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All actual information about COVID-19 (prevention, statistics, symptoms and more) you can find on WHO website and in Google feed.

2019 divided the history of most countries into «before» and «after». We are talking about a pandemic that has swept the whole world. The SARS-CoV-2 virus was first identified among residents of Hubei province (China). In just a few months, a disease called Covid-19 has spread to the inhabitants of the entire planet. Bulgaria and Austria were not an exception.

Why is covid so dangerous? Regardless of the level of development of a particular state, medical care and other factors, millions of people have become victims of the coronavirus. According to the latest data, this figure is 183 416 277 people, among the total — 3 969 764 deaths. The main symptoms of the disease are: shortness of breath, high fever, dry cough, loss of taste and smell. The world’s leading countries have developed or are working on the production of their own vaccines that protect against COVID-19. Naturally, vaccination is not a 100% guarantee of protection against coronavirus, however, when infected, the disease is transferred much easier.

According to current data (statistics for Sunday, 4 July 2021), the number of cases in Austria is 650 737 people, total deaths are 10 709, and 1709 are sick right now. Such statistics forced the government of the state of Austria to impose certain restrictions on flights and border crossing.

Is it allowed to enter Austria from Bulgaria?

Current statistics on the restrictions on entry to Austria:

  • Open to citizens: Yes
  • Open to s: Yes
  • Open to foreigners and tourists: Partially
  • Quarantine (lockdown) in Austria: Partial

During the most «acute» periods of the pandemic, the following restrictions are applied in Austria:

  1. Foreigners can enter the territory of Austria only if absolutely necessary: study in Austria, employment, residence permit. For more information about the conditions of entry, read the official sources of the government: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/AUT/6001
  2. Availability of the test: PCR test is required for some countries.

All countries are divided into 3 main categories by the Ministry of Health:

  • «Green» (low rate of spread of coronavirus)
  • «Orange» (average rate of spread of coronavirus)
  • «Red» (high rate of spread of coronavirus)

In this regard, the government acts in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Association. The distribution of states into separate categories is updated regularly. At the moment, Bulgaria ranks among the states of the «Green» category.

The main reasons for the introduction of new restrictions are coronavirus mutations, an increase in the number of cases, and insufficient vaccination rates.

Rules for entering Austria from Bulgaria in 2021

At the moment, Austria is partially opened to foreigners, including s. Quarantine measures are applied to tourism and trade.

Before travelling to Austria, s must pass the PCR test no earlier than 72 hours in advance and submit a written document of an international standard (in English). Also, at the time of arrival, there should be no signs of SARS (fever, chills, runny nose, cough, etc.).

Is it necessary to comply with quarantine and take a PCR test when entering Austria?

PCR test is required for some countries.

Quarantine for 10 days required for some countries.

For which countries are the borders with Austria open?

Today (Sunday, 4 July 2021) the borders of Austria are fully open for 0/ 38 countries, partially open for 51/ 38 countries. See how we collect data and find out why not all countries are included in the statistics.

List of countries for which the borders with Estonia are partially or completely open:

In Austria, bars and restaurants work with restrictions, all shops work without restrictions. Public events (exhibitions, concerts, museums, etc.) are allowed but with restrictions.

Foreigners can cross the border if all the conditions for entering the country are strictly kept to:

