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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Introduced measures

Ministry of Health
Restrictions introduced
   - Attended classes in the institutions of the preschool and school education system are resumed. The educational process is organized and conducted in accordance with the Guidelines for the operation of the system of preschool and school education in the school year 2020-2021 prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health in the conditions of COVID-19. The actual implementation of the activities in the higher schools is carried out according to the requirements of the respective higher school in compliance with the anti-epidemic measures introduced by Order № RD-01-487 of 31.08.2020 of the Minister of Health, and if possible the training process is carried out by distance in an electronic environment by using the means of information and communication technologies. (Order № RD-01-489 of 31.08.2020)
   - Language centers, educational centers, entertainment centers, organized by legal entities and individuals provide their services in an electronic environment, and in case of impossibility, they provide a physical distance between persons of 1.5 meters and in compliance with the anti-epidemic measures and instructions specified in the order of the Minister of Health. (Order № RD-01-489 of 31.08.2020)
   - Congress and conference events, seminars, exhibitions, including events of the exhibition industry and other public events are recommended to be held in absentia (remote form), and if impossible they can be held at seats up to 50% of the total their capacity, in compliance with a physical distance of 1.5 m and in compliance with the anti-epidemic measures and instructions specified in the order of the Minister of Health. (Order № RD-01-489 of 31.08.2020)
   - Cultural and entertainment events (theaters, cinemas, stage events, concerts, classes in dance, creative and musical arts) can be organized and held with to 50% of their total indoor and outdoor capacity (incl. in community centers, cultural centers, private sites, military clubs, etc.), observing a physical distance of 1.5 m and observing the anti - epidemic measures and instructions specified in the order of the Minister of Health. (Order № RD-01-489 of 31.08.2020)
   - All collective and individual sports events (trainings and competitions) for all age groups indoors are held without an audience. When holding outdoor sports competitions, an audience of up to 1,000 people per sector is allowed, with occupancy of not more than 50%, with at least 1 seat empty between specators, with a physical distance of 1.5 m, and in compliance with the anti-epidemic measures and instructions specified in the order of the Minister of Health. (Order № RD-01-489 of 31.08.2020)
   - Visits to discos, piano bars, night bars, nightclubs and other similar nightclubs for indoor and outdoor entertainment are allowed if the seats are occupied by no more than one person per square meter of their total capacity and in compliance with the specified in the order of the Minister of Health anti-epidemic measures and instructions. (Order № RD-01-489 of 31.08.2020)
- Group celebrations in the open air and indoors (including weddings, baptisms, etc.) are organized in compliance with a physical distance of 1.5 m and in compliance with the anti-epidemic measures and instructions specified in the order of the Minister of Health. (Order № RD-01-489 of 31.08.2020)
   - Visits to hospitals are prohibited, with the exception of visits to patients in the terminal stage. The prohibition does not apply to the control entities during their control activity. (Order № RD-01-489 of 31.08.2020)
   - In the specialized institutions for providing social services and those for residential-type social services for children and adults, visits are allowed exceptionally and at the discretion of the director of the institution in compliance with the introduced anti-epidemic measures and presentation of a declaration by the visitor that is not in contact with infectious patients, has no signs of acute respiratory disease and will comply with the anti-epidemic measures introduced on the territory of the institution. The restriction does not apply to the control entities during their control activity. (Order № RD-01-489 of 31.08.2020)
- The work process of the collective management bodies and the employees should be carried out, if possible, in remote form (home work / remote work) or to establish working hours with variable limits or work in shifts. Employers to approve a schedule for the use of regulated holidays, where applicable, as well as to apply other preventive measures and methods of work, depending on the specifics of the respective work activity, which will provide a better level of protection of workers, including limiting insignificant contacts at work. (Order № RD-01-487 of 31.08.2020)
   - All persons when in closed public places, including the public transport, medical and health establishments, pharmacies, opticians, national centers for public health, administrative institutions and other places where they are served or citizens have access, railway and bus stations, airports, metro stations, shops, churches, monasteries, temples, museums, etc., must have a protective face mask for single or multiple use or other covering the nose and mouth (including towel, scarf, helmet, etc.), which are used according to the recommendations in the order. Exceptions to the obligation are allowed for: customers in restaurants and drinking establishments, indoor athletes during physical activity, participants in congress-conference events, briefings, press conferences and seminars during speeches (lecture, presentation, etc.) in compliance with a physical distance of 1.5 m. from the other participants, the participants (presenters and guests) in TV shows in compliance with a physical distance of 1.5 m. from the other participants. (Order № RD-01-487 from 31.08. 2020)
   - Applying a disposable or reusable face mask or other means covering the nose and mouth (including a towel, scarf, helmet, etc.) in all open public places is recommended. (Order № RD-01-487 of 31.08.2020)
   - A temporary ban has been introduced for the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all persons, regardless of their citizenship, through all border crossings, by air, sea, rail and road transport. The ban does not apply to Bulgarian citizens, citizens of Member States of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Schengen countries (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and their members. families (including those who are actually living with them); citizens of the Union of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Tunisia, the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Albania Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, Israel, the State of Kuwait, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Turkey; 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, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or in a Schengen country (including the Republic of San Marino, The Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State) and members of their families. There are other exceptions, which you can find in the order of the Minister of Health. Exceptions are also allowed for certain transits. (Order № RD-01-488 of 31.08.2020)
- All persons who are excluded from the ban on entry into the country described above and who arrive at a point of departure from Member States of the European Union, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, from Schengen countries ( including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State), the Australian Union, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Tunisia, the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates , The Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Turkey are admitted to the territory of the country without the need to present a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test for the detection of COVID-19. (Order № RD-01-488 of 31.08.2020)
   - All persons who are excluded from the introduced ban on entry into the territory of the country and who arrive with a starting point of departure from third countries other than those specified in the previous point are admitted to the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria upon submission of a document showing a negative result. 72 hours before entering the country, a polymerase chain reaction test for the detection of COVID-19, counted from the date of the study, entered in the document. Exceptions are specified in the order. (Order № RD-01-488 of 31.08.2020)
   - Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and their family members under the previous item, who do not present a document showing a negative result from a polymerase test conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country chain reaction to prove COVID-19 shall be quarantined for a period of 14 days in the home or other accommodation where the person has indicated that he will reside, with a prescription issued by the director of the relevant regional health inspectorate or authorized by him an official. (Order № RD-01-488 of 31.08.2020)
   - The director of the respective regional health inspectorate may revoke the issued order for quarantine of the persons under the previous item, upon presentation of a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test conducted within 24 hours of entry into the country to prove COVID. -19. The prescription shall be revoked within 24 hours of the submission of the document showing a negative result of the polymerase chain reaction test for the detection of COVID-19. (Order № RD-01-488 of 31.08.2020)
For more information: http://www.mh.government.bg/bg/informaciya-za-grazhdani/informaciya-otnosno-noviya-koronavirus-2019-ncov/ and https://coronavirus.bg/.

