Practical information for tourists – Covid-19

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How to spend a safe holiday in conditions of risk of infection with COVID-19
(Updated 30 September 2020)

Messages from the Ministry of Tourism

You should check this possibility with the airline, as the capacity of the particular flight may be limited.

Before planning your trip, consult the European Union’s website – https://reopen.europa.eu where you can find information for each country about the borders, the different types of vehicles you can use to cross the border, travel restrictions, health and public safety measures, as well as other practical information for travelers.

According to an order of the Minister of Health from 30.09.2020

Through all border checkpoints on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, for tourism purposes without being placed under 14-day quarantine and without the need to present a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 (PCR test), people from the following countries could arrive:

  1. The Republic of Austria;
  2. The Kingdom of Netherlands;
  3. The Federal Republic of Germany;
  4. The Republic of Poland;       
  5. Hellenic Republic;      
  6. The Kingdom of Denmark;
  7. Romania;
  8. The Republic of Estonia;
  9. The Slovak Republic
  10. The Republic of Slovenia;    
  11. Hungary;       
  12. The Republic of Finland;   
  13. The Republic of Cyprus;
  14. The French Republic;     
  15. The Republic of Latvia;
  16. The Republic of Croatia;    
  17. The Republic of Lithuania;
  18. The Czech Republic;
  19. The Portuguese Republic;
  20. Grand Duchy of Luxemburg;
  21. Iceland;
  22. The Kingdom of Norway;
  23. Switzerland;
  24. The Principality of Liechtenstein;
  25. The Republic of San Marino;
  26. The Principality of Andorra;
  27. The Principality of Monaco;
  28. The Vatican City State;
  29. The Republic of Malta
  30. Italian Republic
  31. The Kingdom of Spain
  32. The Republic of Ireland;
  33. The Kingdom of Belgium;
  34. Kingdom of Sweden;
  35. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
  36. Australian Union;
  37. Canada;
  38. Georgia;
  39. Japan;
  40. New Zealand;
  41. Republic of Rwanda;
  42. Republic of Korea;
  43. Kingdom of Thailand;
  44. Republic of Tunisia;
  45. Eastern Republic of Uruguay;
  46. United Arab Emirates;
  47. Republic of Belarus
  48. Republic of Serbia
  49. Republic of Turkey

 

From October 1st, 2020 to November 30th, 2020, for tourism purposes and presented a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 (PCR test) up to 72 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, through all border checkpoints may enter the arrivals from:

  1. The Republic of Northern Macedonia;
  2. The Republic of Albania;
  3. Kosovo;
  4. Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  5. Montenegro;
  6. The Republic of Moldova;
  7. Israel;
  8. Emirate of Kuwait.
  9. Ukraine

 

The list is subject to update and supplementation depending on the development of the epidemic situation.

 

According to an order of the Minister of Health from 30.09.2020

Through all border checkpoints on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, for tourism purposes without being placed under 14-day quarantine and without the need to present a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 (PCR test), people from the following countries could arrive:

  1. The Republic of Austria;
  2. The Kingdom of Netherlands;
  3. The Federal Republic of Germany;
  4. The Republic of Poland;       
  5. Hellenic Republic;      
  6. The Kingdom of Denmark;
  7. Romania;
  8. The Republic of Estonia;
  9. The Slovak Republic
  10. The Republic of Slovenia;    
  11. Hungary;       
  12. The Republic of Finland;   
  13. The Republic of Cyprus;
  14. The French Republic;     
  15. The Republic of Latvia;
  16. The Republic of Croatia;    
  17. The Republic of Lithuania;
  18. The Czech Republic;
  19. The Portuguese Republic;
  20. Grand Duchy of Luxemburg;
  21. Iceland;
  22. The Kingdom of Norway;
  23. Switzerland;
  24. The Principality of Liechtenstein;
  25. The Republic of San Marino;
  26. The Principality of Andorra;
  27. The Principality of Monaco;
  28. The Vatican City State;
  29. The Republic of Malta
  30. Italian Republic
  31. The Kingdom of Spain
  32. The Republic of Ireland;
  33. The Kingdom of Belgium;
  34. Kingdom of Sweden;
  35. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
  36. Australian Union;
  37. Canada;
  38. Georgia;
  39. Japan;
  40. New Zealand;
  41. Republic of Rwanda;
  42. Republic of Korea;
  43. Kingdom of Thailand;
  44. Republic of Tunisia;
  45. Eastern Republic of Uruguay;
  46. United Arab Emirates;
  47. Republic of Belarus
  48. Republic of Serbia
  49. Republic of Turkey

 

From October 1st, 2020 to November 30th, 2020, for tourism purposes and presented a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 (PCR test) up to 72 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, through all border checkpoints may enter the arrivals from:

  1. The Republic of Northern Macedonia;
  2. The Republic of Albania;
  3. Kosovo;
  4. Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  5. Montenegro;
  6. The Republic of Moldova;
  7. Israel;
  8. Emirate of Kuwait.
  9. Ukraine

 

The list is subject to update and supplementation depending on the development of the epidemic situation.

 

Yes, it is possible.