Travellers do NOT have to fill out the pre-travel clearance form if they are entering from states or areas of low epidemiological risk, carry a proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result according to the below requirements, and have not stayed in any other state or area than those of low epidemiological risk or Austria in the past 10 days.Travellers DO have to fill out the pre-travel clearance form (https://bit.ly/3ho6kiI0 if they cannot provide such proof or have stayed in a state or area other than those of low epidemiological risk or Austria in the past 10 days.Countries and areas are divided in three categories, as specified hereafter.1. Countries or areas of «low epidemiological risk» (see Appendix 1 bit.ly/3w5Rt1y of the COVID-19 entry regulation 2021)Travellers from these areas must either:-be vaccinated. As proof, travellers must either carry (A) a medical certificate (in German / in English) or (B) a vaccination certificate. A vaccination certificate is valid if one of the following conditions is met:21 days, and no more than 90 days, have elapsed from dose 1 of 2;The second dose of vaccine has been received, and no more than 270 days have elapsed since the time of the first dose;21 days, and no more than 270 days, have elapsed after vaccination in the case of vaccines for which only one dose is scheduled;Vaccination with a single dose of any vaccine, carried out less than 270 days before, for people who have recovered from COVID-19 (following a positive result to a COVID-19 test at least 21 days before the date of vaccination).-The following vaccines are valid for entry into Austria:Comirnaty from BioNtech/PfizerVaxzevria/AstraZeneca, and Covishield from Serum Institute of IndiaCOVID-19 Vaccine Janssen from Johnson & Johnson/Janssen PharmaceuticalsCovid-19 Vaccine ModernaSinopharm SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated (InCoV)Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine, SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated-provide a certification that they have recovered from COVID-19;As proof, travellers must either carry (A) a medical certificate (in German / in English) or (B) a recovery certificate confirming infection with SARS-CoV-2 in the last 6 months, certified by molecular biology (e.g. PCR test). Proof of neutralising antibodies, which must not be older than 3 months, is equivalent to such a certificate.-provide a pre-departure PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior to arrival) or a rapid antigen test (taken within 48 hours prior to arrival), or carry out a test within 24 hours after entry.As proof, travellers must either carry (A) a medical certificate (in German / in English) or (B) a test certificate issued in German or English confirming that the holder has tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 (PCR or antigen testing), including at least the following data:first and last name of the person tested,date of birth,date and time of sample collection,infection status (positive or negative),signature of the person performing the test and stamp of the institution performing the test (or bar- or QR-code)2. «Virus variant» countries or areas (see Appendix 2 of the COVID-19 entry regulation 2021)Entry from these areas is in principle prohibited (except for, among others, professional purposes, Austrian citizens, EU/EEA citizens, visits of partners).The entry requirements for the exceptions are the following:negative molecular biological test result (e.g. PCR) on entryPre Travel ClearanceObligation of a 10-day quarantine. The quarantine can be ended from day 5 after entry with a negative molecular biological test result.-Quarantine requirement does not apply to entry:for professional purposes to visit an international institution and for diplomats;in the overriding interest of the Republic of Austria, in particular for cultural or sporting purposes;for medical reasons, funerals, weddings. 3. Other countries and areas that are NOT listed in Appendix 1 or 2 of the COVID-19 entry regulation 2021Entry requirements:Proof of vaccination, a negative pre-departure test, certification of recovery from COVID-19 (see point 1 above)Pre Travel ClearanceObligation of a 10 day quarantine (unless 14 days have passed since full immunisation). The quarantine can be ended from day 5 after entry with a negative result to a new test.No quarantine and registration requirement for:Commuters to attend school or college, or for family purposes, or to visit a partner;Fully immunised, if 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccine dose required.

At the moment, there are no other restrictions on entering the territory of Austria. At the same time, the government recommends waiting for travel to countries with extremely high rates of covid-19 spread (red zone).

For which countries are the borders with Bulgaria open?

Today (Sunday, 4 July 2021) Bulgaria’s borders are fully open to 34/ 38 countries, partially open — to 17/ 38 countries. See how we collect data and find out why not all countries are included in the statistics.

List of countries for which the borders with Bulgaria are partially or completely open:

In Bulgaria, bars and restaurants work with restrictions, all shops work without restrictions. Public events (exhibitions, concerts, museums, etc.) are allowed but with restrictions.

Foreigners can cross the border if all the conditions for entering the country are strictly kept to:



At the moment, there are no other restrictions on entry into Bulgaria. At the same time, the government recommends waiting for travel to countries with extremely high rates of covid-19 spread (red zone).

The cheapest flights to Austria from Bulgaria

The resumption of full-fledged air communication is gradual. At the moment, direct flights to Austria are limited, so it is possible to get to Austria with transfers. We offer the best air fares from Bulgaria to Austria. Today you have the opportunity to book tickets at an affordable price. A pandemic is not a barrier to business and travel.

We constantly monitor the situation with the spread of coronavirus and are always ready to provide you with up-to-date information.

Actual data of COVID-19 in Austria

Current coronavirus statistics in Austria:

  • Total cases of covid infection: 650 737
  • Sick right now: 1709
  • Number of deaths: 10 709
  • Recent morbidity: declining

Situation with lockdown in Austria:

