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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Bulgaria
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Bulgaria


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Very Low -

Health and security constraints to business operations are broadly similar to pre-COVID-19.

The medical systems are at similar operating levels to pre-COVID-19, and the authorities are able to respond to medical and security threats as before. BCP should include response for potential COVID-19 disruption as standard within existing operational planning and clear escalatory indicators.

RestrictionsInboundTesting requirements

All travellers arriving in Bulgaria must have a negative PCR test result obtained no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the country OR a rapid antigen test result obtained no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in the country.

Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or long-term residence in the country and members of their families who do not present a negative PCR test result will be placed under a ten-day quarantine.

Exemptions:
- Romanian and Bulgarian citizens arriving from Romania. However, Romanian citizens arriving from other countries must still comply with the testing requirements unless having a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or proof that they have recovered from COVID-19.
- Drivers of buses engaged in international transport, drivers of trucks performing or terminating international transport, crews of vessels and aircraft, border workers and transit through the country.
- People who enter for the purpose of transit and leave the country immediately.
- Members of the crews of vessels and the persons engaged in the maintenance of the vessels, who enter Bulgaria to perform their official duties.

Further exemptions:
These only apply if the travellers do not come from a variant of concern country (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and countries and territories in Africa):
- Travellers who have been fully vaccinated and 14 days have passed since they received the last dose. The vaccination certificate must contain the names of the person written in Roman letters and in accordance with their travel documents, date of birth, dates on which the corresponding doses of vaccine were given, trade name and batch number of the vaccine, name of the manufacturer/the marketing authorisation holder.
- Travellers showing a positive result of a PCR test or a rapid antigen test taken at least 15 days and no more than 180 days before arrival. The document must contain the names of the person, written in Roman letters and in accordance with their travel documents, information about the medical institution that performed the test (name, address or other contact details), date of the test, type of test (PCR or rapid antigen test) and a positive result. Further exemptions are in place. The full list can be found here: https://coronavirus.bg/bg/996
(Ends 31 July 2021)
Quarantine requirements
Arrivals to Bulgaria, with the exception of those arriving from virus variants areas, are not required to quarantine if they can provide a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before arrival.

All others must undergo a ten-day quarantine. The quarantine can be done at any accomodation by informing the director of the respective regional health inspectorate or a deputy director authorized by him. On the tenth day, the travellers will conduct a PCR test. The quarantine ends if the test is negative. The result shall be submitted to the relevant regional health inspectorate electronically or through the regional health inspection at the place of quarantine.
(Ends 31 July 2021)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccination requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(Until further notice)
Entry restrictions
A) Inbound travel for European nationals
Citizens of EU member states, Schengen countries (including Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City) and the UK, and members of their families (including those who are actually living with them) can enter. Persons with the status of permanent or long-term residence and the members of their families and persons holding a Bulgarian long-stay visa type "D" can enter. Persons holding a residence permit in an EU member state, a Schengen country or the UK, and members of their families can enter but must follow testing requirements.

B) Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
A temporary entry ban into Bulgaria is in place at all border crossing points for persons arriving from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and countries and territories in Africa, except if those person are Bulgarian citizens or residents. Citizens of Albania, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Israel, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Northern Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay can enter but must follow testing requirements.

Individuals employed in the following sectors are allowed into the country: medical, transport, diplomatic, humanitarian, trade, season agriculture, frontier workers and professional sports.

Please find further information on exemptions here: https://coronavirus.bg/bg/1014

C) Inbound travel from areas where virus variants of concern are circulating
Travel is banned from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and countries and territories in Africa. Only those with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria (and their family members) can enter the country. They will be placed in quarantine for ten days.
Travellers from certain African countries are exempt from this: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritius, Mayotte, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Sao Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Seychelles, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo and Tunisia.

D) Inbound travel for vaccinated travellers
Persons coming from anywhere - except virus variant areas of concern - can enter the country by providing a document proving a completed vaccination course against COVID-19. There has to have been 14 days of time between receiving the final dose of the vaccine and entering Bulgaria. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria / AZD1222 with one dose of Comirnaty / BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered to be a completed vaccination course.
The document must contain the names of the person written in Roman lettering, according to the identity document with which they are traveling, date of birth, date on which the last received dose of COVID-19 vaccine was given, serial number of the dose, and the total number of doses in vaccines that are given twice, the trade name of the vaccine given against COVID-19.
However, proof of vaccination does not exempt the traveller from quarantine. They must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival to be exempt from quarantine.
(Ends 31 July 2021)
Internal / DomesticA state of emergency is in place.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Yes
• Are there restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Gyms, theatres, concerts and museums have reopened at limited capacity and are subject to social distancing measures.

Restaurants and cafes remain open at limited capacity and with strict sanitary measures.

Private gatherings of up to 15 people are allowed.
(Ends 31 July 2021)
OutboundNorth Macedonia and Turkey have closed all border crossings with Bulgaria to non-commercial traffic.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Bulgarian citizens and residents are recommended to avoid travel outside the EU, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and the UK.
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsSummary - Changes to the following measures:
• Border restrictions? No
• Entry restrictions? No
• Testing requirements? No
• Quarantine requirements? No
• Vaccination requirements? No
• Transit restrictions? No
• COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Internal restrictions? No
• Outbound restrictions? No
• Other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Bulgaria

COVID-19 information for Bulgaria

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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The travel security environment is benign, warranting a LOW travel risk rating. The main risk stems from petty and opportunistic street crime. Pickpocketing is more prevalent in the capital Sofia and popular tourist towns along the Black Sea coast. Racially motivated crime occurs, though is mainly directed against the local impoverished Roma community. Nevertheless, those who belong to a religious and/or visible ethnic minority should exercise caution in low-income and more remote areas of the country.

Demonstrations over socio-economic and political issues occur periodically, though the primary risk arises from travel disruption caused by such gatherings.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Bulgaria
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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