Bulgaria aims at Ukraine, Russia travelers and relaxes visa process

February 09, 2015
Ukrainian and Russian tourists to come under visa relaxation from Bulgaria

The process for issuing visitor visas for citizens of the Federation of Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia and Kazakhstan will be relaxed as per a meeting held between Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova and Bulgaria Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov. The Foreign Ministry said that this decision comes in the wake of the upcoming visitor season as well as the Tourism Ministry’s goal to advertise the visits of nationals from traditional markets such as Ukraine and Russia.

This action is a part of the steps taken to prevent against the negative flow of deterioration in early bookings from such nations for the summer of 2015. These measures that were undertaken include issuing of short-term double and multiple-entry visas for an organized form of travel. These visas would be valid for a year to those who are already entitled to hold the Bulgarian visa.

The Ministry said that the property owners from both these countries will also profit from the assistance. Travelers coming on a visit for the first time are designated a short-term double or multiple-entry visas for a trip of private nature which is valid for a period of up to one year and those who had a Bulgarian visa previously, would be entitled to up to three years.

Minors are also going to gain advantage from the visa assistance. This includes those categories of people who wish to visit Bulgaria for attending an organized youth camp or for tourism. They would get short-term multiple entry visas which hold a validity of up to five years. The Ministry said that these visas have a validity which should not go beyond the specified legal age to which such individuals should enjoy the free visas right.

Disabled individuals would also be entitled to double or multiple-entry travel visas of one year validity. The validity of all the visas that are issued will be in line with the validity of the travel documents. The consular and diplomatic missions have already received instructions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to aid the process of issuing these travel visas.

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