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Covid-19 – advanced information for travellers

Covid-19 regulations for entering the Balkan countries and Moldova

(Information updated – 26 August 2021*)
*The pandemic situation worldwide is dynamic and therefore Covid-19 related travel regulations are constantly changing. Due to this fact, Boiana-MG cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in the data of national Covid-19 restrictions in any of the mentioned countries. Before planning a trip to any of these countries, please check with local government health authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate Regulation

The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation entered into force on 01 July 2021. Citizens and residents of the member states can have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU. National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate. The certificate provides a standardised recognition of the holder’s status related to vaccination, recovery from Covid-19, or test result. Despite the European Digital COVID Certificate, each country continues to be responsible for its entry requirements and rules, which are not standardised at the EU level. This means that what is required to enter upon presentation of this certificate, depends on the measures and entry rules in place at your destination.

Bulgaria

General Information
Temporary control measures for arrivals according to colour zones:
1. Green zone – allowed on the territory of the country upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination, for recovery from the illness or for conducted testing, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, such as:
1.1. in the absence of a valid EU digital COVID certificate or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate, the person shall be quarantined for 10 days at home or in another place of accommodation where he/she has indicated that he/she will reside, with a recommendation issued by the Director of the respective Regional Health Inspectorate or a Deputy Director authorized by him;
1.2. the Director of the respective Regional Health Inspectorate may revoke the issued order for quarantine upon submission by e-mail of a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test conducted within 24 hours of entering the country to prove COVID-19 or by a rapid antigen test as specified in Annexe № 2. The recommendation shall be removed within 24 hours upon presentation of the document showing a negative test result.
Orange zone – allowed on the territory of the country only upon presentation of a valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination, for recovery from the illness or for conducted testing, or of a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate.
2.1. Not less than 5 per cent of the entrants from countries in orange zones are tested for COVID-19 with a rapid antigen test by the border health authorities.
2.2. Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families who do not present a document under item 2 shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days at home or in another place of accommodation, in which the person has indicated that he/she will
reside, with a recommendation issued by the Director of the respective Regional Health Inspectorate or a Deputy Director authorized by him.
2.3. The Director of the respective Regional Health Inspectorate may revoke the issued recommendation for quarantine of the persons under item 2.2, upon submission by e-mail of a document, showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test conducted within 24 hours of entering the country to prove COVID 19 or from a rapid antigen test as specified in Annexe № 2.
Red zone – on the territory of the country are allowed only persons who are:
3.1. Bulgarian citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and their family members;
3.2. citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation and their family members arriving from a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation;
3.3. medical professionals, medical researchers, social workers and their supervisors, where the purpose of the journey is related to the profession they are exercising;
3.4. workers involved in the supply of medicinal products, medical devices and personal protective equipment, medical equipment, including its installation and maintenance;
3.5. officials (heads of state, members of governments, etc.) and members of their delegations, as well as diplomats, members of the administrative and technical staff of foreign missions, employees of international organizations, military personnel, members of the security and public order services, and humanitarian workers in the performance of their duties, as well as their family members;
3.6. persons travelling for humanitarian reasons within the meaning of § 1, item 16 of the additional provisions of the Law on Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria;
3.7. seasonal agricultural workers and workers in the field of tourism;
3.8. foreign citizens, for receiving a decree under the Bulgarian Citizenship Act for acquired Bulgarian citizenship, certified by a letter of the Ministry of Justice;
3.9. persons other than those specified in items 3.1 – 3.8., who have received approval from the Minister of Health, or a Deputy Minister authorized by him, made based on a motivated written proposal of a Minister when this is required for particularly important specific reasons. Specific control measures specified in the approval may be applied to these persons.
The persons under item 4.3. are allowed on the territory of the country upon presentation of a valid digital EU COVID certificate for vaccination or certificate of recovery or a similar document together with a negative result from a test conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country by the method of polymerase chain reaction for COVID-19, certified by a valid EU digital COVID certificate for testing or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate for testing.
The persons under item 3.2. – 3.9., who do not present a valid EU digital COVID certificate for vaccination or certificate of recovery or a similar document may be admitted on the territory of the country only after presenting a negative result from a test conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country by the method of polymerase chain reaction for COVID-19, certified by a valid EU digital COVID certificate for testing or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate for testing and they shall be quarantined for a period of 10 days at home or in another place of accommodation, in which the person has indicated that he/she will reside, with a recommendation issued by the Director of the respective Regional Health Inspectorate or a Deputy Director authorized by him.
Children from the age of 12 to 18 who arrive on the territory of the country from a country falling into the red zone are allowed upon presentation of a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19 conducted up to 72 hours before entering the country, certified by a valid EU digital COVID test certificate or a similar document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID test certificate. In case they do not present such a document, they shall be placed under quarantine for a period of 10 days at home or another place of accommodation where it is stated that they will reside, with a recommendation issued by the Director of the respective Regional Health Inspectorate or a Deputy Director authorized by him.
6.1. The Director of the respective Regional Health Inspectorate may revoke the issued recommendation for quarantine of the children under item 6, who are Bulgarian citizens or persons with a status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, upon submission by e-mail of a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction test conducted within 24 hours of entering the country to prove COVID19. The recommendation shall be removed within 24 hours upon presentation of the document showing a negative test result.
List of countries by colour zones, countries for which there is information about a significant negative change in the epidemic situation and countries with a reciprocal basis
Green zone:
The Republic of Austria, The Federal Republic of Germany, The Republic of Estonia, Iceland, The Republic of Lithuania, The Republic of Poland, The Slovak Republic, Hungary, The Republic of Finland, The Republic of Croatia, The Kingdom of Denmark, The Italian Republic, The Republic of Slovenia, The French Republic, The Kingdom of Norway, The Republic of San Marino, The Vatican City State, The Swiss Confederation, The Czech
Republic and Romania.
Orange zone:
All countries outside the green and red zone.
Red zone:
The Republic of India, The People’s Republic of Bangladesh, The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Myanmar, The Kingdom of Bhutan, The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, The Republic of Maldives, The Republic of South Africa, The Republic of Botswana, The United Republic of Tanzania, The Republic of Seychelles, The Republic of Namibia, The Republic of Zambia, The Republic of Tunisia, The Sultanate of Oman,
Malaysia, Turkmenistan, The Republic of Tajikistan, The Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, The Republic of Colombia, Republic of Chile, The Eastern Republic of Uruguay, The Republic of Argentina, The Federal Republic of Brazil, The Republic of Paraguay, The Multinational State of Bolivia, The Republic of Peru, The Republic of Suriname, The Republic of Panama,
The Republic of Costa Rica, The Republic of Guatemala, Belize, The Republic of El Salvador, The Republic of Cuba and The Dominican Republic, The Republic of Cyprus, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The Kingdom of Spain, Fiji and The Emirate of Kuwait, The Republic of Malta, The Kingdom of Andorra, The Kingdom of the Netherlands and Georgia.
Countries with which the Republic of Bulgaria has reached an agreement on a reciprocal basis for the free movement of their citizens and persons with the status of permanent, long-term or continuous residence and their family members, upon arrival from the other country: Romania
Can I travel to Bulgaria?
Yes. Under the requirements described in General Information.
Is quarantine necessary when I am arriving in Bulgaria?
It depends on the destination from which you are arriving. Detailed info you can find in the General Information tab
Are COVID-19 tests required for travelling to Bulgaria?
Yes. Under the requirements described in General Information.
Is public transportation open in Bulgaria?
The public transportation works as usual but it is necessary to wear a protection mask during the travel
Are the restaurants and bars open in Bulgaria?
At 50% per cent of their capacity both outside and inside
Do I need to wear a face mask in Bulgaria?
It is mandatory in the closed public spaces as stores, public transport, cultural sites, shopping centres
The information sources
https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/BGR/7011
https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/travel-and-covid/bulgaria/index_en.htm
https://www.tourism.government.bg/en/kategorii/covid-19
https://www.mfa.bg/en/customnews/main/24737

