I am evacuating / fleeing from Ukraine to Bulgaria – can I enter Bulgaria if I have Ukrainian personal documents (ID card, non-biometric passport)?

After the entry into force of the Temporary Protection Directive (11.03.2022) if you are a Ukrainian citizen and have Ukrainian identity documents (identity card, old non-biometric passport, other identity document proving that you resided legally in Ukraine before 24.02.2022.), but you do not have a biometric passport, you can enter Bulgaria and apply for “temporary protection” or “international protection” (read more about the difference between temporary protection and international protection in Question 8 (Q8).

At the border crossing you will have the opportunity to request one of the two types of protection.

Temporary protection is obtained immediately if you meet the conditions of the Temporary Protection Directive.