Bulgaria removes the requirement for a digital Covid certificate for arrivals from 10 countries

From April 13, people arriving in Bulgaria from any of the 10 countries listed in an order issued by Health Minister Assena Serbezova will no longer be required to present an EU Covid digital certificate or equivalent.

The 10 countries are North Macedonia, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Israel and Egypt.

The Bulgarian tourism minister previously publicly called for the exemption of countries that are considered the main sources of tourists and which – for example in the case of Romania – do not require people from Bulgaria to present “green certificates” for entry.

On April 1, 2022, Bulgaria abolished its previous system of color-coding countries according to their Covid-19 situation.

From this date, entry from all countries is allowed provided that a digital certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, a past illness or a negative test is presented.

Those who do not have such a certificate may be admitted but are subject to a 10-day quarantine, which can be lifted if the person has a negative test 72 hours after arrival.

Serbezova’s April 12 order also states that Nato military personnel participating in international exercises and multinational contingents and accompanying civilians are also not required to present an EU Digital Covid Certificate of Vaccination, Disease or Test or similar documents submitted containing the same data.

(Photo: Sofia Airport)

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