Romania

General Information
Romania adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Romania are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

Green areas: countries where the cumulative incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days is less than or equal to 1,5 per 1000 inhabitants;
Yellow areas: countries where the cumulative incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days is between 1,5 and 3 per 1000 inhabitants;
Red areas: countries where the cumulative incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days is greater than or equal to 3 per 1000 inhabitants.

The distinction is defined as follows:

Travellers coming from „green”, „yellow” or „red” areas (RO classification) in possession of an EU Digital Covid Certificate of vaccination (10 days after last required dose) or a Certificate of recovery (valid for 180 days) can enter Romania and are exempted from quarantine or testing requirements.
Travellers coming from a designated “green” area (RO classification), do not need an EU Digital Covid Certificate and no quarantine is imposed on travellers from these areas.
Travellers coming from a designated “yellow” area (RO classification), can also be exempted from quarantine if they present an EU Digital Covid Certificate indicating negative PCR test taken at the latest 72h in advance of the trip. Children under 3 are exempted from quarantine and testing requirements. Some exceptions apply for imperative reasons, transit, crossborder workers.
Travellers coming from a “red” area (RO classification), need to do 14 days of quarantine, even if they present a negative test. Children between 6 – 16 years old can be exempt from quarantine if they present a test certificate (PCR, taken the latest 72h in advance). Children under 6 are except from quarantine and testing requirements. Some exceptions apply for short stays (less than 72h, with a negative PCR test taken the latest 72h in advance), imperative reasons, transit, cross-border workers. The quarantine must take place at the person’s home, at a declared location or, as the case may be, at a dedicated location designated by the authorities. The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a PCR test no less than 8 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end on day 10.

The applied measures are subject to change and regular review. Travellers are advised to consult the measures in force at the time of their planned trip and the most recent decisions taken by the Government – https://gov.ro/ro/masuri.
Entering this country without the EU Digital COVID certificate or with a certificate not compliant with national requirements

Romania adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Romania are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

“Green” areas: countries where the cumulative incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days is less than or equal to 1,5 per 1000 inhabitants;
“Yellow” areas: countries where the cumulative incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days is between 1,5 and 3 per 1000 inhabitants;
“Red” areas: countries where the cumulative incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days is greater than or equal to 3 per 1000 inhabitants.

The distinction is defined as follows:

Travellers who have received their final vaccination for COVID-19 more than 10 days ago, are exempt from quarantine. It is required to show proof of vaccination, including the dates.
Travellers arriving from countries classified as “green” can enter Romania without being subject to any isolation or test requirement.
Travellers arriving from countries classified as “yellow”, who do not provide a pre-departure negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, are subject to a 14-day quarantine. Children under 6 years old are exempted from the PCR test requirement. The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a PCR test no less than 8 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end on day 10.
Travellers coming from a “red” area (RO classification), need to do 14 days of quarantine, even if they present a negative test. Children between 6 – 16 years old can be exempt from quarantine if they present a test certificate (PCR, taken the latest 72h in advance). Children under 6 are except from quarantine and testing requirements. Some exceptions apply for short stays (less than 72h, with a negative PCR test taken the latest 72h in advance), imperative reasons, transit, cross-border workers. The quarantine must take place at the person’s home, at a declared location or, as the case may be, at a dedicated location designated by the authorities. The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a PCR test no less than 8 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end on day 10.

Can I travel to Romania?
Yes. Under the requirements described in General Information.
Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to Romania?
Yes. Under the requirements described in General Information.
Do I need to go into quarantine when arriving to Romania?
Travellers coming from a “red” area (RO classification), need to do 14 days of quarantine, even if they present a negative test. Children between 6 – 16 years old can be exempt from quarantine if they present a test certificate (PCR, taken the latest 72h in advance). Children under 6 are exempt from quarantine and testing requirements. Some exceptions apply for short stays (less than 72h, with a negative PCR test taken the latest 72h in advance), imperative reasons, transit, cross-border workers. The quarantine must take place at the person’s home, at a declared location or, as the case may be, at a dedicated location designated by the authorities. The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a PCR test no less than 8 days after arrival. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end on day 10.
Is public transportation open in Romania?
In all forms of public transport (as well as in taxis), face masks are mandatory. Also, social distance should be maintained as much as possible, as well as ventilation and disinfection. In some cases, temperature checks are conducted.
Are the restaurants and bars open in Romania?
Restaurants and cafés may open between 05.00-02.00 at full capacity for counties where the cumulative infection rate in the past 14 days is lower or equal than 3 per 1,000 inhabitants.
Do I need to wear a face mask in Romania?
It is mandatory at indoor public places such as stores, public transport, cultural sites, shopping centres in the whole territory of Romania. Outdoors it is mandatory in cases of a gathering of large groups of people.
The information sources
http://eviza.mae.ro/COVID19
https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ROU/7002

Croatia

General Information
Note: The necessary epidemiological measure of self-isolation is automatically determined for all passengers in transit, including personnel in the transport sector, if they do not leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from the moment of entering the Republic of Croatia.

Passengers travelling to the Republic of Croatia from an EU / EEA member state
Passengers coming directly from the countries and/or regions of the European Union, i.e. countries and/or regions of the Schengen area and Schengen associated countries, regardless of their citizenship, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia if they possess a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate.

