Embassy of Switzerland in Bulgaria

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

19.12.2021 - Entry into Switzerland

Coronavirus: New rules for entry into Switzerland 

Only one test on entry for persons who are vaccinated or recovered
After consulting the cantons, the Federal Council has also adapted the testing regime for entering the country, applicable from Monday, 20 December. In addition to PCR tests taken within the previous 72 hours, rapid antigen tests taken within the previous 24 hours will also be
accepted for entering Switzerland. The requirement to take a second test 4 to 7 days after entering the country will be waived for persons who are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.

Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form (rare exceptions may apply, please refer to art. 3 of the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport). It is important to fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone at the earliest 48 hours before the travel in order to receive a QR code by email. This code needs to be kept at hand for inspection upon arrival in Switzerland. The controlling authority can impose a fine if the entry form is not completed or if the information provided is false.

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)

BULGARIA

06.01.2022 – New rules for entry in Bulgaria as of 07.01.2022

All persons arriving in Bulgaria from Switzerland, are allowed on the territory of the country upon presentation of a valid digital EU COVID certificate for vaccination OR certificate of recovery AND a negative result from a test conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country by the method of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for COVID-19.

On the territory of the country are allowed, without the need to present documents for COVID-19, children up to the age of 12, regardless of the zone in which the country from which they arrive falls in.

25.11.2021 – Epidemic situation in Bulgaria until 31.03.2022

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 31.03.2022.

From February 1 to March 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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