 

COMMUNICATION FROM THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM
04 September 2020

For tourism purposes, tourists from 58 countries can travel to Bulgaria
From September 1st, 2020 to September 30th, 2020, the Republic of Bulgaria accepts tourists from 58 countries, based on Order No. RD-01-488/31.08.2020, of the Minister of Health.
Through all border checkpoints on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, for tourism purposes without being placed under 14-day quarantine and without the need to present a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 (PCR test), people from the following countries could arrive:

  • The Republic of Austria;
  • The Kingdom of Netherlands;
  • The Federal Republic of Germany;
  • The Republic of Poland;       
  • Hellenic Republic;      
  • The Kingdom of Denmark;
  • Romania;
  • The Republic of Estonia;
  • The Slovak Republic
  • The Republic of Slovenia;    
  • Hungary;       
  • The Republic of Finland;   
  • The Republic of Cyprus;
  • The French Republic;     
  • The Republic of Latvia;
  • The Republic of Croatia;    
  • The Republic of Lithuania;
  • The Czech Republic;
  • The Portuguese Republic;
  • Grand Duchy of Luxemburg;
  • Iceland;
  • The Kingdom of Norway;
  • Switzerland;
  • The Principality of Liechtenstein;
  • The Republic of San Marino;
  • The Principality of Andorra;
  • The Principality of Monaco;
  • The Vatican City State;
  • The Republic of Malta
  • Italian Republic
  • The Kingdom of Spain
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The Kingdom of Belgium;
  • Kingdom of Sweden;
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
  • Australian Union;
  • Canada;
  • Georgia;
  • Japan;
  • New Zealand;
  • Republic of Rwanda;
  • Republic of Korea;
  • Kingdom of Thailand;
  • Republic of Tunisia;
  • Eastern Republic of Uruguay;
  • United Arab Emirates;
  • Ukraine;
  • Republic of Belarus
  • Republic of Serbia
  • Republic of Turkey

From September 1st, 2020 to September 30th, 2020, for tourism purposes and presented a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 (PCR test) up to 72 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, through all border checkpoints may enter the arrivals from:

  • The Republic of Northern Macedonia;
  • The Republic of Albania;
  • Kosovo;
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Montenegro;
  • The Republic of Moldova;
  • Israel;
  • Emirate of Kuwait.

The list is subject to update and supplementation depending on the development of the epidemic situation.


Regional Governor of Plovdiv Region
   - In connection with the epidemic situation in Plovdiv and the region at upcoming mass events of a public nature (football matches, concerts, stage events, etc.) it is mandatory to wear a mask or other protective item covering the nose and mouth. (Decision № RD-20-119 / 12.08.2020)
   - Cultural and entertainment events on the territory of Plovdiv district (theaters, cinemas, stage events, dance, creative and musical art, etc.) can be organized and held when the seats are occupied up to 50% of their total capacity (including number and children up to 14 years of age) indoors and outdoors, observing a physical distance of 1.5 m. to provide persons to monitor the observance of the distance between the spectators. (Decision № RD-20-122 / 19.08.2020)


Mayor of Municipality of Plovdiv
The above measures are instructed by the Mayor of the Municipality of Plovdiv in Order № 20ОА-1861 / 15.09.2020 with a deadline of 30.09.2020. The full text of the order can be found here.

 
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