Advisory issued as massive queues form at border crossings
A huge influx of passengers traveling from Turkey back to Western Europe after summer vacation season has caused long lines to form at border crossings.Source: Beta, Tanjug
On Friday, reports said that vehicles were stuck in a queue up to 50 kilometers long on the Bulgarian side of the Serbia-Bulgaria border.
Tanjug was told by the Serbian Customs officers at the Gradina crossing that they learned from drivers coming from Bulgaria that the line of vehicles reached "all the way to Sofia" - Bulgaria's capital city, located some 50 kilometers from the Kalotina crossing.
For this reason the Bulgarian Traffic Directory issued an advisory telling passengers traveling to Serbia to avoid Kalotina and use alternative crossings, such as Strezimirovac and Vrška Čuka.
Beta news agency is quoting Serbian Customs chief at Gradina Vladimir Stojanović as saying that although vehicles, mostly carrying Turks, are entering our country in eight lanes, the traffic jam was still "enormous."
The situation will get worse over the weekend, Stojanović warned.
Meanwhile, more queues have formed at the Horgoš crossing between Serbia and Hungary, where passengers must wait between three and four hours to cross the border.