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Bulgaria’s Health Minister announces new rules on arrivals

The Ministry of Health envisages, with the extension of the epidemic emergency situation, as of February 1, 2021, to introduce a requirement for a negative result of a PCR test up to 72 hours before entering the country for:

– Bulgarian citizens, citizens of Member States of the European Union (EU), Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and their family members (including persons in actual cohabitation) with them); the citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Union of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, the persons with the status of permanent, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and the members of their families; persons holding a Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, as well as persons holding a residence permit in a Member State of the European Union or a Schengen country (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the City State Vatican) and members of their families;

– medical specialists, medical researchers, social workers and their supervisors, when the purpose of the trip is related to the profession they practice;

– workers involved in the supply of medicinal products, medical devices and personal protective equipment, medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance;

– transport staff engaged in the international carriage of passengers and cargo and goods, aircraft crews, aircraft maintenance personnel and other transport personnel as required, including vessel crews and persons involved in the maintenance of vessels;

– officials (heads of state, members of governments, etc.) and members of their delegations, as well as diplomats, members of the administrative and technical staff of foreign missions, employees of international organizations, servicemen, members of the security services and public order and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties, as well as members of their families;

– persons traveling for humanitarian reasons within the meaning of § 1, item 16 of the additional provisions of the Law on Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria;

– representatives of trade, economic and investment activities and persons directly related to: implementation of projects certified under the Investment Promotion Act, analyzes of projects of potential investors and other activities relevant to the economy of the country, as well as the members of their families, certified by a letter from the Minister of Economy; persons directly involved in the construction, maintenance, operation and provision of the safety of the strategic and critical infrastructure of the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as persons engaged in shipbuilding and ship repair, as well as the members of their families, certified by a letter from the Minister responsible for the respective activity. The letter of the respective minister shall be submitted to the border control bodies;

- seasonal agricultural workers and workers in the field of tourism;
- border workers;
- persons traveling for the purpose of training for the implementation of activities for the completion of the academic year 2019/2020, as well as for training in the academic year 2020/2021, as well as persons participating in examination commissions, provided that the examination cannot conducted remotely in an electronic environment;

– organizers and participants in international sports competitions – for the time of the respective sports event, athletes from abroad coming to the country for a certain trial period; athletes and coaches from abroad arriving in the country to participate in training camps, family members of foreign athletes and coaches, holders of Bulgarian long-stay visa type “D”, certified by a letter from the Minister of Youth and Sports, which indicates the names of the persons and the place (address) of their residence in Bulgaria. The letter shall be submitted to the border control authorities;

– foreign citizens, for receiving a decree under the Bulgarian Citizenship Act for acquired Bulgarian citizenship, certified by a letter of the Ministry of Justice;

– organizers and participants in international cultural events – for the time of the respective cultural event, certified by a letter from the Minister of Culture, in which the names of the persons and the place (address) of address of residence in Bulgaria.

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– foreign citizens, for receiving a decree under the Bulgarian Citizenship Act for acquired Bulgarian citizenship, certified by a letter of the Ministry of Justice;

– organizers and participants in international cultural events – for the time of the respective cultural event, certified by a letter from the Minister of Culture, in which the names of the persons and the place (address) of address of residence in Bulgaria.

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