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Coronavirus related special procedures
Updated on 5/06/20
 

From 22 May, anyone permitted to enter the territory of Bulgaria without quarantine (ie. truck and bus drivers entering and transiting Bulgaria) is  required to present a new declaration to the border health control authorities. Drivers entering Bulgaria are advice to fill in this declaration before coming at the border crossing points in order to minimize the waiting times:
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Declaration in English language;
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Declaration in Bulgarian/Romanian languages;

- Declaration in Turkish language.

 

Restrictions
The use of facial mask is already mandatory only in closed public spaces. Nevertheless people, including drivers who are in open public places are required to comply with the requirement of social distance and all anti-epidemic measures, and wear a protective mask in case of necessity to contact with others.

On 13th of March 2020 Bulgarian authorities introduced "state of emergency" in the country. The “state of emergency” has been extended until 13 May.

In a new order issued on 4th of June the Minister of Health has confirmed the temporary prohibited entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all foreign nationals through all border crossing points by all means of transport.
The following categories are excluded from the prohibitions above:

- Bulgarian citizens, citizens of Member States of the European Union, UK, Schengen States (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican), Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, family members of Bulgarian citizens, persons who are in actual cohabitation with a Bulgarian citizen, persons with permanent and long-term residence status in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families;

- Medical professionals, medical scientists, social workers and their managers if the purpose of their journey is linked to their professional work;
- Workers involved in the delivery of medicinal products, medical devices and personal protective equipment, medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance;
- Transport personnel engaged in the carriage of passengers and goods, aircraft crews engaged in commercial air transport and other transport personnel, as appropriate,
including vessels crews and persons involved in vessels maintenance;

- Foreign officials (Heads of State, Government, etc.) and members of their delegations, as well as diplomats, officials of international organisations, military personnel, personal of security and public order services and humanitarian workers carrying out their duties;

- Persons travelling for humanitarian reasons;
- Representatives of trade, economic and investment activities and persons directly involved in the construction, maintenance, operation and security of strategic and critical infrastructure of the Republic of Bulgaria, in the  implementation of projects certified under the Investment Promotion Act, analyses of projects of potential investors and other activities relevant to the country's economy, including shipbuilding and ship repair, certified by a letter from the Minister of Economy or another minister responsible for the respective activity;
- Seasonal farm workers and workers in tourism sector; and
- Cross-border workers.

• Transit through the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria is additionally allowed to:

- Nationals of Member States of the European Union, UK and Schengen States (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican) and their family members in order to return to their country of residence;
- Third-country nationals who hold a long-term residence permit in another Member State of the European Union, UK or in a Schengen country (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican) and their family members in order to return to their country of residence;
- Citizens of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Turkey in order to return to their country.
Transit is allowed only where immediate leaving the territory of Republic of Bulgaria can be guaranteed.
All persons entering the territory of Republic of Bulgaria from Sweden, UK, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Malta and Italy, as well as from third countries except Serbia,  Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, shall be quarantined for a period of 14 days at home or other accommodation where the person has indicated that he/she will reside, with a prescription issued by the director of the relevant regional health inspectorate or a person authorized by him. Exception to  the quarantine requirement is allowed for:
a) Bulgarian citizens and citizens of other EU Member States, UK, and Schengen States (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican) who are:
  - Persons travelling for humanitarian reasons;

  - Representatives of trade, economic and investment activities and persons directly involved in the construction, maintenance, operation and security of strategic and critical infrastructure of the Republic of Bulgaria, in the implementation of projects certified under the Investment Promotion Act, analyses of projects of potential investors and other activities relevant to the country's economy, shipbuilding and ship repair, certified by a letter from the Minister of Economy or another minister responsible for the respective activity;
b) Bus drivers performing international transport of passengers;
c) Truck drivers performing or completing international transport of goods.
d) Vessels crew members who are Bulgarian citizens
e) The following persons, regardless of their nationality:
  - Medical professionals, medical scientists, social workers, and their managers if the purpose of their journey is linked to their professional work;
  - Workers involved in the delivery of medicinal products, medical devices and personal protective equipment, medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance;
  - Foreign officials (Heads of State, Government, etc.) and members of their delegations, as well as diplomats, officials of international organisations, military personnel, personal of the security and public order services and humanitarian workers carrying out their duties;
  - Cross-border workers.

• In cases where drivers of goods vehicles, which are allowed to transit Bulgaria, but due to a ban by a neighbouring state cannot leave Bulgaria, a place will be determined where the truck and the driver must stay until the ban is abolished, after that he has to leave the country.

 

On 30.03.2020 and until further notice the border crossing point between Bulgaria and Greece “Zlatograd-Thermes” has been closed due to the spread of COVID-19 and announced quarantine in the respective Greece border region.

 

Relieves
On 14th of April 2020 Bulgarian Agency "Road Infrastructure" has issued an order temporary suspending the official holidays driving ban for trucks over 12 tones.

In addition Bulgarian Government has granted further temporary tolerance concerning the enforcement of driving and rest times for drivers under EU Regulation 561⁄2006 to the national and international transport of goods. This exception applies from 17 April 2020, 00:00 to 31 May 2020, 24:00. Measures lifted are the following:
- Art. 6(1): replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
- Art. 7: replacement of the minimum daily break requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours;  and
- Art. 8(6): possibility to take two consecutive reduced weekly rest periods of minimum 24 hours, provided that:
    • the drivers take at least 4 weekly rests within these 4 consecutive week and at least two of them should be regular weekly rests; and
    • the two reduced weekly rests should be compensated before the next rest period.
- Derogation to Article 8(8) of Regulation 561/2006: possibility for the driver to take the regular weekly rest in the vehicle, as long as it has suitable sleeping facilities for each driver and the vehicle is stationary.


• The Bulgarian government granted temporary tolerance concerning the enforcement of driving and resting times for drivers under the EU Regulation 561⁄2006 to the national and international transport of goods This exception applies from 19⁄03⁄2020 00:00 to 16⁄04⁄2020 24.00. Measures lifted are the following:
- Art. 6(1): replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
- Article 7: replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours;
- Art. 8(6): reduction of the regular weekly rest period from 45 hours to 24 hours.

 

The Bulgarian Road Infrastructure Agency has published an interactive map of the green corridors for road transport of goods transiting the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. The map contains useful information on rest areas and the respective number of parking slots, sanitary facilities, possibility to buy food, availability of internet connection, lighting, video surveillance, fuel station, nearest emergency services, number of slots for refuelling refrigerated trucks, etc.: http://www.api.bg/index.php/en/green-corridors or https://www.bgtoll.bg/en.

 

  

 

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Protest of Bulgarian international road hauliers in Brussels

On 10th of January 2019 г. the international road hauliers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovenia protest in Brussels against the Mobility package I - Joint Declaration.

 

AEBTRI  is   the national guarantee association concerning the TIR system in Bulgaria. AEBTRI is a non-profitmaking organisation whose members include companies and establishments which are directly or indirectly concerned with road transport of passengers and goods.
The Association is involved in representing and supporting its members, securing their interests at national and international levels. AEBTRI enjoys a full membership status in the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

The Association is registered as an agent for representation of foreign persons according to the Bulgarian ordinances for reimbursement of paid VAT.

Letter to Siim Kallas, vice-president of EC and commissiner for transport concerning the measures against spending the regular weekly rest on board of vehicles. 

 
IRU website