National movement restrictions: Free
Restrictive measures mandatory between 06 May 2020 to 31 December 2020
Bulgaria’s Health Minister: Coronavirus cases rising by 200 a day will be signal to return stricter measures.
Flag carrier Bulgaria Air is restoring a large part of the frequencies of its flights between Sofia and Varna.
If the number of confirmed cases of new coronavirus increases by more than 100 a day, recently-rescinded anti-epidemic restrictions will be brought back, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said.
Bulgarians Allowed to Travel Between Cities and Regions as of May 6 in New Step of Easing Coronavirus Restrictions Sofia - As of May 6, the checkpoints set up by the Interior Ministry at the entry and exit points of large cities as part of the coronavirus restrictions, will be removed and Bulgarians will be able to travel between cities and regions.
The restrictions on intercity travel in Bulgaria end at midnight, Health Minister Kiril Ananiev said on May 5.
An order issued by Ananiev also rescinded the rules for entering or leaving Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia.
As of 27/04 Government is considering lifting the state of emergency before May 13. and that he has tasked legal experts with checking how that could happen. The Government is also considering opening the parks, easing the regime for crossing regional cities' entry/exit checkpoints, and even opening guest houses and small hotels. In his words, it is being considered whether to lower these restrictions in the coming days and weeks so that people would not go crazy. The Bulgarian capital will be closed for incoming and outgoing traffic starting 00:00 hours Friday until further notice, it transpired from a news briefing given late on Thursday evening by Prof. Moutafchiiski, Health Minister Kiril Ananiev and Interior Minister Mladen Marinov at the Council of Ministers. Bulgaria's Health Minister orders wearing of protective masks in public from April 12 to 26. Nationwide state of emergency extended until May 13. Less than 24 hours after issuing an order making the wearing of protective masks when in indoor and outdoor public places compulsory, Bulgaria?s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev withdrew it.
He said that the order was withdrawn pending consensus in society about the use of protective masks.Bulgaria?s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev issued an order on March 30 that everyone, when at indoor or outdoor public places, must wear a protective mask, a notice on the Health Ministry website said. Checkpoints at entrances to and exits from major cities to ensure compliance
with restrictions on intercity travel that take effect at midnight on March 20. Ban on visits to parks, city gardens, playgrounds, sports grounds, outdoor and indoor public places.
people would be allowed to enter parks to walk their dogs, but must not do so in groups and no crowding would be tolerated. Due to the coronavirus emergency, registration in the eVisitor system is tailored to the following categories of payers: new users of holiday homes and residents of receiving municipalities / cities . Exceptionally, until the situation is normalized, it is not necessary to come personally to the office of the tourist board for registration purposes in the eVisitor system.
International movement restrictions: Partially banned
Restrictive measures mandatory between 20 March 2020 to 15 July 2020
The length of the quarantine period for contact persons and people arriving in Bulgaria is reduced to 10 days from 14 days.
Bulgaria removes PCR test, quarantine requirements for arrivals from Turkey, Serbia, Belarus
In spite of the planned relaunch, the resumption of international trains through Bulgaria’s border crossings with Greece, Serbia and Turkey has been postponed
Bulgaria’s Health Minister: Arrivals from UK, Portugal and Sweden to be still subject to quarantine.
The extension of the Covid-19 epidemic declaration in Bulgaria is extended to July 15; these included a ban on entering Bulgaria or mandatory quarantine for people from certain countries.
In an announcement late at night on June 17, Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev said that as of the following day, the requirement for 14-day mandatory quarantine for those arriving from nine European states was being lifted.
The nine states are Spain, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City State.
The same order also allows everyone who has a residence permit in a member state of the European Union, the United Kingdom, or in a Schengen country (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and the members of their families to enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Health Ministry said. They will be subject to the 14-day quarantine requirement.
From 15 June, everyone arriving in Bulgaria from Sweden, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Portugal, and all countries that are not members of the European Union, with the exception of Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, must go into mandatory 14-day quarantine, either at a home or other accommodation.
The same order lifts, from that date, mandatory 14-day quarantine for people arriving in Bulgaria from Ireland, Spain, Malta, Italy and the Netherlands.
