Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Restriction of Movement in Public Spaces and on Travel to Larger Cities in Bulgaria


On March 20, 2020, the Government of Bulgaria issued additional counter-epidemic measures throughout the Republic Bulgaria effective from 00:00 hours on 03/21/2020 (midnight 3/20/2020):

  1. Prohibition of visits to any parks, city gardens, sports and city playgrounds and establishments located in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
  2.  The Ministry of Interior will establish checkpoints at the entry/exit roads of the regional centers (larger cities), to include Sofia, and will check purpose of travel for persons attempting to enter these centers.
  3.  Individuals will be allowed to pass through checkpoints if the travel is required to perform work in the city, due to health reasons for the traveler or their relatives, or to return to their permanent address.  Certification of travel via an official notice from an employer or with an official document (a medical document, or identification) will be required.
  4. Individuals under 60 years of age are prohibited from going to food/grocery stores and pharmacies in the morning between 08:30 and 10:30 each day.

The order advised that these measures are in force indefinitely until explicitly repealed.  Authorities will establish checkpoints and will enforce  travel restrictions on main roads by midnight on March 23.

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