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BULGARIA IS PARTIALLY OPEN: Bulgaria has re-opened for tourism to arrivals from non-red list countries.
Travelers wishing to enter Bulgaria will have to fill out the Bulgaria Travel Declaration, a screening travel document that collects information from them. It is part of the government’s new travel health measures to mitigate the coronavirus’s spread within the country. It does not replace a visa or any other travel authorization.
WHO CAN ENTER BULGARIA WITH THIS DOCUMENT
The authorities in Bulgaria have opened the country to travelers from around the world. At this time, only travelers from the red zone are not permitted to enter. Check the FAQ below to find out which countries are on the red list.
OBTAIN THE BULGARIA TRAVEL DECLARATION
To obtain the Bulgaria Travel Declaration, you will need to fill out the application form and provide information about yourself, your trip, and your medical condition. Unless you are fully vaccinated and have a vaccine certificate, it is mandatory that you present a negative result from the COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before your arrival at the airport.
Check out our application page to fill out the Bulgaria Travel Declaration.
DISPLAY THE FORM
Our team will process your request, and they will prepare the Bulgaria Travel Declaration so that you can present it to immigration authorities. You will have to print and sign it prior to your departure to avoid any delays.
Visit the FAQs below to view quarantine rules for Bulgaria.
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Required Documents to Apply
All travelers entering , regardless of their nationality, age or any other consideration, must carry their Bulgaria Travel Declaration.
It DOES NOT replace a visa. If your country requires a visa, the immigration officers will ask for your Visa when you enter the country. Keep in mind some nationalities will require a paper visa. If that is your case, we suggest you contact your local embassy.
It is highly recommended that you have valid health insurance in the country.
At the airport, you must show the PDF that we will bring you, in order to pass the health check established by the Health Authorities.
It is highly recommended that you keep your Form as a soft copy (smartphone, tablet, etc.) or as a hard copy in case of any failure in the system.
Accepted vaccines are Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Spikevax, Janssen, Covishield, Vero Cell, and Sputnik.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which countries are on Bulgaria's red list?
Last Updated: 11/22/2021
Red list countries are Afghanistan, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, North Korea, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, the Czech Republic, the UK, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Zambia.
- Travelers cannot enter Bulgaria from red zone countries for tourism purposes.
Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter Bulgaria?
No, you don't. As of today, COVID vaccination passports or certificates are not a mandatory to enter Bulgaria. Now if you have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or a similar document containing the same data, you won't need to present a negative PCR test nor to follow a quarantine (unless you're coming from a red list country).
Eligible travelers coming from red zone countries need a negative COVID-19 PCR test result AND a vaccination certificate or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19. Accepted vaccines are Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Spikevax, Janssen, Covishield, Vero Cell, and Sputnik.
- Countries whose COVID-19 vaccination are considered equivalent to the EU digital COVID certificate: Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican, Andorra, Albania, Faroe Islands, Monaco, Panama, Morocco, Israel, Armenia and the UK
Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Bulgaria travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to Bulgaria?
- COVID test prior to arrival: PCR within 72 hours
- COVID test exemptions: Fully vaccinated travelers and children under 12
- Arrivals from red zone countries: Eligible travelers coming from red zone countries need a negative COVID-19 PCR test result AND a vaccination certificate or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19.
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Do I need to self-isolate in Bulgaria?
- Quarantine requirements: 10 days for eligible unvaccinated arrivals from red zone countries.
- Quarantine exceptions: Fully vaccinated travelers from non-red zone countries.
Is it mandatory to apply for the Bulgaria Travel Declaration if I’m traveling to Bulgaria?
Who are the authorized travelers who can visit Bulgaria?
- Red zone countries are: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Cyprus, the UK, Fiji, Georgia, Israel, Eswatini, Iran, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, United States of America, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and Ireland.
Do children also have to fill out the Bulgaria Travel Declaration?
How much does the Bulgaria Travel Declaration cost?
Depending on the option you choose, prices will vary for the Bulgaria Travel Declaration.
- Standard Processing Time: 24 hours - USD 20.00.
- Rush Processing Time: 8 hours - USD 35.00.
- Super Rush Processing Time: 4 hours - USD 60.00.
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Learn more about Bulgaria tourism
Full of impressive mountains and golden beaches, Bulgaria is a top destination in Europe, even if it’s not so famous in comparison to other countries like Italy or Germany. Bulgaria mixes tradition with modernity thanks to its cities full of nightlife and art, and also its buildings with antique history. It is also a country that blends nature and history very well , so you can be sure that unforgettable experiences await once you arrive there.
Plus, Bulgaria is famous for its long, sandy beaches with fine weather and peculiar surroundings. These beaches are remarkable points in Bulgaria’s Black Sea, which is why you can find many resorts in the area. Bulgaria’s inlanders tend to visit this area each year to freshen up in the sea breeze and enjoy turquoise waters, but foreign visitors are also notorious. You can find beautiful beaches through the entire coastline, even in big cities like Varna and Burgas. We can recommend beaches like Sunny, Sozopol, and many more, but we wouldn’t end the list here.
