The March 23 security message that the U.S. Embassy distributed to U.S. citizens concerning threats in Sofia is no longer in effect. The Embassy appreciates the proactive measures taken by the Government of Bulgaria in response to threat concerns, and the Embassy continues to work closely with the Government of Bulgaria on counter-terrorism issues. Recent events in Europe underscore the need for all of us to exercise caution and be vigilant. We continue to encourage U.S. citizens to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Message no longer in effect (March 23, 2016)
The U.S. Embassy has received information of a possible threat against an unspecified bus line or bus lines in the vicinity of Hotel Pliska (Boulevard “Tsarigradsko shose” 87), in the eastern Sofia neighborhood of Istok. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area and to find alternate means of transportation.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Bulgaria Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, located at 16 Kozyak St., Sofia 1408, at firstname.lastname@example.org. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+359 2) 937-5101; fax (+359 2) 937-5209. The website is https://bg.usembassy.gov
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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