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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Introduced measures

I. With regard to the introduced anti-epidemic measures on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria: 

Order № RD-01-973 of 26.11.2021 for introduction of temporary anti-epidemic measures, amended and ext. with Order № RD-01-991 of 02.12.2021

I. I introduce the following temporary anti-epidemic measures on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, as of 1st of December 2021 to 31 March 2022:

1. Visits to children's centers, clubs and others providing organized group hourly services for children is suspended.

2. The holding of congress and conference events, seminars, symposia, trainings, competitions, exams and other group events is suspended.

3. The conducting of team building and other organized group events in labor collectives is suspended.

4. The holding of all mass events, such as music and other festivals, fairs, folklore initiatives and others, is suspended.

5. The group visits to centers, schools and other sites for dance and music art are suspended.

6. The holding of face-to-face group classes for adults in language centers, educational centers and other training centers and schools is suspended.

7. Holding face-to-face group classes for children in language centers, educational centers, personal development support centers and other training centers and schools is allowed when a physical distance of at least 1.5 m is respected and not more than 5 people are allowed in the room, when wearing protective face masks, respecting hand hygiene, regular ventilation every hour and disinfection. The restrictions do not apply to special education support centers.

8. Visits to libraries, museums, galleries, cinemas, theaters, circus performances, concerts and other indoor stage performances are suspended.

9. Indoor collective sports are suspended, with the exception of trainings and competitions for registered athletes at licensed sports federations.

10. The holding of sports competitions is allowed without an audience.

11. The visits to fitness centers, sports halls and clubs, swimming pools and complexes, balneotherapy (medical SPA) centers, SPA centers, wellness centers and thalassotherapy centers are suspended.

12. The visits to the gambling halls, the casinos and the establishments for food and entertainment in the sense of art. 124 of the Tourism Act, including those to the places of accommodation.

13. Visits to Mall-type shopping centers, shops with a net retail area of ​​over 300 sq. m, bazaars and indoor exhibitions are suspended. Exceptions are made for the visits of shops offering mainly food, pharmacies, drugstores, optics, pet shops, banks, postal and courier service providers, insurers, payment service providers and telecommunications operators' offices. An exception is also allowed for the medical establishments and vaccination points located on the territory of the shopping centers.

14. The conducting of organized excursions and group visits to tourist sites in the country is suspended.

15. Visits to medical establishments is suspended, with the exception of visits to patients in the terminal stage, as well as visits to specialized institutions for the provision of social services and to those for residential-type social services for children and adults.

16. (revoked by Order № RD-01-991 of 02.12.2021, effective 06.12.2021) The carrying out of planned admission and planned operations in the medical establishments for hospital medical care is suspended, with the exception of the activities related to transplantation of organs, tissues and cells, diagnostics and treatment of patients with oncological and oncohematological diseases, assisted reproduction activities, births, regardless of the method of delivery, abortion, rehabilitation activities, long - term treatment and psychiatric care.

17. The present learning process in the higher schools is terminated.

18. The attendance learning process for the students from first to twelfth grade in all municipalities with reached 14-day incidence rate over 500 per 100,000 population is suspended.

19. The attendance of 50% of the classes in the schools in the municipalities with reached 14-day incidence rate between 250 and 500 per 100 000 population is suspended. Attendance training is carried out according to a schedule approved by the Minister of Education and Science.

20. The introduced anti-epidemic measures under items 18 and 19 may not be applied and the students may conduct face-to-face classes if the following conditions are met:

a) (effective until 05.12.2021) an on-site school organization of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests is established twice a week (Monday and Thursday) for students in the relevant classes (conducting face-to-face training) and for the pedagogical and non-pedagogical staff involved in conducting face-to-face training, except for those who have valid documents for vaccination, recovery or test;

a) (effective 06.12.2021) an on-site school organization of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests is established once a week (at the first day of the school week) for students in the relevant classes (conducting face-to-face training) and twice a week for the pedagogical and non-pedagogical staff involved in conducting face-to-face training, except for those who have valid documents for vaccination, recovery or test;

b) in case of disagreement of the parents  /custodians / trustees to conduct a COVID-19 test, the student is not admitted to face-to-face training and is provided with the opportunity for distance learning in an electronic environment;

c) exceptionally, individual activities (individual lessons, consultations, tests for ongoing assessment, examinations, etc.) may be conducted without applying the requirement under letter "a" for students, if the individual activities are conducted outside the time of the present learning process of the classes.

