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28 Jul 2020 | 12:15 AM UTC

Bulgaria: Travel bans to ease for tourists from select countries from July 28 /update 14

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Authorities to ease travel bans for tourists from select countries from July 28; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/27/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/10/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Sofia). COUNTRY/REGION Bulgaria

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Event

Bulgarian authorities have announced that tourists from select countries will be permitted entry into the country amid the easing of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions from Tuesday, July 28. Tourists from Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, and Kuwait will be allowed to visit the country however, they must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Tourists from Ukraine will be permitted the same entry from Thursday, July 30.

As of Tuesday, July 28, there have been 10,621 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bulgaria, and 347 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.  

Context

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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

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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