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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Introduced measures

- Attended classes (including internships, internships, outsourced classes, exams, dual system of education, etc.) for students from fifth to twelfth grade in areas with a 14-day morbidity over 119.9 per 100 thousand population and 15% absent for reasons related to the appearance of symptoms of COVID-19 by the students conducting face-to-face training for the period 4-11.11.2020. The decision to switch to distance learning in electronic environment is 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. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- Conducting in the presence of group extracurricular activities and activities, activities of interest, activities and others is allowed only for schools and classes that conduct face-to-face training. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- The present group classes in the centers for support of personal development are terminated, except for those that are organized in a way that does not allow mixing of children from different classes / groups. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- The present learning process in higher schools is suspended, with the exception of practical exercises that cannot be performed remotely in an electronic environment. Exceptions are allowed for practical exercises in clinical disciplines, teaching practice (clinical experience), undergraduate experience and state exams of students in regulated medical professions in the professional fields of "Medicine", "Dental Medicine" and "Health Care", as well as state exams. for acquiring a specialty in the healthcare system, in strict compliance with the measures for prevention and control of infections according to Ordinance № 3 of 2013 on the approval of a medical standard for prevention and control of nosocomial infections. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- The present group classes in language centers, educational centers and other training centers and schools, organized by legal entities and individuals, are suspended. An exception is allowed for classes for children up to fourth grade, when they are organized in a way that does not allow mixing of children from different classes / groups. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- Conducting congress-conference events, seminars, competitions and other public events in person is allowed with the participation of no more than 30 people, subject to a distance of 1.5 m and mandatory wearing of face masks. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- Cultural and entertainment events (theaters, cinemas, stage events, concerts, classes in dance, creative and musical arts) can be organized and held with occupancy of up to 30% of their total indoor capacity while maintaining a physical distance of 1 , 5 m. And mandatory placement of protective face masks. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- All collective and individual sports events with training and competitive nature for all age groups indoors and outdoors are held without an audience. An exception is allowed for the international tennis tournament Sofia Open 2020, as the accommodation of spectators is at least in two seats, subject to a physical distance of 1.5 meters and mandatory wearing of face masks. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- Visits to discos, piano bar, night bar, variety bar and bar club are suspended. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- All catering and entertainment establishments (restaurants, fast food establishments, drinking establishments, cafes and bars, with the exception of those under the previous point) may operate only between 06.00 and 23.30. During the rest of the day, only home deliveries are allowed. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- All natural and legal persons who own or manage commercial, administrative or other sites that provide services to citizens create an organization to control the number of customers in the site, not allowing more than 1 person per 3 square meters (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- The conducting of excursions and group visits to tourist sites in the country is suspended. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- In all markets, marketplaces, bazaars and exhibitions indoors and outdoors, an organization is created for one-way traffic and providing a distance of 1.5 m between visitors. Workers and visitors are required to wear a face mask. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- 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 the staff. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- Grocery stores organize their work by not allowing people under the age of 65 in the respective sites between 13.30 and 16.30. Only persons aged 65 and over are allowed during these hours. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- The pharmacies organize their work by not allowing persons under 65 years of age in the respective sites in the hours between 8.00 and 10.00 hours and 13.30 and 16.30 hours. Only persons aged 65 and over are allowed in the indicated hours. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- Minors may visit shopping centers, including malls, only if they are accompanied by their parent, guardian or other adult. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- The planned admission and planned operative activity in the medical establishments for hospital medical care and the complex oncological centers is suspended, except for the activities related to transplantation of organs, tissues and cells, the diagnosis and treatment of patients with oncological and oncohematological diseases, the activities on assisted reproduction and births, regardless of the method of delivery, rehabilitation activities, long-term treatment and psychiatric care. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- Visits to outsiders / visits to hospitals are prohibited, except for visits to patients in the terminal stage. The prohibition does not apply to the control bodies in carrying out their control activity. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- Pursuant to item 3 of Order № RD-01-439 of 27.07.2020, the directors of the regional health inspections take actions and apply measures to the medical establishments for hospital care and the complex oncology centers on the territory of the respective district, determining a mandatory number of beds for treatment of patients with primary or concomitant SARS-CoV-2 infection of not less than 20% of the number of beds announced in the respective regional health inspection of each medical institution for hospital care and complex oncology center. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020)