21. The decision for transition to training in electronic environment from distance under items 18-20 shall be taken by the Minister of Education and Science under the conditions and by the order of art. 105, para. 6 and 115a, para. 1, 4 and 5 of the Preschool and School Education Act.

22. All students from fifth to twelfth grade, as well as the pedagogical and non-pedagogical staff in the schools shall wear a protective face mask during their stay and training in the schools.

23. The classes in physical education and sports shall be held only in open air, except for the cases when the educational process is conducted under the conditions of item 20.

24. When conducting group extracurricular activities, activities of interest and others, organized in a school environment, mixing of students from different classes is not allowed, except in cases when the learning process is carried out under the conditions of item 20.

25. The classes in the schools and kindergardens in face-to-face training shall be carried out in compliance with the Guidelines for training and actions in the conditions of emergency epidemic situation in schools and kindergartens, approved by the Minister of Education and Science and published on the website of the Ministry of Education and science.

26. The holding of private gatherings (baptisms, weddings, etc.) is allowed with the participation of not more than 15 persons indoors and 30 persons outdoors.

27. All natural and legal persons, who are owners or manage commercial, administrative or other sites, which provide services to the citizens, shall create an organization for control of the number of clients in the respective site, not allowing more than 1 person per 8 sq. m.

28. In all markets, marketplaces, bazaars and open-air exhibitions an organization for one-way traffic shall be established, providing control of the entering persons and admission of not more than 1 person per 8 sq. m and providing physical distance of at least 1.5 m between visitors. Workers and visitors are required to wear a face mask. Christmas and New Year's open-air bazaars are organized and held in coordination with the relevant regional health inspectorate, which also prescribes specific anti-epidemic measures.

29. Employers and recruitment bodies to organize the work process of employees in remote form (teleworking / home work), where possible, allowing the present work of a maximum of 50% of staff.

30. The employers and the recruitment bodies in all administrations in the sense of art. 1 of the Administration Act organize the work process of the employees, as:

a) establish working hours with variable limits and the start of the working day between 7.30 and 10.00 h., unless this is not possible depending on the type of the work;

b) assign remote work to at least 50% of the staff, unless this is not possible depending on the type of the work.

31. The employers in the medical establishments for hospital care, the complex oncological centers, the dialysis centers, the hospices and the homes for elderly people shall organize the work process, admitting to work only employees with valid documents for vaccination, recovery or test within the meaning of this order. The employer may arrange for a COVID-19 test to be performed with rapid on-site antigen testing. A protocol shall be drawn up for the conducted examination, in which the names of the employee, the result of the test and the date of its performance shall be entered. The protocol is signed by the employer and the examined persons. The results are valid up to 48 hours after sampling.

32. The introduced anti-epidemic measures under items 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17 may not be applied under the following conditions:

a) 100% of the staff at the site / persons involved in the event have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 or have a negative test result certified by valid vaccination, recovery or test documents; and

b) the manager of the site / organizer of the event has made a decision and has created the necessary organization for admission to the site, respectively of the event only to persons who:

aa) have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, certified by valid vaccination or recovery documents, or

bb) present a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to entry into the site / event or a rapid antigen test (up to 48 hours before entry into the site / event), certified by a valid document or a certificate of presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.

c) the conditions set out in points (aa) and (bb) shall not apply to persons under 18 years of age.

