Bulgaria has decided to ease its COVID-19 restrictions and lift the
green certificate in order to enter restaurants, shopping malls and other public places. Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said the easing will start from March 20 as coronavirus infections subside.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister said in a statement: “We managed to ride out the Omicron wave without massive school or business closures…Our forecasts show that around March 20 it would be possible to end all restrictions in the country linked to the green certificate. ”
Currently, Bulgaria has a rule that a digital or paper certificate must be presented for indoor spaces. Such a certificate reflects the status of vaccination; whether the person has recovered from the virus; or tested negative. The introduction of this green certificate has not been welcomed by bar and restaurant owners, and even anti-vaccine campaigners.
Bulgaria has seen a decline in coronavirus cases, as it reported 1,235 new daily infections last Monday, compared to 12,000 new cases reported on January 26, 2022.
In addition, it has been reported that from March 5, foreign travelers with a green certificate will be allowed to enter Bulgaria, which is expected to boost its tourism. From March 20, if all goes as planned, the health pass will only be used to facilitate travel abroad, said the country’s chief health inspector, Angel Kunchev.