Bulgaria: The process of moving to Bulgraria and becoming a resident:
About your comment on coming to and staying in Bulgaria without formal residence status.... that is interesting given my knowledge of the requirements for non-formal residence.
Isn't Bulgaria part of the EU but not part of the Shengen agreement?
If it is not a Shengen country, this would mean its borders are treated as policed even if you are arriving from an EU country. i.e. as an EU-country passport holder(shengen or non-shengen), you will need to pay heed to the expiry of an initial 3 month tourist visa, usually granted on entry(with all requirements met e.g. health insurance).
Could you elaborate if you know any more?
Bulgaria: beyond the initial 3 month tourist visa:
I was wondering what visa/immigration barriers there might be should I, after the initial 1-3 months of visiting Bulgaria, decide to extend my stay - possibly for another 3 months or longer, even.
Is there any advice from British citizens regarding this?
One reason is the rentals are typically long-term, it seems (minimum 6mnths), and the airbnb options are a little out of my budget or are booked up. Seems to me there is a bit of a gap in the middle so I'd like to hear from anyone with any advice on this, speaking personally or otherwise.
Has anyone visited for 3 months and then decided to stay longer?
Portugal: Where to live:
LongRedFlorence, are you kidding about the weather in Coimbra?
For all I know you're dead right but it just doesn't seem likely that the weather in central Portugal would be similar to the UK's weather.
Is it grey and cold in winter?
Portugal: How long can I stay out of the country?:
I will be travelling abroad for a while.
I was wondering how long I can be out of the country before my Portuguese residence expires or becomes invalid?
Thanks for any advice.
Bulgaria: Living rural as non Bulgarian-speaker:
If I move to a rural town in Bulgaria, say for example Parvomay which is 25 minutes from Plovdiv, am I likely to struggle to get by without being fluent in Bulgarian?
Local services I expect to be provided in Bulgarian but are there any English-speaking communities or businesses in the small towns?
(Please don't say 'learn the language'... this is of course a given but one has to get on with life and that sometimes means arriving in a country where one is not fluent in the local language on arrival.)
Bulgaria: Building Regs:
I'm interested in buying an old house (25mins drive from Plovdiv, close to Parvomay) and renovating it.
Can anyone who has undertaken renovation such as installing kitchen and bathroom and electrics please give me some idea as to how burdensome the regulatory process is?
Also, did you have difficulty finding builders/tradesmen and did you require the services of an interpreter?
Thanks in advance for any advice.