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Bulgaria 2020 Crime & Safety Report

This is an annual report produced in conjunction with the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. OSAC encourages travelers to use this report to gain baseline knowledge of security conditions in Bulgaria. For more in-depth information, review OSAC’s Bulgaria country page for original OSAC reporting, consular messages, and contact information, some of which may be available only to private-sector representatives with an OSAC password.

Travel Advisory

The current U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory at the date of this report’s publication assesses Bulgaria at Level 1, indicating travelers should exercise normal precautions. Review OSAC’s report, Understanding the Consular Travel Advisory System.

Overall Crime and Safety Situation

Bulgaria is a relatively stable country with few specific threats targeting U.S. nationals or organizations. Located strategically as a gateway between the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, Bulgaria is one of the key external borders of the European Union (EU).

Crime Threats

The U.S. Department of State has assessed Sofia as being a MEDIUM-threat location for crime directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. The Interior Ministry (MOI) reported an 11.3% decrease in all registered crimes in 2019 compared to 2018. In 2019, authorities resolved 47% of cases, compared to 43% in 2018. According to the MOI, most incidents involving U.S. nationals are economic, including ATM skimming, credit card fraud, theft, robbery, and motor vehicle theft. The volume and the type of reported incidents suggest that U.S. nationals are not targets based on nationality. For 2019, there were eight reported crimes against U.S. nationals in Bulgaria, compared with seven in 2018. MOI continues an outreach campaign targeting crimes against tourists, allocating additional resources and training for officers on the Black Sea coast and in winter resorts during the high tourist seasons.

The registered number of murders decreased by 16% for 2019. The murder rate is less than half that of the United States. Contract killings by organized crime groups largely dropped off following the arrest of five “Killers” gang groups beginning in 2010.

When using public transportation or transiting crowded markets, shopping streets, malls, etc., be particularly wary of pickpockets. Pickpocketing often includes a diversion in the form of an argument or fight. Safeguard belongings when visiting cafes or restaurants and while using public transportation. Be wary of beggars and people selling trinkets and other items. Review OSAC’s reports, All That You Should Leave Behind.

Thefts from homes and non-violent burglaries remain the most frequently registered property crimes. Registered burglaries in 2019 decreased by 19% compared to 2018. Burglaries predominantly occur during the night, but 25% take place during the daytime. Multiple break-ins have occurred while residents are inside their homes. Home burglaries are more likely to involve professional criminals, whereas thefts from adjacent buildings (e.g. attached garages, storerooms) and thefts with no element of burglary more often involve opportunistic criminals. While professional criminals almost exclusively look for valuables with a quick turnover, the less professional steal anything they can use, trade, or resell. Take measures to protect dwellings, including installing window grilles/shutters, solid doors with secure locks, and an alarm system monitored by a security company with an armed response capability.

Registered robberies decreased by 9% in 2019 compared to 2018, concentrating mainly in Sofia, where approximately 40% of all robberies occurred. Armed robbery constitutes only 3.5% of all registered robberies. Other cities with a high rate of robberies are Burgas, Pleven, Plovdiv, and Varna. Targets of armed robberies were financial institutions, gas stations, retail stores, and restaurants.

Organized crime groups exert a strong influence in some bars/nightclubs and control many prostitution rings. Pay special attention to drink prices at high-end bars and nightclubs, as there have been instances of visitors being charged exorbitant prices (several hundred dollars); in some establishments, the management may use force to secure payment. Do not purchase anything from a menu without prices.

Europe’s open borders and uneven patchwork of vehicle databases make car theft relatively easy. The MOI registered 10% decrease in car thefts in 2019, with more than 55% of car thefts occurring in Sofia. Authorities recover less than 13% of stolen vehicles. Car thieves target new luxury cars, various models of SUVs, and older cars that they can dismantle and sell for parts. In the last few years, the main markets for the stolen vehicles have been the Middle East, Albania, Kosovo, Russia, and Georgia.

A trend of vehicle lock jamming emerged over the past five years, with thieves using radio frequencies to block victims’ key fobs. Jamming leaves a car unlocked despite the owner pressing the lock button. In some cases, criminals have stolen vehicles using devices that mimic an electronic key. These incidents have been prevalent at shopping centers, gas station convenience stores, and school drop-off areas. Another scam involves a suspect(s) puncturing a victim’s tire. While the driver changes the tire, the suspect(s) raids the vehicle.

