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Current situation - Covid-19 in Sofia and Bulgaria


The safety and health of Sofia's residents and guests are our main priority!


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

The epidemic situation in Bulgaria was extended until July 15, 2020.

The anti-epidemic measures remain the same and must be observed.

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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