Important information before a trip
Travelling by plane
When you travel by plane, especially to the USA, you need to strictly observe the security and control measures applied. Hence travellers are advised to be prepared on these issues and to go to the airport at least three hours before their flight.
What is typical for the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and the Bay of Bengal are strong winds which are known by different names in the various regions: tornados, hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones.
Hurricanes are especially frequent for the period from June to November and their peak is in mid-August and mid-October. Strong air currents, torrential rains and extreme fires are a serious threat to the people in those regions. For up-to-date informationplease visit the web-site of the National Hurricane Center.
According to information from previous year a threat from hurricane winds in the Northern parts of the Atlantic Ocean exists in the following countries and/ or states:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- USA (South)
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
Typhoons are typical for the coasts of China, Japan and the Philippines.
The European Commission has published the so called Black list of insecure airlines (you can download the list HERE). 95 non-European airlines on the list are banned from travelling in the EU.
Meteorological data about the world
You can find meteorological data and satellite pictures from NASA of natural disasters around the world (fires, strong air currents – hurricanes, tornadoes, etc., floods, etc.) at the web-site of the National Hurricane Center.
BEFORE YOU EMBARK ON A JOURNEY ABROAD CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS:
Be informed about the place you are visiting (requirements for travel document validity, visas, vaccines) and follow the development of the situation there during your trip (radio, TV, internet and other media). Make sure you have travel insurance. You are advised to stick to the general recommendations of legal nature in the “Information for travellers” section.
Carefully consider the GENERAL INFORMATION Section.
Before you leave, give your contact details to your relatives or friends.
In case during your trip there is a crisis situation (natural disaster, accident, terrorist attacks, political unrest), call your relatives and friends or the closest Bulgarian mission abroad (Embassy, Consulate General or Honorary Consulate). Even if you are not affected by such crisis situations, calling a relative or a friend spares a lot of worries.
When entering the Republic of Bulgaria respect the established rules.
Important phone numbers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In emergency cases – at any time: +359 2 948 2404 and +359 2 971 38 56
Every working day from 8:30am till 5:30 pm:
On general non-visa consular issues: +359 2 948 3016
On visa issues: +359 2 948 3016
On certification and legalization issues:
+359 2 807 64 23; +359 2 807 64 26