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  • Borislav Ivanov

Green certificate no longer required in Bulgaria

Visitors to sites of public importance are no longer required to provide a "green certificate" as of last Thursday, March 10. This includes shopping malls, establishments, theaters, movies, cafés, and restaurants, among other things. Given the country's positive trend in lowering morbidity, this is the second phase in the strategy to de-escalate anti-epidemic actions. The requirement for a "green certificate" remains mandatory for all public-interest sites' employees, but this is also expected to change later this month.

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The plan envisions that after March 20, the necessity for a "green certificate" for people working in locations of public importance would be eliminated, if the country's epidemiological status relating to COVID-19 will continue to improve.

The limit on the number of children in a group, when conducting face-to-face lessons at language centers, educational centers, personal development support centers, and other training facilities and schools will be lifted as of today.

Numerous other EU states have also lifted their COVID-19 restrictions, some going even as far as to not require a green certificate for entry into their country. Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, Slovenia, and most recently – Romania, have all abolished the requirement of presenting a vaccination, recovery or test certificate, in order to enter their territory.

The battle has been won, but the war is still ongoing. As booster shots will be decreasingly less effective, the world should focus on providing vaccines to places, where vaccination rates remain extremely low and where the virus is most likely going to mutate in the future – Africa.

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