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  • What’s the difference between a visa and a permit?
    who work at the most popular ones in Athens Should you get hired good luck Staff complain of being treated poorly from the first day i e overpriced accommodation is forced on new arrivals in which the school gets kickbacks from landlords long unpaid hours at work etc A number of people hired at the start of last year quit and broke their contracts Ask your boyfriend for recommendations on graduate schools I have no advice or insights Juls wrote September 9th 2013 at 02 00 Your question was moved to Work residence permits for non EU citizens in Greece isaias wrote May 12th 2014 at 14 42 Your comment question was moved to FAQ Greek work and or residence permits mrle badilla wrote July 28th 2014 at 19 02 Your question was moved to Getting married in Greece for visitors George wrote December 18th 2014 at 14 08 Your questions were moved to Countries that require a visa for Greece annie wrote January 15th 2015 at 21 33 Hi am a non citizen of the EU country and i got a 1 year national visa to greece to work as a personal assistance to an old lady also when i got here was given a 2 year stay permit does my stay permit qualifies me to travel to other EU countries cos i know my national visa wont allow that pls i need to know Kat Reply January 16th 2015 at 12 58 There s no way I or anyone can answer that question without knowing if it s a bebaiosi or what kind of residence permit it is and for what reason it was issued It s like asking a doctor what disease you have without examination or knowing any symptoms Your comment Name required E Mail Required not published Website optional Click to cancel reply Notify me of follow up comments via e mail HTML Tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite strike strong Greek News RT PGiannakouris Clouds over the ancient Acropolis hill Ap photo Petros Giannakouris https t co jFy9mSPzNA RT nytimesworld Tales of break ins burglaries and robberies accompany the Greek debt crisis http t co dPVxf6vOb2 http t co diLJm39OQa RT graemewearden Greek parliament approves bailout reform package as it happened http t co qs5iiGi4Ju http t co 64IhO9LCts RT TheEconomist Here is an effort to explain the Greek deal in all its absurdity http t co M5vRLtUHr3 http t co a245q6cV6h Banks open today in Greece but many limitations and capital controls still in place naftemporikigr http t co JgPaqMcgIK RT TheEconomist No means yes Signing a humiliating agreement is just the start for Greece http t co UyDFKUZ6rB http t co G26avOjX3E RT graemewearden Greek crisis Protests in Athens ahead of tonight s bailout vote live Photos Reuters AP http t co qpBFeTSk6F http Follow livingingreece Best of 1 KTEL Buses of Greece 2 Acquiring EU citizenship through ancestry

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  • How to get a health certificate for your residence/work permit in Greece
    8 How to start a business in Greece 9 Athens Greece Cost of living Best of An American in Athens 1 Four songs in Greek that make me cry 2 Why don t you speak Greek fluently 3 Thanks to Greece I ve been reunified with myself 4 More windows on Greek TV than my house 5 Cockroaches and courthouses leases and landlords in Athens 6 Girl of the Greek green clover 7 The nightbird For Americans non EU citizens 1 How Americans non EU citizens can get a permit to live and work in Greece 2 Common jobs for English speaking foreigners in Greece 3 Jobs at the American Embassy in Greece 4 Overstaying a visa in Greece 5 Residence work permit for American non EU family members of Greek EU citizens 6 FAQ Greek work and or residence permits 7 Value of a university degree in Greece For Greek citizens 1 Greek citizenship by claim of Greek origin descent or ancestry 2 American Greek dual citizenship 3 Greek national ID or tautotita 4 How to get a Greek passport 5 Getting married in Greece for residents 6 Mandatory Greek military service 7 Greece enters the U S waiver program Helpful links for U S citizens American Embassies Consulates Worldwide Collect U S retirement benefits abroad IRS Tax info for American citizens abroad Social Security Admin Americans abroad U S Consulate in Thessaloniki U S Dept of State Americans abroad U S Embassy in Athens U S Govt Guide for citizens abroad Where to get birth marriage divorce death records in USA Jobs Homes Auto Ads in Greece American Embassy in Athens Jobs ASEP Public sector jobs Chrysi Efkairia Biggest source of classified ads in GR Diorismos Job openings scholarships news in the Greek public sector EKEP Euroguidance Centre

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  • Permanent residence/work permits for American and other non-EU family members of Greek and EU citizens
    Taste of America in Greece 8 How to start a business in Greece 9 Athens Greece Cost of living Best of An American in Athens 1 Four songs in Greek that make me cry 2 Why don t you speak Greek fluently 3 Thanks to Greece I ve been reunified with myself 4 More windows on Greek TV than my house 5 Cockroaches and courthouses leases and landlords in Athens 6 Girl of the Greek green clover 7 The nightbird For Americans non EU citizens 1 How Americans non EU citizens can get a permit to live and work in Greece 2 Common jobs for English speaking foreigners in Greece 3 Jobs at the American Embassy in Greece 4 Overstaying a visa in Greece 5 Residence work permit for American non EU family members of Greek EU citizens 6 FAQ Greek work and or residence permits 7 Value of a university degree in Greece For Greek citizens 1 Greek citizenship by claim of Greek origin descent or ancestry 2 American Greek dual citizenship 3 Greek national ID or tautotita 4 How to get a Greek passport 5 Getting married in Greece for residents 6 Mandatory Greek military service 7 Greece enters the U S waiver program Helpful links for U S citizens American Embassies Consulates Worldwide Collect U S retirement benefits abroad IRS Tax info for American citizens abroad Social Security Admin Americans abroad U S Consulate in Thessaloniki U S Dept of State Americans abroad U S Embassy in Athens U S Govt Guide for citizens abroad Where to get birth marriage divorce death records in USA Jobs Homes Auto Ads in Greece American Embassy in Athens Jobs ASEP Public sector jobs Chrysi Efkairia Biggest source of classified ads in GR Diorismos Job openings scholarships news in the Greek

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  • Greek work permit for high ranking executives
    See I m a non EU citizen in Greece am I allowed to travel whenever I wish There is no interview or other requirement but it is your responsibility to go in person to follow up on its status since no one will call or otherwise contact you If your application is successful a permit will be issued in the form of a sticker Be sure to apply as early as possible upon arrival and after securing a legal residence in case there are issues that need resolution You must complete the process before the special entry visa expires The official permit is good for one year Be sure to apply as early as possible in case there are issues that need resolution To renew the permit You are expected to renew your work residence permit at least 60 days before the current permit expires It is your responsibility to keep track of date for renewal by looking at the date on the bebaiosi even if your permit sticker or card hasn t been issued Related articles Certifying a photocopy or other document in Greece Translation of documents into Greek FAQ Greek residence work permits Article last updated on December 7 2010 Permalink No comments yet Sorry comments are closed at this time Greek News RT PGiannakouris Clouds over the ancient Acropolis hill Ap photo Petros Giannakouris https t co jFy9mSPzNA RT nytimesworld Tales of break ins burglaries and robberies accompany the Greek debt crisis http t co dPVxf6vOb2 http t co diLJm39OQa RT graemewearden Greek parliament approves bailout reform package as it happened http t co qs5iiGi4Ju http t co 64IhO9LCts RT TheEconomist Here is an effort to explain the Greek deal in all its absurdity http t co M5vRLtUHr3 http t co a245q6cV6h Banks open today in Greece but many limitations and capital controls still in place naftemporikigr http t co JgPaqMcgIK RT TheEconomist No means yes Signing a humiliating agreement is just the start for Greece http t co UyDFKUZ6rB http t co G26avOjX3E RT graemewearden Greek crisis Protests in Athens ahead of tonight s bailout vote live Photos Reuters AP http t co qpBFeTSk6F http Follow livingingreece Best of 1 KTEL Buses of Greece 2 Acquiring EU citizenship through ancestry or naturalization 3 Jobs and salaries in Athens Greece 4 Free Greek language lessons 5 Best places to work in Greece 6 Should I move to Greece 7 Taste of America in Greece 8 How to start a business in Greece 9 Athens Greece Cost of living Best of An American in Athens 1 Four songs in Greek that make me cry 2 Why don t you speak Greek fluently 3 Thanks to Greece I ve been reunified with myself 4 More windows on Greek TV than my house 5 Cockroaches and courthouses leases and landlords in Athens 6 Girl of the Greek green clover 7 The nightbird For Americans non EU citizens 1 How Americans non EU citizens can get a permit to live and

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  • Non-EU citizens in Greece with a bebaiosi may travel home through 2015
