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Current situation - Covid-19 in Sofia and Bulgaria


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On this page you will find information about the situation in Sofia and Bulgaria regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.


SKIING SAFETY IN BULGARIA

Due to the epidemic situation in Bulgaria, the Ministry of Tourism announced a package of measures for safety skiing in Bulgaria during 2020/2021 winter season. Please, find the full package of measures HERE.


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THE EPIDEMIC STATE OF EMERGENCY IN BULGARIA IS EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31, 2021.

AS OF NOVEMBER 27, 2020, NEW RESTRICTIVE ANTI-COVID-19 MEASURES TAKE EFFECT AND REMAIN IN FORCE UNTIL DECEMBER 21, 2020.

The Ministry of Health has ordered the following new measures, effective from November 27 to December 21, 2020:

     
  • In-person classes are suspended for students from first to twelfth grade, college, and university. Kindergartens and children's centers are closed.
  • Visits to all restaurants, fast food establishments, cafes, and bars are suspended. Only take away and home deliveries are allowed.
  • Establishment in shopping malls are closed with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, opticians, pet stores, banks, insurance company offices, and telecom operator's stores.
  • Gyms, fitness centers, cinemas, museums, galleries and concerts are closed with the exception of theaters where audience attendance is allowed up to 30%.
  • Group celebrations with the presence of more than 15 people indoors and outdoors are not allowed.
  • Conferences, congresses, seminars, team buildings, exhibitions, and other public and cultural events are not allowed.
  • Group tours around the country are suspended.
  • Visits to gambling establishments and casinos are suspended.
  • Indoor and outdoor sport activities for amateurs over the age of 18 are permitted for groups of up to 20 people. Individual and collective sports activities for children up to 18 years old are suspended, with the exception of international sports competitions that have started before or on November 27.
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies remain open. Between 8:30-10:30am only customers over the age of 65 are allowed.
  • Small retail stores located outside of malls can continue to operate.
  • Churches, mosques and synagogues remain open
  • Visiting parks and gardens is allowed
  • No curfew is imposed

You can read the full order here (Bulgarian only) HERE.


From October 25 until November 30, 2020, on the territory of Sofia, discos, piano-bars, night-bars, nightclubs and other night drinking establishments will be closed for the period. Based on Order RD-01-718/ 24.10.2020 of Sofia Regional Health Inspectorate.

Please, find Order RD-01-718/ 24.10.2020 of Sofia Regional Health Inspectorate HERE - (Bulgarian only).

As of October 21, on the territory of Republic of Bulgaria, wearing a protective mask or other means covering the nose and mouth, such as a bandanna, a scarf, or face shield, is mandatory in indoor public places: in all vehicles of public transport - bus, tramway, trolleybus, metrotrain, train, in metrostations, in pharmacies and medical institutions, administrative institutions, railway stations, bus stations, airports, shops, churches, monasteries, temples, museums and etc. (Based on order of the Bulgarian Minister of Health)

As of October 21, on the territory of Republic of Bulgaria, wearing a protective mask or other means covering the nose and mouth, such as a bandanna, a scarf, or face shield, is mandatory in outdoor public places where there are people congregating and there is no possibility to keep physical distance of 1.5 metres. (Based on order of the Bulgarian Minister of Health)

The wearing a protective mask or other means covering the nose and mouth does not apply to:

  • customers in restaurants and drinking establishments,
  • people doing indoors or outdoors sports,
  • people attending congresses, news conferences, seminars, briefings or lectures, but only during their speeches and by keeping 1.5 metres physical distance),
  • people taking part in television broadcasts by keeping 1.5 metres physical distance),
  • children under the age of six.

Keeping the 1.5 meters physical distancing in outdoor public places apply to people who are not members of one and the same household.

Please, find Order No. RD-01-609/21.10.2020, of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria HERE - (Bulgarian only).


As of October 1, based on order of the Bulgarian Minister of Health, wearing a protective mask or other means covering the nose and mouth, such as a bandanna, a scarf, or face shield, is mandatory in all indoor public places: in all vehicles of public transport - bus, tramway, trolleybus, metrotrain, train, in metrostations, in pharmacies and medical institutions, administrative institutions, railway stations, bus stations, airports, shops, churches, monasteries, temples, museums and etc.

