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Coronavirus - how to travel?

20 January 2022 Events and Discussions

COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS - BULGARIA - valid as of 20th January 2022
UPDATED 19th January 2022

Green zone
Vatican City State, Romania

People arriving from countries within the green zone are allowed on the territory of the country upon presentation of one of the following documents:
• a valid EU digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate,
• a valid EU digital COVID-19 recovery certificate,
• a valid EU digital COVID certificate for conducted testing (a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test conducted up to 72 hours before entry into the country or a negative result from a rapid antigen test conducted up to 48 hours before entry into the country from the date of sampling entered in the document),
• a similar or an equivalent document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate (for vaccination/recovery/testing)
Note: In the absence of the aforementioned documents, the person shall be quarantined for 10 days at home or in another place of accommodation where he/she has indicated that he/she will reside.
The quarantined person may carry out a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 or a rapid antigen test of those listed in Annex № 2 not earlier than 72 hours after their arrival in the country. In case of a negative result of the conducted examination, the quarantine of the person shall be considered terminated from the day of registration of the result in the National Information System for Combating COVID-19.

Orange zone (countries and the overseas territories outside the red and green zone)

People arriving from countries within the orange zone are allowed on the territory of the country upon presentation of one of the following documents:
• a valid EU digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate,
• a valid EU digital COVID-19 recovery certificate,
• a valid EU digital COVID certificate for conducted testing (a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test conducted up to 72 hours before entry into the country or a negative result from a rapid antigen test conducted up to 48 hours before entry into the country from the date of sampling entered in the document),

• a similar or an equivalent document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate (for vaccination/recovery/testing).
Note: In the absence of the aforementioned documents, the person shall be quarantined for 10 days at home or in another place of accommodation where he/she has indicated that he/she will reside.
The quarantined person may carry out a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 or a rapid antigen test of those listed in Annex No 2 not earlier than 72 hours of arrival in the country. In case of a negative result of the conducted examination, the quarantine of the person shall be considered terminated from the day of registration of the result in the National Information System for Combating COVID-19.
Note: Not less than 5 percent of the entrants from countries in orange zones are tested for COVID-19 with a rapid antigen test by the border health authorities.

Red zone
Australia, Austria, Albania, Afghanistan, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Gibraltar, Grenada, Greenland, Georgia, Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Dominican Republic, The State of Kuwait, Eswatini, Israel, Eastern Republic of Uruguay, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Canada, Qatar, Kyrgyz Republic, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Principality of Monaco, Colombia, the Swiss Confederation, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Norway, the Kingdom of Sweden, Curaçao, Lesotho, Lebanon Republic, the Multinational State of Bolivia, the United Republic of Tanzania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Islands Aruba, Republic of Argentina, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Guatemala, Greece, Republic of El Salvador, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Zambia, Republic of Zimbabwe, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Costa Rica, the Republic of Cuba, the Republic of Latvia, The Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Maldives, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Namibia, Republic of Panama, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Poland, The Republic of Portugal, the Republic of San Marino, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, The Republic of Seychelles, the Republic of Suriname, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Turkey, Republic of Finland, Republic of Chile, Republic of South Africa, Saba, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, the United States of America, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Federal Republic of Germany, Federal Republic of Brazil, the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Fiji, France, Croatia, Montenegro, the Czech Republic.

Red zone entry ban exemptions:
• Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and their family members;
• citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the State of Israel, the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Serbia and their family members arriving from a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the North Ireland, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the State of Israel, the Republic of Turkey and from the Republic of Serbia;
• medical professionals, medical researchers, social workers and their supervisors, where the purpose of the journey is related to the profession they are exercising;
• medical professionals, medical researchers, social workers and their supervisors, when
the purpose of the trip is related to the profession they practice;
• workers involved in the supply of medicinal products, medical devices and personal protective equipment, medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance;
• officials (heads of state, members of governments, etc.) and members of their delegations, as well as diplomats, members of the administrative and technical staff of foreign missions, employees of international organizations, military personnel, members of the security and public order services, and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties, as well as their family members;
• persons traveling for humanitarian reasons within the meaning of § 1, item 16 of the additional provisions of the Law on Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria;
• seasonal agricultural workers and workers in the field of tourism;
• foreign citizens, for receiving a decree under the Bulgarian Citizenship Act for acquired Bulgarian citizenship, certified by a letter of the Ministry of Justice;
• foreign students, other than those specified in item 5.6. of Ordinance RD-01-19/14.01.2022, holding a type “D” visa for long-term residence for study purposes;
• persons, other than those referred to in items 4.3.1 - 4.3.9 of Ordinance RD-01-19/14.01.2022, who have received approval from the Minister of Health or a Deputy Minister authorized by him, made on the basis of a motivated written proposal of a Minister, when this is required for particularly important specific reasons. Specific anti-epidemic measures specified in the approval may be laid down for these persons.

