INFORMATION ON COVID-19

UPDATE [ 21 October 2020]: 

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 BGN 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.

 

Quarantine Information [update 21 October 2020]:

 

All persons who are excluded from the ban on entry into the territory of the country and who arrive with a starting point of departure from Member States of the European Union, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, from Schengen countries (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State), from the Australian Union, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Tunisia, the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of The Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Turkey are admitted to the territory of the country without the need to present a document showing a negative result from a PCR test for the detection of COVID-19.

All persons who are excluded from the ban on entry into the country and who arrive with a starting point of departure from third countries other than those referred to in the previous point are admitted to the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria with a document showing a negative result of up to 72 hours before entry into the country polymerase chain reaction test for the detection of COVID-19, as of the date of the study entered in the document.

 

Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and their family members under the previous item, who do not present a document showing a negative result from a PCR test conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country shall be quarantined for a period of 14 days in the home or other accommodation where the person has indicated that he will reside, with a prescription issued by the director of the relevant regional health inspectorate or authorized by him official. The director of the respective regional health inspectorate may revoke the issued order for quarantine of the persons under the previous item, upon presentation of a document showing a negative result from a PRC test conducted within 24 hours of entry to prove COVID- 19.

There is a security risk with every trip. Each citizen decides for himself whether to take a trip, regardless of the potential risk. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not responsible for your travel decision.

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.

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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: crisis@mfa.bg

- EURAXESS Centres and Local Contact Points in Bulgaria or send us an email to mobility@fmi.uni-sofia.bg

 

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.

More information:

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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