II. For the purposes of this order:

1. A valid vaccination document is:

a) EU digital COVID certificate for incomplete vaccination course with two-dose vaccine according to Annex № 3 to item 1, letter “c” of Order № RD-01-389 of 31.05.2021 of the Minister of Health. For the purposes of this order, the certificate may be used from the 15th to the 30th day from the date of administration of the first dose of vaccine;

b) Digital COVID certificate for completed vaccination course for single-dose and double-dose vaccines according to Annex № 3 to item 1, letters “a” and “b” of Order № RD-01-389 of 31.05.2021 of the Minister of Health. For the purposes of this order, the certificate may be used from the date of administration of the second dose for two-dose vaccines and from the 15th day from the date of administration of a single-dose vaccine;

c) EU digital COVID certificate for incomplete and completed vaccination course for single-dose and dual-dose vaccines issued by another EU Member State. For the purposes of this order, the EU digital COVID vaccination certificate may be used within the relevant time limits under points (a) and (b);

d) A document equivalent to an EU Digital COVID for an incomplete or completed vaccination course - a document issued by a competent authority in another country certifying that the person has received the relevant dose of vaccine. The document must contain the person's name, date of birth, date of administration of the respective dose of COVID-19 vaccine, serial number of the dose, and the total number of doses for vaccines to be administered, the trade name of the vaccine against COVID -19, the name of the manufacturer / marketing authorization holder, the country in which it was issued and the name of the issuing competent authority. For the purposes of this order, the similar vaccination document may be used within the respective time limits under letters "a" and "b".

A valid recovery document is:
a) EU digital COVID certificate for recovery according to Order № RD-01-417 of 4.06.2021 of the Minister of Health, valid from the 15th to the 180th day from the date of the first positive result of PCR examination. By virtue of and for the purposes of this order, the certificate may be used from the 15th to the 365th day from the date of the first positive result of the PCR test.

b) EU digital COVID certificate issued in another EU country, valid not earlier than the 11th to the 180th day from the date of the first positive PCR test result. By virtue of and for the purposes of this order, the certificate may be used until the 365th day from the date of the first positive result of the PCR test;

c) Certificate of recovery from COVID-19, as evidenced by a rapid antigen test. The certificate is created in the National Information System for Combating COVID-19 for the persons registered in it as confirmed cases of COVID-19, proven by a rapid antigen test and is available in electronic format by the patients from the website of the National Health Information System - https://his.bg. The certificate is valid from the 15th to the 365th day from the date of the first positive result of a rapid antigen test;

d) A document equivalent to EU Digital COVID certificate - a document for recovery, proven by PCR test or rapid antigen test, issued by a competent authority in another country and certifying that the person has recovered from COVID-19. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, date of the first positive result of a PCR test or a rapid antigen test and a positive result (Positive), details of the medical institution that performed the test (name, address or other contact details) or for the authority issuing the document and the country in which the examination was carried out. For the purposes of this order, the analogous document may be used from the 11th to the 365th day from the date of the first positive result of a PCR test or rapid antigen test.

3. A valid test document is:

a) EU digital COVID certificate for testing according to Order № RD-01-548 of 30.06.2021 of the Minister of Health, valid for up to 48 hours for a rapid antigen test or up to 72 hours for a PCR test;

b) EU digital COVID test certificate issued in another EU country, valid for up to 48 hours for a rapid antigen test or up to 72 hours for a PCR test;

c) Document equivalent to EU Digital COVID certificate - a document for testing by PCR or rapid antigen test, issued by a competent authority in another country and certifying that the person has a negative result from the COVID-19 test. The document must contain the person's name, date of birth, type of test, test method and negative result written in Latin (PCR or RAT) (Negative), date and time of the testing, trade name and manufacturer of the test (mandatory for rapid antigen tests), name of the laboratory / institution that performed the test. The validity period of the analogous document is up to 48 hours from a rapid antigen test or up to 72 hours from a PCR test;

d) Certificate for the presence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies demonstrated by a laboratory test for the quantitative examination of Anti-SARS-CoV2 IgG with values ​​greater than 150 BAU / ml. The test is performed using laboratory diagnostic tests (in vitro medical devices - IVD), which have a "CE" mark and are included in the database of the Joint Research Center of the European Commission as of 03.11.2021. The tests must be with at least 97 % specificity and at least 92% sensitivity. The certificate is created in the National Information System for Combating COVID-19 only for persons with laboratory results corresponding to the specified and is available in electronic format on the website of the National Health Information System - https://his.bg. The certificate is valid for up to 90 days from the date of the laboratory test and is issued for tests performed after 11.11.2021.