The wearing a protective mask or other means covering the nose and mouth does not apply to customers in restaurants and drinking establishments.

In all outdoor public places, wearing a mask is recommended.

Please, find Order No. RD-01-547/30.09.2020, of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria HERE-(Bulgarian only).

As of October 1st, 2020, based on Order No. RD-01-547/30.09.2020 of the Minister of Health, allowed to enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria without restrictions are: Bulgarian citizens, citizens of EU member states, citizens of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; citizens of Schengen countries (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Vatican City State) and their family members; citizens of Australian Union, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Tunisia, the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Turkey, all people who have permanent status, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (including member of their families); all people who hold a Bulgarian long-stay visa type "D", as well as a residence permit in EU member states, citizens of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; citizens of Schengen countries (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Vatican City State) (including member of their families);

All people who are allowed to enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, and who arrive from a starting point in: EU member states, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Schengen countries (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra; the Principality of Monaco, the Vatican City State), Australian Union, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Tunisia, the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Serbia, Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Turkey – may enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria without the need to present a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 (PCR test).

For the purposes of the order of Bulgarian Minister of Health, the country from which a person arrives is considered to be the country of departure, irrespective of the stay or the transit of the person through other countries during its journey.

All people who are allowed to enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, and who arrive from a starting point in a third country outside: EU member states, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Schengen countries (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra; the Principality of Monaco, the Vatican City State), Australian Union, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Tunisia, the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Serbia, Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Turkey - may enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria with the need to present a document showing 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,

Please, find the Order No. RD-01-547/30.09.2020, of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria HERE-(Bulgarian only).


For more information, you can visit:

The websites of the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism - https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/covid-19

Practical information for tourists – Covid-19 https://bulgariatravel.org/en/useful/practical-information-for-tourists-covid-19/

The website of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:https://www.mfa.bg/en/

An official website of the European Union for European travel and holidays - https://reopen.europa.eu/en

Bulgarian Unified Information Portalhttps://coronavirus.bg-(Bulgarian only)

The website of the Sofia Regional Health Inspectorate - https://srzi.bg/en-(Bulgarian only)

The website of the Bulgarian Ministry of Health:https://www.mh.government.bg/en/-(Bulgarian only)

The website of the Sofia Municipality:www.sofia.bg/covid-19-(Bulgarian only)

Please, follow the development of the situation until September 30.


The epidemic situation in Bulgaria was extended until September 30, 2020.


The epidemic situation in Bulgaria was extended until August 31, 2020. The anti-epidemic measures remain the same and must be observed.

As of July 31, 2020 citizens of Ukraine and Jordan may enter Bulgaria without a PCR test. A PCR test is not required for people arriving in Bulgaria from other EU member states, the United Kingdom, Schengen countries, as well as from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. They are not subject to 14-day quarantine. Citizens of North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel and Kuwait may enter if they have had a negative PCR test within the 72 hours prior to arrival.

The Bulgarian border authorities must be presented with a document, written in Latin script, showing a negative result, which contains the names of the person, according to the identity document being used to travel, data about the laboratory that performed the test, and the date on which the PCR test was performed.


As of July 16, 2020 all persons arriving from the following third countries can enter Bulgaria without a 14-day quarantine and without a PCR test: Iceland, the Kingdom of Norway, Switzerland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and The Vatican City State, Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, the Eastern Republic of Uruguay and Ukraine.

A new order of the Minister of Health Order № РД-01-405/15.07.2020 г.

All arrivals from Sweden and Portugal, as well as from all third 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.

