Bulgaria lifts 14-day quarantine for tourists from most EU nations but NOT UK

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Angel Kunchev, the country’s chief health inspector, said the anti-virus taskforce had proposed to the government to lift the quarantine as of June 1. The health minister still needs to approve the plan. A ban on the entry of visitors from outside the EU will remain in place.

Bulgaria has eased most of the restrictive measures it imposed in March to combat the spread of the coronavirus, allowing restaurants, cafes, gyms and theatres to reopen and lifting a ban on travel between cities.

Last week, it scrapped a ban on the entry of citizens from other EU countries, but imposed a 14-day quarantine.

By allowing visitors from other EU countries it aims to restore trade and boost summer tourism to its Black Sea resorts, hard hit by the lockdown.

“We plan to lift the obligatory quarantine for Bulgarians returning from abroad and for travellers from the European Union countries and Serbia and North Macedonia,” Mr Kunchev told reporters.

“We will keep it for the eight EU countries that have the biggest registered cases in the past two weeks,” he said.

The Balkan country of 7 million people registered eight new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total registered cases to 2,475, including 136 deaths – a much lower rate than many other EU countries.

Mr Kunchev said that 1,016 people have recovered from the virus.

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