INFORMATION ON COVID-19
UPDATE [ 24 May 2021]:
As of 19 May 2021, arrivals from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Maldives, Brazil and countries and territories in Africa are temporarily banned from entering the country. Exemptions apply for Bulgarian nationals as well as permanent and long-term Bulgarian residents, but they are required to complete a mandatory 10 day quarantine.
Travel to Bulgaria remains subject to entry restrictions. From 1 May 2021, all other travellers to Bulgaria, regardless of their nationality and point of departure (other than above), are required to present one of the following documents:
- A vaccination certificate indicating an approved vaccine schedule has been completed at least 14 days before arrival. The document must contain the name in Latin alphabet, date of birth, date(s) dose(s) administered, name of vaccine, batch number of dose(s), manufacturer name, name of country and organisation who has issued the certificate; or
- A document showing a positive result from a PCR or rapid antigen test for people who have recovered from COVID-19. This must be dated at least 15, but no more than 180 days before arrival. The document must contain name of the person, details of the medical institution that performed the test (name, address or other contact details), date of test, type of test (PCR or RAT), and ‘Positive’ written in Latin.
Bulgarian citizens, citizens of Member States of the European Union, citizens of Schengen country (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and their family members (including persons actually cohabiting with them); citizens of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Australian Union, Canada, United States of America, Japan, New Zealand, People's Republic of China, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Tunisia, Eastern Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, The Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Israel, the State of Kuwait, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Turkey; the persons with the status of permanent, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and the members of their families; persons holding a Bulgarian long-stay visa type "D", as well as persons holding a residence permit in a Member State of the European Union or a Schengen country (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the City State Vatican) and members of their families (other than arriving from the countries in first paragraph), can instead submit :
- A negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before entry into Bulgaria or a rapid antigen test performed up to 48 hours before entry. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical institution that performed the test (name, address or other contact details, date on with the examination of the test (PCR or RAT) and ‘Negative’ written in the Latin alphabet.
Bulgarian citizens and foreign nationals with valid residence permits, as well as their immediate family members, can opt for a quarantine of 10 days on arrival in lieu of presentation of either a vaccination document or a negative COVID-19 PCR test result upon arrival in Bulgaria (undertaken up to 72 hours before arrival).
Immediate family members are restricted to the following categories: wife, husband, or a person you live with in a relationship akin to marriage; and dependent children under the age of 18 years of age. You will be expected to show documentation to prove relationship status (e.g. birth or marriage certificate) if you are not in possession of a Bulgarian residence permit.
The option of a 10 day quarantine on arrival, in lieu of a PCR test for people legally resident in Bulgaria, can be shortened if they present a negative PCR test performed within 24 hours of arriving in Bulgaria. The quarantine requirement will be revoked within 24 hours of submitting the document demonstrating the negative PCR test result.
A list of places offering PCR testing in Bulgaria is available from the Bulgarian government (in Bulgarian).
You should submit the document showing a negative result of the PCR test to the respective Regional Health Inspectorate.
For Sofia Health Inspectorate, submit your document to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to an increased amount of inquiries, the health authorities may not have enough capacity to respond to each email individually so you should call them directly to find out if your quarantine has been lifted. Contact numbers are listed here.
The measures are in force at all air, road, rail and sea border crossings into Bulgaria.
Further information on the full range of exemptions is available on the following Bulgarian Government web site (in Bulgarian). If you fall into one of the exempted categories, you should contact your travel operator in advance of travel for further information on how to demonstrate your exemption from the travel ban.
Many land borders crossings in the region are restricted or closed for passenger traffic. Furthermore, neighbouring countries are implementing additional health requirements for entry to or departure from Bulgaria including declarations and COVID-19 tests. You should check the relevant FCDO Travel Advice.
If you need to travel, plan ahead and before you travel check border information published by the Ministry of Interior (English and Bulgarian) before you travel.
From 19 May, children under five, who are nationals of Bulgaria, the UK, EU members states, Schengen countries and several other countries listed in the ordinance will be exempt from the requirement to present a negative PCR or antigen test result upon their arrival in Bulgaria.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces.
Travelling to Bulgaria is not advised. Check the practical information for tourists
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
- Official website for COVID-19 in Bulgaria: https://coronavirus.bg/bg/
- Re-open EU - https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/BGR/5001 (Information about measures and travelling to Bulgaria)
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.