4. For the purposes of item I, 31 a valid test document is also a medical document certifying a negative result of a test performed, valid up to 48 hours from a test performed with a rapid antigen test or up to 72 hours from a PCR test. The document must contain the three names of the person, type of test and negative result, date and time of the test sample, trade name and manufacturer of the test (mandatory for rapid antigen tests), name of the laboratory / medical institution that performed the test.

III. The activities that are not suspended or prohibited by this order, or are carried out by items I, 32 of this order, are carried out in compliance with all anti-epidemic measures introduced by Order № RD-01-968 of 26.11.2021 of the Minister of Health.

 

II. Regarding the entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria

Order № RD-01-977 of 26.11.2021 for determining the conditions and requirements for entry into Bulgaria

I. I introduce the following temporary control measures regarding the entry of persons arriving from other countries on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, as of 1.12.2021 to 31.03.2022, according to an assessment of the spread of COVID-19 in the respective country according to criteria and placing the countries in color zones as follows:

1. Criteria for assessing the prevalence of COVID-19 in the country concerned:

1.1. 14-day incidence rate - the total number of newly registered cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days per 100,000 population in the respective country;

1.2. weekly positivity of the performed laboratory tests - relative share in % of the positive samples in the country in relation to all performed PCR tests and rapid antigenic tests for SARSCoV-2 infection during the last week (last 7 days);

1.3. level of testing in the country - number of tests performed for SARS-CoV-2 infection per 100,000 population in the last week (last 7 days);

1.4. identification of a variant of SARS-CoV-2 identified as a concern;

1.5. lack of sufficient information, periodic updating of information or a reliable source of information about a country.

2. Color zones:

2.1. Green zone:

2.1.1. if at the time of assessment, the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is lower than 75 per 100,000 population; or

2.1.2. if at the time of assessment the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is between 75 and 200 per 100,000 population and the weekly positivity of the laboratory tests performed is less than 4%.

2.2. Orange zone:

2.2.1. if at the time of assessment the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is between 75 and 200 per 100,000 population and the weekly positivity of the laboratory tests performed is higher or equal to 4%; or

2.2.2. if at the time of assessment the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is between 200 and 500 per 100,000 population.

2.3. Red zone:

2.3.1. if, at the time of assessment, the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is higher than or equal to 500 per 100,000 population; or

2.3.2. lack of sufficient information, periodic updating of information or a reliable source of information for the country concerned, or if the level of the survey is lower than 300 samples per 100,000 population; or

2.3.3. if a “variant of concern” of SARS-CoV-2 is spreading in the respective country, taking into account the sequencing volumes and their level of transmission.

2.4. If there is information about a significant negative change in the epidemic situation in the respective country from a green or orange zone or in some of its territories, before the official change of the color zone of the country with regard to persons arriving in the Republic of Bulgaria, specific control measures may be applied, announced in Annex № 1.

3. The list of countries by color zones, countries for which a significant negative change in the epidemic situation under item 2.4 has been established, as well as countries with which the Republic of Bulgaria has reached an agreement on a reciprocal basis for free movement of their citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long - term or continuous residence and members of their families, upon arrival from the other country is contained in Annex № 1.

3.1. The list under item 3 is determined on the basis of information published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) - for the Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EU and EEA), the World Health Organization and the Control Center of diseases - Atlanta, USA - for all countries and the spread of “variants of concern".

3.2. All countries, outside the European Union and the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation, which do not fall into the red zone, according to the information under item 3.1., are considered to be orange zone countries.

3.3. The list under item 3 is reviewed periodically and, if necessary, updated every 14 days, and in case of deterioration of the epidemic situation in the respective country it can be updated more frequently.

