General travel information

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue a travel advice for Bulgaria at this time.

Australians are advised to read the General advice to Australian travellers which provides general information about safety and security, local laws and customs, entry and exit requirements, health issues, travel and health insurance and consular assistance and registration.

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 the nature of your enquiry, your best option may be to contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurance provider in the first instance.

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
Website www.greece.embassy.gov.au

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

Honorary Consul
Australian Consulate
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:

British Emabssy
9 Moskovska Street
Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Telephone +359 2 933 9290

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.

Other useful information

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.

Foreign Affairs Canada, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the US State Department also issue travel advice for their citizens.

For additional general and economic information to assist travelling in this country, see the following links:

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra may be contacted on (02) 6261 3305

While every care has been taken in preparing this information, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees, including any member of Australia's diplomatic and consular staff abroad, can accept liability for any injury, loss or damage arising in respect of any statement contained herein.