    form I am afraid that the officer at the airport can start asking why having the blue form we re flying to the US instead of Russia my homeland Thank you very much Liudmila Kat Reply June 30th 2010 at 22 29 A good question Greek authorities will warn you that you may not be able to return if you leave but they cannot block you from leaving even if they know you re departing to a country other than your homeland I ve never heard of anyone being fined or having their passport flagged and it isn t written anywhere that they can detain you because you are in a legal resident work status Therefore it s your choice to leave and solve potential problems arising from that decision The main concern with the bebaiosi blue paper is being able to re enter Greece and you already know what to do to address that Lala wrote November 9th 2010 at 22 17 Dear Kat Two months ago I was flying with bebaiosi to my non EU homeland with transit through Romania airport zone only Do you think me travelling through another EU state should be a matter of concern now I am going back to Greece in a couple days using the same route I will appreciate your answer Thank you for the article This is actually the only appropriate source that I found Best regards L Kat Reply November 10th 2010 at 00 56 Hi Lala The bebaiosi is good for travel to your homeland and whatever transit countries you need to pass through to get there and come back to Greece There should be no problem as this is lawfully allowed You need only be concerned if you were traveling to or staying in a non homeland country and not just passing through Thank you so much for introducing yourself your question and your kind words Have a nice trip Vish wrote November 19th 2010 at 17 45 Hi Kat This might be of interest to non EU nationals Press Release of the Hellenic Police Headquarters about the exit and the reentering of foreigners in Greece during the period from 01 01 2011 until 31 12 2011 http www yptp gr index php option ozo content lang EN perform view id 3350 Itemid 458 Cheers Vish Note from Kat Hi Vish thank you so much for reminding me to update the article I ve been too busy these last days and I appreciate you helping me out sanjay wrote December 14th 2010 at 13 50 i am a non eu citizen and i live 11 years in greece i have bebaioshi and i dont know how to check my statues that my paper is ready or not i mean any website or any phone so i can talk and ask my statuus and what s the rule of ten years do i get permanent residence or i have to be same all the time p guide me sanjay Kat Reply December 19th 2010 at 22 02 Answers to your questions are already covered by articles on this website Please search more carefully next time The answer about checking status on your Greek residence work permit is covered in FAQ Greek work and or residence permit If you are not married to a Greek or other EU citizen the only way you can acquire permanent residence is explained in Long term permanent EU wide residency work permits in Greece Follow the instructions Or you can stop the need for a Greek residence permit by applying for Greek citizenship via naturalization as explained in Greek citizenship via naturalization See if you are eligible get all of your documents and certificates follow the instructions It takes much more than just living legally in Greece Rosha wrote January 8th 2011 at 23 03 Hi I am Erasmus student from Non EU country Asia in Athens I want to go to Italy to attend conference in January 18 2011 But the problem is I have blue bebeiosi with photograph not a sticker without sticker it is not allowed to go to other EU countries So what I have to do for the sticker My bebeiosi was issued on 26th october 2010 Regards Rosha Kat Reply January 10th 2011 at 01 39 As it says in the article you are only allowed to travel to your home country with a Greek bebaiosi blue paper with photo You are not permitted to go anywhere else and you risk being denied re entry to Greece if you ignore the law There is nothing you can do to get your sticker faster All you can do is follow up on it as explained in FAQ Greek work residence permits Viktor wrote January 14th 2011 at 01 50 If someone with a valid bebaiosi travels to another country from the homeland during his her visit to homecountry how do GR authorities find out that it actually happened Do they look carefully through the passport for stamps for the period of your absence or is there computerized system showing travel information If for example I have to make a short trip to UK or US for important reasons while I don t have time to get another visa to Greece Is there anyone who had this situation Kat Reply January 15th 2011 at 01 37 Please take a look at the section How authorities know where you ve been You cannot be issued another visa to Greece while waiting for a Greek residence permit to be issued because your residence permit application was made and will be approved denied based on the original visa Shamshair wrote September 2nd 2011 at 13 46 Hello I have got married with a Greek lady and have got Blue Card certificate with my Picture on Would like to verify if I can travel from to Greece to from my homeland Pakistan Also please let me know the procedure and time required to get Permanent Residence of Greece on marriage basis Kat Reply September 2nd 2011 at 13 58 Note that the bebaiosi is not a blue card It is a certificate that confirms you applied for a residence work permit in Greece That s all As it says above you are allowed travel to from your homeland until December 31 2011 though I don t see the point of asking for verification since you already left Greece and are in Pakistan now Word of friendly advice get answers BEFORE taking action or one day you ll find yourself in trouble Marrying a Greek citizen does not guarantee legal residency You must first pass an interview and be approved for a permit which could take 3 6 months or more for a decision to be made You can read more at FAQ Greek permits Joanne wrote September 2nd 2011 at 21 15 Hi and once again thank you for all your information hard work and organization Q If a non EU person were to travel back to his her home county and return to Greece while being in possesion of a valid bebaiosi what would happen if they were summoned for his her interview while they were gone to their home country Kat Reply September 3rd 2011 at 08 05 It is assumed that since the applicant now lives in Greece and is applying for issuance of a permit granting legal residency he she and the spouse are expected to be here for the interview If you don t show up on the date and time sent to you by registered letter the application is denied and you ll be informed of alternative courses of action should you want to appeal You could try to reschedule but they ll want you to have a good reason supported by evidence i e medical emergency death of close relative etc Joanne wrote September 7th 2011 at 11 34 Does that mean since it takes anywhere from 5 months to 2 years to get an interview scheduled the only time we can safely travel to from the States without risking having the interview set up while we re gone is for the first 4 months Do you know how far ahead of the interview do they typically send the letter or make the phone call that the interview has been scheduled I m wondering if the interview is scheduled while we re gone if there s enough time to change airline ticket dates and get back in time for the interview Kat Reply September 9th 2011 at 01 18 As I say in FAQ Greek residence work permits non EU family members of Greek EU spouses are expedited as priority cases with the majority receiving notice within 90 days of application or shortly thereafter I only know of one case that took 11 months and this was because the Greek citizenship law was being changed and included modifications to long term permits though in the end it was negligible The public sector will often blame factors unrelated to real reasons for delays You will not get a phone call The registered letter comes directly from the Perifereia and typically gives you less than a month s notice but this depends on how fast or slow the post office delivers the letter not necessarily when it s printed or sent I ve seen cases where the letter was dated months before mailed the week after and not delivered until two days before the appointment Edo Ellada I assume you took the two years from reading Mak s comment That doesn t apply to your case because he s not connected to a Greek EU citizen Also the ability to leave Greece and visit one s homeland is a privilege I understand you may not appreciate that but I and hundreds of thousands of others were required to stay in Greece until the issuance of our permit and only granted restrictive leave during Christmas and Easter with last minute notice that made it impossible for us to get reasonably priced air tickets make plans or attend funerals weddings of loved ones If we tried to leave we were denied re entry to Greece No priority or special treatment even for those married to Greeks The ability to travel to one s homeland year round with only a bebaiosi only came about in November 2009 after Papandreou was elected sanjay wrote November 4th 2011 at 14 51 Thanks a lot as I got my answer 19 December from you and it really helped me a lot Today I wans to share a few things about my permit First I came to Greece in 2000 and married a Greek citizen After 4 5 years we took divorce At that time I don t know much about any law how it works and nobody guide me I took a 5 year permit and I felt I will go after five years to renew my permit After completing 5 years I went to review my permit but the dimos told me that I am illegal because I did not inform them about my divorce So after they told me that I have to pay new ensima 1050 euros approximately and be legal so I paid this amount and got a one year residence permit in my passport After the 2nd year I went to renew my permit they told me that I cannot have a business in my name but my business start in 2003 when I was married as they told me that I have to put 60000 euros in my bank account and I did this and I give them proof after they told me that I ave to use in my shop this money I did not got clear answer from them and tell you the truth I did not understand well also So they told me after 4 months that I have to close my business and be an employee so I went to a lawyer and I explain all my problem and she told me that we apply dilosi to court so I can win the time Today I am almost 2 5 years complete but I don t have clear answer in between I get one year permit so I can go and come back to Greese It s white paper A4 size and they wrote No is N 3386 05 K Y A 21535 7 11 2006 I think its law no Well my QWE is as I complete 12 years in Greese and the last 9 years I pay Teve and regular I pay taxes and pay QPA as I earn every year 18 to 20 thousand year and I pay the taxes on my earning but I still now I don t have my regular paper as I ask my lawyer they told me I have to wait till court give me the answer I don t know how long I have to wait to get my legal paper and do I eligible to apply 10 years long permit P guide me I am little confuse as my Greek is not good so I will not go for citizenship but I want to go for long time residence permit so what shell I do I realy appresiate ur help way you write its realy help a lot I wish from my hear all the best in ur jurney Kat Reply November 5th 2011 at 01 19 Greece is not at fault When you are a foreigner in a foreign country it is your responsibility to learn or inquire about the laws Ignorance and not knowing the local language are not legitimate reasons You have not been here for 12 years if you arrived in 2000 you do not qualify for a 5 year or 10 year permit and my opinion is you have been illegal since 2006 and the lawyers you hired are lying to you to take your money Based on your follow up comments demanding free advice within 72 hours I do not wish to help you and recommend you contact the Greek Ombudsman Good luck tamini wrote November 17th 2011 at 21 43 i just go through the pages and i like to tell you so many thanks for solving lots of other people unknown problems anyway i like to ask you i am here for six years and from the first year i got blue bebaiosi paper from dimos and luckily after six months they had issued me sticker but after that when i go to renew my