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With car via Kalotina (BG) - Gradina (SRB) border crossing ?

Siauliai, Lithuania
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With car via Kalotina (BG) - Gradina (SRB) border crossing ?

Hello,

How is traffic on Kalotina (Bulgaria) - Gradina (Serbia) border crossing? Whether there are large queues at this border post? If yes, is there any method to avoid them?

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1. Re: With car via Kalotina (BG) - Gradina (SRB) border crossing ?

Normally it's ok. You can expect longer waiting times at holidays and in August, when the Turkish workers in western Europe make trips home for annual vacation.

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2. Re: With car via Kalotina (BG) - Gradina (SRB) border crossing ?

Thank you Bobsofia. I plan a trip exactly in early August :)

This question is inspired by this photo taken july 2017:

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9977313,22.833008,3a,75y,340.23h,87.51t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipMoooVnqW2JRt7reYNXp43uhhV-xWw5VDXKRI4_!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipMoooVnqW2JRt7reYNXp43uhhV-xWw5VDXKRI4_%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi-3.235293-ya221.46419-ro0.7646851-fo100!7i7200!8i3600

As we can see, queues are quite large, but maybe it is not a rule...

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3. Re: With car via Kalotina (BG) - Gradina (SRB) border crossing ?

As a EU citizen you shouldn't have problems with passing through. It's just the larger summer traffic as @bobsofia mentioned that could lose you some time. Sadly there is no proper way to avoid it. Last time I was at Kalotina in the summer peak was in 2016 and it took roughly 1 hour to pass through all the way.

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