Exceptionally, passengers arriving directly from the countries and/or regions of the European Union, i.e. countries and/or regions of the Schengen area and Schengen associated countries, who do not yet possess an EU Digital COVID Certificate, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia if they have the following:

negative PCR test result or rapid antigen test result – RAT for SARS-CoV-2, where the RAT test must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test results were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible. Otherwise, it will not be accepted as credible for entering the Republic of Croatia. The PCR test result must not be older than 72 hours and the RAT test result must not be older than 48 hours, counting from the time the test was taken until the arrival at the border crossing point;
certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine used in the EU Member States (Pfizer, Moderna, AstaZeneca, Gamaleya, Sinopharm) not older than 270 days, or a certificate that they have received one dose of the vaccine if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson) not older than 270 days, provided that 14 days have passed since they received the single dose;
certificate showing that they have received the first dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Gamaleya vaccine, on the basis of which they can enter the Republic of Croatia in the period of 22 to 42 days from receiving the vaccine, or 22 to 84 days from receiving the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine;
certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within eight months from contracting the disease, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 270 days from their arrival at the border crossing point;
positive PCR test result or rapid antigen test result, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 270 days and which is older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point, or a medical certificate of recovery;
or if they perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing – RAT for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon their arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until they obtain a negative test result. In case they cannot get tested, they have to self-isolate for ten (10) days.

The following categories are exempt from possessing a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate or from the abovementioned obligations:

workers or self-employed persons performing essential tasks, including healthcare workers, frontier and posted workers and seasonal workers as specified in the Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak;
pupils, students and interns
seafarers and workers in the transport sector or transport service providers, including heavy goods vehicle drivers transporting goods to be used in the national territory and those in transit only;
diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;
persons traveling for family or business reasons, including journalists in the performance of their duties;
passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entry;
patients traveling for health reasons.

The provisions regarding frontier workers apply adequately to other categories of passengers who, due to the nature of their job or occupation, need to cross the state border frequently (e.g. athletes playing for clubs in a neighbouring country).

Passengers who represent one of the previously mentioned exceptions are obliged to present credible documentation upon entering the Republic of Croatia in order to prove the reasons for the exemption.

Citizens of EU / EEA member states as well as members of their families traveling to the Republic of Croatia from third countries, i.e. those that are not members of the EU / EEA

Citizens of EU Member States (including Croatian citizens), i.e. Schengen Member States and Schengen associated countries, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas and are coming from third countries, must present a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate when entering the Republic of Croatia.

Exceptionally, the abovementioned category of passengers who do not yet possess an EU Digital COVID Certificate will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia if they have the following:

negative PCR test result or rapid antigen test result – RAT for SARS-CoV-2, where the RAT test must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test results were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible. Otherwise, it will not be accepted as credible for entering the Republic of Croatia. The PCR test result must not be older than 72 hours and the RAT test result must not be older than 48 hours, counting from the time the test was taken until the arrival at the border crossing point;
certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine used in the EU Member States (Pfizer, Moderna, AstaZeneca, Gamaleya, Sinopharm) not older than 270 days, or a certificate that they have received one dose of the vaccine if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson) not older than 270 days, provided that 14 days have passed since they received the single dose;
certificate showing that they have received the first dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Gamaleya vaccine, on the basis of which they can enter the Republic of Croatia in the period of 22 to 42 days from receiving the vaccine, or 22 to 84 days from receiving the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within eight months from contracting the disease, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 270 days from their arrival at the border crossing point;
positive PCR test result or rapid antigen test result, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 270 days and which is older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point, or a medical certificate of recovery;
or if they perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing – RAT for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon their arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until they obtain a negative test result. In case they cannot get tested, they have to self-isolate for ten (10) days.

The following categories are exempt from possessing a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate or from the abovementioned obligations:

healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly;
frontier workers;
workers in the transport sector;
diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;
passengers in transit, with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entering;
persons travelling for study purposes;
passengers travelling for personal / family or business reasons or some other economic reason and do not stay in or out of Croatia longer than 12 hours.

Persons who represent one of the previously mentioned exceptions are obliged to present credible documentation upon entering the Republic of Croatia in order to prove the reasons for exemption from having one of the above-mentioned tests / having to self-isolate.

Third-country nationals

Third-country nationals who are not family members of citizens of Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States nor are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas, apart from persons referred to in point 1 of this Decision will be granted entry in the Republic of Croatia only in cases of necessary travel.

Exceptions to the above-mentioned necessary travel are the following categories:

1. healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly;

2. frontier workers;

3. workers in the transport sector;

4. diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;

5. passengers in transit, with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entering;

6. persons travelling for study purposes;

7. seafarers who intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours. They will be allowed entry if they have the following:

negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours from the moment of testing, or rapid antigen test result – RAT for SARS-CoV-2 that is included in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission, provided that the test result is not older than 48 hours from the moment of testing to the moment of arrival at the border crossing point
certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine used in the EU Member States not older than 270 days, provided that 14 days have passed since they received the second dose, or a certificate that they have received one dose of the vaccine, not older than 270 days, if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson), provided that 14 days have passed since they received the single dose
certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within eight months from contracting the virus, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 270 days ago
a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result, referred to in paragraph III, item 1, subitem 1 of the said Decision, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 270 days, and which is older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 issued by a physician;
or they will be imposed self-isolation upon arriving in the Republic of Croatia with a possibility of getting a PCR test or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 and if they cannot get tested, they have to self-isolate for a total of 10 days.

8. persons who travel for tourist reasons and have a certificate of paid accommodation in a hotel, camp, private renter or rented vessel and other form of tourist accommodation or are owners of houses or vessels in the Republic of Croatia – entry into the Republic of Croatia will be allowed upon presentation of one of the following documents:

negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours from the moment of testing, or rapid antigen test result – RAT for SARS-CoV-2 that is included in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission, provided that the test result is not older than 48 hours from the moment of testing to the moment of arrival at the border crossing point
certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine used in the EU Member States not older than 270 days, provided that 14 days have passed since they received the second dose, or a certificate that they have received one dose of the vaccine, not older than 270 days, if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson), provided that 14 days have passed since they received the single dose
certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within eight months from contracting the virus, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 270 days ago
a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result, referred to in paragraph III, item 1, subitem 1 of the said Decision, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 270 days, and which is older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 issued by a physician
or they will be imposed self-isolation upon arriving in the Republic of Croatia with a possibility of getting a PCR test or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 and if they cannot get tested, they have to self-isolate for a total of 10 days.

