Bulgaria (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: All travellers, regardless of their citizenship and the country of origin, are allowed entry upon presentation of one of the following documents:

-a certificate of vaccination, with the last dose of vaccine administered at least 14 days before entry
-a document showing a positive test result (PCR or antigen test) for people who recovered from Covid-19 in the period between 15 and 180 days before entry.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Required to present a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 10 days in a government facility for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Required to present a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 10 days in a government facility for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.09.2021
1. Passengers must enter Bulgaria via Burgas (BOJ), Plovdiv (PDV), Sofia (SOF) or Varna (VAR).
-This does not apply to:
– passengers arriving from Romania;
– merchant seamen.
2. Passengers arriving from Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Eswatini, Fiji, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, India, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, USA, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Zambia, are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Bulgaria, and their family members;
passengers younger than 12 years;
merchant seamen.
3. Passengers arriving from Cyprus or Ireland (Rep.) are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Bulgaria, and their family members;
– nationals and family members of nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– merchant seamen.
4. Passengers arriving from Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Eswatini, Fiji, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, India, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, USA, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Zambia, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival, written in Latin characters.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Bulgaria, and their family members;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
-passengers between 12 and 18 without a negative COVID-19 PCR test, are subject to quarantine;
– merchant seamen.
5. Passengers must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac and and Sputnik V; or
– a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or
– a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 11 days and at most 180 days before arrival.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Bulgaria, and their family members;
– passengers arriving from Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Eswatini, Fiji, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, India, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, USA, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Zambia;
– passengers arriving from Austria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, MaltaNorway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Vatican City (Holy See),
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– merchant seamen.
6. Nationals and residents of Bulgaria could be subject to quarantine for 10 days.
7. More details can be found at: www.mh.government.bg/media/filer_public/2021/07/29/zapoved_vlizane_bg_01-645_en_final.pdf and www.mh.government.bg/media/filer_public/2021/09/13/order_01-767_en.pdf

 

Detailed Tourist Information

All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries, and not coming from the “Red” countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from “Orange” countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:

-a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;

-a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;

-a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).Non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals from “Red” countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

As of 18 August 2021, the “Red” countries list comprises:

India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji Georgia, Israel, Eswatini and Iran.

 

Lockdown Details

With regard to the introduced anti-epidemic measures on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria:

Order № RD-01-647 of 29.07.2021 for the introduction of temporary anti-epidemic measures on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, amended. and ext. with Order № RD-01-712 of 19.08.2021 and Order № RD-01-745 of 31.08.2021

I . The following temporary anti-epidemic measures are introduced on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria as of September 1, 2021 to September 10, 2021:

1 . Conducting face-to-face group classes in language centers, educational centers and other training centers and schools organized by legal entities and individuals is allowed subject to a physical distance of at least 1.5 m, wearing face masks, hand hygiene, regular airing every hour and disinfection.

2 . Visits to children’s centers, clubs and others providing organized group services for children are allowed when using no more than 50% of the room capacity and wearing protective face masks by staff.

3 . The holding of congress-conference events, seminars, competitions, trainings, team building, exhibitions and other public events in present form is allowed when using not more than 50% of the capacity of the room in which they are held, subject to physical distance from the most -a little 1.5 m. and wearing protective face masks by all participants.

4 . The holding of cultural and entertainment events (festivals, cinemas, theaters, circus performances, stage events, concerts, museums, galleries, libraries, classes in dance, creative and musical arts) is allowed when using no more than 50% of the capacity of the premises , observance of a physical distance of at least 1.5 m., wearing protective face masks and use only on seats (for concerts, festivals, theaters, circus performances and other stage events).

5 . Conducting sports competitions with an audience is allowed when occupying no more than 50% of the seats, observing a physical distance of at least 1.5 m and wearing protective face masks.

6 . Visits to fitness centers, gyms and clubs, swimming pools and complexes, balneotherapy (medical SPA) centers, SPA centers, wellness centers and thalassotherapy centers are allowed when using no more than 50% of their capacity and observing physical distance from the most -a little 1.5 m.

7 . Visits to restaurants and entertainment within the meaning of Art. 124 of the Tourism Act, gambling halls and casinos are allowed when using no more than 50% of their capacity and wearing protective masks for a person by the staff.

7a . The introduced anti-epidemic measure under items 2 – 7, limiting to 50% the possibility to use the capacity of the premises (places) of the sites, respectively the activities to which it refers, may not be applied under the following conditions:

(a) 100% of the staff at the site / person involved in the event have been vaccinated or have suffered from COVID-19 or have had a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19 carried out up to 72 hours before entering the site / start of the event, certified with valid documents for vaccination, illness or examination within the meaning of Order № RD-01-645 of 28.07.20201 of the Minister of Health and

b) the manager of the site / organizer of the event has made a decision and has created the necessary organization for admission to the site, respectively of the event only to persons who:

(aa) have been vaccinated or have suffered from COVID-19, certified by valid documents for vaccination or illness within the meaning of Order № RD-01-645 of 28.07.20201 of the Minister of Health, or

bb) present a negative result from a study conducted up to 72 hours before entering the site / beginning of the event by the method of polymerase chain reaction for COVID-19, certified by a valid document according to Order № RD-01-645 of 28.07.20201 of the Minister of healthcare.

7b . The heads of sites, respectively the organizers of events under item 7a shall notify the respective regional health inspection of the decision taken.

7c . The regional health inspectorates shall create and maintain a list of the sites and activities under item 7a for the purposes of the control exercised by them.

8 . All natural and legal persons who own or manage commercial, administrative or other sites that provide services to citizens, create an organization to control the number of customers in the site, not allowing more than 1 person per 8 square meters.

9 . In all markets, markets and bazaars, an organization is created for one-way traffic and providing a distance of at least 1.5 m between visitors. Workers and visitors are required to wear a face mask.

10. Employers and recruitment bodies to organize the work process of employees in remote form (teleworking / home work), where possible, allowing the present work of a maximum of 50% of the staff.

10a . Employers and appointment bodies in all administrations within the meaning of Art. 1 of the Administration Act organize the work process of the employees, as:

(a) establish working hours with variable limits and the start of the working day between 7.30 and 10 am, unless this is not possible depending on the nature of the work, and

(b) assign remote work to at least 50% of staff, unless this is not possible depending on the nature of the work

11 . Visits to outsiders / visits to hospital facilities are prohibited, except for:

(a) visits to patients in the terminal stage;

b) visits to patients with a hospital stay of more than 5 days – at the discretion of the treating physician regarding the patient’s state of health and the risk of infection with COVID-19.

12. During visits to outsiders / visits to medical establishments for hospital care under item 11, letters “a” and “b”, all anti-epidemic measures shall be observed, including the wearing of protective masks for a person, and no more than one patient visitor.

13. The prohibition under item 11 shall not apply to the control bodies in carrying out their control activity.

14 . In the specialized institutions for providing social services and those for residential-type social services for children and adults, visits to outsiders are allowed exceptionally and at the discretion of the director of the institution in compliance with the introduced anti-epidemic measures and submission of a declaration by the visitor that no is in contact with infectious patients, has no signs of acute respiratory disease and will comply with the anti-epidemic measures introduced on the territory of the institution. The restriction does not apply to the control bodies in carrying out their control activity.

II . The activities that have not been suspended or prohibited by this order shall be carried out in compliance with all anti-epidemic measures introduced by Order № RD-01-743 of 31.08.2021 of the Minister of Health.
 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/BGR
Data Source: covidcontrols.co