3.4. The information under item 3 is monitored and prepared by the National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases.

4. Temporary anti-epidemic measures for arrivals, according to color zones:

4.1. Green zone - persons are admitted to the territory of the country upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination, recovery or testing or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate.

4.1.1. Persons who do not present a document under item 4.1 shall be quarantined for 10 days in the home or other place of accommodation in which the person has indicated that he will reside, with a prescription issued by the director of the relevant regional health inspection or by an authorized by him deputy director.

4.1.2. The quarantined person under item 4.1.1. may carry out a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 or a rapid antigen test as specified in Annex № 2 not earlier than 72 hours of arrival in the country. In case of a negative result from the conducted examination, the quarantine of the person shall be considered terminated from the day following the registration of the result in the National Information System for Combating COVID-19.

4.2. Orange Zone - Persons are admitted to the territory of the country upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination, recovery or testing or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate.

4.2.1. Persons who do not present a document under item 4.2 shall be placed under quarantine for a period of 10 days in the home or other place of accommodation in which the person has indicated that he will reside, with a prescription issued by the director of the relevant regional health inspectorate or Deputy Director authorized by him.

4.2.2. The quarantined person under item 4.2.1. may carry out a polymerase chain reaction test to detect COVID-19 or a rapid antigen test as specified in Annex № 2 not earlier than 72 hours of arrival in the country. In case of a negative result from the conducted examination, the quarantine of the person shall be considered terminated from the day following the registration of the result in the National Information System for Combating COVID-19.

4.3. Red zone - on the territory of the country are allowed only persons who are:

4.3.1. Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families;

4.3.2. citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the countries listed in Annex № 4 and their family members arriving from a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and from a country listed in Annex № 4, which citizens have a valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination or recovery or for polymerase chain reaction testing for COVID-19 or an equivalent document according to Annex №. 4;

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

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

4.3.5. 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, military personnel, members of the security services and public order, and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties, as well as members of their families;

4.3.6. 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;

4.3.7. seasonal agricultural workers and workers in the field of tourism;

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

4.3.9. foreign citizens admitted to study in higher educational schools on the territory of the country, certified by a document from the respective higher educational school, except for the cases under item 5.10, as well as foreign students, other than those specified in item 5.6., holding a type "D" visa residence for educational purposes;

4.3.10. persons other than those specified in items 4.3.1 - 4.3.9., who have received approval from the Minister of Health or a Deputy Minister authorized by him, made on the basis of a motivated written proposal of a Minister, when this is required for particularly important specific reasons. Specific anti-epidemic measures specified in the approval may be laid down for these persons.

4.4. The persons under items 4.3.1 and items 4.3.3 - 4.3.10. are admitted to the territory of the country upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination or for recovery or similar document, or to a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19 conducted up to 72 hours before entry into the country, certified by a valid EU digital COVID certificate or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate.

4.5. Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families who do not present a document under item 4.4 are allowed on the territory of the country and placed in quarantine for 10 days or in another place of accommodation where the person has indicated that he / she will reside, with a prescription issued by the director of the respective regional health inspection or a deputy director authorized by him.

4.6. Persons arriving from the following countries of the red zone are not allowed on the territory of the country: the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Botswana, the Republic of South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, the Republic of Namibia and the Republic of Zimbabwe, except for persons who are Bulgarian citizens and persons with status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and the members of their families.

4.7. Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families arriving from the countries under item 4.6. shall be placed in quarantine for a period of 10 days in the home or other place of accommodation in which the person has indicated that he will reside, with a prescription issued by the director of the respective regional health inspectorate or by a deputy director authorized by him.

4.8. It is obligatory for the persons under item 4.7 to submit by e-mail to the regional health inspectorate, which has placed them under quarantine, a document with a result of a test conducted from the 10th to the 12th day of entry into the country by the method of polymerase chain reaction for proving COVID-19.

