Demonstration on February 14, 2015

U.S. Embassy Sofia informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration scheduled on Saturday, February 14, 2015.  The demonstration will take place in front of the memorial plaque on 1 Trakiya Street from 5pm-9pm.  However, information suggests there may also be a march starting at the National Palace of Culture (NDK).  This demonstration is part of an annual event to commemorate the death of Bulgarian General Hristo Lukov.  The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid those areas during the scheduled demonstration.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Bulgaria enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or nearest U.S. Consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Bulgaria. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia is located at 16, Kozyak St., Sofia 1408, tel: (+359 2) 937-5100. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (+359 2) 937-5101; fax (+359 2) 937-5209.