Necessary Information about Covid-19 in Bulgaria

The latest updates and guides to the current coronavirus situation as of 11 May 2022.

Written by Bozhidar Ivanov and Anastasiia Dehtiarova, edited by Scott Green and Lindsay Martin, photo by Unsplash
Published 18 October 2021. Updated 10 May 2022


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What is the current situation?

The emergency epidemic situation in Bulgaria has been removed as of 1 April 2022. Wearing masks is not mandatory and social distancing rules have been scrapped.

UPDATES: 

From Monday, 21 March, the requirement for presenting a green certificate for "all activities and events” will be removed.

From 10 March there will no longer be a "dark red" zone of countries. Entry requirements for arrivals from a green, amber or red zone remain unchanged: passengers will need to provide a valid EU vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate of a negative PCR or antigen test. If they do not, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.

From 10 March, the green certificate requirement for entry to public places such as restaurants will be removed. The requirement for a certificate remains for staff members.

From 24 February, owners of public facilities will require a "green certificate" only if they think it is necessary. The staff will still need to be vaccinated.

From 10 February, bars and nightclubs in Sofia can now work past 10 pm. They still require a green certificate for entry and can only use 50% of their capacity. 

From 1 February, arrivals to Bulgaria from Red countries will be allowed to enter if they present either a valid EU Covid vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate or a negative PCR or antigen test. They no longer need to present a mandatory negative PCR test. Bulgarian nationals, people with long-term residency and their family members can enter the country without presenting any of those documents, but will need to self-isolate for 10 days. They can end their self-isolation by presenting a negative PCR or antigen test, taken no sooner than 72 hours before they entered the country.

Arrivals from Dark red countries will have to present an EU Covid vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate, as well as a negative PCR test, taken up to 72 hours before entering the country. If they have received a booster dose of the vaccine, they will not need to present a PCR test. 

Entry requirements for arrivals from Green and Amber zones remain unchanged.

From 1 February, the Digital Covid vaccination certificates of people who've had their last dose more than 270 days ago (as of 1 February) will NOT be valid for travel in the EU. The certificates of people who have had a booster dose will be valid indefinitely.

New anti-epidemic measures will be introduced in Sofia:

From Thursday, 27 January, restaurants and entertainment venues can remain open at 50% of their capacity and only work until 10 pm. The requirement for green certificates remains.

From 11 January, people who test positive for Covid-19 will need to self-isolate for 10 days, instead of 14 (counted from the date of the positive test). Those who have been in contact with them will need to self-isolate for 7, instead of 10 days (counted from their last contact with the infected).


Vaccination Centers in Bulgaria


An official list of vaccination points on 26 and 27 March can be found here (in Bulgarian).

A full list of immunization facilities in Bulgaria can be found here, as well as on an interactive map, and you can find the ones in Sofia below:


Travel news

Are you travelling to or within Europe? Check Re-open Europe for the latest updates about the regulations. For the most current Bulgaria travel news, you can visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a dedicated coronavirus portal (in Bulgarian).   

UPDATES:

From 1 April, Switzerland removes its Covid-19 requirements, such as wearing masks and social distancing.

Austria removed the requirement for a Green Certificate for entry to restaurants, venues and sports events. The curfew will also be removed.

Arrivals from Bulgaria to Germany can enter the country by presenting a negative Covid-19 test, vaccination or recovery certificate. They no longer need to self-isolate after arriving or fill out a passenger locator form.

Arrivals to Israel who are not citizens or residents will need to present a negative PCR test, taken up to 72 hours before departure. Citizens and residents of Israel will not need to present a test. All passengers are required to fill out a passenger locator form and make a PCR test after arriving.


What to do if you suspect you have coronavirus?

It’s a good idea to talk to a specialist if you have symptoms such as high fever, cough, joint or muscle pain, sore throat, or difficulty breathing. 
The first thing to do is to contact your GP via phone. Stay at home and do not visit any hospitals or medical clinics.  This is very important to prevent other people from possible infection. 

If you do not have a GP, then you can proceed in the following ways:
1. First, find out your regional health inspectorate and call them. If you cannot find it online (search ‘RZI Sofia’ in Google), take step 2 and call the Ministry of Health to inquire. 
2. Call 112 (the national emergency center) to seek help or get information about the latest restrictions enforced by the Bulgarian Ministry of Health.
3. Call the 24 hours COVID-19 hotline at +35928078757 to reach an expert epidemiologist and discuss your case, symptoms, what to do, etc.

Your GP or doctor in charge may issue you a sick leave for the period of your treatment according to the specific circumstances. If you put yourself in voluntary quarantine due to a visit to a risky destination, such as Italy or China, your GP or Regional Health Inspection Office is entitled to issue your sick leave. You can read more in our article on this topic.


Where to order food online? 

Here are some suggestions for food delivery websites:
TakeAway 
Foodpanda 
Happy 
You can also order groceries online.      
   

Useful resources in English:
World Health Organisation
Bulgarian Ministry of Health
National Centre for Infections
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Single Information Portal


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