Bulgaria tightens arrival conditions as COVID infections increase

A woman waits for a vaccination dose against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by medical staff from a mobile unit in the village of Krushovitsa, Bulgaria, October 10, 2021. REUTERS / Stoyan Nenov / File Photo

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SOFIA, January 5 (Reuters) – As of Friday, Bulgaria will require almost all travelers from the European Union to pass a negative PCR coronavirus test together with a valid COVID certificate before entering the country, the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday.

The ministry said the measure aims to curb the spread of the Coronavirus variant Omicron.

The Balkan country recorded its first 12 Omicron cases since the New Year. On Wednesday, she reported a sharp increase in new infections to over 6,200 from around 1,900 the day before.

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According to the updated regulations, travelers from the EU countries that are on the Bulgarian Red Zone List must present a negative PCR test 72 hours before arrival. The rule also applies to travelers from the UK.

On Bulgaria’s red zone list are countries that have reported over 500 coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days or have reported a worrying spread of a coronavirus variant.

From Friday, Bulgaria will add the United States, Canada and Australia to its list of red zones, effectively banning the entry of foreigners from these countries.

Austria, Hungary, Luxembourg and Romania are the only EU member states that are not currently on the Bulgarian Red Zone List.

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Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova in Sofia Editing by Matthew Lewis

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