Rules and restrictions for entering Bulgaria

Rules and restrictions for entering Bulgaria

Following an order of Bulgaria’s caretaker Minister of Health issued on May 18, Bulgaria in accordance with the rest European Countries modifies the requirements for children under five, who are nationals of Bulgaria, EU members states, Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the USA, Japan, New Zealand, China, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Israel, Kuwait, Belarus and Turkey. The children under five will no longer be required to present a document showing a negative PCR test result, or a negative antigen test result upon arrival. The new regulation takes effect on May 19.

For travelers of all other ages, who are nationals from the previously mentioned areas is requested a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival or an antibodies test to prove that they've recovered from COVID-19 within 15 to 180 days according to the date entered in the test document or a certificate proving that they've been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (14 days after the final dose). Acceptable vaccines include Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics and Sinopharm.

As of May 19, Bulgaria temporarily bans entry of travelers from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Maldives, Brazil and countries and territories in Africa. Bulgarian nationals and persons with long-term and permanent resident status in Bulgaria and their family members are exempt from the entry ban. They are subject to a ten-day quarantine.

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