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Bulgaria travel restrictions

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Bulgaria
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- subject to PCR.

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.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

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

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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 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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Other

Other: partially closed/partially cancelled

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.

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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 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.

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    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;

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    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
  • 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)

    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)

    ____________________

    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
    08.01.2021
  • 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:
    The Government of Bulgaria has announced that direct commercial flights from the UK can recommence with immediate effect, but with a new Covid-19 testing requirement in place from 00:01 on 24 December for all travellers. The temporary travel ban on visitors arriving from the UK still remains in place. British nationals with a valid Bulgarian resident permit continue to be exempt from this ban.

    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    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)

    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)

    ____________________

    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
    05.01.2021
  • 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:
    The Government of Bulgaria has announced that direct commercial flights from the UK can recommence with immediate effect, but with a new Covid-19 testing requirement in place from 00:01 on 24 December for all travellers. The temporary travel ban on visitors arriving from the UK still remains in place. British nationals with a valid Bulgarian resident permit continue to be exempt from this ban.

    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    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 allwed 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 Austrialia, 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 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.

    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)

    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)

    ____________________

    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
    04.01.2021
  • 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:
    The Government of Bulgaria has announced that direct commercial flights from the UK can recommence with immediate effect, but with a new Covid-19 testing requirement in place from 00:01 on 24 December for all travellers. The temporary travel ban on visitors arriving from the UK still remains in place. British nationals with a valid Bulgarian resident permit continue to be exempt from this ban.

    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus

    From 21 to 31 December 2020, a temporary ban for travellers coming from the UK has been introduced. The ban does not apply to:

    • Bulgarian citizens and people with the status of permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and members of their families;
    • medical professionals;
    • workers involved in the supply of medicinal products;
    • transport staff engaged in the international carriage of passengers and goods;
    • officials (heads of state, members of governments, etc.) and members of their delegations, as well as diplomats, military personnel, members of the security services and similar categories;
    • people travelling for humanitarian reasons;
    • representatives of the trade, economic and investment activities;
    • seasonal agricultural and tourism workers.
    • people in transit provided that they leave the territory as soon as possible.

    The above-mentioned categories are required to quarantine for a period of 10 days. As of 24.12.2020, those who arrive by air are required to submit themselves to a quick antigen test for COVID-19 at the airport. In case of a negative result, a 10-days quarantine applies, while in case of a positive result, a 14-days mandatory isolation applies. An exception to these requirements is in place for the following categories: 

    • officials (heads of state, members of governments, etc.) and members of their delegations, who are required to present a document showing a negative result of a PCR test carried out up to 48 hours before their entrance;
    • drivers of lorries, who transit through the country or perform loading and unloading activities during the international transport of goods; 
    • the crew members of vessels, if they do not leave the vessel during the stay;
    •  the crew members of an aircraft operating flights and the persons engaged in aircraft maintenance, in case they do not leave the aircraft, except for mandatory pre-flight training for a period of 12 hours.

    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)

    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)

    ____________________

    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 allwed 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 Austrialia, 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 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.

    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:

    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
    30.12.2020
  • 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:
    The Government of Bulgaria has announced that direct commercial flights from the UK can recommence with immediate effect, but with a new Covid-19 testing requirement in place from 00:01 on 24 December for all travellers. The temporary travel ban on visitors arriving from the UK still remains in place. British nationals with a valid Bulgarian resident permit continue to be exempt from this ban.

    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus

    From 21 to 31 December 2020, a temporary ban for travellers coming from the UK has been introduced. The ban does not apply to Bulgarian citizens and people with the status of permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria, as well as members of their families, who are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours. In case of non-delivery of the test, a 10-day quarantine applies. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a negative PCR test result performed within 24 hours from the entry.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-720 of 20.12.2020 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of arrivals from the United Kingdom (in Bulgarian)

    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)

    ____________________

    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 allwed 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 Austrialia, 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 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.

    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:

    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
    28.12.2020
  • 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:
    The Government of Bulgaria has announced that direct commercial flights from the UK can recommence with immediate effect, but with a new Covid-19 testing requirement in place from 00:01 on 24 December for all travellers. The temporary travel ban on visitors arriving from the UK still remains in place. British nationals with a valid Bulgarian resident permit continue to be exempt from this ban.

    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and 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 temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    From 21.12.2020 to 31.12.2020, a temporary ban for travellers coming from UK has been introduced. The prohibition does not apply to Bulgarian citizens and people with the status of permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria, as well as members of their families, who are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours. In case of non-delivery of the test, a 10-days quarantine applies. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a negative PCR test result performed within 24 hours from the entry.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-720 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of arrivals from the United Kingdom (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 allwed 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 Austrialia, 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 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.

