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Bulgaria travel restrictions

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Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: partial
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Crossing Rules

Passengers are not allowed to enter until 30 April 2021.
– This does not apply to spouses and children of nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See).
– This does not apply to spouses and children of passengers with a residence permit issued by Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Vatican City (Holy See).
– This does not apply to passengers with a “D” visa issued by Bulgaria, and their family members.
– This does not apply to passengers traveling as students.
– This does not apply to deadheading crew.

Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The certificate must contain passengers details, name of the laboratory, the test method, and the test result written in Latin characters.
– This does not apply to spouses and children of nationals of Bulgaria.

Quarantine is possible
Passengers could be subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test and quarantine for 10 days.

Family members of nationals or residents of Bulgaria without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before arrival are subject to:
– Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test within 24 hours of arrival; or
– quarantine for 10 days.

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Movement restrictions

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.
03/26/2020. 18:29

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.

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Flight Restrictions

published 16.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to spouses and children of nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) and British nationals.
– This does not apply to spouses and children of passengers with a residence permit issued by Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See).
– This does not apply to passengers with a “D” visa issued by Bulgaria.
– This does not apply to passengers traveling as students.
– This does not apply to deadheading crew.

Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. The certificate must be in Bulgarian or English.
– This does not apply to spouses and children of nationals of Bulgaria.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Vatican City (Holy See).

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation.

As of 15 September 2021:The ”Green” countries list comprises Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Finland, Norway, the Vatican City State, Czechia, Luxembourg, Romania, Denmark, Italy, Spain and Malta. The ”Orange” countries list comprises all EU and EEA Member States that are not listed in the Green or the Red list.  The ”Red” countries list includes Cyprus, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
As of 15 September 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji Georgia, Israel, Eswatini, Iran, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, the United States of America, Saint Lucia Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada, Serbia, Suriname and Palestine.
– Arriving from “Green” countries: Holders of a valid EUDCC arriving from “Green” countries can enter Bulgaria. In the absence of a valid EUDCC, a 10-day quarantine applies. Quarantine may be revoked upon submission of a document showing a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen test taken within 24 hours from entering the country.
– Arriving from “Orange” countries: Holders of a valid EUDCC arriving from “Orange” countries can enter Bulgaria without being subject to quarantine, but they may be randomly tested upon arrival with a Rapid Antigen test. Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria (including their family members), who do not present a valid EUDCC or a similar document, must undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon submission of a document showing a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen test taken within 24 hours from entering the country.
– Arriving from “Red” countries: Holders of a valid EUDCC for vaccination or recovery, who are nationals, permanent or long-term residents (including their family members) of Bulgaria, other EU or EEA countries, or Switzerland, arriving from “Red” countries, can enter Bulgaria upon presentation of a negative pre-departure PCR test done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

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Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.
Entering this country without the EU Digital COVID certificate or with a certificate not compliant with national requirements:
For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required.
For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange” and “Red” countries, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.
Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.
Romanian citizens travelling to Bulgaria, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.
Non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

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Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2021-09-26
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 2508560
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 6413
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 36.37
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 930

THIS COUNTRY IS ALREADY CONNECTED TO THE GATEWAY AND IS ISSUING AND/OR VERIFYING AT LEAST ONE EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE (VACCINATION, RECOVERY, TEST)
For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination.

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Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 13 March 2020 to 30 November 2020

Bulgaria’s capital imposes curfew on restaurants and bars

Bulgaria introduces new restrictions:
-Shut down night clubs, discos, piano bars and other similar indoor entertainment establishments. The organisation of tourist excursions or group visits to tourist sites was also suspended.
-A number of other activities were sectors would face increased restrictions, but were not outright shut down.
-Restaurants and cafes are required to increase physical distancing to at least 1.5 metres between the backs of the closest two chairs at separate tables. The number of people sitting at one table is limited to six.
-Outdoor and indoor markets are required to introduce single-direction corridors and ensure customers keep 1.5 metres apart. Staff and customers are required to wear masks at all times.
-Shops and administrative buildings are required to limit the number of visitors to no more than one person per three square metres.

In Sofia city and Blagoevgrad, Pernik, Shoumen and Sliven districts from 25 October is ordering night clubs to close for two weeks.
In Varna from October 30 to November 13, discos, night clubs and night bars are ordered to be closed. Planned operations in hospitals in the Varna district are suspended until November 30. Pensioners’ clubs in the district must be shut from October 27 to November 10. Weddings and baptisms in the Varna district may be attended by no more than 10 people.
In Rousse’s district, classified as a “red zone”, from October 28 to November, discos, piano bars, night bars, clubs and other similar places of entertainment must be closed. All indoor and outdoor events are prohibited. Weddings, baptisms and other similar events will be allowed indoors, but provided that no more than 30 people gather in one place.

From midnight on October 22, a new rule to limit the spread of Covid-19 in Bulgaria will come into effect, that restaurants, bars and discos may only have half their capacity filled.
The new rule is that there may be one customer per two square metres, a change from the rule that allowed one customer per square metre.

From June 1, restaurants, fast food places, bars, coffee shops and children’s and sports facilities indoors may fully open for business, Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev has announced

Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev has announced the rules for the re-opening of shopping malls and gyms, to be allowed as of May 18.
Ananiev said that while as of Monday, malls may open, some places in them must remain closed – entertainment and gaming halls, bars, as well as indoor restaurants, fast food outlets, coffee shops, and indoor children’s and sports facilities. This does not apply if the restaurants have open-air sections and a separate entrance, Ananiev said.
Gyms may re-open provided that no more than 10 people are involved in group exercises, and there may be no more than one person per four square metres, the order said.

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. But until further notice, shopping malls will remain closed.

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.

Health Minister Kiril Ananiev Sunday lifted some restrictions imposed during the coronavirus state of emergency which ends on May 13. The easing of restrictions is effective as of May 4, except for restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating, which can re-open on May 6.
The outdoor seating (gardens, terraces, etc) of restaurants, fast-food outlets and cafes can re-open in keeping with specific anti-epidemic measures. The Food Safety Agency has until May 5 to set more requirements for their operation.
Driving schools, educational establishments training driving instructors, schools training experts on vehicle roadworthiness, maritime training centres, civil aviation training centres, and railway training centres can re-open on condition that social distancing and all anti-epidemic measures are in place.
Individual outdoor sports, including tennis, cycling, athletics and golf, can be practised by people maintaining a distance of at least 2.5 metres from others. Visits to stand-alone swimming pools are allowed subject to all safety measures, but the adjoining cafes will remain closed.

Fruit and vegetable markets and flower markets in Bulgaria re-opened on April 20, after being closed by order of Ananiev from April 17 to 19. Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev has issued an order restricting the country?s fruit and vegetable and flower markets from April 12 to April 15 inclusive until further notice, according to a notice published on the Health Ministry?s website late on April 11.
The order leaves fruit and vegetable and flower markets closed on Sunday, allows them to re-open from Monday to Wednesday, then closes them again until further notice. Health Minister Issues Order on Farmers’ Markets Reopening, Farm Land Cultivation, Animal Husbandry, Feed Production. Nationwide state of emergency extended until May 13. Only supermarkets, food markets, pharmacies, banks and gas stations remain open. It was ordering a shutdown of shops, restaurants and entertainment establishments. Supermarkets and pharmacies would remain open. As of March 21, people younger than 60 will be forbidden from visiting grocery stores and pharmacies between 8.30am and 10.30am (reserved for elderly).

Events stop: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 13 May 2020 to 30 November 2020

Bulgaria introduces new restrictions:
-Seminars, exhibitions and other conference events are limited to no more than 30 participants, who are required to keep 1.5 metres apart and wear face masks at all times.
-Theatres, cinemas and indoor concerts can proceed if they limit the number of people in attendance to 30 per cent of capacity, who are required to keep 1.5 metres apart and wear face masks at all times.
-Indoor and outdoor sport events can still be held behind closed doors, with no public spectators. The sole exception is the Sofia Open tennis tournament, where the public has to be at least two seats apart, keeping 1.5 metres apart and wearing face masks at all times.

Are introduced the following temporary anti – epidemic measures on the territory of Republic of Bulgaria, as of 01.10.2020 to 30.11.2020:
5. Congress-conference events, seminars, exhibitions, incl. events of the exhibition industry and other public events are recommended to be held in absent (remote form), and in case of impossibility they can be held during employment in places up to 50% of their total capacity, subject to a physical distance of 1.5 m, under the conditions of item 12 and in accordance with the instructions under item II.
6. Cultural and entertainment events (theaters, cinemas, stage events, concerts, classes in dance, creative and musical arts) can be organized and carried out at employment of the places up to 50% of their total indoor and outdoor capacity (incl. in community centers, cultural centers, private sites, military clubs, etc.), subject to physical distance of 1.5 m, under the conditions of item 12 and in accordance with the instructions under item II.
7. All collective and individual sports events of a training nature for all age groups indoors are held without an audience. When conducting sports Outdoor competitions are allowed to an audience of up to 1,000 people per sector, with seats occupied not more than 50%, accommodation of spectators in at least one seat and subject to physical distance of 1.5 m, under the conditions of item 12 and in accordance with the instructions under item II. When conducting indoor sports competitions is allowed to the public, when accommodating spectators at least through one seat and at a physical distance of 1.5 m., at occupancy of the places not more than 50% and under the conditions of item 12 and in accordance with the instructions under item II.
8. Visits to discos, piano bar, night bar, nightclubs and the like nightclubs for indoor and outdoor entertainment are allowed when the seats are occupied not more than one person per square meter of their total capacity, under the conditions of items 12 and according to the instructions under item II.
9. Group celebrations indoors and outdoors (including weddings, baptisms, etc.) are organize in compliance with a physical distance of 1.5 m., under the conditions of items 12 and according to the instructions under item II.

Order in connection with the extension of the emergency epidemic situation until the end of November (The order, comes into force tomorrow, October 1): Order № РД-01-549 / 30.09.2020 allows the holding of indoor sports competitions with an audience, when accommodating the spectators through at least one seat and observing a physical distance of 1.5 meters, when the occupancy of seats not more than 50% of the capacity of the respective sports facility.

The Plovdiv regional crisis staff against new coronavirus has decided to make wearing protective masks compulsory at open-air events such as football matches, concerts and other stage events.

Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kostadin Angelov issued an order on August 4 allowing the re-opening of outdoor sports matches to spectators. Indoor sports matches remain closed to spectators.
In the case of outdoor sports matches, no more than 50 per cent of seats may be occupied, there is a limit of 1000 people per sector in a stadium, and physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained, the order says.

Sofia, July 31 (BTA) – The period in which all indoor and outdoor sport events in Bulgaria should be held without a live audience was extended until August 31 by order of Health Minister Kostadin Angelov. This applies to both team and individual sport competitions and training events for all age groups.

Health Ministry Re-opens Night Clubs; they decided to allow night clubs to operate both outdoors and indoors with one person per square metre and strict compliance with the disinfection and distancing requirements. Gatherings such as weddings, christenings and family parties are also allowed, provided the distance between guests is 1.5 metres and disinfection rules apply.

Following the latest record rise in confirmed cases of new coronavirus, additional measures are coming into force in the city and district of Plovdiv.
Kanazireva said that the measures in Plovdiv were necessary because of the increase in the number of infected people, following the final of the
Bulgarian Football Cup, the mass celebrations of the victory of Lokomotiv Plovdiv and the school-leaving balls.
The limitation on the audience in Plovdiv’s Ancient Theatre and the Orfey Summer Theatre is cut from 50 per cent to 30 per cent of capacity.
The limit of 30 per cent of capacity also applies to indoor events. All fairs are cancelled until further notice, or at least until the situation changes and the
number of new cases of new coronavirus in the Plovdiv district decreases.
Every public event should be co-ordinated with the Plovdiv regional headquarters dealing with the Covid-19 situation.
Kanazireva said that although there was an increase in the number of people going for medical examinations and in the number of patients, there
was no need to open new Covid-19 wards.
The change was announced just three days after, against a background of rising numbers of new coronavirus cases, Bulgaria’s Health Ministry ordered the indoor sections of night clubs, night bars and discos closed, and put a 30-person limit on gatherings.

The number of spectators may be up to 50 per cent of total seating capacity, with spectators sitting at least one seat apart or separated by a distance of 1.5 metres, at sporting event, football matches, congresses, conference, seminars, exhibitions, cultural and entertainment events indoors and outdoors. This also applies to the activities of discos and nightclubs, as well as weddings, balls and other mass gatherings, the ministry said.

Less than 24 hours after issuing an order retaining the ban on night clubs and discos opening until June 30, Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev issued a new order, allowing them to open as of June 15.

Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev, in the announcement on the night of May 26, also allowed from June 1 the resumption of cultural and entertainment events, including theaters, concerts, stage performances, classes in dance, creative and musical arts, with the proviso that no more than 30 per cent of their total indoor capacity and 50 per cent of their total outdoor capacity may be used.

Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev issued an order on May 11 allowing the resumption of visits to indoor museums, galleries and libraries, provided that physical distancing and all anti-epidemic measures are adhered to, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
The order comes ahead of the expiry of Bulgaria’s State of Emergency, voted by Parliament on March 13 to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Nationwide state of emergency extended until May 13. All public events were banned, including sports and cultural events, cinemas, theatres, concert venues, sports, spa centres and gyms.

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Schools/Univercity closure

Schools/Univ. closure: Closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 13 March 2020 to 30 November 2020

Bulgaria introduces new restrictions: suspension of classroom learning in high schools and universities, switching to distance learning, as well as extracurricular activities for pupils and students.

Schools in districts in the red zone (Covid-19 infections above 120 cases per 100 000 people) and orange zone (Covid-19 infections in the range between 60 and 120 cases per 100 000 people) can ask to switch to distance learning.
Most of the regions in Bulgaria passed into the orange (14 districts) and the red (6 districts – Targovishte, Gabrovo, Shumen, Sofia-city, Blagoevgrad, Sliven).

Are introduced the following temporary anti – epidemic measures on the territory of Republic of Bulgaria, as of 01.10.2020 to 30.11.2020:
1. Attended classes in the institutions of the preschool system and school education is conducted in accordance with those prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health Guidelines for the operation of the system of preschool and school education in the school year 2020-2021 in the conditions of COVID-19, published on the website of the Ministry of Education and science.
2. The present realization of the activities in the higher schools is carried out according to the requirements of the respective higher school in compliance with the ones introduced by Order № RD-01-548 of 30.09.2020 of the Minister of Health anti-epidemic measures, if possible, the training process is conducted remotely in an electronic environment by using the means of information and communication technologies.
3. Language centers, educational centers, entertainment, organized by legal entities and individuals provide their services in an electronic environment, and at impossibility in providing a physical distance between the persons of 1.5 meters, at the conditions of item 12 and in accordance with the instructions under item II.
4. The centers for support of personal development resume their activities in in accordance with those prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health Guidelines for the Work of Personal Development Support Centers (CPDs) in the school year 2020-2021 in the conditions of COVID-19, published on the Internet the page of the Ministry of Education and Science.

Schools in Bulgaria opened for the 2020/21 school year on September 15, the country’s traditional date

Bulgaria’s Education Minister Krassimir Vulchev said on August 27 that the 2020/21 school year is set to begin with pupils back in classrooms, but with protocols in place to limit the risks of coronavirus infections and increased preparedness to switch to distance learning alternatives.
Vulchev said that the plans were not final and changes in the Covid-19 situation could prompt the ministry to amend its approach. The school year in Bulgaria is set to start on its traditional date, September 15.

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. But until further notice, school buildings – schools have gone over to distance learning – will remain closed.

Nationwide state of emergency extended until May 13. Should schools in Bulgaria reopen on April 13, this would be just a few days before the four-day public holiday from April 17 to 20 for the Eastern Orthodox Christian Easter.

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Restrictive measures mandatory between 24 September 2020 to 30 November 2020

Unaccompanied minors will be banned from visiting shopping malls.
“Green corridors” for shopping by people over the age of 65 will be in effect from 10am to noon.

Bulgaria’s Chief State Health Inspector proposes more measures against Covid-19

Eighteen out of the 28 districts in Bulgaria are currently classified as “red zones”, where there are more than 120 cases of Covid-19 per 100 000 population.
The “red zone” districts include Sofia city, Plovdiv, Varna, Bourgas, Rousse, Montana, Vratsa, Lovech, Gabrovo, Stara Zagora, Pernik, Blagoevgrad, Smolyan, Kurdzhali, Sliven, Shoumen, Razgrad and Turgovishte.
Eight districts are “orange zones”, with between 60 and 119.9 cases per 100 000 population.
These districts are Kyustendil, Sofia district, Pazardzhik, Haskovo, Yambol, Pleven, Veliko Turnovo and Silistra.
Two districts are “yellow zones”, Vidin and Dobrich. This means that no district in Bulgaria currently is classified as green.

Bulgaria introduces new restrictions:
-Hospitals in districts with more than 120 confirmed Covid-19 cases per 100 000 population are required to halt all planned patient admissions and planned surgeries until November 30. Hospitals in districts with 60 to 120 confirmed Covid-19 cases per 100 000 population must halt all planned surgeries.
-These restrictions do not apply to transplantations, diagnostics and treatment of cancer, in-vitro fertilisation and births, rehabilitation activities, long-term treatment of diseases and mental health help.
-Visits to hospitals are suspended, with the exception of patients in terminal stages of a disease.

The length of the quarantine period for contact persons and people arriving in Bulgaria is reduced to 10 days from 14 days.

Bulgaria’s Health Ministry has published the order that makes wearing protective masks while outdoors mandatory for everyone starting on October 22.
The measures listed in the order will apply until November 30, which is the current end date of the epidemic situation declared by the country’s Cabinet.
People are required to wear masks when “in outdoor public spaces where there are people congregating and there is no possibility to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres,” the order said.
The mask-wearing mandate remains in place for indoor places, such as public transportation and stops, hospitals and other medical facilities, administrative buildings, shopping establishments and places of worship.

Bulgaria extends epidemic declaration to end of November

Bulgaria’s Chief State Health Inspector wants epidemic declaration extended to end-November

Bulgaria extends epidemic declaration to end of September

Bulgaria’s Health Minister seeks extension of epidemic declaration

Health Minister Kostadin Angelov said on August 4 that the current restrictions were sufficient to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country and there was no need to tighten them further.
There was no reason for re-introducing lockdown measures.

Bulgaria extends epidemic declaration to end of July.

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, the mandatory requirement to wear a mask or other protective facial covering in indoor public places will remain in effect and hygiene measures, disinfection, and requiring employers where possible to allow staff to work from home, as well as limitations on gatherings of groups of people and mass events.

As of June 23, wearing a disposable or reusable protective mask or other means covering the nose and mouth, such as a scarf or facial shield, is mandatory in all indoor public places, though this does not apply to customers in restaurants and drinking establishments, according to an order by Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev.

Bulgaria’s Health Minister: Covid-19 epidemic declaration will not be extended

Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev has issued an order that takes effect as of June 15 regarding the wearing of protective masks, the Health Ministry said.
Everyone, when on public transport, in pharmacies and medical establishments, is obliged to wear a protective face mask for single or repeated use or another means covering the nose and mouth, including towel, scarf or facial shield. In all other indoor public places, as well as in all open ones where physical distance cannot be ensured, the wearing of a protective mask is “highly recommended”. This effectively removes the order to wear masks in supermarkets, as of that date.

Separately, on May 30, Ananiev issued an order lifting the ban on the holding of congresses and conferences, seminars, exhibitions, provided that no more than 30 per cent of the seating may be occupied and other anti-epidemic measures are kept to.

As of June 1, all extracurricular activities for children, such as clubs, children’s centres, are allowed to resume, the Health Ministry said.

Indoor team sports activities will be allowed from May 22 behind closed door under an order of Health Minister Kiril Ananiev, the government information service said Wednesday.

From May 26, individual and team sports activities for children under the age of 18 will be allowed both indoor and outdoor. Competitions continue to be barred.
Swimming pools are also allowed to open. Under the order first aid courses for new drivers and courses for lifeguards can take place.

As of Monday 18th May, malls and most other shops may open but some places such as entertainment and gaming halls, bars, indoor restaurants, fast food outlets, coffee shops, and indoor children’s and sports facilities will remain closed. The number of customers may be controlled and the wearing of masks is compulsory.
– Museums and art galleries are also re-opening, again with some limitations.
kindergartens and nurseries can open on May 22 in strict compliance with anti-epidemic measures and ensuring a safe environment for children.

