The UK has been the fifth largest investor in Bulgaria over the last decade, and this has seen bilateral trade between the two countries treble.
There are a number of UK companies successfully operating in Bulgaria to take advantage of its position at the crossroads of Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, Russia and he former Soviet republics.
Although there are plenty of daily, direct flights between the two countries, there are times when you’ll just want to touch base with colleagues or clients without having to make the trip out there. And current Covid-19 restrictions mean that travel is not permitted between the UK and Bulgaria.
And the easiest, most cost-effective way of doing this is to set up a teleconference or conference call – all you need is a landline or mobile phone.
How to set up a conference call between the UK and Bulgaria
Pick UK and Bulgaria dial-in codes, hit the button marked ‘Copy this invitation’, paste it into an email, send it to up to 100 participants, and you’re good to go.
Dial-in numbers to call Bulgaria
At the allotted time, up to 100 participants can dial the following numbers and enter your PIN:
– UK participants dial 033 3006 7775 (landline) +44 33 3006 7775 (when overseas) 83000 (mobile)
– Bulgaria participants dial 02-4372449 (from landlines) or +44 843 373 0999 (UK mobile from abroad)
Your conference call can now begin!
What’s the best time to call Bulgaria from the UK?
Sitting in the Balkans, Bulgaria is just two hours ahead of London so factor this in when making business calls.
Where is Bulgaria?
Sitting the south east of Europe, Bulgaria has a Black Sea coastline to the west, is bordered by Greece and Turkey to the south, while Macedonia and Romania sit to the west.
What’s the FCO travel advice on travelling to Bulgaria?
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
Thousands of UK citizens travel to Bulgaria each year without incident, and crime levels are relatively low, but you need to be vigilant when traveling to all parts of the country and stay on your guard against criminals and fradusters.
Pickpockets and bogus taxi drivers are among the main issues where crime is concerned.
Pickpockets, bag thefts and street attacks are risks faced by all visitors to city centre areas and coastal resorts, especially in crowded areas like buses, trains and busy streets.
If you go to coastal resorts, such as Sunny Beach, beware of robberies and threatening behaviour by taxi drivers in Sunny Beach, and look out for any unlicenced taxis from Sofia airport, as they often over charge passengers. Only ever take an official, licensed taxi from the airport.
If you’re driving in Bulgria, be wary if you find your tyres suffer a sudden puncture – this could be a ploy by thieves who will distract you while you investigate the problem while an accomplice steals your belongings from the car. If you enter Bulgaria in a private vehicle, you must have your driving licence, all original registration and ownership documents as well as evidence of insurance valid in Bulgaria.
Stray dogs are common and dangerous. Avoid getting too close to stray dogs, especially if they are in a pack. Take any animal bites seriously and seek immediate medical advice as rabies and other animal borne diseases are present in Bulgaria.
For more information, visit GOV.UK