    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:

    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
    24.12.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: 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:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and 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 temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    From 21.12.2020 to 31.12.2020, a temporary ban for travellers coming from UK has been introduced. The prohibition does not apply to Bulgarian citizens and people with the status of permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria, as well as members of their families, who are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours. In case of non-delivery of the test, a 10-days quarantine applies. Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a negative PCR test result performed within 24 hours from the entry.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-720 of 20.12.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of arrivals from the United Kingdom (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 allwed 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 Austrialia, 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 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.

    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:

    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
    22.12.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria government suspends all flights between countries until 31 January (Sofia Globe, 20.12.2020). Government to impose lockdown restrictions, ban domestic, international travel 27 November-21 December (Reuters, 25.11.2020). Commercial flight options at Sofia Airport on 23, 24 November (OSAC, 23.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-680 of 27.11.2020 for 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 allwed to enter the country:

    (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;

    (c) nationals of Austrialia, 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 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.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-680 of 27.11.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    *From Third Countries:

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions:

    • Austrialia;
    • 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-01-680 of 27.11.2020 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.

    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 o f 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 in force from 11:30pm 27 November until 21 December. 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.

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    18.12.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Government to impose lockdown restrictions, ban domestic, international travel 27 November-21 December (Reuters, 25.11.2020). Commercial flight options at Sofia Airport on 23, 24 November (OSAC, 23.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-680 of 27.11.2020 for 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 allwed to enter the country:

    (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;

    (c) nationals of Austrialia, 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 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.

    Additional details can be found on the Order № RD-01-680 of 27.11.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

    *From Third Countries:

    Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions:

    • Austrialia;
    • 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-01-680 of 27.11.2020 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.

    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 o f 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 in force from 11:30pm 27 November until 21 December. 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
    15.12.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Government to impose lockdown restrictions, ban domestic, international travel 27 November-21 December (Reuters, 25.11.2020). Commercial flight options at Sofia Airport on 23, 24 November (OSAC, 23.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-680 of 27.11.2020 for 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:

    (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;

    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Counries:

    Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.

    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-01-680 of 27.11.2020 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.

    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 o f 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 in force from 11:30pm 27 November until 21 December. 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
    11.12.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Government to impose lockdown restrictions, ban domestic, international travel 27 November-21 December (Reuters, 25.11.2020). Commercial flight options at Sofia Airport on 23, 24 November (OSAC, 23.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-680 of 27.11.2020 for 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:

    (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;

    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Counries:

    Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.

    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who:

    • have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families);
    • hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country* (including member of their families)

    are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry or provided that they undergo a 10-days quarantine

    *EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and UK.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-680 of 27.11.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Find out 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 o f 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 in force from 11:30pm 27 November until 21 December. 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
    08.12.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Government to impose lockdown restrictions, ban domestic, international travel 27 November-21 December (Reuters, 25.11.2020). Commercial flight options at Sofia Airport on 23, 24 November (OSAC, 23.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for 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:

    (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;

    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries:

    Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.

    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who:

    – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families);

    – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families)

    are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.

    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and UK.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Find out 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 o f 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 in force from 11:30pm 27 November until 21 December. 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
    27.11.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Government to impose lockdown restrictions, ban domestic, international travel 27 November-21 December (Reuters, 25.11.2020). Commercial flight options at Sofia Airport on 23, 24 November (OSAC, 23.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for 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:

    (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;

    (c) 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 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.

    .

    *From Third Countries:

    Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.

    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who:

    – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families);

    – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families)

    are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.

    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and UK.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Find out more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2020. 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.
    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 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: customers at dining and drinking establishments; participants in conferences, when speaking; those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    children under six years old. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions for customers in dining and drinking establishments.
    Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *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.
    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
    25.11.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Commercial flight options at Sofia Airport on 23, 24 November (OSAC, 23.11.2020). Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for 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:

    (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;

    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries:

    Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.

    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who:

    – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families);

    – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families)

    are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.

    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and UK.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Find out more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2020. 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.
    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 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: customers at dining and drinking establishments; participants in conferences, when speaking; those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    children under six years old. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions for customers in dining and drinking establishments.
    Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *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.
    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
    23.11.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for 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:

    (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;

    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries:

    Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.

    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who:

    – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families);

    – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families)

    are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.

    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and UK.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Find out more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2020. 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.
    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 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: customers at dining and drinking establishments; participants in conferences, when speaking; those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    children under six years old. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions for customers in dining and drinking establishments.
    Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *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.
    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
    19.11.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for 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:

    (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;

    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries:

    Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.

    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who:

    – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families);

    – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families)

    are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.