As of July 1, 2020 a 14-day quarantine applies to all persons entering Bulgaria from Sweden, the UK and Northern Ireland, Portugal, and from all non-EU countries EXCEPT Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City State (order of the Minister of Health № РД-01-372/30.06.2020 г. )


People entering Bulgaria will have to fill in the following declaration form which will have to be submitted to the border health control authorities: Appendix No 1 to order RD-01-372/30.06.2020

DECLARATION
The undersigned
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………
(names of the person)
Coming from………………………………………………………………………………………
(starting point of departure, regardless the stay or transit through another country)

DECLARE:
1. I have no symptoms of COVID-19 (increase body temperature,cough, breading disorders, loss of sence of smell, loss of taste, etc.)
2. I have not been in contact for the last 14 days with sick from COVID-19
3. I am well acquainted with the epidemic situation in the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as with the risks of infection with COVID-19
4. I will follow the antiepidemic measures introduced with order(s) of the Minister of Health on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria
5. I travel on my own risk
6. Purpose of the travel ……………………………………………………………………………
7. I am obliged immediately to leave the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria
(only for persons in transit on Bulgarian territory)
8. I am informed that for incorrect data I am legally responsible according the Bulgarian legislation

Contact data:
No of identity card/passport…………………………………………..
Mobile tel. No:……………………………………………………………….
E-mail:…………………………………………………………………………..

DATE: SIGNATURE:
You can find it translated into other languages here:
https://www.mh.government.bg/bg/normativni-aktove/zapovedi-pravilnitsi-instruktsii/


The emergency epidemic situation in Bulgaria was extended until June 30, 2020. The anti-epidemic measures remain the same and must be observed.

Bulgaria brings back mandatory wearing of masks in indoor public places

As of June 23, wearing a protective mask or other means covering the nose and mouth, such as a scarf or facial shield, is mandatory in all indoor public places. This does not apply to customers in restaurants and drinking establishments, says a new order by the Minister of Health Kiril Ananiev. The order of the Minister here: https://www.mh.government.bg/media/filer_public/2020/06/22/zapoved__rd-01-354- 22062020_g.pdf

As of June 20, 2020 the 14-day quarantine for people arriving from Belgium is lifted.

As of June 18, 2020 the 14-day quarantine for people arriving from Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City State is lifted.

(Order of the Minister of Health here: https://www.mh.government.bg/media/filer_public/2020/06/17/zapoved__rd-01-341-17062020_g.pdf.

The same order allows everyone who has a residence permit in an EU member state, the UK and Northern Ireland, or in a Schengen country (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and the members of their families to enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM - Bulgaria welcomes tourists from 34 countries as of June 15th, 2020 without the 14-day quarantine. You can read the whole message here: http://www.tourism.government.bg/bg/kategorii/covid-19/message-ministry-tourism-bulgaria-welcomes-tourists-34-countries-june-15th-2020

Wearing a mask remains mandatory on public transport, in pharmacies and medical institutions. In all other public places, wearing a mask is recommended.

As of June 15, 2020 a 14-day quarantine applies to all persons entering Bulgaria from Sweden, Belgium, the UK and Northern Ireland, Portugal, and from all non-EU countries except Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As of June 15, 2020 the 14-day quarantine for people arriving from Ireland, Spain, Malta and Italy is lifted.

As of June 15, 2020 Congresses, conferences, seminars, exhibitions and cultural and entertainment events can be held with occupancy not exceeding 50 percent of the maximum capacity of the facility.

As of June 15, 2020 discotheques, night clubs and piano bars are reopening.

As of June 15, 2020 outdoor and indoor sports events are held with seat occupancy not exceeding 50 percent of the capacity of the facility.

All the measures are in accordance with the orders issued by Minister of Health Kiril Ananiev. You can find the orders here: https://www.mh.government.bg/bg/normativni- aktove/zapovedi-pravilnitsi-instruktsii/.

As of June 1, 2020, Bulgaria welcomes tourists from 29 countries. Restrictions on tourism travel starting to ease but caution remains. Read the special announcement of the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism HERE.

Current information about Covid-19 in Bulgaria can be found here: https://coronavirus.bg/arcgis/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ecacd239ee7e4fba956f7948f586af93

A face mask (or a bandanna, a scarf, a face shield that covers the nose and mouth) must be worn in enclosed public places.

A physical distance of at least 1.5 meters must be maintained between non-family members and people that don't live together in outdoor public places e.g. parks, streets, bus stops.

Public transport and taxis operate. People must wear a mask when travelling on public transport. In the absence of such, passengers will be fined.

From 8.30am to 10.30am people under 60 years of age are not allowed to shop in supermarkets and stores.

