European Union country in the Balkans

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Where in the Balkans is free camping permitted?

This question is a spinoff of the question about wild camping in Europe since none of the answers cover the area where I am now with my tent and sleeping bag (-: Do any of the following countries in ...
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In Bulgaria do fast food chains, convenience stores, or petrol stations typically accept credit cards for small purchases?

In some countries such as Japan it's almost unheard of for a fast food chain or convenience store to accept credit cards. In others like Australia all convenience stores will and some fast food ...
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What's the address of this guesthouse in Bulgaria?

A few weeks ago travelling with friends in Bulgaria we stayed at a guesthouse of an older lady named Rosa who basically accosted us and climbed into our car when we arrived in the old town of Veliko ...
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Where is the museum of socialist art in Sofia, Bulgaria?

I stumbled across this article on a new socialist art museum in Sofia. It looks really interesting and since I'm in Sofia I'd like to visit. But the article only lists "in a Sofia suburb", Google ...
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Will a biathlon competition affect my ski vacation?

I've bought flight tickets to a ski vacation in Bansko, Bulgaria. Only later I've found out that on the same week the European biathlon championship will take place in exactly the same resort. Will ...
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Languages in Bulgaria? [closed]

There is a realistic chance that I will be working in Sofia for a year or more soon. I care quite a lot about being able to communicate with local people wherever I am travelling, so I would like to ...
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Buses from Plovdiv, Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey

A guy in my hostel here in Plovdiv wants to take a bus to Istanbul but finding the info on the net is a bit tricky. This site seems to suggest at least two Turkish bus companies do the trip. One of ...
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What is the most interesting route from Sofia, Bulgaria to northern Albania?

I'm trying to decide which route to take from Sofia Bulgaria, where I am now, to northern Albania, but I don't really have much idea what specific points of interest are along the way. I could just ...
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Lesovo, Bulgaria to Hamzabeyli, Turkey with bike

It's hard to find online information about the border crossings between Bulgaria and Turkey in English. The border crossing between Kapitan Andreevo, Bulgaria and Kapıkule, Turkey is allegedly only ...
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Under which conditions should I buy an extra ticket for my luggage on public transport in Sofia?

Here in Sofia (Bulgaria) when using the tram/metro/bus you not only need to buy a ticket for yourself but also one for each piece of (large) luggage you carry with you. I read about this in a guide ...
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What is the price of ferries between Bulgaria and Georgia?

A previous question about Romania and Georgia mentioned that there are ferry connections between Bulgaria and Georgia. Somebody I've met at my new hostel is interested in just a ferry so I dug up that ...
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Hot Springs around Bulgaria?

I'll be travelling through south-eastern Europe (former Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania) in 2 months on motorbike. I've heard there are hot springs / spas in Bulgaria, and it might be nice to ...
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How much should a taxi cost from the Romania border to the centre of Ruse, Bulgaria?

At the risk of being too localized, how much should I pay for a taxi from the Bulgarian side of the border crossing at Giurgiu, Romania / Ruse, Bulgaria into the centre of Ruse? I'm told it's about 5 ...
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Turkey transit visa for a stateless person? [duplicate]

I am a stateless person but I am a resident of Uzbekistan. I am going to visit Bulgaria on the 16th of August this year. Unfortunately there is no direct flight to Bulgaria so I have to fly through ...
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Traveling from Bulgaria to Turkey by bus, Visa on arrival?

Turkey grants visa on arrival for Schengen visa holders. I'm guessing this should be at all entry ports, including roads. Just wanted to confirm that if I'm travelling by bus with a valid Schengen ...
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Is it easier/cheaper for an Indonesian with UK residency to obtain a tourist visa for Bulgaria, Romania, or Schengen?

A friend of mine who is a citizen of Indonesia with UK residency (but not citizenship) would like to meet up with me somewhere with a cheap undeveloped beach. (I'll be hitchhiking from Georgia.) The ...
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Transit through Schengen area with Bulgarian visa?

I am Ukrainian and in early stages of planning trip to conference in Bulgaria later this year. Strangely there seems to be no direct flights from Kiev to Sofia. From quick search the most affordable ...
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Is it cheaper and/or easier to buy a cheap tent and sleeping bag in Turkey or Bulgaria?

I'm currently in Istanbul but will soon head west to the Romania/Bulgaria border (hitchhiking) and intend to buy a cheap tent and sleeping bag on the way. I don't need a famous brand. Just something ...
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Parking via SMS in Sofia, Bulgaria

In Sofia, Bulgaria there are two parking zones - blue and green, and for both of them is possible to pay via SMS. My problem is that I have no longer a Bulgarian SIM-card, and I wonder if it's ...
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Is it easy to get snowboard/ski hire in Borovets without prior booking?

We're off to Borovets skiing in a month or so. We want to book ski/snowboard hire, passes, etc but finding the websites difficult to navigate. Does anyone have experience of getting ski hire on ...
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Can I travel to EU states with a Bulgarian Blue Card?