sticker they told me to wait for new law and given me bebaiosi still i cannot renew my resident permit for six years i have a same boss with ika and everything and last year i hire one lawyer and i got one white paper and she told me i can renew this paper after one year but yesterday dimos told me that i cannot renew my paper something is there with my paper i really got shocked when i heard this i call my lawyer and she says she will investigate it do you think can she do something for me because soon i like to go to see my daughter like every year please tell me what can i do thank you so much for reading my pages god bless you Kat Reply November 17th 2011 at 23 34 I d like to help you but you didn t provide enough information to understand your situation What I do know It is completely acceptable to renew with your bebaiosi if you have not received your residence permit sticker or card as I say in FAQ Greek work and or residence permits Sometimes it s true that the law is being changed but it should not prevent civil servants at the dimos from accepting applications It is also your job to check back and try to submit the application again and again and again On the whole I do not recommend lawyers to take care of residence permits because they usually know nothing take money from vulnerable foreigners give them false hope and no good results in the end There s no way for me to know whether she can do anything for you because I don t know her or details about your case i e when you last held a valid bebaiosi what white paper she gave you and what status you currently have and why Ask the lawyer for a solution or seek out the Greek Ombudsman who handles cases like this for free adam wrote November 20th 2011 at 03 07 provided that you have valid visa you can go to your home country and apply for schengen visa and you can go back to Greece without a problem The information is not completed but you can still apply for Visa when you are outside Greece and come back to Greece without a problem I study in UK and work in Greece and I have no restriction anytime I pass whether with veveosi or Resident permit and every time my data are scanned and Border police in Greece asking me that I was in UK or I m going to UK apart from that I have got confirmation from dimos that only with VISA you can travel and because UK have become my usual place Im allowed in that category as well But be aware Amsterdam and Italy will keep you half an hour with veveosi Tania wrote November 21st 2011 at 17 02 Thanks again a million times for this website I wish I had seen the information on this page earlier as I recently traveled on my bebaiosi without realizing I didn t have the right I had no idea what risk I was taking by showing it at the border I wasn t traveling back home to the US I was accompanying my non Greek EU citizen husband on a business trip In case this information helps anyone with questions about Schengen travel I wanted to give my experience We first traveled from Greece to locations within the Schengen zone Germany and Sweden and in accordance with EU law there were no internal border checks between these countries But then we went to the UK which is not part of Schengen I had an exit check at Stockholm where there was some confusion about my passport stamps since I had been in longer than allowed as a tourist so I presented my bebaiosi and explained I lived in Greece The official asked when the permission expired and I replied that I thought maybe it was five years I mistook my bebaiosi for my temporary residence card since the police did not explain and our Greek friends said that s what it was I only found out here She let me through with no further questions after I shrugged and said Greek documents That was lucky Then coming back to Greece from the UK was a Schengen area entry so there was a serious border check at the Athens airport at which they allowed only one person at a time My husband went through first Then I did There was a long discussion in which the immigration officer called over a supervisor I handed them my bebaiosi and explained I lived in Greece This caused more consternation At last they asked me if I worked in Greece I explained I did not but my husband did They let me through but now I realize they were not required to and I was lucky twice I won t risk it again until I get my real sticker in the passport Which I didn t know existed until I saw it on this site By EU law there are not supposed to be any internal border checks in the Schengen area and people of all nationalities are supposed to have free movement once inside In my experience which includes several entries to Greece via other Schengen states over the past few years Greece follows these rules amazing but true So you can probably get away with traveling for brief periods within Schengen What is hard to remember is that the UK and a few other European countries are not part of Schengen and some members of Schengen are not part of the EU When you leave and enter the Schengen area there are border checks where you can be refused Kat Reply November 21st 2011 at 20 18 A few comments and clarifications in case anyone reads your comment and misinterprets what happened and why First you could have asked Greek authorities to explain the paper to you when it was issued Second asking everyday Greeks to explain bureaucracy completed by non Greeks will net you a The wrong answer usually because they don t know won t say they don t know and make one up 98 percent of the time b blank stares 1 percent c the right answer usually because they re married to a non Greek and had to do it themselves 1 percent My knowledge about Greek bureaucracy came about because I got tired of hearing a and wasting time Third non EU citizens are allowed to go through with their EU spouses in the EU Schengen line in some situations but not always A non EU citizen should be able to pass border checks with the correct visas and papers without the presence of an EU spouse Fourth there are no internal border checks in Schengen when moving between one Schengen country to another but some countries are bringing them back as explained in List of Schengen countries an article linked above and available on this website since 2007 Fifth what you say about all nationalities having free movement once inside Schengen is not true Non EU citizens only have free movement or stay privileges in Schengen for up to 90 days in any 180 day period with a sticker free visa or visa sticker as explained in Countries that enjoy visa free travel to Greece and Countries that need a visa for Greece Beyond the validity of a visa or 90 days whichever is relevant non EU citizens need a permit extension under extenuating circumstances or they can be fined for overstaying or refused entry exit as explained in Overstaying a visa in Greece or they need a residence permit as explained in How non EU citizens can move live and work in Greece You were not bothered on past visits to EU countries because you are American and were under the 90 day rule You were questioned this time because you are beyond the 90 days and Greece notoriously does not issue interim documents that meet EU standards or grant rights on par with other EU countries while the official residence work permit is under review Further a country s national laws and regulations can legally override policies set forth by the EU as determined by Article 5 of European Parliament and Council of Europe Directive 2004 38C So quoting EU law is not necessarily useful unless a civil or social injustice can be proven I removed the link you gave because the information is outdated and therefore misleading Sincap wrote March 2nd 2012 at 07 32 Your comment was moved to FAQ Greek residence work permits abdoulie wrote March 5th 2012 at 14 52 Comment 1 Thanks for the site an what an excellent thought of creating this Anyway I have question concerning the bebaiosi traveling I have applied for a permit first time an was issue with a white paper receite which say that my application has been recieve and will be going under reveiw I am student in a greek university but entered here without a visa just resently made this application for a special permit My question is why the white bebaiosi and not the blue one with a picture And will be able to travel to my country for visit before the permit comes out Comment 2 I want to ask you about the bebaiosi free travel back home I have applied for a resident and they have given me a white bebaiosi which says that they have receive my application and will look into it for a decision of a permit I am a student in a greek university and just wonder if you have ever here or see this white bebaiosi and why are they did not give me the blue bebaoisi instead Kat Reply March 5th 2012 at 18 05 Two days earlier you left a comment as Omar and said you have a red paper In this comment you now say you applied for a residence permit I do not see how this is possible especially since you entered Greece without a visa I do not know what you mean by a special permit what documents you submitted to get it or under what conditions you were allowed to apply You have a white bebaiosi because you didn t apply for normal residence work permit Therefore you are not entitled to the same rights granted by a blue bebaiosi To have your questions answered you need to come back and give me more information visit the office where you applied for the special permit or contact Greek Council of Refugees at http www gcr gr Jeffrey wrote April 3rd 2012 at 21 09 Can i travel if i have a ειδικι βεβαιοσι νομιμης διαμονης Kat Reply April 3rd 2012 at 21 29 What you re asking me to do is similar to a doctor diagnosing patients over the phone without doing an examination I can t give an accurate answer without seeing it so my best guess is no You can find out for sure by asking the office that issued you the bebaiosi That s how I get my information sb wrote April 30th 2012 at 23 02 Hi I have a question Does police have right to stop anyone and ask to show passport Do we need to carry passport all the time with us Which law or act says this and which act permits police to take us to police station for lack of passport on person Kat Reply May 1st 2012 at 09 31 All residents and visitors to Greece should carry some form of identification at all times and non EU citizens should have their bebaiosi or residence permit card sticker It s a basic law that applies in countries worldwide You re free to not carry identification or can refuse to show it to law enforcement when asked However suspicion and insubordination will then give police reason to temporarily detain you while your identity is being verified If you are cooperative they have no reason to detain you You can look up relevant laws at astynomia gr sb wrote May 12th 2012 at 17 56 I live in Katerini and bit disturbed with this Golden Dawn attacks news Do you think