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December 2020 3 minutes

Brexit: What should British citizens living in Greece know?

An overview of the steps British citizen must take before December 31st 2020

On January 31st 2020 Great Britain left the European Union after the settlement of the Withdrawal Agreement. At the moment we are in the transition period, which ends on December 31st 2020. Until that day British citizens are still granted the right to freedom of movement within the EU and, thus, continue to be able to travel, settle and live in EU countries. Nevertheless, since the end of the transition period is drawing closer, it’s crucial you act now to ensure you can legally stay in the EU. 

British citizens in Greece: what steps do you need to take?

We know this time can be stressful for British citizens living in Greece. With this article, we aim to give you an overview of the situation in Greece and provide you with a precise list of steps to tick off on your To-Do list. In this way you get all the administrative tasks done quickly and effectively. With the bureaucratic hassle out of the way you can fully enjoy the Christmas period and look forward to a - hopefully much better - year of 2021 in Greece.

The first steps: what do you need to do right now?

Registration as a resident: 

Register yourself as a Greek resident when you stay in Greece for more than 3 months. As long as you are lawfully registered as a resident in Greece before January 1st 2020, you continue to hold the right to stay and your residence documents are going to be considered as temporary national residence permits. It is recommended that you get a new biometric residence card, which the Greek government has introduced for UK nationals and their family members. This document can be requested between January 1st and June 30th 2021. Find more information in the summary of the Greek Ministerial Decision or the Hellenic Police’s announcement thereof. You can request the document at the nearest General Regional Police Directorate with an Aliens Department. Residents of the Attica and Thessaloniki regions can also request the documents at their local Hellenic Police station, given they have an Aliens Department.

Life in Greece post-Brexit

The following sections will summarise the regulations and laws governing life as a British citizen in Greece after December 31st 2020. 

Employment

You maintain your right to work in Greece, as long as you are registered as a Greek resident before December 31st 2020, given you remain in residence. Depending on your employer, you may need a UK criminal records check and/or a Greek criminal records check, which you can apply for at the Penal Records Department within the Ministry of Justice or via your local Citizens Service Centre (KEP).

Finances

Since Great Britain has a double taxation agreement with Greece you do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. As a Greek resident you must apply for a tax identification number (AFM) with which you must submit your yearly tax return.

Banking arrangements should stay the same after the end of the transition period on December 31st 2020. If your finance provider needs to make any alterations to one of your products, they will contact you directly.

Driving

Until the end of the transition period on December 31st 2020, the legislation on driving license exchanges will remain the same. As a Greek resident you should exchange your UK driving license for a Greek one. If you are planning to bring your own vehicle to Greece, follow the steps outlined by the European Union on registering your car in Greece

Do you still have doubts about what you must do to legally stay in Greece or other EU-member states post-Brexit?

We have created a comprehensive guide on how British citizens can remain compliant with the new regulations in Greece and other EU-member states. In case you still have further questions that are not answered in this article nor by the guide, please send us a message or schedule a free consultation - we will be happy to help you!

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