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Updated : 02/10/2014

Professional qualifications – Bulgaria – Physiotherapists

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Only if you want to work abroad, not for study purposes.

If you obtained your professional qualifications outside the EU, you should check with the relevant authority whether you must apply to have them recognised.

Permanent stay

Documents [permanent stay]

If you wish to work as a physiotherapist in Bulgaria on a permanent basis, you must submit the following documents:

  • proof of identity (copy of passport or identity card)
  • proof of any change of name
  • copy of your qualification, certificate or other proof of professional entitlement to work as a physiotherapist, and the relevant annexes
  • certificate (less than 3 months old) of current professional status/good standing, from the relevant health authorities in your most recent country of work and residence, confirming that you:
    — are legally entitled to work as a physiotherapist
    — have not been suspended, disqualified or prohibited from practising
  • evidence of good repute: criminal record check or extract from "judicial record" from your home country, or the country where you were last living (less than 3 months old)
  • medical certificate demonstrating fitness to practise physiotherapy (less than 3 months old).
    Certificates issued by doctors from any EU country - or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland - are accepted
  • academic transcript and/or study plan/curriculum
  • if physiotherapy is NOT a regulated profession in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years in the last 10
  • proof you have paid the state fee.

If the documents you submit are copies, they must be certified — by the relevant authorities in your home country, the Bulgarian consulate or your home country's consulate in Bulgaria.

All documents — except your identity card/passport and the copy of your qualification certificate — must be in Bulgarian.

You can submit documents in other languages, but each must be accompanied by a certified translation, provided by an officially recognised translator in Bulgaria or any other EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

You may be able to find an officially recognised translator by contacting the relevant national translation body.

Responsible authority [permanent stay]

Министър на здравеопазването на Република България
Ministry of Health
Площад "Св. Неделя" № 5
1000 София

Tel.: +359/2 9301 463
Bulgarian Ministry of Health български (in Bulgarian)

When can you expect an answer? [permanent stay]

Once you have sent your documents, the authorities have:

  • 1 month — from the time they receive your application — to acknowledge receipt and ask you for any other documents they require
  • 3 months to take a decision, after receiving all the necessary documents.

Cost [permanent stay]

LEV 260 (about €130) — to be paid when submitting your application (enclose proof of payment with your application).

Temporary stay

Documents [temporary stay]

If you wish to work as a physiotherapist in Bulgaria on a temporary basis you must submit the following documents:

  • written declaration describing valid insurance against potential damages arising from your failure to fulfil your professional obligations
  • proof of identity (copy of passport or identity card)
  • proof of any change of name
  • certificate (less than 3 months old) of current professional status/good standing from the relevant health authorities in your most recent country of work and residence, confirming that:
    — you are legally entitled to work as a physiotherapist
    — you have not been suspended, disqualified or prohibited from practising
  • copy of your qualification, certificate or other proof of professional entitlement to work as a physiotherapist, and the relevant annexes
  • if physiotherapy is NOT a regulated profession in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years in the last 10.

If the documents you submit are copies, they must be certified – by the relevant authorities in your home country, the Bulgarian consulate or your home country's consulate in Bulgaria.

All documents — except your identity card/passport and the copy of your qualification certificate — must be in Bulgarian.

You can submit documents in other languages, but each must be accompanied by a certified translation, provided by an officially recognised translator in Bulgaria or any other EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

You may be able to find an officially recognised translator by contacting the relevant national translation body.

Responsible authority [temporary stay]

Министър на здравеопазването на Република България
Ministry of Health
Площад "Св. Неделя" № 5
1000 София

Tel.: +359/2 9301 463
Bulgarian Ministry of Health български (in Bulgarian)

When can you expect an answer? [temporary stay]

 Once you have sent your documents, the authorities have:

  • 1 month to acknowledge receipt of your application and request any more documents they need.
  • 3 months to take a decision, after receiving all the necessary documents.

Cost [temporary stay]

LEV 260 (about €130) — to be paid when submitting your application (enclose proof of payment with your application).

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