The persons falling under the exceptional categories listed above are allowed on the territory of the country upon presenting the following documents:

• a negative result from a test performed up to 72 hours before entry into the country by the method of polymerase chain reaction for COVID-19 (PCR test only), certified by a valid EU digital COVID certificate or by a similar document, or by an equivalent document.
TOGETHER WITH
• a valid digital EU COVID-19 vaccination certificate, or
• a valid digital EU COVID-19 recovery certificate, or
• a similar or an equivalent document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate.

NOTE: Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families, who do not present any of the documents mentioned above (a negative result from a PCR examination, digital EU COVID-19 vaccination certificate, digital EU COVID-19 recovery certificate, or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate) are allowed on the territory of the country and placed under quarantine for 10 days at home or other place of accommodation where the individual has indicated that he/she will reside, with a prescription issued by the director of the relevant regional health inspectorate or his/her deputy authorized by him/her.
Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families, who present upon entering the country only one of the documents specified above (a negative result from a PCR examination taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival, digital EU COVID-19 vaccination certificate, digital EU COVID-19 recovery certificate, or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate) shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days at home or at a different place, where the person has indicated that he or she will reside, with a prescription issued by the director of the respective regional health inspectorate or a deputy director authorized by him. The quarantined person may carry out a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 (PCR test) not earlier than 72 hours of arrival in the country. In case of a negative result of the conducted examination, the quarantine of the person shall be considered terminated from the day of registration of the result in the National Information System for Combating COVID-19.

IMPORTANT:
Children between the age of 12 and 18, arriving from a country in the red zone, are admitted to the territory of the country upon presentation of a negative result from an examination conducted up to 72 hours before entry into the country by polymerase chain reaction for COVID-19 (PCR test only), certified by a valid EU digital COVID certificate for testing or an equivalent or similar document. In the absence of a valid EU digital COVID certificate for testing or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate (for PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours before his/her entry) the person shall be quarantined for 10 days at home or in another place of accommodation where he/she has indicated that he/she will reside, with a recommendation issued by the Director of the respective Regional Health Inspectorate or a Deputy Director authorized by him. The quarantined person may carry out a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 not earlier than 72 hours of arrival in the country. In case of a negative result of the conducted examination, the quarantine of the person shall be considered terminated from the day of registration of the result in the National Information System for Combating COVID-19.

Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from the requirement to present COVID-19 related documents irrespective which country they arrive from.

Persons transiting through the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, in cases when immediate departure from the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria can be guaranteed, are also exempt from the requirement to present COVID-19 related documents. In such cases all the travelers have to make sure that they comply with the COVID – 19 travel restrictions introduced by the authorities of their final destination.

Detailed information on the latest COVID-19 related travel restrictions and a full list of the exemptions can be found in the Ordinances of the Minister of Health listed below:
COVID-19 travel restrictions - valid as of 20th January 2022
New list of countries by colour zones - valid as of 20th January 2022

Additional information on the measures taken in Bulgaria can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health: https://www.mh.government.bg/en/.
We urge our compatriots, who live permanently abroad, to show a high level of self-awareness and care for their loved ones, by rethinking a possible return to Bulgaria in the coming weeks on various occasions.
We call on Bulgarian citizens to refrain from traveling abroad unless absolutely necessary.
To the attention of all compatriots who are abroad or planning a trip, we recommend:
• To follow the information, warnings and advices published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The information can also be found in the Situation Center Directorate and Travel-by-Country section.
• To follow the recommendations and instructions of the authorities in the country in which they are located.
• If in need of assistance, to contact our 24/7 phones: +359 2 948 24 04 and/or contact via email - [email protected] 

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