BULGARIA DREAM AREA CONFERENCE 2002

Bulgaria - Useful Information

Local time
Winter time - GMT + 02:00 hours
Summer time - GMT + 03:00 hours
Daylight saving time - from last Sunday of March to last Sunday of October
Weekend - Saturday, Sunday

Public Holidays,
1 January - New Year
3 March - Liberation Day
1 May - Labour Day
Late April/May - Easter
6 May - St. George's Day (Day of Bulgarian Army)
24 May - National Culture Day
6 September - the Union Day
22 September - the Independence Day
1 November - Day of National Revivals
24 December - Christmas Eve
25 December - Christmas
26 December - 1st day of Christmas

Electricity
220 Volt; 50 Hertz - Western-style appliances need adapters for the country's twin-prong plugs, as well as voltage converters (for US applicances only)

Roads,
Right hand drive. Speed limits:
- residential areas - 50 km/h
- country roads - 90 km/h
- motorways - 120 km/h

Checkpoints,
with Serbia: Kalotina (E80), Vrashka Chuka, Otomantsi
with Republic of Macedonia: Gyueshevo (E871), Zlatarevo
with Turkey: Kapitan Andreevo (E80), Malko Turnovo (E87)
with Greece: Kulata (E79)
with Romania: Vidin (E79), Oryahovo, Rousse (E70, E85), Silistra
Black Sea Ports - Varna, Burgas
Airports - Sofia, Varna, Bourgas

Medical Service ,
Free first aid and consultation in emergencies

Shopping hours,
Offices - Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm
Banks - Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Shops - Mon-Fri 9am-7pm; half-day Saturday. But more of the shops stay open until 8pm on weekdays and 5pm on Saturdays. Few shops (except for grocery stores) are open on Sunday.

Currency Exchange,
In banks and 24-hour change bureaux. The exchange rate is announced every day.

Credit Cards,
Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Diners Club, American Express, Access, Airplus.
They can be used both on ATMs and for payment of all standard services in hotels, restaurants, night clubs, shops, car rentals, plane tickets, etc.