Bulgaria

The Republic of Bulgaria is a relatively small country located on the Balkan Peninsula. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country became extremely popular among foreign tourists, because of the affordable price, high-quality services and its proximity to the Black Sea. The total tourist flow exceeds the population of the country, 8 million tourists contrary 7.5 million of inhabitants respectively. The country can be contingently divided into 2 parts, north, and south. On the North, there is a magnificent Varna with its fantastic beach resorts like Albena and Gold Sand, the most vibrant part of the country. On the South, the less popular resorts can be found, like Burgas, Sozopol, and Nesebr. The capital of Bulgaria is a majestic Sofia. The city full of sights, where is definitely worth to go on the excursions.

SAFETY INDEX

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Is Bulgaria a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Bulgaria is a safe country. However, like in any other touristic country, unfair individuals want to take an advantage of distracted tourists, thence the most common crimes are pick-pocketing, bag snatching and other financially driven offenses. However, exercising common sense and look out for suspicious activity, may completely eliminate the chances of being robbed. In addition to pick-pockets, there are also some scam risks for visitors, as numerous scammers are in constant seek of dishonest earnings. So, there are common credit card frauds ad ATM skimming. The even worst pain for a tourist can be criminal groups, which are active in casinos, nightclubs and are involved in prostitution. So, we advise don’t visit this kind of places, in order to avoid unpredictable consequences. The violent crime is rare but exists. Mainly, it attributed to the rival gangs and may include bombing and shootouts. The chances of occurrence are quite low. If you plan to rent a car, it is worth to take into account the high risks of car theft. If possible, try to obtain the full insurance coverage while renting. In order to avoid break-ins, do not leave any valuables in plain sight.  

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Bulgaria is a safe country. It is ranked 25th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpocketing and bag snatching are very common in Bulgaria, especially in tourist areas in the capital and big transportation hubs.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

According to the official statistics, the average kidnapping risk is 1.73 per 100,000 people. Kidnapping is a rare phenomenon, but it still exists. Mugging is another occurrence each tourist should be aware of. The best way to be safe is to stay with a crowd and do not be heavily intoxicated late a night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

The most common scams are ripping off in taxis.  Drink / Food spiking is known.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Risky behaviour on the road is common. Locals drive aggressive and traffic is very hectic. Pedestrians we recommend to be very careful crossing the street.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Bulgaria has experienced earthquakes, but a majority causes little damage. In the winter period the avalanches possible in the mountainous region. We advise following the weather forecast on the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology website, where up-to-date information about all weather warnings for Bulgaria is provided.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

The treat of terrorist attacks exists, but relatively low. Be vigilant to suspicious activity.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Bulgaria is safe for women travellers. However, the assaults may occur, although relatively rare.

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WHAT TO DO?

Generally speaking, Bulgaria is a perfect spot for tourists of all kind, the nature of the country is very beautiful and diverse. There is an opportunity to go climbing (skiing at winter), enjoy the sun on the white sand beaches or visit historical sights.

Useful Information

U.S., Australian, European, Canadian visitors may stay in Bulgaria up to 90 days within any six-month period without a Bulgarian Visa. Visit the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information on the entry and exit requirements for Bulgaria. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The Bulgarian Lev is the currency of Bulgaria. SafeAround advises to exchange money at exchange bureaus or banks, and never exchange money on the street.
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As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page