Fast Facts: Bulgaria

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel. Airlines and cruises may deny boarding and your tour may be disrupted if your visa is not in order.

For U.S. citizens booked on a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms after you book.

If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

Weather in the inerior of Bulgaria is continental with cold, damp winters with snow in the higher elevations and hot and humid summers.

The weather is temperate on the coast with mild autumns, cool winters, mild springs and warm and breezy summers.

Check out the current weather conditions in Bulgaria.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health requirements for entering Bulgaria. However, Rabies, along with other animal-related diseases is the largest health issue due to the wandering stray animals.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

Bulgaria uses the lev as its national currency. Please review the current exchange rate for the lev.

Over the past years the ATM network in Bulgaria has grown considerably, making it relatively easy to obtain cash from the numerous ATMs in most of the major cities and resorts. The national credit/debit card circuit BORICA [15], to which all ATMs in the country are hooked up, accepts VISA/Plus, Visa Electron, MasterCard/Cirrus, Maestro, American Express, Diners Club, and a number of other cards.

What items should I shop for?

In Bulgaria, shop for shoes, leather goods, and other clothing. Clothes from famous international brands usually cost about half of what you would pay in Western Europe.

What are the voltage requirements?

220 volts, 50 Hz. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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