Protests in Front of U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria informs U.S. citizens of a planned demonstration on Wednesday, November 4, in front of the Embassy in Sofia.  The group Common Front has received a permit from the Sofia Municipality to gather up to 300 people in front of the Embassy to deliver speeches between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The U.S. Embassy will remain open to the public during normal business hours, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the protest area prior to and during the events. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report specific incidences of targeted violence to the U.S. Embassy in Sofia at the information below.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Bulgaria’s 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 (+359 2) 937-5100, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+359 2) 937-5101; fax (+359 2) 937-5209. The website is
  • 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).