Bulgaria places Greece on ‘red zone’ list for travel

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Source: Sofia Airport

Bulgaria placed Greece on his list of “Red zone” travel destinations, after an increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the country. Greece is one of 14 countries to have recently joined Bulgaria’s “red zone”, along with Austria, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and others.

In force since November 23, the list banned entry into Bulgaria for travelers coming from Greek destinations. However, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has announced a number of derogations (see below).

The updated list includes the following countries:

People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kingdom of Bhutan, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Republic of Maldives, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Seychelles, Republic of Namibia, Republic of Zambia , Sultanate of Oman, Turkmenistan, Republic of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Chile, Eastern Republic of Uruguay, Federative Republic of Brazil, Republic of Paraguay, Multinational State of Bolivia, Republic of Suriname, Republic of Panama, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of Guatemala, Belize, Republic of El Salvador, Republic of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Saint Lucia, Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Barbados , Singapore, Brunei, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Georgia, Armenia, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvian ie, Republic of Estonia, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovak Republic lic, Ukraine, Republic of Austria, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ireland, Czech Republic, Kingdom of Belgium, Hungary, Kingdom of Denmark, Iceland, Greece, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Principality of Andorra, the Republic of Poland and the Swiss Confederation.

Red zone exemptions

Bulgaria has announced the following red zone entry ban exemptions:

• Bulgarian citizens (and members of their families) and persons having the status of permanent, long-term or continuous resident in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

citizens of the European Union, of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation and citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and members of their families from a member state of the European Union, of the European Economic Area, the European Confederation of Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

• medical workers (including professionals, researchers, suppliers of medical products and devices), state officials and diplomats, aid workers, seasonal agricultural workers and tourism workers

• foreign students, holders of a type “D” visa for long-term residence for study purposes

• persons, who have received the approval of the Minister in charge of Health or a Minister delegate mandated by him, made on the basis of a reasoned written proposal from a Minister, when this is required for specific reasons particularly important.

Persons falling under the exceptional categories listed above are authorized to enter the country on presentation of the following documents:
• a negative PCR test result carried out up to 72 hours before entering the country, certified by a valid EU digital Covid certificate for testing, or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital Covid certificate for testing ,
and
• a valid EU Covid-19 digital vaccination certificate, or
• a valid EU Covid-19 digital recovery certificate, or
• a similar document containing the same data as the EU’s Covid-19 digital vaccination or recovery certificate.

Children ages 12-18, coming from a country in the red zone must present a negative PCR test.

Children up to 12 years old are exempt from the obligation to present documents related to Covid-19, regardless of the country from which they come.

Persons passing through the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, in cases where the immediate departure of the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria can be guaranteed, are also exempt from the obligation to present documents related to Covid-19. In such cases, all travelers should ensure that they comply with the Covid-19 travel restrictions introduced by the authorities at their final destination.

Promahonas checkpoint, Greece. Photo source: @EODY

Who should quarantine

People exempt from entry ban, who do not present a valid EU digital Covid certificate for vaccination or recovery certificate or a similar document, can only be admitted to the territory of the country after presenting a negative result to the PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before entering the country, certified by a valid EU Covid digital certificate for testing, or a similar document containing the same data as an EU Covid digital certificate for testing, and must quarantine for a period of 10 days at their home or in another place of accommodation where the person has indicated that they will reside.

More information on travel restrictions related to Covid-19 in Bulgaria is available here.


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