Gatwick and Heathrow: Covid Travel Entry Requirements for Bulgaria and Norway

If you’ve recently booked a vacation, you may be wondering about the entry requirements for the country you’re going to.

Whether you choose to fly from Gatwick or Heathrow, each country has its own travel restrictions in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

If you are going on holiday to Bulgaria or Norway, these are the current entry requirements for both.

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Entry requirements depend on factors such as whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

The UK has been placed in the red zone ahead of Bulgaria.


From 7 January 2022, UK nationals traveling from the UK will be able to enter Bulgaria if you have the following:

  • You must either have proof of vaccination certificate (proving that you have had two doses) or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19.
  • You must also provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entry.
  • This must be in English and include your name, date of birth, medical facility details, and date and time of the sample.
  • If you are a child aged 12 to 17, you must submit the same documents.

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However, children under 12 are exempt from quarantine and the need to present Covid-19 documents. This does not depend on which color zone they have traveled from.

Bulgarian citizens, permanent and long-term residents (or family members who present one of the documents, proof of vaccination, recovery or negative PCR test) are allowed to travel, but must be self-isolated for 10 days on arrival.

This period can be shortened if you have a negative PCR test no earlier than 72 hours after arrival in Bulgaria. Quarantine would end the day after your negative test result.

Exemptions from entry requirements in Bulgaria for people from the UK include medical personnel, state officials and diplomats, people traveling for humanitarian reasons, seasonal and tourist workers.


From December 3, 2021, all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, must be tested upon arrival in Norway.

You must be tested at the airport test center or border crossing point. If there is no testing center, do a rapid antigen test at another public center or do a self-test within 24 hours of arrival.

You must report positive self-tests to the municipality.

You must complete an online registration form 72 hours prior to arrival. Persons under the age of 16 are exempt.

If you are over 12 years old, you should wear a face covering in public and avoid close contact until you get a negative test result.

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