Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Sofia (29 June 2022)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia (June 29, 2022) Location: Countrywide Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Monkeypox in Multiple Countries . Actions to take: Travelers should AVOID: Close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions. Contact with dead or live ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria (June 21, 2022)

Location: Sofia Event: As reported in the news and media, numerous political protests are expected to occur in Sofia during the coming days in relation to the developing political situation in Bulgaria. These protests have the potential to block major routes and intersections in the center of the city, particularly near the government buildings near ... Read More»

Demonstration Activity in Sofia

Protest: A protest is expected to occur across the street from the U.S. Embassy on Saturday, June 18th, starting at approximately 1300.  Twenty to thirty people are expected to protest Bulgaria’s involvement with NATO. Event:  All U. S. citizens and their families are recommended to avoid the areas impacted by demonstration activities for the duration of ... Read More»

Health Alert – The CDC Rescinds Testing Order for Air Travel to United States

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia (June 11, 2022) Location: Countrywide Event: As of June 12, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Launch of Passport Renewal Online Fee Payment Program

The Department of State/U.S. Mission to Bulgaria is pleased to announce the launch of an online payment program for adult passport renewal for U.S. citizens resident in Bulgaria. Qualified applicants will no longer need to make an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Effective June 5, 2022, passport applicants wishing to pay for their DS-82 ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria (May 18, 2022)

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria Event: Various groups from the transportation sector are planning peaceful demonstrations in and around the city of Sofia on Wednesday, 18 May 2022, which are expected to lead to significant traffic congestion and delays throughout the city tomorrow morning and afternoon. Taxi drivers are expected to gather in the morning in Boyana ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria (May 11, 2022)

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria Event: Nationwide strikes by truck drivers and transport companies are expected to cause disruptions to traffic in major cities across Bulgaria (Sofia, Burgas, Varna, and Plovdiv) in the coming week. While not expected to be violent, these protests have the potential to block major routes and highways inside, and approaching, the major ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria (May 4, 2022)

Location: Bulgaria Event: Health Alert: End of COVID-19 entry restrictions into Bulgaria as of May 1, 2022 As of May 1, 2022, the Government of Bulgaria ended all COVID-19 entry restrictions into Bulgaria. Travelers arriving to Bulgaria no longer need to provide COVID-19 related documents to enter the country. Please note that all other requirements ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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: To join by phone, dial +359 2 907 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

U.S. Passport Execution Fee Increases to $35 on April 2, 2018

Effective April 2, 2018, the cost to execute a U.S. passport using the DS-11 form (first-time applicants over age 16; children under age 16; applicants re-applying after reporting a previous passport lost or stolen) will increase from $25 to $35. Passport execution involves the submission of a passport application in person to a passport acceptance ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery 2019 Restarting – All Prior Entries Must Be Resubmitted

October 19, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. We regret this inconvenience but in order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process we must restart the entry process ... Read More»

Turkey Travel Warning

U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria Turkey Travel Warning September 29, 2017 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the continuing threats from terrorist groups in Turkey.Due to the persistent threat of terrorism, the U.S. government restricts travel by U.S. government personnel to certain areas in southeast Turkey and limits the activities of U.S. government personnel ... Read More»

Protest Advisory

Pro-Nazi and Nationalist Groups to March and Protest on Saturday, February 18, 2017 The Embassy has been informed of a planned march and protest through parts of the city on Saturday, February 18th.  The organizers of the protest plan to march from NDK to 1 Trakiya St., approximately during the hours of 1700 to 2100.  Information ... Read More»
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