Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Country-Specific Information:

  • Bulgaria has 7175 reported cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Bulgaria has 267 reported fatalities from COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Bulgaria is following WHO and ECDC guidance on threat mitigation.

Entry ban: U.S. citizens are still prohibited from entering Bulgaria unless they meet one of the exceptions to this entry ban.  The Bulgarian government ordered a new prohibition on all persons, regardless of their citizenship, through all border crossings, by air (including commercial and private aircraft), sea, rail and road transport, which is in effect July 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020 and is available at the Bulgarian Ministry of Health website.  As of June 18, permanent residents of the European Union and other excepted countries may enter ​Bulgaria. See additional information below.

Exceptions: Those excepted from the ban include:

(a) Bulgarian nationals (and their family members, or persons who cohabitate with a Bulgarian citizen in Bulgaria and are returning to Bulgaria),

(b) nationals, permanent residents and their family members of the European Union, the United Kingdom, the Schengen Agreement States including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia;

(c) persons with permanent or long-term resident status in Bulgaria (and their family members);

(d) medical professionals, medical researchers, social workers, and their supervisors when traveling related to their duties;

(e) workers involved in the supply of medicinal products, medical devices and personal protective equipment, medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance;

(f) transport staff engaged in the international carriage of passengers and cargo, crews of commercial aircraft and other transport staff as required, including vessel crews and persons involved in the maintenance of vessels;

(g) foreign officials, diplomats, officials of international organizations, military personnel, and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties, and their family members;

(h) persons traveling for humanitarian reasons and their family;

(i) representatives of trade, economic and investment activities directly related to: construction, maintenance, operation and ensuring the safety of strategic and critical infrastructure of the Republic of Bulgaria, implementation of projects certified under the Investment Promotion Act, analysis on projects of potential investors and other activities of importance for the economy of the country, certified by a letter from the Minister of Economy or another minister responsible for the respective activity, as well as persons engaged in shipbuilding and ship repair, and their family members;

(j) seasonal agricultural and tourism workers;

(k) frontier workers.

(l) students traveling for the purpose of activities related to the completion of the current academic year, including practical training and exams, or for the preparation of the next academic year, when it is impossible to conduct these activities from a distance.

Transit:

The order allows transit through Bulgaria to the country of  residence for: (a) nationals of the EU, a Schengen country, or the UK and their family members;  (b) non-EU nationals, who have a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State, the UK, or in a Schengen country and their family members.  Nationals of North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Montenegro, Serbia, or Turkey can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals.  Transit is only permitted when the traveler will immediately depart Bulgaria.

Quarantine Information:

  • All persons (with limited exceptions) arriving in Bulgaria from Sweden, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and from all third countries (outside the European Union), except Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, and Vatican City must quarantine for a period of 14 days at home or at other accommodation.
  • Exceptions to the quarantine requirement include bus and truck drivers in the carriage of international goods or people, Bulgarian citizen ship crew members, medical professionals and those supplying medical products, foreign officials and diplomats, and frontier workers.
  • The main quarantine location for positively diagnosed and admitted patients is the Military Medical Academy in Sofia.  Asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients should quarantine at home.

Declaration for non-quarantined and those allowed to transit:

Persons not subject to quarantine or who are allowed to transit through the territory of Bulgaria under this order must submit to health inspectors at the border a declaration (find a sample linked here), regarding observation of the Ministry of Health’s anti-epidemic measures and acknowledgement of the risks of COVID-19.

Aircraft crew:

For aircraft crew members traveling to and from public airports in the Republic of Bulgaria, the following special regime shall apply:

  1. the members of the crew of an aircraft flying from Bulgaria to another state, which has not stayed on the territory of that state, except on the tarmac (stand, aircraft service sleeve) and this stay is for the obligatory pre-flight check, and landing again in Bulgaria, are not subject to quarantine;
  2. the crew members of an aircraft flying to Bulgaria from another state shall enter Bulgaria, provided that they do not leave the aircraft, except for the mandatory pre-flight check, such as their stay until take-off for the next scheduled flight does not exceed their total authorized time (FDP), but not more than 12 (twelve) hours;
  3. the crew members of an aircraft flying to Bulgaria from another state shall enter Bulgaria, provided that they do not leave the aircraft, except for the mandatory pre-flight check, such as their stay until take-off for the next scheduled flight does not exceed their total authorized time (FDP), but not more than 12 (twelve) hours;
  4. when identifying a passenger with symptoms of COVID-19 on board an aircraft that has landed in Bulgaria, the cabin crew members serving the passenger with symptoms of COVID-19 shall not be planned for the next flight, and placed under mandatory fourteen-day quarantine, according to the instructions of the state health control authorities.

Masks:

All persons must cover their mouth and nose with a covering in all indoor public spaces (including hospitals, pharmacies, administrative institutions, shops, malls, public transportation including railway, bus and metro stations, airports, churches, museums, etc.) with the exception of customers in food and drinking establishments.

Advice to U.S. Citizens:

  • U.S. citizens planning to depart Bulgaria should contact their airlines and consider contingency plans in case travel options become more limited in the future.
  • International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
  • In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine consular services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow.  
  • Several Presidential proclamations established restrictions on the entry of certain travelers into the United States in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Local Resources: 

  • The Bulgarian Ministry of Health has information for citizens and medical professionals on its website. (Bulgarian only)
  • The Bulgarian government has created a COVID-19 United Information Portal. (Bulgarian only)
  • Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Situation Center website. (Bulgarian only)

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