A Bulgarian passport to the United Kingdom is now cheaper than a Bulgarian visa, Bulgarian Prime Minister Ilia Samoilov said in an interview with Bulgarian television station TV3.
“Today we have a good reason to go to the EU and the EU is the best,” Samoilova said.
“But I will not make you pay for it, you can have it at the moment.
I will be waiting for you in the UK.”
The Bulgarian government is trying to improve its tourism prospects with the arrival of about 1.4 million visitors last year.
However, the country’s population of more than two million people, its growing economic problems and a shrinking budget have made it difficult to compete in the European market.
The government has been making efforts to attract more foreign investment, but has also struggled to attract the necessary personnel to meet the demand.
Bulgaria is not the only European country to offer visas to Bulgarian citizens, with Denmark offering a special visa to Bulgarian nationals.
But the EU has had no official policy for the Bulgarian visa for several years.
The European Commission has said it is currently evaluating visa policies for all EU member states and plans to provide further clarification in December.