For residents of the EU and the USA, no visa is required for up to a 90-day stay in Bulgaria. For information about other countries, see the following site:

Official bank holidays and weekends

January 1 – New Year’s Day
March 3 – The Day of Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman York – national holiday
May 1 – Labour Day and International Workers’ Solidarity Day
May 6 – St. George's Day, Day of Courage and of the Bulgarian Armed Forces
May 24 – Day of the Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture and of Slavonic Alphabet
September 6 – Unification Day
September 22 – Independence Day of Bulgaria
November 1 - Day of the National Enlightenment Leaders – non-school day for all educational institutions
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 23 and 26 – Christmas Day
Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter – Sunday and Monday, which are set for the respective year.

Credit cards

In large stores, hotels, and catering and entertainment establishments, the following credit cards are generally accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club. In smaller stores, hotels, and catering and entertainment establishments, it is necessary to pay in cash.

Currency / Currency exchange

At present, only BGN (lev) is accepted. The official currency of the country is the lev, which is equal to 100 stotinki. All banks and licensed exchange offices are suitable for exchanging currency.

International airports

There are international airports in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas. Direct charter flights are available to the Black Sea airports in Varna and Burgas during the summer season.

Speed limits for motor vehicles

50 km/h in populated areas; 90 km/h outside populated areas; 130 km/h on limited access highways.

Emergency telephone number


Time zone

Bulgaria is located in the Eastern European Time Zone, which is GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) +2 hours.

Electric voltage

220 V, 50 Hz.

Which season is best for visiting the country?

Climate: The climate in the country is temperate continental, with Mediterranean influence in the southern parts. The Black Sea influences the climate in the eastern part of the country. There are about 2,000 sunny hours from May to October. During the winter, the mountains are particularly suitable for winter sports.
Sea resorts:Sunny Beach, Golden Sands, Albena, Dyuni, Elenite, MMC Primorsko, St. Konstantin and St. Helena and the cities of Varna and Burgas.
Mountain resorts: Borovets, Pamporovo, Bansko and Vitosha.