Traveling to Bulgaria and Romania just got a whole lot easier! As of March 31, 2024, these countries will partially join the Schengen Area, meaning air and sea travel between them and other Schengen countries will be smooth sailing (and soaring!) with no border checks in sight.

Faster Flights, Fewer Frowns

So, whether you’re planning a sun-soaked trip to the Bulgarian Riviera or a cultural adventure in Romania’s Transylvania, you can wave goodbye to lengthy border queues and embrace a seamless travel experience. No more passport stamps, no more security screenings – just hop on your plane or cruise ship and arrive relaxed and ready to explore.

Land Borders Still Under Lock and Key

While air and sea travel might be a breeze, keep in mind that land borders between Bulgaria/Romania and other Schengen countries will remain under lock and key for now. The European Council is still discussing the fate of land border checks, but don’t worry, will keep you updated on any developments.

Visa Update: New Doors Open

And here’s some extra good news! Starting April 1, 2024, Bulgaria and Romania will be issuing their own Schengen C visas, providing even greater travel flexibility. These visas will allow you to explore any Schengen country within the validity period, so you can mix and match your destinations and create the perfect European adventure.

A Decade of Waiting, Finally Takes Flight

This partial Schengen entry marks a significant milestone for Bulgaria and Romania, who have been waiting for over a decade to fully embrace the borderless zone. It’s a testament to their commitment to European integration and a boon for travelers seeking a hassle-free journey.

Stay Informed, Travel with Confidence

Remember, while the land border situation might still be evolving, the skies are clear for air and sea travel! So, pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready to experience Bulgaria and Romania’s unique charms with the ease and convenience of the Schengen Area. Keep an eye on for further updates and expert guidance to navigate your European adventures with confidence.

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