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Up-to-date information on the passage of cars and trucks through the border checkpoints between Bulgaria and Romania

17.03.2020

As of 4 PM on March 14th, 2020, Romania has temporarily closed the following border checkpoints with Bulgaria: Tcherna Voda – Kardam, Dobromir – Krushari, Lipnitsa – Kaynardzha, Svishtov - Zimnicea (damaged ferry connection), Turnu Magurele – Nikopol, Beket – Oryahovo. The restriction is implemented for 30 days. Foreign nationals, including Bulgarians, traveling to Romania from epidemiologically risky countries, regardless of the type of transport they use, will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into the country.

Freights of over 3.5 tonnes are exempt from the implemented traffic restrictions. An Ordinance, introduced late in the evening on March 17th by the Strategic Communication Group, established in the Romanian Government, obliges the drivers of large goods vehicles at the border checkpoint to have available and wear individual means of protection such as disinfectant, gloves, face mask and to present documents, certifying the route to the destination.

The drivers of the abovementioned vehicles, arriving from or passing through the "red zones" or "yellow zones", shall not be subjected to quarantine or isolation measures, unless they show symptoms related to coronavirus infection at the border crossing point.

The possibility of planning a travel of cars and trucks over 3.5 tons, as well as the waiting time at the respective border point, can be followed at the website of the Romanian Border Police. The Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs monitors the traffic at the country's border checkpoints on a daily basis and urges Bulgarian citizens to refrain from traveling abroad. In case this is absolutely necessary, you can see how busy are the border checkpoints, which are currently open, here.

As of March 17th, the movement of all international trains through the border checkpoints on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria is being suspended in relation to the measures taken against the spread of coronavirus. At this stage, the international trains will continue to the travel on the country's territory, with the only exception being the international express trains between Sofia and Belgrade. Trains will not going from Vidin to Craiova and back, and the international train Sofia-Bucharest-Sofia will move only on the territory of Bulgaria.

More information about travel restrictions abroad can be obtained from the Situation Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://mfa.bg/bg/situationcenter

and at telephones:
+359 2 948 24 04;
+359 2 971 38 56;


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