5. On the territory of the country are admitted, without the need to present documents for COVID-19, persons arriving from countries other than those under item 4.6., Which are:

5.1. bus drivers and stewards performing international passenger transport;

5.2. truck drivers who perform or complete international transport of stocks and goods upon entering the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria;

5.3. members of the crews of vessels and the persons engaged in the maintenance of the vessels, who upon entering the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria perform their official duties;

5.4. members of the crew of an aircraft that operates flights to and from airports for public use on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and the persons engaged in maintenance of aircraft;

5.5. frontier workers (persons living in the Republic of Bulgaria and traveling daily or at least once a week to a Member State of the European Union, the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Serbia or the Republic of Northern Macedonia for the purpose of pursuing an employed or self-employed activity, as well as persons who live in the indicated countries and travel daily or at least once a week to the Republic of Bulgaria for the purpose of exercising activity as an employed or as a self-employed person);

5.6. pupils, students and doctoral students living in the Hellenic Republic, the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Romania and traveling daily or at least once a week to the Republic of Bulgaria for study purposes, as well as pupils, students and doctoral students living in Republic of Bulgaria and travel daily or at least once a week to the Hellenic Republic, the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Romania for educational purposes;

5.7. persons passing in transit through the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, in the cases when the immediate departure from the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria can be guaranteed;

5.8. children up to the age of 12, regardless of the zone in which the country from which they arrive falls in;

5.9. persons arriving from countries with which the Republic of Bulgaria has reached an agreement on a reciprocal basis for free movement of their citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence and members of their families, upon arrival from the other country;

5.10. citizens of the Hellenic Republic, Romania, the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Northern Macedonia who have been admitted to higher educational schools in the territory of the country, certified by a document from the respective higher educational institution.

6. In case of not less than 5% of the arriving persons under item 4.2. and item 4.3., as well as all persons under item 4.7., a test for COVID-19 is performed with a rapid antigen test by the border health control authorities.

7. Persons, other than those specified in item 5.9, who arrive from a country with which the Republic of Bulgaria has reached an agreement on a reciprocal basis for free passage shall be admitted in accordance with the procedure specified in item 4, according to the color zone of the country.

8. The persons, with the exception of those under item 5, shall be admitted on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria only through the following border checkpoints (BCPs): Burgas Airport Border Checkpoint; Varna Airport Border Checkpoint; Plovdiv Airport Border Checkpoint; Sofia Airport Border Checkpoint (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2); Border Checkpoint "Port of Burgas"; Port of Varna border checkpoint; Vidin border checkpoint; Vrashka Chuka border checkpoint; Durankulak border checkpoint; Gueshevo border checkpoint; Zlatarevo border checkpoint; Ilinden border checkpoint; Kalotina border checkpoint; Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint; Captain Petko Voivoda border checkpoint; Kulata border checkpoint; Lesovo border checkpoint; Makaza border checkpoint; Malko Tarnovo border checkpoint; Oltomantsi border checkpoint; Oryahovo border checkpoint; Ruse border checkpoint; Stanke Lisichkovo border checkpoint; Somovit-Nikopol border checkpoint and Strezimirovtsi border checkpoint.

9. The Road Infrastructure Agency shall determine the place where the truck and the driver must stay until the relevant ban is lifted in cases where the drivers of trucks transporting cargo and goods destined for other countries, due to a ban by a border state of the Republic of Bulgaria, cannot leave the country.

10. When establishing a passenger with COVID-19 on board an aircraft that has landed on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, the cabin crew members serving the passenger with COVID-19 shall not be planned for the next flight and shall be quarantined for term of 10 days with a prescription issued by the director of the respective regional health inspection or by a deputy director authorized by him.

11. For the purposes of this order:

11.1. "State (territory) from which the person arrives" means the country (territory) - the starting point of his departure, regardless of the stay associated with his transit through other countries during his movement.

