The currency unit in the Republic of Bulgaria is
the Bulgarian Lev (plural form - leva /levs/) or BGN. 1 lev = 100
Pegged exchange rate: EUR 1 = BGN 1.955
Foreigners may export and import Bulgarian banknotes and coins in
circulation to the amount of up to BGN 10,000. Sums exceeding this
amount may be imported and exported only with a permit by the BNB
(Bulgarian National Bank), valid for a period of up to 90 days of
its issuance date.
"Foreign currency" is a foreign banknote or coins that is a legal
payment means in the country of its issuance.
"Foreign convertible (hard) currency" is the currency for which the
BNB announces a central exchange rate every working day.
"Foreign currency in cash" apart from banknotes and coins are also
the traveler checks issued in a foreign currency.
The foreign persons may export convertible (hard) currency in
amounts that do not exceed the amount of the foreign currency they
had imported and declared. They can import unlimited amounts of
foreign currency, which is to be declared.
Upon entering and exiting the customs territory of the Republic of
Bulgaria foreigners obligatorily fill in a declaration after a
sample for the following currency value they carry:
Bulgarian banknotes and coins in circulation in
amounts over BGN 10,000;
Bulgarian coins in circulation of numismatic
Foreign currency equal to more than US$ 1,000;
Shares issued by foreign entities in foreign
currency, obligation notes, treasury-bonds, investment and
depository certificates, checks, bills of exchange, order bills,
credit letters and other similar valuable papers;
Precious metals and precious stones and
products of these other than the usual amounts for personal and
family use - in type, weight, and value;
Coins, containing gold, silver and platinum -
in type, weight, and value;
Other (hard) currency values.
The export is prohibited of articles, coins of
gold, silver, and platinum of historic, archaeological, artistic,
and numismatic value included, except for the cases when there is a
permit issued by the Minister of culture.
Foreigners leaving the customs territory of the Republic of Bulgaria
may export precious metals in the form of ingots, articles made of
them and precious stones, as well as coins containing precious
metals within the amounts imported and declared, as well as articles
purchased within the country, whose equivalence does not exceed the
amount of the foreign convertible currency imported and declared by