Bulgaria Joined Schengen

April 1, 2024
Bulgaria Joined Schengen

April 1st, 2024, stands as a day of great significance in Bulgaria’s history as the country formally joins the Schengen Zone, opening a new chapter of increased mobility, economic growth, and stronger bonds within the European Union.

This long-awaited accession is the result of Bulgaria’s unwavering commitment to meeting the European Union’s rigorous standards in governance, security, and border control. The achievement is a powerful affirmation of Bulgaria’s adherence to European principles and values.

Impact on Travel

The entry into the Schengen Zone notably eases travel. Non-EU citizens with Bulgarian residency cards can now travel to other EU and Schengen member states without much hassle, though they are limited to a 90-day stay within any 180-day period in other Schengen member states. This relaxation in travel restrictions is poised to significantly enhance tourism, cultural interactions, and business relations between Bulgaria and other member countries.

For travelers from within the Schengen area, Bulgaria now opens up as a hassle-free destination without border control.

Boost to Economic Growth

Bulgaria’s inclusion in the Schengen Zone is expected to spur economic development. The ease of movement and free flow of goods are likely to attract increased foreign investment. The Bulgaria Golden Visa program, known for its minimal investment requirements in a Bulgaria-based fund and a straightforward pathway to permanent residency, is expected to become even more attractive.

Facing Challenges and Setting Expectations

Despite the numerous advantages, Bulgaria is tasked with the challenge of maintaining the stringent border security and management standards of the Schengen Zone. Continuous efforts to uphold these standards are essential to ensure a secure and efficient border framework.

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