11.2. "Valid EU digital COVID vaccination certificate or similar document" is a document for a completed vaccination course against COVID-19. The document must contain the names of the person, written in Latin, according to the identity document with which he travels, date of birth, date on which the last received dose of COVID-19 vaccine was given, serial number of the dose, and the total number of doses in vaccines to be given twice, the trade name of the vaccine against COVID-19, the name of the manufacturer / holder of the marketing authorization, the country in which it is issued and the name of the issuing competent authority and, for the EU certificate, its unique identifier.

11.2.1. The completion of a vaccination course is considered to be the administration of an appropriate number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed in Annex № 3 and the expiry of a 14-day period from the date of administration of the last dose. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria / AZD1222 with one dose of Comirnaty / BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination course.

11.3. "Valid EU digital COVID certificate of recovery" is a document certifying that a person has suffered from COVID-19 and which is valid for the period from the 11th to the 180th day from the date of the test entered in the document. The certificate must contain the names of the person written in Latin, according to the identity document with which he travels, date of birth, date of the first positive result of the NAAT test and a positive result (Positive), details of the issuing authority, country, in which the study was done and its unique identifier. "NAAT examination" means a molecular examination for nucleic acid amplification, such as polymerase chain reaction with reverse transcriptase (RT-PCR), cyclic-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) and transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) techniques used to detect the presence of ribonucleic acid of SARS-CoV-2 (RNA).

11.3.1. A document similar to the EU digital COVID certificate is a document certifying that a person has recovered from COVID-19, and which is valid for the period from the 11th to the 180th day from the date of the test entered in the document. The document must contain the names of the person, written in Latin, according to the identity document with which he travels, date of birth, date of the first positive result of PCR test or rapid antigen test and positive result (Positive), data about the medical institution, carried out the test (name, address or other contact details) or the issuing authority and the country in which the test was performed.

11.4. "Valid EU COVID digital certificate for testing" or a similar document is a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test performed up to 72 hours before entry into the country or a negative result from a rapid antigen test performed up to 48 hours before entry into the country, considered from the date of sampling entered in the document. The document must contain the names of the person written in Latin, according to the identity document with which he travels, date of birth, type of test, written in Latin method (PCR or RAT) and negative result (Negative), date and time of collection of the test sample, trade name and manufacturer of the test (mandatory for rapid antigen tests), name of the laboratory / medical establishment that performed the test, country in which the test was performed and authority that issued the certificate / document, and for the EU certificate - and its unique identifier.

12. For equal to the EU digital COVID certificates are also considered COVID-19 certificates issued by a third country in accordance with standards and technological systems that are interoperable with the trust framework for EU digital COVID certificate. The list of countries whose COVID-19 vaccination, testing and recovery certificates are considered equivalent to the EU digital COVID certificate is given in Annex № 4.

III. The order enters into force on 01.12.2021, with the exception of item 4.6. - 4.8., which enter into force on 28.11.2021.

 

Annex № 1 to item I, 3
List of countries by color zones, countries for which there is information about a significant negative change in the epidemic situation and countries with a reciprocal basis

Green zone:
Vatican City State, Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Malta, Kingdom of Sweden.

Orange zone:
All countries outside the green and red zone.

Red zone:
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, Lesotho, Eswatini, Republic of Zimbabwe, Republic of Mozambique, United Republic of the 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, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Estonia, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia Republic, Ukraine, Republic of Austria, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ireland, Czech Republic, Kingdom of Belgium, Hungary, Kingdom of Denmark, Iceland, Greece, Federal Republic of Germany, Principality of Liechtenstein, Principality of Andorra, Republic of Poland, Confederation of Switzerland, Republic of San Marino, Luxembourg, Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Principality of Monaco

Annex № 4 to items I, 12
List of countries whose COVID-19 vaccination, testing and disease certificates are considered equivalent to the EU digital COVID certificate

Republic of Northern Macedonia, Republic of San Marino, Swiss Confederation, Republic of Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City State (only in respect of vaccination certificates issued), Principality of Andorra, Republic of Albania, Faroe Islands, Principality of Monaco, Republic of Panama, Kingdom of Morocco, Israel, Armenia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Kingdom of Norway, Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Singapore, the Togolese Republic, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and New Zealand.

 

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