Foreign travel advice
Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism. On 30 December 2016, the Bulgarian authorities announced heightened security measures in all cities, winter ski resorts, and places where large gatherings are expected. See Terrorism
From 23 January 2017, there may be disruption or delays at border crossings with Greece due to strike action plans to block border crossings. You should follow the advice of the local authorities, including guidance at Bulgaria’s Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications website.
Be aware of pickpockets in city centres and tourist resorts especially in crowded areas like buses, trains and busy streets. There has been an increase in burglaries from hotel rooms in Sunny Beach. Keep valuables in a safe. See Crime
Be aware of prostitutes around Burgas and Sunny Beach. See Crime
There may be disruption or delays at border crossings with Greece. See Local travel
There are regular reports of robberies and threatening behaviour by taxi drivers in Sunny Beach. See Local travel
There are sporadic protests across Bulgaria. Avoid all protests, keep up to date with media reports and follow the advice of the local authorities.
If you need to contact the emergency services in Bulgaria call 112. English speaking operators are available. See Health
Carry a copy of the information pages of your passport at all times as proof of identity.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.