    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and UK.

    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)

    Find out more:

    Practical information for tourists

    Internal Restrictions:
    An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2020. 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.
    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 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: customers at dining and drinking establishments; participants in conferences, when speaking; those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    children under six years old. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions for customers in dining and drinking establishments.
    Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *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.
    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
    17.11.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU: Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for 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.

    *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; (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions. All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and UK. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian). Find out more: Practical information for tourists.

    Internal Restrictions:
    An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2020. 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.
    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 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: customers at dining and drinking establishments; participants in conferences, when speaking; those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    children under six years old. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions for customers in dining and drinking establishments.
    Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *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.
    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
    13.11.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for 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.

    *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; (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions. All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and UK. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian). Find out more: Practical information for tourists.

    Internal Restrictions:
    An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2020. 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.
    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 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: customers at dining and drinking establishments; participants in conferences, when speaking; those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    children under six years old. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions for customers in dining and drinking establishments.
    Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *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.
    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
    11.11.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for 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.

    *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; (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions. All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and UK. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian). Find out more: Practical information for tourists.

    Internal Restrictions:
    An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2020. 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.
    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 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: customers at dining and drinking establishments; participants in conferences, when speaking; those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    children under six years old. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions for customers in dining and drinking establishments.
    Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *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.
    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
    05.11.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for 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.

    *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; (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions. All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and UK. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian). Find out more: Practical information for tourists.

    Internal Restrictions:
    An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2020. 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.
    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 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: customers at dining and drinking establishments; participants in conferences, when speaking; those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    children under six years old. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions for customers in dining and drinking establishments.
    Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *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.
    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
    03.11.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    From EU: *Entry Restrictions: Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.
    *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.

    *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;
    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.
    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.
    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.
    *Find out more: Practical information for tourists.

    Internal Restrictions:
    An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2020. 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.
    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 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: customers at dining and drinking establishments; participants in conferences, when speaking; those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    children under six years old. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions for customers in dining and drinking establishments.
    Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *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.
    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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    30.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    From EU: *Entry Restrictions: Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.
    *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.

    *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;
    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.
    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.
    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Internal Restrictions:
    An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2020. 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.
    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 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: customers at dining and drinking establishments; participants in conferences, when speaking; those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    children under six years old. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions for customers in dining and drinking establishments.
    Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *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.
    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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    27.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    From EU: *Entry Restrictions: Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.
    *Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites.
    Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available here.
    *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.

    *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;
    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.
    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.
    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Internal Restrictions:
    An Emergency Epidemic situation is in place until 30 November 2020. 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.
    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 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: customers at dining and drinking establishments; participants in conferences, when speaking; those exercising outdoors/indoors; and,
    children under six years old. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions for customers in dining and drinking establishments.
    Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing.
    Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *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.
    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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    26.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    From EU: *Entry Restrictions: Citizens of EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.
    *Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites.
    Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available here.
    *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.

    *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;
    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.
    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.
    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been extended until 30 November 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine.
    From 22 October 2020, 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: Clients at dining & drinking establishments; Participants in conferences, when speaking; Those exercising outdoors/indoors; and, Children under six years old.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the 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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    22.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    From EU: *Entry Restrictions: Citizens of EU+ countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.
    *Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites.
    Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available here.
    * 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.

    *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;
    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.
    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.
    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been extended until 30 November 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine.
    From 22 October 2020, 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: Clients at dining & drinking establishments; Participants in conferences, when speaking; Those exercising outdoors/indoors; and, Children under six years old.
    Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the 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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    21.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    From EU: *Entry Restrictions: Citizens of EU+ countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.
    *Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites.
    Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available here.
    * 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.

    *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;
    (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.
    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.
    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been extended until 30 November 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the 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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    20.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    From EU: *Entry Restrictions: Citizens of EU+ countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.
    *Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites.
    Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available at here.
    * 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.

    *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;
    (c) 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 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.

    * From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.
    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.
    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been extended until 30 November 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the 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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    16.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    From EU: *Entry Restrictions: Citizens of EU+ countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.
    *Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites.
    Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available at here.
    * 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.

    *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;
    (c) 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 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.

    * From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.
    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.
    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been extended until 30 November 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the 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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    09.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    From EU: *Entry Restrictions: Citizens of EU+ countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.
    *Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites.
    Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available at here.
    * 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.

    *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;
    (c) 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 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.

    * From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions.
    All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry.
    EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been extended until 30 November 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the 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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    07.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    From EU: *Entry Restrictions: Citizens of EU+ countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. *Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites. Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available at here. * 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.
    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; (c) 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 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.
    From Third Countries: Citizens of Austrialia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions. All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families); are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been extended until 30 November 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the 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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    06.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From the EU: Citizens of EU+ countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-488 of 31.08.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian). Find out more: Practical information for tourists.
    Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites.

