Bulgaria has officially reopened its borders in June allowing tourists from select countries to come in for a holiday.
On July 16, 2020 Bulgaria made the decision to add more countries to the ‘approved' list, now allowing select third-party countries to also enter without testing or quarantines.
As of July 16 2020, the Minister of Tourism in Bulgaria announced that tourists from all EU/Schengen nations (plus select third-party nations), with the exception of Sweden and Portugal, can visit without being placed under a 14-day quarantine.
Updated: On September 1st, the list was updated to include 50 nations that can now enter Bulgaria with no 14-day quarantine and no PCR Test. They are as follows:
- The Republic of Austria
- The Kingdom of Netherlands;
- The Federal Republic of Germany;
- The Republic of Poland;
- Hellenic Republic;
- The Kingdom of Denmark;
- The Republic of Estonia;
- The Slovak Republic
- The Republic of Slovenia;
- The Republic of Finland;
- The Republic of Cyprus;
- The French Republic;
- The Republic of Latvia;
- The Republic of Croatia;
- The Republic of Lithuania;
- The Czech Republic;
- The Portuguese Republic;
- Grand Duchy of Luxemburg;
- The Kingdom of Norway;
- The Principality of Liechtenstein;
- The Republic of San Marino;
- The Principality of Andorra;
- The Principality of Monaco;
- The Vatican City State;
- The Republic of Malta
- Italian Republic
- The Kingdom of Spain
- The Republic of Ireland;
- The Kingdom of Belgium;
- Kingdom of Sweden;
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
- Australian Union;
- New Zealand;
- Republic of Rwanda;
- Republic of Korea;
- Kingdom of Thailand;
- Republic of Tunisia;
- Eastern Republic of Uruguay;
- United Arab Emirates;
- Republic of Belarus
- Republic of Serbia
- Republic of Turkey
Residents of those above 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. They also do not require to bring a PCR test.
Bulgaria says this list will be continuously reviewed and adjusted if necessary.
Third-Party Country Updates Sept 1:
Citizens of 8 nations may enter if they have had a negative PCR test within the 72 hours prior to arrival.
The nations are as follows:
- The Republic of Northern Macedonia;
- The Republic of Albania;
- Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- The Republic of Moldova;
- Emirate of Kuwait.
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.