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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Bulgaria
Data Last Updated: May 18, 2021

General Information

Partially Open

Bulgaria has reopened its borders to tourists coming from certain countries. Travelers will have three options to be allowed entry - they can show proof of negative Covid-19 test, show proof of vaccination, or proof of recent recovery from the virus.

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 the following countries are temporarily banned -India, Brazil, Bangladesh, and several other countries in Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia.

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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Open to Tourists From:

83 Countries

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Australia

Austria

Belarus

Belgium

Benin

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Burkina Faso

Canada

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Finland

France

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Greece

Guinea

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Japan

Kosovo

Kuwait

Latvia

Liberia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macedonia

Madagascar

Mali

Malta

Moldova

Monaco

Montenegro

Morocco

Netherlands

New Zealand

Niger

Nigeria

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Republic of Congo

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

San Marino

Senegal

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Slovenia

Somalia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sudan

Sweden

Switzerland

Thailand

Togo

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States

Uruguay

Vatican City

Test Required For Tourists From:

1 Countries

Israel

Not Allowing Tourists From:

160 Countries

Afghanistan

American Samoa

Angola

Anguilla

Antarctica

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belize

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bonaire

Botswana

Brazil

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

Chile

Christmas Island

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Colombia

Comoros

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Cuba

Curaçao

Democratic Republic of Congo

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eswatini

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Fiji

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Ghana

Gibraltar

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guatemala

Guernsey

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Isle of Man

Italy

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Jersey

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lebanon

Lesotho

Libya

Macao

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Mongolia

Montserrat

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

New Caledonia

Nicaragua

Niue

Norfolk Island

North Korea

Northern Mariana Islands

Oman

Pakistan

Palau

Palestine

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Pitcairn

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Réunion

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Martin

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Seychelles

Singapore

Sint Maarten

Solomon Islands

South Africa

South Georgia

Sri Lanka

Suriname

Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Timor-Leste

Tokelau

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos

Tuvalu

U.S. Virgin Islands

Uganda

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

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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