this is limited to Athens only and as we live in Katerini a small town we should not be bothered about it Do you know if they got any votes from Katerini Thanks much sb Kat Reply May 13th 2012 at 22 31 Golden Dawn received votes from people of all ages income status and professions everywhere so I don t know why you think this could only concern Athens There has always been racism and anti immigrant sentiment in Greece just not as overt You could more easily find out if they got votes in Katerini since you live there I do not You could also look through election results http ekloges ypes gr Mendi wrote June 6th 2012 at 19 48 hello I am a non EU citizen and holder of the Alien s Resident permit white booklet valid for 2 years issued by the Greek immigration police officials Hellenic Ministry of public Order So i wish to know if i can travel with the permit out of and back to Greece If not what are the possibilites for me travel out and be back in Greece with such a permit Kat Reply June 7th 2012 at 18 59 You did not provide enough information for me to help you Inquire with the local municipality about what the white booklet entitles you to do bodiulalam wrote August 26th 2012 at 18 39 hello i am bangladeshi live in greece i have work and residence permit stiker sticker before 2006 now i have no job about one year for economic crisis in greece i need european work permit blue card go to another country for work 19 11 2011 i went to germany for work here i find a job but here local minucipolety municipality ausland tolk to me you have no permition permission for work only visit 90 days mafter i back to greece and go to dimos ask need for european work permit how can apply dimus said you need greek leanguse language certificat after you appling at time i go to school for leanguse language cours but this shool school is close i ask that if i go to another country for job why need greek leanguse language today i sears search internet here write blue card is blok blocked in greece why why Kat Reply August 26th 2012 at 21 13 When you wrote on July 31 with the same question I already told you how to get the EU wide permit including how to get the Greek language certificate in Long term EU wide permits for Greece Therefore it should not have been a surprise when the dimos told you about the requirements which are determined by Greek law It is not necessary to understand the logic of laws or like them but you need to follow them to get the special EU wide permit In Free Greek language lessons I say that classes are often full plus it s summer so of course schools are closed from June to September All other Greek permits are only for Greece this has always been true and it was your responsibility to understand or ask about this either during the years you lived here before going to Germany The EU Blue Card is different from the EU wide permit It is not issued or recognized by Greece and many other EU member states because of high unemployment and this has always been true since 2009 The EU cannot force Greece to use the Blue Card until 2016 Niv wrote October 21st 2012 at 23 27 Many thanks for your much needed informative website I came to athens in 2011 and was successful in obtaining my permanent resident permit i e the sticker on my passport page However since it was issued for the first time the permanent work and resident permit is valid for 1 year after which it needs to be renewed Currently it is under renewal process I have obtained the blue certificate i e temporary work permit I have to go to italy for personal work Can you advise if I can apply for a schengen visa from the embassy of italy in athens because 1 My permanent resident permit has expired and the renewal is under process 2 As I have the blue card I can only enter exit from homeland greece 3 So in order to visit Italy or other schengen area I need a schengen visa Can I apply for a tourist schengen visa at the embassy of Italy Please advise if there is any alternate as it is really important for me to attend my personal matters in Italy Thank you in advance Kat Reply October 22nd 2012 at 09 10 You did not have a permanent resident permit A permanent resident permit is valid for 10 years You have a one year permit sticker You do not have a temporary work permit You do not have a blue card See section About the βεβαίωση bebaiosi The question you re asking is already answered in the article above Quoted from the last two sentences of the first section travel is restricted between the country you have citizenship and a passport border authorities of other countries may deny you entry or exit and you may need to apply for a visa before traveling Check with the embassy consulate serving the country you wish to visit Call the Italian embassy in Athens All best Sriram wrote November 5th 2012 at 17 38 Comment 1 Hi Do you have any news if the open travel period is going to be extended beyond 31 Dec 2012 Comment 2 Hi Just saw the extension for open travel period for 2013 It was announced today Kat Reply November 6th 2012 at 07 10 Answer 1 That s a good question as it s around the time they normally make an announcement However I ve been checking every day since last week and so far see nothing I ll update when if it happens The government in power has more pressing issues on its hands namely securing bailout money before funds run out in a few days Answer 2 That s funny I checked this morning and there was nothing then came home from work to see your note Thanks so much I m updating now along with three other articles Harjit wrote November 26th 2012 at 21 15 Your question was moved to Long term EU wide residency work permits for Greece Phillip wrote December 4th 2012 at 18 55 thanks for the info Kat been waiting for my permit renewal for 1 year 2 months now good to know that the bebaiosi suffices zzhe wrote December 6th 2012 at 11 03 i would like to ask one question i have a resident permit which expires 20 01 2013 i left from Greece to my homecoutry in 03 11 2012 i already have a bebaiosi until 20 09 2013 i was planing return to greece before the permit expires the return was 14 01 2013 since now i see the annoucement that grants bebaiosi to reentry greece i would to spend more time in my country But also i noticed that in the annoucement grants the entry only for the period from 09 11 2012 to 31 12 2013 So can i reentry in greece for example in 30 01 2013 with just a bebaiosi or should i return before the permit expires because i left 03 11 2012 which is not included in the period that says in the annoucement Kat Reply December 6th 2012 at 21 04 You can re enter with an unexpired permit or a valid bebaiosi Sriram wrote March 17th 2013 at 18 52 Question 1 Hi I have applied for my first residence permit and have been issued with a bebaiosi I need to travel to UK and US on business and have a visa for both countries Can I travel to these countries with only a bebaiosi to return to Greece or am I required to have the residence permit before I can travel to other countries apart from my homeland Question 2 Hi To add to my previous comment I applied for the residence permit for the first time in October 2012 I hold an Indian passport I got a bebaiosi which is valid till October 2013 The residence permit has not been issued yet I need to travel on official business to attend meetings in the UK and US I do have valid visas for both these countries My concern is can I travel out of Greece with only a bebaiosi and come back even though it is not to 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  • Unemployment benefits in Greece
    your personal info is correct on all forms in Greek of course The card is issued immediately if you qualify and provide the required documentation Bijay wrote April 16th 2010 at 00 22 If i move to greece from the uk to find work do i register as unemployed when i get there As and when i find a job can i claim unemployment benefit until that point Kat Reply April 17th 2010 at 11 54 It s best to consult someone who has more knowledge on unemployment claims as their pertain specifically to UK citizens and coordinating between the UK and Greece See Unemployment from Living in Crete written by a UK citizen with expertise on living in Greece hameed wrote September 1st 2010 at 22 52 hi i work in greece on a political stay card and i work round about 13 months and i have proof for this but it s my first time now i am fired and don t have work so could you please tell me if i am able to apply for unemployment payments or not i have 2 months work then 6 months no job and again got a regular job for one year or 13 months and now again no job so how much is needed to apply for unemployment payment in my situation Kat Reply September 4th 2010 at 13 00 Hi Hameed I m unable to give you a yes or no answer because it is necessary to calculate how many days you worked in the past two years and also the last 14 months It s my opinion that you do not qualify for unemployment benefits based on the information you provided but I recommend you consult an OAED office nearest your residence to get an official answer Before you go to OAED you need a printout of any insurance stamps you collected If you had IKA you need to go to the IKA office nearest your home and get a printout of all the contributions that you and your boss paid See IKA offices in Greece Take this printout along with your passport or other ID political stay card former work contracts you last tax statement or a dilosi stamped by the eforia tax office that you owe no taxes and the paper from your boss that ended your job and go to the OAED office nearest your residence You can find the address at OAED offices in Greece hameed wrote September 7th 2010 at 18 07 hi kat thank you for your answar But now problem is every thing is ok but they are saying that my dilosi from 2010 I have done this from a lawyer and he make it 3000 more don t know how he ask me that if I like to increase it I said if he can there is no problem then you can and increase the dilosi and I got back from the eforia too It s all well but in OAED they are saying that there are showing two jobs one regular and other overtime and where you was working over in overtime and something i don t know what i do now the lawyer is not in connected with me now how he done this is there any way to fix the problem Kat Reply September 7th 2010 at 19 02 The problem is a result of you and your lawyer s decisions and actions Therefore the only people who can fix it are you and the lawyer It s a bit rude to ask me for free advice not follow it then come back and ask for more free advice to resolve a problem with a person you did pay Good luck hameed wrote September 8th 2010 at 12 05 well you are right kat but that lawyer he is gone he leave his office not picking up the phone and i don t know other one trying to search some one who can help me in this can you advice me some lawyer or logusti