The Covid situation in Bulgaria
What restrictions are still in force in Bulgaria?
According to the global media, the preventive measures taken by the Bulgarian government to limit the development of the COVID-19 pandemic cause significant losses to the Bulgarian economy. According to the economic forecasts of the European Commission, Bulgaria's GDP in 2020 will record the largest decrease in 23 years - by 7.2%. The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken by the Bulgarian government to counter the increase in SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections have significantly limited the country's economy. The first available data for March 2020 indicate a decrease in production by 6.9% compared to the same period in 2019. A special loan program, with a total budget of BGN 24 million, was prepared under FoF for self-employed persons and small enterprises with a short business history and facing difficulties in obtaining a standard bank loan. This instrument provides for loans of up to PLN 50,000. BGN, with a repayment period of up to 10 years.
And what's the situation according to the restrictions now?
The rules for entering the country have changed since May 1 - arriving travelers must present one of the following documents:
- Certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, provided that at least 14 days have elapsed since the administration of the second dose, or
- A negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or antigen test that was performed no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, or
- Certificate of recovery from COVID-19 within six months prior to arrival.
Country Restrictions Restrictions on domestic activities related to COVID-19 remain largely unchanged. Private meetings cannot exceed 15 people. Public and private conferences and seminars are suspended. Public, commercial, and administrative facilities are limited to a maximum capacity of one person per 3 square meters (32 square feet). Face masks are mandatory in all confined public spaces, including public transport. Airports are open but operate on abbreviated timetables.