    *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; (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Austria, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Corea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions. All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-488 of 31.08.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian). Find out more: Practical information for tourists.
    *Mandatory Travel Documentation: Self-risk travel declaration available in 8 languages.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been extended until 30 November 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the 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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    02.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From the EU: Citizens of Austria, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions. All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-488 of 31.08.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian). Find out more: Practical information for tourists.

    *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; (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: Citizens of Austria, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates can enter the territory of Bulgaria without restrictions. All people who arrive from all other third countries and who: – have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); – hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as a residence permit in a EU+ country (including member of their families) are admitted to the territory of Bulgaria upon submission of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours before entry. Full details are available in the Order № RD-01-488 of 31.08.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian). Find out more: Practical information for tourists.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been extended until 30 November 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the 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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    01.10.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    *From the EU: Citizens of EU+ countries and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. Full details are available in theOrder № RD-01-488 of 31.08.2020 for temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian). *Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites. Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available at here * 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

    *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; (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: A temporary ban has been introduced for the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their nationality, through all border crossings, by air, sea, railway and road transport. The ban does not apply to: – Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent status or long-term residence in Bulgaria, and members of their families; – Nationals as well as persons holding a residence permit of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families; – Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus and Turkey. Is entry based on nationality, residency or location of departure? The main driver is nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. For the purposes of this order, the country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey. All persons authorised to enter the country and arriving from a starting point in one of the above-mentioned countries, shall be admitted in Bulgaria without the need to provide a certificate showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19. All persons who are allowed entry into the country, and who arrive from a starting point in a third country outside the above mentioned list, shall be admitted in Bulgaria only after providing a document showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before entering the country. This certificate shall contain the name of the person according to the identity document with which he is travelling, information on the laboratory carrying out the test (name, address or other contact details), date on which the examination was carried out, written in the Latin method and allowing interpretation of the document. The Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and the members of their families who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. Other exceptions are also identified. Full details may be found in the Order No RD-01-459 of 31.08.2020 of the Minister of Health.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been extended until 30 November 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the 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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    30.09.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    Travel from the EU: *Travelling to Bulgaria: A temporary ban has been introduced for the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their nationality, through all border crossings, by air, sea, railway and road transport. The ban does not apply to: – Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent status or long-term residence in Bulgaria, and members of their families; – Nationals as well as persons holding a residence permit of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families; – Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus and Turkey. *Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites. Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available at www.mfa.bg/bg/embassyinfo. Further details are available also here: Practical information for tourists – Covid-19. *Rules and Exceptions: The entry rule is mainly based on nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. The country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey.

    *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; (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: A temporary ban has been introduced for the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their nationality, through all border crossings, by air, sea, railway and road transport. The ban does not apply to: – Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent status or long-term residence in Bulgaria, and members of their families; – Nationals as well as persons holding a residence permit of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families; – Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus and Turkey. Is entry based on nationality, residency or location of departure? The main driver is nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. For the purposes of this order, the country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey. All persons authorised to enter the country and arriving from a starting point in one of the above-mentioned countries, shall be admitted in Bulgaria without the need to provide a certificate showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19. All persons who are allowed entry into the country, and who arrive from a starting point in a third country outside the above mentioned list, shall be admitted in Bulgaria only after providing a document showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before entering the country. This certificate shall contain the name of the person according to the identity document with which he is travelling, information on the laboratory carrying out the test (name, address or other contact details), date on which the examination was carried out, written in the Latin method and allowing interpretation of the document. The Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and the members of their families who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. Other exceptions are also identified. Full details may be found in the Order No RD-01-459 of 31.08.2020 of the Minister of Health.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been extended until 30 November 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.
    *Travel in Bulgaria: Travel to/from airport or other port of arrival- On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the 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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    25.09.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until 30 November (APA,AZ, 23.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    Travel from the EU: *Travelling to Bulgaria: A temporary ban has been introduced for the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their nationality, through all border crossings, by air, sea, railway and road transport. The ban does not apply to: – Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent status or long-term residence in Bulgaria, and members of their families; – Nationals as well as persons holding a residence permit of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families; – Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus and Turkey. *Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites. Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available at www.mfa.bg/bg/embassyinfo. Further details are available also here: Practical information for tourists – Covid-19. *Rules and Exceptions: The entry rule is mainly based on nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. The country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey.

    *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; (c) 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 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.