Organizations should take measures to protect their offices. Some bank vaults and private company offices reportedly have been broken into using jamming equipment to circumvent alarm systems.

Document fraud is a challenge and impacts OSAC members when hiring and conducting due diligence. The most common fraudulent documents are university diplomas, electronic payment documents, and identification documents. According to the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office, fraudulent international passports and ID cards (to gain access to the EU) are available on the black market for BGN 600, Bulgarian driving licenses for BGN 300, foreign driving licenses for BGN 700, fake primary education diplomas for BGN 180, fake secondary education diplomas for BGN 250, and fake higher education diplomas for BGN 650. Police operations in 2019 discovered factories for producing counterfeit ID documents and EU currency. The police seized a massive cache of ready or unfurnished documents, computers, printers, laminators, printing plates, inks, and other materials.

In 2019, there were 51 financial crimes registered against banking systems. As a result of wide media coverage and police operations against criminals dealing with Value Added Tax (VAT) fraud, those cases dropped significantly in 2019. Most fraud is intra-EU. In 2018 the Bulgarian police uncovered a large, high-tech printing factory for fake Euro and Dollar banknotes, with more than 11.5 million Euro and 1.7 million USD found in different stages of manufacturing.

Cybersecurity Issues

ATM skimming, computer hacking, ransomware-related incidents, business e-mail compromise cases, and other electronic intrusions are known risks in Bulgaria. Europe’s southeastern region poses significant cyber threats to the U.S., Canada, and the rest of Europe. Most common victims of computer-related fraud are companies that trade entirely on the Internet. The Manhattan Prosecutor’s Office charged two Bulgarian founders of OneCoin cryptocurrency for organizing a billion-dollar financial pyramid scheme and selling cryptocurrency for fraud. During 2019, European companies reported lost approximately 100 million Euros because of cyber-related incidents. In a high-profile case, Austrian authorities arrested an Israeli national residing in Bulgaria for crimes related to online financial crime. Also in 2019, authorities arrested seven computer scammers in Bulgaria for stealing 44 million Euros and over 15 million USD from 47 companies worldwide. 

According to U.S. law enforcement, Bulgarian criminals have a significant role in ATM and credit card skimming-related fraud around the world. Until recently, Bulgarian transnational organized criminal groups manufactured skimming devices and sent teams to other countries to skim credit cards. These groups would then send the proceeds back to their Bulgarian bosses. There was only a moderate amount of the actual skimming of credit cards in Bulgaria, and these were usually to evaluate the devices prior to deploying them abroad. This trend has changed over the past few years, as Bulgarian criminal groups have increased their operations dramatically domestically and abroad. As a result, ATM skimming in Sofia, Varna, and Burgas has increased several-fold. Criminal groups target high-volume ATMs, usually around tourist areas or shopping centers. Protect your PIN, although that does not eliminate the risk. Use ATMs inside trusted banks and similar institutions, and limit use of credit cards to trusted retailers and institutions. Closely monitor your bank statements for anomalies. Destroy personally identifiable information by shredder or similar method.

Review OSAC’s reports, Cybersecurity Basics, Best Practices for Maximizing Security on Public Wi-Fi, and Traveling with Mobile Devices: Trends & Best Practices.

Transportation-Safety Situation

Overcharging by taxi drivers, poor road conditions, and aggressive driving are the most frequent road risks Americans face.

Road Safety and Road Conditions

Road conditions are generally underdeveloped. The government plans to continue and complete the construction of new highways and renovate roadways, including main boulevards and some secondary roads in the larger cities. This process causes heavier traffic and could lead to more road accidents. In some cities, late at night, traffic lights blink yellow in all directions, leaving right-of-way unclear and contributing to accidents.

Heavy truck traffic along the routes from the Greek border at Kulata to Sofia, and from the Turkish border at Kapitan Andreevo to Plovdiv, creates numerous hazards. Expect delays at land border crossings.

Travel conditions deteriorate during the winter, as roads become icy and potholes grow. Traffic difficulties occur even more on small streets in Sofia, where no plows clear snow and residents often choose four-wheel-drive vehicles for winter driving. Rockslides and landslides occur in the mountains and Black Sea area.

