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 29.01.2021 until 30.04.2021)
Who can enter Bulgaria?
Only the following persons are permitted to enter the country:
- 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, 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
Exceptions apply for transit.
All (the above mentioned) visitors arriving in Bulgaria from any departure country must present a negative PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before entry to Bulgaria. 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.
Arrivals from African countries or territories: All persons who are allowed to enter Bulgaria must self-quarantine for a period of 10 days after arriving in Bulgaria. A PCR test is required to be carried out on the 10th day. The quarantine can only be left if that test returns a negative result. 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 and Madagascar.
Current restrictions and anti-epidemic measures in Bulgaria
- Face masks (or other items covering the nose and mouth like a towel or scarf) are mandatory in all indoor public places, including public transport, medical and health establishments, pharmacies, administrative institutions, railway and bus stations, airports, metro stations, shops, churches, monasteries, museums, etc. Wearing a face mask is also mandatory in all open-air public places where a physical distance of 1.5 m cannot be kept. In addition, all persons who are not from the same family or household, must keep this distance in all public places when it is possible.
- Restaurants can operate with up to 50% of their total capacity and only between 06:00 and 23:00.
- Cultural and entertainment events (festivals, concerts, theaters, cinemas, stage events, art galleries etc.) are allowed with up to 30% 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.
- Only the following types of stores or services are allowed to operate in shopping malls: grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, opticians, pet stores, banks, insurance companies, postal and courier service providers, payment service providers, offices of telecommunications operators, providers of utility services and dry-cleaning services.
- 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.
- Only persons aged 65 and over are allowed in grocery stores between 08:30 and 10:30.
- Private events, such as weddings, baptisms or funerals can only be held with up to 15 participants.
- Congresses, conferences, seminars, exhibitions, team building and similar public events are not allowed.
- Organized excursions and group visits to tourist sites are not allowed.
- Casinos, discos, night bars, night clubs and similar establishments must be closed.
- All sports events, both indoors and outdoors, must be held without spectators.
- Gyms, medical spas and wellness centers can operate with up to 30% of their total capacity and by keeping a physical distance of 1.5 m between guests.
Last update: 10 April 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)