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Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Bulgaria!

Here you will find information about the activities of the Honorary Consul, the location, the addresses of local organizations and others.
For questions and suggestions, you can contact the Honorary Consul directly by the e-mail:
r.ribarov lithuania-honoraryconsul.bg

Honorary Consul

Dr. Racho Ribarov is Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Bulgaria, based in Sofia.
Owner of the company RSR Ltd. for import and distribution of medical devices.
The member of the Bulgarian Medical Association, Bulgarian Red Cross and Balkan Medical Union.
Speaks English, Russian and German.

Curriculum Vitae


Dates (from – to) September 1998 – present moment
Name and address of employer RSR LTD; 3”Victor Grigorovich”str.; fl.1;ap.1&2
Type of business or sector Medical Devices
Occupation or position held Owner
Dates (from – to) January 1996 – August 1998
Name and address of employer Bristol-Myers Squibb
Type of business or sector Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices
Occupation or position held Sales manager
Dates (from – to) November 1994 - December 1996
Name and address of employer St.Ekaterina Hospital, Sofia
Type of business or sector Cardio-Vascular Surgery
Occupation or position held Medical Doctor


Company Trainings Passed - Time-management, self-management and self-organization
- Presentation and communication skills
- Negotiation and selling skills
- Computer skills – Windows, MS Office, Outlook
- Train the Trainer –professional training course
Dates (from – to) 2003-2005
Name and type of organization providing education and training Medical Academy Sofia
Principal subjects/occupational skills covered Health Management
Title of qualification awarded Master of Health Management
Dates (from – to) 1993-1994
Name and type of organization providing education and training Erasmus University /The Netherlands/ Cambridge /UK/
Principal subjects/occupational skills covered Biomedical Statistic
Title of qualification awarded Specialization
Dates (from – to) 1986 – 1992
Name and type of organization providing education and training Medical Academy Sofia
Principal subjects/occupational skills covered Medicine
Title of qualification awarded Medical Doctor


Bulgarian Medical Association; Bulgarian Red Cross; Balkan Medical Union

Mother tongue


Other Languages





Republic of Bulgaria is a country in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. Bulgaria is Europe's 14th-largest country.
Official language - bulgarian
Year of EU entry: 2007
Capital city: Sofia
Total area: 111 910 km²
Population: 7.6 million
Currency: lev (лв)
Schengen area: Not a member of Schengen

Located in the heart of the Balkans, Bulgaria offers a highly diverse landscape: the north is dominated by the vast lowlands of the Danube and the south by the highlands and elevated plains. In the east, the Black Sea coast attracts tourists all year round.

Founded in 681, Bulgaria is one of the oldest states in Europe. Its history is marked by its location near Europe’s frontier with Asia. Some 85% of the population are Orthodox Christians and 13% Muslims. Around 10% of the population are of Turkish origin while 3% are Roma. Similarly, its traditional dishes are a mixture of east and west. The most famous Bulgarian food must be yoghurt, with its reputed gift of longevity for those who consume it regularly.

The Bulgarian National Assembly consists of 240 members who are elected for a four-year period.

Bulgaria’s main exports are light industrial products, foods and wines, which are successfully competing on European markets.

Fans of folk music will be familiar with a number of Bulgarian musicians. A Bulgarian folk song was included on the Voyager Golden Record which was sent into outer space by NASA. Famous Bulgarians include philosopher Julia Kristeva, Elias Canetti, Nobel Prize winner for literature in 1981, and Christo Javachev (“Christo”), the creator of many unorthodox outdoor sculptures.

Advice for travelers

General Tips and Recommendations to Guests in Bulgarian Resorts

I. Driving a motor vehicle:

1. The speed limit when driving a motor vehicle:
- in urban areas - 50 km/h;
- outside urban areas:
140 km/h – on highways; 90 km/h – on all roads outside cities.
* Except when other limits are set by a traffic sign.
2. Vehicles travelling on the Bulgarian motorway network, outside cities, must have a vignette sticker on the windscreen (vignette stickers are available at gas stations and licenced dealers).
3. On the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria it is mandatory for all vehicles to have their lights on throughout the year.
4. It is strictly forbidden to drive after having more than 50 mg of alcohol in 100 ml blood.
5. Park your vehicles in secure parking areas designated for that purpose. Do not leave any valuables, documents or money in your car. Make sure it is locked up. At night do not park in dark and deserted places.

