Bulgaria Asks for Canadian Visa Waiver

Bulgaria Asks for Canadian Visa Waiver

Bulgaria's Minister of Economy and Energy, Traycho Traykov, asked for the lifting of the visa regime for Bulgarians traveling to Canada.

Traykov raised the issue Wednesday during an official meeting with the Canadian Minister of International Trade, Peter Van Loan, in Sofia.

The Bulgarian Minister pointed out that Bulgaria is among the only three EU Member States, whose citizens need visas to enter Canada.

Canada's government dropped the visa requirement for citizens of Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania and Hungary in March 2008 and vowed to continue to work in cooperation with Bulgaria and Romania, with the goal of having visa-free travel for all EU citizens.

Canadian officials said they will conduct technical visits to these countries as part of CIC's ongoing review to determine when visa requirements can be removed.

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