    *From Third Countries: A temporary ban has been introduced for the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their nationality, through all border crossings, by air, sea, railway and road transport. The ban does not apply to: – Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent status or long-term residence in Bulgaria, and members of their families; – Nationals as well as persons holding a residence permit of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families; – Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus and Turkey. Is entry based on nationality, residency or location of departure? The main driver is nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. For the purposes of this order, the country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey. All persons authorised to enter the country and arriving from a starting point in one of the above-mentioned countries, shall be admitted in Bulgaria without the need to provide a certificate showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19. All persons who are allowed entry into the country, and who arrive from a starting point in a third country outside the above mentioned list, shall be admitted in Bulgaria only after providing a document showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before entering the country. This certificate shall contain the name of the person according to the identity document with which he is travelling, information on the laboratory carrying out the test (name, address or other contact details), date on which the examination was carried out, written in the Latin method and allowing interpretation of the document. The Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and the members of their families who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. Other exceptions are also identified. Full details may be found in the Order No RD-01-459 of 31.08.2020 of the Minister of Health.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Free movement is permitted across the country. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 30 September 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools. On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.

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    24.09.2020
  • Bulgaria Latest News: Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    **Travelling from the EU: A temporary ban has been introduced for the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their nationality, through all border crossings, by air, sea, railway and road transport. The ban does not apply to: – Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent status or long-term residence in Bulgaria, and members of their families; – Nationals as well as persons holding a residence permit of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families; – Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus and Turkey. *Is entry based on nationality, residency or location of departure? The main driver is nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. For the purposes of this order, the country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey. All persons authorised to enter the country, and arriving from a starting point in one of the above-mentioned countries, shall be admitted in Bulgaria without the need to provide a certificate showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19. *All persons who are allowed entry into the country, and who arrive from a starting point in a third country outside the above mentioned list, shall be admitted in Bulgaria only after providing a document showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before entering the country. This certificate shall contain the name of the person according to the identity document with which he is travelling, information on the laboratory carrying out the test (name, address or other contact details), date on which the examination was carried out, written in the Latin method and allowing interpretation of the document. The Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and the members of their families who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. Other exceptions are also identified. Full details may be found in the Order No RD-01-459 of 31.08.2020 of the Minister of Health.

    **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; (c) 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 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.

    **Third Countries: As above.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Free movement is permitted across the country. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 30 September 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools. On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.

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    18.09.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions. Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites. Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the

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    11.09.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are operating at a reduced level. Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic.
    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions. nformation on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Country specific advice is available here .**Rules and Exceptions: The entry rule is mainly based on nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. The country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey.

    **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; (c) 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 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.

    **From third countries: A temporary ban has been introduced for the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their nationality, through all border crossings, by air, sea, railway and road transport. The ban does not apply to: – Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent status or long-term residence in Bulgaria, and members of their families; – Nationals as well as persons holding a residence permit of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families; Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus and Turkey. Is entry based on nationality, residency or location of departure.
    The main driver is nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. For the purposes of this order, the country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey. All persons authorised to enter the country, and arriving from a starting point in one of the above-mentioned countries, shall be admitted in Bulgaria without the need to provide a certificate showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19. All persons who are allowed entry into the country, and who arrive from a starting point in a third country outside the above mentioned list, shall be admitted in Bulgaria only after providing a document showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before entering the country. This certificate shall contain the name of the person according to the identity document with which he is travelling, information on the laboratory carrying out the test (name, address or other contact details), date on which the examination was carried out, written in the Latin method and allowing interpretation of the document. The Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and the members of their families who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to 14 days of quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Free movement is permitted across the country. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 30 September 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools. On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.

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    07.09.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions. nformation on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [https://www.mfa.bg/en/]. Country specific advice is available at www.mfa.bg/bg/embassyinfo].**Rules and Exceptions: The entry rule is mainly based on nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. The country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey.

    **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; (c) 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 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.

    **From third countries: A temporary ban has been introduced for the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their nationality, through all border crossings, by air, sea, railway and road transport. The ban does not apply to: – Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent status or long-term residence in Bulgaria, and members of their families; – Nationals as well as persons holding a residence permit of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families; Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus and Turkey. Is entry based on nationality, residency or location of departure?
    The main driver is nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. For the purposes of this order, the country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey. All persons authorised to enter the country, and arriving from a starting point in one of the above-mentioned countries, shall be admitted in Bulgaria without the need to provide a certificate showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19. All persons who are allowed entry into the country, and who arrive from a starting point in a third country outside the above mentioned list, shall be admitted in Bulgaria only after providing a document showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before entering the country. This certificate shall contain the name of the person according to the identity document with which he is travelling, information on the laboratory carrying out the test (name, address or other contact details), date on which the examination was carried out, written in the Latin method and allowing interpretation of the document. The Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and the members of their families who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. Other exceptions are also identified. Full details may be found in the Order No RD-01-459 of 31.08.2020 [https://coronavirus.bg/bg/510] of 31.07.2020 of the Minister of Health

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    Internal restrictions:

    Free movement is permitted across the country. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 30 September 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools. On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.

