What we can and cannot do

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides update information about emergency measures and traffic restrictions in Europe.

Bulgaria – remain in force and full effect all restrictions imposed by virtue of the ordinance of the Minister of Health which are effected as of 21 March (See here).

Albania – As of 21 March, Tirana International Airport cancels all civil airlines flights. The exception is made for one daytime un-commercial flight of Air Albania to Istanbul.

Kosovo – By this moment, all exit checkpoints from Kosovo to the neighbouring countries are closed and practically do not let through travelers. The Adem Jashari International Airport in Pristina is closed.  

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Many of the airlines have cut or canceled their flights to and from Bosnia and Herzegovina. At this time among them are Lufthansa, Austrian airlines, Croatia Airlines, Air Serbia, Aegean, Wizz Air. With a view to the dynamically changing situation the state authorities recommend to travelers to contact the corresponding airline before the upcoming or awaited flight. By 21 March, there are options for the Bulgarian citizens to return to Bulgaria from Saraevo Airport via flights with transfers at Cologne, Istanbul and Stuttgart. In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia have shut their borders with Bosnia and Herzegovina.    

Montenegro – As part of the introduced preventive measures Montenegro decided to postpone local elections in Tivat municipality scheduled for 5 April. The elections will be held 90 days after the precautionary measures expire taken to protect the Montenegrin population against coronavirus. 

Serbia – From 08.00 am on 20 March, all entry checkpoints in Serbia are closed for foreign nationals traveling by road, railway and river transport. Only cargo trucks will be allowed to enter the territory of Serbia. The Belgrade Nikola Tesla International Airport and the Airport in Nis have canceled all international civil airlines flights. On the entire territory of Serbia the city and intercity transport routes are closed.

Czech Republic - On 23 March, the government will discuss the necessity of a ban on leaving homes. At this stage it is envisioned that the restrictive measures will be effective for about one month. The state of emergency along the borders will be in force for a longer time, until the situation in the neighbouring countries is stabilised. Both of Prague airports, Vaclav Havel and Kbely, are open for take-offs and landings. The ban for foreigners to enter the territory of the Czech Republic is in effect. There is an option for transit via Vaclav Havel Airport but the passengers are not allowed to leave the transit hall. By 21 March the Sofia-Prague-Sofia flights of Bulgaria Air are being performed.  

Belgium – As of 20 March, Belgium has shut its borders. Exceptions are made only for the activities which cannot be postponed, such as transport of goods and cargo trucks traffic as well as servicing the Belgian nationals coming back home from abroad. The recommendable option for returning to Bulgaria is still by air. Charleroi Airport will be closed from 23 March till 5 April, which means that the flights of Wizz Air and Ryanair to Sofia will be canceled. Brussels Zaventem Airport is open and currently the Brussels-Sofia-Brussels flights are performed by Bulgaria Air. Austrian Airlines have canceled flights at least till 28 March, Brussels airlines will not perform their regular flights from 21 March till 19 April.  

Luxembourg – From 06:00 am on 23 March, Luxembourg Airport will be closed for passenger flights until further notice. The entry to and exit from the country will be allowed if proved necessary.

Switzerland – As of 21 March, public gatherings with more than 5 people are prohibited. Measures are imposed for limiting the entry for citizens of Italy, Germany, Austria, France and Spain, as well as for all citizens of non-Schengen countries. The land borders of Austria are shut down at the Austrian side from 21 March. At the open checkpoints on the border with Germany the monitoring is stepped up which is the reason for kilometer-long lines along the borders.   

United Kingdom – As of 20 March, all cafes, pubs and restaurants are shut down. Exception is made for those who offer home deliveries. All night clubs, discotheques, cinemas, theaters, gyms and entertainment facilities are asked to close down “as soon as possible”. School classes are suspended as of 21 March. 

By today, the following airlines are performing direct flights to Bulgaria: Bulgaria Air, British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air. Ryanair recommends to all of its customers whose flights have been canceled to revalidate their tickets before 25 March, when, as expected, the number of flights will be cut down significantly.

Bulgaria Air has canceled flights scheduled for 23, 27 and 29 March, as well as those for 1 and 25 April. EasyJet canceled the flight from London to Sofia on 27 March. It is expected that the options for direct flights to Bulgaria will be increasingly time-limited. So far there are no restrictions on airport transfers and transit stay on the territory of United Kingdom.

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