Embassy of Switzerland in Bulgaria

Greeting of H.E. Muriel Berset Kohen, Ambassador of Switzerland, on the occasion of 1 August

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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

SWITZERLAND

25.06.2021 - Entry into Switzerland

From 25.06.2021 the following applies: Bulgarian citizens are allowed to fly to Switzerland without negative PCR test and quarantine, only by filling in an entry form if they can prove:

  • that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The vaccination must meet the necessary requirements:
  • The vaccines should be authorized by Switzerland and could be found under the category "vaccines" of this page.
  • The vaccines should be authorized by EMA and the WHO Emergency Use Listing.  This exemption is valid during 6 months and counts from the moment the persons are fully vaccinated. The last vaccination must not be older than 6 months.

or

  • that they have been infected with the coronavirus and have recovered. This exemption is valid for 6 months and counts from the end of your isolation (the 11th day after the first positive test result).

If none of the above conditions apply, in order to board the plane the person must have a negative PCR test or Quick Test and complete an entry form.

Further information: Federal Office of Public Health FOPH

All travellers must take note of the health-related measures at the Swiss border. The interactive travel check tool shows you what measures apply to you.

Ordinance COVID-19, 27.01.2021 (de, fr, it)

Coronavirus: Next phase of reopening on 19.04.2021

From Monday, 19.04.2021, it will again be possible to hold events with audiences and spectators subject to restrictions, for example at sports stadiums, cinemas, theatres and concert venues. Indoor sports and cultural activities will also be allowed, as well as certain matches and competitions. Restaurants will be able to reopen outside seating areas. Although the situation remains precarious, the Federal Council deems the risk associated with these reopening steps to be acceptable. It is possible to wear a mask and maintain social distancing in all of the activities that are once again to be permitted, indeed, barring a few exceptions, it is a requirement.

BULGARIA

19.05.2021 - new rules for entry in Bulgaria as of 19.05.2021

All persons arriving in Bulgaria from Switzerland, will be required to present one of the following documents:

  1. a document for a completed vaccination against COVID-19 and following the expiration of a 14-day period after the administration of the last vaccine dose;
  2. a document proving a past COVID infection result (positive PCR test or a rapid antigen test for the period from the 15th to the 180th day from the date of the test);
  3. or a negative PCR test done no more than 72 hours before arrival or a fast antigen test done no more than 48 hours before arrival.

These documents have to be presented in written, in Latin characters.

From 19.05.2021 no proof of negative result from PCR or antigen test is required for entry into Bulgaria of children up to 12 years of age who are Bulgarian citizens or citizens of several countries, including Switzerland.

Where the persons fail to present the required document, they will be placed in 10-day quarantine which may be called off upon presentation of a negative PCR or fast antigen test done no later than 24 hours from the entry in Bulgaria.

28.07.2021 - Epidemic situation in Bulgaria until 31.08.2021

The Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria issued an order, which will remain in force during the epidemic situation in the country in force as of 14 May 2020 and decreed by the Bulgarian government to be in effect until 31.08.2021.

From February 1 to August 31, everyone in enclosed public places and public transport must wear a protective face mask. The same rules applies to open public spaces, where crowding cannot be avoided.

Helmets and scarves covering the nose and mouth are not anymore allowed to use, only masks are allowed.

Coronavirus - General information for Bulgaria and Switzerland

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.

Switzerland-EU Institutional Agreement

No signing of Swiss-EU institutional agreement

At its meeting on 26 May, the Federal Council undertook an overall evaluation of the outcome of the negotiations on the institutional framework agreement (InstA).

#SwissEUrelations – a first rank partnership

The European Union is Switzerland’s most important partner by far and effective cooperation is therefore vitally important. This video presents facts and figures about the close economic and human relations between Switzerland and the European Union. #SwissEUrelations #MoreThanNeighbors

Important notice

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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