Embassy of Switzerland in Bulgaria

Embassy of Switzerland in Sofia
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As the official representation of Switzerland, the Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries. It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic, financial and legal affairs, as well as science, education and culture.

The tasks of the embassy

Coronavirus

For information related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) kindly consult the information and directives of the local authorities
www.coronavirus.bg
www.mh.government.bg
www.mfa.bg
and the recommendations of the World Health Organization WHO

On state level, the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland FHPO informs in regards to the Novel Coronavirus and publishes travel advice accordingly.

The Travel Advice FDFA (in German, French and Italian) offers travelers basic information for travel preparation by informing on possible risks and certain precautions. They are to be considered as a complementary source of information.

For urgent requests, kindly contact the FDFA Helpline  (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33) or contact the Swiss representation in Sofia.

22/10/2020 - Wearing of masks in outside public places in Bulgaira

As of 22 October 2020, when people gather in outside public spaces and maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 metres is not possible, they must wear a mask or another item that covers their nose and mouth (e.g. a face shield, scarf, towel, etc.). Exceptions to this are clients at dining and drinking establishments; those exercising indoors and outdoors; participants in conferences, congresses, etc. when delivering speeches; and hosts and guests in TV programmes. Children up to the age of 6 are also exempt from this measure.

18/10/2020 - Coronavirus: Restrictions on private events, no gatherings in public of more than 15 people; masks mandatory in more areas and working from home recommended

At an extraordinary meeting on 18 October, the Federal Council introduced several further national measures to combat the rapid rise in coronavirus infections. From Monday, 19 October spontaneous gatherings of more than 15 persons are not permitted in public. A mask must be worn in publicly accessible indoor areas, including in all railway stations and airports, and at bus and tram stops. Moreover, there are now new rules for private events of more than 15 persons, and in restaurants, bars and clubs food and drink may only be consumed sitting down. Following consultations with the cantons, the Federal Council has adapted the Special Situation COVID-19 Ordinance accordingly. This now also includes a recommendation to work from home.

12/06/2020 - Travel to Switzerland allowed for Bulgarian citizens from 15.06.2020

From 15 June, full free movement of persons will once again apply with all EU/EFTA states and the United Kingdom.

Bulgaria will remain on the high-risk list after 15 June, which means that restrictions will continue to apply to third country nationals wishing to enter Switzerland from Bulgaria.

However, persons with rights of free movement will be allowed to enter Switzerland again from 15 June; this includes citizens of Bulgaria, their family members regardless of their nationality and third-country nationals who are posted to Switzerland for a maximum of 90 days in any year by a company based in these countries.

Further information is available on the website of The Federal council: www.admin.ch

Entry and transit through the territory of Bulgaria

EU -Citizens and citizens from the Schengen countries, coming from Switzerland, may enter Bulgaria without being put in quarantine

For more information consult our informal translation into English:

Order 341 (PDF, 384.0 kB)

23/09/2020 - Epidemic situation in Bulgaria until November 30, 2020

The Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria issued four orders, which will remain in force during the epidemic situation in the country in force as of 14 May 2020 and decreed by the Bulgarian government to be in effect until November 30, 2020. The orders can be found here (in Bulgarian and English):

General measures in view of the epidemic situation

Access to public spaces and group events

Quarantine and isolation of sick persons

New order 285 / 29/ 05 / 2020 Entry and transit through the territory of Bulgaria (PDF, 449.4 kB)

Order 262 regulates the general parameters of the epidemic situation:

  • anti-epidemic measures to be applied until 31 August;
  • employers to organise home working for their employees when possible, and when not, to take all the measures such as social distancing, disinfection, not allowing sick employees to work, providing masks and other protective items;
  • in shops and public spaces with clients: salespersons to be protected by masks or plastic shields; disinfection at the entrance, not allowing many people at the same time;
  • masks are obligatory in closed public spaces and so is the social distancing of 1,5 metres in all public spaces;

Order 268 regulates in detail the access to public spaces and group events:

  • ®Not allowed: all forms of public studying (schools, excursions, etc.) in all schools, universities. When possible, distance learning is applied. Exceptions: internships of the MFA related to public security, driving licence courses, professional driving courses, technical vehicle expert courses, courses related to training in sea fare, airfare, railroad transport;

  • Not allowed: all kinds of group work with children and students outside of schools, as well as closed nursery and kindergartens;

  • Not allowed: mass sports event either outdoor or indoor. Exception: collective training of up to 12 participants without public, in open spaces, also allowed trainings of footballers and Olympic games participants;

  • Not allowed: mass science events (conferences, symposia);

  • Not allowed: mass cultural event indoors (theatre, concert, stage events). Exception: visit to museums, galleries, libraries, cinemas, but only at 30% of their capacity);

  • Not allowed: any common event of groups exceeding 10 persons (exceptions: sports);

  • Not allowed: visits of external persons to hospitals and social           homes;
  • Not allowed: the visits of sports and children’s playgrounds in closed public spaces;
  • Now Allowed: Malls and Gyms have been allowed to reopen from 18 May in strict observance of anti-epidemic measures

  • The activities, which are not prohibited by this order to be regulated by order No 262/14.5.
  • This order cancels all orders concerning the above-mentioned prohibitions.

Order 263 of 14/5 has been changed by order 268 of 15/5:

Order 264 regulates quarantine and isolation of sick persons. You can check the English translation here :

Order 264 - Ministry of health (PDF, 541.5 kB)

Information on flights to Switzerland

We would like to inform you that as of  June 1st 2020 Bulgaria air and WIZZAIR will operate direct operates flights to Switzerland.

Please inquire with the airlines:

www.air.bg

www.wizzair.com

Important notice

Every Swiss citizen is responsible to make their own arrangements as per the Federal Act on Swiss Persons and Institutions Abroad (195.1).

If you decide to stay in Romania or Bulgaria, please download the “Travel Admin” app and register with your location.

Thank you for your attention.

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Switzerland and Bulgaria

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