Staying in Bulgaria

Residence permits during the state of emergency

Free accommodation

As an asylum-seeker, you are entitled to free accommodation the State Agency for Refugees reception centers.

You have a right to stay at the reception center until a final decision has been made on your application for international protection. This means that you can also stay in the center if you are appealing a negative decision.

To stay at the reception centers, you have to respect the curfew hours and evening checks.

Reception centers

Location

Capacity (number of persons)

Sofia:

 

Ovcha Kupel registration and reception center (Address: 1618 Sofia; Ovcha Kupel residential district, 21-A Montevideo Str.)

860

Vrazhdebna accommodation center (1839 Sofia; 270 “Botevgradsko shosse” Blvd.)

370

Voenna Rampa accommodation center (1220 Sofia; 11 “Lokomotiv” St.)

800

Central Bulgaria:

 
  • Banya registration and reception center (8914 Banya village, Nova Zagora Municipality, 17 Mineralni bani Region)

70

South-Eastern Bulgaria:

 
  • Pastrogor transit center (6519 Pastrogor village, Svilengrad Municipality)

320

Harmanli registration and reception center (6450 Harmanli, 23 "Druzhba" St.)

2710

Common nationalities in centers

Your accommodation center will be assigned by SAR. Currently, the Vrazhdebna accommodation center in Sofia hosts mostly Kurdish asylum-seekers from Syria and Iraq, while Voenna Rampa accommodation center in Sofia hosts asylum-seekers from Afghanistan and Iran.

However, other centers, like the ones in Ovcha Kupel and Harmanli, host asylum-seekers from mixed nationalities. In most centers, families and unaccompanied minors are on separate floors.

Services at the reception centers

You are entitled to three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). You will also receive 20 leva (approx. 9 euros) pocket money per month.

There are daily educational and leisure activities as well as language training for children. These services are available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ovcha Kupel, Voenna Rampa, Vrazhdebna and Harmanli. The Bulgarian Red Cross and Caritas Sofia provide these services. There are also language classes for adults provided by the Refugee Project initiative several times a week in all 3 centers in Sofia.

Alternative accommodations

You are allowed to search for accommodation outside the reception center, but you will have to pay for it yourself. You must apply for permission from SAR to stay outside the reception centers.