EU citizens and citizens of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein do not need a visa to enter Bulgaria.
Full list of countries whose citizens, holders of ordinary passports require/do not require visas to enter Bulgaria can be found here.
We recommend that visa requests are made well in advance (at least two months before arrival) to ensure there is enough time to process your request.
For more information about obtaining a VISA for Bulgaria, please visit the following website: www.mfa.bg.
The PLOVDIV REGATTA VENUE IS SITUATED WITHIN THE CITY, adjacent to the Maritsa River, making it easy to be reached by rail and road. Public transport services operate throughout the whole year.
Plovdiv is close to two international airports.
- Sofia International Airport: 90 minutes by car (120 km).
The Sofia airport is in close proximity to highway A1/E80 that leads directly to Plovdiv.
- Plovdiv International Airport: 15 minutes by car (12 km)
The Plovdiv Airport is a relatively a small airport with charter flights to Tel Aviv (IL) and Copenhagen (DK) as well as regular flights to London-Stansted (UK), Frankfurt-Hahn (DE) and Milan-Bergamo (IT) operated by RYANAIR.
Plovdiv can be reached by taking highway A1/E80 from Sofia. The distance is 120 km or about 90 minutes driving time.
It also lies on The European Transport Corridors No IV - Dresden - Prague - Bratislava - Gyor - Budapest - Arad - Kraiowa - Sofia – PLOVDIV – Istanbul with a diversion connecting Sofia - Kulata - Thessaloniki and No VIII - Duras-Tirana-Kaftan/Kafasan-Skopje-Deve Bair-Gueshevo-Sofia– PLOVDIV – Burgas-(Varna).
BY TRAIN/BY BUS
Plovdiv can be reached by TRAIN from Sofia in about 3 hours, but due to the relatively low quality of the Bulgarian train services – the OC DOES NOT RECOMMEND this option to be used by athletes and spectators.
There is an hourly BUS SERVICE from the Sofia Central Bus Station to Plovdiv. The trip takes about 2.30 hours.
Please click here for the Airport transfers booking form
SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE
The Transportation service between the official hotels and the competition venue will be exclusively reserved for accredited participants that booked their accommodation through the Organising Committee.
For people who have NOT booked through the OC the transport service will be available against a fee.
Teams with their own vehicles will be given a PARKING pass for one-time entry so they will be able to park them close to the competition venue for the duration of the championships.
Team vehicles and parking
Due to limited parking space at the venue, only teams who have booked their accommodation through the OC will be allowed vehicle access to the venue. All participants must use the official transportation system.
Only vehicles with parking permits for strictly specified parking areas will be allowed to enter the regatta venue territory.
The pass can be collected at the Accreditation centre upon arrival at the venue.
The parking for vehicles having a pass is located at a designated parking (see the map of the venue).
TRANSPORTATION OF BOATS AND PARKING
Vehicles, used for pulling trailers will be allowed to park at a designated parking area (as shown on the pass) by presenting a parking pass, which contains details on the vehicle’s brand, model and registration plate.
Those vehicles that will NOT be used during the Championships can be parked at the secured parking areas where they will be allowed to stay overnight.
Those vehicles that will be used during the event will be parked during the day at different non-secured parking areas and will not be allowed to be parked there overnight.
The trailers’ parking will be secured around the clock and no other vehicles will be allowed to be parked there.
The city of Plovdiv has enough accommodation sites in close proximity to the venue. All hotels suggested by the OC are within 15 minutes driving time from the venue and the main attractions of the city.
Please click here for the Accommodation Form
Information by telephone:
Mrs. Evgeniya Hristova +359 899 989 300
Accommodation for teams will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.
After 11th May 2017, bookings will be subject to availability and prices may not be guaranteed.
A deposit of 50% of the total amount is required by 11th of May 2017 for the reservation to be confirmed. The balance payment is due one month before arrival or the 31st of May 2017.
Accommodation for teams will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis. After 11th of May 2017, bookings will be subject to availability and prices may not be guaranteed.
RATES FOR TEAMS
All rates are for Full Board accommodation. Breakfast and dinner in the hotel, lunch either at the hotel or in the venue. Lunch in the hotel or at the venue should be arranged in advance with minimum 24 hours notice left at the team information office.
Transfer from/to Sofia International Airport and Shuttle Bus Service within Plovdiv during the official operation of the transport service are included in the price.
Refunds will be considered on the following basis:
- 45 days before arrival: 75% refund.
- Between 44 – 35 days before arrival: 60% refund.
- Between 34 – 25 days before arrival: 50% refund.
- Between 24 – 05 days before arrival: 20% refund.
- Cancelation less than 5 days before arrival: 10 % refund.
LUNCH AT THE VENUE
The meal tent will be located behind the boathouse area. Teams will have the option to have lunch either at the venue or in the hotel. Teams are required to confirm through the lunch booking form if they have lunch at the venue or in the hotel. Tickets for access to the lunch facility should be collected from the information centre.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner times will be available as specified in the Team Manager’s Manual.