I am a Ukrainian citizen and recently moved to Bulgaria for work. I have received a Blue Card as a high-skilled professional. Does this Blue Card allow me to travel without receiving additional visas ...
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Duration of Schengen visa while travelling to non Schengen areas which allow Schengen visa

I'm planning to travel to the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Turkey. I'll be in Netherlands for 4 days, Bulgaria for 4 and Turkey for 2. I'm applying for a Schengen visa for the Netherlands. Considering ...
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Proof for onward travel in Non-schengen countries of EU

I'm from Singapore and planning trip to Eastern Europe, landing at Romania and taking a train to Bulgaria and back to Singapore. If I buy a one-way Singapore-Romania ticket and another one-way ...
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How can I go to Perperikon by public transport?

I would like to visit the ancient city of Perperikon in Bulgaria. It's no problem at all to go to Plovdiv or Kardzali, but are there any public transport from there to Perperikon? How much would cost ...
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Safe place to store luggage for 5 days in Sofia, Bulgaria

My family will be in Sofia, Bulgaria mid March 2016. During our stay in Sofia we are travelling to the UK for a 6 day 'side trip' but will then return to Sofia before finally travelling home to ...
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How recent should my bank statement be when applying for a short-term visa?

I will apply for a Bulgarian visa on July 8th, but my bank statement is from November 17th to May 17th, is that maybe a problem for them ? Could that cause a refusal or will they just ask for a more ...
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How can I get to Seven Rila Lakes from Sapareva Banya in April?

I am going to Bulgaria next week, would like to visit 7 Rila lakes area. Heard that there would be a lot of snow in April. I am wondering if it is still possible to reach Sapareva Banya from Dupnitsa ...
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Rent a Car in Constanta Airport with return in another country

Is there any means to rent a car in Constanta (RO) for one day and the return to be in another city, like Dobrich, BG or Varna BG? Is a private transport (taxi) a better alternative to go from ...
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Can I apply for a Schengen visa of the first port of entry or does it need to be the country of the longest duration?

I'm planning to travel to the Netherlands, Spain and Bulgaria. My longest stay will probably be in Bulgaria. Now, Bulgaria doesn't issue a Schengen visa but allows people with a Schengen visa to ...
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Is there a way to check if the Balkan Mountains passes are open?

The Balkan Mountains passes in Bulgaria are sometimes closed due to heavy snowfall and icy conditions. Is there a website where I can check which of them are open?
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Crossing by car from Bulgaria into Turkey and then into Georgia

We live in the UK. Next summer we're planning a long-ish (2 months long) trip to Georgia - family visit. Flying with three children (especially small) is doable, but not the best thing ever, plus ...
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Bus to Bansko from Sofia

I'm looking to go skiing next week, so I was wondering about the Bulgarian bus schedule from Sofia to Bansko. The only info I found was on Bansko (http://bansko.org/bansko_bus_schedule) website that ...
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Bulgarian Visa Duration of Stay

I have a short stay Bulgarian visa (Type C) that is valid from July 27th, 2015 to August 17th, 2015. The duration of stay on the visa is 6 days. Will it be legal to arrive on July 27th, 2015 and ...
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Is it cheaper to mail a small package to Germany from Turkey, Bulgaria, or Romania? [closed]

I'm travelling from Turkey slowly to Romania via Bulgaria and I have a package that must be sent to Germany. Which country has the cheapest rates for a small package? Is there a tradeoff versus ...
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Can Bulgarian residents enter the UK without a visa?

I am an Egyptian citizen; I am going to marry a Bulgarian girl and I will apply for a family residence permit in Bulgaria. With Bulgarian residency, will I be allowed to enter the UK without a visa? ...
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Questions about personal interview for Dutch Schengen visa

I'd applied for a Schengen visa from the Dutch embassy. The travel itinerary that I submitted was as follows: Amsterdam - 3 days Antwerp - 1 day Bulgaria - 3 days Amsterdam - 1 day I have been ...
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Do I need a visa to visit Bulgaria?

I am a Moroccan living in Italy for several years and I hold an Italian permanent resident permit, next month I would love to go to visit Bulgaria, and also Turkey and Greece, with multiple ...
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Can a Egyptian national marry a Bulgarian national in Bulgaria while on a tourist visa?

I am a citizen of Egypt. Would I be allowed to get married in Bulgaria while visiting Bulgaria on a tourist visa? If it matters, my fiancée is Bulgarian.
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How to get Bulgarian Tourist Visa For an Indian Student in UK

I am an Indian student in UK and after our exam I would like to visit Bulgaria with my other student friends.Now,problem is how to get Bulgarian visa from UK while I am in UK as an Indian student.
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Changing from single entry to multiple entry visa

I have a visa for bulgharia single entry it would start tomorrow , I didn't use it yet , I want to go and stay a day in bucharest from sofia and come back to sofia , I think because of my visa songle ...
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Travel by motorcycle from Turkey to Romania through Bulgaria

I'm a Saudi national. I will ship my bike to Turkey and travel to it by air. I will have a Turkey VISA of course. I will then travel on road to Bulgaria aiming to reach Romania. Do I have to apply for ...
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Can I be in transit in Athens for 24 h without transit visa? [duplicate]

I am Egyptian and I just have Bulgarian visa. My flight will have transit in Athens for 20 h, will it be a problem to stay in the airport without Schengen visa?