"I Bulgaria" by Hannah Swithinbank via Flickr Creative Commons

Non-Bulgarians intending to visit the nation should first check the Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (http://www.mfa.bg/en/fdb/foreign/1) to determine whether a visa or other paperwork will be required to enter the country. Citizens of America, Australia, Canada, EU member countries, New Zealand, Northern Ireland or the United Kingdom may visit Bulgaria for up to 60 days without a visa. Passports should be valid for at least three months post-travel.

Health and Safety

Bulgaria is generally regarded as a safe country although it is wise to uses common sense and avoid dressing overly flashy. There is some risk of pickpockets, particularly in crowded tourist areas. There are bears and wolves in the woods, as well as lots of stray dogs across the country, most of which are not dangerous, but which should be left alone. The government has an ongoing fight against internal corruption, so if tourists are asked for bribes by a government official or a member of the authority, they should refuse and threaten to call the police.

Travelers should insure that all routine vaccinations such as measles are up-to-date and consider getting immunized against hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tuberculosis, and typhoid as a precautionary measure. Visitors should use insect repellent to help guard against diseases such as tick-borne encephalitis. Tap water is considered safe to drink although visitors may prefer to stick to bottled water to reduce the risk of travelers’ diarrhea. The weather can be extreme in some parts of the country so come prepared for all conditions.

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