Living in Bulgaria guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Bulgaria with the expat guide

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General information
  • Bulgaria is deemed to be a rich country in terms of education and culture. It has been attracting expatriates in large numbers for many years.

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  • While there is a wealth of detailed advice about finding and buying the right property in the right location in Bulgaria, there is very little information about what life here is actually like. So, here we consider a number of key issues for expats and explain why the country is now the ideal lifest

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Visas, passports and entry requirements


Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • To travel to Bulgaria, you can choose between two types of visas: the short-term visa applying to 90 days stays and the long-term visa.

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  • Foreign nationals coming from some countries and wishing to settle and work in Bulgaria have to apply for a work and a resident permit.

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  • Please mind that all mentioned below DOES NOT consider the citizens of European Union, European Economic Area and Switcerland!

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in Bulgaria? The digital nomad's guide to Bulgaria will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Plovdiv, which is Bulgaria's second major city, is very open towards foreign expertise due to its highly diversified economy.

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  • Varna, which is one of Bulgaria's major cities, provides many employment prospects for qualified and skilled foreigners in various fields.

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  • Thanks to its developed economy, Sofia, the Bulgarian capital city, attracts many foreign professionals worldwide wishing to work there.

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  • Bulgaria is quite open to qualified foreigners wishing to work there as it offers many career prospects in various fields, with a low unemployment rate.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Plovdiv, one of Bulgaria's major cities, provides a range of accommodation options for expatriate families, as well as for students.

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  • As a tourist city, Varna is one of Bulgaria's and Europe's major destinations in terms of expatriation, providing a range of accommodation options.

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  • Finding accommodation in Sofia is not a difficult task as the Bulgarian capital city hosts a wide range of housing units for all tastes.

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  • Bulgaria is one of the most popular European destinations in terms of expatriation. It provides a range of accommodation options for foreigners.

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  • As Bulgaria emerges from the global resession, we consider the importance of rural and village houses in kick-starting recovery in the property market ...

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Student visa, University registration
  • Bulgaria is a popular destination with international students, especially with mathematics, computer science, engineering, chemistry, biology studies, etc.

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  • As part of our Moving to Bulgaria series, we are pleased to add Education to the growing library of key areas that are particularly important to those thinking of moving here. Here, we explore how the Bulgarian educational system operates; how students access and progress through it; and how it comp

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Health care services are easily available in Bulgaria. However, the National Health Insurance is compulsory for everyone, including expatriates.

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  • This guide goes over some of the things expats may not think to ask about if they are pregnant and plan to give birth in Bulgaria.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Foreigners are allowed to open a bank account in Bulgaria whether they live there or not. Procedures are rather simple.

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Tax system, income tax
  • There are several types of taxes in Bulgaria applying to locals as well as foreigners: income tax, corporate tax, VAT, vehicles tax, etc.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Sofia has a very developed and organized transport network which is somewhat different from that of the rest of the country.

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  • Bulgaria hosts a range of means of transport, such as the train, subway, bus, coach, etc., which are easily accessible to expatriates.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • To drive in Bulgaria, you must be aware of the European highway code as well as of local regulations and formalities.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Bulgaria requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • You will probably need a phone and Internet connection during your stay in Bulgaria. You can choose among various service providers.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • If you are staying in Sofia, you can enjoy your free time strolling around and discovering its great historical and cultural wealth.

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  • Bulgaria is a definitely a country to discover thanks to its beaches and mountains, and many other leisure activities which are accessible to foreigners.

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  • You are allowed to travel to Bulgaria with your pet, whether it is a dog, a cat or a ferret, regardless of the length of your stay.

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  • Bulgarians are generally very attached to their country's traditions and culture. This has a considerable effect on their lifestyle.

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  • Five years have past since taking the dive into the life of living the expatriate life and many times since I have questioned my choice. I not only chose to leave my country of residence but I made the decision to cut all ties including residence.

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