II. During your stay:

1. Carry with you only small amounts of cash, especially on the beach and during the night.
2. When you are outdoors, especially in crowded places, NEVER leave your belongings unattended.

III. In the hotel:

1. Present your passport or ID card when checking-in at the hotel.
2. Use the hotel safe deposit boxes at reception for storing your valuables and expensive possessions.
3. When leaving your room, make sure that all windows are closed and the front door is locked.
4. Do not leave valuables and money in the room. When you are out, keep your keys safe.
5. In case of fire, please leave the building following the fire evacuation plan. If possible, immediately call 112 and inform the fire department. Notify the reception staff.

IV. Currency exchange and gambling:

1. If possible, withdraw money only from ATMs in hotels, in or near banks or in the vicinity of police stations.
2. For currency exchange use only the services of banks and change bureaux located at the hotel or near the police station.
3. Avoid contacts with suspicious people who offer to change money or other transactions under more favourable conditions than those provided to you in the change bureaux or the bank.

V. Gambling:

1. Do not participate in unauthorised gambling, especially in the streets, because you can easily be deceived.

VI. Lost and stolen valuables and documents:

1. Let the police know that you wish to make a statement and ask for the lost or stolen form in the respective language.

2. Ask for an interpreter when making the statement. Do not sign anything you don´t understand.
3. If you wish to obtain a police report, you need to pay 2.50 BGN. If you pay the fee via bank transfer, the bank usually charges a commission fee of 5-7 BGN depending on the bank. Always obtain a receipt for all transactions.
* If you have to pay the required amount outside working hours, contact the duty police officer.

VII. Victim or witness of a crime:

1. If you are a victim of a crime or have witnessed one, immediately notify the police and your tour operator.

VIII. In case of arrest:

1. In case of arrest, you have the right of an interpreter, a lawyer and a phone call. The police officer will inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about your detention and they will notify the respective Embassy. You also have the right to inform your Embassy direct or use the help of an interpreter if needed.

* No roaming required


Information for Lithuanian and Bulgarian citizens

Provision of assistance to Lithuanian citizens who find themselves in trouble


Most of the states, including Lithuania, establish consular posts that are headed by honorary consuls. These posts are set up in addition to diplomatic representations that are lead by ambassadors and consular posts that are headed by career consuls. Ratified by many countries, the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations is the main international document that regulates category, class, status, duties, rights and privileges of consular officers.

Functions of honorary consuls consist in:

promoting friendly relations between Lithuania and the receiving state, advancing the commercial, economic, cultural, scientific and educational relations;
protecting the interests of the citizens and legal persons of Lithuania, as well as providing them with necessary assistance in the consular district;
representing Lithuania at public events and meetings;
cooperating with Lithuanian citizens and the diasporas in the receiving state;
performing other functions that are necessary for developing the cooperation between Lithuania and the receiving state, and for the protection of the interests of the citizens and legal persons of Lithuania in the consular district.


Dr. Arkadi Ivanov - surgeon
+359 888 922 723
+359 887 512 015


Adriana Cherneva - lawyer
+359 888 526 888


Dr. Racho Ribarov

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Bulgaria

Address:3 Victor Grigorovich str. Floor 1 apt. 2
Sofia 1606

Tel.: 00359 888 540 700; 00359 888 992 724

Fax: 00359 2 951 5932

Е-mail: r.ribarov lithuania-honoraryconsul.bg

Website;: www.lithuania-honoraryconsul.bg

Working hours: Monday to Friday
10.00 – 14.00

Emergency call: +40 213115997
(Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Romania)