Sunny Beach is open to holidaymakers as Bulgaria prepares to welcome visitors next month

BEACHES at Bulgaria's popular tourist resort Sunny Beach are now open for holidaymakers.

The country is preparing to welcome tourists from next month as cases of coronavirus remain under 2,600, with just 140 deaths.

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The three beaches in the north, central and south of Sunny Beach are allowing visitors back from today.

New measures are being put into place along the 8km of sand to ensure families stay safe and continue to social distance.

All of the beaches have been levelled and cleaned, according to local media, while umbrellas and sun loungers have adequate space between each of them.

Lifeguards and security will also be patrolling the beaches as well.

More than 25 beaches are offering free sun loungers and umbrellas, although Sunny Beach is not included in this.

The country wants to welcome tourists from July 1, although Bulgaria has already opened its borders to its neighbours Greece, Romania, and Serbia.

Bulgaria’s Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova told local media: "Thanks to the initiative of the Bulgarian Prime Minister with the Prime Ministers of Greece and Romania and the President of Serbia, our border will be opened for tourists on June 1."

She added: "We have an extremely clear plan and strategy in this difficult situation, which is unpredictable and unexpected both for the tourism sector, which is directly affected, and for everyone.

"No one could have predicted in any way that this would happen and we have to deal with it."

"Our biggest advantage is that Bulgaria is one of the countries with the lowest percentage of coronavirus infections and one of the countries that is considered a safe destination."

Brits will still be forced to quarantine for 14 days, however.

While Bulgaria has lifted the two-week quarantine for a number of countries, the UK is not included due to high coronavirus cases.

British travellers will also have to quarantine for two weeks when returning to the UK, with new rules being enforced by the government on June 8.

However, airlines and tour operators are calling for the 14-day quarantine to be dropped and to instead offer temperature or coronavirus tests.

A 20-minute test, being considered by ministers, could determine if the passenger has the virus to prevent them from having to self-isolate.

UK airlines have begged the government to allow 45 countries to be exempt from the quarantine to allow the travel industry to recover.


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