Bulgaria: Quarantine restrictions for entrance from EU and North Macedonia lifted

Bulgaria: Quarantine restrictions for entrance from EU and North Macedonia lifted

As of today, Bulgaria is lifting the mandatory 14-day quarantine for passengers from most European Union countries, but not for those with the highest numbers of coronavirus cases.

The decision came into force as the health minister issued a decree regulating entry into Bulgaria, crossing the country, and being quarantined for 14 days, that will take effect from June 1.

According to the provision, all persons are temporarily prohibited to enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of nationality, through all borders, by air, sea, rail and road, with the following exceptions:

-Bulgarian citizens, citizens of the Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Schengen Contracting Parties (including the Republic of St. Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Morocco and Vatican City), the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of North Macedonia, members of the families of Bulgarian citizens, as well as persons living in real cohabitation with a Bulgarian citizen, persons in permanent or long-term status or long-term residence in the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families.

-Health professionals, health researchers, social workers and their executives when the purpose of the trip is related to the profession they practice.

-Employees engaged in the supply of medicines, medical devices and protective personal equipment, medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance.

– Transportation personnel engaged in international passenger and cargo transport, commercial aircraft crews and other transport personnel where required, including ship crews and persons involved in the maintenance of vessels.

-Foreign officials (heads of state, members of governments, etc.) and members of their delegations, as well as diplomats, employees of international organizations, military personnel, members of the security and public services, and humanitarian workers while performing their duties.

-People who travel for humanitarian reasons.

-Representatives of commercial, economic and investment activities and persons directly related to: the construction, maintenance, operation, operation and security of the strategic and critical infrastructure of the Republic of Bulgaria, the implementation of certified projects under the Law on the Promotion of Investments, analyses of projects of potential investors and other activities that are important for the country’s economy, certified by a letter from the Minister of Economy or another minister responsible for the respective activity, as well as by persons involved in shipbuilding and ship repair.

-Secondary workers and employees in the field of tourism.

-Employees at the border.

Exceptions to passing through the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria:

-Citizens of the Member States of the European Union, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Schengen States (including the Republic of St. Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco) and the State of the City members of their families to return to the country where they live.

-Citizens of third countries who have a long-term residence permit in another Member State of the European Union, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or Schengen (including the Republic of St. Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican State)

-Member of their families to return to their country of residence.

-Citizens of the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro and the Republic of Turkey to return to the country of which they are nationals.

Passage is allowed only in cases where direct departure from the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria can be ensured.

All persons entering the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria from the Kingdom of Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Republic of Ireland, the Portuguese Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the Republic Malta and Italy and all third countries except the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of North Macedonia will be quarantined for 14 days at home or in other accommodation where the person has designated as residence, with a prescription that will be issued by the director of the competent regional health inspectorate or an employee authorized by him.

Quarantine requirement do not apply for individuals who are:

-Bulgarian citizens and citizens of other EU member states, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Schengen countries (including the Republic of St. Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of the Monaco Principality and the City of the State traveling for humanitarian reasons, as well as representatives of commercial, economic and investment activities and persons directly related to: construction, maintenance, operation and security of strategic and critical infrastructure of the Republic of Bulgaria, implementation of projects certified by law investment promotion, analysis of projects of potential investors and other activities related to the country’s economy, certified by a letter from the Minister of Economy or another minister responsible for the respective activity, as well as by persons engaged in shipbuilding and ship repair.

-Bus bus drivers involved in international passenger transport.

-Vehicle drivers who perform or terminate the international transport of goods and goods.

-The members of the crew of ships – Bulgarian citizens./ibna