Before we continue describing the beauties in Bulgaria, we remind you to get your travel documents in hand before arriving at the airport. You won’t have issues upon arrival if you’re careful with the documentation, including the Bulgaria Travel Declaration if required.
Most travelers have to apply for the Bulgaria Travel Declaration because this document was launched during the coronavirus pandemic. To this day, the Bulgaria Travel Declaration is practically mandatory, but we still recommend you to check our visa checker first so that you can be sure of what you need to visit Bulgaria. In case you need the Bulgaria Travel Declaration, don’t worry, we’ll talk about this document later so that you can know how to apply for it.
For now, we want to tell you which points you shouldn’t forget when exploring Bulgaria. Firstly, you should know that Bulgaria is very famous for its churches and religious art, which is why you shouldn’t miss the 10th-century Rila Monastery, one of the most popular spots related to this topic. Rila Monastery lies in the recesses of Rila Mountain, between Rilska and Drushlyavitsa Rivers, at 1147 m above mean sea level. This monastery is related to St. Ivan of the Rila, who is considered the first Bulgarian hermit, and who settled in the region and devoted his life to prayers. This monastery was declared a National Historical Reserve in 1983, and since then, it was included in the List of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
From gold-domed churches to small but significant icon paintings, this country takes religion seriously, and you can see that in amazing buildings like Sofia’s Aleksander Nevski Church. This church is the center of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria and one of the sixty largest Christian cathedrals in the world, as well as one of the ten largest Orthodox Cathedrals in the world. It is also considered an important symbol in Sofia, the capital city.
Continuing with impressive buildings, you should also plan a tour to Veliko Târnovo and Central Mountains. In this region, you can find the fortress at Veliko Târnovo north of the mountain range, which was once the capital of the Bulgarian tsars. This place is also home to the captivating Kazanlâk’s Valley of the Roses, aflame with blooms each May and June, and the Thracian tombs in its surroundings. As you can see, there’s a lot to explore in the central region, so be sure to take at least a few days to enjoy all the tourist spots it has.
Another mandatory place if you want to learn more about Bulgarian culture is Plovdiv. This is an ancient city built around seven hills in southern Bulgaria. It is also Bulgaria’s cosmopolitan second city. Plovdiv mingles nightlife among millennia-old remains, and similar to Rome, this place straddles seven hills, and it’s often referred to as a romantic but classy town. Packed with vibrant 19th-century mansions, this place is a must if you’re looking for house-museums, art galleries, and easy-to-find accommodations.
Historical places are not difficult to find in Bulgaria, and a good example of that is the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari. This Unesco-protected Thracian settlement is a well-preserved tomb with three chambers. It was built around 300 BC, and it is famous for the fine artwork that adorns the tomb. Plus, it’s almost intact to this day and it still preserves some of the unique burial gifts that confirm how advanced the Bulgarian civilization was back then. This place is located 8 km from the town of Isperih, in the village of Sveshtari. For your convenience, you can find affordable accommodations in the towns.
Last, but not least, we also recommend you visit Belogradchik Rocks, popular rock formations in Belogradchik. These massive sandstone and limestone rock formations extend to an area of at least 90 sq km and tower over the town. The rocks, standing up to 200m high, were sculpted millions of years by natural concentration. Some of these formations already have names including the ‘Monks’, the ‘Bear’, the ‘'Shepherd Boy' and 'Adam and Eve'. Numerous hiking trails of differing complexity band through the rocks. It’s recommended to explore this place with a professional guide, as it can be dangerous if you go by yourself.
These are some of the places you can visit in Bulgaria, but you can find more depending on your travel purposes, so don’t limit yourself with this information. What we want to emphasize though is that you cannot forget to get the required travel documentation, including the Bulgaria Travel Declaration.
The Bulgaria Travel Declaration is a mandatory document, but it’s not a visa replacement, so be sure to check if you need a visa or not. In case you need a paper visa, you’ll have to go to the embassy.
In addition to the Bulgaria Travel Declaration, all arriving visitors are subject to pre-screening testing. You will have to take the COVID-19 PCR Test within 72 hours before your arrival. The Bulgaria Travel Declaration works as a health declaration, so it’ll ask you to have some basic items before applying like a COVID-19 PCR Test. This test must be taken within 72 hours before your arrival.
You’ll also need your current passport, an email address, and means of payment as there is a fee to pay. Applying is not difficult as you can do it through our online platform, and we firmly encourage you to do it so that you can save much time and effort for your trip.
Where can I read more?
- How Citizens of Greece Can Enter Bulgaria During Coronavirus
- How Citizens of Turkey Can Enter Bulgaria During Coronavirus
- How Citizens of Romania Can Enter Bulgaria During Coronavirus
- How Citizens of Germany Can Enter Bulgaria During Coronavirus
- How Citizens of Serbia Can Enter Bulgaria During Coronavirus
- Bulgaria COVID Test Requirements
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