Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria (April 1, 2022)

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria (April 1, 2022)

Location: Bulgaria

Event: Ministry of Health Order Update

As of April 1, 2022, the color zones that have dictated the procedure for entering Bulgaria, are abolished. All travelers arriving to Bulgaria, regardless of the country of departure or their citizenship, can enter without quarantine if they present an EU Digital COVID Certificate showing that the person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has received a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen COVID test result conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country, or has recovered from COVID-19. Similar documents that contain the same data as the EU digital certificate, such as a U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Vaccination Record Card, are also accepted.

Travelers who do not present an EU Digital COVID Certificate or similar document will be allowed to enter but will be quarantined for a period of 10 days. Quarantine may be terminated if the traveler obtains a negative PCR or antigen test result performed not earlier than 72 hours following their arrival in Bulgaria. The quarantine is considered terminated the day after the negative result is registered in the National Information System for Combating COVID-19, which is done automatically after issuance by the laboratory.

In addition, as of April 1, the Government of Bulgaria is ending the requirement to wear a protective face mask in public places, the observance of a minimum physical distance, the restriction on the number of persons who can visit indoor sites at the same time, the restriction on attending face-to-face training, and the ban on visits to hospitals and social service establishments.

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