New Covid-19 Rules for UK Travellers to Bulgaria and Back

Jan 06, 2022 1 Comment by
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If you’re a UK national travelling UK to Bulgaria, then you need to make sure you read this — Latest post update 19th January 2022. For entry into Bulgaria you need:

a vaccination certificate (Bulgaria will accept either certificate of completion of a two dose vaccine course (Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik) or a certificate of receipt of a one dose vaccine (Janssen, Johnson & Johnson). In both cases immunisation must have been completed 14 days prior to arrival;


a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (either PCR or rapid antigen test dated at least 11 days, but no more than 180 days, before arrival into Bulgaria, in English).


a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before entry – this should include name, date of birth, details of the medical institution and date and time of the sample in English;

  • Children aged 11 and under do not require a PCR test: read this
  • From 19th January, 12-18 year olds will now only need to show a negative PCR test. ❄️ Rules for 18+ unchanged. But new detail on how to show evidence of previous infection.
  • You cannot use an NHS test for your PCR test. You must use a private test provider.

If you’re a UK national travelling from Bulgaria to UK, then you need to do the following from 04:00 7th January 2022

You must self-isolate and take a LFD (Lateral Flow Device) test before the end of day 2 after you arrive (lateral flow tests will not be accepted) – updated 6th January 2022

You can leave self-isolation if your PCR test result is negative

  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form before leaving Bulgaria
  • Take your day two PCR test within two days of returning to the UK (excludes under 5s)


The EU has adopted the UK’s NHS Covid Certificate as equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate. The decision ensures it will be automatically accepted across Europe. Bulgarian Ministry of Health has also confirmed that UK’s NHS Certificate meet the necessary requirements and will be recognised both for entry into the country and for domestic measures on the territory of Bulgaria. 

Children under 12 are exempt from quarantine and the requirement to present Covid-19 documents upon their arrival in Bulgaria, regardless of what colour zone they have travelled from.

More info on entering Bulgaria

From 19 January 2022, children aged 12 to 18 must either:

  • Present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before entering Bulgaria. This is regardless of nationality and/or residence or colour zone of the country they are travelling from.
  • Or, if they do not have a negative PCR test, they must self-isolate upon arrival for 10 days. This 10-day self-isolation period can be shortened if they take a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours after their arrival in Bulgaria and the result is negative. The self-isolation requirement will be lifted the day following the registration of the negative result.

Bulgarian nationals and permanent and long-term residents, as well as their family members who present only one of the above listed documents – a certificate of vaccination or recovery or a negative PCR test, are allowed to travel but, must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. This 10-day quarantine period can be shortened if they perform a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours after their arrival in Bulgaria. If the result is negative, quarantine will be lifted from the day following the registration of the result.

Bulgarian nationals and permanent and long-term residents, as well as their family members who do not present any of the above listed documents – a certificate of vaccination or recovery or a negative PCR test, will be allowed to enter Bulgaria. However, they will be required to complete a mandatory 10-day quarantine which cannot be ended early through testing.

Only Bulgarian nationals and permanent and long-term residents, as well as their family members, will be allowed to enter from the following countries: South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini and Zimbabwe. They will be subject to a mandatory 10-day self-isolation and a mandatory antigen testing upon entry.

Foreign students holding a type ‘D’ visa for long-term residence for study purposes are eligible to enter Bulgaria from any country, subject to holding the COVID-19 documentation detailed above.

Family members are defined by Bulgaria’s immigration rules, depending on whether the UK nationals are beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement or not.

Pre departure (Fit2Fly) PCR and day two rapid flow test companies

Chronomics, Rapid Flow: £17.09 No code – automatic discount

Eurofins (option of testing at Asda car parks throughout the UK. Results within 24 hours and open on a Sunday). Discount code: BA2021. PCR: £40 

Randox Health: Test at home. Many places to drop your test off. Not good if you live in a remote area. Discount Code:  easyjet2021. PCR – £43 Rapid flow: £21.50

Halo: Spit test that arrives by courier and picked up by courier. Great if you liver in a remote area or don’t have time / don’t want to leave home. rapid flow from £25.

Click here to compare and check latest deals on tests.

UK Government Travel Portal for Bulgaria. Always check this site – British Embassy in Sofia– Bulgarian Embassy in London in Bulgarian – Caution unreliable info – Passenger Locator Form for travel to the UK – finding cheapest PCR and lateral flow tests

Bansko PCR test Centres: locations and nearby alternatives

COVID-19 restrictions in the UK vary according to the region. The full details on what you can and cannot do are available at:

Please note that different rules apply in England:



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One Response to “New Covid-19 Rules for UK Travellers to Bulgaria and Back”

  1. Tom says:

    Hi. I believe the entry requirements have now changed from 1st Feb and only a vaccination certificate is required?

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