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10 Jun 2020 | 01:14 PM UTC

Bulgaria: Mandatory quarantine requirement to be lifted for most EU arrivals from June 1 /update 11

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Mandatory quarantine requirement to be lifted for most EU arrivals from June 1

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/30/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/6/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Sofia). COUNTRY/REGION Bulgaria

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On Friday, May 29, Bulgarian authorities announced that the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement, in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, would be lifted for arrivals from most EU countries from Monday, June 1. The quarantine period will remain obligatory for arrivals from Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, and the UK, as those countries continue to face large COVID-19 outbreaks. A ban on arrivals from outside the EU remains in place, although exemptions are in place for citizens of the Schengen zone, the UK, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, Serbia, and North Macedonia.

Additionally, Bulgarian authorities will allow restaurants, bars, and cafes to reopen from June 1. The permission to resume operations does not apply to clubs, discos, and piano bars. However, entertainment and cultural events, such as concerts, theaters, and stage performances will be allowed to resume. 

As of Saturday, May 30, authorities have confirmed 2499 cases of COVID-19 and 139 associated deaths in Bulgaria. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.


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