Bulgaria (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 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: Delivery only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 12.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter until 30 April 2021.
-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 residing in Switzerland or an EU Member State since before 31 December 2020 with:
– 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(1) or 18(4); or
– a residence card issued by Switzerland or an EU Member State before 31 December 2020;
– 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 have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The certificate 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 residing in Bulgaria since before 31 December 2020 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. All national ID cards issued to nationals of Bulgaria and which have expired between 13 March 2020 and 31 January 2021, are considered valid with a prolongation of 6 months.
5. Nationals and residents of Bulgaria and their family members without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before arrival are subject to quarantine for 10 days.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Citizens of the following countries can enter the territory of Bulgaria, provided that they show the negative result of a PCR test not older than 72 hours (with some exceptions):

Australia
Canada
Georgia
Japan
New Zealand
Rwanda
South Corea
Thailand
Tunisia
Uruguay
United Arab Emirates
UK
Israel
Belarus
Kuwait
Turkey
Serbia
Albania
Montenegro
Moldova
Ukraine
North Macedonia
Kosovo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

The same applies to travellers who are allowed to enter according to point n.2 of the Order № RD-01-74 of 1.02.2021 for a temporary ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (https://coronavirus.bg/bg/735 in Bulgarian).

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

Lockdown Details

Catering establishments are temporarily closed until 28.02.2021.

Only home and office delivery are allowed.

An exception is in place for tourism accommodations, where catering establishments are allowed to function between 06:00 and 22:00, using 50% of their capacity.

Visits to shopping centres and shopping malls are suspended until 31.01.2021, except for grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, drugstores, opticians, pet stores. As of 1 February 2021, visits to shopping centers will be allowed. As far as essential shops are concerned, people over the age of 65 can visit grocery stores and pharmacies only in the time slot between 08:30 and 10:30, during which all the other people under the age of 65 are not allowed.

A physical distance of 1.5 metres from people who do not belong to the same household has to be maintained. This measure is mandatory in working and public places both indoors and outdoors.

The use of masks or similar means that cover nose and mouth is mandatory in indoor public spaces.
 

Sources

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