Bulgaria has officially reopened its borders in June allowing tourists from 30 countries to come in for a holiday.
As of June 1 2020, the Minister of Tourism in Bulgaria announced that tourists from 30 countries can visit without being placed under a 14-day quarantine.
Citizens from the following countries can arrive directly into Bulgaria from said countries/nations:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- Serbia* (Serbian citizens only coming directly from Serbia)
- Vatican City
Citizens of those above 30 countries can enter Bulgaria for the purposes of tourism without a 14-day quarantine period, as long as they are coming from a country on that list and not via another ‘non-approved’ country.
Bulgaria says this list will be continuously reviewed and adjusted if necessary.
Exceptions for UK
In addition to this list, citizens of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland can also enter without a 14-day quarantine period, as long as they have been residing in and entering from the above 30 countries.
For example: A UK citizen staying in Greece now decides to enter Bulgaria for a holiday. Under the rules published by the government of Bulgaria, that UK citizen can enter from Greece without a quarantine period. However, if that same UK citizen tried to fly into Bulgaria from the UK directly, they could be denied entry or put into a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
All tourists who are granted quarantine-free entry into Bulgaria will be required to declare to the border health control authorities that they will comply with all anti-epidemic measures, and that they are aware of the risks of Covid-19.
What Are The Rules For Visiting Bulgaria?
If you are one of the approved tourists to visit Bulgaria this summer, here are the current health and safety protocols in place:
- A face mask, scarf, or bandana is required in all enclosed public spaces
- Social distancing of at least 1.5 metres in place
- Masks must be worn on public transit at all times
What’s Open in Bulgaria?
- Many hotels and inns
- Museums, galleries and libraries (see list)
- Restaurants and cafes
- Shopping malls, markets and departments stores
- Parks and gardens
- Gyms, spas and wellness centres
Have Flights Resumed to Bulgaria?
Yes. Throughout June many airlines have resumed their flights into Bulgaria and are adding more as demand increases. You can fly from many European cities into Sofia, Burgas, and Varna directly.
Is Bulgaria a Popular Tourist Destination?
Yes. Almost 12% of Bulgaria’s GDP comes from the tourism sector and Bulgaria had almost 12 million foreign visitors in 2017.
Bulgaria has been rising in popularity due to its affordable prices, beautiful sunny beaches, incredible landscapes and amount of interesting historic sites.
Disclaimer: Bulgaria’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry before traveling.