i am in athens egalio if you know some one for this will be so thankful to you Note from Kat The advice I originally gave you was to help yourself for free You did not need a lawyer who has now cost you money and added trouble I do not know any lawyers in Aigaleo in 13 years I only use a lawyer to handle my court cases and plagiarism disputes in Greece Elodie wrote September 27th 2010 at 15 03 Hey Thanks for this information I d just like to know what means first filing and second filing I am a Belgian citizen and i have worked in 2007 and 2008 in Greece during 7 months each time This year I ve spent 135 days working in Greece again In between I was working in Belgium I d like to claim for the unemployment salary but I m not sure it will be accepted I ve always worked in tourism as seasonal worker Tomorrow I ll go to OAED and try to get any information from them although I know it s very difficult to find someone competent there Kat Reply September 27th 2010 at 19 52 First filing means the first time you file for unemployment Second and subsequent filings means the second time you file for unemployment and each time after that If OAED is or ever gets to the point of cross checking employment records with other EU nations collecting unemployment from one member state while working in another would logically be grounds to be disqualified durdina wrote October 12th 2010 at 22 12 Hi is anyone know what would happened this year with unemployment benefits I am working in tourism like season worker and i am worried so much it would be so helpful to me i am listening all the time different stories and i get very depressd thank you very much Kat Reply October 12th 2010 at 22 55 I m not sure what you mean by what would happened this year OAED started accepting claims from seasonal workers in September just as they do every year Read the article above and find the heading Where do I file choose a location and file a claim You receive unemployment benefits as long as you are eligible and entitled All best brian wrote November 17th 2010 at 18 13 Hi Can i still claim unemployment benefit if i am not here for the 1st signing on date as i might after go back to the Uk for a few weeks Thank you very much Kat Reply November 17th 2010 at 21 41 The most important thing is to file your unemployment claim in Greece by the deadline Once your claim is approved there is a waiting period before payments begin and an absence of a few weeks does not make a difference since there is a grace period that allows you to still collect it If you don t file your claim by the deadline it may not be approved and no payments will follow maxzi wrote November 30th 2010 at 10 20 Hi great site my friend and her husband submitted their papers and got dates of 13th and 16th the problem is they booked to go to their homeland months ago on hearing a member of family is not well in order to have xmas altogether so they leave on the 11th for 3 and a half weeks will they lose their money or should they go and explain thank you Kat Reply November 30th 2010 at 23 45 If they already filed their claim and it was approved they should not be in danger of losing money I haven t collected unemployment in Greece in a long time but back then there was a grace period during which you could collect payments up to 60 days They didn t expect you to show up on the exact day though most people did because they needed money If your friends would like to confirm they should go to KEP or OAED and ask Robert wrote May 3rd 2011 at 13 58 I have worked in Crete for the last 5 summers all stamps paid and OAED collected as normal each winter Just as the season was getting under way this year 2011 I was told that there was no work for me I m 59 and have not been able to find any other work An enquiry at KEP resulted in being told that I may be able to claim some benefit but OAED basically told me that KEP doesn t know what they are talking about and I cannot claim Any advice would be gratefully received Kat Reply May 4th 2011 at 01 26 From what I know about unemployment benefits and going only by what you told me there are two possible benefits a Long term unemployment benefit for those aged 45 65 However you must have been unemployed for more than a year I m not sure about the ensima requirement b Long term low income unemployment benefit Anyone unemployed for 12 full months since the termination date with a total household income less than Last I checked it was somewhere around 9000 euros I do not know what it is now You do not qualify for either of these because you have not yet been unemployed for 12 full months KEP Citizen Centres are not necessarily reliable sources of information as staff are forced to be generalists because of the diversity of bureaucracy they handle and it s overwhelming to keep up with changing laws and updates Staff at OAED are specialists or at least more likely to be Therefore I m more inclined to consult with OAED If you want a second opinion try a different office All best Slabu wrote July 6th 2011 at 11 31 Buna ziua Din 1 iunie 2010 figurez ca angajat si seful plateste la ika Am 25 zile pe luna platite la ika Pe data de 4 iulie 2011 seful m a concediat Am drept de somaj chiar daca nu am lucrat 2 ani Somajul va fi pe 6 luni sau 12 luni Multumesc frumos Translation Hello From June 1 2010 I was included as an employee and the boss pays IKA We have 25 days per month paid to IKA On July 4 2011 the boss fired me Do I have the right to unemployment even though I didn t work two years Unemployment will be 6 months or 12 months Thank you very much Kat Reply July 6th 2011 at 18 53 If you only worked a total of one year in Greece you do not qualify for unemployment benefits You must meet all eligibility rules to collect payments You cannot fulfill half the requirements and collect half the payments It s all or nothing Mary wrote October 8th 2011 at 23 38 This is my second year working at a tourist resort and my first time trying to apply for unemployment in Greece due to the fact my contract ends and I can t find employment I worked six months last year and five months this year This resort hires with contract from April to September usually Do I qualify for assistance until I can find a job I have two kids 6 and 2 years old Do I get more aid financially for dependents Thank you very much Kat Reply October 9th 2011 at 11 10 First question You did not provide enough information Consult OAED in Greece at one of the locations listed under Where do I file Second question Already answered under How much do I receive diane wrote October 19th 2011 at 18 09 hi could you help me i have been told i can claim ikea in my first year working for the summer season if i have a full national insurence history in england is this right do you know thanks Kat Reply October 19th 2011 at 19 54 I don t know what UK laws and insurance entitle you to do in Greece Best to head over to http www livingincrete net and look at the website and forum postings of a UK citizen living in Greece She would know better than I would Btw the national insurance is called IKA as explained in IKA vs IKEA in Greece Angie wrote October 25th 2011 at 12 37 Hey hi i was wondering if any one could help with a problem im experiencing trying to claim unemployment here Ive worked for two full years at a bar here on the island my employer has paid all the correct payments in order for me to claim unemployment I opened a bussiness here three years ago that never traded as i was unable to get the final liecense to operate my ex accountant never closed the bussiness crazy because it never opened and i took no money im now being told im a professional and i cant claim my new accountant is saying because the bussiness never opened and i took no money that i can Pleeeeease i need some advice any help would realy be appreciated Thanks Kat Reply October 25th 2011 at 12 42 You didn t provide enough information for me to help you and it s not as simple as what your new accountant claims because everything must be documented with official papers Instead of consulting accountants and strangers just go straight to OAED ask them if you qualify and be prepared for them to request proof of everything Use the links I provide to find an office nearest you take all of your documentation and bring someone who speaks fluent Greek if you do not farina wrote November 2nd 2011 at 11 20 Thank you for explaining everything so clear My Greek is not that good but i try to watch the news and i still can t understand if the OAED money went up down or stayed the same I m a single mom with twins of 16 and of course they go to school I ve worked 5 months and 11 days in the summer with IKA Do you know how much i will receive Thank you for reading my question Kat Reply November 2nd 2011 at 13 33 Based on the little information you gave there s no way to know if you qualify for unemployment payments You need to visit an OAED office as I instruct above Assuming you are eligible I ve already answered the question of how much under How much do I receive Take a look Ian wrote November 29th 2011 at 21 52 I live in Greece and collect the payments in winter my papers are ready to collect from my accountant but i am held up in the UK How long do you you have to complete your forms at OAED from the date your employer stopped paying the IKA and makes you redundant if you can help i would be very greatful yours Ian Kat Reply November 30th 2011 at 10 46 The answer is in the above article under When should I file maria wrote December 31st 2011 at 14 25 hallo ich habe mein erstes geld am 20 dez vom oaed zum abholen habe alles am 3 nov eingereicht bin jedoch ueber weihnachten in osterreich bei meiner familie wie lange kann ich das geld vom oaed abholen bitte um antwort lebe schon seit 6 jahren auf kreta und in diesem winter musste ich endlich wiede zu weihnachten alle meine verwandten besuchen besten dank um rasche antwort danke Kat Reply December 31st 2011 at 14 59 OAED payments should be direct deposited into your National Bank of Greece account If you are not having that done you should have a batch of checks issued to you and the expiration date is on the check There s no way for me to know what it is since I cannot see what you were given jean Marie wrote March 26th 2012 at 13 50 Thank you so much for this site Maybe you can help me My husband worked last summer from may until september His boss refused to give him the papers to go to oaed Instead she accused him of steeling her childrens ika book and a gps She even had him arrested This was very sad because he used to be a policeman himself They let him go obviously The police told his boss that she should give him the papers Until now we didn t recieve anything When we went to ika we discovered that she paid only for 81 stamps instead of 101 as they had agreed Now I think it s too late for the money but he needs the papers for tax this year What can we do Kat Reply March 26th 2012 at 22 05 Regarding papers she never gave your husband to file for OAED you can file a complaint with the epitheorisi Regarding the 20 missing IKA ensima stamps he can file a complaint against his ex boss with IKA Regarding the TAXIS paper unfortunately the only way he can get this is to go there and get it or have her send it to your address She is obligated to provide it by law I know that all of this is uncomfortable but I did the same in a similar situation to your husband See My ex boss is on Greek time again and Wanted Woman with telepathic power Robert wrote April 8th 2012 at 14 46 Hy This year i will put the paper for payment in winter and is first year I want to know exactly wich step i need t move for this and what paper I have AFM AMKA IKA page with ensima and from police ade paramony Thank you Kat Reply April 8th 2012

