Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Country-Specific Information: Last updated:  [12/02/20] Bulgaria has 148,775 reported cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Bulgaria has 4,188 reported fatalities from COVID-19 within its borders. Bulgaria is following WHO and ECDC guidance on threat mitigation. Grocery stores and pharmacies remain open. Supplies including food and medicine remain plentiful. Masks: All persons must cover their mouth and …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Health Alert: Ministry of Health Order revises and extends entry restrictions and quarantine requirements through January 31, 2021. Entry restrictions:  U.S. citizens are still prohibited from entering Bulgaria unless they meet one of the exceptions to entry restrictions found in the current Ministry of Health Order.  The entry restrictions apply to all …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Alert – New Anti-Covid-19 Measures New Anti-Covid-19 Measures:  The Ministry of Health has ordered the following new measures, effective from November 27 to December 21, 2020:  In-person classes are suspended for students from first to twelfth grade, college, and university. Kindergartens and children’s centers are closed.  Grocery stores and pharmacies remain open. Between 8:30-10:30am only customers over the age of 65 are …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria  Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for November 23-24, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria  Event:  Alert – Limited consular services and COVID-19 advice Consular services:  U.S. Embassy Sofia has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Bulgaria.  To protect our U.S. citizens as well as our Embassy staff, the U.S. Embassy will provide only emergency consular services until further notice due to the current COVID-19 situation.  The U.S. Embassy Sofia will provide emergency American Citizen …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Health Alert: COVID-19 Advice to U.S. Citizens As the COVID-19 infection rates rise in Bulgaria, please take precautionary measures of social distancing, wear masks and avoid unnecessary travel.  Medical resources are available with whom you should consult at the first signs of illness.  You should only purchase medications for treatment of COVID-19 under …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Bulgarian Parliament extends the validity of Bulgarian identity documents for 6 months.  On November 6, 2020, the Bulgarian National Assembly amended the State of Emergency Act to extend the validity of expiring Bulgarian identity documents, including residency cards for foreigners.  Identity documents expiring before January 21, 2021, will remain valid for a period of six months past their expiration …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria  

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Alert–Airline Flight Schedules The U.S. Embassy has been informed that due to the decreased demand for international air travel in recent weeks, several carriers are reducing or suspending their flights from Bulgaria. Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, and Brussel Airlines are reducing their flights for the winter timetable (October 25, 2020 to March 27, 2021). Air France …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Mask Requirement and Reduction in Consular Services   Consular services:  The U.S. Embassy Sofia will return to more limited consular services effective Monday, October 26.  We will continue to provide Emergency American Citizen Services, passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services, voting assistance, and some limited visa services. U.S. Embassy Sofia has no higher priority …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election, it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait!  Return your voted ballot right away!  Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States—but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot.  Many states require voted ballots to reach local …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election, it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait!  Return your voted ballot right away!  Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States—but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot.  Many …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting 2020

Location: Bulgaria Event: It’s the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  Have you registered to vote? To vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens must complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  or request a ballot through your state’s portal in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, …

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Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel to Bulgaria Due to COVID-19

Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Bulgaria due to COVID-19. Improved conditions have been reported within Bulgaria. Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in Bulgaria. Read the  country information page . If you decide to travel to Bulgaria: See the  S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19. Visit …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Health Alert: Ministry of Health Order revises and extends entry restrictions and quarantine requirements. Entry restrictions:  U.S. citizens are still prohibited from entering Bulgaria unless they meet one of the exceptions to entry restrictions found in the current Ministry of Health Order.  The entry restrictions apply to all persons, regardless of their citizenship, through all …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting 2020

Location: Bulgaria Event: August 1, 2020 is the Recommended Deadline to Request Ballot The Federal Voting Assistance Program recommends requesting your ballot by August 1. To vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens must complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  or request a ballot through your state’s portal in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Health Alert: Ministry of Health Order revises entry restrictions and quarantine requirements starting July 16, 2020. Entry restrictions:  U.S. citizens are still prohibited from entering Bulgaria unless they meet one of the exceptions to entry restrictions found in the current Ministry of Health Order.  The entry restrictions apply to all persons, regardless of …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Bulgaria, Sofia Security Alert: Ongoing Protest Activity in Downtown Sofia, July 11-16, 2020   Various political groups are currently protesting and counter-protesting in and around the Council of Ministers.  It is anticipated that recurring protests and counter-protests in the area will continue until at least July 16, 2020. U.S. citizens are recommended to avoid …

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Message for U.S. citizens: Voting 2020

Location: Bulgaria Event: July 4th Voting Message Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! To vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens must complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee …

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Message for U.S. citizens: Voting 2020

