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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. United Kingdom and Bulgaria 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 219 777 992 people, among the total — 4 553 371 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 Saturday, 4 September 2021), the number of cases in Bulgaria is 460 691 people, total deaths are 19 051, and 33 789 are sick right now. Such statistics forced the government of the state of Bulgaria to impose certain restrictions on flights and border crossing.

Is it allowed to enter Bulgaria from United Kingdom?

Current statistics on the restrictions on entry to Bulgaria:

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

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

  1. Foreigners can enter the territory of Bulgaria only if absolutely necessary: study in Bulgaria, employment, residence permit. For more information about the conditions of entry, read the official sources of the government: https://coronavirus.bg/bg/merki/ogranichitelni-merki
  2. Availability of the test: Required to present a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 10 days in a government facility 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, United Kingdom 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 Bulgaria from United Kingdom in 2021

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

Before travelling to Bulgaria, 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 Bulgaria?

Required to present a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 10 days in a government facility for some countries.

Required to present a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 10 days in a government facility for some countries.

For which countries are the borders with Bulgaria open?

Today (Saturday, 4 September 2021) the borders of Bulgaria are fully open for 34/ 38 countries, partially open for 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 Estonia 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 without any restrictions.

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

All persons arriving from non-EU and EEA countries, and not coming from the «Red» countries, nor from countries with a significant negative change in the epidemic situation, are considered to arrive from «Orange» countries and are admitted to the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, namely:-a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19. A complete vaccination is reached 14 days after the last scheduled dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria/ AZD1222 vaccine with one dose of Comirnaty/ BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine) is also considered a complete vaccination. The document must contain the names of the person, date of birth, dates of the relevant doses of vaccine, trade name and batch number of the COVID-19 vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered and name of the issuing competent authority;-a document showing a positive result of a PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 between 11 and 180 days from the date of the positive result to the test. The document must contain the names of the person, details of the medical establishment that carried out the examination (name, address or other contact details), the date on which the test was carried out, and positive result;-a document showing a negative result of a COVID-19 test (PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering the country, or a rapid antigenic test carried out within 48 hours before entering the country).Non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals from «Red» countries holding a valid certificate for vaccination or recovery can enter Bulgaria only in specific exceptional cases and upon presentation of a valid negative pre-departure PCR test, done up to 72 hours prior to arrival.As of 18 August 2021, the «Red» countries list comprises:India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Oman, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji Georgia, Israel, Eswatini and Iran.

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

Today (Saturday, 4 September 2021) United Kingdom’s borders are fully open to 50/ 38 countries, partially open — to 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 United Kingdom 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 without any 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 United Kingdom. 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 Bulgaria from United Kingdom

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

Current coronavirus statistics in Bulgaria:

  • Total cases of covid infection: 460 691
  • Sick right now: 33 789
  • Number of deaths: 19 051
  • Recent morbidity: declining

Situation with lockdown in Bulgaria:

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

Actual data of COVID-19 in United Kingdom

Current statistics on coronavirus in United Kingdom:

  • Total cases of covid infection: 6 904 969
  • Sick right now: 1 203 174
  • Number of deaths: 133 041
  • Recent morbidity: flattening

Situation with lockdown in United Kingdom:

Face coverings are no longer legally required in England.But that’s not the end of masks. Other parts of the UK have different rules and some shops and transport still require them.Most businesses have now reopened. In England, all businesses have reopened and restrictions have been removed.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)
Source:https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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 United Kingdom for Bulgaria with the necessary permits:

Required to present a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 10 days in a government facility for some countries.

Required to present a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 10 days in a government facility for some countries.

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