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Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with a coastline bordering the Black Sea in Southeastern Europe. Bulgaria is bordered by Romania to the north, Macedonia and Serbia to the west, and Turkey and Greece to the south. Bulgaria is a cultural melting pot with many different foreign influences which makes for a very rich experience for tourists.
Visa and Immigration Procedures to Bulgaria
Bulgaria is part of the European Union, so travelers to Bulgaria from inside the European Union do not require a visa for any length of stay. Bulgaria has visa-free travel agreement with many major countries for stays of 90 days or less in Bulgaria. Visitors for staying in Bulgaria for more than 90 days from these countries will require a visa. Additionally, Bulgaria is part of the Schengen Agreement but has not fully implemented it yet. Please check with your local embassy for further details.
Things/Items Allowed into Bulgaria
Passengers older than 17 years old and arriving from non-EU locations are allowed to bring without customs duty 200 individual cigarettes, 100 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each), 50 cigars, 250 grams of smoking tobacco or proportional assortment 1 liter of spirits over 22%, or non-denatured ethyl alcohol with more than 80% volume, 2 liters of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22% volume, or sparkling wines or liquor wines, a proportional mix of these products; and in addition, 4 liters of wine or 16 liters of beer, medicines in proportion to the traveler's needs (for all passengers), and other goods (for air travelers), up to a total value of EUR 430 per adult or EUR 150 if aged under 15 years old.
Passengers who purchased items within EU countries are allowed the free import of, 800 individual cigarettes, 400 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each), 200 cigars or 1 kilogram of smoking tobacco, 10 liters of spirits over 22%, 20 liters of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90 liters of wine (though no more than 60 liters of sparkling wine) or 110 liters of beer.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Bulgaria
Things/Items Forbidden into Bulgaria
•Plants and Animals
Voice of Travelers to Bulgaria
Bulgaria Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Bulgaria known for?
A. Bulgaria is well known for beautiful Bulgarian Roses, and also Bulgarian yogurt. Bulgarian roses are beautiful and also a large export item as 85% of the world's rose oil is from these petals. Bulgarian yogurt is said to be the best yogurt in the world as the bacteria used to create yogurt is naturally in the air in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights to Sofia Airport •Athens International Airport
•Sheremetyevo International Airport
•Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
•Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Varna Airport •Riga International Airport
•Kyiv International Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Burgas Airport •Düsseldorf Airport
•Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Flight Routes to Bulgaria
Bulgaria's central location makes it a busy destination and layover destination, especially for flights going from Eastern Europe, Russia in particular, to Western Europe. Although there are 4 major international airports in Bulgaria, Sofia International Airport is connected to other major European airports via Air Bulgaria. Low-cost airlines have recently started to offer flights to and from Bulgaria.