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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Sofia (Bulgaria), Protest in front of U.S. Embassy on Wednesday

Europe > Bulgaria > Sofia

The Embassy has been informed of a planned protest directly across Kozyak Street from the Embassy's main entrance the afternoon of Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  The Friends of Russia and the Orthodox World plans to stage a protest between the hours of 4 pm and 8 pm.  The embassy will be open for normal services but advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area.

U.S. citizens are advised to be alert and remain vigilant. Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report specific incidences of targeted violence to the Embassy. 

For further information:

See the 
State Department's travel website for the Worldwide CautionTravel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Bulgaria Country Specific Information

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.  

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, located at 16, Kozyak St., Sofia 1408, at (+359 2) 937-5100.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance call (+359 2) 937-5101.

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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