According to an order of the Minister of Health from 30.09.2020

Through all border checkpoints on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, for tourism purposes without being placed under 14-day quarantine and without the need to present a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 (PCR test), people from the following countries could arrive:

  1. The Republic of Austria;
  2. The Kingdom of Netherlands;
  3. The Federal Republic of Germany;
  4. The Republic of Poland;       
  5. Hellenic Republic;      
  6. The Kingdom of Denmark;
  7. Romania;
  8. The Republic of Estonia;
  9. The Slovak Republic
  10. The Republic of Slovenia;    
  11. Hungary;       
  12. The Republic of Finland;   
  13. The Republic of Cyprus;
  14. The French Republic;     
  15. The Republic of Latvia;
  16. The Republic of Croatia;    
  17. The Republic of Lithuania;
  18. The Czech Republic;
  19. The Portuguese Republic;
  20. Grand Duchy of Luxemburg;
  21. Iceland;
  22. The Kingdom of Norway;
  23. Switzerland;
  24. The Principality of Liechtenstein;
  25. The Republic of San Marino;
  26. The Principality of Andorra;
  27. The Principality of Monaco;
  28. The Vatican City State;
  29. The Republic of Malta
  30. Italian Republic
  31. The Kingdom of Spain
  32. The Republic of Ireland;
  33. The Kingdom of Belgium;
  34. Kingdom of Sweden;
  35. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
  36. Australian Union;
  37. Canada;
  38. Georgia;
  39. Japan;
  40. New Zealand;
  41. Republic of Rwanda;
  42. Republic of Korea;
  43. Kingdom of Thailand;
  44. Republic of Tunisia;
  45. Eastern Republic of Uruguay;
  46. United Arab Emirates;
  47. Republic of Belarus
  48. Republic of Serbia
  49. Republic of Turkey

 

From October 1st, 2020 to November 30th, 2020, for tourism purposes and presented a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 (PCR test) up to 72 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, through all border checkpoints may enter the arrivals from:

  1. The Republic of Northern Macedonia;
  2. The Republic of Albania;
  3. Kosovo;
  4. Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  5. Montenegro;
  6. The Republic of Moldova;
  7. Israel;
  8. Emirate of Kuwait.
  9. Ukraine

 

The list is subject to update and supplementation depending on the development of the epidemic situation.

 

 

Yes, public transport operates normally, with no limit on the capacity of vehicles and/or trains, but it is mandatory to wear personal protective equipment.

The use of masks is mandatory when traveling by taxi, bus, train and other public transport.

There are no restrictions on travel within the country. The rules for social distancing and the use of a protective mask should be observed where indicated. Wearing protective masks is mandatory in closed public areas.

All operating establishments can now receive visitors in compliance with the Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Tourism for the operation of accommodation establishments and food and entertainment establishments in the conditions of danger of COVID-19 infection in Bulgaria. The accommodation establishments are ready for normal functioning of and have taken the necessary anti-epidemic measures of the Ministry of Health to operate in the conditions of COVID-19.

An individual plan for its operation is required for each establishment in accordance with the recommendations and guidelines of the national and regional public health authorities to limit the Coronavirus infection.

All accommodation establishments operate in strict compliance with the requirements, which include specific measures to protect the health of tourists with high hygiene.

  • You need to contact the accommodation place you have booked and renegotiate your reservation for another period.
  • It is possible for the parties to reach an Agreement on reimbursement according the accommodation policy.

Yes. Restaurants and bars are open (indoor and outdoor areas), following several rules of hygiene and social distance. The tables are placed in such a way as to create a safe distance (1.5 m) between the customers. Personal protective equipment (masks, safety helmets and gloves) is mandatory for staff only.

Discos and nightclubs operate with occupancy of up to 50% of the total capacity of indoor and outdoor sites.

Yes, tourist attractions such as cultural monuments, museums, zoos, aquariums and other tourist attractions are open to visitors as the rules of social distance should be observed and protective masks should be worn.

Yes, depending on the size of the space, different places, such as libraries, shops and supermarkets, allow only a small number of people to enter each time. In pharmacies, healthcare facilities and public transport protective masks should be worn.

The declared measures may be updated according to the development and the spread of COVID-19.

 

Concerts and cultural events should be held in open and/or indoor areas with reduced capacity to ensure a safe distance between spectators. The use of protective masks and disinfectants is recommended.

Yes, it’s allowed. Individual outdoor sports as well as swimming in the sea are allowed. It is recommended that people keep the distance and follow the safety rules. The distance between the umbrellas is a distance of required 2 m.

Parks are open; individual outdoor sports are allowed. It is recommended that people keep the distance and follow the safety rules.

The use of balneological (medical SPA), SPA and wellness centers, as well as visits to swimming pools, including pools with mineral water, is allowed, but in strict compliance with hygiene requirements and distance between visitors.

When using fitness centers, physical distance between people doing sports should be guaranteed.

The operation and use of swimming pools is allowed. The use of waterparks and water attractions (of all age groups) is allowed in compliance with all anti-epidemic measures of the Minister of Health, the requirement for physical distance in carrying out their activities and the regulatory requirements for the use and treatment of water in swimming pools.

The entertainment and animation activities are carried out in compliance with the requirements for physical distance.

Shopping centers and retail establishments are open. It is recommended that visitors keep the distance and follow the safety rules.

Users and staff are advised to use protective masks and disinfectants.

When using elevators, in case there is no other alternative, the elevator is used with reduced capacity. Customers should keep a distance of 1.5 m between them.

 

In the accommodation places and in the separate halls and event centers it is allowed to hold congress-conference events, seminars, exhibitions, incl. events of the exhibition industry, with the occupancy of the halls up to 50% of their total capacity and in compliance with the requirements for physical distance between the participants and all anti-epidemic measures.

If a guest is suspected of having a coronavirus infection, he shall be isolated in a pre-prepared room. The hotel or accommodation place is not quarantined, the specific orders of the health authorities are observed.

In case of clear signs of illness, the guest shall be isolated. The relevant Regional Health Inspectorate, on whose territory the accommodation place is located, shall be notified immediately.

The specific steps that the hotelier must follow in such a case are determined by the Health Authority, according to the individual case.

You can get up-to-date information from the Unified Information Portal https://coronavirus.bg/ – in Bulgarian or from the WHO website https://www.who.int/.