Schengen Area

Important: New Rules for People Arriving in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's caretaker Minister of Health on May 18 issued an Order that changes the requirements for children up to 5 years of age upon entering Bulgaria.

From May 19, no proof of negative result from PCR or antigen test is required for entry into Bulgaria of children up to 5 years of age who are Bulgarian citizens and also citizens of the following countries:

Johansson to broach issue of media freedom on visit to Slovenia

Brussels – European Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson will start a two-day visit to Slovenia on Thursday to discuss the country’s EU presidency preparations. She intends to raise the issue of media freedom and pluralism as well. Slovenia should not underestimate the risk to its international reputation when it comes to this, Johansson has told the STA.

More exceptions added for entering Slovenia without quarantine

Ljubljana – The government has expanded the list of exceptions for entry in Slovenia without quarantine or the need to produce a negative PCR test, to include accredited journalists and persons who enter the country for emergency reasons. Coronavirus tests performed in the US and UK have meanwhile been added to the list of valid tests at border crossings.

INSCOP Survey: Most Romanians agree they are seen as 'second-class citizens' in the EU

A majority of Romanians (78.2%) believe they are perceived as "second-class citizens" in the EU, according to an INSCOP poll released on Monday. The survey reveals that 78.2% of the respondents agreed with the statement that "Romanians are seen as 'second-class citizens' in the EU", 20.4% disagreed with the statement, and 1.4% did not know or did not answer.

Info for Travelers: Stringent Rules on Entering Germany, Turkey Issues Special HES Code

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminds that following the alerts for stopped Bulgarian citizens travelling by public transport and entering Germany from the Czech Republic, that, strict rules for admitting foreign nationals are valid for Germany due to the COVID-19restrictive measures