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Bulgaria stops accepting documents for tourist visas for Russian citizens, RIA Novosti reported, citing the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR). The measure applies to both tourists and property owners in Bulgaria.

“According to tour operators, the Bulgarian consulate in Moscow notified them of the temporary suspension of the acceptance of documents for tourist visas, as well as for visas for owners, ‘in view of the emergency situation that has arisen ‘”, declares the announcement of our diplomatic representation.

Our consulate in Moscow explained to the Russians that the reason for the suspension of visas was the declaration on August 5 of 14 employees of diplomatic missions and consular services of Bulgaria in Russia as persona non grata.

“This measure on the part of the Russian side is a response to the decision of the Bulgarian authorities to expel 70 Russian diplomats and technical staff of Russian diplomatic departments, including the Russian consuls general in Varna and Ruse,” ATOR commented.

The association also clarified that due to a lack of employees, the consular department of the Russian Embassy in Bulgaria and the Consulate General in Varna have partially suspended their work. In addition, the Russian Consulate General in Ruse has suspended its operations. The Consulate General of Bulgaria in Yekaterinburg is also temporarily closed.

The Consular Service of Bulgaria has indefinitely suspended the acceptance of documents for tourist visas and visas for owners. The decision is positioned as temporary, Russian media report.

According to the tour operators, the Bulgarian consulate in Moscow notified them of the temporary suspension of the acceptance of documents for tourist visas and visas for owners “due to the current emergency situation”. The Consulate General of Bulgaria in Yekaterinburg is temporarily closed.

The occasion is today’s announcement of the announcement of 14 employees of the Bulgarian diplomatic missions and consular services as persona non grata. This measure of the Russian side is a response to the decision of the Bulgarian authorities to expel from the country 70 Russian diplomats and technical employees of the Russian diplomatic departments, including the Russian consul generals in Varna and Ruse.

The Russian consular services in Varna partially suspended their work, and the Russian consulate in Ruse ceased to function.

Bulgarian visa centers in Moscow, Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg (including regional visa centers) for “technical reasons” do not accept applications with payment of consular fees from March 25. However, Russians could get visas for tourist trips to Bulgaria from March 25. the Consulates General of Bulgaria in these three cities.

It is this option that has now been dropped.

Even without a Bulgarian visa, Russians can travel to Bulgaria – this is possible if they hold a multiple-entry Schengen visa or a national multiple-entry visa of Croatia, Romania or Cyprus. Bulgaria and these countries recognize visas from third countries on the basis of agreements.

The association notes that it is unclear how long the pause in the visa process will last. “TOR newspaper sources report that the Bulgarian side will look for opportunities to renew the issuance of visas in Russia,” Ator adds.

Earlier today, the Russian Foreign Ministry briefed Bulgarian Ambassador Atanas Krastin on Moscow’s response to the restrictions imposed on the work of Russian diplomatic institutions in Bulgaria. 14 employees of the Bulgarian embassy and consular services in Russia have been declared “persona non grata”. Earlier, Sofia announced that it had imposed similar measures on 70 employees of Russian institutions abroad, to whom the Bulgarian authorities assign work for the special services under the guise of diplomatic activity.

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