Measures for further alleviations of the visa regime for Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian and Moldovan citizens will be initiated at the order of Bulgarian Minister Nikolay Mladenov is order to achieve an immediate effect on tourist flow, press centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. Visas for organized tourist groups from Russia will be issued within ten calendar days after filing the applications and documents required for visa at the consular post or exported Visa Center. So far this term was within 10 to 30 days.
Free visas will be issued to persons participating in international youth sporting events, cultural and creative activities, to students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training; to scientists traveling to carry out research; to representatives of non-profit organizations under the age of 25 years, participating in seminars, conferences, sporting and cultural or educational events, to participants in official exchange programs organized by twin cities and others.
Multiple-entry visa valid for up to one year will be issued to persons, who during the previous year have received at least one visa, used it in a lawful manner, meet the requirements for reliability and proven need for frequent or regular trips. This category includes, for example, owning property in the Republic of Bulgaria and their family members.
Multiple-entry visa valid for at least two years and a maximum of five years will be granted to individuals falling into the above category – provided that during the previous two years have enjoyed a one-year multiple-entry visa in a lawful manner and provided that the reasons for request a multiple-entry visa are still valid.
Similar visa alleviations are introduced for citizens of Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.