Visa requirements for Bulgarian citizens

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A Bulgarian identity card is valid for travel to most of the European countries

Visa requirements for Bulgarian citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Bulgaria. As of May 2018, Bulgarian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 169 countries and territories, ranking the Bulgarian passport 16th in terms of travel freedom (tied with the Croatian, Hong Kong and Romanian passports) according to the Henley & Partners Passport Index.[1]

Visa requirements map[edit]

Visa requirements for Bulgarian citizens
  Bulgaria
  Freedom of movement
  Visa not required
  Visa on arrival
  eVisa
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa required prior to arrival

Visa requirements[edit]

Country Visa requirement Allowed stay Notes (excluding departure fees)
 Afghanistan Visa required[2]
 Albania Visa not required[3] 90 days
 Algeria Visa required[4]
 Andorra Visa not required[5]
 Angola eVisa[6][7] 30 days
  • Visitors who have been granted an online pre-visa or have requested such pre-visa from the consulates of Angola abroad, are then issued with a visa on arrival at the country's border check points.
  • For a maximum total stay of 90 days within a one year period.[8]
  • Besides having printed confirmation that a visa will be issued upon arrival, passengers must: have a return/onward ticket, and have a hotel reservation confirmation.[9]
 Antigua and Barbuda Visa not required[10] 3 months
 Argentina Visa not required[11] 90 days
 Armenia Visa not required[12] 180 days
 Australia eVisitor[13] 90 days
  • 90 days on each visit in 12-month period if granted.
  • Bulgarian Government officially considers that Australia maintains a visa regime towards its citizens.[14] This was dismissed by the European Commission.[15]
 Austria Visa not required[16]
 Azerbaijan eVisa[17] 30 days[18]
 Bahamas Visa not required[19] 3 months
 Bahrain eVisa / Visa on arrival[20] 14 days
  • Visa is also obtainable online.[21]
 Bangladesh Visa on arrival[22] 30 days
 Barbados Visa not required[23] 3 months
 Belarus Visa not required[24] 30 days
 Belgium Visa not required[25]
 Belize Visa not required[26] 1 month
 Benin eVisa / Visa on arrival[27][28] 30 days / 8 days
  • Must have an international vaccination certificate.
 Bhutan Visa required[29]
 Bolivia Visa on arrival[30]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Visa not required[31]

90 days

  • 90 days within any 6 month period
  • ID card valid
 Botswana Visa not required[32] 90 days
 Brazil Visa not required[33] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Brunei Visa not required[34] 90 days
 Burkina Faso Visa required[35]
 Burundi Visa required[36][37]
 Cambodia eVisa / Visa on arrival[38] 30 days
  • Visa is also obtainable online.[39]
 Cameroon Visa required[40]
 Canada Visa not required[41] 6 months
 Cape Verde Visa on arrival[44]
 Central African Republic Visa required[45]
 Chad Visa required[46]
 Chile Visa not required[47] 90 days
 China Visa required[48]
 Colombia Visa not required[52] 180 days
  • 90 days - extendable up to 180-days stay within a one year period
 Comoros Visa on arrival[53]
 Republic of the Congo Visa required[54]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Visa required[55]
 Costa Rica Visa not required[56] 90 days
 Côte d'Ivoire eVisa[57] 3 months
 Croatia Visa not required[58]
 Cuba Tourist Card required[59]
 Cyprus Visa not required[60]
 Czech Republic Visa not required[61]
 Denmark Visa not required[62]

