Bulgaria forms part of the Balkans in south-eastern Europe. It borders Romania to the north (along the Danube River), Greece to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. The first Bulgarian kingdoms date back to the early Middle Ages, and the First Bulgarian Empire (632–1018) established the traditions, culture and language that exists to this day .... Centuries later, with the decline of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185–1422), Bulgarian kingdoms came under Ottoman rule for nearly five centuries. The Russo-Turkish War of 1878 led to the re-establishment of a Bulgarian state as a constitutional monarchy. Following the Young Turk Revolution, Bulgaria declared her independence from the Ottoman Emipre in 1908. After World War II, in 1945 Bulgaria became a communist state and part of the Eastern Bloc. In 1990 the Communist party gave up its power and Bulgaria transitioned to democracy and free-market capitalism. It joined the EU in 2007. The capitol of Sofia is a prime tourist attraction, along with the the seaside resort town of Varna.Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
U.S. and Canadian citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Bulgaria for the most up-to-date visa information.
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. For all vaccinations and health requirements, we also recommend that you consult the World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
Bulgaria experiences all four seasons with a dry and hot summer, long and pleasant fall, cold and wet winters, and a warm spring. The capital city of Sofia enjoys average daytime temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius in the summer and 3 degrees Celsius in the winter. Winters also see heavy amounts of snow.
For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Currency: Lev (BGN)
Religion: 83% of the country is Bulgarian Orthodox
Time Zone: UTC +2
Electricity: 220 Volts
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Bulgaria is +359
Calling North America: Dial 001 011 + 359 + ###-####
Emergency numbers in Bulgaria: For Police 166, Medical 150, and Fire 160