I already found some post about this question but they are a bit old dated.

I’m holder of Schengen visa with single entry issued by Spain.

I’m planning to go from Sofia to Barcelona because it’s way cheaper than Istanbul( the place I’m from )

So my question, is it possible to enter Bulgaria to attend a flight for Sofia to Barcelona with my single entry Schengen visa?


  • The 2014 decision mentioned in travel.stackexchange.com/questions/74609/… is still in force and the Bulgarian Ministy of foreign affairs still confusingly refers to an earlier decision. So I do not see any change that would make that Q&A “dated”. Obviously, the answer wasn't entirely satisfying and that hasn't changed either.
    – Relaxed
    Jun 23, 2022 at 18:08
  • So you say that single entry Schengen visa is not allowed to entry Bulgaria? Jun 23, 2022 at 18:14
  • I am not saying that, I find the information available very confusing and I haven't tried it myself. What I am saying is that what I wrote in 2016 remains true and in particular the 2014 EU decision is still in force. It also means that whatever you may read elsewhere about a similar trip in the last 6-7 years should also be true (anything older than 2014 on the other hand would not necessarily apply today).
    – Relaxed
    Jun 23, 2022 at 18:19
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    I will call the embassy tomorrow lets see Jun 23, 2022 at 18:23
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    @DavidSupportsMonica Bulgaria is not a Schengen area Jun 23, 2022 at 21:18

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You can only enter Bulgaria with a multiple entry Schengen visa. If you try to do this with a single entry schengen visa you will almost certainly not be allowed to enter. If you fly into Bulgaria via Sofia airport, you may be able to transit without a visa if you stay in the international area and have a connecting flight out within 24 hours. I know that is not exactly what you asked but it is a potential solution.

However when you applied for the Schengen visa you would have provided your planned travel itinerary and the application would have been considered and visa issued to accommodate this schedule.

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