Location: Bulgaria Event: Voting 2020 – Ballot Collection All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Corrected Health Alert: Ministry of Health Order revises entry restrictions starting June 1, 2020. Entry ban:  The Bulgarian government ordered a prohibition on all persons, regardless of their citizenship, through all border crossings, by air, sea, rail and road transport, which went into effect on June 1 and is available at the  Bulgarian Ministry of Health website . Exceptions:  Those excepted …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Bulgarian Ministry of Health Order issued May 14, 2020 continues restricted entry to Bulgaria through June 14, 2020. Bulgaria continues to temporarily bar admission to third-country nationals, including U.S. citizens.  This includes all border crossing points with any means of transport, including aviation, maritime, rail, and road. The ban does not apply …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Direct U.S. Government flights to Alexandria, Louisiana  International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  There will be two U.S. Government flights that will fly directly from Sofia, Bulgaria to Alexandria, Louisiana.  They will have capacity for private U.S. citizens to fly on a reimbursable basis, leaving Sofia Airport on or …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria  Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 15-16, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 14-15, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 13-4, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 12-13, 2020  International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 11-12, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 10-11, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Bulgaria Event: Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 9-10, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 8-9, 2020  International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 7-8, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 6-7, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 5-6, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 4-5, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 3-4, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 2-3, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for May 1-2, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 30-May 1, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria  

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 29-30, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 28-29, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 27-28, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 26-27, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 25-26, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 24-25, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 23-24, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 22-23, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 21-22, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 20-21, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 19-20, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Travel to Sofia Airport after Bulgarian Ministry of Health Order issued April 17, 2020 restricts vehicle entry into Sofia The Bulgarian Minister of Health announced on April 17, 2020 that entry and exit of vehicular traffic into Sofia is forbidden, except for: (1) trucks providing transport services; (2) special traffic vehicles, including …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 18-19, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 17-18, 2020 To assist U.S. citizens considering departure from Bulgaria, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia will share information we receive from airlines regarding flights currently operating from Sofia airport.  Please be advised that this information is subject to change at short notice.  Flights on Friday, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 16-17, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 15-16, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 14-15, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 12-13, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Protective face masks compulsory April 12 – 26, 2020 On April 11, 2020, the Bulgarian Minister of Health ordered that all persons, when in indoor or outdoor public places (including public transport, shopping facilities, parks, churches, monasteries, temples, halls, streets, bus stops, etc.) are required to wear a face mask or other nose …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 11-12, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 10-11, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 9-10, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 8-9, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – Entry Restrictions

Location:  Bulgaria  Event:  Bulgarian Ministry of Health Order issued April 6, 2020 continues restricted entry to Bulgaria.  Bulgaria has temporarily barred admission to third-country nationals, including U.S. citizens.  It has also barred admission to all travelers arriving from following EU Member States and Schengen countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 7-8, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 6-7, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 5-6, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Bulgaria Event: Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 4-5, 2020 To assist U.S. citizens considering departure from Bulgaria, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia will share information we receive from airlines regarding flights currently operating from Sofia airport. Please be advised that this information is subject to change at short notice. Flights on April 4, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Bulgaria Event: Air Travel: Sofia flights information for  April 3-4, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Bulgaria …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 2-3, 2020 To assist U.S. citizens considering departure from Bulgaria, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia will share information we receive from airlines regarding flights currently operating from Sofia airport.  Please be advised that this information is subject to change at short notice. Flights on Thursday, April …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Air Travel: Sofia flights information for April 1-2, 2020 To assist U.S. citizens considering departure from Bulgaria, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia will share information we receive from airlines regarding flights currently operating from Sofia airport.  Please be advised that this information is subject to change at short notice. Flights on Wednesday, April …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia – Join Ambassador Mustafa for a Town Hall Meeting

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria (March 29, 2020) Location:  Bulgaria Event:  Join Ambassador Mustafa on Facebook live Monday, March 30, for a Town Hall Meeting Ambassador Mustafa will hold a virtual town hall meeting for American citizens in Bulgaria on Monday at 3 pm on Facebook.  She will discuss the current situation regarding COVID-19 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria – Air Travel

Location: Bulgaria Event: Air Travel: Sofia flights information for March 29-30, 2020 To assist U.S. citizens considering departure from Bulgaria, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia will share information we receive from airlines regarding flights currently operating from Sofia airport. Please be advised that this information is subject to change at short notice. Flights on March …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria – Air Travel

Location: Bulgaria Event: Air Travel: Sofia flights information for March 28-29, 2020 To assist U.S. citizens considering departure from Bulgaria, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia will share information we receive from airlines regarding flights currently operating from Sofia airport. Please be advised that this information is subject to change at short notice. Flights on Saturday, …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria – Voting

Voting—avoiding postal issues during COVID-19 pandemic The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is tracking the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on active duty military, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens abroad and recommending ways to avoid any postal issues that may result from changes made by international postal operators. In its role under …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria – Sofia Flight Information

