I am an Indian citizen with a double-entry Bulgarian visa. Our flight is from New Delhi to Bucharest, Romania. We will stay in Romania for 4 days and then go to Bulgaria.

Does my double-entry Bulgarian visa allow me to first enter Romania, rather than Bulgaria?


As stated by Timatic, the database used by airlines:

Visa required, except for Passengers with a C visa issued by Bulgaria, Croatia or Cyprus valid for the period of intended stay. They are visa exempt for a maximum stay of 90 days.

So it only has to be valid on the day you enter Romania; there is no requirement that you enter Bulgaria first.

It is, however, likely that you will face check-in/gate staff not aware of this rule, who will try to refuse you boarding on the flight. If this happens, tell them to check Timatic, which says that a valid Bulgarian visa is valid for Romania.

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