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Health Alert: Bulgaria, Ministry of Health Recommends Wearing Face Masks


Location:  Bulgaria 

Event:  Minister of Health Announcement: Protective facemasks

On March 31, 2020, the Government of Bulgaria made and then rescinded aorder requiring that all individuals located at indoor and outdoor public places wear protective face masks.  Although the order was rescinded, the Ministry of Health recommended the wearing of protective face masks as a preventative measure Protective facemasks are generally available for purchase in pharmacies, grocery stores, and online.  The Government of Bulgaria also advised that it has initiated procurement orders for protective masks for public distribution through the Ministry of Labor and Social Care.  For more information, please check the Ministry of Health website.   

  • The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for Covid-19.   
  • U.S. citizens who are not prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period should arrange for immediate return to the United States. 
  • U.S. citizens who need assistance should contact the American Citizen Services Section at ACS_Sofia@state.gov. 


Actions to take 

Contact Information: 

  • U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria 

+359-2-937-5100 (business hours) 

+359-2-937-5101 (after hours—emergencies onlyarrest, death, or danger to the safety and security of U.S. citizens) 


  • State Department - Consular Affairs 

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 



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