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.

29/05/2020 - New order 285 on entry and transit through the territory of Bulgaria

The Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria issued a new order (MH-01-285 / 29 May 2020 entering into force as of 1 June 2020 – replacing order 274).

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 285 / 29.05.2020 (PDF, 449.4 kB)

14/05/2020 - Epidemic situation in Bulgaria until June 14, 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 today (14 May 2020) and decreed by the Bulgarian government to be in effect until June 14, 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 14 June;
  • 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: visit to gaming halls, discos and bars, closed commercial areas such as fast-food restaurants, bistros and cafes,

    ®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;

    Only persons aged over 60 to visit shops and drugstores between 8.30 and 10.30 everyday ;

  • 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)

28/05/2020 - CORONAVIRUS: Second stage of entry restrictions’ easing (CH)

The Federal Council wants to gradually ease entry restrictions relating to coronavirus in parallel with the economic opening steps. From 8 June, the cantons will begin processing all applications for a residence or cross-border commuter permit from workers from the EU/EFTA member states. The same applies for notification of commencement of work for short deployments with an employer in Switzerland and for cross-border services provided for a maximum of 90 days a year.

Family reunification will be possible again for all persons with a permanent residence permit, a residence permit, a short stay permit or who have been temporarily admitted to Switzerland, under the usual conditions.

School pupils and students will be allowed to enter Switzerland to begin, continue or finish their studies, regardless of their nationality. This does not apply, however, to education and further training lasting less than 90 days.

Further information is available on the SEM website.

25/03/2020 - Entry to Switzerland

As of 25 march 2020 the Swiss Federal Council  has extended the restrictions on entry in Switzerland to all countries except the Pincipality of Liechtenstein.

For more information, please visit the webpage of the SEM.

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

For the Swiss citizens currently travelling in Romania and Bulgaria for tourism or business purposes, it is still possible to return to Switzerland by air, although more and more airlines are reducing their flights daily and we do not know until when the airlines connections will still be available.

If you wish to return to Switzerland, you should make your own arrangements as soon as possible by contacting the airlines directly.

Travel to Switzerland by car is no longer possible due to the closure of several borders. A long detour might still be possible however is it is not suggested.

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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