ID card valid

 Djibouti eVisa[63] 31 days
 Dominica Visa not required[64] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Dominican Republic Visa not required[65] 90 days
 Ecuador Visa not required[66] 90 days
 Egypt eVisa / Visa on arrival[67][68] 30 days
 El Salvador Visa not required[69] 3 months
 Equatorial Guinea Visa required[70]
 Eritrea Visa required[71]
 Estonia Visa not required[72]
 Eswatini Visa not required[73] 30 days
 Ethiopia eVisa[74]
 Fiji Visa not required[75] 4 months
 Finland Visa not required[76]
 France Visa not required[77]
 Gabon eVisa / Visa on arrival[78] 90 days
 Gambia Visa not required[80] 90 days
 Georgia Visa not required[81] 1 year
 Germany Visa not required[82]
 Ghana Visa required[83]
 Greece Visa not required[84]
 Grenada Visa not required[85] 3 months
 Guatemala Visa not required[86] 90 days
 Guinea Visa required[87]
 Guinea-Bissau eVisa / Visa on arrival[88] 90 days
 Guyana Visa required[89]
 Haiti Visa not required[90] 90 days
 Honduras Visa not required[91] 3 months
 Hungary Visa not required[92]
 Iceland Visa not required[93]
 India e-Visa[94] 60 days
  • e-Visa holders must arrive via 26 designated airports[Note 1] or 3 designated seaports.[Note 2][95]
  • An Indian e-Tourist Visa can only be obtained twice in one calendar year.
 Indonesia Visa not required[96] 30 days
 Iran Visa on arrival[97] 30 days[98]
 Iraq Visa required[99] 15 days
 Ireland Visa not required[100]
 Israel Visa not required[101] 3 months
 Italy Visa not required[102]
 Jamaica Visa on arrival[103]
 Japan Visa not required[104] 90 days
 Jordan Free visa on arrival[105]
 Kazakhstan Visa not required[107] 30 days[108]
 Kenya eVisa / Visa on arrival[109] 3 months
 Kiribati Visa not required[110] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 North Korea Visa required[111]
 South Korea Visa not required[112] 90 days
 Kuwait eVisa / Visa on arrival[113] 3 months
 Kyrgyzstan eVisa / Visa on arrival[114] 1 month
 Laos Visa on arrival[116] 30 days
  • Conditions apply.
  • Available at international airports Luangphabang, Pakse, Savannakhet and Vientiane, and at 4 land borders Friendship Bridge,[Note 3] and at 13 border crossings[Note 4] as well as Tanalaeng train station in Vientiane, which connects to the train station in Nongkai, Thailand.[117]
  • Entry points Lalai, Lantui, Meuang mom, Pakxan, and Phoudou are open only to visa holders.
  • Extendable up to 60 days.
 Latvia Visa not required[118]
 Lebanon Visa on arrival[119] 1 month
  • 1 month extendable for 2 additional months
  • Granted free of charge at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry if there is no Israeli visa or seal, holding a telephone number, an address in Lebanon, and a non refundable return or circle trip ticket.
 Lesotho eVisa[120][121]
 Liberia Visa required[122]
 Libya Visa required[123]
 Liechtenstein Visa not required[124]
 Lithuania Visa not required[125]
 Luxembourg Visa not required[126]
 Macedonia Visa not required[127] 90 days
 Madagascar Free visa on arrival[128] 30 days
 Malawi Visa on arrival[129]
 Malaysia Visa not required[130] 90 days[131]
 Maldives Visa not required[132] 30 days
 Mali Visa required[133]
 Malta Visa not required[134]
 Marshall Islands Visa not required[135] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Mauritania Visa on arrival[136]
 Mauritius Visa not required[137] 90 days
 Mexico Visa not required[138] 180 days
 Micronesia Visa not required[139] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Moldova Visa not required[140] 90 days
 Monaco Visa not required[143]
 Mongolia Visa required[144]
 Montenegro Visa not required[145] 90 days
 Morocco Visa not required[146] 3 months
 Mozambique Visa on arrival[147] 30 days
 Myanmar eVisa[148] 28 days
 Namibia Visa required[149]
 Nauru Visa required[150]
   Nepal Visa on arrival[151] 90 days
 Netherlands Visa not required[152]
 New Zealand Visa not required[153] 3 months
 Nicaragua Visa not required[154] 90 days
 Niger Visa required[155]
 Nigeria Visa required[156]
 Norway Visa not required[157]
 Oman eVisa[158] 30 days
 Pakistan Visa required[159]
 Palau Visa not required[160] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Panama Visa not required[161] 180 days
 Papua New Guinea Free visa on arrival[162][163] 60 days
  • Free of charge.
 Paraguay Visa not required[164] 90 days
 Peru Visa not required[165] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 6 month period[166]
 Philippines Visa not required[167] 30 days
 Poland Visa not required[168]
 Portugal Visa not required[169]
 Qatar Visa not required[170][171] 90 days
 Romania Visa not required[172]
 Russia Visa required[173]
 Rwanda eVisa / Visa on arrival[174] 30 days
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Visa not required[175] 3 months
 Saint Lucia Visa not required[176] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Visa not required[177] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Samoa Visa not required[178] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 San Marino Visa not required[179]
 São Tomé and Príncipe Visa not required[180] 15 days
 Saudi Arabia Visa required[181]
 Senegal Visa not required[182] 90 days
 Serbia Visa not required[183] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 6 month period
  • ID card valid
 Seychelles Visa not required[184] 3 months
 Sierra Leone Visa required[185]
 Singapore Visa not required[186] 90 days
 Slovakia Visa not required[187]
 Slovenia Visa not required[188]
 Solomon Islands Visa not required[189] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Somalia Visa on arrival[190]
 South Africa Visa required[191]
 South Sudan Visa required[192]
 Spain Visa not required[193]
 Sri Lanka eVisa / Visa on arrival[194] 30 days
 Sudan Visa required[195]
 Suriname Visa required[196]
 Sweden Visa not required[197]
  Switzerland Visa not required[198]
 Syria Visa required[199]
 Tajikistan eVisa[200] 45 days
 Tanzania Visa on arrival[201]
 Thailand Visa on arrival[202] 15 days
 Timor-Leste Visa not required[203] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Togo Visa on arrival[204] 7 days
 Tonga Visa not required[205] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Trinidad and Tobago Visa not required[206] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Tunisia Visa not required[207] 2 months
 Turkey Visa not required[208] 3 months
 Turkmenistan Visa required[209]
 Tuvalu Visa not required[210] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Uganda eVisa / Visa on arrival[211]
 Ukraine Visa not required[213] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 United Arab Emirates Visa not required[214] 90 days
 United Kingdom Visa not required[217]
 United States Visa required[218]
 Uruguay Visa not required[219] 90 days
 Uzbekistan eVisa[220][221] 30 days
  • 5-day visa free transit when in transit at the international airports on condition of holding a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country.[222]
 Vanuatu Visa not required[223] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
  Vatican City Visa not required[224]
 Venezuela Visa not required[225] 90 days
 Vietnam eVisa[226] 30 days[227]
 Yemen Visa required[228]
 Zambia eVisa / Visa on arrival[229] 90 days
 Zimbabwe Visa on arrival[230] 3 months
  • 30 days for visits on business, 3 months for tourists

