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Bulgaria is in the southeastern sector of Europe. This region has been inhabited since ancient times by many groups including Greeks, Romans and Goths.
Tourists travel to Bulgaria for a variety of reasons. Bulgaria is home to nine historical and natural objects that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Travelers also enjoy the rich cuisines that come from Turkish and Greek inspiration.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Bulgaria. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Bulgaria: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
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A visa is not required for Bulgaria if staying for less than 90 days. Passports must have at least six months validity remaining at entry.
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Bulgaria’s climate is continental with long, cold winters and warm summers. The country is made up of two plains with the Balkan Mountains extending from east to west between them. The northern plain sees temperatures in the 30’s in January and 70’s in July. The southern plain has temperatures in the 30’s for January to 70’s for July.
Bulgaria borders the Black Sea. Its coastal area is milder and influenced by sea breezes. Summers on the coast can be hot with temperatures reaching the 80’s in July and August.
The Balkan Mountains offer quite a contrast to that of the Black Sea coast. Temperatures remain low in the mountains year-round. Skiing is possible through late-March in the mountainous towns of Borovets and Pamporovo.
The majority of the crimes committed against tourists in Bulgaria involve money. Usually these involve overcharging in taxis and on alcohol. Travelers should only use taxis with meters and clearly marked rates.
Travelers must be very vigilant when purchasing alcohol in bars and nightclubs. It is not uncommon for bills to come back significantly higher than they should be.
Other common crimes in Bulgaria include pick-pocketing, purse snatching, automobile theft and burglary.
Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, is home to many exciting and vibrant cultural experiences. One experience Sofia has to offer that simply cannot be missed is the Boyana Church. This Bulgarian Orthodox church has been functioning since the late 10th century.
The church is known for its preserved structure and contributions to the European painting movements in the Middle Ages.
Here are some essential items to consider bringing on your trip to Bulgaria:
All Americans visiting Bulgaria should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Bulgaria, the information for the U.S. Embassy is:
U.S. Embassy Sofia
16, Kozyak Street
Sofia 1408, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 2 937 5100
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