Last updated: June 5, 2020 International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Bulgaria at this …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: (Bulgaria) Event: Air travel options decreasing Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation and its accompanying travel restrictions, air travel options between Bulgaria and the United States have been decreasing over the past week. Many travelers in Bulgaria have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for Covid-19 . …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Restriction of Movement in Public Spaces and on Travel to Larger Cities in Bulgaria   On March 20, 2020, the Government of Bulgaria issued additional counter-epidemic measures throughout the Republic Bulgaria effective from 00:00 hours on 03/21/2020 (midnight 3/20/2020): Prohibition of visits to any parks, city gardens, sports and city playgrounds and establishments located in …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:  Bulgaria Event:  The government of Bulgaria has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines …

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Global Travel Advisory Level 4 – Do Not Travel

On March 19, the U.S. Department of State advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad …

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Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia Closure of all Non-Emergency Services Beginning Immediately

As of March 15, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria will suspend appointments for all non-emergency consular services until further notice, in support of the measures taken by the Government of Bulgaria to counter the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  For emergency services, please see further below for contact information.  To request an emergency appointment for American …

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Update on Travel Restrictions to the United States

In order to ensure you have the most current information regarding COVID-19 and its impact on travel to the United States, you should visit  www.dhs.gov  and  www.whitehouse.gov . There you will find information about President Trump’s proclamation from March 11 regarding the travel restrictions on foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen zone. The restrictions do not …

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Alert: Annual Lukov and No to Nazis on Our Streets Marches

Event:  All US citizens and their family members are advised to avoid the areas impacted by the annual Lukov March and a counter-march, both planned for Saturday, February 22, 2020.  The first march starts at 1:00 pm, but we advise staff and families to avoid the area from noon.  The “No to Nazis on our …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting 2020

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to  FVAP.gov  to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia

Location: BULGARIA, countrywide Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia advises U.S. citizens to review the current  Department of State Worldwide Caution  in light of ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology. As terrorist attacks, political violence (including demonstrations), criminal activities and other security incidents often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Bulgaria, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including potentially in Bulgaria. Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets …

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Protest Activity in Sofia: September 11th -13th

Location: Protests are expected to occur in downtown Sofia throughout the remainder of the week at the following locations: · On Wednesday, September 11, beginning at 5pm, demonstrations are expected in the city center, near the Council of Ministers (Independence Square), by protestors supporting the election of the new Chief Prosecutor. · On Wednesday, September …

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Demonstration Alert

March 21, 2019 Location: Beginning at the 7th kilometer of Tsarigradsko Shose, along Tsarigradsko Shose to Eagles’ Bridge and onward to the area of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Square. Event: A demonstration, specifically a motorcade protest, is expected to take place on Thursday, March 21, 2019, beginning at 3 P.M. The Sofia Drivers Initiative Committee …

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Demonstration/March Alert – February 16, 2019

Location: Downtown Sofia Lukov March Route:  beginning at the National Palace of Culture and proceeding to Ulitsa Trakia 1. Anti-Lukov March Route:  beginning at ‘Tsentralna Banya’ Park and proceeding to the Sofia Municipality building. Event: A march on Saturday, February 16, 2019 starting at 5:30 pm at the National Palace of Culture.  Approximately 1,500 participants are expected.  …

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Security Alert

Location:  Bulgaria, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Bulgaria. Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented …

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Message for U.S.Citizens

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section will be closed for customers on Friday October 19, 2018. If you have an emergency you can call +359 (2) 937 5100. Outside of Office Hours, contact: +359 (2) 937 5101 or +359(2)937 5200. If you are seeking assistance with Absentee voting: The Voting Assistance Officer can be reached at  acs_sofia@state.gov . …

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Overseas U.S. Citizen Voters Should Vote Now

For U.S. voters living abroad, receiving and sending back an official ballot can be a challenge to successfully voting absentee. October 1 to 8 is Absentee Voting Week and U.S. embassies, consulates and overseas citizens groups are reminding overseas citizens and their families to vote now — and helping them do so from anywhere in …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Opposite the main entrance of U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria, on Kozyak Street. Event: The demonstration is expected to take place on August 2, 2018 beginning at 5 p.m.   Local police will keep protestors across the street from the Embassy. The Embassy remains open for normal business, closing at 5 p.m., and re-opening at 8:30 a.m. on August 3, 2018. Actions …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Event 1: A counter protest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm, to counter the Lukov March in the evening. Location 1: Meeting at “Tsentralna Banya” Park and proceeding to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, downtown Sofia. Event 2: A protest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm. This will be the annual Lukov March. Location 2: Meeting …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Location: Sofia University, downtown Sofia Main entrance of Sofia University at the junction of boulevards “Tsar Osvoboditel” and “Vasil Levski.” Event: A protest on Thursday, February 15, 2018 between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm. The protest is organized by the Lukov March organizers to take place during a human rights forum that will be held at the university. U.S. …

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Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot …

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Improvements to Safety and Security Information, January 8, 2018

United States Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to its safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory that will provide one of four standard …

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Worldwide Caution Issued December 6, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September …

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European Travel Alert

U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria European Travel Alert November 17, 2017 The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, …

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