Bulgaria begins to ban UK visitors despite the destination’s greenlist status
British visitors have been banned from entering Bulgaria from today – despite being added to the green list of non-quarantine trips.
The move came just days after the UK government said it could move to the UK green list for travel with some airlines and tour operators increasing capacity to meet any increased demand.
Operators have since suspended flights to Bulgaria following news that the country has banned holidaymakers from the UK as of July 19.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Department said: “From Monday July 19, the UK will be added to Bulgaria’s Red List. Arrival from the UK will only be allowed for Bulgarian citizens and long-term residents. “
People from red zone countries are not allowed to enter Bulgaria, with a few exceptions, such as healthcare professionals and seasonal workers.
The country’s government has put the UK on its high-risk red list – along with Cyprus, Spain, Fiji and Kuwait – over concerns over increasing cases of Covid-19.
The British tour operator and the airline Jet2 had planned to increase capacity to Bourgas (Sunny Beach) for the high summer season.
But a spokesperson replied: “Due to the Bulgarian government’s travel restrictions, we have suspended all flights and holidays to Burgas until July 31, 2021 inclusive. All affected bookings will be canceled with a full refund excluding any administration or prior cancellation. fresh.”
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