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    01.09.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions. Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites. Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [https://www.mfa.bg/bg/situationcenter/listing]. Country specific advice is available at [www.mfa.bg/bg/embassyinfo]. **Rules and Exceptions: The entry rule is mainly based on nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. The country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey.

    **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; (c) 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 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.

    **From third countries: A temporary ban has been introduced for the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their nationality, through all border crossings, by air, sea, railway and road transport. The ban does not apply to: Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent status or long-term residence in Bulgaria, and members of their families;
    – Nationals as well as persons holding a residence permit of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families;
    – Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait; Is entry based on nationality, residency or location of departure? The main driver is nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. For the purposes of this order, the country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey. All persons authorised to enter the country, and arriving from a starting point in one of the above-mentioned countries, shall be admitted in Bulgaria without the need to provide a certificate showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19. All persons who are allowed entry into the country, and who arrive from a starting point in a third country outside the above mentioned list, shall be admitted in Bulgaria only after providing a document showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before entering the country. This certificate shall contain the name of the person according to the identity document with which he is travelling, information on the laboratory carrying out the test (name, address or other contact details), date on which the examination was carried out, written in the Latin method and allowing interpretation of the document. The Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and the members of their families who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. Other exceptions are also identified. Full details may be found in the Order No RD-01-459 [https://coronavirus.bg/bg/510] of 31.07.2020 of the Minister of Health

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    Internal restrictions:

    Free movement is permitted across the country. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 30 September 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools. On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.

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    28.08.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions.Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions. Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites. Information on travel, as well as the travel risk index in different countries, can be found on the Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [https://www.mfa.bg/bg/situationcenter/listing]. Country specific advice is available at [www.mfa.bg/bg/embassyinfo]. ^^Rules and Exceptions: The entry rule is mainly based on nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. The country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey.

    **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; (c) 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 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.

    **From third countries: A temporary ban has been introduced for the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their nationality, through all border crossings, by air, sea, railway and road transport. The ban does not apply to: – Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent status or long-term residence in Bulgaria, and members of their families; – Nationals as well as persons holding a residence permit of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families; – Citizens of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait Is entry based on nationality, residency or location of departure. The main driver is nationality/residency, which sets if a traveller is authorised to enter the country. Additionally, only for authorised travellers, the location of departure defines if a PCR test is required or not. For the purposes of this order, the country from which a traveller arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of his stay or transit through other countries during his journey. All persons authorised to enter the country, and arriving from a starting point in one of the above-mentioned countries, shall be admitted in Bulgaria without the need to provide a certificate showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19. All persons who are allowed entry into the country, and who arrive from a starting point in a third country outside the above mentioned list, shall be admitted in Bulgaria only after providing a document showing a negative PCR result for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours before entering the country. This certificate shall contain the name of the person according to the identity document with which he is travelling, information on the laboratory carrying out the test (name, address or other contact details), date on which the examination was carried out, written in the Latin method and allowing interpretation of the document. The Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and the members of their families who come from countries for which a negative PCR test is required, and who do not present such a test, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. Other exceptions are also identified. Full details may be found in the Order No RD-01-459 of 31.07.2020 of the Minister of Health [https://coronavirus.bg/bg/510]

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    Internal restrictions:

    Free movement is permitted across the country. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 31 August 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools. On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.

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    25.08.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions. **Travelling from Bulgaria or returning to Bulgaria: Bulgarian citizens who are abroad or planning a trip are recommended to monitor the information, warnings and advice that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publish on their official websites.More info: [https://www.mfa.bg/bg/situationcenter/listing].
    **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; (c) 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 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.
    **From third countries: Not allowed, except for those coming from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, as well as Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates and Ukraine. Tourists, coming from North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, as well as from all other third countries, should present a negative PCR test, done up to 72 hours before entering the country. The document must contain the names of the person according to the identity document with which he / she is traveling, data about the laboratory that performed the test (name, address and other contact details), date of the test, written in Latin letters method (PCR) and negative result (Negative), allowing interpretation of the document.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Free movement is permitted across the country. An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 31 August 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools. On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.

