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Are there currently restrictions on travel to Plovdiv related to COVID-19?
Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Plovdiv along with the rest of Bulgaria. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Bulgaria has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not nationals or family members of nationals of the European Union, the Schengen Agreement States (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City), or the UK.
Nationals of Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, South Korea, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Ukraine and the UAE may also enter the country.
Bulgarian nationals and their family members, permanent residents, and long-term residence permit holders may also enter the country, as may long-term residents and family members of EEA/Schengen countries and the UK. Certain other exceptions exist for medical workers, students attending a Bulgarian institution, diplomats, and certain classes of workers essential to the Bulgarian state. For full details on exceptions, check the Bulgarian Ministry of Health website (in Bulgarian).
A PCR test is not required for nationals arriving in Bulgaria from EU Member States, the UK, and the Schengen countries, as well as from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Ukraine, and Jordan. Nationals of these countries are not subject to a 14-day quarantine.
Nationals of North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, and Kuwait can enter Bulgaria with a negative PCR test performed in the last 72 hours. The Bulgarian border authorities must be presented with a document showing a negative result, written in the Latin method (PCR), which contains the names of the person according to the identity document with which he travels, data about the laboratory that performed the test, and the date on which the PCR test was performed.
Travelers who fall into one of the above exception categories but whose travel to Bulgaria originates in any other country must present a negative result from a PCR test done up to 72 hours before entering Bulgaria,
Travelers who are required to quarantine will not be able to leave Bulgaria before the end date of the 14 day quarantine. Traveling and leaving the premises of the quarantine will be considered a violation.
Nationals and long-term residents of the EU, Schengen countries, or the UK and their family members may transit transit through Bulgaria to their country of residence, and nationals of North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, or Turkey can transit to return to the country of which they are nationals. Transit is only permitted when the traveler will immediately depart Bulgaria.
Bulgarian passports and national ID cards which have expired on or after March 13, 2020 will be considered valid with a prolongation of 6 months. . If you are looking to book a trip to Plovdiv and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.