9. persons traveling for necessary personal / family or business reasons, or who have other economic interest (if they intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia longer than 12 hours) will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia upon presentation of one of the following documents:

negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours from the moment of testing, or rapid antigen test result – RAT for SARS-CoV-2 that is included in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission, provided that the test result is not older than 48 hours from the moment of testing to the moment of arrival at the border crossing point
certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine used in the EU Member States not older than 270 days, provided that 14 days have passed since they received the second dose, or a certificate that they have received one dose of the vaccine, not older than 270 days, if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson), provided that 14 days have passed since they received the single dose
certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within eight months from contracting the virus, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 270 days ago
a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result, referred to in paragraph III, item 1, subitem 1 of the said Decision, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 270 days, and which is older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 issued by a physician
or they will be imposed self-isolation upon arriving in the Republic of Croatia with a possibility of getting a PCR test or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 and if they cannot get tested, they have to self-isolate for a total of 10 days.

10. persons for whom a positive decision of the competent authority has been made, based on their application for residence / work, including digital nomads will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia upon presentation of one of the following documents:

negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours from the moment of testing, or rapid antigen test result – RAT for SARS-CoV-2 that is included in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission, provided that the test result is not older than 48 hours from the moment of testing to the moment of arrival at the border crossing point
certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine used in the EU Member States not older than 270 days, provided that 14 days have passed since they received the second dose, or a certificate that they have received one dose of the vaccine, not older than 270 days, if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson), provided that 14 days have passed since they received the single dose
certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within eight months from contracting the virus, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 270 days ago
a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result, referred to in paragraph III, item 1, subitem 1 of the said Decision, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 270 days, and which is older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 issued by a physician
or they will be imposed self-isolation upon arriving in the Republic of Croatia with a possibility of getting a PCR test or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 and if they cannot get tested, they have to self-isolate for a total of 10 days.

Passengers who represent one of the previously mentioned exceptions are obliged to present credible documentation upon entering the Republic of Croatia in order to prove the reasons for the exemption of having one of the stated test results / having to self-isolate.

The information sources
https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212
https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/HRV/7011

Greece

General Information
n May 14, Greece opened its borders in a safe and attainable manner.

In the paragraphs follow, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to prepare before travelling to Greece as of May 14th.
These guidelines are in place to ensure the protection of your health, as well as the health of your loved ones and all those involved in offering you a safe hospitality experience:

As of May 14th, travelers arriving in Greece are required to have either a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a Covid-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival or a negative antigen (rapid) certificate taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival.
This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 12), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.

Proof of a negative test is not required however for all travelers that have completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate.

Acceptable vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm among others.

Proof of a negative PCR test is not required if the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.

Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate in their possession, may undergo a random health screening. If you are selected, please keep in mind that the screening is mandatory. In case of refusal, authorities reserve the right to refuse entry into the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system ”EVA” used also in the summer of 2020.

Important clarification: Entry of tourists in Greece is not subject to vaccination. Presenting a vaccination certificate greatly facilitates the procedures upon arrival. However, in no case is a vaccination or antibodies certificate considered a “passport”.

The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for subsequent self-isolation are: EU++ (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), USA, UK, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo* (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenergro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine.

*For the Russian Federation, from 30.6 passengers must carry a negative PCR molecular test result from a testing laboratory taken up to 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result taken up to 48 hours before arrival regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

Non EU citizens are strongly advised to choose direct flights to Greece. In any other case, travelers should abide by the stop-over country requirements.
Passengers are allowed to enter the country through all international airports and all ports.

Travellers are allowed to enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi*, Kakavia, Kastanies* and Exohi in a 24h basis.

*For Kipi and Kastanies land borders, there is limit of 1500 passengers per week.

Cruising and yachting is allowed. Maritime connections with Turkey are temporarily restricted.

REQUIREMENTS FOR VISITORS

Before arrival:
– Tourists must fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before arriving in Greece. For more information, please click here.

Prior to departure, all travelers must ensure that they carry an acceptable form of certification of their health condition. Acceptable documents include:

A negative PCR molecular test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry.

A negative antigen (rapid) test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry.

A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.

A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.

Proof that the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

All certificates must include the critical information (i.e. number of doses and their respective dates) in English, German French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and the person’s full name must match the name on the passport or any other recognized travel document.

Upon arrival:

Travelers arriving in Greece are subject to:

Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates for selected individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the ”EVA” system.

Mandatory isolation if they test positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travelers and their travel companions are accommodated in quarantine hotels, where they will undergo further PCR testing to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for a maximum of 10 days. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.

Compliance with the health protocols during transport and throughout your entire stay in Greece is the key factor that will allow all of us to stay safe and return to normality.

The information sources
https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/GRC/7011
https://travel.gov.gr/#/

Hungary

General Information
Legal requirements relating to travel restrictions are not applicable to:

the border crossing of freight transport,
border crossing with a diplomatic passport, foreign service passport, service passport, and seaman’s passport,
persons who, upon entry to Hungary, provide satisfactory proof that they fell ill with the COVID-19 disease (hereinafter “infection”) during the 6 months prior to the date of making the border crossing,
persons who, upon crossing the border, provide proof of immunity to the coronavirus by presenting the official identification card referred to in Government Decree No 60/2021 (II. 12.) on provision of proof of immunity to the coronavirus (hereinafter “immunity card”), as well as official identification suitable for proving personal identity as indicated on the immunity card,
persons who hold an immunity certificate issued by a country which has concluded a bilateral agreement with Hungary on the mutual acceptance of immunity certificates, and who verify their protection against the coronavirus by presenting an official certificate issued by that country certifying protection against the coronavirus and persons under the age of eighteen travelling with and under the supervision of persons referred to above when crossing the border of Hungary,
persons who hold an immunity certificate issued by a country in respect of which Hungary unilaterally recognizes the immunity certificates, and who verify their protection against the coronavirus by presenting an official certificate issued by that country certifying protection against the coronavirus, as well as persons under the age of eighteen travelling with and under the supervision of persons referred to above when crossing the border of Hungary,
persons who enter the territory of Hungary from the territory of the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Austria, Romania, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Slovakia, the Republic of Slovenia and the Ukraine, excluding the case of entry by civil aircraft,
persons who are able to present an English or Hungarian language document containing the results of a molecular biological test (SARS_CoV-2 PCR test) not older than 72 hours, conducted in conformity with professional medical regulations in one of the following countries:

a) a Member State of the European Union or in a candidate state of the European Union,

b) a member state of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,

c) a member state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation,

d) the Russian Federation,

e) the People’s Republic of China,

f) the United Arab Emirates,

g) the Kingdom of Bahrain,

h) the member states of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States: the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Uzbekistan,

i) the state indicated in the decree issued by the minister responsible for foreign affairs in agreement with the minister responsible for public safety and the result of which is verified by the passenger with an English or Hungarian language document.

(indicated in Section 3 (2a) a)-i) Government Decree No 60/2021 (II. 12.))

verifying that SARS CoV-2 was not detectable in their body at the time of the test.

Mutual acceptance of immunity certificates is declared in the decree of the minister in charge of foreign policy, issued in agreement with the minister in charge of border policing. (Decree No 7/2021 [IV. 29.] of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on declaration of the mutual acceptance of immunity certificates).

Pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2021/953 Of The European Parliament and of the Council of 14th June 2021 on a framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, test and recovery certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate) in order to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic (hereinafter: Regulation), the EU Digital COVID Certificate shall be considered equivalent to the Hungarian immunity certificate if the person, by showing the EU Digital COVID Certificate (hereinafter: Digital COVID Certificate),

a) verifies that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus at least once with a vaccine

aa) authorised by the European Medicines Agency,

ab) listed on the World Health Organisation’s list of vaccines authorised for emergency use, or

ac) authorised by Hungary and used for the vaccination of the population,

and that one year from the first vaccination has not elapsed, or

b) verifies that they are protected due to going through the infection, or

c) verifies with a molecular biological test (SARS_CoV-2 PCR test) no older than 72 hours and conducted in conformity with professional medical regulations that SARS_CoV-2 was not detectable in their system at the time of the test.

Persons may be considered protected due to going through the infection if the Digital COVID Certificate verifies that at least 15 days but no more than 180 days has elapsed since the last positive molecular biological test (SARS_CoV-2 PCR test) capable of detecting the coronavirus and conducted in conformity with professional medical regulations, or an antigen test acceptable in accordance with the Regulation.

When proving immunity, the ID document of the person may also be required. The authority or person checking the Digital COVID Certificate may look at the data of the person included on the ID document and the Digital COVID Certificate, but these data may not be recorded in any form.
Foreign nationals

Non-Hungarian nationals may enter the territory of Hungary only in exceptional cases, and exemption to the rules of entry may only be granted by the appropriate police agency at the point of entry into Hungary, or at the 18th District Police Station of the Budapest Police Headquarters upon entry at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport.

The police agency may authorise entry if the applicant proves that the purpose of entry is:

1. participation in a procedural step of a Hungarian judicial or administrative procedure, proven with an instrument issued by a Hungarian court or authority,

2. receipt of health care with the referral of a health institution or other appropriate proof,

3. a study or examination obligation based on student or pupil status, if proven with a certificate issued by the educational institution,

4. passenger travel related to work associated with forwarding, the purpose of which is travel to the point of departure of the forwarding assignment (location for starting work), or return home by passenger travel after said work, if proven with the certificate issued by the employer,

5. participation in family events (marriage, baptism, funeral),

6. caring for or nursing a relative in accordance with Act V of 2013 of the Civil Code,

7. participation in an international, major religious event, or

8. other equitable grounds.

The application may be submitted only by electronic means using the relevant electronic forms in Hungarian or English. The original copy of the submitted document must be presented upon entry to the territory of Hungary.

Upon entry to Hungary, the passenger may be subjected to a medical examination. If such examination determines a suspicion of infection, the passenger may not be permitted to enter the territory of Hungary. If there is no suspicion of infection, the passenger shall be accommodated in quarantine designated by the competent epidemiological authority for 10 days, or in official home quarantine. The passenger may be granted exemption, if they present two negative tests in conformity with professional medical regulations within 5 days, with at least 48 hours difference between the tests. In this case, this test shall be considered a first test if it was conducted in

a) a Member State of the European Union or in a candidate state of the European Union,

b) a member state of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,

c) a member state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation,

d) the Russian Federation,

e) the People’s Republic of China,

f) the United Arab Emirates,

g) the Kingdom of Bahrain,

h) the member states of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States: the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Uzbekistan,

i) the state indicated in the decree issued by the minister responsible for foreign affairs in agreement with the minister responsible for public safety

and the result of which is verified by the passenger with an English or Hungarian language document.
Business travel

Rules applicable to Hungarian nationals

After travel from Hungary for economic or business purposes, Hungarian nationals may enter the territory of Hungary – subject to the exception below – in accordance with rules defined in the sub-title “Rules on the entry of Hungarian nationals to Hungary”.

Where the purpose of travel is economic or business activity, as proven by the Hungarian national returning to Hungary, said Hungarian national may leave and re-enter the territory of Hungary without restriction from

a) a Member State of the European Union,

b) other states that are signatories of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, other than those under clause a),

c) a state with a legal status equivalent to that of a state that is party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area in relation to the freedom of movement and the right of residence, pursuant to an international agreement entered into by and between the European Community and its member states and with states not party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area,

d) candidate states of the European Union,

e) the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or

f) from a state designated by decree by the minister in charge of foreign policy, in agreement with the minister in charge of border policing, other than those listed in clauses a)–e),

Rules applicable to non-Hungarian nationals

Non-Hungarian nationals may enter the territory of Hungary for economic or business purposes – subject to the exception below – in accordance with rules defined in the sub-title “Rules on the entry of non-Hungarian nationals to Hungary”.

If the national of

a) a Member State of the European Union,

b) other states that are signatories of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, other than those under clause a),

c) a state with a legal status equivalent to that of a state that is party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area in relation to the freedom of movement and the right of residence, pursuant to an international agreement entered into by and between the European Community and its member states and with states not party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area,

d) candidate states of the European Union,

e) the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or

f) from a state designated by decree by the minister in charge of foreign policy, in agreement with the minister in charge of border policing, other than those listed in clauses a)–e),

or a person authorised to stay in such state for more than 90 days, enters Hungary for economic or business purposes, which they prove upon entry to the territory of Hungary, they may enter the territory of Hungary without restriction.

If, upon entry of a non-Hungarian national to Hungary, there are doubts as to the authenticity of proof of the above reason, rules on the entry of non-Hungarian nationals to Hungary are applicable.
Cross-border commuters

Nationals of neighbouring states, as well as Hungarian nationals living there, may enter the territory of Hungary for a period of up to 24 hours, within a 30-kilometre distance from the state border. Hungarian nationals may also return from the territory of neighbouring countries without restriction, if the duration of their stay abroad did not exceed 24 hours and if, in the neighbouring country, they did not leave the maximum 30-kilometre zone from the state border.
Travellers in transit

Non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad in road, railway or water passenger transit travel may enter the territory of Hungary, so long as they agree to a medical examination upon entry and such examination does not determine a suspicion of infection.

As an additional condition of entry for the purpose of transit travel

a) non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad shall meet the entry conditions prescribed in the Schengen Borders Code,

b) non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad shall provide satisfactory proof of the purpose of travel and the country of destination, and

c) the entry of non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad to the country of destination, and their entry for such purpose to states neighbouring Hungary located along the route of planned travel, is ensured.

