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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Message for U.S. Citizens – Air Travel Sofia Flights Information

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. Today November 23, 2020 1/ Wizz Air- London 06:15 2/ Bulgaria Air – Amsterdam 07:00 …

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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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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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Message from Consular Section: Current U.S. Entry Restrictions Due to COVID-19

To avoid U.S. entry restrictions when traveling from Bulgaria to the United States, foreign nationals must avoid transiting (or entering) the Schengen Zone/UK/Ireland/China/Iran and Brazil in the 14 days before travel to the U.S.  Also, having reservations for flights through these countries, even if cancelled, may cause refusal to board travelers on U.S. bound flights. …

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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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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2022

The Department of State announced the beginning of the Diversity Visa 2022 Program (DV-2022). The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) each year, drawn from random selection among all entries, to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Applicants …

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U.S. Citizens Voting Assistance

Voting Message for 2020 General Election (released on August 18, 2020) The  Federal Voting Assistance Program and the Department of State’s page on  Absentee Voting Information are the most up-to-date voting information resources for Americans living abroad. Please visit these websites to learn about deadlines and procedures for registering and voting. Overseas U.S. citizens usually need to register every year, which means mailing in your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) so that you’re …

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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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Do You Have Questions About Absentee Voting? 

The Voting Assistance Officer will be available online on Friday (July 17) from 2 – 4 p.m. to answer any of your questions in English and Bulgarian.  We look forward to answering your questions about absentee voting! Meeting details: To join the video meeting, use this link: https://meet.google.com/iiq-faha-iav To join by phone, dial +359 2 907 …

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Assistant Secretary Risch’s Call with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Zaharieva

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch spoke with Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva today.  Assistant Secretary Risch thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its support in resolving U.S. citizen emergencies during this unprecedented situation.  Assistant Secretary Risch said the U.S. government will continue to support Bulgaria’s efforts to meet the requirements for the Visa Waiver Program.  Assistant Secretary Risch also noted the Summer Work and Travel program is still being reviewed and the …

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Delayed Opening of the DV-2021 Entrant Status Check

The Department of State has postponed the opening of the Entrant Status Check for DV-2021 applicants from May 5 to June 6, 2020. The E-DV site can be found here:  https://dvprogram.state.gov/  The Department’s resources are currently being used in its role in the COVID-19 pandemic response and are being prioritized for the assistance to U.S. citizens overseas. The delayed …

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Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants

On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.  The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President.  U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid …

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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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Message from Consular Section – Cancellation of All Visa Applications

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of March 15, 2020, the United States Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is cancelling routine visa appointments.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for …

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Message from Consular Section: Change of Documents Pass Back Service

Dear Consular section clients, please be advised that our regular pick-up/drop-off service between 3:00 – 3:15 p.m. at the main entrance of the Embassy will be moved to 2:30 – 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. On Thursday, November 28 the service will not be available due to an official holiday. For emergencies involving …

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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2021

The Department of State made the formal public announcement of the Diversity Visa 2021 (DV-2021) program on September 25, 2019. The electronic Diversity Visa system will be open for registrations beginning at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 2, 2019, and will close for entries at noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST), on November 5, …

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Message from Consular Section – Change of Pass Back Service

Dear Consular Section clients, please be advised that on July 2nd and July 3rd, 2019 our document pick-up/drop-off service at the main entrance of the Embassy will be provided earlier, between 1:30 – 1:45 p.m.  There will be no document pick-up/drop-off service on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 as the Embassy will be closed in observance of …

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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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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 from Consular Section – December 4, 2018

Dear Consular Section clients, please be advised that the U.S. Embassy Sofia will be CLOSED – including for the Passport and Visa services – on Wednesday, December 5, for a National Day of Mourning in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.  We re-open on Thursday, 6th December. For emergencies involving U.S. citizens please call tel. +359 …

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Message from Consular Section

Dear Consular Section clients, please be advised that on November 21, 2018 our document pick-up/drop-off service at the main entrance of the Embassy will be provided earlier, between 2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  There will be no document pick-up/drop-off service on Thursday, November 22, 2018 as the Embassy will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For …

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Message from Consular Section

Dear Consular section clients, please be advised that our regular pick-up/drop-off service between 3:00- 3:15 p.m. at the main entrance will not be available on Friday, October 19, 2018. The Consular section will be closed on that day. For emergencies involving U.S. citizens please call tel. +359 (2) 937 5100 (from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 …

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Clarification Regarding DV2020 Program

In connection with multiple inquiries regarding DV2020 the U.S. Embassy in Sofia wishes to make the following clarification: Unmarried applicants can participate in the U.S. DV2020 lottery. Participants who are legally married must list their spouse and children on their DV lottery application. Participants who are single, or living in a civil union not recognized …

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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2020

The Department of State made the formal public announcement of the Diversity Visa (DV) 2020 program on September 25, 2018. The electronic Diversity Visa system (E-DV) will be open for registrations beginning at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 3, 2018, and will close for entries at noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST), on November …

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Ambassador Rubin Launches the 2018 Summer Work and Travel Season

On Friday, February 23rd, Ambassador Rubin launched the 2018 Summer Work and Travel (SWT) Program. Each year approximately 6,000 Bulgarian university students participate, spending their summer in the United States. The event was attended by Consul General Kate McGeary and members of the SWT Alumni Association, who highlighted their SWT success stories and the long-term …

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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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Message from Consular Section

Dear Non-Immigrant Visa Clients, please be advised that beginning November 15, 2017 cash payments of the Non-immigrant Visa application fee can be made only at UniCredit Bulbank. Please note: cash payments made through DSK Bank after November 14 will not be accepted. Also, you may use our online payment option Trustly service. Find all details …

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New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program – DV 2019

Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries at 19:00 h., Bulgarian time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at 19:00 …

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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2019

For Immediate Release September 29, 2017   The Department of State made the formal public announcement of Diversity Visa (DV) 2019 program on September 13, 2017. The DV-2019 will be conducted entirely electronically at dvlottery.state.gov . The registration period will run from 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 3, 2017, through 12:00 noon, EST, …

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