INFORMATION ON COVID-19
UPDATE: As of 1 June a relaxation of regulations in Bulgaria is being introduced. Restaurants and cafeterias are allowed to receive customers provided that the owners ensure larger spacing between tables and no more than 4 people or one family per table.
Shopping malls and gyms are also open, customers are allerted to observe all social distancing rules.
Supermarkets, banks, petrol stations and pharmacies remain open but the number of customers admitted at any one time is limited. Some other businesses such as car service and DIY stores are also open.
The wearing of some form of face mask covering nose and mouth is compulsory in all public indoors spaces including public transport and shops.
Persons under the age of 60 are prohibited from visiting groceries and pharmacies between 08.30am and 10.30am on any day of the week. No more than 2 adults above the ages of 60 can be together in commercial or administrative areas at any time. They must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres among themselves in all public places.
Quarantine Information [update 11 August 2020]:
As of today, 11 August 2020, persons arriving from the United Arab Emirates can enter Bulgaria without a document showing a negative PCR test result.
Citizens of Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait can enter with a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours. The Bulgarian border authorities must be presented with a document showing a negative result, containing the names of the person, according to the identity document with which they travel, data about the laboratory that performed the test, date on which the PCR test was performed, written in Latin method (PCR) and showing a Negative result.
PCR test is not required for persons arriving in Bulgaria from EU Member States, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Schengen countries, as well as from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and Ukraine. They are not subject to 14-day quarantine.
Exempt from mandatory 14-day self-isolation are those, who are:
- travelling for humanitarian reasons;
- business representatives of companies which: 1) work on strategic and critical infrastructure in Bulgaria, 2) carry out projects under the Investment Promotion Act, 3) undertake investment scoping exercises certified with a letter from the Ministry of Economy, 4) are involved in shipbuilding;
- drivers of buses on international routes;
- lorry and freight drivers delivering goods;
- medical professionals and researchers;
- workers delivering medical equipment;
- diplomats and public officials;
- frontier workers.
They still need to sign a declaration stating they will observe anti-epidemic measures and are familiar with the risk of COVID-19.
The kindergartens, schools and universities remain closed.
In March 2019 the Bulgarian authorities have declared a national state of emergency and have put in place a series of measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria established a Situation Centre. The webpage of the Situation Centre is regularly updated and you can find relevant information when planning to travel from and to Bulgaria. Travel information as well as risk index for different countries can be found on https://www.mfa.bg/en/situationcenter
If you have questions regarding the COVID-19, please contact:
- Ministry of Health: +359 2 807 87 57 (open 24 hours)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs: +359 2 948 24 04; +359 2 971 38 56; 02 948 3052; 02 948 2552; 02 948 2085 (open 24 hours), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- EURAXESS Centres and Local Contact Points in Bulgaria or send us an email to email@example.com
The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the outbreak of COVID-19. A dedicated website (https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/health/coronavirus-response_en) has been launched including information on the latest developments and actions, general advice, useful contacts and links, statistics and various other topics of interest for European citizens and institutions, which will be regularly updated, given the unprecedented situation Europe has been experiencing due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
National numbers on Covid-19 in the leaftlet template on COVID-19
Websites from national authorities
Geographical distribution of cases globaly (updated daily)
Cases in the EU/EEA and UK
Questions and Answers on novel coronavirus
EU Civil Protection Mechanism
EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC)
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We provide information and assistance to mobile researchers and highly qualified specialists – by means of this portal and with the support of our national EURAXESS Local Contact Points (LoCPs). This portal contains practical information concerning professional and daily life, as well as information on job and funding opportunities. The LoCPs help researchers and their family to plan and organise their move to Bulgaria, providing assistance in all matters related to mobility.