Covid-19 & State of Emergency in Bulgaria

Category: Covid-19

18 March 2020

Bulgaria declared a state of emergency on Friday 13th March, giving the government extraordinary powers.

As approved, the state of emergency is effective from now until 13 April 2020.

As part of the state of emergency from 18th March onwards, foreign nationals coming from the People’s Republic of China, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Spain, Italy, South Korea, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland will not be allowed to enter Bulgaria. People with residence permits and their family members are excluded from this restriction (“permitted foreign nationals”).

The permitted foreign nationals coming from the countries above will be placed in quarantine for 14 days. This may be through self isolation or in a hospital and it will be decided by the health unit at border control.

The state of emergency may be extended in time or in scope, etc.

Government administrative work has been affected by the emergency. Indeed, we expect certain delays.

To limit the spread of the virus globally, the European Council agreed to reinforce the EU's external borders by applying a coordinated temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU for a period of 30 days. Bulgaria has supported the measure and steps will be taken on the national level.

Authors: Ivan Petrov and Kamen Shoylev


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Acting as a Bulgarian law expert in the context of a FIDIC Dispute Adjudication Board

NBLO acted as Bulgarian law experts to a Dispute Adjudication Board constituted under the terms of a FIDIC modelled construction works agreement between the Bulgarian government and a continental Europe-based general contractor. Advised in detail and in successive iterations in relation to the Bulgarian law questions raised by the DAB at the summary of issues stage as well as at the reply and comments stages. Of particular importance to the DAB was the ability of NBLO lawyers to advise on the distinctions between Bulgarian law principles and proximate English and Swiss law concepts in the law of contract as well as to advise on the direct effect and direct applicability of certain European Commission legislation as a matter of Bulgarian law.

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