Bulgaria has classified Serbia as a “red zone” country due to the danger of coronavirus infection and people from Serbia are not allowed to enter Bulgaria, the Serbian Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.
This rule does not apply to children under the age of 12, as well as transit passengers, border workers, Bulgarian and foreign citizens with regulated residence in Bulgaria and their family members, citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Community and the Swiss Confederation and members of their families.
The Ministry’s website states that students and doctoral students who live in Serbia, Greece, Turkey, North Macedonia and Romania and travel to Bulgaria daily or at least once a week for school and vice versa are also exempt from the new rule. The full list of who is still allowed to enter and further information is available on the website of the Serbian Foreign Ministry and the Bulgarian Embassy in Serbia.
People who fall into one of the above categories, and who are allowed to enter Bulgaria, are exempt from quarantine if they show a valid vaccination certificate or having had a coronavirus-related illness or can produce a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours.
People who fall into one of the above categories, but only have a negative PCR test, (i.e. they do not have a vaccination certificate or have had a coronavirus-related illness), should stay in quarantine for ten days. Children aged 12 to 18 years, who come from red zone countries, can enter Bulgaria with a negative PCR test and, if they do not have the test, they are also required to quarantine for ten days.
On 9 September, Serbia and Albania were officially removed from the European Union’s (EU) list of safe countries to travel to. Two weeks earlier, the EU had removed Montenegro, North Macedonia and Kosovo.
(Radio Free Europe, 15.09.2021)
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