Reliefs for citizens within the state of emergency

In view of the announced with a Decision of the National Assembly of 13.03.2020 state of emergency in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria measures and actions have been introduced in accordance with the Law for the Measures and Actions during the State of Emergency, announced with a Decision of the National Assembly of March 13, 2020, promulgated in the State Gazette, issue no. 28/24.03.2020, as well as in accordance with orders of the Minister of Health.

The measures lead to input of reliefs on and in connection with rights exercised by citizens and/or fulfillment of obligations, as follows:

1. ON THE VALIDITY OF PERSONAL DOCUMENTS:
1.1. of Bulgarian citizens:
• the validity of the personal identity cards, which expires in the period 13.03.2020. - 31.10.2020, is extended with 6 months. It is important that for the period of extension the personal identity card is valid only in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, and that upon request a new personal identity card could be issued before the expiry of the period of extension;
• the period of validity of driving licenses, which expires in the period 13.03.2020. - 31.10.2020, is extended with 6 months. It is important that for the period of extension the driving license is valid only in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, and that upon request a new driving license could be issued before the expiry of the period of extension.

1.2. of foreigners:
The period of validity of the documents for residence of foreigners and their family members, explicitly specified in § 10 of the law for the state of emergency, which expires in the period 13.03.2020. - 31.10.2020, is extended with 6 months. It is important that for the period of extension the documents are only in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and certify only the right of residence, and that upon request a new residence document could be issued before the expiry of the period of extension.

2. ON REGULATED BY LAW TIME LIMITS:
• the deadlines set by law, which expire during the state of emergency and are related to the exercise of rights or fulfillment of obligations of private entities, are extended with 1 month after the state of emergency has been revoked;
• the effect of the administrative acts, which is limited in time and expires during the state of emergency, is extended with 1 month after the state of emergency has been revoked.

3. ON TERMS SET UNDER CONTRACTS:
Until revoking of the state of emergency the consequences of late payment, including interest and penalties for late payment, as well as non-monetary consequences such as early repayment, termination of contract and seizure of property are not applicable.

4. ON TREATMENT:
Pharmacies could dispense medicinal products only on a prescription booklet, without presenting a prescription according to the most recently entered data on the dispensed medicinal products until the state of emergency is revoked and 2 months after its revoking.

5. ON THE MOVEMENT:

5.1. of foreigners:
• a foreigner with a long-term residence permit in the Republic of Bulgaria, whose term of residence expires within the term of the state of emergency could apply for continuation of the residence within 14 days after revoking of the state of emergency, without the term of the state of emergency being considered for interruption when the foreigner applies for a long-term or permanent residence;
• a long-term resident to whom the permitted long-term residence expires within the term of the state of emergency could enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria without a visa within 14 days after revoking of the state of emergency;
• for the term of the state of emergency it is not considered for absence the absence of the foreigner who has received a long-term or permanent residence permit from the territory of the Member States of the European Union for a period of 12 consecutive months.

5.2. of Bulgarian citizens:
Bulgarian citizens and citizens of other countries with permanent, long-term or continuous residence in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and members of their families arriving from China, Iran, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Spain, Italy, Korea, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland could go back and should be quarantined for 14 days at their home/other accommodation pointed by them, with exception of the Bulgarian citizens drivers of heavy goods vehicles for who special rules are provided.

The Law for the Measures and Actions during the State of Emergency, announced with a Decision of the National Assembly of March 13, 2020 enters into force on March 13, 2020, except for the provisions of § 52 thereof, which enter into force on the day of promulgation of the law.