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Covid Regulations for Bansko, Bulgaria

Good news at Snomads HQ. There has been an improvement in anti-pandemic measures as the number of vaccinated people continues to increase and travel between the UK and Bulgaria has become easier. Although the COVID-19 situation can rapidly change at the local level, you can be confident that your Snomads booking is risk-free. We’re prepared to offer full refunds if travelling to and from your country is made impossible, find our full policy below.

As things stand we’re halfway through a relatively trouble-free season full of the white stuff.

IMPORTANT UPDATES

BULGARIA ENTRY REQUIREMENTS UPDATED 1st FEBRUARY 2022

From 1 February, anyone, including children aged 12-18, travelling from ‘red zone’ countries, such as the UK, are allowed to enter Bulgaria if they present one of the following documents:

  1. a COVID vaccination certificate; OR
  2. evidence of prior COVID infection; OR
  3. a negative COVID test. Either a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours or Rapid Antigen Test taken no more than 48 hours before entering Bulgaria.

Further details of the document requirements are below.

  • Children under 12 are exempt from quarantine and the requirement to present Covid-19 documents upon their arrival in Bulgaria, regardless of what colour zone they have travelled from.

Document Requirements from 1 February:

  • From 1 February 2022, in order to prove your COVID vaccination status you will need to present your UK NHS app or letter, or an EU vaccination certificate showing you have had two doses of the vaccine. You will need to show you have had your second dose no earlier than 270 days, and no later than 15 days prior to arrival.

If you do not have access to the NHS app or the EU Vaccination certificate you can present a document containing the name of the person in English, date of birth, date of the last administered dose, serial number of the dose, and the total number of doses administered, trade name of vaccine, batch number of dose(s), manufacturer name, name of country and organisation who has issued the certificate and for the EU certificate, its unique identifier.

If you have received you second of vaccines more than 270 days before your arrival, you will need to show evidence that you have had an additional (booster) dose of vaccine against COVID-19. This can show via the UK NHS app or letter, or EU vaccination certificate.

  • From 1 February 2022, ‘evidence of prior COVID infection’ for can be proven by showing a positive result from a PCR or rapid antigen test (RAT) which must be dated at least 11, but no more than 180 days before arrival. The document must contain the name of the person in English, date of birth, date of the first positive result of the PCR or RAT, details of the medical institution that performed the test (name, address or other contact details), the authority that issued the document, the country in which the test has been performed, and ‘Positive’ written in English and for the EU certificate, its unique identifier.
  • From 1 February 2022, a ‘COVID test’ includes a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours or rapid antigen test (RAT) taken no more than 48 hours before entering Bulgaria. The test must contain the name of the person in English, date of birth, type of test and ‘Negative’ written in English, details of the medical institution that performed the test (name, address or other contact details), date and time of the test sample, the country in which the test has been performed and the authority that issued the document and for the EU certificate, its unique identifier.
  • The EU has adopted the UK’s NHS COVID documentation (both the letter and App versions) as equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate. The decision ensures it will be automatically accepted across Europe. Bulgarian Ministry of Health has also confirmed that UK’s NHS Certificate meet the necessary requirements and will be recognised both for entry into the country and for domestic measures on the territory of Bulgaria.

UK ENTRY REQUIREMENTS UPDATED 6th JANUARY 2022

If you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England, and you will arrive in England after 4am, Friday 7 January, you do not need to:

  • take a COVID-19 test before you travel to England
  • quarantine when you arrive in England

If you qualify as fully vaccinated and you will arrive in England after 4am, Sunday 9 January, you can choose to take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test after you arrive in England.

If you take a lateral flow test and test positive, you will need to self-isolate and take a free confirmatory PCR test.

You must book the test before you travel to England. You can book lateral flow tests from 4am Friday 7 January.

You cannot use a lateral flow test until after 4am, Sunday 9 January. Before 4am Sunday 9 January, you must use a PCR test after arrival.

The fully vaccinated rules also apply to children aged 17 and under, people taking part in an approved vaccine trial, and people who are unable to have a vaccination due to medical reasons.

In this article

  1. COVID situation in Bulgaria – is it safe?
  2. Snomads COVID Policy
  3. Where to find officially sourced information?

COVID situation in Bulgaria – is it safe?

No country is completely safe from COVID. However, Bulgaria has a relatively low number of cases. Currently, the number of cases is going down, following the third wave of infections. The wave peaked at around 5600 cases per day. Things are slowly becoming normalized. As of the 14th of November, the daily reported cases are 1600. There have been almost 3 million doses of vaccines administered. That amounts to a total of 22% of the population being vaccinated. However anti-epidemic measures are still taken very seriously. Masks are mandatory inside public buildings and transport. Schools have moved to online education and other work sectors are limited. An inspection by the RHI from Blagoevgrad, which was conducted on the 31st January 2021 at Ski Center Bansko, stated the successful implications of all anti-epidemic measures, people could peacefully enjoy winter sports and the nature of the Pirin Mountains.

