INFORMATION ON COVID-19
UPDATE: As of 7th May a gradual relaxation of regulations in Bulgaria is being introduced. Restaurants and cafeterias with outdoor terraces and gardens 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 will be open as of 17 May and 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.
The temporary travel ban for foreign nationals entering Bulgaria introduced by the Bulgarian authorities is still in force.
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. Measures include closing kindergarten, schools and universities as well as all cinemas, theaters, museums, clubs, restaurants and shops other than those selling food, pharmacies and bank offices. Employers should introduce distance work whenever possible and if not, implement strong anti-epidemic measures, including disinfection of the premises and hygiene training for their employees. Bulgarians returning from abroad will be automatically assigned to quarantine for a period of 14 to 21 days. Violation of quarantine is punishable by jail and a fine.
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: email@example.com
- EURAXESS Centres and Local Contact Points in Bulgaria or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.