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