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  • Converting to a Greek driver’s license
    need to convert their US driver s license to a Greek one Granted she should have done that over a year ago she now can t do it because she doesn t have a physical driver s license to show I feel so helpless Advise Thank you so much Kat You re a lifesaver I love your site You re on my faves now Vasso Kat Reply June 9th 2008 at 22 12 It s really nice that you re trying to help out your sister There are a lot of people here who do not speak Greek very well but would like to help themselves somehow and that s one reason I started this site in English First of all I ve never found any written law that says we must absolutely swap and I ve inquired at the police station and transport authority as well as looked through official documentation in Greek So I m not sure where the American Embassy is sourcing this information I ve found a number of inconsistencies in their information in other areas as well A lot of people do not swap including me in 11 years because a CDL is worth more to me and I never get pulled over here Your sister should not feel bad about not swapping Second she could go through the process of getting a Greek license the hard way that is taking hours of theory classes and practical driving courses They offer them in English but the thing is she d have to pay thousands of euros not an exaggeration to learn something she already knows how to do Last the only way she can replace her CA driver s license is to be in California and go to the DMV Why Because she is required to appear in person to give her thumbprint sign her application and have her photo taken digitally http www dmv ca gov dl dl info htm duplicateID DL If she has no plans to be in CA anytime soon I m not sure what can be done because the requirements are pretty strict for security reasons You could call them and see if there are any ways around though I doubt it because of the thumbprint and photo The good news is she wouldn t have to take any tests and once she completes the process she can leave CA and have someone send her the license when it arrives in the mail Should she not have an address in CA either hers or a relative s she can actually apply for a duplicate or replacement driver s license in another state where she or someone else does i e you Using NY as an example she can request an abstract on letterhead from the CA DMV that verifies she did have a valid license there With this abstract she could apply with as little as her passport and SS card I do not see anything about taking a thumbprint and I do not know if they take photos digitally You could inquire and see what can be done in her absence though I suspect all proper agencies want applicants to appear in person http www nydmv state ny us license htm Thank you for dropping in and contributing to the discussion Paul wrote June 10th 2008 at 21 28 Just this weekend I thought I had lost my wallet with my driving licence in it turned out I d left it in a local shop and got it back yesterday and so I ll be looking into how to replace a UK licence I ll post here if I discover anything useful What I would very strongly advise though is for anyone driving on a foreign licence to make a photocopy of it keep that in your wallet car and keep the actual licence in a safe place at home I know it s technically illegal to drive without having your licence with you but I know of a couple of cases where the traffic police have pulled someone over been presented with a photocopy and made no fuss at all Conversely I ve never heard of anyone being fined for showing a photocopy Vasso From a brief look at the procedure for renewing a driving licence in the UK it seems that the issuing authorities can grab a photograph from a passport database so I definitely think it s worth a phone call to CA to find out if remote renewal is somehow possible Kat Reply June 10th 2008 at 21 43 Good comment and information Re Vasso s sister The photo is likely no problem but the fingerprint is also required for CA Her sister may or may not still have an address there which is the reason I used NY as an example in case another DMV is necessary Amalia wrote September 17th 2008 at 18 50 Great site Bravo Kat Just want to confirm this Did you say that you are using your US drivers license in Greece and that you do not have a Greek license Giving up my US license is also an issue for me but my situation is a little complicated I have moved to Germany my current license is from Texas which does not have an agreement with Germany as of yet worse than not knowing Greek which I do so my partner and I who has dual citizenship GR USA were thinking to get our licenses in Greece and prevent this nightmare here in Germany I am waiting for my Greek papers to be processed to get my citizenship on top of all of this Would really appreciate your input and keep up the great work Kat Reply September 27th 2008 at 23 14 I ve only had a US license the entire time I ve been here because a I value my CDL as a form of ID and return to the USA to drive often enough where I will not give it up b it states my organ donation wishes which is something you cannot get with a Greek driver s license or jumping through a number of legal hoops to have these wishes stated in Greek and c I rarely drive in Greece and have never been stopped by authorities Public transport is often faster than driving affordable convenient and environmentally friendly in spite of the various manners and odors I suffer to be green I assume you mean that you re first getting Greek citizenship since you cannot get a Greek passport without it it doesn t work in reverse I also hope you realize that getting Greek citizenship is not enough If you read the requirements in the article it says you must have a Greek tautotita 7 plus an AFM tax number in order to pay the fees associated with converting to a Greek driver s license 9 In order to get an AFM from the eforia tax office you must have a permanent resident address in Greece Plus 12 states you must present a printed tax statement from the eforia ekkatharistiko or a utility bill in your name from OTE DEH a cell phone company or EVDAP as proof you have an established and ongoing presence here in GR Everything I m saying is already stated in the article above Danny wrote January 25th 2009 at 13 00 Convert your US DL to Greek one and when first time you go back to the US issue a new one then you have two Nikola wrote January 29th 2009 at 18 05 Hi I am currently living in Thailand and have recently aquired a Thai license but it is a provisional one year license and after one year it will upgrade to the full 5 year license I cannot get an International Driving Permit until then either I was just wondering because i am moving to greece in 1 month whether i could convert it to a Greek license By the way i am a Greek citizen so i have no problem with all that bureaucratic mumbo jumbo Please advise Kat Reply January 31st 2009 at 20 15 N If you re a Greek citizen you cannot convert without a license from an EU country or a non EU country listed above You are expected to get a Greek license by paying for hours of theoretical and practical lessons Even if your Thai license were a full license Thailand is not on the list and therefore you do not qualify Nikola wrote February 3rd 2009 at 05 47 Thanks for the response i just have a couple more questions So what am i to do I dont want to go through the loooooong process of getting a greek license Should i therefore just wait till my thai license is a full license then drive with an IDP or what I have a document that states in english that the license is valid Also on the license it has an english translation of the details So in theory i could be able to drive in greece for that one year period then get a IDP after that right Kat Reply February 8th 2009 at 19 16 In your original comment you said you had no problem with bureaucratic mumbo jumbo so it seems you ve changed your mind What you do is up to you Once you decide to not follow the rules you are at the mercy of the law and its consequences unless you have connections to bail you out If you are moving to Greece in one month and your Thai license doesn t qualify you to get an IDP for almost a year you ll essentially be driving illegally for that year Your Thai license entitles you to drive in Thailand and it makes no difference if it s in English it is completely worthless in Greece unless you have an IDP accompanying it And if they find out you are living here and not a visitor you are subject to fines and jail time Good luck Amy wrote February 17th 2009 at 15 10 Hi Kat I wrote to you on Amalia wrote September 17th 2008 at 18 50 regarding this whole license process This is what I we experienced in Jan We currently live in Munich We are both U S citizens however one of us is also a EU citizen Greek We had all the proper paperwork sent from the Greek Embassy in Houston to Chania When we went in to process our licenses I who does not have a Greek ID asked about the Residence Permit that they require They said go to the police station to get your residence permit Went and was told that you are an American citizen you need to go to your local Dimo to get the paper Went to the Dimo and was told you do not need a resident permit as a Greek American She wrote this down on paper and I returned back to the DL office They then said you must go to some other office to get your license When we called them it turned out that they would issue me an International Greek license that was valid for only 6 months to drive legally there On the other hand my partner the Greek citizen went through loops and hoops to finally get her papers processed When all the papers were finally completed stamps etc she took them back to the DL office and then it came Give us your American license she happened to be with her Mom who is very outspoken and had already called her attorney to ask about this The attorney told her they have no legal right to take her