Make your move to Greece today (18.04.2017)
Working and Residency in Greece
The cost of living is a little lower than in the U.S. and in other EU countries but come prepared with a steady income because in Greece, it is not always easy for foreigners to find work. This means that expats who want to work may want to have a job lined up before they move or plan to work remotely online. Retirees with a steady retirement pension or long-term income will be happy to know that you can find nice apartments, villas and other properties for sale at reasonable prices throughout Greece.
If you can spend 250,000 euros to purchase property in Greece, and have a property visa, you will be eligible for automatic residency. You can also obtain residency by owning a 10-year time share or signing a contract to stay in a hotel or apartment in the country for no less than 10 years. When looking for a home in Greece, it’s best to consult with a professional real estate professional who can guide you to the best properties and who will know which properties or homes will best suit your style, needs and requests for specific amenities.
The Move Can Be Easily Done
Moving across the world can be a daunting task for anyone. However, it is important to keep in mind that with some helpful information, the move can be much easier. With help from agents that can provide you with in-depth information for your move, you can feel more confident when it comes time to make it.
Types of Visas
A visa is not required for tourists or for those who are in Greece on business and will not stay longer than 90 days. However, those that wish to stay longer will need a visa. Depending on the specific need for being in Greece, a specific visa is required. Some visas include:
- Studies Visa
- Marriage Visa
- Schengen Visa
- Short Term Residence Permit
- Residence Permit
For more information regarding visas and obtaining them, you can check with the Greek Embassy in Washington, DC.
Can You Bring Pets
No pet owner wants to leave a beloved pet behind during a move. After all, pets are part of the family just like anyone else would be. Thankfully for pet owners, Greece will allow you to bring along your dog, cat or even a ferret when you move to the country. Your pet must be microchipped and you will need to provide a few documents to customs for your pet to enter the country:
- All Medical Records Showing Vaccinations
- Health Certificate
- Rabies Vaccination Certificate
Other pets can come into the country, but there are specific regulations that must be adhered too. Other pets may require a health check or valid proof that they’re not on a protected species list. Birds must be quarantined for 30 days after arrival.
Moving Your Household Goods
Your household goods can be moved into Greece through a professional shipping company. It is highly recommended that you work with a shipping agent to negotiate terms and handle all paperwork and customs. Those moving to the country can bring household items with them without paying a duty fee but you will need a Household Effects Certificate to ship your belongings. You will need the following documents for customs:
- Income Tax Returns for the Past 2 Years
- Property Tax or Rental Receipts for the Past 2 Years
- Letter of Employment for the Past 2 Years
- All Passports for All Household Members (Current and Expired)
- Driver’s License, Proof of Insurance and Registration (If Shipping Your Vehicle Along)
Bringing Along Your Vehicle
A vehicle shipment must be a part of the Household Effects Certificate to be shipped and just as with household goods, you can import a motor vehicle duty free to Greece. Most expats and retirees who relocate to Greece find that the public transportation system works well for them and they don’t need to ship a personal car.
Between the metro train in Athens and bus lines and taxi service throughout the rest of the country, travel is easy to do. For some however, having access to a personal car is beneficial when you need to travel outside of the typical transportation hours or into areas that are not accessible by large buses. Walking is also a popular choice for travel, especially locally where shops, cafés and other places to visit are usually within walking distance to home.
If you should happen to need to import your own car however, hiring reliable vehicle transport company to handle this is highly recommended.The A1AutoTransport website states that the vehicle must be insured and licensed to legally import. You will need the same paperwork as you would need with household goods but you also need the following:
- Utility Bills
- Consular Certificate
- Vehicle Registration
- Work or Residency Permit
- Proof of Vehicle Ownership
Moving to Greece can be exciting and when you arrive you will find many scenic areas to explore and have fun. It’s a good idea to visit and scout the area for a home and to check out the local shopping and possibly meet people in the neighborhood. Once you make the move, be sure to take some time to get to know the city and spend some quality time soaking up the sun and relaxing after your long trip overseas.