Data Last Updated: February 21, 2021
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.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.
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
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United Arab Emirates
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
Wallis and Futuna
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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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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