Coronavirus and FAQs at (SOF) airport

Coronavirus Answers and Frequently Asked Questions for Passengers at Sofia airport (SOF)

IMPORTANT: The information provided below is only a quick guide, but it may be subject to change due to permanent changes in the health situation. Therefore, always corroborate the information with the official entities and the airline with which you intend to travel to and also check if at the time of your trip, the country you are coming from is not within the list of High Risk Countries.

Covid-19: Regulations for travel to Bulgaria

Vaccinations and travel rules for vaccinated people

Travelers presenting a valid international certificate for full COVID-19 vaccination, using an approved vaccine, are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to departure.

EU COVID digital certificate

Travelers can provide their EU digital certificate on paper or digitally as proof of vaccination, negative test result or prior recovery. Health documents provided in this way will not require additional verification on arrival. Full details on the EU digital certificate, including how EU residents can access their certificate, can be found at / coronavirus-response / safe-covid-19 -european- vaccines / eu-digital-covid-certificate_en

It is mandatory to submit medical certificate / proof

Upon arrival, proof of a negative PCR test must be presented, taken within the previous 72 hours. Alternatively, a negative rapid antigen test can be presented, taken within 48 hours of arrival. Instead, travelers can provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result, taken within at least 11 days and no more than 180 days prior to arrival. Arrivals without health documentation must be quarantined for 10 days. This period may be shortened if a PCR or antigen test is performed within 72 hours of arrival and a negative result is confirmed and presented to the director of the respective regional health inspection.

Test is done upon arrival

Arrivals are subject to rapid random antigen testing at the airport.

For more details COVID Portal, Bulgaria


Bulgarian citizens, as well as individuals with a long-term, prolonged and permanent residence status and their family members who enter the country without presenting a document for a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours before entry into Bulgaria are subject to a 10-day quarantine. Additional clarifications and exceptions to the order can be found here.

Quarantine may be revoked upon presentation of a negative PCR test result performed within 24 hours from entry into Bulgaria. For more information, please click here.

Passengers passing through Sofia airport can get a PCR or antigen test at any of the two laboratories situated inside both terminals, which operate around the clock. Results for antigen tests are ready in 20 minutes, while PCR tests results are ready in 2 hours if made between 3:00 am and 6:00 pm, and in 24 hours if taken at other times. More information: Tel +359 884 884 936 / 882 607 010.


Latest updates: January 12, 2022


World situation. General considerations
It is an almost generalized concept that each passenger must have a complete vaccination certificate against Coronavirus (some countries only accept vaccines approved by the WHO), RT-PCR or antigen test results within 48 hours of boarding (some require 24 hours), filling out a form and affidavit of health, COVID-19 vaccination certificate, in addition to complying with the protocols of distancing, hand washing and use of masks. Some countries accept unvaccinated residents, although a 7-day quarantine is required in addition to the negative test.
But also, in the situation of constant changes, it is always important to consult and finalize details with the airline and also, if necessary, with the airport, as well as in the case of international flights with the embassy or consulate near the final destination, as well as the countries involved in flight stopovers.
In this sense, it is useful to review the International Map of the current restrictions of each country.

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