Popular among tourists, Bulgaria has announced the lifting of restrictions imposed on the background of the coronavirus pandemic and the opening of borders for third-country citizens, including some categories of Russians. This is reported on the portal of the Association of tour operators of Russia.
According to the order of the local Ministry of health, from July 16, EU citizens, except for residents of Sweden and Portugal, as well as tourists from the UK and Northern Ireland and 21 countries outside the EU, are allowed to enter the country and local resorts.
In the case of third countries, this applies exclusively to certain categories of travelers вЂ” family members of Bulgarian citizens, persons with residence permits in Bulgaria and other EU countries, medical workers and diplomats, as well as seasonal workers and employees engaged in transport. At the same time, they will be required to submit the COVID-19 test results upon arrival, or if they do not pass a two-week quarantine.
вЂњThus, for Russians who want to visit Bulgaria for tourism, Bulgaria's border, and common external EU borders remain closed,вЂќ reads the text.
It is noted that the Bulgarian authorities have repeatedly asked the EU to make allowances for the entry of Russian citizens. Currently, Bulgarian visa centers in Russian cities remain closed.
According to the latest data, 7645 cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected in Bulgaria since the beginning of the pandemic. At the same time, 3927 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals, and 293 carriers of the infection died.
On July 14, it became known that Croatia announced its readiness to accept third-country citizens, including Russians, on its territory. In order to enter a European country, travelers will need to present a certificate of absence COVID-19, made no later than two days before arrival, and a voucher for accommodation.