Territories[edit]

Visa requirements for Bulgarian citizens for visits to various territories, disputed areas, partially recognized countries and restricted zones:

Europe
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 Abkhazia Visa required[231]
 Artsakh Visa required[232][233] Travellers with Artsakh visa (expired or valid) or evidence of travel to Artsakh (stamps) will be permanently denied entry to Azerbaijan.[234]
Flag of the Greek Orthodox Church.svg Mount Athos Special permit required Special permit required (4 days: 25 euro for Orthodox visitors, 35 euro for non-Orthodox visitors, 18 euro for students). There is a visitors' quota: maximum 100 Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox per day and women are not allowed.[235][236]
Belarus Brest and Grodno Visa not required Visa-free for 10 days[237]
Autonomous Republic of Crimea Crimea Visa required Visa issued by Russia is required.[238]
 Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Visa not required 3 months;[239][240][241] ID card valid[239]
United Nations UN Buffer Zone in Cyprus Access Permit required[242] Access Permit is required for travelling inside the zone, except Civil Use Areas.
 Faroe Islands Visa not required[243]
 Gibraltar Visa not required[244]
 Guernsey Visa not required[245]
 Isle of Man Visa not required[246]
Norway Jan Mayen Permit required Permit issued by the local police required for staying for less than 24 hours[247] and permit issued by the Norwegian police for staying for more than 24 hours.[248]
 Jersey Visa not required[249]
 Kosovo Visa not required 90 days[250]
 Russia Special authorization required Several closed cities and regions in Russia require special authorization.[251]
 South Ossetia Visa not required Multiple entry visa to Russia and three day prior notification are required to enter South Ossetia.[252][253]
 Transnistria Visa not required Registration required after 24h.[254][255]
Africa
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 British Indian Ocean Territory Special permit required Special permit required.[256]
 Eritrea outside Asmara Travel permit required To travel in the rest of the country, a Travel Permit for Foreigners is required (20 Eritrean nakfa).[257]
 Mayotte Visa not required[258]
 Réunion Visa not required[258]
 Ascension Island Entry Permit required Entry Permit must be obtained minimum 28 days in advance (3 months for 20/30 pounds sterling, single/double entry).[259]
 Saint Helena Visitor's Pass required Visitor's Pass granted on arrival valid for 4/10/21/60/90 days for 12/14/16/20/25 pound sterling.[260]
 Tristan da Cunha Permission required Permission to land required for 15/30 pounds sterling (yacht/ship passenger) for Tristan da Cunha Island or 20 pounds sterling for Gough Island, Inaccessible Island or Nightingale Islands.[261]
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Undefined visa regime in the Western Sahara controlled territory.
 Somaliland Visa on arrival 30 days for 30 US dollars, payable on arrival.[262][263]
 Sudan Travel permit required All foreigners traveling more than 25 kilometers outside of Khartoum must obtain a travel permit.
Sudan Darfur Travel permit required Separate travel permit is required.[264]
Asia
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 Hong Kong Visa not required[265] 3 months
 India PAP/RAP PAP/RAP required Protected Area Permit (PAP) required for whole states of Nagaland and Sikkim and parts of states Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh. Restricted Area Permit (RAP) required for all of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and parts of Sikkim. Some of these requirements are occasionally lifted for a year.[266][267][268][269][270][271]
 Iraqi Kurdistan Visa on arrival Visa on arrival for 15 days is available at Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports.[272]
 Kazakhstan Special permission required Special permission required for the town of Baikonur and surrounding areas in Kyzylorda Oblast, and the town of Gvardeyskiy near Almaty.[273]
Iran Kish Island Visa not required Visitors to Kish Island do not require a visa.[274]
 Macau Visa not required[275] 90 days
Malaysia Sabah and Sarawak Visa not required These states have their own immigration authorities and passport is required to travel to them, however the same visa applies.[276]
Maldives Maldives Permission required With the exception of the capital Malé, tourists are generally prohibited from visiting non-resort islands without the express permission of the Government of Maldives.[277]
 North Korea outside Pyongyang Special permit required People are not allowed to leave the capital city, tourists can only leave the capital with a governmental tourist guide (no independent moving)
 Palestine Visa not required[278] Arrival by sea to Gaza Strip not allowed.[279]
 Taiwan Visa not required[280] 90 days
