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

SWITZERLAND

05.05.2021 - No quarantine for passengers arriving from Bulgaria as of 06.05.2021

From 06.05.2021 Bulgaria will be no more considered as a country or area with an increased risk of infection. Persons arriving by plane from Bulgaria must present a negative PCR test result, that is no more than 72 hours old, before boarding the plane.

All persons entering Switzerland by plane, boat, bus or train must complete an online form before arrival or in paper form on arrival. Persons, arriving by car from a country or region without a high risk of infection, are not supposed to fill in a contact form.

The link to the contact form is following:

https://swissplf.admin.ch

Ordinance COVID-19, 27.01.2021 (de, fr, it)

Coronavirus: Next phase of reopening on 19 April

From Monday, 19 April, it will again be possible to hold events with audiences and spectators subject to restrictions, for example at sports stadiums, cinemas, theatres and concert venues. Indoor sports and cultural activities will also be allowed, as well as certain matches and competitions. Restaurants will be able to reopen outside seating areas. Although the situation remains precarious, the Federal Council deems the risk associated with these reopening steps to be acceptable. It is possible to wear a mask and maintain social distancing in all of the activities that are once again to be permitted, indeed, barring a few exceptions, it is a requirement.

BULGARIA

30.04.2021 - new rules for entry in Bulgaria as of 1 May 2021

All persons arriving in Bulgaria from Switzerland, will be required to present one of the following documents:

  1. a document for a completed vaccination against COVID-19 and following the expiration of a 14-day period after the administration of the last vaccine dose;
  2. a document proving a past COVID infection result (positive PCR test or a rapid antigen test for the period from the 15th to the 180th day from the date of the test);
  3. or a negative PCR test done no more than 72 hours before arrival or a fast antigen test done no more than 48 hours before arrival.

These documents have to be presented in written, in Latin characters.

Where the persons fail to present the required document, they will be placed in 10-day quarantine which may be called off upon presentation of a negative PCR or fast antigen test done no later than 24 hours from the entry in Bulgaria.

29.04.2021 - Epidemic situation in Bulgaria until May 31, 2021

The Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria issued an order, 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 May 31, 2021.

From February 1 to May 31, everyone in enclosed public places and public transport must wear a protective face mask. The same rules applies to open public spaces, where crowding cannot be avoided.

Helmets and scarves covering the nose and mouth are not anymore allowed to use, only masks are allowed.

Coronavirus - General information for Bulgaria and Switzerland

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.

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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