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Bulgaria travel restrictions & quarantine rules

Bulgaria

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to Bulgaria. Bulgaria is Major restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Bulgaria. Bulgaria is part of Europe with main city at Sofia. Its Developed country with a population of 7M people. The main currency is Bulgarian Lev. The languages spoken are Bulgarian.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Bulgaria

Major restrictions

for travel
International travel to Bulgaria is only permitted for 'essential reasons' only. There are exemptions for citizens and residents of the European Economic Area and the United Kingdom.

Exceptional travel

Exemptions to the border closure are in place for essential reasons, including travel for studies and humanitarian reasons, or those with authorization from the Minister of Health or a Deputy Minister. Travel for tourism is not permitted.
A full list of exemptions can be found at https://coronavirus.bg/bg/merki/ogranichitelni-merki

Vaccination required

Travelers are required to present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an authorized vaccine. Vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine requirements.
Alternatively, those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 are also exempt from quarantine requirements. Travelers may provide proof of a positive antigen or PCR test, taken at least 11 days before departure and not more than 180 days, on arrival.
Citizens and long-term residents arriving without any of the documents above will be required to undergo quarantine for 10 days. A PCR test must be taken from the tenth to the twelfth day after arrival and the test result must be sent via e-mail to the regional health inspectorate which has placed them under quarantine.

EU Digital COVID Certificate

Travelers may provide their EU Digital Certificate in paper or digital format as proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test result. Health documents provided this way will not require further verification on arrival.
Full details on the EU Digital Certificate, including how EU residents can access their certificate, can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificateen

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on arrival.
Citizens and long-term residents arriving without a valid test result will be required to undergo quarantine for 10 days. A PCR test must be taken from the tenth to the twelfth day after arrival and the test result must be sent via e-mail to the regional health inspectorate which has placed them under quarantine.
For more details COVID Portal, Bulgaria

Government measures

Although restrictions are gradually lifting, they may be re-introduced at any time and preventative health measures remain encouraged. A COVID Certificate (EU Digital Certificate) as proof of vaccination, negative testing, or previous recovery is required to access most facilities and establishments or to attend events. Most mass events remain suspended and private gatherings remain restricted to 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors. Information relating to the COVID-19 response in Bulgaria can be found in Bulgarian at https://coronavirus.bg/bg/merki/ogranichitelni-merki

Use of masks

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 transport

Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

Restaurants are open for vaccinated customers and those with proof of negative testing or previous recovery.

Bars

Bars are open for vaccinated customers and those with proof of negative testing or previous recovery.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

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.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, do not require an essential reason to enter and are exempt from quarantine requirements.
Vaccinated travelers must still provide a pre-departure test and may be randomly selected to be tested on arrival. Travelers are also required to have a suitable quarantine plan in place for 14 days as a precaution, even when seeking the fully vaccinated exemption.
Proof of vaccination must be uploaded on the ArriveCAN application. The final dose must have been administered at least 15 days before departure and supporting documentation must be in English, French, or with a certified translation.
Further information can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada#determine-fully

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation.
Travelers testing negative on the day-8 test may leave quarantine 14 days after arrival. Travelers testing positive will undergo further 10-day quarantine from the day the test was taken and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative test result, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive test result, taken at least 15 days before departure and not more than 180 days before departure.
Proof of negative molecular test result or recovery must be uploaded to the ArriveCAN application. Further information on the testing requirements, such as types of tests accepted, can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada?utmcampaign=gac-amc-covid-20-21&utmsource=travel-covidtravel-restrictionsflying&utmmedium=redirect&utmcontent=en#getting-tested

Testing on arrival

A molecular test will be administered on arrival and travelers will be provided COVID-19 at-home specimen collection kits which must be taken on day 8 of the quarantine period. The kit contains information on how to collect, store and ship the samples.
Travelers may register for the test on arrival at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada?utmcampaign=gac-amc-covid-20-21&utmsource=travel-covidtravel-restrictionsflying&utmmedium=redirect&utmcontent=en#register
Travelers who can present proof of a positive test result, taken at least 14 days before departure and not more than 180 days before, are exempt from testing on arrival.

Travel restriction details for Bulgaria

🚫 Destination No quarantine
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Bulgaria

With regard to the introduced anti-epidemic measures on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria:
Order β„– 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 β„– RD-01-712 of 19.08.2021 and Order β„– 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 β„– 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 β„– 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 β„– 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.
  1. 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.
  1. During visits to outsiders / visits to medical establishments for hospital care under item 11, letters β€œa” and β€œb”, all anti-epidemic measures shall be observed, including the wearing of protective masks for a person, and no more than one patient visitor.

  1. 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 β„– RD-01-743 of 31.08.2021 of the Minister of Health.
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Exercise a high degree of caution

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