared to present a valid digital or paper COVID-19 certificate showing that the person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, or has received a negative COVID test result within 48 hours, or has recovered from COVID-19. Minors under the age of 18 are exempt from this requirement.
Recovery from COVID-19 can be proven by one of the following documents:
- “Valid EU digital COVID certificate of recovery” is a document certifying by a PCR test that a person has suffered from COVID-19 which is valid in the EU for the period from the 11th to the 180th day from the date of the test entered in the document. The same is valid for 1 year in Bulgaria.
- “Valid COVID certificate of recovery” is a document certifying by an antigen test that a person has suffered from COVID-19 which is valid only in Bulgaria for 1 year.
- “Valid COVID certificate for antibodies” is a document certifying by a test that a person has antibodies for COVID-19 which is valid only in Bulgaria for 3 months.
Can anyone in Bulgaria apply, or do you need to be a Bulgarian national to apply?
We will have slots available for Bulgarian nationals and long-term residents in Bulgaria. In addition, we will offer a limited number of appointments on specific dates for third country nationals interested in applying in Sofia.
How will the Embassy handle the high volume of customers waiting to apply for tourist visas?
We are currently offering as many appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow. We hope to be able to offer more slots in early 2022
How long is the average wait time for a B1/B2 visa appointment?
It is difficult to estimate at this time, as it depends on the number of applicants waiting for appointments, and on the number of slots we will be able to offer – both of which will fluctuate over time. We recommend customers apply early, and check back regularly for appointments.
When will the Embassy fully resume all visa operations?
With the resumption of limited B1/B2 interviews, the Embassy is currently offering the full range of visa services. The number of appointments offered will continue to depend on local conditions, resources, and safety considerations.
Do you expect any further changes to U.S. entry requirements given the fluid situation with COVID 19?
U.S. entry requirements may change, based on the changing pandemic situation. Please monitor the Embassy’s website for information about policy changes.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page or use the contact information below:
- Email:To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to email@example.com.
To reach the U.S. Consulate in Sofia, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone:Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
- Callers in Bulgaria:Call 02 4916 461
- Callers in the United States:Call 1-703-988-7106.
Skype: To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative during regular hours of operation, add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name ustraveldocs-bulgaria.
Interview Appointment Information:
Fax: +359 (2) 937-5209
Inquiries about Nonimmigrant Visas may be made only in writing and addressed to the attention of Chief of Consular section:
Fax +359 (2) 937-5209
Postal Address from the U.S.:
Consular Section, Attn: Nonimmigrant Visa Unit
Department of State
5740 Sofia Place
Washington, DC 20521-5740
Postal Address from outside the U.S.:
U.S. Embassy, Consular Section
Attn: Nonimmigrant Visa Unit
Ul. Kozyak 16
Sofia 1408, Bulgaria
Visiting the Embassy or Consulate
Please note that no one may accompany applicants into the embassy’s consular waiting room. This includes American citizens, spouses, attorneys, sponsors, friends, and family members. Thus, any information these individuals would like to present should be submitted with the application materials or given to the applicant to present to the Consular Officer during the interview. We appreciate your understanding.
To help speed up the security process and save time, you should ensure that you are not carrying any prohibited items.
Backpacks and large bags are not permitted in the Embassy and may cause you to be denied entrance into the Embassy.
Laptops, tablets, bags and all other prohibited items from the list cannot be kept by the security guards.
Additional prohibited items include:
- electronic equipment
- dangerous items
- sealed envelopes
- sealed packages
- sprays, perfumes and other liquids
There is no parking lot on the Embassy grounds. We recommend you use public transportation or a taxi as it can be difficult to find street parking near the Embassy.
The streets around the Embassy are part of the paid Green Zone. If you choose to come by car, please be advised that you will not have access to your phone in the waiting room of the Consular section and you should use paper parking coupons. You may find more information on the official website of the Urban Mobility Center.