No curfew is in effect. With comprehensive health measures in place, catering and accommodation establishments may receive customers and events are possible. Guests have to register and provide proof of their low epidemiological risk by:-proof of vaccination of an EMA licensed vaccine: after the 22nd day of the first vaccination and within three months from that date after the last prescribed dose (if this is also the first dose, 22 days later) and within 9 months from the first vaccination-a medical certificate to proof a recovery from an infection in the past 6 months, confirmed by a positive PCR test (or an Absonderungsbescheid); proof of neutralising antibodies, which must not be older than 3 months;-a negative antigen test not older than 24h, taken at home and registered in an official data processing system;-a negative antigen test not older than 48h, performed from an authorised body;-a negative PCR test not older than 72h.Further opening steps are planned for 1 July.FFP2 masks must be worn indoors in all public areas, in shops and on public transport. No facemasks have to be worn outdoors (also in catering and accommodation establishments and during events).*As of 1 July, it is planned that no facemasks have to be worn indoors if guests can prove their low epidemiological risk (see details under «General Measures»).In all public places (indoors and outdoors), a minimum distance of 1 metre must be kept from persons which do not belong to the same household.*As of 1 July, it is planned that no further distance requirement shall be in place.Private gatherings are allowed with max. 16 adults (+children) outdoors, and max. 8 adults (+children) indoors.The limit of attendees for events where people are seated is 3000 outdoors and 1500 indoors.*As of July 1st, it is planned that no further limitations for private gatherings shall apply. At the same time, also the limit of attendees for events shall expire.Non-essential shops are open. In all shops, the use of FFP2 masks is mandatory. Opening hours are between 05.00 and midnight. One customer per 10 square metres is allowed.*As of 1 July, it is planned that limits per square metre will no longer apply.Catering establishments may receive customers with comprehensive concepts in place. To receive services, guests have to register and provide proof of their low epidemiological risk (see General Measures).Max. 8 adults (+ children) per table indoors and max. 16 adults (+ children) per table outdoors are allowed. Restaurants may open from 05.00 to midnight.Delivery services are allowed 24/7.*As of 1 July, it is planned that no limit per table shall apply. There shall be no closing hour any longer.
Source:https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/AUT/6001

Actual data of COVID-19 in Russia

Current statistics on coronavirus in Russia:

  • Total cases of covid infection: 422 034
  • Sick right now: 8661
  • Number of deaths: 18 084
  • Recent morbidity: declining

Situation with lockdown in Russia:

With regard to the introduced anti-epidemic measures on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria:Order № RD-01−375 of 27.05.2021 for introduction of temporary anti-epidemic measures on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria1. Conducting face-to-face group classes in language centers, educational centers and other training centers and schools, organized by legal entities and individuals is allowed with a physical distance of at least 1.5 m, wearing face masks, hand hygiene, regular airing every hour and disinfection.2. Visits to children’s centers, clubs and others providing organized group services for children are allowed when using no more than 50% of the room capacity and wearing protective masks for staff.3. Conducting congress-conference events, seminars, competitions, trainings, teambuildings, exhibitions and other public events in person is allowed when using no more than 50% of the capacity of the room in which they are held, subject to physical distance from the most -a little 1.5 m. and wearing face masks by all participants.4. The holding of cultural and entertainment events (festivals, cinemas, theaters, circus performances, stage events, concerts, museums, galleries, libraries, classes in dance, creative and musical arts) is allowed when using no more than 50% of the capacity of the premises, observance of a physical distance of at least 1.5 m., wearing protective face masks and use only on seats (for concerts, festivals, theaters, circus performances and other stage events).5. Conducting sports competitions with an audience is allowed when occupying no more than 50% of the seats, observing a physical distance of at least 1.5 m and wearing protective face masks.6. Visits to fitness centers, gyms and clubs, swimming pools and complexes, balneotherapy (medical SPA) centers, SPA centers, wellness centers and thalassotherapy centers are allowed when using no more than 50% of their capacity and observing physical distance from the most -a little 1.5 m.7. Visits to restaurants and entertainment within the meaning of Art. 124 of the Tourism Act, gaming halls and casinos are allowed when using no more than 50% of their capacity and wearing protective masks for a person by the staff. 8. 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 8 square meters.9. In all markets, bazaars and bazaars, an organization is created for one-way traffic and providing a distance of at least 1.5 m between visitors. Workers and visitors are required to wear a face mask.10. 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.11. Visits to outsiders / visits to hospital facilities 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.12. 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 submission of a declaration by the visitor that no is 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.
Source:https://coronavirus.bg/bg/merki/ogranichitelni-merki

Thus, the restrictions associated with the coronavirus dictate living conditions in 2021. Each state has developed its own border crossing rules and entry rules. It all depends on the general situation with the spread of COVID-19.

However, even in a pandemic, you can leave Bulgaria for Austria with the necessary permits:

PCR test is required for some countries.

Quarantine for 10 days required for some countries.

When will Austria open its borders to Bulgaria and  during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2021?