INFORMATION ON COVID-19

UPDATE [ 17 January 2022]: 

Entry to Bulgaria

Bulgaria has a system for classifying travellers arriving in the country based on travel from green, orange and red zones.

As of 19 January 2022, arrivals from a green and an orange zone must provide the following pieces of COVID-19 documentation:

  • a vaccination certificate (Bulgaria will accept either certificate of completion of a two dose vaccine course (Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Novavax, Moderna, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik) or a certificate of receipt of a one dose vaccine (Janssen, Johnson & Johnson). In both cases immunization must have been completed 14 days prior to arrival; or
  • evidence of past COVID-19 infection (a test result certificate, in English, showing a positive test result from either a PCR or rapid antigen test dated at least 11 days, but no more than 180 days, before arrival in Bulgaria

Arrivals from a red zone must provide:

  • a vaccination certificate (Bulgaria will accept either certificate of completion of a two dose vaccine course (Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Novavax, Moderna, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik) or a certificate of receipt of a one dose vaccine (Janssen, Johnson & Johnson). In both cases immunization must have been completed 14 days prior to arrival; or
  • evidence of past COVID-19 infection (a test result certificate, in English, showing a positive test result from either a PCR or rapid antigen test dated at least 11 days, but no more than 180 days, before arrival in Bulgaria

You must also provide:

  • a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entry - this should include name, date of birth, details of the medical institution and date and time of the sample, and should be in English.

From 19 January 2022, children aged 12 to 18 must either:

  • Present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before entering Bulgaria. This is regardless of nationality and/or residence or colour zone of the country they are travelling from.
  • Or, if they do not have a negative PCR test, they must self-isolate upon arrival for 10 days. This 10-day self-isolation period can be shortened if they take a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours after their arrival in Bulgaria and the result is negative. The self-isolation requirement will be lifted the day following the registration of the negative result.The self-isolation requirement will be lifted the day following the registration of the negative result.

Bulgarian nationals and permanent and long-term residents, as well as their family members who present only one of the above listed documents – a certificate of vaccination or recovery or a negative PCR test, are allowed to travel but, must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. This 10-day quarantine period can be shortened if they perform a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours after their arrival in Bulgaria. If the result is negative, quarantine will be lifted from the day following the registration of the result.

Bulgarian nationals and permanent and long-term residents, as well as their family members who do not present any of the above listed documents – a certificate of vaccination or recovery or a negative PCR test, will be allowed to enter Bulgaria. However, they will be required to complete a mandatory 10-day quarantine which cannot be ended early through testing.

Only Bulgarian nationals and permanent and long-term residents, as well as their family members, will be allowed to enter from the following countries: South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini and Zimbabwe. They will be subject to a mandatory 10-day self-isolation and a mandatory antigen testing upon entry.

Foreign students holding a type ‘D’ visa for long-term residence for study purposes are eligible to enter Bulgaria from any country, subject to holding the COVID-19

The measures are in force at all air, road, rail and sea border crossings into Bulgaria.

Exemptions, regardless of nationality, to the entry restrictions in Bulgaria include medical workers, state officials and diplomats, persons traveling for humanitarian reasons, seasonal and tourist workers etc. Other categories of people who can enter Bulgaria without the need to submit documents for COVID-19 include: bus and lorry drivers, crews of vessels and aircraft, border workers, those transiting through the country, students who live in Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Romania or The Republic of North Macedonia and travel daily or at least once a week to Bulgaria for training purposes, travellers between Bulgaria and Romania and between Bulgaria and Czech Republic.

If you need to travel, plan ahead and before you travel check border information as well as the green, orange and red zone countries published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before you travel.

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

- 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.

 


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