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    18.08.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From EU: Travelling to and from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions.**Rules and Exceptions: 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. More info: [https://www.mfa.bg/bg/situationcenter/listing].
    **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; (c) 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 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.
    **From third countries: 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, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, plus the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, as well as Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates and Ukraine. Tourists, coming from North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, as well as from all other third countries, should present a negative PCR test, done up to 72 hours before entering the country. The document must contain the names of the person according to the identity document with which he / she is traveling, data about the laboratory that performed the test (name, address and other contact details), date of the test, written in Latin letters method (PCR) and negative result (Negative), allowing interpretation of the document. The Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and the members of their families, who come from countries for which a negative PCR tests within the last 72 hours is required, and who do not present such a negative test, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. The quarantine may be waived upon presentation of a document, showing a negative result from a PCR test, performed within 24 hours from the entry into the country. 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.

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    Internal restrictions:

    On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 31 August 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.

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    13.08.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From EU: Travelling to and from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling to and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions.**Rules and Exceptions: 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. Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and the members of their families, who come from countries for which a negative PCR tests within the last 72 hours is required, and who do not present such a negative test, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. The quarantine may be waived upon presentation of a document, showing a negative result from a PCR test, performed within 24 hours from the entry into the country.
    **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; (c) 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 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.
    **From third countries: 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, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, plus the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, as well as Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Jordan and Ukraine. Tourists, coming from North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, as well as from all other third countries, should present a negative PCR test, done up to 72 hours before entering the country. The document must contain the names of the person according to the identity document with which he / she is traveling, data about the laboratory that performed the test (name, address and other contact details), date of the test, written in Latin letters method (PCR) and negative result (Negative), allowing interpretation of the document. The Bulgarian citizens, as well as long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and the members of their families, who come from countries for which a negative PCR tests within the last 72 hours is required, and who do not present such a negative test, are subject to 14 days of quarantine. The quarantine may be waived upon presentation of a document, showing a negative result from a PCR test, performed within 24 hours from the entry into the country. 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.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 31 August 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.

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    11.08.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    **From EU: No limitations for travellers arriving form the EU.
    **Transit: TTransit 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; (c) 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 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.
    **From third countries: Not allowed, except for those coming from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, as well as Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Jordan and Ukraine. Tourists, coming from North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, as well as from all other third countries, should present a negative PCR test, done up to 72 hours before entering the country. The document must contain the names of the person according to the identity document with which he / she is traveling, data about the laboratory that performed the test (name, address and other contact details), date of the test, written in Latin letters method (PCR) and negative result (Negative), allowing interpretation of the document.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 31 August 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.

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    06.08.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    **From EU: No limitations for travellers arriving form the EU.
    **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.
    **From third countries: Not allowed, except for those coming from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, as well as Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Jordan and Ukraine. Tourists, coming from North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, as well as from all other third countries, should present a negative PCR test, done up to 72 hours before entering the country. The document must contain the names of the person according to the identity document with which he / she is traveling, data about the laboratory that performed the test (name, address and other contact details), date of the test, written in Latin letters method (PCR) and negative result (Negative), allowing interpretation of the document.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 31 August 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.

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    03.08.2020
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria’s government eases travel bans for tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait, as of July 28, if they have negative COVID-19 tests (Reuters, 27.07.2020)

    *****

    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.
    **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.
    **From third countries:Not allowed, except for those coming from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, as well as Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and Ukraine.
    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]. and the extension on 16 July [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9596-2020-INIT/en/pdf]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 6 May 2020 the Bulgarian authorities lifted the restrictions on travel between cities. There are no longer any police check points and it is not necessary to present a declaration giving the reason(s) for travelling between cities or to the airport.
    An Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 31 August 2020. Various coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. The police are strictly enforcing measures and failure to comply could result in a 300 to 1,000 lev fine. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces, with the exception of customers in dining and drinking establishments. Restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, theatres, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, creative arts events and classes can operate with restrictions on capacity and subject to social distancing. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. Sports activities are permitted indoors and outdoors including swimming pools.

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    30.07.2020
  • Bulgaria From tomorrow, July 28, citizens of Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait can enter Bulgaria for a negative PCR test, made in the last 72 hours. For citizens of Ukraine the requirement to submit a negative PCR test is valid from July 30.
    With a negative PCR test, foreign citizens traveling for significant reasons from other third countries can arrive in Bulgaria. The main reasons in the order of the Minister of Health are: the activity of seasonal agricultural workers and workers in the field of tourism; to persons traveling for training purposes; travelers for humanitarian reasons and representatives of trade, economic and investment activities.
    PCR test is not required for persons arriving in our country from EU Member States, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Schengen countries, as well as from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Eastern Republic of Uruguay. They are not subject to 14-day quarantine.
    This was ordered by the Minister of Health Prof. Kostadin Angelov with the Order днес RD-01-438 / 27.07.2020 issued today.