During transit through the territory of Hungary, non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad in passenger road transport for transit purposes may only travel along the route determined by the National Chief Police Commissioner and published on the official police website. Save for exceptions determined by law, they may only stop for reasons essential for transit, i.e. for health or technical purposes at rest places determined by the National Chief Police Commissioner and published on the official police website and, additionally, may only interrupt travel and stop along the designated route in technical or health emergencies requiring immediate intervention. Non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad in railway or water passenger transit travel may, during transit through the territory of Hungary, only stop for reasons essential for transit, i.e. for health purposes, for technical and traffic purposes related to railway or waterway traffic, and for transfer purposes. They must leave the territory of Hungary during the time frame determined by the National Chief Police Commissioner for such purpose, but within 24 hours at the latest.

The National Chief Police Commissioner determines and publishes on the official police website the road border crossing points serving the entry and exit of transit traffic, the transit traffic routes for public road transportation and the rest places, and the time frame in which non-Hungarian nationals arriving from abroad in road, railway or water transportation must leave the territory of Hungary.

The information sources
https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/HUN/7011
https://visithungary.com/articles/entry-rules-in-force

Moldova

General Information
Measures to prevent and control COVID-19 infection when crossing the state border on the way to enter the Republic of Moldova

4.1. Crossing the state border on the direction of entry into the Republic of Moldova is allowed without restrictions under one of the following conditions:

– presentation of the vaccination certificate against the SARS-CoV-2 virus with a complete vaccination schedule. Proof of immunization is valid if at least 14 days have elapsed since the completion of the complete vaccination schedule;

– presentation of the negative result of an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection not older than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection not older than 48 hours before boarding, for persons travelling by public transport, or before entering the territory of the Republic of Moldova, for persons travelling by their means of transport. Confirmation must be submitted in one of the languages ​​Romanian, English, French, German, Italian or Russian.

– presentation of the confirmatory medical conclusion in the case of persons undergoing COVID-19, between the 15th and 180th day (6 months) or a confirmation of the presence of anti-COVID-19 antibodies, presented in one of the languages ​​Romanian, English, French, German, Italian or Russian. The confirmatory document shall be valid for 90 days from the date of the investigation.

4.2. The persons who do not present the conditions stipulated in p. 4.1 are obliged to respect the self-isolation regime with a duration of 14 days. The respective persons will have to fill in the epidemiological file (download the file), as well as will sign the declaration on their responsibility to observe the 14-day self-isolation regime in the declared places. In the case of minors up to 14 years of age, the epidemiological file (download the file) and the declaration on their responsibility is completed and signed by the legal representative or companion. This regimen can be discontinued after the 7th day if it performs a COVID-19 PCR test or a rapid SARS-CoV-2 Ag diagnostic test, and its result is negative by a confirmed act.

4.3. Exceptions to the provisions of point 4.2 are established for the following categories of persons if they do not show clinical signs of respiratory infection or fever:
4.3.1. children up to 12 years old;
4.3.2. pupils/students up to the age of 18, who are to take exams, who go to study in educational units/institutions on the territory of the Republic of Moldova or abroad, or who travel for activities related to the completion/organization/development of studies/participation in international competitions or Olympics, with the presentation of confirmatory documents, as well as their companions;
4.3.3. crews and aircraft and ship service personnel seats, including the driver’s seat. This exception will be valid until September 30, 2021;
4.3.4. persons travelling for health reasons, including the attendant, as appropriate (with a presentation of confirmatory documents);
4.3.5. cross-border workers entering the Republic of Moldova from Romania or Ukraine, as well as those from the Republic of Moldova employees of economic agents from the mentioned countries, who prove the contractual relations with the respective economic agents. This exception will be valid until September 30, 2021;
4.3.6. holders of diplomatic, service, official and special passports and the like, as well as holders of Laissez-Passer travel documents issued by the United Nations, including family members of diplomatic and consular missions, and international organizations/missions accredited to the Republic of Moldova, and/or personnel involved in providing humanitarian aid;
4.3.7. persons in transit (not exceeding 24 hours from the moment of registration of entry into the Republic of Moldova), the transit itinerary being established by the General Inspectorate of Border Police;
4.3.8. the persons who are summoned by the courts/law enforcement bodies of the Republic of Moldova, as well as their legal representatives, a fact proved by confirmatory documents in this respect. ”

Transit of the territory of the Republic of Moldova

The transit of the territory of the Republic of Moldova will be carried out through the corridor established by the border policeman in

The information sources
https://www.border.gov.md/traversarea-frontierei-perioada-pandemica

Montenegro

General Information
Entry Requirements 21.08.2021-10.09.2021
Montenegrin citizens entering Montenegro from the Republic of Serbia, Republic of Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Croatia and Republic of Albania, as well as citizens of these countries and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in these countries or have stayed in these countries for minimum 15 days prior to entering to Montenegro, can enter Montenegro without having proofs:
a) of being completely vaccinated or vaccinated with one dose against COVID-19
b) of having negative PCR test on SARS-Cov-2 not older than 72 hours
c) of having a proof that a person has recovered from COVID-10 (passed not less than 14 days and not more than 180 days from a positive PCR or a rapid antigen test).
d) of having a negative antigen rapid test on SARS-Cov-2 not older than 48 hours.
with the observance of health measures, in accordance with the health warnings of the Institute
– Health warning is available on all border crossings in Montenegro and is published on the webpage of the Ministry of Health and the Public Health Institute of Montenegro
– Montenegrin citizens and foreigners, except for the persons from the Republic of Serbia, Republic of Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Croatia and Republic of Albania, can enter Montenegro across all border crossings with the negative results of PCR test for a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), issued by a registered laboratory and not older than 72 hours with a negative result of a rapid antigen test on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – BAT, which is recognised mutually by the member states of the European Union and can be found on the Mutual list of rapid antigen tests published by the European commission, issued by an authorised laboratory and is not older than 48 hours upon the moment of entering Montenegro, with a proof that he/she was completely vaccinated or vaccinated with one dose of a vaccine against COVID-19
– or with the positive result of PCR test on the novel coronavirus or rapid antigen test on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – BAT (SARS-CoV-2 issued by a registered laboratory which is older that 14 days from the day of entering the border crossing and is not older that 90 days, and which proves that the owner has recovered from COVID-19 infection. Montenegrin citizens and foreigners may enter into ports of Montenegro by vessels besides the mentioned conditions with negative result of PCR test on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) issued by a registered laboratory and is not older than 72 hours while entering a vessel.
– Montenegrin citizens and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro, who do not have a negative result of a PCR test for a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), negative result of a rapid antigen test on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – BAT, which is recognised mutually by the member states of the European Union, issued by an authorised laboratory and is not older than 48 hours upon the moment of entering Montenegro, a proof that he/she was completely vaccinated or vaccinated with one dose of a vaccine against COVID – 19, a proof that a person has recovered from COVID – 19 (that it passed not less than 14 days and not more than 180 days from the moment of positive PCR or rapid antigen test); can enter Montenegro, and will be imposed the measure of quarantine or self-isolation in the duration of 14 days, where self-isolation implies staying at the family accommodation or other facility, with monitoring of the health condition of that person, as well as all members of his/her family household by a competent epidemiological service, in accordance with the Decision of the Sanitary Inspection
– Within the agreement between the Government of Hungary and the Government of Montenegro official certificates on the vaccination against COVID-19 virus are mutually accepted and recognised.
Persons who, due to their age, have not been vaccinated (younger than 18) could enter the territories of Montenegro and Hungary without the test and quarantine accompanied by their family memners who have a certificate on vaccination.
Entry into Montenegro –special categories
– In accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission, certain categories of persons necessary for the normal operation of vital jobs and services as well as of persons making an explicit economic interest shall be excluded from the above criteria;
– Health workers, health researchers and scientific workers;
– Persons carrying out or securing the transport of passengers and goods;
– Diplomats accredited in Montenegro, staff of international organizations, military staff and humanitarian aid workers in exercising of their positions;
– Certain categories of passengers in transit;
Obligation of having the test does not refer to children up to five years of age
CATEGORY MEASURE DETAILED EXPLANATION
– Persons who need international protection or come to Montenegro from other humanitarian reasons (the principle of non-refoulement is observed).
– Foreign sailors in transit who embark or disembark in the ports of Bar, Budva, Kotor, Kumbor Port-Portonovi and Tivat (Jetty I and Jetty II), as well as foreigners steering the motor vehicles used in the trade of goods, with special measures of health supervision.
The information sources
https://www.gov.me/en/article/covid-19-measures-and-recommendations
https://mzd.gov.me/ResourceManager/FileDownload.aspx?rid=422471&rType=2&file=Obavje%C5%A1tenje%20-%20zdravstveno%20upozorenje%20IJZCG%2011.01.2021.pdf

