I am from Argentina and I would like to know whether I can enter Bulgaria.

I overstayed in the Schengen area and when I exited Greece, on my way to Turkey, I was told that have a penalty of 1200€ or a 4-year entry ban.

As I understand it, countries like Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia are part of the EU, but are not yet Schengen, correct?

I want to travel this summer in the Balkan Peninsula but I don't know if my ban includes the joiner states.

Note: Bulgaria and Romania are currently in the process of joining the Schengen Area.

Note: A visa is generally not required for Argentine nationals visiting Bulgaria.

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    Profoundly good question! I have edited it to add some background info and to broaden the scope a bit. – Gayot Fow May 7 '17 at 12:37
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    I was told that have a penalty of 1200€ or a 4-year entry ban. -- did you pay? Do you have a ban? Is there any paperwork showing it? – chx May 7 '17 at 22:39
  • I didn't pay, they told me I must pay only if I wanna go in again... I signed some papers but didn't get any with me... – Ciro May 8 '17 at 16:26
  • The thing is I tried to enter again anyway, love is sometimes stupid... They didn't let me in and told me again about my penalization and refuse my entry. This time I got a paper saying the reason why I got rejected is because I've already been 3 months in a 6 months period in member countries of the UE. doesn't say about any penalization. – Ciro May 8 '17 at 16:29
  • I'll be 3 months out when I plan to enter Bulgaria, will they let me in? – Ciro May 8 '17 at 16:33

Bulgaria has access and full use of the Schengen Information System (SIS) that supports external border control and law enforcement cooperation in the Schengen States.

Bulgaria, in its efforts toward full Schengen status, is able to access the SIS information from within its border protection and passport and visa control system. While your citizenship doesn't require a visa to enter Bulgaria, your Schengen ban would show up when you present for entry at a border.

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