license She relayed this to the women in the office who were all well you know LOUD and the mom said no we are not giving you her license The manager from the back came out who had previously advised us and I may add had the same last name of my partner When he came out the woman said nothing again about the US license and they left Now the license is ready and mom went back to pick it up and sure enough the woman asked for the American license The manager was not in but would be returning today I will let you know what happens with all of this I got absolutely nowhere without my Greek ID and I am not sure if that was right or they just didn t know what to do I would have thought that the Embassy would have said something to me if it was not possible At this point I have decided to exchange my Texas license for a MA one where I am from and then exchange my MA one for a German one The Greek process is just waaaay too complicated my God Texas and Germany do not have any agreements as of yet for DL exchanges as does MA Some have said in Germany they try to take your DL and some say they have not We will see and if so I will also request a duplicate license Just to clarify things we were going the Greek route because we need an EU license to live in Germany and would have had to pay lots and go through all exams and road tests here do to having a Texas license with no agreement Thanks and hope this was helpful Kat Reply February 28th 2009 at 19 48 I never heard back from you about what happened but I wanted to clarify a few things so readers can understand what happened to you and why Hyphenated Greeks who are Greek citizens with Greek ID cards can try and swap using the process above as long as all of the other requirements are met This is why your partner Greek citizen jumped through all those hoops to get her papers processed Because it is a swap it is proper that they confiscate the U S license when giving your partner or her representative the Greek license Swap implies there is an exchange If it wasn t a swap or you don t want to give up the U S license your partner is required to complete and pay thousands of euros for both practical and theory classes take exams then get the appropriate certificates same as Germany If you are a U S citizen of no Greek origin they would have allowed you to apply for a Greek residence permit Because you are a U S citizen of Greek origin the woman was correct in saying you cannot apply Why Because you are of Greek descent origin and have the right to claim Greek citizenship a Greek passport and a Greek ID whether you want it or not If you don t have them you must get them to achieve what you re trying to do and then jump through the same hoops as your partner to get a Greek driver s license The Embassy likely didn t tell you all of this because they were uniformed or uninterested in helping you for whatever reason This happens a lot and many of these people come to this website for help Btw what they require in Germany is basically what they require in Greece for all countries not on the swap list If you staked your claim and applied for Greek citizenship a Greek passport and Greek ID it would still cost much less time and money than taking exams and road tests tag wrote March 17th 2009 at 23 57 I would like to say your website is brilliant and well written I would like very much to befriend you I respect your intelligence and hope that I can come to you in the future for further advice My current situation is this I am an American living in the EU but can t exchange my licence in the country I am in I was looking hoping to do some driving licence tourism but there doesn t seem to be any loopholes It seems like they make it almost impossible to get a licence in most EU countries with their demand for proof of address medical exams translations and residency requirements I know that you have already gone through this in your post but I thought I would ask you what you suggest for my unique situation Kat Reply March 18th 2009 at 23 34 Your situation is not unique it s the same as everyone else looking for a shortcut Therefore my answer is the same There are no loopholes and these rules and requirements exist for a reason As an American abroad I do whatever I can to follow rules when it comes to bureaucracy because breaking them makes me vulnerable to someone else s control It also reflects badly on my country and fellow citizens nancy wrote May 7th 2009 at 21 37 i have a question for you a friend of mine was pulled over and told that if she is a resident than she is driving illegally and he said he would let her go this time but he would ticket her the next time is there any way to know for sure if there is this law he said if you are a resident of greece it is illegal to drive with an international and us licence can you help me answer this thanks Kat Reply May 8th 2009 at 23 00 Whether someone is required to convert to a Greek license depends on whether s he is a normal resident of Greece If she is a normal resident of Greece and has a U S license she will be obligated to convert to a Greek license Who is a normal resident 1 A Greek citizen who lives in Greece for at least 6 months of the year 2 a non Greek EU citizen who lives in Greece for at least 6 months of the year 3 a non EU citizen with an expired visa who has applied for a residence permit or is in possession of one Many pass the resident mark after 90 days and residence becomes evident upon signing a lease or an agreement for utilities phone electricity etc When should she apply That depends on her nationality citizenship If she is a Greek citizen she can convert the license right away If she is a citizen of another EU member state Liechtenstein Norway or Iceland she would apply sometime after 95 days If she is a non EU citizen she needs to apply 185 days after her residence work permit is issued If she is a non EU citizen and doesn t yet have an official residence work permit she can drive with the U S license and an International Driver s Permit IDP assuming they re both valid and unexpired from the day she arrived in Greece until the 186th day her permit was is issued I ve attached the relevant law to the article it s in Greek Panayotis wrote May 12th 2009 at 19 01 Hi there I moved from NYC 2 years ago but officially obtained my Greek ID upon finishing my military service in Fe 09 I want a Greek licence I don t live in NY anymore How can I get the Consulate to obtain a copy of my driving record How will I know if they have sent it to the proper ministry here in Athens Must I wait for the driving record to be giving to the ministry in order to hand in the rest of my paper work Thanks in advance Kat Reply May 12th 2009 at 23 57 You need to request your driver s abstract from the New York DMV explain that you don t live in New York any longer have them forward it to the Greek Consulate in New York which will send it to the Transport Ministry I assume the easiest way to accomplish this would be to order one online the NY DMV offers this option or draft at least one letter detailing what you need and what you want accomplished which you could instruct each institution to pass to the next Alternately if you have the option I suppose you could have a relative or friend help The only way you can know if the ball didn t get dropped is to check on things yourself which is what most of us do with everything I realize it isn t foolproof but that s the way things are Anna wrote July 6th 2009 at 19 25 URgent Ok I am living here in Greece and I want to convert my CA drivers liscense to a Greek one when I called this driving school they said that there is no such thing swap a US D L and that they only swap for European Countries they gave me a hard time and said that they are 100 sure that they don t swap they don t make any sense can you please give me a website or information that I can go to that can handle it Everything you have on ur site is very accurate but they are saying that my information is wrong Please email me asap Thank you so much Kat Reply July 7th 2009 at 21 54 I don t see the urgency in this request and I only email people if the subject is of a professional or sensitive nature which is not the case If you re Greek living in Greece for any amount of time or have even one Greek friend relative you should know that many people try to claim ignorance are ignorant or deny the accuracy of information to avoid helping you hoping you will go away And sometimes that s not a bad thing because you can find more competent people elsewhere Your information or information you learned from this website You can confirm what I say at the KEP website American Embassy in Athens website in Greek and English newspapers and by searching the Κώδικας Οδικής Κυκλοφορίας at yme gr You can also go in person to KEP or call 1500 for help I don t and won t quote these as sources because I wrote my article before any of these places had an article or even a website of their own and I acquired my information through first hand experience and from friends who shared documentation knowledge with me I know I m 100 percent right and several of my friends were able to swap The Government Gazette Directive is 1030B passed August 9 2002 and it hasn t changed since then Best of luck Dean wrote January 18th 2010 at 11 55 Your web site is fantastic Greece should pay you since your legwork has no doubt made things easier both on the foreigners you help and on the Greek government itself Here s my situation I am currently living in the Netherlands and hold a drivers license issued by the State of New York The Netherlands does not accept conversion of a NY license to a Dutch license big surprise I am a Greek citizen and possess a Greek ID and passport I also have a Type B Permanent Resident Abroad certificate exempting me from military service From what I ve read on your web site and others if you are a Greek citizen Greece does not check to see if you are normally resident in issuing you a Greek drivers license so I don t anticipate any problems getting one and my grandparents have an address there in case I need to give one to the authorities My main concern is that if I were to obtain a Greek license it would flag me in some military database as normally resident even though I can prove on paper that I m living in the Netherlands and I would be subject to conscription Am I being paranoid Could Greece really be so sophisticated that the Ministry of Transport and the Stratoligia are in cahoots Is my concern warranted and I might be in danger of conscription should I obtain a Greek drivers license or is this a non issue Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated I combed over this message board and I don t think anyone asked a question completely identical to mine but if someone did please forgive the repetition Thanks Kat Reply January 22nd 2010 at 18 36 This website helps both foreigners