Bulgaria will increase the price of visas for Russian tourists from €35 to €80 following a decision taken at the EU level, Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Ilin Dimitrov said.
In an interview with Bulgarian National Television, Dimitrov explained that the cost of a visa was €80 but had been discounted for Russians to just €35, but not for much longer.”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,” he added.
Over 60,000 Russians have visited Bulgaria since the start of the year “The Russians have about 100,000 properties along our Black Sea coast. They enter through Turkey, pay serious costs to land in Bulgaria, but still come,” Dimitrov said.