Aggressive driving habits, the lack of safe infrastructure, and the mixture of older vehicles, livestock, and animal-drawn carts on the roads contribute to road accidents and fatalities. In 2019, 6,719 heavy road accidents claimed 627 lives and injured 8,487 individuals, representing an almost 3% increase in fatalities from the previous year.

Avoid confrontations with aggressive drivers. In particular, drivers of luxury vehicles/sedans tend to speed and drive erratically. Violent altercations are not unheard of, and may involve firearms.

Bulgarian law allows U.S. nationals to use their U.S. driver’s license for up to three months accompanied with an international driving permit. Thereafter, the individual must have an international driver’s license or apply for a Bulgarian Driver’s license. Drivers operating motor vehicles must obey the signals given by traffic police officers. Pay all fines for traffic violations either electronically or via bank transfer.

Avoid leaving valuables in plain view, especially in cars with foreign license plates, and exercise caution while stopping at gas stations, motels, or roadside restaurants. Insure cars against theft with a major insurance company. Thieves have stolen cars left running during cold weather. When leaving a vehicle unattended in a public location, take extra care to ensure that you lock the door and move valuables out of plain view.

Call for help if you have a flat tire, and be wary of passersby offering to lend a hand. The passerby may have caused the flat tire and be more interested in stealing from a distracted driver than in helping.

Police officers may not issue spot fines or accept cash for any reason. Traffic police officers may not issue on-the-spot fines for minor traffic violations due to modifications in the Traffic Act. Per the law, requests for spot fines are a form of extortion.

Review OSAC’s reports, Road Safety Abroad, Driving Overseas: Best Practices, and Evasive Driving Techniques; and read the State Department’s webpage on driving and road safety abroad.

Public Transportation Conditions

Intercity buses are newer, frequent, relatively fast, and comfortable. Train accidents and fires on trains have occurred over the past few years. Criminals operate on trains and in public transportation hubs. Sofia has a modern, clean, and relatively safe subway (Metro) system.

Travelers should use official taxi companies. The biggest problem at airports is related to “rip-off” taxis, which usually have an accomplice inside trying to lure travelers to the vehicle. Some of their logos are designed to look like other companies (“CK” v. “O.K.”). Most recently the “rip-off” taxis have been changing one digit of the phone number from the original. Official taxi companies have desks inside the arrival terminals; order taxis at these desks. Check the prices on the windows of any taxicab before getting in. Do not accept a flat rate offered by a driver in lieu of using the meter, as this rate is often much higher than the meter would show. Review OSAC’s report, Security In Transit: Airplanes, Public Transport, and Overnights.

Aviation/Airport Conditions

Airline transportation is reliable, and there have been no registered airplane accidents in the past 30 years. The national carrier, Bulgaria Air, is compliant with the safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. There are few reports of thefts, scams, ATM skimming, or pickpocketing at the four major airports (Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas, and Varna).

Terrorism Threat

The U.S. Department of State has assessed Sofia as being a LOW-threat location for terrorist activity directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. Several factors have raised the country’s counterterrorism profile: continued migration of asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries through Bulgaria to points north and west; continuing deportations of people considered to be national security risks; and extraditions of suspected foreign terrorist fighters from Bulgaria, albeit significantly less than in the previous two years. In response to perceived increased threats, the government has worked to enhance its prevention and enforcement tools, including by criminalizing foreign fighters, adopting new and comprehensive counterterrorism legislation, and releasing a counter-radicalization strategy and national counterterrorism plan. The following significant incidents took place in 2019:

  • Bulgarian authorities arrested and charged five Syrian nationals and a Bulgarian woman for financing terrorist activities in Middle East countries by illegally transferring at least 25 million Euros and smuggling more than 100 vehicles to Syria. Bulgaria does not provide safe haven to terrorists or terrorist groups.
  • An Imam from the town of Pazardzhik received an 8½-year prison sentence for attempting to radicalize members of the local Roma community and sharing ISIS propaganda. Thirteen of his associates also received lesser sentences for their involvement.
  • Bulgarian media offices and airports received numerous bomb threats, initiating emergency response by authorities, who found no devices in any case.
  • Authorities arrested a self-radicalized teenager from Plovdiv and charged him with planning a terrorist attack; a search found him in possession of homemade explosive devices.

