Bulgaria to Ease Visa Procedures for Russians

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria to Ease Visa Procedures for Russians Boyko Kotsev, Bulgaria's Ambassador to Russia. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria mulls simplifying visa procedures for Russian citizens, the country's Ambassador to Moscow Boyko Kotsev announced.

"Visas will not be scrapped, but the regime could be facilitated, meaning a 2 to 3-day issuing and three to four minutes in a queue to receive them," Kotsev was quoted by Russia's Interfax agency as saying.

New Bulgarian visa departments might also be set up in Russia, with 23 currently operating across its territory.

Kotsev added that Bulgaria was also planning to open four more consulates in Russia this year, and one of them, in Yekaterinburg (the fourth-largest city in the country) is planned to begin work "during the first half of 2014".

Despite turmoil in relations between the EU and Russia, Bulgaria ranks among top destinations for Russian tourists who wish to spend their holidays abroad.

Estimates quoted by website Travel.ru suggest that Russian citizens account for 681.5 thousand (roughly 10%) out of the total 7.2 million visiting the country.

Russia also saw a 20% increase of citizens traveling abroad last year, who were about 15 million according to reports by the country's Federal Tourism Agency.

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BTA - 9 Apr 2014 // 10:48:34

Right move.

Warfou - 3 Apr 2014 // 14:48:31

Isn't like Bulgaria strives to enter the Schengen zone? This move closes the doors to Europe, maybe forever.

sa-sha - 3 Apr 2014 // 09:12:40

To Nellie 2014: Bulgaria is ALREADY under the super sleazy US/EUssr/NATO' joint "protection", and it is not Your dream about "sleazy KGB moron" coming/taking over, but the inspiring (for You &Co) reality.

nellie2014 - 3 Apr 2014 // 08:56:10

First come the visas, then come the Russians, then comes Putin taking over Bulgaria to "protect" the Russian population. Putin is basing his game on Hitlers play book. Bulgaria must be crazy to trust that sleazy KGB moron.

sa-sha - 3 Apr 2014 // 07:47:01

Sorry for interfering, Mr. Fried Wonton, but can't You start TODAY by explaining the meaning of Your "dictatorships like Putin's"?

George Zheliazkov - 2 Apr 2014 // 20:16:17

Here some factual info on the Emerging Markets (for the bears…)


Then again this is just my humble opinion…

Mr. Fried Wonton - 2 Apr 2014 // 19:13:55

We all want to be rich like you George, can I work for your company in Hamilton? I want to teach me to make money like you have, I know you are so so so successful in Hamilton that you say George the Bulgarian and everyone knows who you talking 'bout. Everybody knows that George is rich and successful and generously takes his time to lecture and teach us backward monkeys back in the homeland that we need to do business with emerging markets to be rich like him if not we are Losers and Lazy and Incompetent. We can't talk about democracy, because dictatorships like Putin's are the ones that grow (Mmmm...I wonder why they only grew 1% last year and will grow 0% this year if democracy is not something they know there).....

George is flying weekly from Hamilton to Shanghai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Mexico City, Bangkok and other top cities. He only flies business class on Singapore Airlines because he's the BEST!!!!

George, you're my idol....I want to be like you....Please let me know how I can start TODAY?

George Zheliazkov - 2 Apr 2014 // 17:10:54

The reality based on the market size and economy is that Bulgaria can't be picky, fussy and choosy when it comes to trade and business. Bulgaria must diversify its economy and trade with all. Trade with the emerging markets is crucial and countries like Russia, ASEAN, CHINA, India and all of Asia are where the future opportunities will be.
You can't live on democracy dreams only and it's about time you make some money!

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