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Last updated 4 October 2021
From 1 July 2021, Bulgaria introduced a new system for classifying travellers arriving in the country based on green, orange and red zones. From 19 July 2021, the UK is categorised as a ‘red zone’ country, which means that only Bulgarian nationals and permanent and long-term residents in Bulgaria, as well as their immediate family members, will be eligible to enter the country.
From 29 July 2021, eligible travellers who are travelling to Bulgaria from ‘red zone’ countries must present: a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before entry and a vaccination certificate showing an approved vaccine schedule has been completed at least 14 days before entry, or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19. Please see the government website for further information.
From 4am on Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England have changed from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. Fully vaccinated travellers can book a day 2 test with free delivery. Not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers can book their return antigen tests and day 2 and 8 travel packages with Medicspot. Further details can be found on our Covid test page.
As of 17 May 2021, there is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally.
In addition to this, you are required to provide one of the following: a vaccination certificate indicating an approved vaccine schedule has been completed at least 14 days before arrival, a document showing a positive result from a PCR or rapid antigen test for people who have recovered from Covid-19. This must be dated at least 15, but no more than 180 days before arrival.
Further information can be found on the Bulgarian government website.
Arrivals to Bulgaria, with the exception of those arriving from India, Bangladesh, Brazil and several African countries, are not required to quarantine if they have provided a negative PCR test result taken up to 72 hours before arrival. The negative result must specifically mention it was a PCR test to be accepted by Bulgarian authorities.
Yes, Medicspot tests and Fit to Fly certificates are universally recognised by both Bulgarian airlines and the Bulgarian government.
If your Covid-19 test is negative, Medicspot will provide you with negative test results as well as a Fit to Fly certificate within the 72 hour testing requirement window.
Travellers from the UK to Bulgaria must take a negative PCR test 72 hours before their flight.