Necessary Information about Covid-19 in Bulgaria
The latest updates and guides to the current coronavirus situation as of 30 November 2021.
Written by Bozhidar Ivanov and Anastasiia Dehtiarova, edited by Scott Green and Lindsay Martin, photo by Unsplash
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What is the current situation?
The emergency epidemic situation in Bulgaria has been extended until 31 March 2022.
UPDATE: From 11 November, you will be able to get a "green certificate" through a laboratory test confirming you have the necessary amount of Covid antibodies. The certificate will be valid for 90 days and can only be used on the territory of Bulgaria. It will be issued by the National Health Information System.
From 00:00 on 21 October, participation in all indoor activities will only be possible after presenting a “green certificate” for either a completed vaccination cycle, recovery from Covid-19, or a negative PCR test. The certificate will be required for entry to restaurants, cinemas, gyms, sports halls, universities, and shopping centers (over 300m2). You will still be able to enter grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies without a certificate. You can receive the green certificate from the vaccination point you had your vaccine at or from your GP. You can get a digital copy of your certificate from www.his.bg. The validity of a certificate can be checked using the COVID CHECK BG app.
- From 14 October, additional measures will be introduced in Sofia.
- In-person extra-curricular activities and group classes in language and training centers will be suspended.
- Cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, and other cultural and entertainment venues can be used at up to 30% of their seating capacity while maintaining social distance. Wearing a face covering will be mandatory. Gyms will remain open at 30% capacity.
- In-person conferences, seminars, and other public events will be suspended.
- Indoor and outdoor sports events can be held without spectators.
- Private gatherings can be attended by no more than 15 people if they are indoors and 25 people if they are outdoors.
- Organised tours and group visits to tourist sites will not be allowed. Read the full statement at: https://coronavirus.bg/bg/1129
Vaccination Centers in Bulgaria
An official list of vaccination points working on 27 November and 28 November can be found here.
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).
From 30 November, all fully vaccinated arrivals to England from countries outside of the red list (such as Bulgaria) will have to take a PCR test on day 2 after arriving and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Non-vaccinated passengers will need to make a PCR test before arriving, as well as a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. All arrivals will need to complete a passenger locator form.
From 30 November, Morocco will stop all flights going in and out of the country, as well as travel by sea, to reduce the spread of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19. The measures will be in place for two weeks.
Austria introduces a lockdown affecting unvaccinated people from 15 November to 24 November. Unvaccinated citizens will only be able to leave their homes for essential reasons and will be able to meet with a limited number of people.
From Monday, 8 November, Austria introduces new measures. Restaurants and other facilities with a capacity of more than 25 people will only be open to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19. Negative PCR tests will not be valid for entry.
Bulgarian arrivals to the Czech Republic who are unvaccinated will be required to present a negative PCR test, taken up to 72 hours before entering the country, as well as a second PCR test, between the 5th and the 7th day of their arrival.
From 25 October, Romania introduces a curfew from 22:00 to 05:00. Stores and restaurants will close at 21:00.
From 24 October, arrivals to England who have been fully vaccinated (and who come from countries that are not on the red list) can have an antigen test on day 2 or before, instead of a PCR test.
Citizens of EU and Schengen countries can now enter Denmark by presenting evidence for a completed vaccination cycle.
From 18 October, people can enter Tunisia by presenting a document for a completed vaccination cycle.
From 15 October, visiting a restaurant, bar, café, cinema, or gym in Brussels will only be possible after presenting a Covid-19 certificate. The measures will extend to Wallonia from 1 November.
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.