Newsletter May 2021

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With Ordinance № RD-01-354 dated 18.05.2021, in force from 19. 05. 2021, the Minister of Health updated the temporary anti-epidemic measures for entering into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, applicable for the period from 19. 05. 2021. until 31. 05. 2021.

The range of countries which belong to the list of banned countries has been expanded, which means that persons coming from these countries are banned from entering into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. In particular these are the following countries; India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Brazil and countries and territories in Africa. An exception is applicable to Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent and long-term residence in the Republic of Bulgaria and their family members arriving from these places, but they are subject to 10-day quarantine. The Ordinance also specifies countries and territories in Africa which do not fall within the scope of the ban on entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

All other persons entering into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, regardless of their citizenship and the country from which they arrive, are allowed into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria upon presentation of one of the following documents:

- document for completed vaccination scheme against COVID-19. A complete vaccination schedule is considered to be the administration of an appropriate number of doses of COVID-19 vaccines listed in the annex to the Ordinance and the expiration of a 14-day period after the administration of the last dose;

- a document showing a positive result of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 - for persons suffering from COVID-19 for the period from the 15th to the 180th day from the date of the conducted research, entered in the document.

Bulgarian citizens, citizens of EU member states, Schengen countries and their family members; citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australian Union, Canada, United States of America, Japan, New Zealand, People's Republic of China, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Tunisia, Eastern Uruguay, United Arab Emirates , The Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Israel, the State of Kuwait, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Turkey; the persons with the status of permanent 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 or a Schengen country (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the City State Vatican) and members of their families may enter our country upon submission of a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test conducted up to 72 hours before entry into the country or a negative result from a test conducted up to 48 hours before entry into the country. rapid antigen test for the detection of COVID-19, as of the date of the study entered in the document.

Annexes 1 and 2 to the Ordinance indicate, respectively, the trade name of the vaccine according to the EU marketing authorization / WHO list and the antigen tests for entry into the country.

The Ordinance also specifies the cases in which the submission of a document for entry into the country is not required.

This Ordinance expands the range of persons for whom the presentation of a medical document is not required - these are children up to 5 years of age, in respect of which a negative PCR result or antigen test is not required for entry into the territory of Bulgaria.

They must be Bulgarian citizens, citizens of EU Member States, Schengen Parties (including the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Australian Union, Canada, the United States United States of America, Japan, New Zealand, People's Republic of China, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Tunisia, Eastern Republic of Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Ukraine, Republic of Northern Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Albania, Republic of Albania Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Israel, the State of Kuwait, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Turkey.

In case the Bulgarian citizens and the persons with the status of permanent or long-term residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and the members of their families do not present a document from those mentioned above, they are subject to 10-day quarantine after arrival in the country. Quarantine may be revoked if a negative result is obtained from a polymerase chain reaction test performed within 24 hours of entry into the country for the detection of COVID-19 or from a rapid antigen test.

 

The full text of the Ordinance is available via the following link: https://www.mh.government.bg/media/filer_public/2021/05/18/zapovedrd-01-354-18-05-2021.pdf

Silviya de Boer (Consultant), Attorney- at- Law

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