- In the specialized institutions for providing social services and those for residential-type social services for children and adults, visits to outsiders 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 bodies in carrying out their control activity. (Order № RD-01-655 of 13.11.2020

- The work process of the collective management bodies and the employees should be carried out, if possible, in a remote form (home work / remote work) or to establish working hours with variable limits or work in shifts. Employers should approve a schedule for the 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 better protection of workers, including limiting insignificant contacts at work. (Order № RD-01-609 of 21.10.2020)

- When providing a customer service requiring a distance of less than 1.5 meters, the use of a face mask or safety helmet is mandatory. Exceptionally, customer service without a face mask or safety helmet is allowed when screen made of glass or other transparent material are provided, allowing wet cleaning or disinfection. (Order № RD-01-609 of 21.10.2020)

- All persons in closed public areas, including the public transport, medical and health establishments, pharmacies, optics, national centers for public health, administrative institutions and other places where citizens are served or have access, railway and bus stations, airports, metro stations, shops, churches, monasteries, temples, museums, etc., are required to have a protective face mask for single or multiple use or other means covering the nose and mouth (including towel, scarf, helmet, etc.), which are used according to the recommendations in the order. (Order № RD-01-609 of 21.10.2020)

- All persons in open public places where there is a crowd of people and it is not possible to observe a physical distance of 1.5 m, must have a protective face mask for single or multiple use or other means, covering the nose and mouth (including towel, scarf, helmet, etc.), which are used according to the recommendations in the order. (Order № RD-01-609 of 21.10.2020)

- Exceptions to the rules for wearing masks, introduced in the previous two points, are allowed for: customers in restaurants and drinking establishments; outdoor and indoor during physical activity; the participants in congress-conference events, briefings, press conferences and seminars during a speech (lecture, presentation, etc.) observing a physical distance of 1.5 m from the other participants; the participants (presenters and guests) in TV shows observing a physical distance of 1.5 m from the other participants; children up to 6 years of age. (Order № RD-01-609 of 21.10.2020)

- The anti-epidemic measure for observance of a physical distance of at least 1.5 m distance between persons who are not family / household membrs is applied to all persons who are in open public places. (Order № RD-01-609 of 21.10.2020)

- 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 persons actually cohabiting 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 their family members. 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-01-547 of 30.09.2020)

- 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), from 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 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-01-547 of 30.09.2020)

- 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 entry into the country study by the method of polymerase chain reaction for the detection of COVID-19, as of the date of the study entered in the document. Exceptions are specified in the order. (Order № RD-01-547 of 30.09.2020)

- 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-01-547 of 30.09.2020)

- 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 of 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-01-547 of 30.09.2020)

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
For tourism purposes, tourists from 58 countries can travel to Bulgaria

From October 1st, 2020 to November 30th, 2020, the Republic of Bulgaria accepts tourists from 58 countries, based on Order No. RD-01-547/30.09.2020, 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;
Republic of Belarus
Republic of Serbia
Republic of Turkey

From October 1st, 2020 to November 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.
Ukraine

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

 

Regional Governor of Plovdiv Region
- Limited working hours are introduced until 23:30 for all catering and entertainment establishments except those in which the visit is suspended. The measures are for the period 12.11.2020 to 22.11.2020 for the territory of Plovdiv district. (Decision № RD-20-170 / 10.11.2020 of the District Governor)
- It is forbidden minors to visit the Malls without an adult. (Decision № RD-20-170 / 10.11.2020 of the District Governor)
- Assigns the Municipal Crisis Staffs in Plovdiv District to coordinate mass events on the territory of the respective municipality. (Decision № RD-20-173 / 16.11.2020 of the District Governor)

The Mayor of the Municipality of Plovdiv issued Order № 20 ОА-2251 / 29.10.2020  regarding the observance of the orders of the Minister of Health and the decision of the District Governor of Plovdiv District. The measures in the order come into force from the issuance of the order until 12.11.2020.

Stay healthy! 
Team VisitPlovdiv