According to official statistics, compared to 2018, illegal migration decreased by 29% in 2019. Bulgaria continued to demonstrate its capacity through domestic and international police operations aimed at neutralizing illegal trafficking channels moving migrants from Bulgaria to EU countries. Authorities apprehended numerous persons within Bulgarian territory and at the borders, primarily with Turkey, Greece, and Serbia. In 2019, Bulgarian authorities detained 489 individuals who had illegally crossed the border. Detainees were mainly from Afghanistan (148), Iraq (93), Turkey (54), Syria (44), and Iran (35).

Continued migration of asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries through Bulgaria to points north and west, along with the arrest of numerous human smuggling rings around country demonstrates that Bulgaria remains a transit route. With the assistance of the European Union, Bulgaria has invested in border security, resulting in a successful reduction of the flow of illegal migrants. Bulgaria has taken measures to enhance screening of detained migrants and asylum seekers, as well as foreign travelers, to identify possible known terrorists and transnational criminals entering or transiting the country. However, Bulgarian authorities note that most of the flow of migrants is towards Western Europe, only transiting Bulgaria with no interest in integration programs.

Political, Economic, Religious, and Ethnic Violence

The U.S. Department of State has assessed Sofia as being a MEDIUM-threat location for political violence directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. Bulgaria’s population is generally peaceful in its political orientation.

Civil Unrest

Bulgarians often hold demonstrations to protest or advocate specific causes. Some political parties and organizations, particularly ultranationalist groups, have hired protestors from local soccer fan clubs who have been violent on occasion. While demonstrations are generally peaceful, avoid areas where protests are common. Protests vary greatly in size, and take place in the downtown area of Sofia, in the vicinity of the governmental buildings as well as near the Prime Minister’s and the President’s offices. 1,739 protests reportedly took place in Bulgaria in 2019. Review OSAC’s report, Surviving a Protest.

Religious/Ethnic Violence

Religious violence tends to focus on Muslims and Christian missionary groups. U.S. missionaries have been targets of harassment, physical assault, robbery, and direct and indirect threats. Ethnic violence tends to focus on Roma or, to a lesser extent, the ethnic-Turkish minority. While security risk from right-wing extremist and far-left groups remains low, anti-Semitic and white supremacy messaging has occurred, such as the annual Lukov March in February 2019 and events based on historical events. Review OSAC’s report, Freedom to Practice, and the State Department’s webpage on security for faith-based travelers.

Anti-U.S./Anti-Western Sentiment

In general, Bulgarians tend not to hold anti-U.S. sentiment. There are, however, several small political parties and organizations that use anti-U.S. rhetoric. Over the past 12 months, there were two small demonstrations with fewer than 30 individuals protesting in front of the U.S. Embassy.

Post-specific Concerns

Environmental Hazards

Bulgaria is in a seismically active area. In December 2019, there was a 4.1-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter 37 kilometers northeast of Blagoevgrad, in southwest Bulgaria. In November 2019, northwestern Albania (to the west of Bulgaria) experienced a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, resulting in 51 deaths and 3,000 injuries.

Flooding occurs primarily during the winter/spring months. Floods are more likely in smaller villages and towns, which have insufficient infrastructure to manage heavy spring rainstorms and winter runoff.

Cold weather and sizable snow fall can cause serious transportation problems, floods, and electrical outages. In case of heavy snowfall, authorities may not plow or salt roads, which can be extremely dangerous or close to traffic. Exercise caution in mountainous areas, and follow the advice of the mountain rescue services as avalanche incidents do occur. Consider mountain rescue insurance.

Hot weather can cause serious transportation and health problems. During the summer, authorities might declare a Code Orange for extremely hot weather in certain districts with temperatures reaching 40°C/104°F. Forest/wildfires are more likely in mountain areas during the summer. In 2019, there were no sizable wildfires in the country.

