I am about to visit Bulgaria for the first time (Hotel & Apartments Garden of Eden Sveti Vlas) and also found all the information regarding fetching cigarettes back confusing. I have had confirmation from UK customs that the usual EU guidelines now apply. There are however many reports of the customs in Bulgaria still claiming that the Bulgarian 200 cigarette export law is still in force, despite it being abolished in Jan 2010, and confiscating cigarettes. Is there any official documentation anywhere that can be used to prove this to Bulgarian customs officials as the are evidently acting on the Bulgarian law, not the UK customs guidelines.
Also I note that an earlier poster has said that it is better to take Sterling. Is it better to take Sterling over levs exchanged in the UK? I can currently get an exchange rate of 2.17.
Any tips and advice about the accommodation and area would also be appreciated.
Looking forward to the trip.