Bulgaria

Border Entry ⚠️ - Restrictions ⚠️
  • Entry Requirements

    • 🏠 Quarantine - ⚠️ Depends, required to present a negative covid-19 test or quarantine for 10 days in a government facility for some countries.

    • 📋 Test - 🔅 Required to present a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 10 days in a government facility for some countries.

    • 😷 Masks - 🔅 Masks are required in enclosed public places

  • Internal Restrictions

    • 🎊 Events - ⚠️ Events for 50% of the capacity of the premises

    • 🏔 Attractions - 🚫 Open

    • 🚎 Transportation - ✅ Operational

    • 🛒 Shopping - ✅ Open

    • 🍔 Restaurants - ⚠️ Open with restrictions

Internal Restrictions

With regard to the introduced anti-epidemic measures on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria: Order № RD-01-375 of 27.05.2021 for introduction of temporary anti-epidemic measures on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria 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 with 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 masks for staff. 3 . Conducting congress-conference events, seminars, competitions, trainings, teambuildings, exhibitions and other public events in person is allowed when using no 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 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, gaming halls and casinos are allowed when using no more than 50% of their capacity and wearing protective masks for a person by the staff. 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, bazaars 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. 11 . Visits to outsiders / visits to hospital facilities are prohibited, except for visits to patients in the terminal stage. The prohibition does not apply to the control bodies in carrying out their control activity. 12 . 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.

Internal Restrictions: March 31, 2020 - PRESENT

Entry Requirements

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.

Border Restrictions: March 18, 2020 - PRESENT

Entry Regulations

Published 31.08.2021 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, Guatemala, India, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 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, Guatemala, India, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 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 arriving from a country other than Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Eswatini, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Seychelles, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, USA, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City (Holy See) or Zambia, 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 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 https://www.mh.government.bg/media/filer_public/2021/07/29/zapoved_vlizane_bg_01-645_en_final.pdf and at https://www.mh.government.bg/media/filer_public/2021/08/03/zapoved_vlizane_bg_02_08_2021_izm-en.pdf

Last Update: August 30, 2021

Latest Changes

August 20
  • ⚠️ Bulgaria introduced new Covid-measures today, amid rising infections and a dismal vaccination rate. TheMayor

July 29
  • ⚠️ The Bulgarian government has extended the nationwide Covid-19 emergency until August 31. TheStatesman

July 16
  • ⚠️ The move comes into effect on Monday, meaning that Britons who had booked to visit the country from the UK will need to cancel. SkyNews

June 01
  • The countries starting early were Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia Denmark, Germany, Greece, and Poland. RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

May 27
  • ⚠️ The Bulgarian government on Wednesday extended the nationwide epidemic emergency until July 31. KathimeriniEnglishEdition

May 07
  • Effective May 5, gatherings of people will no longer be limited to 15 persons in Bulgaria. Novinite

April 23
  • Bulgaria will ease rules for entry from May 1. Entry: with a vaccination certificate, with a negative result from a PCR or an antigen test. Reuters

April 08
  • Bulgaria will reopen schools, restaurants and cinemas from Monday. Reuters

  • Bulgaria will reopen schools, restaurants and cinemas from Monday. Shopping malls will open later next week. Reuters