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Bulgaria - Covid travel rules, EU Digital Covid Certificate, restrictions and measures in place

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To ensure safe travel during the continued coronavirus pandemic, the EU has agreed on a common approach to free movement restrictions. A traffic-light system to classify EU countries (EU 27 + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) according to their epidemiological (rate of infection) situation has been put in place. This information is available online providing travellers with the latest data and details on any restrictions and special rules in place (such as quarantine and testing requirements).

As some countries may have stricter rules, check here for more information on the specific rules that apply when travelling to Bulgaria.

What are the rules to enter this country with or without the EU Digital COVID certificate from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

Entering this country with the EU Digital COVID certificate

Entering this country without the EU Digital COVID certificate or with a certificate not compliant with national requirements

What is the EU Digital COVID Certificate?

Information on 'EU Digital COVID Certificates' issued in Bulgaria

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The 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' (EUDCC) is digital proof, valid in all EU countries, that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, has recovered from COVID-19, or has received a negative test result. National authorities are responsible for issuing the certificate. All EU citizens and their family members, as well as non-EU nationals who are legally staying or residing in an EU country and have the right to travel within the EU, can get the EUDCC. A list of non-EU countries and territories whose certificates are accepted under the same conditions as the EUDCC is also available.

Note: although the 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' is valid across the EU, countries remain responsible for their own entry rules and health measures during the pandemic. This means that entry requirements depend on your destination.

As of 1 February 2022, certificates issued for the primary vaccination series are valid for travel purposes within the EU for a period of 9 months (270 days).

 

Learn more:

Coordinated approach on travel measures - Factsheet

EUDCC - Questions & Answers

EUDCC - Factsheet

As a third-country national coming from outside the EU and Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, may I enter this country without exceptional restrictions?

Note: persons arriving from Ukraine can enter the country without being subject to quarantine if they provide an 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' or an equivalent document (meeting the same criteria described below). People who do not hold the certificate will undergo a rapid antigen test upon arrival, if possible. Otherwise, they will have to quarantine for 10 days. They can shorten the quarantine if they perform a negative molecular test or rapid antigent test 72 hours after their arrival, and register the test result in the National Information System for Combating COVID-19.

 

Travellers must provide one of the following:

  • Proof of full vaccination
    Validity: between 15 and 270 days after the last scheduled dose of the primary vaccination series, or after the booster dose.
    Accepted vaccines: vaccines listed by the Ministry of Health.

  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19.
    Validity: between 11 and 180 days after the positive result to a COVID-19 test.

  • Negative result to a pre-departure COVID-19 test.
    Accepted tests: molecular (PCR) test, valid 72 hours, and rapid antigen tests listed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, valid 48 hours.

Travellers can provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result with one of the following:

  • A valid 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' (EUDCC) or equivalent certificates, meeting the requirements listed above
  • Similar documents meeting the same requirements. These documents must contain the traveller's name, date of birth, relevant dates (when the vaccination was administered or tests performed), the issuing country and competent authority, the vaccine's trade name.

 

Travellers who do not provide the documents required must quarantine for 10 days. They can perform a molecular (PCR) test or rapid antigen test 72 hours after entering Bulgaria. Quarantine ends once the negative test result is registered on the National Information System for Combating COVID-19.

 

Children up to the age of 12 are not required to provide any COVID-19 related documents, regardless of their country of departure.

For children aged 12-17, certificates showing a full primary vaccination series are valid until further notice.

 

These rules are valid until 15 May.

 

Learn more:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - travel info
Coronavirus.bg

Contact Point for Bulgaria:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs' 24/7 phone: +359 2 948 24 04 and email: crisis@mfa.bg
Important telephone numbers and contacts (in Bulgarian)


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You can find the latest information on air travel regulations for this country on the IATA website.

You can also find information about your passenger rights on our portal for citizens.

Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays

Can I transit this country?

Travellers can only transit Bulgaria without providing COVID-19 documents only if their immediate departure is guaranteed. These travellers must ensure that they comply with the travel restrictions imposed in the countries they are travelling to.

May I enter this country by road, rail, air or ship?

Mode of transport

Yes/No/Partly

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