Bulgaria bans UK travellers after being added to green list

Bulgaria bans UK travellers after being added to green list
Cyprus, Spain, Fiji and Kuwait also added to Bulgaria’s red list

Bulgaria has banned UK travellers from entry just days after being upgraded to the UK’s green list for travel.

The country announced that the UK would be added to its “red zone” list, along with Cyprus, Spain, Fiji and Kuwait.

Bulgaria’s Health Minister Stoicho Katsarov issued the order on 16 July, with changes coming into effect on 19 July – the same date that Bulgaria officially joins the UK’s green list.

The move from the government in Sofia coincided with the Foreign Office lifting its warning against all-but-essential travel to Bulgaria.

People from red zone countries are not allowed into Bulgaria barring a handful of exemptions, such as medical professionals and seasonal workers.

It means that holidays to Bulgaria are off the cards again, just after travellers’ hopes were raised when UK transport secretary Grant Shapps added the Balkan nation to the green list in his 14 July review.

Green countries currently have the lightest restrictions for returning passengers; arrivals to the UK have no need to quarantine and must take two Covid tests, one pre-departure and one post-arrival.

Prior to the latest announcement, the UK was on Bulgaria’s “amber zone” list, meaning travellers were permitted entry if they could show proof of full vaccination, previous recovery from Covid or a negative PCR test within the 72 hours prior to arrival.

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