Up to date information about the COVID-19 situation in Bulgaria including travel limitations, protective measures, social distancing rules and other restrictions.
Entering Bulgaria (in effect from 1 May 2021)
All persons who enter the territory of Bulgaria, regardless of their citizenship and their country of departure, are admitted to Bulgaria on presentation of one of the following documents:
- document of a completed vaccination against COVID-19 with the appropriate number of doses. A period of 14 days must elapse from the date when the last dose was administered.
- a document showing a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result for COVID-19 – for persons previously affected by COVID-19. The test result must be between 15 and 180 days old.
However, the following persons can enter Bulgaria from any departure country with a negative PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before entry to Bulgaria or a negative rapid antigen test for COVID-19 carried out within 48 hours prior to entry, counted from the date of the test recorded in the document:
- citizens of European Union member states and their family members
- citizens of Schengen Area countries and their family members
- citizens of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican City and their family members
- citizens of Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine
- citizens of the United Kingdom
- citizens of Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay
- holders of a permanent or long-term residence permit or visa type “D” in Bulgaria and their family members
- holders of a residence permit in an EU member state, a Schengen country, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, or the Vatican City and their family members
The document must include the contact details of the laboratory where the test was carried out. Those who cannot provide such test result document will not be able to enter Bulgaria. Only Bulgarian citizens, their family members, holders of a permanent or long-term residence permit in Bulgaria and their family members can enter Bulgaria without a negative test and they have to self-isolate for 10 days.
Exceptions apply for transit.
Romanian citizens arriving from Romania can now enter Bulgaria without any COVID-related document, no test or vaccination is needed.
The entry into Bulgaria of persons arriving from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Brazil and countries and territories in Africa is temporarily banned. Exceptions are Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent, long-term or extended residence status in Bulgaria and their family members. Bulgarian citizens and persons with a permanent, long-term or extended residence status in Bulgaria and their family members arriving from these places are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Exceptions from the above rule are arrivals from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Central African Republic, Togo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, South Sudan, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Congo, Nigeria, Benin, Madagascar, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Comoros, Mauritius, Mayotte, Réunion, Saint Helena, the Canary Islands and Madeira.
Vaccines accepted by Bulgaria:
- Sputnik V
- Covishield (AstraZeneca)
- SK Bioscience (AstraZeneca)
Bulgaria also accepts the combination of the AstraZeneca (1st dose) and Pfizer (2nd dose) vaccines.
Rapid antigen tests accepted by Bulgaria:
- Panbio COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test (Abbott Rapid Diagnostics)
- AMP Rapid Test SARS-CoV-2 Ag (AMEDA Labordiagnostik GmbH)
- BD Veritor System for Rapid Deteciton os SARS-CoV-2 (Becton Dickinson)
- SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kit (Beijing Lepu Medical Technology)
- BIOSYNEX COVID-19 Ag BSS (BIOSYNEX SWISS SA)
- CerTest SARS-CoV-2 CARD TEST (CerTest Biotect S.L.)
- Clungene COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit (Hangzhou Clongene Biotech)
- Coronavirus Ag Rapid Test Cassette (Healgen Scientific Limited)
- LumiraDx SARS-CoV-2 Ag Test (LumiraDX UK LTd)
- NADAL COVID -19 Ag Test (nal von minden GmbH)
- Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA (Quidel Corporation)
- STANDARD F COVID-19 Ag FIA (SD BIOSENSOR, Inc.)
- STANDARD Q COVID-19 Ag Test (SD BIOSENSOR, Inc.)
- CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test (Siemens Healthineers)
- Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test card (Xiamen Boson Biotech Co)
- Coronavirus Ag Rapid Test Cassette (Zhejiang Orient Gene Biotech Co.Ltd)
Current restrictions and anti-epidemic measures in Bulgaria
- Restaurants can operate with up to 50% of their total capacity.
- Cultural and entertainment events (festivals, concerts, theaters, cinemas, stage events, art galleries etc.) are allowed with up to 50% of the venue’s total capacity and by keeping a physical distance of 1.5 m. Wearing face masks is also mandatory. At concerts, festivals, theaters, circus shows and other stage events only seating places can be used.
- Stores and other on-site services must not allow more than 1 customer per 8 sq m in their premises.
- All markets and bazaars, both open-air and indoors, must create one-way traffic opportunity for customers and provide a distance of 1.5 m between visitors. Workers and customers are all required to wear face masks.
- Congresses, conferences, seminars, exhibitions, team building and similar public events are allowed with up to 50% of the venue’s total capacity and by keeping a physical distance of 1.5 m. Wearing face masks is also mandatory.
- Casinos can operate with up to 50% of their total capacity. Staff and guests are required to wear face masks.
- Visiting sports events is allowed using up to 50% of the venue’s total capacity. Keeping a physical distance of 1.5 m and wearing face masks are mandatory.
- Gyms, medical spas and wellness centers can operate with up to 50% of their total capacity and by keeping a physical distance of 1.5 m between guests.
Last update: 28 May 2021
Please note that this page tells only about the conditions of traveling to Bulgaria. Before planning your trip, please check the regulations of your home country for travelers returning from Bulgaria as you might have to self-quarantine or present a negative test after arriving back home from Bulgaria.
Disclaimer: We try our best to deliver accurate and up to date information about the coronavirus situation in Bulgaria. However, we can’t guarantee that the information you find on this page is always fully accurate as rules and restrictions can change on a daily basis.
Data source: https://coronavirus.bg/bg/ (available only in Bulgarian)