Up to date information about the COVID-19 situation in Bulgaria including travel limitations, protective measures, social distancing rules and other restrictions.
Currently the following people can enter Bulgaria:
- citizens of European Union member states
- citizens of Schengen Area countries
- citizens of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican City, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine
- 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, the United Kingdom, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, or the Vatican City and their family members
Exceptions apply for transit.
Arrivals from the United Kingdom: Only Bulgarian citizens or holders of a permanent or long-term residence permit in Bulgaria and their family members are allowed to enter Bulgaria until 31 January 2021.
Testing and quarantine requirements
All visitors (regardless of citizenship) arriving in Bulgaria from any non-EU country (except Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican City, Australia, Belarus, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay) must present a negative PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before entry to Bulgaria. 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.
Current restrictions and rules 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.
- All restaurants, fast food establishments, drinking establishments, cafes and bars must be closed for customers. Only home deliveries are allowed. The restaurants of hotels and other accommodations can operate for their own guests with up to 50% capacity between 06:00 and 22:00.
- Cultural and entertainment events (cinema screenings, concerts, stage events etc.) cannot be held. Only theaters, museums and art galleries are allowed to operate, 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.
- Stores in shopping centers and malls must be closed except grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, opticians, pet stores, banks, insurance companies, dry cleaners, payment service providers, the offices of telecommunications operators and other utility service providers.
- 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 cannot be held.
- 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 must be closed.
Last update: 11 January 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)