International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Restricted

Entry into Bulgaria From Mongolia is Restricted

Description

Travelers from selected countries are not allowed to enter Bulgaria.

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Entry restrictions do not apply to:

  • Bulgarian citizens, residents, and their families;
  • Citizens of the European Union, EEA, or Switzerland and their families when arriving from those countries;
  • Travelers with humanitarian reasons;
  • Some workers such as medics, agricultural workers, and tourism workers.

The Bulgarian government provides an extensive list of exemptions to this entry restriction. Please see the source for more details.

Start Date
9/1/2021
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Before You Leave

Mandatory

Mandatory health declaration form

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Travelers are required to complete a declaration form before traveling to Bulgaria.

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Mandatory

Mandatory proof of vaccination or recovery

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Description

Travelers coming from selected countries must have proof of being fully vaccinated with a vaccine accepted by the Bulgarian authorities. Travelers exempted are those with valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 and also travelers under the age of 12.

Travelers must have received the last dose required at least 14 days before travel to Bulgaria. For details on the information required on the proof of vaccination, please check the source.

Bulgaria also accepts proof via the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

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Mandatory

Mandatory proof of vaccination

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Travelers who are fully vaccinated must have a vaccination certificate accepted by the Bulgarian authorities. Travelers must have received the last dose required at least 14 days before travel to Bulgaria. For details on the information required on the proof of vaccination, please check the source.

Travelers that have received a combination of one dose of Vaxzevria / AZD1222 (AstraZeneca) with one dose of Comirnaty / BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech) are also considered fully vaccinated. Please check the link for more information.

Bulgaria also accepts proof via the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

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Mandatory

Proof of negative COVID-19 test results

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All travelers, including those vaccinated and those who recovered from COVID-19, coming from selected countries must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Bulgaria.

The EU Digital COVID certificate is accepted.

This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 12;
  • Travelers between ages 12-18 years can opt-out of testing and instead quarantine for 10 days on arrival.
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For Bulgarian citizens, residents, and their families, a test or proof of vaccination or proof of recovery are not mandatory but recommended. If they arrive without them, they must quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Arrival
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On Arrival

Mandatory

No quarantine required for vaccinated travelers

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Travelers from selected countries arriving with proof of vaccination and a negative test are not required to quarantine.

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Bulgarian citizens, residents, and their families who traveled without proof of COVID-19 status must quarantine on arrival for 10 days, or take a test a maximum of 24 hours after the arrival.

Minimum Number of Days
10 days
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Possible

COVID-19 testing on arrival may be required

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Travelers may be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival in Bulgaria.

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While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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Travelers must wear masks in enclosed public places.

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COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in Bulgaria.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
221.12
Increased by-4.95
at 9/26/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
8.80%
Decreased by1.50%
at 9/23/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
15.79%
Increased by0.34%
at 8/17/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
1,089,066
Increased by23,712
at 8/17/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.12
Decreased by0.03
at 9/21/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

General

Although restrictions are gradually lifting, they may be re-introduced at any time and preventative health measures remain encouraged. Private gatherings remain restricted to 30 people indoors and 60 people outdoors. Most events remain suspended unless only open for those with proof of vaccination, negative testing, or previous recovery. Information relating to the COVID-19 response in Bulgaria can be found in Bulgarian at https://coronavirus.bg/bg...
Last Checked
9/25/2021

Use of mask

local guidelines for use of mask
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Required
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Face masks are required in all public spaces when it is not possible to maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters. The use of face shields, scarves, or other face coverings as an alternative to face masks is not permitted.

Public transportation

local guidelines for public transportation
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Restrictions in place
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Public transportation is operating with limits to capacity in place.

Restaurants

local guidelines for restaurants
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Restrictions in place
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Restaurants are open until 11 pm at 50% capacity, with seating limited to a maximum of 6 people per table.

Bars

local guidelines for bars
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Restrictions in place
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Bars offering food may open until 11 pm at 50% capacity, with seating limited to a maximum of 6 people per table.

Nightclubs

local guidelines for nightclubs
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Closed
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Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

local guidelines for shops
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Restrictions in place
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Shops and services are open limits to capacity and with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

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