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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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom is 4 903 434 people, total deaths are 128 222, and 438 036 are sick right now. Such statistics forced the government of the state of United Kingdom to impose certain restrictions on flights and border crossing.

Is it allowed to enter United Kingdom from Bulgaria?

Current statistics on the restrictions on entry to United Kingdom:

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

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

  1. Foreigners can enter the territory of United Kingdom only if absolutely necessary: study in United Kingdom, employment, residence permit. For more information about the conditions of entry, read the official sources of the government: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
  2. Availability of the test: Negative PCR test is required for all 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 «Orange» 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 United Kingdom from Bulgaria in 2021

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

Before travelling to United Kingdom, 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 United Kingdom?

Negative PCR test is required for all countries.

Quarantine required for some countries.

For which countries are the borders with United Kingdom open?

Today (Sunday, 4 July 2021) the borders of United Kingdom are fully open for 50/ 38 countries, partially open for 0/ 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 United Kingdom, 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:

Effective May 17th, the rules for travel to England depend on where travelers have been in the 10 days prior to arrival to England bit.ly/3unbgZy (and whether those countries are on the green list, amber list, or red list).All travelers will still be required to present a negative pre-departure test. The test must have been taken no more than 3 days before the departure of the last flight to the U.K. Accepted tests include antigen, LAMP, PCR, and nucleic acid.People who have only been in green-list countries (https://bit.ly/3wyNyLa) in the past 10 days will need to take one PCR test on day 2 and will not have to quarantine.People who have been in amber-list countries (https://bit.ly/34oO7eH) in the past 10 days will need to take two PCR tests (on day 2 and day 8) and will need to self-isolate for 10 days (but they could end quarantine early under the Test to Release program if they have a negative test on day 5).People who have been in red-list countries (https://bit.ly/3wBVX0y) in the past 10 days (if allowed entry) will be required to quarantine in government-designated hotels for 10 days as well as take two PCR tests (on day 2 and day 8). Passengers who have been in or transited through these high-risk countries in the past 10 days are generally banned from entry. Only UK citizens, Irish citizens, and UK residents are allowed to travel from red-list countries and they have to prebook the hotel quarantine, which costs about £1,750 (about $ 2,400).These rules will apply for travel to England. Different rules may apply if flying directly into Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.Travelers must also complete the public health passenger locator form before they arrive. The booking reference number for the tests or hotel quarantine post-arrival must be included in the passenger locator form.All travel restrictions and details are available on gov.uk.

At the moment, there are no other restrictions on entering the territory of United Kingdom. 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 United Kingdom from Bulgaria

The resumption of full-fledged air communication is gradual. At the moment, direct flights to United Kingdom are limited, so it is possible to get to United Kingdom with transfers. We offer the best air fares from Bulgaria to United Kingdom. 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 United Kingdom

Current coronavirus statistics in United Kingdom:

  • Total cases of covid infection: 4 903 434
  • Sick right now: 438 036
  • Number of deaths: 128 222
  • Recent morbidity: flattening

Situation with lockdown in United Kingdom:

Reopenings vary depending on the area see detailed rules for:Wales (https://gov.wales/coronavirus) Scotland (https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/) Northern Ireland (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19) England (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home)In England, on April 12, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and bars have been allowed to reopen for outdoor service. Gyms, salons, and retail stores have also been allowed to reopen. Indoor service at restaurants, cafes, and pubs is set to be allowed from May 17.Face masks are mandatory on public transportation and in many other public settings such as in shops, supermarkets, and other enclosed public spaces. Rules vary depending on whether you’re in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. See all the detailed rules for each region on gov.uk.Even when not mandatory, people are encouraged to wear face masks in all enclosed public spaces, particularly when social distancing is not possible.
Source:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

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 United Kingdom with the necessary permits:

Negative PCR test is required for all countries.

Quarantine required for some countries.

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