North Macedonia

General Information
Entry on the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia is banned for domestic and foreign citizens, starting from 1 September 2021, unless they previously present one of the following documents at the border crossing:

– certificate of completed immunisation (vaccination) against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, i.e. at least two doses of vaccine against the infectious disease COVID-19 received, or

– certificate of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 45 days, counting from the day of recovery.

– medical certificate with a negative result of a RT PCR SARS-CoV-2 test, done 72 hours prior to entry on the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia or

– negative result of a rapid antigen test, done 48 hours prior entry to on the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia.

The certificate of paragraph 1 indents 1, 2, 3, and 4 of this item does not refer to persons under the age of 18.

Citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia who will not present one of the documents mentioned in paragraph 1 indents 1, 2, 3, and 4 of this item, at the border crossing, are sent to mandatory seven-day self-isolation, for which the State Sanitary and Health Inspectorate issues a Decision.

An exception of paragraph 1 indents 1, 2, 3, and 4 are all types of group or individual travels or passengers who transit through the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia, for which they are obliged to sign a Transit Statement.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia, Directorate for Diplomatic Protocol avails itself of this opportunity of assuring the Diplomatic and Consular Posts and Missions of International Organisations accredited in and to the Republic of North Macedonia of its highest consideration.

The information sources
https://mfa.gov.mk/en/page/1706/information-for-covid19

Serbia

General Information
Foreign citizens are allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia provided that they have one of the following documents:

Negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus or a negative Antigen FIA Rapid test, if the person comes from the United States of America, not older than 48 hours from the date of issue of the results (if there is a delay in entering the Republic of Serbia, which cannot be attributed to the passenger’s fault, but is a consequence of an external event that could not have been foreseen, avoided or eliminated – delay of the flight, the departure of buses, trains, etc, then the test cannot be older than 72 hours when entering the Republic of Serbia);
Certificate of complete vaccination issued by the Republic of Serbia, i.e. a foreign state with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded an agreement on the recognition of vaccination (GREECE, HUNGARY, ROMANIA, SLOVENIA*, TURKEY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, CZECH REPUBLIC) or with which there is de facto reciprocity in the recognition of the vaccination certificate;(CROATIA, SLOVAKIA, GEORGIA, MOROCCO, CYPRUS, LEBANON, MOLDOVA, SAN MARINO, TUNISIA, ARMENIA);
Certificate of overcome COVID-19 disease – a certificate or other public document stating that the holder of the document has overcome the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, i.e. that this person has been diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, provided that no less than 14 days or more than six months may elapse from the first test, issued by the Institute of Public Health established for the territory of the Republic of Serbia, i.e. the competent authority of the state with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded an agreement or de facto reciprocity on the recognition of such documents (CROATIA, GERMANY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SWITZERLAND, DENMARK, LUXEMBOURG, SPAIN, AUSTRIA, BULGARIA, GREECE, ANDORA, SAN MARINO, SLOVENIA, TUNISIA, TURKEY, ROMANIA).

*Beside a vaccination certificate, all tests for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 are recognized (negative PCR-test or HAGT, not older than 48 hours). Citizens of Republic of Slovenia that have been infected with Covid 19 virus within the last 180 days, as well as those who received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 within a maximum of eight months after infection, are allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia provided they hold a certificate of recovery from COVID-19. Furthermore, minors of up to 15 years of age are allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia without quarantine or a negative PCR test if they are accompanied by a close family members who meet the criteria for entering the country without quarantine.

The specified restrictions do not apply to:

Citizens of the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Bulgaria, Hungary, the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Montenegro, when entering the Republic of Serbia from those countries which they are citizens of;
Persons who are not citizens of the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Bulgaria, Hungary, the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Montenegro, and have been granted temporary residence or permanent residence in those countries, are allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia, provided that they submit a negative RT-PCR test or antigen test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued by the reference laboratory of the Republic of Serbia, to the territorially competent public health institution within 48 hours from the time of crossing the state border;
Foreign citizens in transit through the Republic of Serbia – a period not longer than 12 hours from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia;
Crew and cabin crew of aircraft whose final destination is the Republic of Serbia or who are in transit, or transfer, via international airports of the Republic of Serbia;
Minors up to 12 years of age;
Members of foreign military, police and other security services who are in transit through the territory of the Republic of Serbia or come to the Republic of Serbia to perform official tasks with prior notice;
Citizens of the Republic of Croatia who are full-time or part-time students at higher education institutions in the Republic of Serbia, and who prove their status with a public document issued by a higher education institution of the Republic of Serbia – student’s book (index);
Crews of cargo motor vehicles during international road transport, for taking over or unloading goods or for transporting persons in or through the Republic of Serbia, crews of cargo ships transporting goods to one of the domestic ports during transport in international waters; bus crews in regular and international passenger transport, both in transit and in the case when the final or departure destination is the Republic of Serbia; crews of railway vehicles and train staff during the performance of international transport in railway traffic; aircraft crews performing international air transport services and crews, personnel and escorts of humanitarian convoys contracted through diplomacy;
Citizens of neighboring countries from the border area who perform agricultural work and have agricultural land in the territory of the Republic of Serbia, and who are obliged to have proof of ownership of agricultural land or a statement of the owner of agricultural land that the person is performing agricultural work on his land, in order to perform agricultural work on that land, subject to reciprocity;
Citizens of neighboring countries who are residents of the border area and who are employed in the territory of the Republic of Serbia, to whom the employer from the Republic of Serbia has issued a document on employment, subject to reciprocity.

