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Bulgaria to Increase Visa Fee for Russian Citizens

Bulgaria will increase the price of visas for Russian tourists from €35 to €80 following a decision taken at the EU level, announced the caretaker Minister of Tourism, Ilin Dimitrov.

”This discount will disappear. There is no way to ban Russians from entering, but their visa will become more expensive. This is an EU decision with which we do not fully agree, but as members of the union, we will have to comply,” says Ilin Dimitrov.

Dimitrov said that around 100,000 properties located on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria are owned by Russian nationals and, despite the high cost, Russians continue to reach Bulgaria.

Baltic States have reached an agreement to ban entry for Russian citizens with Schengen visas. The prohibition for Russian citizens with Schengen visas to cross a part of European Union’s external border in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will come to force within the next ten days.

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