Bulgaria (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

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 24.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See), their spouses and children;
– nationals of Albania, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay;
– British nationals;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Vatican City (Holy See), their spouses and children;
– family members of British nationals with a residence permit with “Type of permit: Article 50 TEU” issued by 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 or Switzerland;
– passengers with a “D” visa
issued by Bulgaria, and their family members;
– passengers with a diplomatic, official or service passport traveling on duty, and their family members;
– passengers with an Alien’s passport issued by Estonia and Latvia;
– passengers traveling as students;
– deadheading crew;
– military personnel;
– merchant seamen.
2. Passengers must a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The test result must contain passengers details, name of the laboratory, the test method, and the test result written in Latin characters.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals of Bulgaria, their spouses and children;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Bulgaria, their spouses and children;
– British nationals and their family members with one of the following documents issued by Bulgaria:
– a certificate of application for a new residence permit; or
– a residence permit which specifies “Type of permit: Article 50 TEU” and with the “Remark” 18(4); or
– a residence card issued before 31 December 2020;
– merchant seamen.
3. Passengers could be subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test and quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
4. National ID cards, passports, and residence documents issued to nationals of Bulgaria which expired between 13 March 2020 and 31 January 2021, are considered valid with an extension of 6 months, starting from their expiry date.
5. Nationals and residents of Bulgaria and their family members without a negative COVID-19 PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before arrival are subject to:
– a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival; or
– quarantine for 10 days.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

As of 1 May, travellers coming from India, Bangladesh, Brazil and some countries and territories in Africa are not allowed to enter Bulgaria, except Bulgarian citizens and permanent or long-term residents in the country (including their family members), to which a 10-day quarantine applies.

All other 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.

A pre-departure negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) is required for travellers arriving from the following countries:

Australia
Canada
China
Japan
New Zealand
Rwanda
South Corea
Thailand
Tunisia
Uruguay
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Israel
Belarus
Kuwait
Turkey
Albania
Montenegro
Moldova
North Macedonia
Kosovo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Serbia
The test must be taken within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen test) before departure.

Bulgarian citizens, long-term and permanent residents in Bulgaria and their family members, who do not present a negative result of a COVID-19 test, are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Quarantine may be ended upon presentation of a document showing the negative result of a PCR test performed within 24 hours from the entry.
 

Lockdown Details

Shopping malls are open and restaurants are allowed to offer indoor dining.

Grocery stores must admit only people older than 65 between the hours of 8:30am and 10:30am.

As restrictions on what can open are lifted, all activities and businesses must operate at a maximum capacity of 50 percent with social distancing measures in place including masks.

As the country begins to lift restrictions, the following are now allowed:

Extracurricular activities for children.

Conferences and seminars, team-building exercises and exhibitions.

Cultural and entertainment events.

Cinemas, theaters, concerts, museum and art galleries can open.

Gyms, swimming pools, spa and wellness centres and sports clubs can reopen.

Organised tourist trips both inside Bulgaria and abroad.

Group visits of tourist sites in Bulgaria.

Discos, bars and clubs can re-open.

Masks are once again mandatory in outdoor public places.

It is also mandatory to wear a mask in enclosed public spaces, like public transport, in pharmacies, grocery stores, and in medical establishments.
 

Sources

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