Moving to Greece
Matrix Relocations is expert in handling your move to and from Greece. It is a country of regularly changing rules on issues such as visa requirements and work permits, among other regulations. Up-to-date accurate information on matters such as importing personal effects to Greece, visas and work permits, and other issues that may be vital to you such as moving your pets or your motor vehicle is not universally available. With a long track record and detailed local knowledge, Matrix Relocations is best-placed to advise and assist you in getting to and settling in your new location in Greece.
Importing personal effects to Greece
The regulations on importing personal effects into Greece according to varying circumstances, including whether the person is from another EU country or from outside the EU, whether the person is coming to Greece on a work permit, whether you are a returning citizen (a Greek citizen, of Hellenic ancestry, a family member of a Greek citizen), and so on.
Where import duties and taxes are payable, they are calculated on CIF (cost, insurance and freight) value. Generally, duty is not charged on personal effects and household items, but, for instance, value-added tax may be charged on items brought in from a non-EU country by a foreign citizen moving to Greece for business purposes.
For further details on rules importing household goods and personal effects into Greece, please visit The International Association of Movers country guide. Again, it is important to note that Matrix Relocations provides its clients with informed guidance on the regulations and procedures.
Prohibitions and restrictions on imports
A number of items are subject to regulations restricting or prohibiting their import into Greece. These include restrictions on quantities of alcohol and tobacco products, narcotics and other illegal drugs, and prohibitions on firearms and ammunition.
Moving your pets to Greece
If you want to bring your cat or dog to Greece when you move, you will require a certificate of a rabies test carried out 60 days before entering Greece, by an EU-certified laboratory. All documentation must be issued by a licensed veterinarian. There other rules pertaining to the import of birds, including health certificate requirements and restrictions. Obviously, the rules are much more detailed than these brief guidelines and Matrix Relocations can provide detailed information on moving your pet to Greece.
Moving a motor vehicle to Greece
For private individuals, Greek regulations on bringing your vehicle when you move to Greece include a requirement that you must have possessed it for at least six months prior to entry, that the vehicle must be four years old or less and its odometer may have recorded no more than 50 000km. Again, the regulations are detailed according to different circumstances, including for instance exemptions for accredited diplomats, and Matrix Relocations can advise you on the full details.
Living in Greece
Famed for its place in history and its wealth of tourist and archaeological attractions, Greece lately has been well-known for the troubles the country has been undergoing. Now apparently moving towards recovery, the country remains challenging for the person moving there, on a range of fronts, from the business environment to the quality of life. Matrix Relocations, apart from handling your move to Greece and assisting you with our relocation services and immigration services, remains at your disposal for ongoing support in various forms.
Visa and Residence requirements
Details of visa requirements may be found at the website of Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.