A European study found that Bulgaria has the most polluted air among EU countries. Five cities with the highest levels of particulate matter in Europe – Sofia, Pernik, Plovdiv, Pleven, and Dobrich – are in Bulgaria. High concentrations of particulates are in the air in Pernik for about 180 days of the year (compared to about 15 days a year for Paris and Stuttgart). Bulgaria also has the highest concentration of carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide on the continent. Monitor air pollution, especially problematic in urban areas during the heating season (November – March) online

Economic Concerns/Intellectual Property Theft

Official corruption remains a serious challenge and the Corruption Perception Index 2019 ranks Bulgaria 74th of 180 countries, the worst among EU countries for perceived corruption. However, according to the European Cooperation and Verification Mechanism report, significant progress occurred in 2019. In 2018, Bulgaria adopted a comprehensive reform of its anti-corruption law, as well as establishing a new, unified agency for fighting high-level corruption. There is moderate to high risk of corruption for private organizations dealing with public procurement, public services, police, tax and customs administration, and the judicial system.

Cases of corruption schemes aimed at draining public money are common. Kickbacks and bribes plague the public procurement sector, impeding fair market competition and resulting in fewer opportunities for foreign investors. Facilitation payments and gifts are formally illegal, but occur frequently. Inefficiency and corruption within the judiciary are a major obstacle to investigating and prosecuting high-level corruption and organized crime. U.S. nationals are most likely to encounter corruption at state-run medical facilities and from traffic police.

Counterfeit and pirated goods remain available. Some operations offering free illegal software downloading continue to rely on Bulgarian IP addresses, despite almost a decade of efforts to disrupt these operations. In 2019, Bulgaria ranked 61st out of 125 countries on an International Property Rights (IPR) ranking. Several organizations, including OSAC members, have reported difficulty when seeking recourse for patent and trademark infringement at the Bulgarian Patent Office.

IPR crimes are a challenge for officials and the private sector. OSAC members using security offices, investigations, and disruption programs have met limited success in detecting, deterring, and disrupting criminal efforts. They have used the information gathered during these efforts to develop stronger countermeasures. Those constituents relying on courts or a legal department-centric strategy to protect their brand express frustration with the lack of speed, effectiveness, and outcomes of their efforts. There have been significant IPR investigations, including some in concert with other EU countries. The Interior Ministry and Customs Service continue to combat the production, import, and sale of contraband garments, shoes, cosmetics, and other products bearing counterfeit trademarks.

Personal Identity Concerns

There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI+ events in Bulgaria. However, LGBTI+ individuals face cultural stigma and widespread discrimination. LGBTI+ individuals engaging in public displays of affection may attract unwelcome attention or harassment. Review the State Department’s webpage on security for LGBTI+ travelers.

Bulgarian law requires improved access to buildings for persons with disabilities and new public projects take this requirement into account, but authorities rarely enforce this law in older buildings. Bulgarian law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical and mental disabilities in employment, education, and access to health care, but societal discrimination persists. Commuting in Bulgaria is very difficult for disabled individuals. Buses, trams, and trolleys generally lack accommodation for disabled travelers. The Sofia metro is the most accessible system for disabled individuals, but its transportation network is limited. Disabled travelers should consider traveling with a friend or family member who can assist them in navigating the transportation systems in Bulgaria. Review the State Department’s webpage on security for travelers with disabilities.

Drug-related Crimes

The MOI reports that drug-related crime decreased by 2% in 2019, compared with 2018. This is the first time in several years that there has been a drop in reported drug related crimes. However, drug abuse and addiction continue to climb, and the average age of first-time drug users is dropping. Bulgaria is a gateway country for the transit of illicit drugs and contraband into and out of the European Union. Bulgaria serves as a major transshipment point for heroin from Southwest Asia to Europe. Organized crime groups are involved heavily in drug trafficking. Heroin and synthetic drugs are the primary drugs that transport through Bulgaria, principally overland via Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) trucks, passenger vehicles, buses, vans, and small trucks. Small amounts move by air. Varna and Burgas are entry points for pre-precursor chemicals and controlled substances, including cocaine, which moves from Bulgaria into the Balkans, Greece, and Western Europe.

MOI had numerous successes investigating the movement of drugs through Bulgaria with significant seizures of large volumes of narcotics made, including heroin (676 kg), cocaine (297 kg), marijuana (2938 kg), synthetic drugs (225 kg), and synthetic tables (3,462 tablets).