The National Operational Headquarters recommend that more than two elderly people should not gather together in one place.

When there are crowds in front of retail establishments, people should maintain a distance of at least 2 m between each other and strictly follow the measures after entering the establishment.

Museums, galleries, libraries and various attractions in Sofia have reopened. See more.

Outdoor restaurants are open in Sofia. As of June 1, indoor visits to restaurants, fast food restaurants, drinking establishments, coffee shops, indoor children's and sports facilities, entertainment establishments and playrooms, including those in shopping malls are permitted with the exception of discos, piano bars and night clubs.

The activities of Medical SPA facilities, SPA and wellness centers on the territory of the whole country are allowed.

As of 18.05.2020 shopping malls and gyms have also reopened in compliance with all anti-epidemic measures.

The municipal markets in Sofia operate. When visiting them you must wear a mask.

As of 27.05.2020 the professional football competitions and trainings will be restored, rules have been established - https://coronavirus.bg/bg/news/265

All people coming from abroad will be subject to a mandatory quarantine of 14 days.

Information about the exceptions can be found here (https://coronavirus.bg/bg/333

As of June 1, the 14-day quarantine requirements for people coming from and going to Greece and Serbia will fall. In order to cross the borders of these countries people will have to fill in a declaration form stating that they are aware of the epidemiological situation in the country they are entering. The declaration form will have to be submitted to the border health control authorities.

Sample declaration – Appendix 1 to Order № RD-01-274 / 21.05.2020 274 / 21.05.2020.

As of May 22, the entry ban on all citizens of the EU and Schengen States (including the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City) to enter Bulgaria has been lifted. More information can be found here: https://coronavirus.bg/bg/news/267.

Tourists who choose Bulgaria for their holiday destination will be obligated to fill in a Declaration for travelling at their own risk. The Declaration was issued by the Ministry of Tourism. You can find it in eight languages: DE / RUS / FR / RO / GR / RS here: http://www.tourism.government.bg/bg/kategorii/covid-19/deklaraciya-za-putuvane-na-sobstven-risk

Up-to-date information on measures and restrictions on traveling in Europe and around the world can be found here https://mfa.bg/bg/situationcenter

Medical assistance


If you experience symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection (fever, coughing, breathing difficulties, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, muscle pain, etc.), call your general practitioner or 112 for further instructions.

Important for foreign citizens!

Foreign nationals who are unable to return to their home country due to changes in the pandemic situation should contact their country's diplomatic mission / office.

This page will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

Important telephone numbers in case you need assistance in connection with the spread of COVID-19:

An emergency line has been set up on 112, where questions regarding the orders of the Minister of Health related to COVID-19 can be asked.

24-hour telephone number of the Situation Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
+359 2 948 2404
+359 2 971 3856
+359 2 948 3052
+359 2 948 2552
+359 2 948 2085

24-hour telephone number of the Ministry of Health:
+359 2 807 87 57

Hotline of the Ministry of Health:
+359 2 9301 152
+359 2 9301 253

Ministry of Tourism


+359 2 904 6895
+359 2 904 6811
+359 885 096 937 (during the weekend)

Restrictions


All people, when in enclosed public places, must wear disposable or reusable face masks or other means of covering the nose and mouth (including a bandanna, a scarf, a face shield, etc.), which are used in accordance with the recommendations in the Order of the Minister of Health. (Order RD-01-262 of 14.05.2020 - https://coronavirus.bg/bg/333).

The anti-epidemic measures for maintaining a physical distance of at least 1.5 m. between non-family members and people who don't live together should be observed in outdoor public places (including parks, streets, bus stops). (Order RD-01-262 of 14.05.2020 - https://coronavirus.bg/bg/333).

You can find more information about the requirements for visiting all national parks, nature parks, mountains, etc. park-like places outside residential areas on the territory of the municipalities, here.

For more information you can visit:


Unified information portal - https://coronavirus.bg.

The website of the Ministry of Health: https://www.mh.government.bg/bg/normativni-aktove/zapovedi-pravilnitsi-instruktsii/.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.mfa.bg/bg/customnews/main/24736.

Sofia Municipality: www.sofia.bg/covid-19.

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