Facts for the Traveller


Visas: Nationals of some 30 countries - including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and other EU countries - are admitted without a visa for stays of less than 30 days. An extension for up to three months costs US$100. Visitors of most other nationalities are issued visas on a shifting fee scale dependent on the type of visa sought - transit, tourist or business.

Health risks: No particular risks, but you're advised to stick to private clinics if you require medical treatment in Bulgaria.

Time: GMT/UTC plus two hours

Electricity: 220V, 50Hz

Weights & measures: Metric

Tourism: 8 million visitors annually

Other Facts

Full country name: Republic of Bulgaria

Area: 110,912 sq km

Population: 8.3 million

Capital city: Sofia (pop 1.1 million)

People: 85% Bulgarian, 8.5% Mohamedan, 2.6% Gipsies, 2.5% Macedonian

Language: Bulgarian

Religion: 85% Bulgarian Orthodox, 13% Muslim

Government: Democracy

President: George Parvanov

Prime Minister: Sergey Stanishev






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