for the Traveler
Visas: Nationals of some 30 countries - including the USA, Australia,
New Zealand, Canada, the UK and other EU countries - are admitted without a visa
for stays of less than 30 days. An extension for up to three months costs US$100.
Visitors of most other nationalities are issued visas on a shifting fee scale
dependent on the type of visa sought - transit, tourist or business.
Health risks: No particular risks, but you're advised to stick to private
clinics if you require medical treatment in Bulgaria.
Time: GMT/UTC plus two hours
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Tourism: 8 million visitors annually
Full country name: Republic of Bulgaria
Area: 110,912 sq km
Population: 8.3 million
Capital city: Sofia (pop 1.1 million)
People: 85% Bulgarian, 8.5% Turkish, 2.6% Roma, 2.5% Macedonian
Religion: 85% Bulgarian Orthodox, 13% Muslim
President: George Parvanov
Prime Minister: Simeon Sakskoburggotski