Bulgaria suspends visas for Russians with property in Bulgaria and for tourists from Russia – Novinite.com

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Bulgaria will stop accepting documents for sightseeing visas for citizens of Russiareports RIA Novosti, 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 sightseeing visas, as well as for visas for owners, “given the emergency situation that has”, says 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 the 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 Russian consul generals in Varna and Ruse“, commented ATOR.

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 partially suspended their work. Moreover, the Consulate general of Russia in Ruse suspended its operations. The Consulate general of Bulgaria in Yekaterinburg is also temporarily closed.

The association notes that it is not known how long the break in the Visa the process will take. “Sources from the ATOR newspaper report that the Bulgarian side will look for opportunities to renew the issuance of visas in Russia“, added ATOR.

Yesterday, 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 embassy and consular services of Bulgaria in Russia were 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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