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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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Country-Specific Information: Bulgaria has 618 reported cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Bulgaria has 24 reported fatalities from COVID-19 within its borders. Bulgaria is following WHO and ECDC guidance on threat mitigation. Entry and Exit Requirements: The Bulgarian government has banned the entry of third-country (non-EU) nationals, including U.S. citizens, into the country from March …

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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: April 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 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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