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Bulgaria uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
The languages that are typically spoken are Bulgarian
Bulgaria uses the Bulgarian lev (symbol: ??), code BGN.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 leva. Lev is subdivided into 100 stotinkas. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 leva and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 stotinkas.
Automatic teller machines are very common in Bulgaria. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Bulgaria is on average 13.3 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Bulgaria is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about 11.19 BGN, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Max Telecom, Mtel, Telenor or Vivacom. Bulgaria uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Bulgaria upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Bulgaria, dial +, then 359 (the country code for Bulgaria), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Bulgaria, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 2 .
In Bulgaria you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 140 km/h (86 mph) on motorways, 140 km/h (86 mph) on expressways, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
Road assistance is available at 146 (Union Des Automobilistes Bulgares (UAB)) or 089 437 4385 (NiradBG). For general news on Bulgaria's traffic use Lima. For news on Bulgaria’s motorways and tolls use API. Most popular petrol stations in Bulgaria are Shell, Lukoil, eko, OMV, Petrol and VM Petroleum. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called A98, ?????? or A95. Petrol costs about 2.00 BGN per liter.Diesel options are called ????? or dizel.
Import and export information
All items on the prohibited import list.
There are no restrictions on the export of currency if leaving for another EU country. Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared when leaving the EU.
Endangered species and products protected under CITES require a permit for export.
Cultural goods may require a licence for export. For further information, please visitExport of Moveable Cultural Property.
Tobacco:250g of smoking tobacco; or
Tobacco:A proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Alcohol:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Currency:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Other items:Medicines for personal use. Travellers may be asked to provide a prescription for certain medications.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €430 when travelling by air or sea.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €300 when travelling by land.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €200 for travellers under 15 years of age.
Some weapons for example knuckle dusters and pump guns.
Counterfeit currency and goods.
Pornographic literature which deals with violence, sexual abuse of children or animals.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits. For further information, please visitCITES.
Cats, dogs, and ferrets are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo, and have been properly vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the healthy inspection must be provided with the customs declaration. Pets travelling within the EU must have a valid pet passport.
2kg of products of animal origin such as milk powder, baby food, and food for medical purposes can be brought in personal baggage as long as they are still packaged and do not require refrigeration.
Animal products, such as meat and dairy, from outside the EU are subject to veterinary inspections upon arrival. For further information, please visit Goods for Personal Consumption: Food.
Plants and their derivative products, including fruit and vegetables, may require a phytosanitary certificate upon arrival, and some may be prohibited from entry. For further information, please visitGoods for Personal Consumption: Plants and Plant Products.
Weapons - A European Firearms Pass (EFP) is required listing the weapon as well as a permit for import to Bulgaria.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended as travellers may contract hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Bulgaria, regardless of where they are eating or staying.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals such as veterinarians and researchers, for those who are taking a long trip or moving to Bulgaria, and children as they are more likely to receive animal bites.
H5N1 Avian Influenza has been reported in Bulgaria. For further information, please visit the CDCAvian Flu Advice.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a risk in Bulgaria. For further information, please visit the CDCTuberculosis Advice.