Minister Baltova talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jakub Kulhanek to intensify the tourist flow between the two countries

11 June 2021

Minister Stella Baltova participated in plenary talks within a bilateral meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and the Czech Republic - Svetlan Stoev and Jakub Kulhanek. Together with the Deputy Minister of Health Toma Tomov, the conditions for the easiest and safest travel of tourists between the two countries were discussed.

The possibility of Czech tourists being able to enter the territory of Bulgaria 22 days after the first dose of vaccine was discussed, without having to remain in quarantine or present a negative test. A solution in this direction is being considered.

Minister Jakub Kulhanek announced that about 50% of the population of his country has received the first dose of vaccine and expressed hope for soon measures to facilitate the travel of Czech tourists to Bulgaria. "This will be very good news for those Czechs who are preparing for their vacation and are hesitant, news that will convince them to choose Bulgaria as their destination," he said.

Before the pandemic, in 2019, Czech tourists visited our country, 189 thousand, and last year - only a quarter of that number. It was hoped that the levels from 2019 would be exceeded. Minister Baltova announced that 160 flights to Varna and about 700 to Bourgas Airport are planned between Bulgaria and the Czech Republic for the summer.

Minister Baltova assured the guest that Bulgaria remains a safe and hospitable destination, and the relations between the two countries are based on long traditions and closeness. She informed him that the vaccination process of the staff in tourism is active and everyone working in the sector has a choice among 4 provided types of vaccines. The Ministry of Tourism is taking a number of initiatives - such as two upcoming journalistic tours, as well as digital activities to promote destination Bulgaria on the Czech market. In February a tourist representation of Bulgaria was opened in Warsaw, which also serves the Czech Republic. The participants in the meeting expressed their satisfaction with the achieved results.

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