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Bulgaria Travel Updates

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Last updated May 26, 2022

Entry Requirements

Can American tourists enter Bulgaria? Yes

Can Canadian tourists enter Bulgaria? Yes

Unvaccinated travelers from the USA and Canada may enter Bulgaria. A negative PCR test certificate* is required.

Fully vaccinated (2 doses of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra-Zeneca, 1 dose of J&J) travelers from the USA and Canada may enter Bulgaria. There is no test requirement for fully vaccinated travelers.

Travelers from the USA and Canada who have received a Covid-19 booster may enter Bulgaria. There is no test requirement for travelers who have had a booster shot.

* Testing rules

Negative PCR test results are valid for 72 Hours from the time the test was taken. Negative Antigen test results are valid for 48 Hours from the time the test was taken

Passenger Locator Form

None required

Proving covid status

Valid EU COVID vaccination certificate or a similar document shall mean a document for a completed vaccination course against COVID-19. The completion of a vaccination course is considered to be the administration of an appropriate number of doses of a vaccine against COVID-19 and the expiry of a 14-day period from the date of administration of the last dose. The document must contain the names of the person written in Latin, according to the identity document with which he is traveling, date of birth, date on which the last received dose of COVID-19 vaccine was given, serial number of the dose, and the total number of doses in vaccines that are given twice, the trade name of the vaccine against COVID-19, the name of the manufacturer/holder of the marketing authorization, the country of issue and the name of the issuing competent authority and, for the EU certificate – including its unique identifier.

Persons arriving from the green zone who do not present an EU Digital COVID Certificate will be quarantined for a period of 10 days. The quarantine may be revoked if they obtain a negative result of a PCR test performed 24 hours after their arrival in Bulgaria or a positive result from a PCR or antigen test for immunity for COVID-19 for persons who had the coronavirus infection not more than 6 months from the date they enter the country. The quarantine is to be lifted within 24 hours after the submission of the document showing a negative PCR test result or a positive result from a PCR or antigen test for immunity for COVID-19.

Upon arrival to Bulgaria, at least 5% of all arrivals from orange zone countries will be tested with a rapid antigen test at random.

PCR Testing for Returning Home

If you need to get tested for your journey home, whether it is required by the airline or for re-entry into the U.S. we will help you schedule that at the most convenient location possible, at the appropriate time. For re-entry to the US you need to have a negative result from a Covid-19 viral test taken no more than one day before your arrival. Since May 12 2021, the CDC have approved Antigen tests for travel. Antigen tests are quicker (results in 30 minutes, not 24 hours) and cheaper (around 1/3 the price or less) than PCR tests and often more readily available. If you are flying direct back to the US, the only test you’ll need is an Antigen test. If you are transferring in another country on the way back to the US other requirements may apply. We advise to check with the airline in this case.

General COVID-19 measures to be aware of

  • maintain physical distance
  • maintain hand hygiene and disinfection (we will provide a personal bottle of hand sanitiser to you upon arrival)

Masks

Indoor Public Spaces & Public Transport

Restaurants & Dining

Proof of covid status required to enter restaurants: Vaccinated-Recovered-Tested

Sightseeing

Proof of covid status required to enter sights: Vaccinated-Recovered-Tested

Useful links

U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Covid-19 Page (note, not always up-to-date)

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