Bits and Pieces
Top tip- When you view village properties go to the local bar for a drink! This will give you a feeling about just how the local people will accept you as an English person if you decide to buy in the area.
Top Tip- Use a Currency Exchange Specialist NOT your bank to transfer money abroad. This really will save you money if you are sending larger sums to Bulgaria. Try HiFX for fast and secure transfers www.hifx.co.uk
Top tip- For free medical treatment in Bulgaria take a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Citizens of the UK are entitled to free medical, dental and hospital treatment in Bulgaria, under a reciprocal healthcare agreement between the two countries. To access healthcare, you will need a UK passport and NHS card. UK citizens must pay for medicines.
Top Tip- Have a survey completed on the property you are interested in buying. This is very cheap in Bulgaria and Emerge can arrange this for you.
Top Tip- Read at least one book about Bulgaria and the area you wish to purchase in before you travel. This will give you a better understanding of the culture and important points of concern such as medical care.
Top Tip- Buy a Whizzair sim card for your mobile phone. You can use this in over 100 countries and calls are up to 85% cheaper when calling from abroad.
Top Tip- Going to emigrate? Try renting first as living abroad is not for everyone.
Useful telephone numbers
Ambulance - 150 Police-166 Fire - 160
Bulgarian Embassy - 0870 060 2350 British Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce - 020 8464 5007
British Embassy Sofia - 09339222
Trains in Bulgaria (State run) - 09870777 Bus companies (Blomet and Grup) - 0281 33332 and 0294 53999
Burgas Airport - 056 34062 Plovdiv Airport - 032 551963 Sofia Airport - 02 9372211/2 Varna Airport - 052 500834
Bulbank - 02 9232111 Allianz Bank - 02 9880106 PostBank - 02 96 30482
Balkan Holidays - 0845 1301114 Wizz Air - 0048 22 351 9499 IMC International Medical Centre - 02 9449326
Remember when calling Bulgaria from the UK to use the code 00359 and 'drop' the first 0