Without modesty, it is simply disgusting and what you should normally expect from Bulgaria. My wife is a dual citizen (Bulgarian and Turkish) and we need to go to Sofia 2 months later. We all have (our 2 children and me) a valid residence card issued in the UK.Lucia1234 wrote: ↑Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:07 amHi all,
I would like to share my recent story and get some advice, please.
Me( Slovakian citizen) living and working in the UK traveling with my husband( Egyptian) holding a valid Residence Card of a family member of an EEA national ( issued by UK). We traveled together for a holiday from Slovakia to Bulgaria. They have refused my husband at the Bulgarian border and holding his passport for 1 hour. Reason: not having a visa as Bulgaria is not in Schengen area. Bulgarian border officer refused him to enter the country and he must return back. This was midnight and we have been left in the street in the middle of the night, our travel agency bus left us too. Nightmare experience. Is this even allowed to be treated like this?
I would like some advice please on this situation so I can avoid this in the future.
Also, can he travel accompanied by my self in all EU countries or only Schengen areas? Does he need a visa for entering the non-Schengen country ( such as Bulgaria)?
Thank you all,
It is obvious that we can enter Bulgaria as a family with no visa whether if it is in shengen area or not, moreover my wife has got a Bulgarian passport. Unfortunately we still have outdated political problems between TR and BG, so they know my wife is originally Turkish and when we humbly asked to Bulgarian consulate in London to confirm if we can enter Bulgaria without visa, they shared the most nonsense information to force us for a visa application.
If being not in shengen area is a problem, what about this;
I need to go to Ireland (which is not in shengen area either) next month. I emailed Irish consulate and asked if I could enter the country by my UK residence card. They replied in 24 hours and said that no visa was required. They even didn't say I should go with my EU citizen wife (that I actually should).
I am pretty sure that we will have serious problems in Sofia airport even they know that their attitude will be against the Directive 2004/38/EC. But we are ready, it will not be our first time