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. What will be allowed is organ transplants, and public parks and gardens will be open to all.

Health Minister Kiril Ananiev Sunday lifted some restrictions imposed during the coronavirus state of emergency which ends on May 13. The easing of restrictions is effective as of May 4, except for restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating, which can re-open on May 6.
The outdoor seating (gardens, terraces, etc) of restaurants, fast-food outlets and cafes can re-open in keeping with specific anti-epidemic measures. The Food Safety Agency has until May 5 to set more requirements for their operation.
Driving schools, educational establishments training driving instructors, schools training experts on vehicle roadworthiness, maritime training centres, civil aviation training centres, and railway training centres can re-open on condition that social distancing and all anti-epidemic measures are in place.
Individual outdoor sports, including tennis, cycling, athletics and golf, can be practised by people maintaining a distance of at least 2.5 metres from others. Visits to stand-alone swimming pools are allowed subject to all safety measures, but the adjoining cafes will remain closed.

Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev issued on Sunday an order that takes effect on April 27, allowing visits to public parks and gardens by certain categories of persons at specified times of day. Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev issued an order on April 24 extending until May 13 the compulsory wearing of masks or other appropriate face coverings when in indoor or outdoor public places. Nationwide state of emergency extended until May 13. All medical consultations, planned surgeries and visitation in hospitals were also being suspended, the ministry said. The head of Bulgaria?s crisis staff against Covid-19, Major-General Ventsislav Mutafchiyski, has issued a strong call to the country?s Orthodox Christian majority to not go to church services during Easter 2020, but to celebrate at home.

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  • Bulgaria The Bulgarian Ministry of Health has published the latest risk assessment regarding Coronavirus, classifying countries in three categories (red, green and orange) depending on their infection rate during the last two weeks.

    However, regardless of the origin country, travellers who have been previously vaccinated, recovered from the virus, and those with a negative test result for COVID-19 in the recent hours, are allowed to enter Bulgaria free of entry quarantine and testing requirements. The same rule applies to all EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate holders.

    According to a press release issued by the Bulgarian authority, travellers reaching Bulgaria from red zone countries must present a negative PCR test performed 72 hours before arrival and undergo a ten-day quarantine at their home or another accommodation place, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    “In these cases, the Director of the relevant Regional Health Inspectorate may revoke the issued order for quarantine of these persons, upon submission by email of a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test conducted within 24 hours of entering the country to prove COVID-19,” the press release explains.

    Furthermore, the traveller can end the quarantine requirement within 24 hours after presenting a negative test result.

    Countries listed on Bulgaria’s red zone, travellers of which are obliged to follow the requirements mentioned above, include:

    Cyprus
    United Kingdom
    Fiji
    Georgia
    Israel
    Eswatini
    Iran
    North Macedonia
    Montenegro
    Kosovo
    Kazakhstan
    United States of America
    Saint Lucia
    Kitts and Nevis
    Ireland
    Grenada
    Serbia
    Palestine
    India
    Bangladesh
    Nepal
    Myanmar
    Bhutan
    Sri Lanka
    Maldives
    South Africa
    Botswana
    Tanzania
    Seychelles
    Namibia
    Zambia
    Oman
    Malaysia
    Turkmenistan
    Tajikistan
    Kyrgyzstan
    Mongolia
    Colombia
    Chile
    Uruguay
    Argentina
    Brazil
    Paraguay
    Bolivia
    Peru
    Suriname
    Panama
    Costa Rica
    Guatemala
    Belize
    El Salvador
    Cuba
    Dominican Republic
    The Bulgarian health authorities have qualified these countries on the red category, based on the following criteria:

    The 14-day infections rate per 100 000 inhabitants is higher than or equal to 500 per 100,000 inhabitants
    There was insufficient information on the country due to infrequent information update, or the survey level is lower than 300 samples per 100,000 inhabitants
    The country has reported cases with other variants of SARS-CoV-2, and the rules imposed depend on the volume and the level of Coronavirus transmission
    Moreover, countries on Bulgaria’s green list, which during the last 14 days reported between 75 to 200 positive cases for 100,000 inhabitants or the positivity of the tests is equal to or lower than four per cent, including the following:

    Austria
    Poland
    Slovakia
    Hungary
    Finland
    Norway
    Vatican City
    Czech Republic
    Luxembourg
    Romania
    Denmark
    Italy
    Spain
    Malta
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    Travellers from these countries are free of quarantine requirements and can enter Bulgaria only by providing a test carried out 72 hours before arrival. If the travellers cannot meet these criteria, they can undergo a PCR test upon arrival and must remain quarantined until the test result is issued.

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    21.09.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange” and “Red” countries, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

     

    Find out more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Ministry of Health

    Order № RD-01-733 of 28.07.2021 (in Bulgarian) and Order № RD-01-767 of 10.09.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries, and not coming from “Red” countries, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 15 September 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji Georgia, Israel, Eswatini, Iran, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, the United States of America, Saint Lucia Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada, Serbia, Suriname and Palestine. 

     

    Find out more:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Ministry of Health

    Order № RD-01-733 of 28.07.2021 (in Bulgarian) and Order № RD-01-767 of 10.09.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations, including weddings, baptisms and funerals, can be attended by no more than 30 people indoors and 60 people outdoors.
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held with spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 50% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open.
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities.
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants, gambling halls and casinos can operate with limited working hours from 7am to 10pm, using up to 50% of their venue capacity. There should be no more than 6 people at a table. Night clubs and bars will be closed.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence will be allowed, using up to 30% of their venue capacity and no more than 30 people in the room. The visitors must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres and wear a face mask.
    • all mass events such as festivals, fairs, concerts, and team building will be suspended.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 30% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • indoor sports competitions will be held without spectators. Outdoor sports competitions can be held with spectators using up to 30% of the venue seating capacity. They must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres and wear a face mask.
    Children’s nurseries and kindergartens are open and the school year will start with in-person classes for all students (both in schools and universities) throughout the country.
    Group classes in language and training centres will be allowed with a limited capacity of maximum 10 people. Visitors must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres and wear a face mask. However, visits to children’s centres and clubs will be suspended.

    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    15.09.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange” and “Red” countries, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-733 of 27.08.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries, and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 01 September 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji Georgia, Israel, Eswatini, Iran, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, the United States of America, Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

     

    Find out more:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-733 of 27.08.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations, including weddings, baptisms and funerals, can be attended by no more than 30 people indoors and 60 people outdoors.
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held with spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 50% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open.
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities.
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants, gambling halls and casinos can operate with limited working hours from 7am to 10pm, using up to 50% of their venue capacity. There should be no more than 6 people at a table. Night clubs and bars will be closed.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence will be allowed, using up to 30% of their venue capacity and no more than 30 people in the room. The visitors must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres and wear a face mask.
    • all mass events such as festivals, fairs, concerts, and team building will be suspended.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 30% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • indoor sports competitions will be held without spectators. Outdoor sports competitions can be held with spectators using up to 30% of the venue seating capacity. They must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres and wear a face mask.
    Children’s nurseries and kindergartens are open and the school year will start with in-person classes for all students (both in schools and universities) throughout the country.
    Group classes in language and training centres will be allowed with a limited capacity of maximum 10 people. Visitors must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres and wear a face mask. However, visits to children’s centres and clubs will be suspended.

    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    13.09.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange” and “Red” countries, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-733 of 27.08.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries, and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 01 September 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji Georgia, Israel, Eswatini, Iran, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, the United States of America, Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

     

    Find out more:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-733 of 27.08.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival.
    There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held with spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 50% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

    Read more
    01.09.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange” and “Red” countries, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

    Romanian citizens travelling to Bulgaria, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-645 of 28.07.2021, Order № RD-01-673 of 02.08.2021 and Order № RD-01-701 of 13.08.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries, and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 18 August 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji Georgia, Israel, Eswatini and Iran.

     

    Find out more:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-645 of 28.07.2021, Order № RD-01-673 of 02.08.2021 and Order № RD-01-701 of 13.08.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 August 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

    Read more
    31.08.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange” and “Red” countries, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

    Romanian citizens travelling to Bulgaria, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-645 of 28.07.2021, Order № RD-01-673 of 02.08.2021 and Order № RD-01-701 of 13.08.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries, and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 18 August 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji Georgia, Israel, Eswatini and Iran.

     

    Find out more:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-645 of 28.07.2021, Order № RD-01-673 of 02.08.2021 and Order № RD-01-701 of 13.08.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 August 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    18.08.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria to ban U.K. travelers from entry starting 19 July to prevent COVID-19 spread (ABC, 17.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • vaccination-benefits For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange” and “Red” countries, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

    Romanian citizens travelling to Bulgaria, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-645 of 28.07.2021 (in Bulgarian)

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • vaccination-benefits a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 29 July 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Tunisia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Kuwait and Georgia.

     

    Find out more:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-645 of 28.07.2021 (in Bulgarian) 

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 August 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    04.08.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria to ban U.K. travelers from entry starting 19 July to prevent COVID-19 spread (ABC, 17.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • vaccination-benefits For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange” and “Red” countries, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

    Romanian citizens travelling to Bulgaria, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-645 of 28.07.2021 (in Bulgarian)

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • vaccination-benefits a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 29 July 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Tunisia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Kuwait and Georgia.

     

    Find out more:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-645 of 28.07.2021 (in Bulgarian) 

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 July 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators.
    • Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road. Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    29.07.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria to ban U.K. travelers from entry starting 19 July to prevent COVID-19 spread (ABC, 17.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • vaccination-benefits For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange”, “Red” countries and countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old coming from “Green” or “Orange” countries are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

    Romanian citizens, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-623 of 23.07.2021 (in Bulgarian)

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • vaccination-benefits a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Travellers from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation can enter Bulgaria only upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Travellers from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 26 July 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Tunisia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Kuwait and Georgia.

    As of 26 July 2021, Russia and Pakistan are classified as a countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation.