Tajikistan Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province OIVR permit required OIVR permit required (15+5 Tajikistani Somoni) and another special permit (free of charge) is required for Lake Sarez.[281][282][283]
China Tibet Autonomous Region TTP required Tibet Travel Permit required (10 US Dollars).[284][285][286]
 Turkmenistan Special permit required A special permit, issued prior to arrival by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is required if visiting the following places: Atamurat, Cheleken, Dashoguz, Serakhs and Serhetabat.[287]
United Nations Korean Demilitarized Zone Restricted zone.
United Nations UNDOF Zone and Ghajar Restricted zone.
Vietnam Phú Quốc Visa not required 30 days[288]
 Yemen Special permission required Special permission needed for travel outside Sana’a or Aden.[289]
Caribbean and North Atlantic
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)f
 Anguilla Visa not required[290] 3 months
 Aruba Visa not required[291] 30 days, extendable to 180 days
 Bermuda Visa not required[292] Up to 6 months, decided on arrival
Netherlands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba Visa not required[293] 3 months
 British Virgin Islands Visa not required[294] 30 days, extensions possible
 Cayman Islands Visa not required[295][296]
Colombia San Andrés and Leticia Tourist Card on arrival Visitors arriving at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport and Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport must buy tourist cards on arrival.[297]
 Curacao Visa not required[298] 3 months
France French Guiana Visa not required[299]
France French West Indies Visa not required French West Indies refers to Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy.[300]
 Greenland Visa not required[243]
Venezuela Margarita Island Visa not required All visitors are fingerprinted.[301]
 Montserrat Visa not required[302] 6 months
 Puerto Rico Visa required[303]
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon Visa not required[258]
 Sint Maarten Visa not required[304] 3 months
 Turks and Caicos Islands Visa not required[305] 90 days
 U.S. Virgin Islands Visa required[306]
Oceania
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 American Samoa Entry permit required[307]
Australia Ashmore and Cartier Islands Special authorisation required Special authorisation required.[308]
France Clipperton Island Special permit required Special permit required.[309]
 Cook Islands Visa not required 31 days[310]
Fiji Lau Province Special permission required Special permission required.[311]
 French Polynesia Visa not required[312]
 Guam Visa required[313]
 New Caledonia Visa not required[258]
 Niue Visa on arrival 30 days[314]
 Northern Mariana Islands Visa required[315]
 Pitcairn Islands Visa not required 14 days visa free and landing fee 35 USD or tax of 5 USD if not going ashore.[316][317][318]
 Tokelau Entry permit required[319]
United States United States Minor Outlying Islands Special permits required Special permits required for Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island.[320][321][322][323][324][325][326]
 Wallis and Futuna Visa not required[258]
South Atlantic and Antarctica
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 Falkland Islands Visa not required Visa is not required.[327]
 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Permit required Pre-arrival permit from the Commissioner required (72 hours/1 month for 110/160 pounds sterling).[328][329]
Antarctica Special permits required for  British Antarctic Territory,  French Southern and Antarctic Lands,  Argentine Antarctica, Australia Australian Antarctic Territory, Antártica Chilena Province Chilean Antarctic Territory, Australia Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Norway Peter I Island, Norway Queen Maud Land, New Zealand Ross Dependency.[330][331][332][333][334][335][336][337][338][339][340][341]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Holders of various categories of official Bulgarian passports have additional visa-free access to the following countries - Azerbaijan (diplomatic or service passports), China (diplomatic or service passports), India (diplomatic or official passports), Indonesia (diplomatic or official passports), Iran (diplomatic or service passports), Kazakhstan (diplomatic or service passports), Kuwait (diplomatic or service passports), Mauritania (diplomatic and service passports), Mongolia (diplomatic or official passports), North Korea (diplomatic or service passports), Qatar (diplomatic passports), Russia (diplomatic and service passports), South Africa (diplomatic, official or service passports), Turkmenistan (diplomatic or service passports) and Vietnam (diplomatic, official, service or special passports). Holders of diplomatic or service passports of any country have visa-free access to Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Mali and Zimbabwe.

