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I am planning to travel to Greece (Athens) and Sofia (Bulgaria). I understand that I can travel to Sofia also under my Schengen visa, but I have questions:

  1. Do I need to request for a multiple-entry or single-entry Schengen visa (tourist visa)?
  2. Can I fly into Bulgaria (from India) and then move to Greece and then out of Greece to India?
  3. Or do I have to fly to Greece and then only can visit Bulgaria?
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As stated in Timatic, the database used by airlines:

Visa required [for Bulgaria], except for passengers with a C visa issued by Croatia, Cyprus, Romania or a Schengen Member State valid for the period of intended stay. They are visa exempt for a maximum stay of 90 days

So your Schengen visa only needs to be valid. It doesn't matter if you used it to enter the Schengen Area before Bulgaria or not.

So:

  1. Single-entry is enough.
  2. Yes, you can visit Bulgaria first if you want.

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