IMPORTANT

Minors (domestic or foreign citizens) aged 12 to 18, may enter the Republic of Serbia without a negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus or a negative FIA Rapid Antigen test, i.e. without a vaccination certificate or a certificate of overcome disease, if they, within 48 hours from the time of crossing the state border, submit to the territorially competent public health institute in the Republic of Serbia, either a RT-PCR test or an antigen test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued by the reference laboratory of the Republic of Serbia.

The information sources
https://www.mfa.gov.rs/en/citizens/travel-serbia/covid-19-entry-requirements

Turkey

General Information
Within the scope of the measures taken against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the following decisions are effective on July 1, 2021 regarding entry to Turkey, per the Turkish authorities:
1) Passengers from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. But the passengers traveling from these countries may transit to other countries without entering Turkey, our flights from these countries continue to take place. Passengers of 6 years of age and over who are arriving to Turkey from another country but have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 14 days in locations to be determined by the Governorships. If the PCR test result to be made at the end of the 14th day of the quarantine is negative, the quarantine measure will be terminated. Passengers whose PCR test result is positive will be taken into isolation as soon as the positive test result is received, and the measure will be terminated with a negative PCR test result which will be made at the end of the 14th day. Accommodation and airport transfer fees will be paid by the passengers.
2) Passengers of 6 years of age and over arriving from Afghanistan and Pakistan and passengers of 6 years of age and over who have been to these countries in the last 14 days are required to submit a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours before arrival to Turkey. These passengers are required to stay under quarantine for 10 days in quarantine hotels specified by the governorships. Accommodation and airport transfer fees will be paid by the passengers. If the result of the PCR test taken at the end of the 7th day of the quarantine is negative, the quarantine measure will be terminated.

Students who are citizens of Afghanistan or Pakistan and come to Turkey until September 1, 2021 for higher education will be admitted to board the flight if they present their valid and current student ID (students coming to Turkey to enroll must present the acceptance letter or the registration letter) showing that they study in Turkey. Upon their entry into the country, they will be subject to mandatory quarantine at the Kanuni Sultan Suleyman KYK Dormitory in Istanbul and Tahsin Banguoglu KYK Dormitory in Ankara.
Citizens of Afghanistan or Pakistan who have a residence or work permit in Turkey will be admitted to board the flight if they present valid residence or work permit in Turkey. These passengers will be exempt from hotel quarantine and will be able to stay in quarantine at their residential address, and those whose first entry points to the country are cities other than Istanbul or Ankara will be allowed to go to their residences only by private vehicle, will not be allowed to board domestic flights or use public transportation.
Turkish citizens arriving from Afghanistan or Pakistan will be exempt from hotel quarantine and will be able to stay in quarantine at their residential address, and those whose first entry points to the country are cities other than Istanbul or Ankara will be allowed to go to their residences only by private vehicle, will not be allowed to board domestic flights or use public transportation.

3) Passengers who will be quarantined within the scope of the first and second articles must make hotel reservations via the hotel contact details listed below before their flight at the first point of departure and pay the total hotel accommodation fees before starting their travels. In accordance with the rules set forth by the relevant authorities, passengers who cannot present the proof of payment to the officers at the first points of departure will not be able to board our flights due.

Isolation hotels

4) Passengers of 6 years of age and over arriving to Turkey from the United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt and Singapore must present a negative PCR test result taken in the last 72 hours prior to arrival to Turkey.
5) Passengers aged 6 and over who are not covered by the first, second and fourth articles and will enter Turkey are expected to present the documents/certificates issued by the relevant country’s official authorities at the first point of departure that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days before entering Turkey or have had COVID-19 disease in the last six months starting from the 28th day of the first PCR positive test result. These passengers will not be required to submit a negative PCR/rapid antigen test report and quarantine measures will not be applied for them. If the vaccination certificate or documents indicating that the passenger had COVID-19 disease cannot be submitted, the presentation of the negative PCR test result taken maximum 72 hours before entry or the negative rapid antigen test result taken maximum 48 hours before entry will be deemed sufficient.
6) Passengers are subject to PCR testing on the basis of sampling at arrival in Turkey. These passengers will be allowed to proceed to their final destination after the test samples are taken. If the test results are positive, they will be treated in accordance with the Covid-19 guidelines of the Ministry of Health. Passengers and the persons with close contact with passengers with positive test results will be quarantined for 14 days at the addresses they have determined, and quarantine conditions will be terminated if the PCR test results to be performed at the end of the 10th day are negative. The quarantine conditions of those who are found to be carrying the Delta variant will be terminated with a negative PCR test result at the end of the 14th day.

In addition:

These requirements are not mandatory for international transfer passengers.
Passengers entering Turkey can submit molecular tests, also known as nucleic acid amplification, genetic, RNA or PCR tests.
As of March 15, 2021, passengers who enter Turkey on international flights (excluding transfer passengers and passengers under the age of 6) must complete the Turkey Entry Form, which they can access on this page, within 72 hours prior to their flight. A paper printout or mobile screenshot of the completed form will be checked at the stations before the flight.
All passengers are required to wear masks at airports and during the flights.
Passengers must complete a Passenger Information Form on flights to Turkey.
Temperature measurements at Turkey’s airports have been removed for all destinations apart from flights to and from Canada, Singapore and Guangzhou, and for passengers using hot connection points (points used by transfer passengers with a connection time of 90 minutes or less) due to short connecting times.
Aircraft crew, seamen and truck drivers will be exempted from SARS-COV-2 PCR testing and quarantine practice.
It is obligatory to obtain an HES code for flights taken within Turkey. There is no HES code requirement for non-Turkish citizens. For details, please check the Hayat Eve Sığar page.
In accordance with the decision of the relevant authorities, passengers arriving at Istanbul Airport (IST), who will undergo quarantine and who are citizens of the Republic of Turkey, will be tested again in Istanbul regardless of the PCR test results they present. It is stated by the relevant authorities that the test fee will be covered by the passenger. Passengers will be quarantined at their residential address if the test result is negative and passengers with positive test results will be quarantined by traveling to their place of residence by private vehicles (no traveling with public transport, plane, and bus is allowed) if their residence address out of Istanbul.

The information sources
https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/announcements/coronavirus-outbreak/travel-restrictions/
https://register.health.gov.tr/