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Bulgaria is the latest EU nation to reopen for tourists outside the European Union and is now allowing visitors from over 80+ countries to enter for leisure travel, including Canadians and Americans.

Just like their forward-thinking neighbors Greece and Croatia, Bulgaria has decided not to wait for the EU’s ‘Digital Green Certificate’ expected to launch sometime in June and has instead declared the country is open for tourism effective immediately.

Bulgaria Reopens to Tourists From 80+ Countries

While they still have a few entry requirements to satisfy, Bulgaria has decided on a ‘a la carte’ system of entry rules, which allows the tourist to pick the one that best suits their situation. Incoming travelers can either show proof of a recent negative covid test, proof they’ve recently recovered from the virus, or proof of vaccination.

Below we will go over in detail which countries can visit, an expanded look into entry requirements, and why Bulgaria should be on your 2021 bucket list!

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Bulgaria is now open for tourists from the following countries

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Burkina Faso
  • Canada
  • Central Africa
  • Chad
  • China
  • Congo
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guiea-Bissau
  • Guinea
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • UK
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Vatican

Tourists from the above countries can now enter Bulgaria for the purposes of non-essential leisure travel.

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Testing or Proof of Vaccination for Entry into Bulgaria

Bulgaria is giving visitors 3 options of how they can safely enter the country. Tourists can choose one of the following three options:

Negative Covid Test: PCR or Antigen accepted. The passenger will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or a negative Antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival

or

Proof of Recovery: The passenger can show a positive PCR or Antigen test, taken 15-180 days before entry to prove a recent recovery from the virus.

or

Proof of Vaccination: 14 days must have passed from the final shot. Passengers can be fully vaccinated with: J&J, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik, and Coviesheild.

Travelers can see all of Bulgaria’s entry requirements here

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Are masks still mandatory in Bulgaria?

Indoors, yes. Outdoors, mostly no.

Masks are required inside enclosed indoor spaces and outdoors if 1.5 metres of social distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are not needed while dining, exercising, on the beach, and other outdoor activities.

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Why Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is an easy stop for a summer tourist, especially vaccinated Americans. Since vaccinated Americans get easy entry to Croatia and Greece just by showing their CDC vaccine card, Bulgaria is another option with the same simple entry requirement.

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Affordable beach cities. Bulgaria has great beaches on the Black Sea and is perfect for travelers on a budget, especially when compared to neighboring Greece. Check out Varna, Sozopol and Nesebar.

Lots of businesses and services are open – especially for those wanting to enjoy their vacation. Restaurants are open in Bulgaria for both indoor and outdoor dining, which is great once the heat of summer fully kicks in. If it’s your thing, nightclubs and discos are open at 50% capacity, something you might not find in many other EU nations right now.

Quick and cheap flights: If you want to add on Bulgaria from Greece, you can fly in directly from Athens, Corfu, Zakynthos, Thessaloniki, Mykonos, and Santorini for as cheap as $17 USD.

Read More:

Complete list of all countries allowing vaccinated travelers in 2021

Greece Now Open For Tourism To These 50+ Countries

Countries That Accept Proof of Recovery For Entry

Countries That Accept Antigen Tests For Entry

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D

Saturday 5th of June 2021

Do you happen to know if land borders are open from Turkey to Bulgaria? I’m currently in Istanbul and was going to attempt to try Bulgaria for a week but I can’t find any info on the embassy website or anything on the internet. Do you happen to know?

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 5th of June 2021

Sorry, we don't have much land border information. It's very hard to get and usually inaccurate during these times.

No name

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

Can I enter from Albania to Bulgaria with a negative PCR test? I know it's written on the article but can someone verify that?

Lamp

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

As someone who won't get their vaccine before end of August, most likely, I don't consider this "reopening". Still heavily restricted entry considering I would then need a negative test, costing me and my partner a total of over 200€ one way, with the risk of having to cancel last minute in case of a potential false positive.

There are countries allowing people in without the need for a test or vaccine if the region has sufficiently low number of infections (such as NL, Belgium). I consider them more 'open', even if they don't specifically say they're open for tourism.

Lamp

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, Progressive, but also discriminatory and still quite restrictive for people who do not have an opportunity to get the vaccine. A country like Belgium is more open in fact even though it seems closed.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

only 5 countries in the world are currently open with no tests, no quarantines, and open to all countries. Right now, some EU countries based on the ECDC map will reopen for other EU nationals without testing if they are a 'green' risk, but none are fully at the green level risk now, and countries are still permitted to ask for tests. Bulgaria's rules are quite progressive for the current situation

Don

Monday 17th of May 2021

Interesting timing...... I'm Canadian and i entered Bulgaria as a tourist on 20 April..... hassle free, except for the pcr test! Everything you mention in the article is correct - cafes, shops, markets, parks, streets all busy....not much social distancing being observed. Easy going place to travel and this country is very cheap!

Faith

Monday 17th of May 2021

Please, can Dominica passport holder travel to Luxembourg at this time? If yes what are the requirements? If no when?. God bless you for the good work you're doing.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 17th of May 2021

No not at this time. Luxembourg is only open to EU+ nations at this time. They have their next update due June 30