    Find out more:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-623 of 23.07.2021 (in Bulgarian) 

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 July 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators.
    • Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road. Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    26.07.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria to ban U.K. travelers from entry starting 19 July to prevent COVID-19 spread (ABC, 17.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • vaccination-benefits For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange”, “Red” countries and countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old coming from “Green” or “Orange” countries are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

    Romanian citizens, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-597 of 16.07.2021 (in Bulgarian)

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • vaccination-benefits a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Travellers from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation can enter Bulgaria only upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Travellers from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 19 July 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Tunisia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji and Kuwait.

    As of 08 July 2021, Russia is classified as a country with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation.

    Find out more:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travel info)

    Order № RD-01-597 of 16.07.2021 (in Bulgarian) and Order № RD-01-553/05.07.2021 (in English)

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 July 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators.
    • Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road. Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    19.07.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria to ban U.K. travelers from entry starting 19 July to prevent COVID-19 spread (ABC, 17.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • vaccination-benefits For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority – for the green, orange and red zones (combined with a negative PCR test);
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange”, “Red” countries and countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

    Romanian and Czech citizens, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania and Czechia, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-547 of 30.06.2021 and Order № RD-01-553/05.07.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries and the Swiss Confederation, and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • vaccination-benefits a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Travellers from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation can enter Bulgaria only upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Travellers from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only if they have duly justified reasons and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 01 July 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Tunisia, Oman, Malaysia, Mongolia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. As of 08 July 2021, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Colombia will be added to the Red countries list.

    As of 08 July 2021, Russia is classified as a country with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation.

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists (in Bulgarian)

    Order № RD-01-547 of 30.06.2021 and Order № RD-01-553/05.07.2021 (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 July 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators.
    • Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road. Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    16.07.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • vaccination-benefits For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority – for the green, orange and red zones (combined with a negative PCR test);
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange”, “Red” countries and countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country.
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a negative result of a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

    Romanian and Czech citizens, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania and Czechia, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-547 of 30.06.2021 and Order № RD-01-553/05.07.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries and the Swiss Confederation, and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • vaccination-benefits a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Travellers from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation can enter Bulgaria only upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Travellers from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only if they have duly justified reasons and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 01 July 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Tunisia, Oman, Malaysia, Mongolia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. As of 08 July 2021, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Colombia will be added to the Red countries list.

    As of 08 July 2021, Russia is classified as a country with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation.

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists (in Bulgarian)

    Order № RD-01-547 of 30.06.2021 and Order № RD-01-553/05.07.2021 (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 July 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev (£135-£450) fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev (£450-£900) for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 11pm, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.

    Read more
    09.07.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Depending on the colour zone of the country of origin, travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • vaccination-benefits For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19 is required. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the certificate must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority – for the green, orange and red zones (combined with a negative PCR test u);
    • For travellers coming from “Green” and “Orange” countries, a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test is required. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result. For travellers coming from “Red” countries, the document must be combined with a negative pre-departure PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
    • For travellers coming from “Green”, “Orange”, “Red” countries and countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country) is required.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

    Romanian and Czech citizens, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania and Czechia, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-547 of 30.06.2021 and Order № RD-01-553/05.07.2021 (in Bulgarian)

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries and the Swiss Confederation, and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

    • vaccination-benefits a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Travellers from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation can enter Bulgaria only upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    Travellers from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only if they have duly justified reasons and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

    As of 01 July 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

    India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Tunisia, Oman, Malaysia, Mongolia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. As of 08 July 2021, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Colombia will be added to the Red countries list.

    As of 08 July 2021, Russia is classified as a country with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation.

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists (in Bulgarian)

    Order № RD-01-547 of 30.06.2021 and Order № RD-01-553/05.07.2021 (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 July 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev (£135-£450) fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev (£450-£900) for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 11pm, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.

    Read more
    06.07.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • vaccination-benefits a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    In the absence of one of the above-mentioned documents, a 10-day quarantine applies. Quarantine may be revoked upon submission of a document showing a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen test taken within 24 hours from entering the country.

    Children under 12 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

    Romanian and Czech citizens, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania and Czechia, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-547 of 30.06.2021 (in Bulgarian),

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. 

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers from countries listed on this communication of the Ministry of Tourism are allowed to enter Bulgaria for tourism purposes, upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • vaccination-benefits a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 15 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result.

    Additionally, for a limited set of countries, a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country) is also accepted.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists (in Bulgarian)

    Order № RD-01-547 of 30.06.2021

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 July 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev (£135-£450) fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev (£450-£900) for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 11pm, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.

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    05.07.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Travellers who enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality, shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • vaccination-benefits a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 15 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;
    • a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).

    Children up to 5 years old are exempted from the requirement to present a negative result of a PCR or antigenic test.

    Romanian citizens, as well as Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania, do not need to provide a negative result of a PCR or antigen test, nor a document of full vaccination.

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-374 of 27.05.2021 (in Bulgarian)
    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers from 97 countries are allowed to enter Bulgaria for tourism purposes. The full list of countries, and the relative entry rules, are available in this communication of the Ministry of Tourism.

    Travellers from one of those countries shall be admitted upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • vaccination-benefits a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;
    • a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 15 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result.

    Additionally, for a limited set of countries, a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country) is also accepted.

     

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists (in Bulgarian)
    Order № RD-01-278 of 29.04.2021 on the rules and conditions for entry into the territory of Bulgaria, in force from 1 May (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 July 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev (£135-£450) fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev (£450-£900) for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Additional measures are in place until further notice:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 11pm, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    In-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades, including in higher education institutions have now resumed.

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    29.06.2021
  • Bulgaria 1. Until 31 July 2021, passengers arriving from Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Bhutan, Cameroon, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini
    (Swaziland), Ghana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Sri
    Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe, are not allowed to enter. – This does not apply to: – nationals and residents of Bulgaria, and their family members;

    2. Passengers must enter Bulgaria via Burgas (BOJ), Plovdiv (PDV),Sofia (SOF) or Varna (VAR).

    3. Nationals and residents of Bulgaria and their family members without a COVID-19 test or vaccination certificate are subject to quarantine. Tests and vaccines accepted are: – a
    negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival, written in Latin characters; or – a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival,
    written in Latin characters; or – a positive COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken at least 15 days and at most 180 days before arrival; or – a COVID-19 vaccination certificate
    showing that they received the vaccine at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covieshield, Janssen,
    Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V. – This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

    4. Passengers with a “D” visa issued by Bulgaria, must have: – a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival, written in Latin characters; or – a negative
    COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival, written in Latin characters; or – a positive COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken at least 15 days and at
    most 180 days before arrival; or – a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the vaccine at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca
    (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covieshield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V. -This does not apply to passengers younger than 5
    years.

    5. Nationals and residents of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy,
    Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Vatican
    City (Holy See) and their family members, must have: – a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival, written in Latin characters; or – a negative COVID-19
    rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival, written in Latin characters; or – a positive COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken at least 15 days and at most 180
    days before arrival; or – a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the vaccine at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria),
    AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covieshield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V. -This does not apply to: – nationals of Romania arriving from
    Romania; – nationals of Czechia arriving from Czechia; – passengers younger than 5 years.

    6. Passengers with a British passport with nationality “British Citizen”, “British Overseas Territories Citizen” issued by Gibraltar or British Passports with a Certificate of
    Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom, must have: – a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival, written in Latin characters; or – a
    negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival, written in Latin characters; or – a positive COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken at least 15 days
    and at most 180 days before arrival; or – a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the vaccine at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are:
    AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covieshield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V. -This does not apply to passengers
    younger than 5 years.

    7. Nationals of Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Israel, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, New
    Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Russian Fed., Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA and Uruguay must have: – a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at
    most 72 hours before arrival, written in Latin characters; or – a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival, written in Latin characters; or – a
    positive COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken at least 15 days and at most 180 days before arrival; or – a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the
    vaccine at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covieshield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm,
    Sinovac and Sputnik V. – This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

    8. Passengers must have a positive COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken at least 15 days and at most 180 days before arrival; or – a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing
    that they received the vaccine at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covieshield, Janssen, Moderna,
    Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V. – This does not apply to: – nationals and residents of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark,
    Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
    Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Vatican City (Holy See) and their family members; – passengers with a “D” visa issued by Bulgaria;
    – passengers with a British passport with nationality �British Citizen”, �British Overseas Territories Citizen” issued by Gibraltar or British Passports with a Certificate of
    Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom – nationals of Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Israel, Japan, Korea
    (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Russian Fed., Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA
    and Uruguay.

    9. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days.

    10. More details can be found at https://www.mh.government.bg/media/filer_public/2021/06/09/order_01-416_final_en.pdf

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    23.06.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgarian authorities imposes more stringent entry restrictions as well as ban for travelers from some COVID-19 highly affected third countries (Schengen Visa Info, 03.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    vaccination-benefitsAll travellers, regardless of their citizenship and the country of origin, are allowed entry upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of vaccination, with the last dose of vaccine administered at least 14 days before entry
    • a document showing a positive test result (PCR or antigen test) for people who recovered from Covid-19 in the period between 15 and 180 days before entry.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Bulgarian citizens, citizens of EU member states, Schengen countries and their family members are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 (PCR or antigen) test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen test) before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens, permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who do not present the negative result of a COVID-19 test, must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

    The quarantine period may be ended upon the presentation of a document showing the negative result of a COVID-19 test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-278 of 29.04.2021 on the rules and conditions for entry into the territory of Bulgaria, in force from 1 May (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    As of 1 May, travellers coming from India, Bangladesh, Brazil and some countries and territories in Africa are not allowed to enter Bulgaria, except Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in the country (including their family members), to which a 10-day quarantine applies.

    All other travellers, regardless of their citizenship and the country of origin, are allowed entry upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of vaccination, with the last dose of vaccine administered at least 14 days before entry
    • a document showing a positive test result (PCR or antigen test) for people who recovered from Covid-19 in the period between 15 and 180 days before entry.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    A pre-departure negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) is required for travellers arriving from the following countries:

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • China
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Serbia

    The test must be taken within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen test) before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens, long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who do not present a negative result of a COVID-19 test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be ended upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists
    Order № RD-01-278 of 29.04.2021 on the rules and conditions for entry into the territory of Bulgaria, in force from 1 May (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 May 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • From 6 May private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • from 1 May, sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Further additional measures in place until 31 May include the following:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 11pm, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • Sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    From 31 May, in-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades will resume.
    From 19 May, in-person classes in higher education institutions will resume.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    25.05.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgarian authorities imposes more stringent entry restrictions as well as ban for travelers from some COVID-19 highly affected third countries (Schengen Visa Info, 03.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    vaccination-benefitsAll travellers, regardless of their citizenship and the country of origin, are allowed entry upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of vaccination, with the last dose of vaccine administered at least 14 days before entry
    • a document showing a positive test result (PCR or antigen test) for people who recovered from Covid-19 in the period between 15 and 180 days before entry.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Bulgarian citizens, citizens of EU member states, Schengen countries and their family members are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 (PCR or antigen) test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen test) before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens, permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who do not present the negative result of a COVID-19 test, must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

    The quarantine period may be ended upon the presentation of a document showing the negative result of a COVID-19 test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-278 of 29.04.2021 on the rules and conditions for entry into the territory of Bulgaria, in force from 1 May (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    As of 1 May, travellers coming from India, Bangladesh, Brazil and some countries and territories in Africa are not allowed to enter Bulgaria, except Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in the country (including their family members), to which a 10-day quarantine applies.

    All other travellers, regardless of their citizenship and the country of origin, are allowed entry upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of vaccination, with the last dose of vaccine administered at least 14 days before entry
    • a document showing a positive test result (PCR or antigen test) for people who recovered from Covid-19 in the period between 15 and 180 days before entry.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    A pre-departure negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) is required for travellers arriving from the following countries:

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • China
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Serbia

    The test must be taken within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen test) before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens, long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who do not present a negative result of a COVID-19 test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be ended upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists
    Order № RD-01-278 of 29.04.2021 on the rules and conditions for entry into the territory of Bulgaria, in force from 1 May (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 May 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine for the first offence or 1,000 to 2,000 lev for a second offence. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements could result in a 5,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • customers at dining and drinking establishments; and
    • speakers at conferences, congresses, etc.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • From 6 May private gatherings and celebrations of more than 15 are allowed;
    • from 1 May, sports competitions for all age groups can be held without spectators. Spectators can attend outdoor sports events at a maximum of 30% seating capacity with social distancing of 1.5 metres and the wearing of a face mask mandatory for all attendees.
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    Further additional measures in place until 31 May include the following:
    • restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 11pm, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open.
    • gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are allowed at no more than 50% capacity.
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are allowed.
    • Sports competitions can be held with spectators, using up to 50% of the venue seating capacity. Spectators must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m and wear a face mask.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. 1st to 12th grade teaching have resumed in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. Language and training centres have resumed in-person activities.
    From 31 May, in-person classes and extracurricular activities for students from all grades will resume.
    From 19 May, in-person classes in higher education institutions will resume.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

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    22.05.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgarian authorities imposes more stringent entry restrictions as well as ban for travelers from some COVID-19 highly affected third countries (Schengen Visa Info, 03.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    vaccination-benefitsAll travellers, regardless of their citizenship and the country of origin, are allowed entry upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of vaccination, with the last dose of vaccine administered at least 14 days before entry
    • a document showing a positive test result (PCR or antigen test) for people who recovered from Covid-19 in the period between 15 and 180 days before entry.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Bulgarian citizens, citizens of EU member states, Schengen countries and their family members are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 (PCR or antigen) test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen test) before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens, permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who do not present the negative result of a COVID-19 test, must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

    The quarantine period may be ended upon the presentation of a document showing the negative result of a COVID-19 test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-278 of 29.04.2021 on the rules and conditions for entry into the territory of Bulgaria, in force from 1 May (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    As of 1 May, travellers coming from India, Bangladesh, Brazil and some countries and territories in Africa are not allowed to enter Bulgaria, except Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in the country (including their family members), to which a 10-day quarantine applies.

    All other travellers, regardless of their citizenship and the country of origin, are allowed entry upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of vaccination, with the last dose of vaccine administered at least 14 days before entry
    • a document showing a positive test result (PCR or antigen test) for people who recovered from Covid-19 in the period between 15 and 180 days before entry.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    A pre-departure negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) is required for travellers arriving from the following countries:

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • China
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Serbia

    The test must be taken within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen test) before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens, long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who do not present a negative result of a COVID-19 test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be ended upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists
    Order № RD-01-278 of 29.04.2021 on the rules and conditions for entry into the territory of Bulgaria, in force from 1 May (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include: • those exercising outdoors/indoors; • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force:

    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;

    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;

    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;

    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators;
    • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;

    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;

    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures in place until 30 April include the following:
    • from 12 April, restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 11pm, at no more than 50% capacity;
    • from 16 April, all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open;
    • from 16 April, gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity;
    • from 29 April, nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity;
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed;
    • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres;
    • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres;
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. From 12 April, 1st to 12th grade teaching can resume in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. All higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended.

    Read more
    07.05.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgarian authorities imposes more stringent entry restrictions as well as ban for travelers from some COVID-19 highly affected third countries (Schengen Visa Info, 03.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    vaccination-benefitsAll travellers, regardless of their citizenship and the country of origin, are allowed entry upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of vaccination, with the last dose of vaccine administered at least 14 days before entry
    • a document showing a positive test result (PCR or antigen test) for people who recovered from Covid-19 in the period between 15 and 180 days before entry.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Bulgarian citizens, citizens of EU member states, Schengen countries and their family members are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 (PCR or antigen) test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen test) before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens, permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who do not present the negative result of a COVID-19 test, must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

    The quarantine period may be ended upon the presentation of a document showing the negative result of a COVID-19 test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-278 of 29.04.2021 on the rules and conditions for entry into the territory of Bulgaria, in force from 1 May (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    As of 1 May, travellers coming from India, Bangladesh, Brazil and some countries and territories in Africa are not allowed to enter Bulgaria, except Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in the country (including their family members), to which a 10-day quarantine applies.

    All other travellers, regardless of their citizenship and the country of origin, are allowed entry upon presentation of one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of vaccination, with the last dose of vaccine administered at least 14 days before entry
    • a document showing a positive test result (PCR or antigen test) for people who recovered from Covid-19 in the period between 15 and 180 days before entry.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    A pre-departure negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) is required for travellers arriving from the following countries:

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • China
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Serbia

    The test must be taken within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen test) before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens, long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who do not present a negative result of a COVID-19 test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be ended upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Practical information for tourists
    Order № RD-01-278 of 29.04.2021 on the rules and conditions for entry into the territory of Bulgaria, in force from 1 May (in Bulgarian)

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include: • those exercising outdoors/indoors; • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force: • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only; • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres; • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order; • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators; • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours; • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open; • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities; • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures in place until 30 April include the following: • from 12 April, restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 11pm, at no more than 50% capacity; • from 16 April, all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open; • from 16 April, gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity; • from 29 April, nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity; • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed; • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres; • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres; • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. From 12 April, 1st to 12th grade teaching can resume in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. All higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended.

    Read more
    04.05.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria, as well as their family members, who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

    The quarantine period may be ended upon the presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)
    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    Health cover for temporary stays

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    A pre-departure negative PCR test is required to travellers arriving from the countries listed below.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. Furthermore, all persons who are allowed to enter the country under point n.2 and who arrive from countries and territories in Africa shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days. These travellers are not required to show the negative result of a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine is revoked upon submission to the director of the regional health inspectorate of the negative result of a PCR test taken on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine. Some exception to this requirement are specified in point n. 11 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include: • those exercising outdoors/indoors; • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force: • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only; • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres; • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order; • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators; • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours; • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open; • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities; • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures in place until 30 April include the following: • from 12 April, restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 11pm, at no more than 50% capacity; • from 16 April, all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open; • from 16 April, gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity; • from 29 April, nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity; • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed; • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres; • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres; • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. From 12 April, 1st to 12th grade teaching can resume in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. All higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended.

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    01.05.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria, as well as their family members, who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

    The quarantine period may be ended upon the presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)
    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    A pre-departure negative PCR test is required to travellers arriving from the countries listed below.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. Furthermore, all persons who are allowed to enter the country under point n.2 and who arrive from countries and territories in Africa shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days. These travellers are not required to show the negative result of a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine is revoked upon submission to the director of the regional health inspectorate of the negative result of a PCR test taken on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine. Some exception to this requirement are specified in point n. 11 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include: • those exercising outdoors/indoors; • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force: • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only; • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres; • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order; • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators; • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours; • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open; • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities; • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures in place until 30 April include the following: • from 12 April, restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 11pm, at no more than 50% capacity; • from 16 April, all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open; • from 16 April, gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity; • from 29 April, nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity; • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed; • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres; • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres; • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. From 12 April, 1st to 12th grade teaching can resume in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. All higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended.

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    28.04.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: General quarantine will be imposed for 10 days from 22 March (Armenia News, 22.03.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria, as well as their family members, who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

    The quarantine period may be ended upon the presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)
    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    A pre-departure negative PCR test is required to travellers arriving from the countries listed below.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. Furthermore, all persons who are allowed to enter the country under point n.2 and who arrive from countries and territories in Africa shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days. These travellers are not required to show the negative result of a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine is revoked upon submission to the director of the regional health inspectorate of the negative result of a PCR test taken on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine. Some exception to this requirement are specified in point n. 11 of the Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-196 of 31.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include: • those exercising outdoors/indoors; • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force: • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only; • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres; • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order; • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators; • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours; • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open; • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities; • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures in place until 30 April include the following: • from 12 April, restaurants and entertainment facilities are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 11pm, at no more than 50% capacity; • from 16 April, all establishments in shopping centres are allowed to open; • from 16 April, gambling halls and casinos are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity; • from 29 April, nightclubs and bars are allowed to open, at no more than 50% capacity; • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed; • visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres; • visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity. All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres; • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Nurseries and kindergartens have resumed in-person activities. From 12 April, 1st to 12th grade teaching can resume in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health. All higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended.

    Read more
    13.04.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: General quarantine will be imposed for 10 days from 22 March (Armenia News, 22.03.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria, as well as their family members, who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

    The quarantine period may be ended upon the presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)
    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. Furthermore, all persons who are allowed to enter the country under point n.2 and who arrive from countries and territories in Africa shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days. These travellers are not required to show the negative result of a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine is revoked upon submission to the director of the regional health inspectorate of the negative result of a PCR test taken on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors; • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force: • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only; • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres; • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order; • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators; • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours; • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open; • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities; •visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures until 30 April include the following: • amusement and gambling halls, restaurants, fast food establishments, and cafes remain closed. Take away and home deliveries are allowed. In hotels, only room service is allowed. • from 1 April, visits to open-air areas of restaurants and entertainment establishments are allowed between the hours of 6am and 11pm. • nightclubs and bars remain closed. • establishments in shopping centres will be closed except for: grocery stores, pharmacies, opticians, pet stores, dry cleaning services, banks, insurance and telecom operators’ offices. •between 1 and 12 April, all stores with a retail area of more than 300 sq. m. offering non-food products will be allowed to open to customers only in outdoor areas adjacent to the store. •conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed.
    • from 1 April, visits to gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity, all visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres. • from 1 April, visits to cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, and circus performances are allowed, at no more than 50% capacity, all visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres. • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    All in-person activities in educational institutions are suspended. From 5 April, nurseries and kindergartens can resume in-person activities. From 12 April, 1st to 12th grade teaching can resume in-person according to individual schedules established between the school and the Ministry of Health.
    All higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended.
    Additional restrictions on large gatherings of people (festivals, fairs, organised excursions) are in place in the Sofia municipality until 26 March.
    *Travel in Bulgaria : There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    02.04.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: General quarantine will be imposed for 10 days from 22 March (Armenia News, 22.03.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria, as well as their family members, who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

    The quarantine period may be ended upon the presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)
    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. Furthermore, all persons who are allowed to enter the country under point n.2 and who arrive from countries and territories in Africa shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days. These travellers are not required to show the negative result of a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine is revoked upon submission to the director of the regional health inspectorate of the negative result of a PCR test taken on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. Additional measures are in force from 22 to 31 March.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators;
    • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures, in place between 22 and 31 March, include the following:
    • amusement and gambling halls, restaurants, fast food establishments, and cafes will be closed. Only take away and home deliveries are allowed. In hotels, only room service is allowed.
    • establishments in shopping centres will be closed except for: grocery stores, pharmacies, opticians, pet stores, dry cleaning services, banks, insurance and telecom operators’ offices.
    • All stores with a retail area of more than 300 sq. m. will be closed, except for supermarkets.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed.
    • gyms, cinemas, museums, galleries, libraries, and concerts will be closed.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Between 22 and 31 March, all in-person activities in educational institutions are suspended. This includes all classes from 1st to 12th grade, all higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended. Additional restrictions on large gatherings of people (festivals, fairs, organised excursions) are in place in the Sofia municipality until 26 March.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    01.04.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: General quarantine will be imposed for 10 days from 22 March (Armenia News, 22.03.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU: Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria, as well as their family members, who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

    The quarantine period may be ended upon the presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)
    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. Additional measures are in force from 22 to 31 March.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators;
    • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures, in place between 22 and 31 March, include the following:
    • amusement and gambling halls, restaurants, fast food establishments, and cafes will be closed. Only take away and home deliveries are allowed. In hotels, only room service is allowed.
    • establishments in shopping centres will be closed except for: grocery stores, pharmacies, opticians, pet stores, dry cleaning services, banks, insurance and telecom operators’ offices.
    • All stores with a retail area of more than 300 sq. m. will be closed, except for supermarkets.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed.
    • gyms, cinemas, museums, galleries, libraries, and concerts will be closed.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Between 22 and 31 March, all in-person activities in educational institutions are suspended. This includes all classes from 1st to 12th grade, all higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended. Additional restrictions on large gatherings of people (festivals, fairs, organised excursions) are in place in the Sofia municipality until 26 March.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    31.03.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: General quarantine will be imposed for 10 days from 22 March (Armenia News, 22.03.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.

    The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in Bulgaria, as well as their family members, who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

    The quarantine period may be ended upon the presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)
    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. Furthermore, all persons who are allowed to enter the country under point n.2 and who arrive from countries and territories in Africa shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days. These travellers are not required to show the negative result of a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine is revoked upon submission to the director of the regional health inspectorate of the negative result of a PCR test taken on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. Additional measures are in force from 22 to 31 March.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators;
    • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures, in place between 22 and 31 March, include the following:
    • amusement and gambling halls, restaurants, fast food establishments, and cafes will be closed. Only take away and home deliveries are allowed. In hotels, only room service is allowed.
    • establishments in shopping centres will be closed except for: grocery stores, pharmacies, opticians, pet stores, dry cleaning services, banks, insurance and telecom operators’ offices.
    • All stores with a retail area of more than 300 sq. m. will be closed, except for supermarkets.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed.
    • gyms, cinemas, museums, galleries, libraries, and concerts will be closed.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Between 22 and 31 March, all in-person activities in educational institutions are suspended. This includes all classes from 1st to 12th grade, all higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended. Additional restrictions on large gatherings of people (festivals, fairs, organised excursions) are in place in the Sofia municipality until 26 March.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    30.03.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: General quarantine will be imposed for 10 days from 22 March (Armenia News, 22.03.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.
    The quarantine period may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:
    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)
    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria:
    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. Furthermore, all persons who are allowed to enter the country under point n.2 and who arrive from countries and territories in Africa shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days. These travellers are not required to show the negative result of a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine is revoked upon submission to the director of the regional health inspectorate of the negative result of a PCR test taken on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. Additional measures are in force from 22 to 31 March.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators;
    • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures, in place between 22 and 31 March, include the following:
    • amusement and gambling halls, restaurants, fast food establishments, and cafes will be closed. Only take away and home deliveries are allowed. In hotels, only room service is allowed.
    • establishments in shopping centres will be closed except for: grocery stores, pharmacies, opticians, pet stores, dry cleaning services, banks, insurance and telecom operators’ offices.
    • All stores with a retail area of more than 300 sq. m. will be closed, except for supermarkets.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed.
    • gyms, cinemas, museums, galleries, libraries, and concerts will be closed.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Between 22 and 31 March, all in-person activities in educational institutions are suspended. This includes all classes from 1st to 12th grade, all higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended. Additional restrictions on large gatherings of people (festivals, fairs, organised excursions) are in place in the Sofia municipality until 26 March.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    29.03.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: General quarantine will be imposed for 10 days from 22 March (Armenia News, 22.03.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure. The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. Furthermore, all persons who are allowed to enter the country under point n.2 and who arrive from countries and territories in Africa shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days. These travellers are not required to show the negative result of a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine is revoked upon submission to the director of the regional health inspectorate of the negative result of a PCR test taken on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. Additional measures are in force from 22 to 31 March.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators;
    • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures, in place between 22 and 31 March, include the following:
    • amusement and gambling halls, restaurants, fast food establishments, and cafes will be closed. Only take away and home deliveries are allowed. In hotels, only room service is allowed.
    • establishments in shopping centres will be closed except for: grocery stores, pharmacies, opticians, pet stores, dry cleaning services, banks, insurance and telecom operators’ offices.
    • All stores with a retail area of more than 300 sq. m. will be closed, except for supermarkets.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed.
    • gyms, cinemas, museums, galleries, libraries, and concerts will be closed.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Between 22 and 31 March, all in-person activities in educational institutions are suspended. This includes all classes from 1st to 12th grade, all higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended. Additional restrictions on large gatherings of people (festivals, fairs, organised excursions) are in place in the Sofia municipality until 26 March.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    26.03.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: General quarantine will be imposed for 10 days from 22 March (Armenia News, 22.03.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure. The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. Furthermore, all persons who are allowed to enter the country under point n.2 and who arrive from countries and territories in Africa shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days. These travellers are not required to show the negative result of a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine is revoked upon submission to the director of the regional health inspectorate of the negative result of a PCR test taken on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. Additional measures are in force from 22 to 31 March.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators;
    • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures, in place between 22 and 31 March, include the following:
    • amusement and gambling halls, restaurants, fast food establishments, and cafes will be closed. Only take away and home deliveries are allowed. In hotels, only room service is allowed.
    • establishments in shopping centres will be closed except for: grocery stores, pharmacies, opticians, pet stores, dry cleaning services, banks, insurance and telecom operators’ offices.
    • All stores with a retail area of more than 300 sq. m. will be closed, except for supermarkets.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed.
    • gyms, cinemas, museums, galleries, libraries, and concerts will be closed.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Between 22 and 31 March, all in-person activities in educational institutions are suspended. This includes all classes from 1st to 12th grade, all higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended. Additional restrictions on large gatherings of people (festivals, fairs, organised excursions) are in place in the Sofia municipality until 26 March.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    23.03.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure. The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    All persons who are allowed to enter the country under point n.2 and who arrive from countries and territories in Africa shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days. These travellers are not required to show the negative result of a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine is revoked upon submission to the director of the regional health inspectorate of the negative result of a PCR test taken on the 10th day of the mandatory quarantine.

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. Additional measures are in force from 22 to 31 March.
    The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old.
    The following measures are currently in force:
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature will be held without spectators;
    • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
    Further additional measures, in place between 22 and 31 March, include the following:
    • amusement and gambling halls, restaurants, fast food establishments, and cafes will be closed. Only take away and home deliveries are allowed. In hotels, only room service is allowed.
    • establishments in shopping centres will be closed except for: grocery stores, pharmacies, opticians, pet stores, dry cleaning services, banks, insurance and telecom operators’ offices.
    • All stores with a retail area of more than 300 sq. m. will be closed, except for supermarkets.
    • conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events with physical presence are not allowed.
    • gyms, cinemas, museums, galleries, libraries, and concerts will be closed.
    • organised transport, excursions, tours, and group visits to tourist sites in the country and abroad are suspended.
    Between 22 and 31 March, all in-person activities in educational institutions are suspended. This includes all classes from 1st to 12th grade, all higher education institutions, except for practical training and practical exams in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare, all extracurricular activities, and all other activities organised in a school environment or outside for all age groups. All group classes in language centres and training centres are suspended. Additional restrictions on large gatherings of people (festivals, fairs, organised excursions) are in place in the Sofia municipality until 26 March.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    19.03.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU: Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map. Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.
    *Testing: As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure. The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of theOrder № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.
    *Quarantine: As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.
    *Travel Documentation: Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)
    *More information: Order № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    *Transit: As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction. EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence. Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply. Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply: Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:
    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;
    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.
    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).
    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions): Australia; Canada; Georgia; Japan; New Zealand; Rwanda; South Korea; Thailand; Tunisia; Uruguay; United Arab Emirates; UK; Israel; Belarus; Kuwait; Turkey; Albania; Montenegro; Moldova; Ukraine; North Macedonia; Kosovo; Bosnia and Herzegovina. The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of theOrder № RD-01-167 of 12.03.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors; children under six years old;

    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities; and
    • whilst speaking at conferences, seminars and public events. Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021.

    These include:
    • conferences, seminars and other public events can be organised and attended, with occupancy of no more than 30% of their total capacity. The events must comply with social distancing of 1.5 meters of social distance, have attendees wearing face masks, and venues airing and disinfecting the rooms in use every hour;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can open at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can open, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;

    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • restaurants, entertainment establishments, casinos and gambling halls can open for customers between 6am and 11pm, with no more than 50% of their seating capacity, and with no more than 6 customers per table, face masks must be worn by staff;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can open, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • domestic group tourist trips with organised transport are permitted;
    • in-person classes can be attended in language teaching centers, educational centers etc. The requirements for attending includes compliance with social distancing measures of 1.5 meters and the wearing of a face mask. venues offering classes must also air and disinfect rooms every hour.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport. -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    16.03.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021). Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure. The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors; children under six years old;

    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities; and
    • whilst speaking at conferences, seminars and public events. Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021.

    These include:
    • conferences, seminars and other public events can be organised and attended, with occupancy of no more than 30% of their total capacity. The events must comply with social distancing of 1.5 meters of social distance, have attendees wearing face masks, and venues airing and disinfecting the rooms in use every hour;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can open at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can open, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;

    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • restaurants, entertainment establishments, casinos and gambling halls can open for customers between 6am and 11pm, with no more than 50% of their seating capacity, and with no more than 6 customers per table, face masks must be worn by staff;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can open, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • domestic group tourist trips with organised transport are permitted;
    • in-person classes can be attended in language teaching centers, educational centers etc. The requirements for attending includes compliance with social distancing measures of 1.5 meters and the wearing of a face mask. venues offering classes must also air and disinfect rooms every hour.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport. -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    12.03.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021). Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure. The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors; children under six years old; • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities; and • whilst speaking at conferences, seminars and public events. Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include: • conferences, seminars and other public events can be organised and attended, with occupancy of no more than 30% of their total capacity. The events must comply with social distancing of 1.5 meters of social distance, have attendees wearing face masks, and venues airing and disinfecting the rooms in use every hour; • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask; • cinemas can open at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity; • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only; • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters; • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people; • gyms can open, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters; • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures; • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order; • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators; • restaurants, entertainment establishments, casinos and gambling halls can open for customers between 6am and 11pm, with no more than 50% of their seating capacity, and with no more than 6 customers per table, face masks must be worn by staff; • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos; • all establishments in shopping malls can open, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult; • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours; • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria; • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open; • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters; • domestic group tourist trips with organised transport are permitted; • in-person classes can be attended in language teaching centers, educational centers etc. The requirements for attending includes compliance with social distancing measures of 1.5 meters and the wearing of a face mask. venues offering classes must also air and disinfect rooms every hour.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport. -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    09.03.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021). Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure. The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old;
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities; and
    • whilst speaking at conferences, seminars and public events.
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • conferences, seminars and other public events can be organised and attended, with occupancy of no more than 30% of their total capacity. The events must comply with social distancing of 1.5 meters of social distance, have attendees wearing face masks, and venues airing and disinfecting the rooms in use every hour;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can open at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can open, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • restaurants, entertainment establishments, casinos and gambling halls can open for customers between 6am and 11pm, with no more than 50% of their seating capacity, and with no more than 6 customers per table, face masks must be worn by staff;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can open, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • domestic group tourist trips with organised transport are permitted;
    • in-person classes can be attended in language teaching centers, educational centers etc. The requirements for attending includes compliance with social distancing measures of 1.5 meters and the wearing of a face mask, venues offering classes must also air and disinfect rooms every hour.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    02.03.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021). Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure. The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure. The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old; and
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities (although these establishments are expected to remain closed until 31 March 2021).
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can reopen from 1 February at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can reopen from 1 February, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed, with the exception of hotel restaurants which can operate for hotel guests between 0600 and 2200 at a maximum of 50% total capacity;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can reopen from 1 February, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;

    Read more
    26.02.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021). Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:

    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure. The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    c) All the other categories of people listed under point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-105 of 16.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian), while some exceptions to this requirement are specified in point n. 7 of the same Order.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old; and
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities (although these establishments are expected to remain closed until 31 March 2021).
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can reopen from 1 February at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can reopen from 1 February, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed, with the exception of hotel restaurants which can operate for hotel guests between 0600 and 2200 at a maximum of 50% total capacity;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can reopen from 1 February, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;

    Read more
    23.02.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021). Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    Additionally, for Bulgaria, the following rules apply:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old; and
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities (although these establishments are expected to remain closed until 31 March 2021).
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can reopen from 1 February at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can reopen from 1 February, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed, with the exception of hotel restaurants which can operate for hotel guests between 0600 and 2200 at a maximum of 50% total capacity;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can reopen from 1 February, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;

    Read more
    19.02.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021). Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR carried out up to 72 hours before departure. Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Serbia
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old; and
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities (although these establishments are expected to remain closed until 31 March 2021).
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can reopen from 1 February at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can reopen from 1 February, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed, with the exception of hotel restaurants which can operate for hotel guests between 0600 and 2200 at a maximum of 50% total capacity;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can reopen from 1 February, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;

    Read more
    16.02.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021). Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    **From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a PCR carried out up to 72 hours before departure. Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Serbia
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a PCR test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old; and
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities (although these establishments are expected to remain closed until 31 March 2021).
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can reopen from 1 February at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can reopen from 1 February, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed, with the exception of hotel restaurants which can operate for hotel guests between 0600 and 2200 at a maximum of 50% total capacity;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can reopen from 1 February, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;

    Read more
    12.02.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021) Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020). Bulgaria announces they will be restricting air travel to/from Bulgaria and the UK from 00:00 on 21 December until 31 January 2021 (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a Covid-19 test carried out up to 72 hours before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a Covid-19 test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a Covid-19 test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a Covid-19 carried out up to 72 hours before departure. Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Serbia
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a Covid-19 test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a Covid-19 test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old; and
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities (although these establishments are expected to remain closed until 31 March 2021).
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can reopen from 1 February at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can reopen from 1 February, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed, with the exception of hotel restaurants which can operate for hotel guests between 0600 and 2200 at a maximum of 50% total capacity;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can reopen from 1 February, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;

    Read more
    10.02.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021) Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020). Bulgaria announces they will be restricting air travel to/from Bulgaria and the UK from 00:00 on 21 December until 31 January 2021 (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a Covid-19 test carried out up to 72 hours before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a Covid-19 test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a Covid-19 test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a Covid-19 carried out up to 72 hours before departure. Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) Nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) Non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Serbia
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a Covid-19 test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a Covid-19 test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old; and
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities (although these establishments are expected to remain closed until 31 March 2021).
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can reopen from 1 February at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can reopen from 1 February, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed, with the exception of hotel restaurants which can operate for hotel guests between 0600 and 2200 at a maximum of 50% total capacity;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can reopen from 1 February, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;

    Read more
    09.02.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021) Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020). Bulgaria announces they will be restricting air travel to/from Bulgaria and the UK from 00:00 on 21 December until 31 January 2021 (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a Covid-19 test carried out up to 72 hours before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a Covid-19 test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a Covid-19 test performed within 24 hours from the entry. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *From Third Countries:

    Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus

    On 20 December, Switzerland announced a general entry ban for all travellers from the UK and suspended all flights between the UK and Switzerland. On 23 December, the Swiss Government introduced an exemption to allow passenger flights to/from the UK from 24 December for the purpose of enabling residents of the UK and Switzerland to return in both directions.

    Anyone arriving in Switzerland from the United Kingdom since 14 December, regardless of nationality, is required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of arrival. British citizens currently in quarantine who intend to travel to the airport will need to follow protective measures to remain in quarantine; local cantonal authorities will be able to advise on this, which may include avoiding public transport.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days.

    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.

    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    www.bag.admin.ch

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old; and
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities (although these establishments are expected to remain closed until 31 March 2021).
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can reopen from 1 February at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can reopen from 1 February, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed, with the exception of hotel restaurants which can operate for hotel guests between 0600 and 2200 at a maximum of 50% total capacity;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can reopen from 1 February, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;

    Read more
    05.02.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021) Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020). Bulgaria announces they will be restricting air travel to/from Bulgaria and the UK from 00:00 on 21 December until 31 January 2021 (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a Covid-19 test carried out up to 72 hours before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a Covid-19 test shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-50 of 26.01.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a Covid-19 carried out up to 72 hours before departure. Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-50 of 26.01.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Serbia
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-50 of 26.01.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a Covid-19 test, are subject to a 10-days quarantine. 

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old; and
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities (although these establishments are expected to remain closed until 31 March 2021).
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can reopen from 1 February at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can reopen from 1 February, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed, with the exception of hotel restaurants which can operate for hotel guests between 0600 and 2200 at a maximum of 50% total capacity;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can reopen from 1 February, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    02.02.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021) Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020). Bulgaria announces they will be restricting air travel to/from Bulgaria and the UK from 00:00 on 21 December until 31 January 2021 (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a Covid-19 carried out up to 72 hours before departure.

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    As of 29 January 2021, Bulgarian citizens and people with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a Covid-19 test, shall undergo a 10-day quarantine. 

     

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

     

    Find out more:

    Order № RD-01-50 of 26.01.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Practical information for tourists

     

    Contact Point for Bulgaria: 

    Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    As of 29 January 2021, all people who are authorized to enter the country are required to show the negative result of a Covid-19 carried out up to 72 hours before departure. Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-50 of 26.01.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    *From Third Countries:

    Is a coronavirus test required? 

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours.

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • UK
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Serbia
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia
    • Kosovo
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-50 of 26.01.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

     

    Is a quarantine required? 

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members who do not present the negative result of a Covid-19 test, are subject to a 10-days quarantine. 

     

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1,5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old; and;
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities (although these establishments are expected to remain closed until 31 March 2021).
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can reopen from 1 February at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1,5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can reopen from 1 February, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed, with the exception of hotel restaurants which can operate for hotel guests between 0600 and 2200 at a maximum of 50% total capacity;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can reopen from 1 February, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1,5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1,5 meters.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    29.01.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Updated entry and quarantine requirements through 30 April (OSAC, 28.01.2021) Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020). Bulgaria announces they will be restricting air travel to/from Bulgaria and the UK from 00:00 on 21 December until 31 January 2021 (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

    Find out more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Documents you need to travel in Europe.

    *Transit:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    *From Third Countries:

    As of 01.01.2021, travellers from the UK who are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria are required to show a negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-725 of 23.12.2020 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of arrivals from the United Kingdom (in Bulgarian)

    ____________________

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions:

    • Australia;
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Serbia
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter and who arrive from a starting point located in one of the countries belonging to the previous list. 

    All people who arrive from a starting point located in a third country not belonging to the previous list and who are authorized to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian):

    are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours.

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to a 10-days quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a negative PCR test result performed within 24 hours from the entry.

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 April 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces and all outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1,5 meters. Face shields, scarfs or other face coverings are not permitted in place of a face mask.
    Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors;
    • children under six years old; and;
    • clients at restaurants or entertainment facilities (although these establishments are expected to remain closed until 31 March 2021).
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 30 April 2021. These include:
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • cinemas can reopen from 1 February at a maximum of 30% of their total capacity;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • individual indoor and outdoor sports are permitted, if you can maintain a social distance of 1,5 meters;
    • group sports activities for persons over 18 years of age are permitted for up to 20 people;
    • gyms can reopen from 1 February, with up to 50% of their total capacity, visitors must maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters;
    • visits to swimming pools (with the exception of those in hotels and spa facilities) are permitted, subject to anti-epidemic measures;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed, with the exception of hotel restaurants which can operate for hotel guests between 0600 and 2200 at a maximum of 50% total capacity;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all establishments in shopping malls can reopen from 1 February, minors can visit only when accompanied by an adult;
    • there will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. During these hours people under the age of 65 will not be permitted, but those above the age of 65 will also be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues remain open;
    • parks and gardens remain open, visitors must maintain a social distance of 1,5 meters, not use alcohol and follow any other instructions from local authorities;
    • visits to national parks and mountains are now permitted as long as visitors can maintain a social distance of 1,5 meters.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival. There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    28.01.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Government to make all incoming travelers take COVID-19 tests (Yahoo News, 25.01.2021). Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020). Bulgaria announces they will be restricting air travel to/from Bulgaria and the UK from 00:00 on 21 December until 31 January 2021 (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

    Find out more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Documents you need to travel in Europe.

    *Transit:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    *From Third Countries:

    As of 01.01.2021, travellers from the UK who are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria are required to show a negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-725 of 23.12.2020 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of arrivals from the United Kingdom (in Bulgarian)

    ____________________

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions:

    • Australia;
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Serbia
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter and who arrive from a starting point located in one of the countries belonging to the previous list. 

    All people who arrive from a starting point located in a third country not belonging to the previous list and who are authorized to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian):

    are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours.

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to a 10-days quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a negative PCR test result performed within 24 hours from the entry.

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria:
    -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 January 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, from 23 October 2020, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces. Wearing a face covering outside is mandatory when it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    • children under six years old.
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 31 January. These include:
    • suspension of kindergartens, nurseries, children’s centres, clubs and others providing organized group services for children. Education at all levels will be delivered though online learning;
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to fitness centres;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all retail outlets are closed, with the exception of small neighbourhood shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, opticians, pet stores, banks, insurers, payment service providers, and telecommunications operators. There will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. Those above the age of 65 will still be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues will remain open;
    • parks and gardens will remain open.

    Read more
    26.01.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020). Bulgaria announces they will be restricting air travel to/from Bulgaria and the UK from 00:00 on 21 December until 31 January 2021 (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

    Find out more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    *From Third Countries:

    As of 01.01.2021, travellers from the UK who are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria are required to show a negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-725 of 23.12.2020 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of arrivals from the United Kingdom (in Bulgarian)

    ____________________

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions:

    • Australia;
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Serbia
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter and who arrive from a starting point located in one of the countries belonging to the previous list. 

    All people who arrive from a starting point located in a third country not belonging to the previous list and who are authorized to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian):

    are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours.

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to a 10-days quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a negative PCR test result performed within 24 hours from the entry.

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria:
    -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 January 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, from 23 October 2020, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces. Wearing a face covering outside is mandatory when it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    • children under six years old.
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 31 January. These include:
    • suspension of kindergartens, nurseries, children’s centres, clubs and others providing organized group services for children. Education at all levels will be delivered though online learning;
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to fitness centres;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all retail outlets are closed, with the exception of small neighbourhood shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, opticians, pet stores, banks, insurers, payment service providers, and telecommunications operators. There will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. Those above the age of 65 will still be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues will remain open;
    • parks and gardens will remain open.

    Read more
    22.01.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020). Bulgaria announces they will be restricting air travel to/from Bulgaria and the UK from 00:00 on 21 December until 31 January 2021 (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

    Find out more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    *From Third Countries:

    As of 01.01.2021, travellers from the UK who are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria are required to show a negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-725 of 23.12.2020 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of arrivals from the United Kingdom (in Bulgarian)

    ____________________

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions:

    • Australia;
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Serbia
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter and who arrive from a starting point located in one of the countries belonging to the previous list. 

    All people who arrive from a starting point located in a third country not belonging to the previous list and who are authorized to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian):

    are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours.

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to a 10-days quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a negative PCR test result performed within 24 hours from the entry.

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Bulgaria:
    -Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    -Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 January 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, from 23 October 2020, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces. Wearing a face covering outside is mandatory when it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    • children under six years old.
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 31 January. These include:
    • suspension of kindergartens, nurseries, children’s centres, clubs and others providing organized group services for children. Education at all levels will be delivered though online learning;
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to fitness centres;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all retail outlets are closed, with the exception of small neighbourhood shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, opticians, pet stores, banks, insurers, payment service providers, and telecommunications operators. There will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. Those above the age of 65 will still be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues will remain open;
    • parks and gardens will remain open.

    Read more
    15.01.2021
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgarian government to permit resumption of flights from the U.K. from 23 December (Reuters, 23.12.2020). Bulgaria announces they will be restricting air travel to/from Bulgaria and the UK from 00:00 on 21 December until 31 January 2021 (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Bulgaria adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Bulgaria are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as their family members, are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages (BG / EN / DE / RU / FR / RO / GR / RS)

    Find out more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit:

    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for the people who are also allowed to enter the country:

    (a) nationals of the EU or a Schengen country and their family members;

    (b) non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State or in a Schengen country and their family members;

    (c) nationals of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Belarus, Kuwait. Furthermore, nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Moldova and Turkey, as well as Kuwait and Israel, can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.

    Transit is only permitted when the traveller will immediately leave Bulgaria. Persons who are allowed to transit must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration, regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    *From Third Countries:

    As of 01.01.2021, travellers from the UK who are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria are required to show a negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-725 of 23.12.2020 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of arrivals from the United Kingdom (in Bulgarian)

    ____________________

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions:

    • Australia;
    • Canada
    • Georgia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Rwanda
    • South Corea
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Israel
    • Belarus
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey 
    • Serbia
    • Albania
    • Montenegro
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • North Macedonia

    The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter and who arrive from a starting point located in one of the countries belonging to the previous list. 

    All people who arrive from a starting point located in a third country not belonging to the previous list and who are authorized to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-719 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian):

    are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours.

    Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to a 10-days quarantine. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a negative PCR test result performed within 24 hours from the entry.

    To know more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 31 January 2021. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force during this time. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Additionally, from 23 October 2020, there is a mandatory 10-day self-isolation requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period starts from the date of the last contact with the infected person. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces. Wearing a face covering outside is mandatory when it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least 1.5 metres. Exceptions to this measure include:
    • those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    • children under six years old.
    Additional measures are expected to remain in force until 31 January. These include:
    • suspension of kindergartens, nurseries, children’s centres, clubs and others providing organized group services for children. Education at all levels will be delivered though online learning;
    • suspension of all public events with in-person presence, including conference events, seminars, competitions, training, team building and exhibitions;
    • suspension of all group, cultural and entertainment events, with the exception of theatres with occupancy of up to 30% of the total capacity, who comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and attendees wear a protective facemask;
    • private gatherings and celebrations can be attended by a maximum of 15 people only;
    • suspension of all collective and individual sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons under the age of 18, with the exception of international sports competitions which have started on the date of entry into force of the order;
    • all sports events of a training and competitive nature for persons over 18 years of age and international sports competitions for persons under 18 years of age will be held without spectators;
    • suspension of visits to fitness centres;
    • suspension of visits to all food and entertainment establishments; delivery and take away are allowed;
    • suspension of visits to gambling halls and casinos;
    • all retail outlets are closed, with the exception of small neighbourhood shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, opticians, pet stores, banks, insurers, payment service providers, and telecommunications operators. There will be “green corridors” in grocery shops for customers over the age of 65 between 8:30am to 10:30am. Those above the age of 65 will still be able to shop outside of those hours;
    • suspension of group tourist trips and excursions with organized transport in Bulgaria and abroad, and group visits to tourist sites in Bulgaria;
    • religious institutions such as churches, mosques, and synagogues will remain open;
    • parks and gardens will remain open.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival: There are no restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police checkpoints and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    *Road: Restrictions apply at many European land borders, including with Bulgaria, which affect road and rail travel. You should check the travel advice for any countries through which you are considering travel before you depart.

    Read more
    11.01.2021
  • Source OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Re-Open Europe/
    National Covid page

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