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Bulgaria Travel Information

Bulgaria (Bulgarian: България, Balgarija) is a country in Europe bordering Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. The capital of Bulgaria is Sofia. A number of large cities in Bulgaria are: Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas (Burgas), Dobrich and Pleven. See behealthybytomorrow for flights accommodation and movement in Poland.

Bulgaria is a country that has emerged as a holiday destination in recent years. This is partly due to the favorable location on the Black Sea, pleasant temperatures, modern facilities and low prices. Famous seaside resorts in Bulgaria are Sunny Beach, Golden Sands, Burgas, Obzor and Varna. The nature of Bulgaria in the interior is characterized by many mountain areas such as the Balkan Mountains, the Botev, Mount Moesala, Mount Vihren and the Rhodope Mountains. On the coast you will find many sandy beaches. The presence of a rich nature and more than 5000 marked hiking trails makes Bulgaria ideal for hikers and cyclists. In addition, you can practice both water sports and winter sports in Bulgaria.

Where is Bulgaria?

Travel information of Bulgaria

Official name: Republic of Bulgaria
Continent: Europe
Area: 110,912 km²
Capital: Sofia
Country code: BG, BGR
Population: 6,875,040 inhabitants (2021)
Form of government: Parliamentary republic
Highest point: 2,925 m (Moesala)
Distance (Amsterdam – Sofia): 1,745 km
Flight time: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Corona
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Bulgaria that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Bulgaria, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Bulgaria. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Bulgaria?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Bulgaria at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Bulgaria has a continental climate. In the summer months the temperatures are between 20 and 35 degrees. In the winter months, temperatures are around freezing. The water temperature of the Black Sea is around 25 degrees during the summer.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Bulgaria can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Bulgaria can be found at Climate info.
Current snow depths in Bulgaria can be found at Winter sports enthusiasts.

Best time
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Bulgaria. In these months you have the best chance of summer temperatures. You can go for a winter sports holiday in the months of January and February.

Language
Bulgarian is the official language in Bulgaria. In addition, Turkish and Romani are spoken on a small scale.
Would you like to translate from or into Bulgarian for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Bulgaria: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Bulgarian Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Bulgaria, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In Bulgaria you pay with the Bulgarian lev (BGN).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Bulgaria can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Bulgaria are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -49% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (64% cheaper), food (45% cheaper), imported beer in catering (59% cheaper), cigarettes (57% cheaper) and public transport (71% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

Tipping
In Bulgaria it is customary to tip because wages are low. Good service is about 10% tip.

Time difference
In Bulgaria it is 1 hour later than in the Netherlands.
Summer time in Bulgaria is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Bulgaria can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Bulgaria you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Bulgaria.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Bulgaria.

Electricity
In Bulgaria the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Bulgaria can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112

Tap water
The water is slightly chlorinated and can therefore cause stomach and intestinal complaints.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Bulgaria can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Bulgaria can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Internet
Websites from Bulgaria end in.bg.
Official websites of Bulgaria: bulgariatravel.org and government.bg.

Telephony
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Bulgaria is 00359 or +359.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Bulgaria? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in Bulgaria’s Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Bulgaria.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Bulgaria.

Holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Bulgaria can be found on Beleven.org.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations in Bulgaria, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Travelogues
Are you looking for a travelogue about Bulgaria?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Bulgaria. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Bulgaria can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Bulgaria can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Bulgaria? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in or do business with Bulgaria, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Bulgaria, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Bulgaria.
– Alcohol: Buy from the age of 18, drink at all ages.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Bulgaria is one of the oldest countries in Europe?
…You do not automatically get priority when crossing a zebra crossing?
…Bulgarians also celebrate a name day in addition to their birthday?
…Nodding yes and shaking no means exactly the opposite in Bulgaria?
…If you order a coffee in Bulgaria you mean an espresso?
…Bulgaria is one of the largest wine producers in the world?

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