Consider Covid Insurance

Apart from travel restrictions, there is a risk you may not be able to travel due to contracting Covid, or if a member of your household falls ill. Which? has produced an in-depth guide for UK nationals to Covid insurance. And of course remember to bring your EHIC/GHIC

Snomads COVID Policy

The safety of our guests and staff is our number one priority so our chalets and vehicles will be subject to the local Covid-19 regulations of the destination country, which may differ from that of the UK. We understand that the current situation may be unsettling and we would like to reassure and remind you of the extra measures we’ve put in place to keep you and your money safe.

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we want all guests to be able to book with confidence and have therefore introduced the simple policy below in addition to our usual terms and conditions, a copy of which will be provided upon request. The policy applies to all stays in Chalet Diana-Ross, Chalet Supreme, Chalet Prince, and Chalet Stardust only.

You will have the option to either defer your stay or request a full refund if:

  • The UK FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) advise against all but essential travel to your chalet destination country;
  • Authorities in the country of the chalet impose travel restrictions which affect the ability to reach the chalet or the borders are closed to UK arrivals;
  • The UK Government impose travel restrictions which require you to quarantine in a hotel on your return;
  • Authorities in the country of the chalet impose a period of quarantine on arrival and there isn’t the option to forgo this quarantine period by providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or of being fully vaccinated.  

You’ll be able to defer your stay if:

  • After you’ve booked, the UK Government changes the rules for the destination you’re traveling to, meaning you’ll need to quarantine at home on your return to the UK.
  • You’re unable to travel due to new testing or vaccination requirements or if you’ve been asked to self-isolate upon your return or if the area you live in goes into local lockdown when you’re due to travel and these requirements/restrictions were introduced after you booked.

Any other reasons will not be considered a valid reason and our standard cancellation terms will apply. These cancellation terms are valid up until the day before arrival. 

Guests are strongly advised to check their insurance policies prior to booking.

Where to find officially sourced information

Our team will make sure to keep you updated through our blog & social media channels for any new covid measures for Bansko and Bulgaria. For those who’d like to be more proactive, you can check the websites of the UK government, Reuters, the Bulgarian informational portal, and the European Information Portal.

Details and information on this page are correct at time of publish but we recommend checking gov.uk regularly for the most up to date information and we will not be bound by information which is provided in this blog on a goodwill basis.

Stay safe until next season, see you on the hill!

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Niel Knight

    Your lift pass prices show costs in the 2019/20 season. Do you have this season’s prices please? 2021/22. Thank you.

    1. Snomads

      2021/22 Prices won’t be released by the resort until December, as soon as we have them we’ll update those on our site. We’re expecting little change to those from 19/20.

  2. Steve

    Hi, can you update this page as of the UK government update given today?

    1. Snomads

      This will be updated tomorrow with the new UK regulations, which are great news for those visiting Bulgaria

    2. Dima

      Hi,

      I hope someone can help me understand the new rules and I hope I can help other people in my position. Can I still travel to Bulgaria with proof of COVID-19 recovery and a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours before entry. Does Bulgaria still accept UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery record or I wont be able to enter the country ??

      Thank you

  3. Dan

    Hey just checking with the New Rules in Place from Friday. If I have a recovery from NHS Covid Pass and a negative PCR Test. Will that be fine to enter Bulgaria ??

    Many Thanks Guys

    1. Snomads

      Yes you will be allowed to enter with recovery certificate as long as it is dated at least 11 days, but no more than 180 days, before arrival in Bulgaria. You will also need a negative PCR result taken up to 72 hours before entry.

  4. Steve r

    Hi I’m hoping you may be able to help.
    Some of the questions have been answered .
    I’m unvaxed but I tested positive about 15 days ago at home using an nhs lateral flow and just recorded it as a positive . I’ve since recovered . Do you know if I Can I now go on to get a recovery certificate to be able to fly to Bulgaria just using a lateral flow test .
    Also what’s the situation with getting on the ski lifts , going into shops and pubs . Do you need a vaccine passport now or can a recovery certificate be sufficient. Is it qr codes they are needing ?
    Also what’s the situation in Borovets regarding masks . Are they strict when walking around the town and out and about .
    Kind regards
    Steve

    1. Snomads

      Hi Steve, so we are basked in Bansko, can’t comment on what exactly is happening in Borovets. In terms of entry you will be allowed to enter with a recovery certificate as long as it is dated at least 11 days, but no more than 180 days, before arrival in Bulgaria. I would suggest calling the UK Covid number 119 regarding certificates. You will also need a negative PCR result taken up to 72 hours before entry. A lateral flow test is not sufficient, you will be refused entry with this. There is no option to quarantine for UK nationals without the correct documents.

      In Bansko you must wear a face covering when using the gondola, for chairlifts this is also recommended and most people are as it is currently very cold anyway. Shops and pubs generally require a mask and some will ask for a COVID pass but this in not generally checked (scanned).

  5. Shaun

    Hi there. With regards to the ski passes, I have two kids 8 and 6 respectively. Would they need to show any form of Covid documentation to get the Ski pass? They both had it in early January.

    1. Snomads

      Hi Shaun, No COVID documentation is required for a lift pass. Under 12 year olds are also exempt from quarantine and the requirement to present Covid-19 documents upon their arrival in Bulgaria as things currently stand.

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