General travel information
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue a travel advice for Bulgaria at this time.
There has been a significant influx of asylum seekers into Europe. In some cases, police have been deployed to prevent asylum seekers from crossing borders and accessing transport. As a result, there has been localised disruption to some cross-border road and rail transport services. You should be aware of the possibility of further disruption to transport services and monitor the local media and other information from transport providers for up to date information. If travelling by road or train, you should allow additional time to cover any disruption, remain vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities. Australians travelling across affected borders, either by road or rail, should make appropriate contingency plans to cover any disruption to travel plans.
Australians should read Travel Smart for useful travel information to help you prepare for your trip, and advice on what you should do if you run into problems overseas.
It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.
Where to get help
Depending on your enquiry, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24 hour emergency number.
If the matter relates to criminal issues, contact the local police at the nearest police station, or on the emergency assistance number 112. You should always obtain a police report when reporting a crime.
The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and cannot do to assist Australians overseas. Australia does not have an Embassy in Bulgaria. You can contact the Australian Government at the Australian Embassy in Greece for consular assistance. See contact details below:
Australian Embassy, Athens
Thon Building, Level 6
Cnr. Kifisias and Alexandras Ave
Athens 115 23 Greece
Telephone +30 210 870 4000
Facsimile +30 210 870 4055
See the Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.
Limited consular assistance, which does not include the issue of Australian passports, may be obtained from the Australian Consulate in Sofia.
Australian Consulate, Sofia
37 Trakia Street
Sofia, 1504, Bulgaria
Telephone +359 2 946 1334
Facsimile +359 2 946 1704
For emergency assistance, Australians should contact the British Embassy in Sofia at:
9 Moskovska Street
Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Telephone +359 2 933 9290
In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the above mission, you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305, or 1300 555 135 within Australia.
Other useful information
All Australians travelling to Bulgaria, whether for tourism or business or for short or long stays, are encouraged to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australians can register in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate or on-line. The registration information provided by you will help us to find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency.
If the situation changes and a travel advice for Bulgaria is issued, travellers can be automatically notified by subscribing to our e-mail subscription service.
For additional general and economic information to assist travelling in this country, see the following links: