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Bulgaria travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: partial
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Published on 26.06.2020
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Movement restrictions

National movement restrictions: Free

Restrictive measures mandatory between 06 May 2020 to 31 December 2020

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If the number of confirmed cases of new coronavirus increases by more than 100 a day, recently-rescinded anti-epidemic restrictions will be brought back, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said.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An order issued by Ananiev also rescinded the rules for entering or leaving Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia.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He said that the order was withdrawn pending consensus in society about the use of protective masks.Bulgaria?s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev issued an order on March 30 that everyone, when at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 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 25.06.2020
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See).
– This does not apply to passengers with a British passport.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals of Bulgaria.
– This does not apply to passengers with a permanent or long term residence permit issued by Bulgaria and their family members.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Turkey returning via Bulgaria to their country of residence.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of North Macedonia (Rep.) returning via Bulgaria to their country of residence.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Montenegro returning via Bulgaria to their country of residence.
– This does not apply to passengers with a long-term residence permit issued by an EU Member State returning via Bulgaria to their country of residence.
– This does not apply to passengers with an Alien’s passport issued by Estonia and Latvia.
– This does not apply to military personnel.
2. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
3. All passports and national ID cards issued to nationals of Bulgaria and which have expired on 13 March 2020 or later, are considered valid with a prolongation of 6 months. This is due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

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Quarantine

A fourteen-day quarantine applies to all persons entering Bulgaria from Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and from all non-EU countries except Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia. North Macedonia was previously excluded from the mandatory quarantine, but a new Order on June 4 requires a fourteen-day quarantine for those entering from North Macedonia. Exceptions to the quarantine requirement include bus and truck drivers in the carriage of international goods or people, Bulgarian citizen ship crew members, medical professionals and those supplying medical products, foreign officials and diplomats, and frontier workers.
The main quarantine location for positively diagnosed and admitted patients is the Military Medical Academy in Sofia. Asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients should quarantine at home.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 13 March 2020 to 14 June 2020

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 TBD

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 14 June 2020

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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Other

Other: partially closed/partially cancelled

Restrictive measures mandatory between 15 June 2020 to TBD

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 *****

    International restrictions:

    From EU: No limitations for tourists, coming from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, plus Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vaticana City. Tourists, coming from Portugal and Sweden, as well as from the United Kingdom, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. The country, from which the person arrives, is the country of origin of his/her departure, regardless of his/her stay or transit through other countries during his/her movement. Tourists not subject to quarantine 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 from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf]

    *****Transit:
    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for: (a) nationals of the EU, a Schengen country, or the UK and their family members; (b) non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State, the UK, or in a Schengen country and their family members. Nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia and Turkey can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals. Transit is only permitted when the traveler 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.

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    Internal restrictions:

    All persons must cover their mouth and nose with a covering in all indoor public spaces (including hospitals, pharmacies, public transportation, malls, etc.) with the exception of food and drinking establishments.

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    01.07.2020
  • Bulgaria *****

    International restrictions:

    From EU: No limitations for tourists, coming from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, plus Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vaticana City. Tourists, coming from Portugal and Sweden, as well as from the United Kingdom, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. The country, from which the person arrives, is the country of origin of his/her departure, regardless of his/her stay or transit through other countries during his/her movement. Tourists not subject to quarantine 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: Not allowed, except for those coming from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.

    *****Transit:
    Transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence is allowed for: (a) nationals of the EU, a Schengen country, or the UK and their family members; (b) non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State, the UK, or in a Schengen country and their family members. Nationals of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia and Turkey can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals. Transit is only permitted when the traveler 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.

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    Internal restrictions:

    All persons must cover their mouth and nose with a covering in all indoor public spaces (including hospitals, pharmacies, public transportation, malls, etc.) with the exception of food and drinking establishments.

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    26.06.2020
  • Bulgaria 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See).
    – This does not apply to passengers with a British passport.
    – This does not apply to family members of nationals of Bulgaria.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a permanent or long term residence permit issued by Bulgaria and their family members.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Turkey returning via Bulgaria to their country of residence.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of North Macedonia (Rep.) returning via Bulgaria to their country of residence.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Montenegro returning via Bulgaria to their country of residence.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a long-term residence permit issued by an EU Member State returning via Bulgaria to their country of residence.
    – This does not apply to military personnel.
    2. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    – This does not apply when arriving from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia or Spain.
    3. All passports and national ID cards issued to nationals of Bulgaria and which have expired on 13 March 2020 or later, are considered valid with a prolongation of 6 months. This is due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

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    International restrictions:

    Entry to the country is denied to most foreign nationals, including travellers from some European countries, such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, except for: Citizens of other EU or Schengen countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia or Sweden) third-country nationals transiting Bulgaria to return to their country of residence Bulgarian citizens and their family members persons with Bulgarian permanent or long-term residence permits and members of their families medical specialists, foreign officials (diplomats, members of international organisations). All travellers, irrespective of nationality, are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey have closed all border crossings with Bulgaria to non-commercial traffic.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone in-country must wear a facemask when they are in a closed public space. The province of Stara Zagora operates a night curfew from 21.00 until 05.00.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    From 1 June, travel to Greece and Serbia for business, family and humanitarian reasons is allowed without the need to quarantine.

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    18.06.2020
  • Bulgaria 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals 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 and Vatican City (Holy See).
    – This does not apply to passengers with a British passport.
    – This does not apply to family members of nationals of Bulgaria.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a permanent or long term residence permit issued by Bulgaria and their family members.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Turkey when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Serbia when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Montenegro when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a long-term residence permit issued by an EU Member State returning via Bulgaria to their country of residence.
    – This does not apply to the following passengers:
    a. health care professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals;
    b. transport personnel engaged in the carriage of goods, crews of aircraft engaged in commercial air transport and other transport personnel as necessary;
    c. diplomats, officials of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties;
    d. persons traveling for humanitarian reasons.
    2. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    – This does not apply when arriving from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia or Spain.
    3. Passengers arriving from Italy at Sofia airport (SOF) must fill out a questionnaire in the presence of a health inspector.
    4. All passports and national ID cards issued to nationals of Bulgaria and which have expired on 13 March 2020 or later, are considered valid with a prolongation of 6 months. This is due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

    International restrictions:

    Entry to the country is denied to most foreign nationals, including travellers from some European countries, such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, except for: Citizens of other EU or Schengen countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia or Sweden) third-country nationals transiting Bulgaria to return to their country of residence Bulgarian citizens and their family members persons with Bulgarian permanent or long-term residence permits and members of their families medical specialists, foreign officials (diplomats, members of international organisations). All travellers, irrespective of nationality, are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey have closed all border crossings with Bulgaria to non-commercial traffic.

    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone in-country must wear a facemask when they are in a closed public space. The province of Stara Zagora operates a night curfew from 21.00 until 05.00.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    From 1 June, travel to Greece and Serbia for business, family and humanitarian reasons is allowed without the need to quarantine.

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    05.06.2020
  • Bulgaria Entry Restrictions: The Bulgarian government ordered a prohibition on all persons, regardless of their citizenship, through all border crossings, by air, sea, rail and road transport, which went into effect on June 1.

    Exceptions: Those excepted from the ban include: (a) Bulgarian nationals (and their family members or persons who are in actual cohabitation with a Bulgarian citizen), (b) nationals of the European Union (EU), North Macedonia, the Schengen Agreement States, Serbia, and the United Kingdom (UK); (c) persons with permanent or long-term resident status in Bulgaria (and their family members); (d) medical professionals, medical researchers, social workers, and their supervisors when traveling related to their duties; (e) workers involved in the supply of medicinal products, medical devices and personal protective equipment, medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance; (f) transport staff engaged in the international carriage of passengers and cargo, crews of commercial aircraft and other transport staff as required, including vessel crews and persons involved in the maintenance of vessels; (g) foreign officials, diplomats, officials of international organizations, military personnel, and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties; (h) persons traveling for humanitarian reasons; (i) representatives of trade, economic and investment activities directly related to: construction, maintenance, operation and ensuring the safety of strategic and critical infrastructure of the Republic of Bulgaria, implementation of projects certified under the Investment Promotion Act, analysis on projects of potential investors and other activities of importance for the economy of the country, certified by a letter from the Minister of Economy or another minister responsible for the respective activity, as well as persons engaged in shipbuilding and ship repair; (j) seasonal agricultural and tourism workers; and, (k) frontier workers. 

    Transit: The order allows transit through Bulgaria to the country of residence for: (a) nationals of the EU, a Schengen country, or the UK and their family members;  (b) non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State, the UK, or in a Schengen country and their family members. Nationals of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, or Turkey can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals. Transit is only permitted when the traveler will immediately depart Bulgaria.

    International restrictions:

    Entry to the country is denied to most foreign nationals, including travellers from some European countries, such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, except for: Citizens of other EU or Schengen countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia or Sweden) third-country nationals transiting Bulgaria to return to their country of residence Bulgarian citizens and their family members persons with Bulgarian permanent or long-term residence permits and members of their families medical specialists, foreign officials (diplomats, members of international organisations). All travellers, irrespective of nationality, are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey have closed all border crossings with Bulgaria to non-commercial traffic.

    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone in-country must wear a facemask when they are in a closed public space. The province of Stara Zagora operates a night curfew from 21.00 until 05.00.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    From 1 June, travel to Greece and Serbia for business, family and humanitarian reasons is allowed without the need to quarantine.

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    02.06.2020
  • Bulgaria Government to allow entry of visitors from European Union, Schengen visa zones following ban (Reuters, 21.05.2020) Bulgarian government agrees with Greece, Serbia to ease some travel restrictions from 1 June (Reuters, 19.05.2020). Country to continue to ban admission to third-country nationals, until 14 June (OSAC, 18.05.2020) Bulgaria has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not arriving from Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary,, Latvia, Lithuania, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, or Sweden. Nationals of the above countries and their family members may still enter Bulgaria. Bulgarian nationals, permanent residents, and long-term residence permit holders may also enter the country. However, those arriving from risky countries are requested to self-quarantine for 14 days. Nationals of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and their family members may transit through Bulgaria to return to their countries of residence. Nationals of Turkey, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Montenegro may also transit through Bulgaria to return to their countries of residence. Healthcare professionals, transport personnel, diplomats, humanitarian aid workers, and military personnel may also enter the country. All travelers arriving from Italy at Sofia airport (SOF) must fill out a questionnaire in the presence of a health inspector. Bulgarian passports and national ID cards which have expired on or after March 13, 2020 will be considered valid with a prolongation of 6 months.

    International restrictions:

    Entry to the country is denied to most foreign nationals, including travellers from some European countries, such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, except for: Citizens of other EU or Schengen countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia or Sweden) third-country nationals transiting Bulgaria to return to their country of residence Bulgarian citizens and their family members persons with Bulgarian permanent or long-term residence permits and members of their families medical specialists, foreign officials (diplomats, members of international organisations). All travellers, irrespective of nationality, are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey have closed all border crossings with Bulgaria to non-commercial traffic.

    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone in-country must wear a facemask when they are in a closed public space. The province of Stara Zagora operates a night curfew from 21.00 until 05.00.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    From 1 June, travel to Greece and Serbia for business, family and humanitarian reasons is allowed without the need to quarantine.

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    25.05.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgarian government agrees with Greece, Serbia to ease some travel restrictions from 1 June (Reuters, 19.05.2020). Country to continue to ban admission to third-country nationals, until 14 June (OSAC, 18.05.2020) 1. Passengers not arriving from Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia or Sweden are not allowed to enter Bulgaria. – This does not apply to nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. – This does not apply to family members of nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. – This does not apply to passengers and their families with a permanent or long term residence permit issued by Bulgaria. – This does not apply to nationals of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland and their family members when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. – This does not apply to passengers with a British passport and their family members when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Turkey when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. – This does not apply to nationals and residents of North Macedonia (Rep.) when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Serbia when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Montenegro when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. – This does not apply to the following passengers: a. health care professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals; b. transport personnel engaged in the carriage of goods, crews of aircraft engaged in commercial air transport and other transport personnel as necessary; c. diplomats, officials of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties; d. persons traveling for humanitarian reasons; third-country nationals who hold a long-term residence permit in an EU Member State and pass through Bulgaria in order to return to their country of residence and residence. 2. Nationals of Bulgaria arriving from risky countries are requested to observe a 14-day quarantine period. 3. All arriving passenger from Italy at Sofia airport (SOF) must fill out a questionnaire in the presence of a health inspector. 4. All passports and national ID cards issued to nationals of Bulgaria and which have expired on 13 March 2020 or later, are considered valid with a prolongation of 6 months. This is due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency ended on 13 May and will not be extended. Only travel for essential purposes is allowed between capital cities of Bulgaria’s 28 districts, except for the capital Sofia which is in lockdown until further notice. Travel to and from Sofia will be prohibited, except for cargo transport, essential workers or health emergency services. Checkpoints have been established at the entry/exit roads of each regional centre. Travellers must show a document (annual payment statement, medical document and ID as proof of residence) to justify their travel/presence (possible if due to work in the city, for health reasons or to return to permanent address). There is a ban on visits to parks, playgrounds, sport facilities, outdoor and indoor places. Everyone in-country must wear a face mask when they are in a public space; since 3 May this only applies to closed spaces. The province of Stara Zagora operates a night curfew from 21.00 until 05.00 (local time).

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    From 1 June, travel to Greece and Serbia for business, family and humanitarian reasons is allowed without the need to quarantine. Since 4 May, individual outdoor sports activities have been allowed to resume and people are allowed outside for recreational reasons. On midnight 5 May, the ban on intercity travel ended. Public transport in the capital Sofia is gradually resuming normal operation. From 6 May, outdoor areas of cafes, restaurants, fast food kiosks and bars are allowed to resume service subject to following “anti-epidemic” measures, such as wearing protective gear and practicing social-distancing.

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    21.05.2020
  • Bulgaria 1. Passengers not arriving from Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia or Sweden are not allowed to enter Bulgaria. – This does not apply to nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. – This does not apply to family members of nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. – This does not apply to passengers and their families with a permanent or long term residence permit issued by Bulgaria. – This does not apply to nationals of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland and their family members when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. – This does not apply to passengers with a British passport and their family members when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Turkey when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. – This does not apply to nationals and residents of North Macedonia (Rep.) when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Serbia when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Montenegro when they transit through Bulgaria to return to their country of residence. – This does not apply to the following passengers:
    a. health care professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals; b. transport personnel engaged in the carriage of goods, crews of aircraft engaged in commercial air transport and other transport personnel as necessary; c. diplomats, officials of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties; d. persons traveling for humanitarian reasons; third-country nationals who hold a long-term residence permit in an EU Member State and pass through Bulgaria in order to return to their country of residence and residence. 2. Nationals of Bulgaria arriving from risky countries are requested to observe a 14-day quarantine period. 3. All arriving passenger from Italy at Sofia airport (SOF) must fill out a questionnaire in the presence of a health inspector. 4. All passports and national ID cards issued to nationals of Bulgaria and which have expired on 13 March 2020 or later, are considered valid with a prolongation of 6 months. This is due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until 13 May.
    Only travel for essential purposes is allowed between capital cities of Bulgaria’s 28 districts, except for the capital Sofia which is in lockdown until further notice. Travel to and from Sofia will be prohibited, except for cargo transport, essential workers or health emergency services. Checkpoints have been established at the entry/exit roads of each regional centre. Travellers must show a document (annual payment statement, medical document and ID as proof of residence) to justify their travel/presence (possible if due to work in the city, for health reasons or to return to permanent address).
    There is a ban on visits to parks, playgrounds, sport facilities, outdoor and indoor places.
    Everyone in-country must wear a face mask when they are in a public space; since 3 May this only applies to closed spaces.
    The province of Stara Zagora operates a night curfew from 21.00 until 05.00 (local time).

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Since 4 May, individual outdoor sports activities have been allowed to resume and people are allowed outside for recreational reasons. On midnight 5 May, the ban on intercity travel ended. Public transport in the capital Sofia is gradually resuming normal operation. From 6 May, outdoor areas of cafes, restaurants, fast food kiosks and bars are allowed to resume service subject to following “anti-epidemic” measures, such as wearing protective gear and practicing social-distancing.

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    09.05.2020
  • Source [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/3d8bc487-eedc-4b7a-bf2d-18d3b92cb327]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bulgaria]
    [https://bg.usembassy.gov/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-information/]
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