The Bulgarian health authorities have introduced new rules for travellers arriving in Bulgaria. The new Ordinance No. 274 of 21 May 2020 of the Minister of Health, in force since 22.05.2020, derogates the general ban on entry into Bulgaria.

As per 22 May 2020, all persons, regardless of their nationality, are temporarily prohibited from entering Bulgaria.

However, this prohibition does not apply to travellers arriving in Bulgaria who are:
  • Bulgarian citizens, citizens of EU and Schengen countries (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican City State), family members of Bulgarian citizens, as well as persons living with Bulgarian citizens as cohabiting couples, persons with Bulgarian permanent, long-term or temporary residence permit and members of their families;
  • medical specialists, medical researchers, social workers and their managers, when the purpose of the trip is inherent in the profession they carry out;
  • employers, occupied in the distribution and delivery of medicines, medical products and protective materials, medical equipment, including their assembly and maintenance activities;
  • transport personnel, occupied in the transport of passengers and goods, crews (flight personnel) operating commercial air transport and other transport personnel in case of need, including crews of sailing boats and persons engaged in the maintenance of the same boats;
  • foreign officials and members of their delegations, together with diplomats, employees of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian workers to carry out their duties;
  • persons traveling for humanitarian reasons;
  • representatives of commercial, economic and investment activities and persons who have a direct relationship with construction, maintenance, implementation and safety assurance of the critical and strategic infrastructure of the Republic of Bulgaria, fulfillment of projects, certified by the Law on the promotion of investments, analysis of projects by potential investors and other activities of relevance for the country’s economy, together with the employers in shipbuilding and ship repair activities, certified by letter from the Minister of Economy or other Minister, responsible for the specific activity;
  • seasonal agricultural and tourism workers;
  • frontier workers.
As well, an exemption of general ban on entry into Bulgaria applies when Bulgaria is being used as a transit country by:
  1. citizens of the EU and Schengen countries (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican City State) and their family members with the aim of returning to the country of residence;
  2. third-country nationals holding a residence / residence permit in another EU Member State or in another country forming part of the Schengen Agreement (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican City State), together with their family members, with the aim of returning to their country of residence;
  3. citizens of Serbia, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey in order to return to the country of which they are citizens.

The transit is allowed only in cases where an immediate departure from the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria can be guaranteed.

All travellers arriving in Bulgaria are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period at their home or other place of stay where they declared to reside.

An exemption of the 14-day mandatory quarantine period under COVID-19 measures applies to Bulgarian citizens and citizens of EU countries, who are:
  • representatives of commercial, economic and investment activities and persons that have a direct relationship with construction, maintenance, implementation and safety assurance of the critical and strategic infrastructure of the Republic of Bulgaria, fulfillment of projects, certified by the Law on the promotion of investments, analysis of projects by potential investors and other activities of importance for the economy of the country, together with the employers in shipbuilding and ship repair activities, attested by letter from the Minister of Economy or other Minister, responsible for the specific activity;
  • family members of Bulgarian citizens and / or are living in cohabitation with Bulgarian citizens and their period of stay in the country is up to 7 days;
  • bus drivers operating international passenger transport;
  • truck drivers who carry out an international cargo transport.

Persons who are not placed in quarantine, as well as those who pass through the country in transit, must submit a declaration to the border health control authorities. They undertake to observe the anti-epidemic measures introduced on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. As well, they have to declare that they are aware of the risks of the COVID-19 disease.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail: office@kgmp-legal.com or call us on: +359 2 851 72 59.


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