Right to consular protection in non-EU countries[edit]

Diplomatic missions of Bulgaria

When in a non-EU country where there is no Bulgarian embassy, Bulgarian citizens as EU citizens have the right to get consular protection from the embassy of any other EU country present in that country.

See also List of diplomatic missions of Bulgaria.

Non-visa restrictions[edit]

Many countries have entry restrictions on foreigners that go beyond the common requirement of having either a valid visa or a visa exemption. Such restrictions may be health related or impose additional documentation requirements on certain classes of people for diplomatic or political purposes.

Passport validity length[edit]

In the absence of specific bilateral agreements, countries requiring passports to be valid at least 6 months on arrival include Afghanistan, Algeria, Anguilla, Bahrain,[350] Bhutan, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Curaçao, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel,[351] Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Venezuela and Vietnam.[352]

Turkey requires passports to be valid for at least 150 days upon entry.

Countries requiring passports valid for at least 4 months on arrival include Micronesia and Zambia.

Countries requiring passports valid for at least 3 months beyond the period of intended stay include European Union countries (except the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (and always excepting EU/EEA/Swiss nationals), Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Nauru, Moldova, New Zealand and 3 months validity on arrival in Albania, Honduras, Macedonia, Panama, Qatar and Senegal.

Bermuda requires passports to be valid for at least 45 days upon entry.

Countries that require a passport validity of at least one month beyond the period of intended stay include Eritrea, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macau and South Africa.

Other countries require either a passport valid on arrival or a passport valid throughout the period of the intended stay. Some countries have bilateral agreements with other countries to shorten the period of passport validity required for each other's citizens[353][354] or even accept passports that have already expired (but not been cancelled).[355]

Blank passport pages[edit]

Many countries require a minimum number of blank pages in the passport being presented, generally one or two pages.[356] Endorsement pages, which often appear after the visa pages, are not counted as being available.

Vaccination[edit]

An International Certificate of Vaccination required to prove that someone has been vaccinated against yellow fever

Many African countries, including Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia, require all incoming passengers to have a current International Certificate of Vaccination.

Some other countries require vaccination only if the passenger is coming from an infected area or has recently visited one.[357]

Israeli stamps[edit]

Israeli border control Entry Permit (issued as a stand-alone document rather than a stamp affixed in a passport)

Kuwait,[358] Lebanon,[359] Libya,[360] Saudi Arabia,[361] Sudan,[362] Syria[363] and Yemen[364] do not allow entry to people with passport stamps from Israel or whose passports have either a used or an unused Israeli visa, or where there is evidence of previous travel to Israel such as entry or exit stamps from neighbouring border posts in transit countries such as Jordan and Egypt.

