• Government offices are operating normally.
  • Visa services have been resumed at consular posts. However, applicants are advised to check with their local consular post, because there may be local pandemic-related restrictions.
  • Entry ban for all travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (until April 30, 2021), except:
    • Bulgarian nationals, foreign nationals with permanent, temporary or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members;
    • Medical staff, medical investigators and geriatric care specialists performing their duties;
    • Personnel engaged in the distribution of medicines, medical services, personal protective equipment, etc.;
    • Transport personnel engaged in the transportation of passengers and goods, aircraft crew members engaged in air transport and other transport personnel, as necessary, including crew members of ships;
    • Diplomatic staff, foreign officials (Heads of States, members of governments) and members of their delegations, staff of international organizations, military and humanitarian staff performing their duties;
    • Persons travelling for humanitarian reasons;
    • Staff directly engaged in the construction, maintenance and safety of strategic and critical infrastructure of Bulgaria, performance of projects under the Investment Promotion Act or related to the local economy, certified by letter of the Minister of Economy or another Minister;
    • Border workers, agricultural workers and tourism workers;
    • Persons who transit through Bulgaria.
  • Entry ban for all travellers until April 30, 2021, except:
    • Bulgarian nationals, foreign nationals with permanent, temporary or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members;
    • D Visa holders;
    • Nationals and residents of EU/Schengen Area countries and of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City;
    • Nationals of Albania, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, The United Arab Emirates, The United Kingdom, Uruguay;
    • Medical staff;
    • Transport staff;
    • Diplomats;
    • Persons travelling for humanitarian reasons;
    • Border workers, agricultural workers and workers in the tourism industry;
    • Persons travelling for educational purposes;
    • Participants in international sports competitions or training camps, certified by the Minister of Sport.
  • Transit is allowed only where immediate departure is guaranteed and where the persons are allowed to enter under the above listed entry category.
  • 10-day quarantine for passengers travelling from Ireland or the UK, except:
    • Diplomats, humanitarian or military staff performing their duties, carrying a negative PCR test issued no more than 48h before entry;
    • Truck drivers conducting international transport of goods;
    • Ships crew members; aircraft crew members and staff engaged in the technical service of the aircraft;
    • Transiting travellers.
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72h before arrival or 10-day enforced residential quarantine for all other allowed entrants, except:
    • Travelers arriving from Schengen Member States, Australia, Belarus, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay;
    • Bulgarian nationals, EU and Schengen nationals travelling for humanitarian reasons or who are directly engaged in construction and maintenance of critical infrastructure;
    • Cross-border workers;
    • Bus and truck drivers;
    • Aircraft crew;
    • Transiting travellers, departing immediately (among limited other exceptions).
  • The test result must be issued in English, must meet registration/certification requirements of the issuing country and must mention traveller details (per passport), laboratory name, test method and test result.
  • Bulgarian nationals ID cards and passports, as well as foreigners’ residence permits or certificates which expire between March 13, 2020 and January 31, 2021 are automatically extended for at least 6 months.
  • If a third-country national fails to submit an application for the renewal of their prolonged residence permit within the 14 days prior to the permit’s expiry date, their residence will not be interrupted for the duration of the state of emergency if and when the third country national applies for long-term or permanent residence. If their current prolonged residence permit expires during the state of emergency, the foreign national will be allowed to enter Bulgaria without a visa within 14 days as of the end of the state of emergency.
  • Any absence of a long-term or permanent residence permit holder from the territory of the EU member states for the duration of the state of emergency will not count towards the 12 months of permitted absence (which, if exceeded could lead to permit annulment).

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