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BULGARIA IMPORT RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

Before beginning the import procedures, make sure that your vet is approved by the Government Veterinarian Authority in the country of origin.   For example, if an animal is departing the United States, the vet will need to be USDA Accredited. 

Requirements in Summary

1) Microchip:  Each Pet shall be identified by means of a microchip.  No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785- otherwise the pet will need to be sent with it’s own scanner attached to the top of the crate.

2) All animals need to have Full Vaccinations:  

Dogs:  Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Leptospirosis, (DHLPP) and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 4 weeks before arrival.

Cats:  Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP), and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 4 weeks before arrival. 

3) EU Vet Health Certificate (Form EC#: 998):

(Form provided to you by PetRelocation.com)

This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited Veterinarian.  This certificate is valid for 4 months prior to departure date so do not get this issued too early.

4) USDA Endorsement: 

The below referenced forms:

•    Microchip Implantation Record

•    Rabies Certificate

•    Vet Letter

•    EU Vet Health Certificate

Must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval.  Please contact your PetRelocation.com representative on the best way of handling this.

5)  International Health Certificate:  Your vet should have these in stock.  It’s a good idea to call ahead and ask.  This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet within 10 days of departure.  Depending on the logistics of your particular pet relocation and the specific health certificate being used (APHIS Form 7001) an additional USDA Endorsement maybe required on this health certificate.  Speak to your PetRelocation.com specialist regarding the USDA portion of this process.5.  All original documentation listed above must travel with the pets.

6)  In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following documents supplied prior to the animal’s arrival:

•    Copy of Pet Owner’s Passport

•    Note from Pet Owner’s Employer for the Relocation

ADDITIONAL NOTES: For animals originating in an EU Member State, the "pet passport," can be used and comes in a booklet form, blue in color with the EU emblem of yellow stars. This passport is a document standardized throughout the EU.  In the case of animals originating in a qualifying country other than an EU Member State the "passport" is in the form of a "Veterinary Certificate", must consist of a single sheet, be printed in the language of Member State of entry and in English and be completed in the language of the Member State of entry or English. North American vets write dates confusingly, sometimes in two different formats on the same document.  The correct layout requested, and the ISO Standard, is dd/mm/yyyy.  Microchip Numbers must be read from the chip in the animal – and not from other paperwork.  You must double check to make sure the chip can be scanned and that ALL NUMBERS of the microchip are recorded correctly.

PET TRAVEL INFORMATION

The Veterinary-medical permission for import is issued by the Director General of the Bulgarian National Veterinary Service (NVS). A representative of the company must fill and submit the relevant application form for importation/exportation in the NVS headquarters (HQ) in Sofia.

Special conditions:

The Animals must undergo veterinary checks that have satisfactory result.

 

GEOGRAPHICAL INFO

Bulgaria has changed swiftly over the last decade, though in the villages you can still find folk who ride the donkey to work, eat homegrown potatoes and make their own cheese. The difference now is that they wash it all down in front of a satellite TV. When Bulgaria ran away with the topsy-turvy capitalist circus, no-one told its people they were swinging without a safety net. But what the visitor encounters now is a country struggling valiantly to adapt and people who remain remarkably hospitable in the face of social and economic chaos. Urban Bulgaria, especially Sofia, is much changed. It borders five countries: Romania to the north mostly along the Danube, Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia to the west, and Greece and Turkey to the south, as well as the Black Sea, which comprises its entire eastern border.

Capital: Sofia

Official languages: Bulgarian

Currency: Lev (BGL)

Climate

Bulgaria's climate is a distinct case of Mediterranean-meets-eastern-Europe. Summers have a few more wet days than the start of the year and are pleasantly hot and sunny, mostly sitting in the low 30°Cs (high 80°Fs) and slightly fresher at higher altitudes. Winters are your typical European affair, little sunshine and days averaging between -4°C and 6°C (25-42°F). The Black Sea moderates temperatures in the east of the country. Rainfall is highest in the mountains, and in winter life throughout Bulgaria is sometimes disrupted by heavy snowfalls.

Geography

Geographically and climatically, Bulgaria is noted for its diversity, with the landscape ranging from the Alpine snow-capped peaks in Rila, Pirin and the Balkan Mountains to the mild and sunny weather of the Black Sea coast, from the typically continental Danubian Plain (ancient Moesia) in the north to the strong Mediterranean influence in the valleys of Macedonia and the lowlands in the southernmost parts of Thrace. Bulgaria comprises portions of the classical regions of Thrace, Moesia, and Macedonia. The southwest of the country is mountainous with two alpine ranges - Rila and Pirin and further east are the lower but more extensive Rhodope Mountains. Rila mountain includes the highest peak of the Balkan Peninsula, peak Musala at 2,925 meters (9,596 ft); the long range of the Balkan mountains runs west-east through the middle of the country, north of the famous Rose Valley. Hilly country and plains are found in the southeast, along the Black Sea coast in the east, and along Bulgaria's main river, the Danube in the north. Other major rivers include the Struma and the Maritsa River in the south. There are around 260 glacial lakes situated in Rila and Pirin, several large lakes on the Black Sea coast and more than 2,200 dam lakes. Mineral springs are in great abundance located mainly in the south-western and central parts of the country along the faults between the mountains.