Kidnapping Threat

Kidnapping as a tactic used by organized crime decreased following the arrest of the “Impudent” gang in 2009. Kidnappings primarily involved rival criminal groups seeking ransom or unresolved financial dealings. In August 2017, masked, armed men kidnapped the 25-year old son of a prominent businessman as he left his house for work. They released him 11 days into his captivity after his family paid a ransom. Review OSAC’s report, Kidnapping: The Basics.

Other Issues

Bulgaria has significant historical locations and archaeological sites that have been exploited by antiquities trafficking. Traffickers illegally remove hidden, stolen, or found antiquities from the country to sell in foreign auctions. Organized crime groups also use them to launder money. In 2019, an ancient Bulgarian pendant was up for auction in the U.S. for upwards of $47,000. Read the State Department’s webpage on customs and import restrictions for information on what you cannot take into or out of other countries.

Police Response

The emergency line in Bulgaria is 112. For local first responders, please refer to the Embassy’s Emergency Assistance page. Download the State Department’s Crime Victims Assistance brochure.

The MOI is the primary law enforcement body in Bulgaria, encompassing the National Police Service, Border Police, Fire and Civil Protection, Migration, and Chief Directorate for Combating Organized Crime. It oversees 28 regional police directorates and over 180 police stations. With more than 55,000 employees, the MOI oversees a vast mission of law enforcement, national security, public order, fire safety, border security, immigration, and traffic enforcement. Most interactions U.S. nationals have with law enforcement would be with MOI employees.

The Bulgarian customs administration is a centralized administrative structure, organized within the National Customs Agency (NCS) under the Minister of Finance. NCS counteracts the contraband channels of different goods and drugs. NCS also collects all duties and excises paid to the state budget.

The National Investigative Service (NIS) is the investigative arm of the Prosecution Service, which is part of the Judiciary. It works with the Interior and Justice Ministries to conduct investigations.

The National Protection Service (NSO) provides protective security to Bulgaria’s national leadership including the president, prime minister, and visiting government dignitaries, but does not conduct criminal investigations.

The State Agency for National Security (DANS) is a domestic security agency with investigative responsibility but. Since 2015, DANS has no law enforcement authority. It coordinates closely with intelligence services and law enforcement agencies depending on the nature of their investigation.

Medical Emergencies

The medical emergency line in Bulgaria is 112. Dispatchers are likely to speak English, and ambulances will usually transport a patient to a private hospital of their choosing. Ambulance service can be slow; in large cities, it may take 30+ minutes. If there is a medical emergency in Sofia, it may be quicker to call a taxi or ask a friend or colleague to drive you to a hospital.

Medical providers are trained to a very high standard, but most hospitals and clinics, especially in rural areas, are not equipped or maintained to U.S. or Western European standards. Basic medical supplies and over-the-counter and prescription medications are widely available, but highly specialized medication and/or treatment regimens may not be available. Those in need of specialized services for an infant/child should call ahead to ensure those services will be available. Find contact information for available medical services and available air ambulance services on the U.S. Embassy website.

Bulgaria no longer has air ambulance (helicopter) services for response in event of emergencies. When needed (such as for international sporting events), Bulgaria contracts out air ambulance services from third countries. Plans have been made (but not yet implemented) for the purchase of three air ambulance helicopters through the use of EU funds, but are currently not operational.

Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the U.S. may cost tens of thousands of dollars. It is imperative that U.S. nationals have enough cash (or access to cash) to cover a medical emergency. Most doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for services rendered. The U.S. Department of State strongly recommends purchasing international health insurance before traveling internationally. Review the State Department’s webpage on insurance overseas.

Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a serious health concern.

The CDC offers additional information on vaccines and health guidance for Bulgaria.

Review OSAC’s reports, The Healthy Way, Traveling with Medication, I’m Drinking What in My Water?, Shaken: The Don’ts of Alcohol Abroad, Health 101: How to Prepare for Travel, and Fire Safety Abroad.

OSAC Country Council Information

There is an active OSAC Country Council in Sofia. Contact OSAC’s Europe team for more information or to join.

U.S. Embassy Contact Information

16 Kozyak Street, Sofia 1408

Regular hours: 0800 – 1730, Monday – Friday

Telephone: +359 2 937 5100. Emergencies: +359 (2) 937 5101

Website: https://bg.usembassy.gov

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