Sunny beach in Bulgaria

Bulgaria allows negative COVID-19 Western Balkans tourists

Tourists from the Western Balkans countries: Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro can travel to Bulgaria, only if they present negative COVID-19 test results.

This is also valid for passport holders of Moldova, Ukraine, Kuwait and Israel, the government says.

The executive order has the signature of Bulgaria’s Minister of Health, Kostadin Angelov.

Third-country nationals arriving for seasonal work, humanitarian reasons or business can also enter Bulgaria with a negative PCR test.

This test is not required for those arriving from EU member states, UK, the Schengen countries. Travelers coming from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay do not need a test. Also they will not be placed in the 14-day quarantine.

Bulgaria, a summer destination facing COVID-19

Home to almost 400 km of sensational Black Sea coastline, the Bulgarian Riviera has beautiful beaches and ripper resorts. All at a fraction of the cost of others on the continent. As many European destinations, Bulgarian ones are suffering the COVID-19 impact.

Bulgaria is offering tax breaks and job subsidies to shore up its tourism sector bracing for huge cuts in its workforce of 290,000. Hotel owners lament that they have more employees than patrons at Bulgaria’s biggest sea resort, Sunny Beach.

The most famous of all Bulgaria’s beaches, Sunny Beach is the country’s biggest – and liveliest – resort. Boasting an 8 km-long stretch of fine golden sand, Sunny indeed lives up to its name, averaging about 1700 hours of sunshine between May and October

Tour operators are demanding help from the government in this dire situation the tourism industry is facing. They also want the immediate implementation of grant schemes and social investments for those affected most badly. Especially for the people working in outbound tourism and tourist guides. Tour operators say that they have been out of work since the start of the pandemic in March. Now some of them are on the verge of survival. They explain that the efforts of the government target solely inbound tourism. 

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