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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Bulgaria
Data Last Updated: February 21, 2021

General Information

Partially Open

Bulgaria has reopened its borders to tourists, allowing travelers from the EEA to enter. 

The list of countries whose residents are able to enter Bulgaria without restrictions is regularly updated–they include the list of EU-approved countries and EU member states.

Arrivals from Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, North Macedonia, Albania, Moldova, Israel, and other third countries must present a negative Covid-19 test and sign a health declaration.

Bulgarian authorities imposed an emergency travel ban on all arrivals from the U.K. and Northern Ireland. This was put in place on 23 December and will stay in place until 30 April.

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/BGR

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

Authorities in Bulgaria have extended the national state of epidemic emergency and constituent measures introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) until at least Nov. 30. The state of emergency makes it easier for authorities to enforce temporary extensions and restrictions. 

Authorities have allowed most nonessential businesses to resume operations provided they comply with certain mandates aimed at preventing any spike in COVID-19 activity. Protective face coverings are mandatory in all indoor public spaces. 

While Bulgaria has previously taken steps to ease COVID-19 restrictions, authorities warned that restrictive measures could be reintroduced if disease activity in the country increases. 

Airlines & Transport

 Airports in the country remain open but are operating on a reduced schedule.

Since June, many airlines have resumed their flights into Bulgaria and are adding more as demand increases. There are flights coming from many European cities going to Sofia, Burgas, and Varna directly.

Status of Opening to Tourists

Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days

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Test Required For Tourists From:

23 Countries

Albania

Australia

Belarus

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Canada

Georgia

Israel

Japan

Kosovo

Kuwait

Macedonia

Moldova

Montenegro

New Zealand

Rwanda

Serbia

South Korea

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Uruguay

Not Allowing Tourists From:

221 Countries

Afghanistan

Algeria

American Samoa

Andorra

Angola

Anguilla

Antarctica

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bonaire

Botswana

Brazil

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China

Christmas Island

Cocos Islands

Colombia

Comoros

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Democratic Republic of Congo

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Eswatini

Ethiopia

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

France

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Gabon

Gambia

Germany

Ghana

Gibraltar

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guatemala

Guernsey

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Isle of Man

Italy

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Jersey

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macao

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Monaco

Mongolia

Montserrat

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Netherlands

New Caledonia

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Niue

Norfolk Island

North Korea

Northern Mariana Islands

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Palau

Palestine

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Pitcairn

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Republic of Congo

Réunion

Romania

Russia

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Martin

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Sint Maarten

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Georgia

South Sudan

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tokelau

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos

Tuvalu

U.S. Virgin Islands

Uganda

United Kingdom

United States

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vatican City

Venezuela

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

More Details

Bulgaria is now open to welcome tourists from select countries. As of July 16, 2020, Bulgaria also added more countries to their approved list, allowing select third-party countries to also enter without testing or quarantine.

Who Can Visit Bulgaria?

Residents of the countries on this list can enter Bulgaria for the purposes of tourism without a 14-day quarantine:


To sum it up, travelers that are coming from a country on that list and not via another ‘non-approved’ country, do not require to bring a PCR test.

Are There Any Tests/Quarantine Required For Other Countries?

These countries may enter if they have had a negative PCR test within the 72 hours prior to arrival:


On the other hand, all arrivals coming from Sweden and Portugal as well from all third-party countries other than those listed above, upon entering Bulgaria must present negative PCR test results, taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering the country. That is to say, citizens who do not provide such a document will be under a 14-day quarantine.

All tourists who are granted quarantine-free entry into Bulgaria should declare to the border health control authorities that they will comply with all anti-epidemic measures and that they are aware of the risks of COVID-19.

Other Entry Rules For Visiting Bulgaria

  • Firstly, a face mask, scarf, or bandana is required in all enclosed public spaces
  • Secondly, practicing social distancing of at least 1.5 metres in place
  • Above all, masks must be worn on public transit at all times

What's Open in Bulgaria?

  • Hotels and other accommodations
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Night clubs and bars
  • Museums, galleries, libraries, and theatres
  • Shopping malls and markets
  • Parks and gardens
  • Gyms, spas, and wellness centers

Authorities have allowed most nonessential businesses to resume operations provided they comply with certain mandates aimed at preventing any spike in COVID-19 activity. Protective face coverings are mandatory in all indoor public spaces as well as the practice of social distancing.

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Sources: Reopen Europa | Bulgaria Travel | Tourism Government of Bulgaria


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Information for Non-Tourists

Bulgaria currently allows citizens of the EU and the Schengen Area to enter the country. Additionally, all medical professionals, transport staff, foreign officials, seasonal workers, and persons traveling for humanitarian reasons are being granted entry regardless of their country of citizenship.

Moreover, EU and Schengen Area citizens traveling for humanitarian reasons or for trade, economic, and investment activities are exempt from Bulgaria's 14-day quarantine requirement, as are freight transporters, medical workers, foreign officials, and cross-border workers.


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