To circumvent this Arab League boycott of Israel, the Israeli immigration services have now mostly ceased to stamp foreign nationals' passports on either entry to or exit from Israel. Since 15 January 2013, Israel no longer stamps foreign passports at Ben Gurion Airport, giving passengers a card instead that reads: "Since January 2013 a pilot scheme has been introduced whereby visitors are given an entry card instead of an entry stamp on arrival. You should keep this card with your passport until you leave. This is evidence of your legal entry into Israel and may be required, particularly at any crossing points into the Occupied Palestinian Territories." [365] Passports are still (as of 22 June 2017) stamped at Erez when travelling into and out of Gaza. Also, passports are still stamped (as of 22 June 2017) at the Jordan Valley/Sheikh Hussein and Yitzhak Rabin/Arava land borders with Jordan.

Iran refuses admission to holders of passports containing an Israeli visa or stamp that is less than 12 months old.

Armenian ethnicity[edit]

Due to a state of war existing between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the government of Azerbaijan not only bans entry of citizens from Armenia, but also all citizens and nationals of any other country who are of Armenian descent, to the Republic of Azerbaijan[366][367] (although there have been exceptions, notably for Armenia's participation at the 2015 European Games held in Azerbaijan).

Azerbaijan also strictly bans any visit by foreign citizens to the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh[368] (the de facto independent Republic of Artsakh), its surrounding territories and the Azerbaijani exclaves of Karki, Yuxarı Əskipara, Barxudarlı and Sofulu which are de jure part of Azerbaijan but under control of Armenia, without the prior consent of the government of Azerbaijan. Foreign citizens who enter these occupied territories will be permanently banned from entering the Republic of Azerbaijan[369] and will be included in their "list of personae non gratae".[370] As of April 2018 the list contains 710 persons.

Upon request, the authorities of the largely unrecognized Republic of Artsakh may attach their visa and/or stamps to a separate piece of paper in order to avoid detection of travel to their country.

Criminal record[edit]

Some countries (for example: Australia, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand and the United States [371]) routinely deny entry to non-citizens who have a criminal record.

Persona non grata[edit]

The government of a country can declare a diplomat persona non grata, banning their entry into that country. In non-diplomatic use, the authorities of a country may also declare a foreigner persona non grata permanently or temporarily, usually because of unlawful activity. Attempts to enter the Gaza strip by sea may attract a 10-year ban on entering Israel.[372]

Fingerprinting[edit]

Iris recognition biometric systems apply mathematical pattern-recognition techniques to images of the irises of an individual's eyes.

Several countries mandate that all travellers, or all foreign travellers, be fingerprinted on arrival and will refuse admission to or even arrest those travellers that refuse to comply. In some countries, such as the United States, this may apply even to transit passengers who merely wish to quickly change planes rather than go landside.[373]

Fingerprinting countries include Afghanistan,[374][375] Argentina,[376] Brunei, Cambodia,[377] China when entering through Shenzhen airport,[378] Ethiopia,[379] Ghana, India, Japan,[380][381] Malaysia upon entry and departure,[382] Paraguay, Saudi Arabia,[383] Singapore, South Korea,[384] and Taiwan.[385]

Additionally, the United Arab Emirates conducts iris scanning on visitors who need to apply for a visa.[386][387]

See also[edit]

References and Notes[edit]

References
  1. ^ "Global Ranking - Passport Index 2018" (PDF). Henley & Partners. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ Visa information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.
  3. ^ Visa regime for foreign citizens, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania.
  4. ^ Travel Information Manual, International Air Transport Association (IATA).
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  3. ^
    • Vientiane
    • Savannakhet
    • Khammuan
    • Bokeo
  4. ^
    • Panghok - Taichang (Vietnam)
    • Samliemkham - (Thailand and Myanmar)
    • Nonghaed - Nam kanh (Vietnam)
    • Nam phao - Cau treo (Vietnam)
    • Na pao - Cha lo (Vietnam)
    • Daensavan - Lao bao (Vietnam)
    • Veunkham - Nong nok khian (Cambodia)
    • Vang tao - Chongmek (Thailand)
    • Boten - Bo han (China)
    • Nam ngeun - Huay konl (Thailand)
    • Namheuang - Nakaseng (Thailand)
    • Nam soy - Na meo (Vietnam)
    • Phoukeua - Kontoum (Vietnam)