Preventive COVID-19 measures at Black Sea airports

Current information


Varna Airport and Burgas Airport are open to travelers only!

In order to ensure a minimum of people at the airport, well-wishers and greeters will not be allowed to enter the terminal. For all issues related to canceled flights, passengers may be informed by contacting the airline concerned.


Orders have come into force

Pursuant to Order № RD-01-733/27.08.2021 of the Minister of Health, the following temporary anti-epidemic measures are introduced regarding the entry of persons arriving from other countries on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, as of September 1, 2021, to October 30, 2021, according to the color zones in which the specific country falls:

 

Green area:
The Republic of Austria, the Republic of Poland, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, theRepublic of Finland, the Kingdom of Norway, the Vatican City State, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, and Romania.


Orange area:
All countries outside the green and red zone.


Red zone:
Republic of India, People's Republic of Bangladesh, Federal Democratic Republic ofNepal, Myanmar, Kingdom of Bhutan, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Republicof Maldives, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, United Republic of Tanzania,Republic of Seychelles, The Republic of Namibia, The Republic of Zambia, The sultanate ofOman, Malaysia, Тurkmenistan, Republic of Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Republicof Colombia, Republic of Chile, Eastern Republic of Uruguay, Republic of Argentina,Federative Republic of Brazil, Republic of Paraguay, Multinational State of Bolivia, Republic of Peru, Republic of Suriname, Republic of Panama, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of Guatemala, Belize, the Republic of El Salvador, the Republic of Cuba and the Dominican Republic, the Republic of Cyprus, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Fiji, Georgia, Israel, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Kazakhstan, United States of America, Saint Lucia, Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and Ireland.



GREEN ZONE - allowed on the territory of the country upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination, for recovery from the illness or for conducted testing, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate. In the absence of a valid EU digital COVID certificate or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, the person shall be quarantined for 10 days at home.

The Director of the respective Regional Health Inspectorate may revoke the issued order for quarantine upon submission by e-mail of a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test conducted within 24 hours of entering the country to prove COVID-19 or by a rapid antigen test.


ORANGE ZONE - allowed on the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination, for recovery from the illness or for conducted testing, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate.

Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term, or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families who do not present a document mentioned above of the Order shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days at home​​​​​​​.

The Director of the respective Regional Health Inspectorate may revoke the issued recommendation for quarantine of the Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term, or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families, upon submission by e-mail of a document, showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test conducted within 24 hours of entering the country to prove COVID 19 or from a rapid antigen test.


RED ZONE - on the territory of the country is allowed only persons who are:

  • Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term, or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and their family members;
  • Citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and the Swiss Confederation and their family members arriving from a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and the Swiss Confederation.

The persons who arrived from a red zone are allowed on the territory of the country upon presentation of a valid digital EU COVID certificate for vaccination or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination TOGETHER WITH a negative result from a test conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country by the method of polymerase chain reaction for COVID19, certified by a valid EU digital COVID certificate for testing or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate for testing.


All non-Bulgarian citizens arrived from a red zone country, who do not present a valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination may be admitted to the territory of the country ONLY after presenting a negative result from a test conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country by the method of polymerase chain reaction for COVID-19, certified by a valid EU digital COVID certificate for testing or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate for testing and they shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days.


Bulgarian citizens and persons with a status of permanent, long-term, or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and their family members who do not present any of the documents shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days. Bulgarian citizens and persons with a status of permanent, long-term, or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families, who present upon entering the country only one of the documents  (valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination or certificate of recovery or a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19 conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country, certified by a valid EU digital COVID test certificate or similar document) shall be placed in quarantine for a period of 10 days. In these cases, the Director of the relevant Regional Health Inspectorate may revoke the issued order for quarantine of these persons, upon submission by e-mail of a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test conducted within 24 hours of entering the country to prove COVID-19. The recommendation shall be removed within 24 hours upon presentation of the document showing a negative test result.


Children from the age of 12 to 18 who arrive on the territory of the country from a country falling into the red zone are allowed upon presentation of a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19 conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country, certified by a valid EU digital COVID test certificate or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID test certificate. In case they do not present such a document, they shall be placed under quarantine for a period of 10 days.

The Director of the respective Regional Health Inspectorate may revoke the issued recommendation for quarantine of the children from the age of 12 to 18, who are Bulgarian citizens or persons with a status of permanent, long-term, or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, upon submission by e-mail of a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test conducted within 24 hours of entering the country to prove COVID19. The recommendation shall be removed within 24 hours upon presentation of the document showing a negative test result.


On the territory of the country are permitted, without the need to present documents for COVID-19, persons who are up to the age of 12, regardless of the zone in which the country from which they arrive falls.


Prevention

Varna Airport and Burgas Airport are the 1st Bulgarian airports granted ACI Airport Health Accreditation. Read more here.


All high-contact surfaces at Varna Airport and Burgas Airport are treated with the patented nano product Liquid Guard® which formed an invisible protective layer and provide lasting antimicrobial and antiviral protection. Read more here about it.


Varna Airport and Burgas Airport strictly comply with all recommendations and instructions received from the relevant Bulgarian and world health authorities and are fully equipped and ready to respond to an infectious disease outbreak.

Since the beginning of the crisis, Varna Airport and Burgas Airport have been in direct contact with the responsible health authorities, constantly monitoring the situation, and have remained mobilized to respond 24/7.

The two Fraport Bulgaria's airports maintain continuous bilateral contact with the competent officials of the RHI Varna, and chair regular meetings with the relevant bodies:

  • Airport Operations Managers
  • Representatives of the Border Police
  • Customs
  • Fire Brigade
  • Regional Health Inspectorate (RHI)

establishing a COVID-19 prevention Crisis Committee.

The joint efforts with the competent officials of the Regional Health Inspectorate of Varna and Burgas, and the Varna and Burgas Airport Police Directorate include registration of all arriving passengers in the border control system and additional collection of information through questionnaires filled out by arriving from risk destinations passengers.

In response to the same order, Terminal 2 Arrivals Hall, prior to the border checkpoint, is equipped with a thermal camera, monitored by specialized RHI teams in line with the flight schedule and the associated risk determined by the country of origin.

Additionally, there is ongoing communication with the airlines served by Varna Airport and Burgas Airport for better control and awareness for both stakeholders.

Personal protective equipment is provided for all airport services, as well as other necessary materials, devices, and COVID-19 crisis management tools.

Varna Airport and Burgas Airport responsibly provide and disseminate information and recommendations to staff and passengers traveling through the airport.

A number of measures have been taken to address the spread of COVID-19 incl. enhanced cleaning and disinfection regime, regular ventilation, and cleaning of premises and vehicles, separation of passengers from arriving flights from high-risk destinations from all others, and non-admittance of non-travelers in the airports' terminals.