Moving to Greece after Brexit
Many Brits move to Greece to retire and live, or to find work in the tourist industry. The Corona virus covid 19 pandemic has put a hold on most people’s plans but once the lock down restrictions are lifted people will once again be wanting to find out all about Moving to Greece after Brexit.
Moving to Greece after Brexit
The Brexit withdrawal agreement is currently set to expire on 31st December 2020. This may be extended due to the corona virus pandemic putting much of the world on hold, but essentially until that date all British citizens have full EU rights which makes Moving to Greece after Brexit an easier task.
Advance Moves advice on moving to Greece
The advice of international relocation experts Advance Moves is to try and make your move to Greece prior to the deadline. Once the deadline is surpassed then there will definitely be more requirements and legislation to be able to move and live in Greece after Brexit. At the moment you can move to Greece, apply for residency and if you get everything in order before the deadline, then you can stay and live in Greece as a resident making moving to Greece after Brexit an easier option..
Becoming a resident of Greece
If you are a registered resident in Greece before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020 you will be able to stay.
You must register as a resident in Greece if you want to stay for more than 3 months.
Read registration certificate (Veveosi Engrafis) – permanent residence requirements.
Moving to Greece
You may need to change your registration document for a new resident card. If you are already registered as a resident in Greece, or if you register before 31 December 2020, your residence documents will be considered as temporary national residence permits.
Living in Greece
Read the Greek government’s website for UK nationals living in Greece and submit any questions in the contact form provided.
Healthcare in Greece
If you are living in Greece or move there permanently before 31 December 2020, you’ll have life-long healthcare rights in Greece as you do now, provided you remain resident.
You must register for healthcare as a resident in Greece, as well as registering, where necessary, with a health insurer.
Read our guidance on who can access healthcare in Greece and how to register.
Pensions and healthcare in Greece
If you live in Greece and receive an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit, you may currently be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK. You will need to apply for a certificate of entitlement known as an S1 certificate.
Working in Greece
You may need to apply for:
- a UK criminal records check
- a Greek criminal records check, via the Penal Records Department of the Ministry of Justice or your local Citizens Service Centre (KEP) (in Greek)
Once you have a job, you can get a social insurance number (AMKA) through your local Citizens Service Centre (KEP) (in Greek).
If you are resident in Greece on or before 31 December 2020, your right to work will stay the same, as long as you remain resident in Greece.
Driving licence in Greece
Driving licence rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020 for both cars and motorbikes.
If you are a resident in Greece you should exchange your UK licence for a Greek driving licence. You can still use your Greek licence in the UK for short visits or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test if you return to live in the UK.
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Instant removals quotes to Greece
Advance moves also have a very handy instant online removals quotes system, that allows the user to enter minimum move details and obtain an instant online removals quote for a move to Greece or anywhere else in Europe or even the world. You can obtain a removal quote in just 30 seconds and then also receive up to 5 more accurate quotes from independent removal companies that cover your removal destinations.
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