Warning travel to Greece and Bulgaria: torrential rains over the weekend

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs Romanian citizens who are, transit or intend to travel to Bulgaria and Greece that the two countries are under a red code warning of violent rains, according to press releases.

Bulgaria:

The Bulgarian National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology has issued meteorological warning codes, as follows:

– Red code for the Smolian region. The amount of precipitation could reach values ​​of 65-100 mm;

– Code orange for the regions of Montana, Vratsa, Gabrovo, Lovech, Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Kârdjali, Pazardjik, Plovdiv, Sofia-region, Sofia-capital, Pernik, Kiustendil and Blagoevgrad. The amount of precipitation could reach values ​​of 35 – 66 mm;

– Yellow code for the regions of Vidin, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Sliven and Yambol. The amount of precipitation can reach values ​​of 25 – 40 mm.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends Romanian citizens to inform about the situation in the respective areas, and drivers to drive with adequate speed, to have vehicles properly equipped for traffic on public roads in conditions of torrential rain and specific weather warnings, as well as to strictly observe temporary road signs mounted on the road and the indications / signals of the representatives of the authorities on the spot.

During the period of validity of the weather warning codes, it is possible that, by decision of the competent Bulgarian authorities, certain categories of roads may be closed to traffic.

Interested Romanian citizens can obtain useful information as follows: on the weather – page www.weather.bg; on the traffic situation at the Bulgarian border crossing points – www.mvr.bg; on the e-vignette and the e-TOLL system – www.bgtoll.bg/en/; on the current state of the roads – on the free LIMA application http://lima.api.bg, on the website of the Road Infrastructure Agency – www.api.bg and on the telephone number 070013020 (accessible non -Stop). Information on customs clearance on entry into the Republic of Bulgaria from Turkey is available at www.mae.ro/travel-conditions/3677 (Travel Conditions in Bulgaria, Customs Regulations) and on the page of the Bulgarian Customs Agency .customs.bg.

Romanian citizens can request consular assistance at the telephone number of the Romanian Embassy in Sofia: +35929733510, the calls being redirected to the Contact and Support Center for Romanian Citizens Abroad (CCSCRS) and taken over by Call Center operators on a permanent basis.

Also, the Romanian citizens who are facing a difficult, special situation, with an emergency character have at their disposal the permanent telephone of the Romanian diplomatic mission in the Republic of Bulgaria: +359879440758, transmits MAE.

Greece:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs Romanian citizens who are, transit or intend to travel to the Hellenic Republic that the Greek authorities have issued a warning regarding the rapid deterioration of weather conditions, between June 10-13, 2022, in areas in the west, center and north of the country .

According to the National Meteorological Service EMY, in these areas there will be strong storms, accompanied by heavy rainfall, hail, lightning and significant intensifications of the wind, there is also the danger of flooding.

Greek authorities advise the public to avoid traveling during the event of these phenomena, to ensure the proper functioning of stormwater drainage systems, not to try to cross torrents caused by heavy rainfall and to avoid using or handling household appliances / devices during manifestation of extreme weather phenomena, due to the existence of the risk of electric shock.

Romanian citizens can request consular assistance at the telephone number of the Romanian Embassy in Athens: +302106710035 and of the Consulate General of Romania in Thessaloniki: +302310340088, the calls being redirected to the Contact and Support Center of Romanian Citizens Abroad (CCSCRS) and taken over by Call Center operators on a permanent basis.

Also, the Romanian citizens who face a difficult, special situation, with an emergency character, have at their disposal the permanent telephone number of the Romanian diplomatic mission in the Hellenic Republic: +306978996222 and that of the Consulate General of Romania in Thessaloniki: + 306946049076.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends consulting the Internet pages http://atena.mae.ro, http://salonic.mae.ro, https://ec.europa.eu/consularprotection/content/travel-advice_ro, www.meteoalarm. org, www.mae.ro and reminds that Romanian citizens traveling abroad have at their disposal the application “Travel safely” (http://www.mae.ro/app_cs), which provides information and travel tips.

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