Bulgaria

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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing around Bulgaria.

Bulgaria
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Capital Sofia
Language Bulgarian
Currency Lev (BGN)
Time zone EET UTC+2 , DST: EEST (UTC+3)
Calling code +359

Bulgaria (Bulgarian: България, IPA: bɤ̞ɫˈɡarijɐ), officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country located in Southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south and the Black Sea to the east. With a territory of 110,994 km2 (42,855 mi2), Bulgaria is Europe's 14th-largest country.

On January 1 2007 Bulgaria joined the European Union.

The Bulgarian coast on the Black Sea is over 125 nM and has more then 20 ports and small harbors.

Charts

British Admiralty
2230 Constanta to Kefken Adasi
2231 Cape Kaliakra to Odessa
2399 Burgaski zaliv
Turkish
10A Bati Kara Deniz (West Black Sea)
17 Kara Deniz; Romanya to Bulgaristan
18 Kara Deniz; Turkey-Bulgaristan

Note: C Map electronic charts lack depth details for some areas in Bulgaria. For example the Navionics electronic charts for the Danube and Nessebar are much more detailed than the C Map charts.

Weather

The climate is similar to the Northern Mediterranean, with very hot summers, but colder winters. The prevailing winds of summer are north east, although there is a daily alternation of land and sea breezes.

Sources for Weather forecasts:

3 Maps to choose from - Wind Direction and Speed, Wave Direction and Height, Wave Period.
This map is produced by the Turkish State Meteorological Service which also produces maps for the whole Black Sea and Mediterranean. Map of Regions

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

List islands and island groups belonging to this country. If there is more then 2 paragraphs for a given island, create a dedicated page for it (Island Template and/or Island Group Template).

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The harbors are easy to find, but several small fishing harbors may have fishing nets, so do approach with caution.

Entrance

An agent is not required. Yachts are no longer required to check in/out of each port once clearance has been completed.

Arrival

Clearance must be completed with Customs, Health, Immigration and Port Authority. Officials will usually visit the yacht on arrival and the crew must remain on board until formalities are completed. The formalities are not complicated, but passports and ship's papers may be retained until departure.

A certificate (Form A) will be issued at the first Port of Entry, valid for 6 months, and each section signed by the relevent officials. First Health officials, next the Border Police, then Customs and, finally, the Maritime Administration Office. If there are no changes to skipper or crew, then Form B will not be needed.

Departure

On departure from Bulgaria, Complete Form C and then follow the departure procedure at the Maritime Administration office and the Customs office. After which the form can then be authorised by the Border Police.

Customs and Immigration

Customs

Firearms must be declared and will be detained. Animals may be confined on board.

A customs declaration must be completed on arrival, where video cameras, personal computers and other valuables should be detailed.

Transit logs are now not required for Bulgaria (as at June 2011).

Yachts are free to travel in Bulgaria except for any restricted areas shown on charts.

Immigration

All visitors must have a passport valid for 3 months before expected departure.

Bulgaria is a member of the European Union but not part of the Schengen Agreement Area.

Visas are not required by nationals of the following countries for visit of up to 90 days within a period of 6 months :- The EU, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, USA, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Fees and Charges

There are no extra fees other then visa (if required) and harbor dues.

Restrictions

  • Pets must have a Pet Passport, a current Health Certificate and Rabies Vaccination Certificate (valid at least 30 days prior to and not more than 6 months) and be be microchipped. Additional information from [www.bulgariatravel.org Bulgarian Website] or Email
  • The export of articles of cultural, historical or artistic value is prohibited
  • When sailing across the Bulgarian zone of the Danube, stops are forbidden at islands in the river or outside ports or other bases

Health and Security

Health

Submit any health warnings/information. Remove any of these sections do not apply to this particular country.

Security

Details?

Berthing

Key to symbols: |Island icon – island |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Waterway or canal icon – waterway or canal |Needs data icon – needs data ||
Balchik Balchik /wiki/Balchik Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |
Burgas or BurgazBurgas or Burgaz/wiki/Burgas Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Byala Byala /wiki/Byala Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Golden Sands (Zlatni Piassatzi)Golden Sands (Zlatni Piassatzi)/wiki/Golden_Sands Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |
Kavarna Kavarna /wiki/Kavarna Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Kiten Kiten /wiki/Kiten Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Neftochim1Neftochim1/wiki/Neftochim Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Nesebar Nesebar /wiki/Nesebar Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Pomorie Pomorie /wiki/Pomorie Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Primorsko Primorsko /wiki/Primorsko Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Sozopol Sozopol /wiki/Sozopol Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Sveti Vlas Dinevi MarinaSveti Vlas Dinevi Marina/wiki/Sveti_Vlas Marina icon – marina |
Tsarevo (Michurin)Tsarevo (Michurin)/wiki/Tsarevo Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Varna Varna /wiki/Varna Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Varna Lake (Asparuhvo) Varna Lake (Asparuhvo) /wiki/Varna_Lake_(Asparuhvo) Marina icon – marina |

Notes:

1Very little information can be found

Transportation

  • International flights, except to Moscow, only from Sofia
  • Domestic flights between major cities
  • Good train service, but avoid local trains and use express trains (may need advance ticket)
  • Good bus service
  • Car rentals

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See also Black Sea.

Comments

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See also Black Sea.

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