Bulgaria no longer allows entry with unused Schengen visas

Bulgaria no longer allows entry with unused Schengen visas

At the end of April, Bulgaria made a decision oblige foreigners holding a Schengen visa to enter the Schengen area at least once before their arrival in the country, or present a Bulgarian transit visa in addition to the Schengen visa.

This means that all Turkish truck drivers who only recently received a Schengen visa, must first enter any of the Schengen countries, or country of issue, or obtain a Bulgarian visa in addition to this, in order to obtain permission to enter Bulgaria. This causes difficulties and widespread dissatisfaction.

According to the leadership of the International Drivers Association, the new rules have made it extremely difficult to carry out transportation as usual.

The main problem is that that a driver who has received a visa for the first time cannot enter and leave the country whenever he wants. As a result, dozens of drivers have already been unable to purchase goods and load goods on their “unused” Schengen visa.

“Bulgaria actually forces you to get your own visa. We don't understand what that means. We have a Schengen visa, we travel around Europe with our Schengen visa. But now we have been deprived of the opportunity to receive and unload cargo in Bulgaria, and because of these rules, unfair competition is being created,” the associations add.

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