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Living in Greece guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Greece with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • The heart of the old world, Greece is rising from the ashes of the financial crisis and becoming a hub for entrepreneurs and creative individuals.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Nationals of the EU do not need a visa to travel to Greece. Also, citizens of several countries do not need a visa for trips shorter than 90 days.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Nationals of the EU-ΕΕΑ do not need a visa to work or stay in Greece, but for third-country citizens a work/residence permit is required.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
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  • Although there are a lot of (mostly unpaid) internship opportunities, finding work in post-crisis Greece is not without its challenges.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Due to the crisis, rent prices have gone significantly down, making it easier than ever to find an apartment or house in Greece.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • The birthplace of academia offers many studies opportunities, but non-EU students will need to get a visa and pay some fees.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • EU-nationals have free healthcare with their European Health Card, but everyone should be aware that things can move quite slow.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • With the relaxation of capital controls, its once again easier to open a bank account in Greece, but caution is needed.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • There are several types of tax you will need to pay if you are a resident in Greece, such as social security, VAT, and income tax, among others.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Transportation in Greece is rather cheap, but, with the exception of Athens, it can be unpredictable, as buses in remote areas tend to suffer from delays.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Certain non-EU nationals are able to convert their licence to a Greek one, but in many cases you may need to take the full driving test.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • EU nationals will be exempt from the hassle of complex customs procedures, but if moving from a third-country, you should find a reliable moving company.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Greece has a well-developed telecoms network that will help expats stay in touch with loved ones back home, but post-offices are not that reliable.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Whether you're after cultural outings, quality cuisine and fine drinking, or adrenaline-raising outdoor activities, Greece has it all.

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