Temporary importation of used vehicles is allowed only for six months. A foreign imported car can only be used by a person who has a written permission, by the government of the country.
If a car is imported from a country outside the EU or EEA, you will need to pay import tariff and VAT. The import tariff in Bulgaria is 10% and the VAT is 20%.
Duty free importation of vehicle by citizen of Bulgaria is allowed if the person has owed the car for a period of more than six months and the car has been driven more than 6,000 kilometers. Non-residents of Bulgaria have to pay import duty on the car.
Import duty is to be paid on vehicles imported outside the EU. An environmental tax called eco-tax (Eco-Tax) must be paid for all cars imported from outside the EU. The amount paid depends on the age of the vehicle it applies to all vehicles.
Following documents are required for registering vehicle:
Note: A private vehicle may be temporarily imported and used on Bulgarian roads for up to six months as long as the vehicle has a minimum third party insurance policy. A ‘used’ car is more than six months old and has been driven more than 6 000 km.