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Will I need an ETIAS to visit Bulgaria?

Bulgaria joined the E.U. in 2007, by the time the ETIAS system comes into effect it will also be a member of the Schengen zone.

The Bulgarian government has committed to adopting all European policies regarding immigration. The reforms of legislation regarding all human movement in Europe is something that Bulgaria takes very seriously, having struggled with the Syrian migrant crisis in 2016.

The ETIAS system is designed to stop crises like that in the future.

If you are a citizen of Europe, you will not require an ETIAS to visit Bulgaria. If you belong to the group of people who are foreign citizens, who have up until now not needed a visa, you will have to apply for your ETIAS ninety-six hours before you travel.

Once you receive your ETIAS, you will be entitled to unrestricted travel within the Schengen zone for ninety days out of one hundred and eighty days.

The new system has been designed to make applying in our electronically connected age very easy.

You will need

  • access to the Internet
  • an email address
  • your passport
  • and a valid payment method.

After filling in the online form and paying a fee, your application will be processed.

Successful applicants will have their ETIAS electronically attached to their passport within minutes, with each successful application lasting five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes sooner.

About Bulgaria

Bulgaria is officially known as the Republic of Bulgaria.
Situated in the Balkan Peninsula, bordering the Black Sea in the east, Bulgaria shares international borders with Turkey, the Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Greece.

Bulgaria has a land area of 42,855 sq. miles, the capital city is Sofia, and it has a population of 7.4 million people.
The official language spoken is Bulgarian, and the main religion is Christianity.

Bulgaria is a country with a diverse landscape, ranging from the mountainous western regions to the lowlands that border the Black Sea.
The Balkan Mountains and the Rhodope Mountains are well-known mountain ranges attracting climbers, skiers and tourists alike.

Sofia, the capital city, is also known as the City of Roses in a nod to the fact that Bulgaria singlehandedly produces more than 50% of the rose oil in the world.

During May and June each year, the oil-bearing rose petals in the Kazanlak and Karlovo valleys are harvested for the production of the essential oil, Attar of Roses.

Bulgaria typically enjoys hot summers and long, cold winters with popular sports for every season. Football is the most popular sport, but Bulgaria has enjoyed considerable success at weightlifting, tennis, boxing, and wrestling.

Known as a nation of book lovers, Bulgaria has not only thousands of libraries but also thousands of reading rooms which can be found throughout the country from the capital city of Sofia to the smallest of villages.

Bulgaria at a glance

Capital: Sofia

Timezone: UTC/GMT +2 hours

Languages: Bulgarian 76.8%, Turkish 8.2%, Roma 3.8%, Other 0.7%, Unspecified 10.5%

Area: 110,910 KM2

Currency: Lev (BGN)

Population: 7,148,785

Calling Code: +359

Travel to Bulgaria

Historically, Bulgaria was of strategic importance to the trade routes between Asia and Europe. Having close proximity to Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey, travelers to Bulgaria find further travel in Europe very convenient.

Bulgaria is enjoying a growing awareness of its attractions to visitors in a largely unspoiled country. Diverse interests are catered to by the geographic qualities of the country; the beaches on the Black Sea Coast, the mountain ranges for skiing and hiking, the historic river the Danube and historical and modern cities.

Bulgarian cuisine reflects a strong Turkish and Greek influence. Interestingly meat is eaten less than is the European average, with an abundance and variety of salads being consumed instead.

Bulgaria is a major wine exporter with ample locally produced wine available to the interested traveler to sample some vintage years.

There are many interesting cities to visit for business or pleasure. In addition to Sofia the capital, other notable Bulgarian cities are Bansko, Burgas, Plovdiv, and Varna.

Sofia is a cultured city with many museums; The Natural History Museum, The National Art Gallery, The National Archaeological Institute and Museum and the National Ethnographic Museum.

Folklore is an important part of Bulgarian culture with fire frequently being used to banish evil spirits. Folk music, which has developed over many years, has a distinctly Bulgarian sound with a distinctive ‘extended rhythmical time.’

The US and Bulgaria

Bulgaria has a long tradition of facilitating investment and trade with the U.S.
Education, seen as a common goal, is given great importance in Bulgaria. The American University of Bulgaria, the American College of Sofia and the Anglo-American School of Sofia are important educational establishments.

The U.S. Summer Work-Travel Programme is further proof of the commitment the two countries have towards each other. Thousands of young Bulgarians are given the opportunity each summer to work and travel in America; thousands more are issued travel visas to study there.

The American Chamber of Commerce has worked for decades to improve bilateral commercial ties. American companies are welcomed to Bulgaria with a heritage of investment, job creation, language skills, and work ethic.

The United States and Bulgaria have developed a strong and endearing relationship. With a joint belief in the importance of education, the rule of law, fighting terrorism, security and the vital agreement on defense, Bulgaria and the US consider themselves allies.

The ETIAS is based partly on the successful American travel scheme, the ESTA. With a huge investment in time, money, resources and knowledge, the ETIAS visa waiver scheme will facilitate radical changes in the security of Europe, benefitting residents and visitors alike.

List of US diplomatic offices in Bulgaria

The Embassy of USA in Sofia, Bulgaria

Address: 16, Kozyak Street Sofia 1408, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 2 937 5100
Fax: +359 2 937 5320
Facts: Eric Rubin – Ambassador

The Embassy of Bulgaria in Washington, USA

Address: 1621 22nd Street, NW, Dimitar Peshev Plaza, Washington D.C. 20008
Phone: (202) 387 0174
Email: [email protected]
Facts: Tihomir Stoytchev – Ambassador

Consulate of Bulgaria in New York, USA

Address: 121 East 62 Street, New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 935 4646
Fax: (212) 319 5955
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Bulgaria in Chicago, USA

Address: 737 North Michigan Ave., suite 2105, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 867 1904
Fax: (312) 867 1906
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Bulgaria in Los Angeles, USA

Address: 11766 Wilshire Blvd., suite 440, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 478 6700
Fax: (310) 478 6277
Email: [email protected]

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