Ananiev made the announcement as the Cabinet decided to extend the Covid-19 epidemic declaration, which had been due to expire on June 14, to June 30.
Bulgaria is to extend its temporary ban on the entry to the country of non-EU nationals
The temporary ban would continue not to apply to citizens of Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, he said.
As to all other third (meaning, non-EU) countries “we expect a pan-European decision on June 15, but in our opinion, if the borders are opened for third countries, that will happen at the earliest from July 1,” Ananiev said.
As of June 1, passengers arriving in Bulgaria from most European countries – but not those with the largest outbreaks of new coronavirus – will no longer be required to go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
Those subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine on entry to Bulgaria are everyone coming from the UK, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Italy and all non-EU countries except Serbia and North Macedonia.
A decorrere dal 3 giugno 2020, fatte salve le eventuali limitazioni disposte per specifiche aree del territorio nazionale e le eventuali limitazioni disposte in relazione alla provenienza da specifici Stati e territori, non sono soggetti ad alcuna limitazione gli spostamenti dai seguenti Stati:
a) Stati membri dell’Unione Europea;
b) Stati parte dell’accordo di Schengen;
c) Regno Unito di Gran Bretagna e Irlanda del nord;
d) Andorra, Principato di Monaco;
e) Repubblica di San Marino e Stato della Città del Vaticano.
Dal 3 al 15 giugno 2020, restano vietati gli spostamenti dagli Stati e territori diversi da quelli indicati sopra, salvo che per comprovate esigenze lavorative, di assoluta urgenza ovvero per motivi di salute. Resta in ogni caso consentito il rientro presso il proprio domicilio, abitazione o residenza.
Bulgaria is scrapping the ban on the entry to the country of citizens of European Union and Schengen visa zone countries with effect from May 22, the Health Ministry said.
Specifically, the lifting of the ban also covers San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City State, the statement said.
Travel between Bulgaria and Greece will be without quarantine as of June 1. The decision was made at a video conference of the leaders of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Romania, and was announced Tuesday by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. He said that the quarantine requirement for travel between Bulgaria and Serbia will also be scrapped as of June 1 but travellers will have to fill out bilateral declarations stating that they have no COVID-19 symptoms, are not quarantined in their own country, agree to travel at their own risk and leave a phone number for contact.
At a news conference on the night of May 13, as the final hours of the State of Emergency to counter Covid-19 ticked by, Health Minister Kiril Ananiev said that the Cabinet had agreed to declaring an epidemic situation in Bulgaria up to June 14. Everyone entering Bulgaria, whether a Bulgarian or a foreigner, will continue to be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev wants the temporary ban on foreigners entering Bulgaria, decreed as a measure against the spread of Covid-19, extended after the State of Emergency ends on May 13.
Bulgaria's Health Minister Kiril Ananiev issued on April 6 a revised order banning the entry of non-EU nationals to the country, without specifying in the order for how long it would remain in effect. Nationwide state of emergency extended until May 13. The Bulgarian government has banned the entry of third-country (non-EU) nationals, including U.S. citizens, into the country from March 20 to April 17.
This includes all third-country nationals at all border crossing points and includes aviation, maritime, rail, and road. The ban does not apply to: (1) healthcare
professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals; (2) transport personnel engaged in the carriage of goods, crews of aircraft engaged in commercial air
transport and other transport personnel as necessary; (3) diplomats, officials of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian workers in the performance
of their duties; (4) persons traveling for humanitarian reasons; (5) third-country nationals who hold a long-term residence permit in an EU Member State and those
transiting Bulgaria to return to their country of residence.
The Bulgarian government has also banned entry of persons arriving from the following EU Member States and Schengen countries: Italy, Spain, France, Great Britain,
Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. These restrictions do not apply to Bulgarian citizens and their family members, or persons with permanent or long term
residence permits and members of their families.
Turkey, Serbia and North Macedonia have closed all border crossings to non-commercial traffic.
American citizens planning to depart Bulgaria should contact their airlines and consider contingency plans in case travel options become more limited in the near future.