For travelers to Germany - Important information
According to the regulations of the local authorities of Germany, as of 16.01.2022 Bulgaria is again included in the list of high-risk countries, which is why digital registration here mandatory quarantine is required for arrivals. A general obligation to present a negative test, vaccination certificate or medical certificate for all persons over the age of 6 has been introduced, regardless of the type of vehicle used to arrive in Germany.
The obligation also applies to passengers transferring at German airports.
The coronavirus certificate is recognized by presenting a positive PCR test at least 28 days ago, but not older than 6 months before arrival in Germany.
Information on types of vaccines that Germany recognizes can be found here
The vaccine must be listed in the EU Digital COVID or in the WHO Yellow immunization passport. It must be 14 days after the full vaccination (one or two doses, depending on the type of vaccine).
A variant in which a person has become ill and has received a single dose of vaccine is also considered here
For questions that require specific interpretation, Bulgarian citizens should contact the health service of the settlement, which is the final destination of their trip here
- Recognized types of negative tests: PCR or antigen test in German, English, French, Spanish or Italian, performed not any earlier than 48 hours before arrival in Germany.
- Antibody tests are NOT recognized.
Presentation of the issued original documents is required – both on paper and in digital form. Photographs of the certificates are NOT accepted.
Obligation to present a certificate of vaccination, illness, or a negative PCR, or antigen test.
Persons residing in a high-risk region in the last 10 days before entering Germany are required to present a certificate of vaccination, illness, or a negative PCR or antigen test. The rule applies to everyone, except children under the age of 6, regardless of the type of vehicle used to travel. Both types of tests must be taken no later than 48 hours before entering Germany.
For persons who have been in a region with viral variations for 10 days before entering Germany, the rule is to submit a negative result from a PCR test done up to 48 hours before arrival, regardless of vaccination or illness, and to have the relevant evidence for this. An antigen test is not enough.
The list of high-risk regions and areas with viral variations is updated daily on the website of the Robert Koch Institute
The obligation for digital pre-registration through the online portal here
When registering online, individuals should upload a certificate of vaccination, illness or a negative COVID-19 test. Upon completion of the registration, a PDF file is generated, confirming the registration. This file should be retained for presentation at the request of the carrier and at border control. With the link provided in the PDF file, the quarantine, which is obligatory for some groups of persons, can be terminated ahead of time.
Obligation to enter into a 10-day quarantine for the unvaccinated and those who have not suffered from COVID-19 (i.e. those arriving only with a test) and arriving from Bulgaria or other countries classified as high risk regions: Quarantine may be terminated early:
-from the day on which the person has a certificate of vaccination or recovery;
- after the 5th day of quarantine, and it is necessary to perform a PCR test, the result of which should be negative;
-automatically, after the 5th day of arrival in Germany for children under the age of 6;
-Quarantine ends automatically as soon as the relevant country/area of arrival is removed from the list of high-risk areas or areas with viral variations, which is published here
In order to be released from quarantine, individuals should upload to the online portal for pre-digital registration a certificate of vaccination or recovery (as soon as they have the relevant document) or a negative result of PCR test performed after the 5th day of arrival in Germany. The documents are uploaded via the link provided in the PDF file with the confirmation of the preliminary online registration. Available information can be found here
Passengers are required to familiarize themselves with the current requirements, as well as exceptions to the specified requirements for entering the country before their flight – detailed information can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.
On the pages of the Federal Ministry of Health here and here as well as the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs here or on the website of the Situation Center at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria here
Passengers who do not meet all the requirements will not be allowed on board.
The Bulgaria Air team