The Bulgarian government has created a COVID-19 “Dark Red” country list, imposing strict limitations on travel from the 23 countries on the list.

Key Points:

  • Bulgarian authorities classified Denmark, France, Israel, Switzerland and 19 other countries to its newly created “Dark Red” countries list. A full list is available here.
  • Individuals, regardless of their nationality, traveling from “Dark Red” countries must have proof that they are fully vaccinated against or have previously recovered from COVID-19 and a negative PCR test result that was taken within 72 hours before arrival.
    • Individuals who have proof that they have received a booster shot are exempted from the PCR test requirement.
    • Bulgarian citizens, permanent, long-term, or continuous residence in Bulgaria who do not meet the above requirements are required to quarantine for 10 days. Quarantines can be ended if an individual receives a negative PCR test taken at least 72 hours after arrival.
  • The U.S. is currently on the “Red Country” list. Entry requirements for travelers from the U.S. is available here.

Additional Information: A complete list of entry requirements and exemption is available here. A list of green, red and orange countries is available here.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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