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    27.07.2020
  • Bulgaria Entry restrictions: U.S. citizens are still prohibited from entering Bulgaria unless they meet one of the exceptions to entry restrictions found in the current Ministry of Health Order. The entry restrictions apply to all persons, regardless of their citizenship, through all border crossings, by air (including commercial and private aircraft), sea, rail and road transport, and are in effect from July 16, 2020 to July 31, 2020, and are posted on the Bulgarian Ministry of Health website.

    Exceptions: Those excepted from entry restrictions include:

    (a) Bulgarian nationals (and their family members or persons who are in actual cohabitation with a Bulgarian citizen in Bulgaria and are returning to Bulgaria);

    (b) nationals of the European Union, the Schengen Agreement States (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City), Algeria, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom (UK), Uruguay, and Ukraine;

    (c) persons with permanent or long-term resident status in Bulgaria (and their family members);

    (d) permanent residents (and their family members) of the European Union, the UK, the Schengen Agreement States (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City);

    (e)medical professionals, medical researchers, social workers, and their supervisors when traveling related to their duties;

    (f) workers involved in the supply of medicinal products, medical devices and personal protective equipment, medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance;

    (g) 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;

    (h) foreign officials, diplomats, officials of international organizations, military personnel, and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties and their family members;

    (i) persons traveling for humanitarian reasons and their family;

    (j) 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, and their family members;

    (k) seasonal agricultural and tourism workers;

    (l) frontier workers;

    (m) students traveling for the purpose of activities related to the completion of the current academic year, including practical training and exams, or for the preparation of the next academic year, when it is impossible to conduct these activities from a distance.

    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 Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, 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.

    Quarantine Information:

    All persons (with limited exceptions) arriving in Bulgaria from Sweden and Portugal, and from all third countries (outside the European Union), except Andorra, Algeria, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Georgia, Iceland, Japan, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, the UK, Uruguay, and Vatican City, must either present a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID test performed up to 72 hours before entering Bulgaria or must quarantine for a period of 14 days at the traveler’s place of accommodation. Please note that the country from which a traveler arrives is the place where travel originated.
    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.
    Declaration for non-quarantined and those allowed to transit:

    Persons not subject to quarantine or who are allowed to transit through the territory of Bulgaria under this order must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration (find a sample linked here), regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

    Aircraft crew:

    For aircraft crew members traveling to and from public airports in the Republic of Bulgaria, the following special regime shall apply:

    the members of the crew of an aircraft flying from Bulgaria to another state, which has not stayed on the territory of that state, except on the tarmac (stand, aircraft service sleeve) and this stay is for the obligatory pre-flight check, and landing again in Bulgaria, are not subject to quarantine;
    the crew members of an aircraft flying to Bulgaria from another state shall enter Bulgaria, provided that they do not leave the aircraft, except for the mandatory pre-flight check, such as their stay until take-off for the next scheduled flight does not exceed their total authorized time (FDP), but not more than 12 (twelve) hours;
    the crew members of an aircraft flying to Bulgaria from another state shall enter Bulgaria, provided that they do not leave the aircraft, except for the mandatory pre-flight check, such as their stay until take-off for the next scheduled flight does not exceed their total authorized time (FDP), but not more than 12 (twelve) hours;
    when identifying a passenger with symptoms of COVID-19 on board an aircraft that has landed in Bulgaria, the cabin crew members serving the passenger with symptoms of COVID-19 shall not be planned for the next flight, and placed under mandatory fourteen-day quarantine, according to the instructions of the state health control authorities.
    Masks:

    All persons must cover their mouth and nose with a covering in all indoor public spaces (including hospitals, pharmacies, administrative institutions, shops, malls, churches, museums, and all public transportation including railway, bus and metro stations, and airports etc.) with the exception of customers in food and drinking establishments.

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    16.07.2020
  • 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.
    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.
    From third countries: Not allowed, except for those coming from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.
    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]

    Internal restrictions:


    Limitations of movement in the country apply: 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, Vatican City, as well as Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. Tourists, coming from Portugal and Sweden, as well as from the United Kingdom, North Macedonia and all other countries, 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.
    The State of Emergency in Bulgaria ended on 13 May 2020, but an Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 15 July 2020. Therefore coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. 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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    15.07.2020
  • 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.
    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.
    From third countries: Not allowed, except for those coming from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.
    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]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The State of Emergency in Bulgaria ended on 13 May 2020, but an Emergency Epidemic situation has been declared until 15 July 2020. Therefore coronavirus measures and restrictions remain in force. 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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    13.07.2020
  • 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: 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.

    *****

    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.

    *****

    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 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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