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PostSubject: Opening a bank account   Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:55 pm

What would the requirements be for me to open a bank account in Bulgaria ?
Do you need your residency first?
Will we be able to have a UK state pension paid directly into it?

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PostSubject: Re: Opening a bank account   Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:14 pm



No you do not need to be a resident - Just take your passport and some money along with you to any bank. You can open a lev, euro or stirling account real easy.

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PostSubject: Re: Opening a bank account   Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:21 pm

Hope this help but oddball is about right

Opening an Account

You can open a bank account in Bulgaria whether you’re a resident or a non-resident. It’s advisable to check which banks have branches nearby and whether they have staff who speak your language. This is unlikely in the smaller towns, so you may want to open an account at a bank’s Bourgas, Plovdiv, Sofia or Varna branch.

To open an account in Bulgaria, all you need is your passport and evidence of your address in Bulgaria (if you have one);
a utility bill usually suffices. There’s no charge, but you must make an opening deposit of at least a few lev or euros.

Most banks offer the choice between a lev account and a euro account – or you can open one of each. If you plan to transfer money using a foreign exchange dealer you will need a lev account, as many dealers can deposit money only in the local currency. Euro accounts are often used for paying larger sums such as management fees or building work invoices and for handling rent payments if you’re letting a property.

A euro account is a form of guarantee against currency fluctuation in the unlikely event that the lev is ‘unpegged’ from the euro by the Central Bank. You can transfer money from your lev account into your euro account as necessary.

Bulgarian banks commonly charge for everything – even withdrawing money, so shop around for the best deal, i.e. the lowest fees and an interest-bearing account.
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PostSubject: Re: Opening a bank account   Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:56 pm

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Hope this help but oddball is about right

Opening an Account

You can open a bank account in Bulgaria whether you’re a resident or a non-resident. It’s advisable to check which banks have branches nearby and whether they have staff who speak your language. This is unlikely in the smaller towns, so you may want to open an account at a bank’s Bourgas, Plovdiv, Sofia or Varna branch.

To open an account in Bulgaria, all you need is your passport and evidence of your address in Bulgaria (if you have one);
a utility bill usually suffices. There’s no charge, but you must make an opening deposit of at least a few lev or euros.

Most banks offer the choice between a lev account and a euro account – or you can open one of each. If you plan to transfer money using a foreign exchange dealer you will need a lev account, as many dealers can deposit money only in the local currency. Euro accounts are often used for paying larger sums such as management fees or building work invoices and for handling rent payments if you’re letting a property.

A euro account is a form of guarantee against currency fluctuation in the unlikely event that the lev is ‘unpegged’ from the euro by the Central Bank. You can transfer money from your lev account into your euro account as necessary.

Bulgarian banks commonly charge for everything – even withdrawing money, so shop around for the best deal, i.e. the lowest fees and an interest-bearing account.

Hi there,

It is very usefull for foreigners to have an on-line banking. It is offered by every bank in Bulgaria. In that way the foreigner will be able to operate with the bank account not only when he is Bulgaria, but also when he is into his home country. He needs just to enter the website of the bank and to enter his username and password.

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PostSubject: Re: Opening a bank account   Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:03 am

Hi Sharon just wondered if it all went ok g
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PostSubject: Re: Opening a bank account   Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:53 pm

Do BG banks offer Debit Cards? Would be handy for us because our Nationwide in the UK make charges for withdrawing foreign currency now - got to pay the big bonuses somehow!!!!!


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PostSubject: Re: Opening a bank account   Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:23 pm

yes they do debit cards, but there is a management fee ( not much ) as everywhere. g
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PostSubject: Re: Opening a bank account   Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:58 am

@starlite wrote:
yes they do debit cards, but there is a management fee ( not much ) as everywhere. g

If you open an account with Postbank, you get a debit card automatically. I don't believe there is a management fee, but something like a 50 stot charge for each withdrawal. You can also get credit cards subject to their terms and conditions. Overall, I highly recommend Postbank over all others in Bulgaria. s s s
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