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Greek-Bulgarian diplomatic relations, which date back to 1880, evolved gradually, and are at a remarkable level. They are developing in a constructive way and have been developing constantly on an upward course in all sectors, particularly since Bulgaria joined NATO (March 2004) and the EU (2007). At the Greek Embassy in Sofia, there is a Consular Bureau, a Commercial Affairs Section, a Press Office, a Defence Attaché Office and a Police Liaison Office.
The exceptional relations between Greece and Bulgaria have been recently upgraded qualitatively through regular exchanges of high-level political visits. Greece and Bulgaria are now partners and allies in the EU and NATO, respectively, and collaborate harmoniously in regional initiatives, including the SEECP, the Regional Co-operation Council (RCC) and BSEC.
Trilateral Greek-Bulgarian-Romanian Cooperation is a noteworthy form of cooperation on the regional level, as well as the Quadripartite Meetings between Greece-Bulgaria-Croatia-Romania, which took place, at a ministerial level, on the occasion of the 71st UNGA.
It has to be recalled that Greece was among the countries that fervently and substantially supported Bulgaria’s accession to NATO and the EU. Our country also supports Bulgaria’s application to join the Schengen Area.
At a bilateral level, we co-operate closely on political, economic and energy issues. A Greek-Bulgarian High-Level Cooperation Council has also been established under the auspices of the two Prime Ministers. To this day, three meetings have already taken place within this framework (on the 27.7.2010, the 17.12.2012, and the 1.8.2016).
For information on bilateral economic relations, you can visit the AGORA internet portal.
Office E.C.A. Sofia
In the sector of educational relations and culture, the “Hellenic Educational Association of Sofia” is active in Bulgaria, as are the associations of Greek-Bulgarian Friendship (Federation of Greek-Bulgarian Black Sea Associations), the “Federation of Cultural and Educational Associations of Sarakatsani of Bulgaria”, cultural associations (Association of Neohellenists of Bulgaria (Kostis Palamas”, “Friends of Stefan Getsef”, the Bulgarian chapter of the “International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantakis”).
There are some 28,500 persons of Greek origin and citizenship residing in Bulgaria. This number includes approximately 15,000 Sarakatsani, 2,500 former political refugees, 8,000 “old Greeks”, 2,000 university students and 1,000 professionals and their families.
Click here for information regarding the visa requirements for Greek citizens who want to travel to Bulgaria.
Click here for information regarding visa requirements for citizens of Bulgaria who want to travel to Greece.
Occasionally, there is heavy traffic in Sofia, which leads to significant delays. The road network is adequate, particularly in the direction of Burgas. Significant progress has been achieved on the highway A79, towards the Greek-Bulgarian border. The operation of Sofia’s airport is sometimes affected by fog
Embassy in Sofia
Address : 33, San Stefano Sofia 1504
Tel. : (003592) 9461030 , 9434096, 9433453
Fax : (003592) 9461249
Emergency phone: 00359 8 94488478
Web Site : www.mfa.gr/sofia
Ambassador: Grigorios Vassiloconstandakis
Consular office in Sofia
Address : 103, Evlogi Georgiev str., 1504 Sofia
Tel. : (003592) 9691753, 9691755, 9691758
Fax : (003592) 9461772
Web Site : www.mfa.gr/sofia
Head: Spyridon Kritikos
Commercial Section in Sofia
Address : 103, Evlogi Georgiev str., 1504 Sofia Bulgaria
Tel. : (003592) 9447959, 9447790
Fax : (003592) 9505375
Web site: www.agora.mfa.gr
Head: Theodosios Vallas