Up to date information about the COVID-19 situation in Bulgaria including travel limitations, protective measures, social distancing rules and other restrictions.
Bulgaria is open for tourism at the moment, currently the following people can enter Bulgaria:
- citizens of European Union member states
- citizens of Schengen Area countries
- citizens of the United Kingdom, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican City, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, 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.
Testing and quarantine requirements
All visitors (regardless of citizenship) arriving in Bulgaria from any non-EU country (except the United Kingdom, 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 14 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. Customers in restaurants and bars are exempt from this obligation. 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.
Group events or celebrations both indoors and outdoors (including weddings, balls, baptisms and other celebrations) can only be held if a physical distance of 1.5 m is kept.
Cultural and entertainment events (theaters, cinemas, concerts, stage events etc.), conferences, seminars and exhibitions, both indoors and outdoors, can only be organized by using not more than 50% of the venue’s total capacity and by keeping a physical distance of 1.5 m.
Indoor and outdoor discos, night bars, night clubs and similar establishments are only allowed to operate with a spacing of one person per square meter.
Indoor sports events can have an audience up to 50% of the venue’s total capacity and a physical distance of 1.5 m must be kept. Outdoor sports events can have an audience up to 1000 people per sector with a maximum of 50% capacity and by keeping a physical distance of 1.5 m.
Last update: 22 October 2020
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)