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State Department: Bulgaria - Consular Information Sheet, October 7, 1992


Bulgaria - Consular Information Sheet
October 7, 1992

Embassy Location: The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, is located at 1 a. Stamboliski Boulevard; telephone (359) (2) 88-48-01 to -05. The Consular Section of the Embassy is located at 1 Kapitan Andreev Street in Sofia; telephone numbers are the same.

Country Description: Bulgaria is a moderately developed European nation undergoing profound political and economic changes. Impassioned debate, political rallies, and periods of strike activity are regular features of the scene. They do not typically pose a threat to U.S. citizens. Tourist facilities are not highly developed, and many of the goods and services taken for granted in other European countries are not yet available.

Entry Requirements: A visa is not required for tourist visits of less than 30 days. An AIDS test is required for those staying more than one month for purposes of study or work; U.S. tests are not accepted. For further information concerning entry requirements, travelers can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria at 1621 22nd Street N.W., Washington, DC 20008, tel: (202) 387-7669.

Medical Facilities: Medical facilities are limited. Some medicines are in short supply. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Travelers have found that in some cases, supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage has proved to be useful. Further information on health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control's international Travelers hotline on (404) 332-4559.

Crime Information: Bulgaria has a low rate of violent crime. Recently, however street crime has increased, especially at night near major hotels and restaurants. The Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. It provides useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad.

Drug Penalties: Penalties for possession, use, or dealing in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines.

Registration: Americans who register in the Consular Section of the Embassy can obtain updated information on travel and security within the country.

No. 92-010

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