and Greek citizens like yourself or are you a foreigner also so your comment is appreciated but inaccurate In any case here s the thing Normally resident requires that Greek citizens live in Greece for more than 6 months of the year You don t The Type B Permanent Resident Abroad certificate that exempts you from military duty requires you to live abroad for more than 6 months of the year You do They may not go to your grandparents house to check if you re normally resident but a flag will be raised on your abroad status as soon as you go on record as having an address in Greece There may not be a common thread between the ministry of transport and ministry of defense but activity on your AFM and tautotita can easily be traced No one can say for sure how centralized or sophisticated things are because standards are always changing and this is Greece so results may vary That s the problem with a system that isn t black and white What you re trying to do is have it both ways and get away with it Therefore you must live with the uncertainty and possible consequences as a result of your decision Fab wrote February 1st 2010 at 08 32 Can I bring the driver s abstract with me to Greece or is it mandatory for it to go through the Consulate Also is it the driver s abstract that I need or just a letter from the DMV saying that my license is still valid etc THANKS Kat Reply February 2nd 2010 at 02 05 You can bring one with you but keep in mind that non EU citizens Americans can t apply for a swap until 185 days after a residence permit is issued Meaning it could be a year before you ll need to present the abstract There is no stated limit i e abstracts issued in the last 60 days and authorities may or may not accept it as valid That s the problem with a flexible unclear system The article says driver s abstract so you need a driver s abstract It shows name date of birth mailing address of the driver driver license class endorsements restrictions current status and expiration date of the driver license any suspensions or revocations of the driver license accidents moving violation convictions It s much more than a letter Some DMV locations allow drivers to order abstracts online George wrote February 2nd 2010 at 14 53 Are there any consequences to driving with an international drivers license along with a US driver s License indefinitely in Greece instead of getting a Greek Driving license Note from Kat Commentator found the answer on his own in the article and pointed out a correction Thank you Ali wrote May 23rd 2010 at 23 16 Comment 1 Kat you re amazing Thanks for educating me through your expertise I was unaware of the fact that I had to swap my American license for a Greek one I was under the impression that I was legal with my unexpired American DL along with my unexpired IDP I m returning to the States to renew my ADL because 10 years have passed and I can no longer renew it online I will aIso renew my IDP I don t know why I m so reluctant to swap my ADL for a Greek DL I go back to the States every summer and need my ADL If you have time I would appreciate your opinion Best Regards Ali Comment 2 Kat between you and me and any hackers in my system I ve been lucky enough to break the law for 20 years Although the older we get the wiser we get I think I might get legal Thanks for all your knowledgeable advise Warm Regards Ali Kat Reply May 24th 2010 at 22 36 Many years ago we could get away with doing that But police have been making more checks as part of implementing the law so there s more pressure to convert to a Greek license I understand you wanting to keep your driver s license from the USA especially since you travel back there enough to use it for identity and driving purposes However if you live the majority of your year in Greece the law says you need to convert I m flattered you want my advice on this matter but I m not in a position to encourage you to break the law The decision needs to be yours Leo wrote June 18th 2010 at 15 30 Thank you so much for all the good work I have an important question and hoping someone here might know the answer and help me I come from a non EU country and have valid residence permit sticker in my passport 1 Does the residence sticker makes my driving here not possible although tourists can drive regularly for 6 months 2 Is there a way I can drive the car if it is registered by my family member in my home country with a valid international permit int permit to drive other people s car apostilled in court I have a work permit for 6 more months need a car and cannot afford a Greek one 3 Is there a way I can drive my own car for an amount of time like tourists can for 6 months with my home country license plates Thanks Kat Reply June 19th 2010 at 21 10 For the record you have three complex questions not one I numbered them for clarity 1 Just as tourists can drive regularly for 6 months so can non EU citizens in Greece with a permit sticker card As it says above the law gives you 185 days from the day your permit is issued before it becomes necessary to apply for a Greek driver s license 2 As I understand the car must be registered to you for a minimum number of months before it is brought into the country it cannot belong to someone who lives outside Greece 3 As I understand from the ministry of finance and tax office a car with foreign plates can be driven up to 185 days before swapping for Greek plates Do not compare yourself as a resident living in Greece more than 185 days a year and in possession of a residence permit to a tourist who must prove he she has his her residence abroad and does not work in Greece Also be aware that bringing a foreign car into Greece will mean you need to pay custom fees and duties at the border or port You must contact the Greek tax office AND Greek customs office DIPEAK or Greek finance ministry www gsis gr to get information directly from them that applies to your special situation or risk penalties and seizure of the vehicle please do not consult a forum as there is too much to lose if you get the wrong advice This also the reason I cannot assist you further Jacquline wrote November 3rd 2010 at 14 36 Hi thanks so much for this very detailed information but I am still very confused and have recieved many different answers I would greatly appreciate emailing or skyping to ask you some more specific questions reguarding how I a recently married American to a Greek should proceed in obtaining a Greek license Basically I am unsure of whether I need to continue to wait and how much the total cost will be appox We married in Jan 2010 and I got my Greek residence card on March 2010 Any and all help from another American who has been through this process is greatly appreciated Kat Reply November 3rd 2010 at 17 20 Please see Comments Questions and Contacting Me to learn why I do not offer personalized consultation As I say in the second paragraph there are two elements a Where your current license was issued determines what instructions you follow you didn t say but I assume the United States b Your citizenship determines when you apply Answers to your questions are in the article I ll quote directly from it Do you need to continue to wait In the section For certain non EU licenses under When should I apply it says Non EU citizens should apply 185 days from the date their residence permit card was issued How much is the total cost In the same section under Converting your license for a Greek one requires the costs are listed in 9 and 10 So that would be 18 2 45 30 138 euros The cost of passport photos and photocopies will depend on where you have them done so I cannot estimate that cost All best Henry wrote December 27th 2010 at 23 53 I am a Polish citizen living in Greece Have a working permit and AFM I am holding an Israeli driving license is it possible to replace it with a Greek one Kat Reply December 28th 2010 at 18 46 Israel is not on the list of countries that have the privilege of converting to or replacing the license with a Greek driver s license That means you must get a Greek driver s license the normal way which is to go to a Greek driving school and sign up and pay money to take lessons Maria wrote January 3rd 2011 at 13 17 I have dual citizenship here in Greece and in the states I have obtained all the paperwork needed to convert my American DL to a EU license However I do have a few questions Do I have to get my driving record translated and where can I do this Also can I take my driving record to the ypourgeio metaforon by myself or do I have to send it through the American Embassy My last question is do I take all my paperwork to the ypourgeio metaforon or to a KEP When I called KEP they told me I must take it to the Dimarxeio in Ilioupoli since I live there Thank you for your help Kat Reply January 4th 2011 at 01 12 Nearly all of your questions are already answered in the article above In the section that applies to you it says in 5 that the driving record must be translated into Greek and there s a link to where it can be done Nothing is processed through the American embassy only the Greek embassy consulate nearest your former residence in the USA if the driving record needs to be requested this way Since you have it this doesn t apply to you Never heard of any Dimarxeio processing a Greek driver s license conversion KEP and the transport ministry are listed by the YME as the only ones authorized to perform this task as I say above anna wrote January 6th 2011 at 08 00 Do you know if New Zealand is on the list of countries in which you can simply swap your license for a Greek one Thank you Kat Reply January 6th 2011 at 10 10 The only non EU countries allowed to

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    gears on a hill It lasts approximately 15 20 minutes from start to finish Some people come back early if they fail Some people are kept longer if examiners need more time to gauge a driver s abilities before passing or failing them You are only allowed to make one major error A serious mistake is cause for automatic failure and an immediate end to the test Results are easy to understand If they give back your learner s permit you failed You will be required to take and pay for 10 hours of practical lessons before taking the test again If they keep your learner s permit you passed You do not get a paper or interim temporary driver s license if you passed In the event you are stopped by police they pull records from the Ministry of Transport database and see a license is being processed under your name AFM TNF Car Accessories tnf gr What happens after passing both exams A red N should be placed in the back window of your vehicle for one 1 year which informs everyone that you are a new driver There is no standardized N sign some people purchase tiny T shirts with suction cups from Jumbo others tape up plastic signs from auto supply shops I ve also seen paper signs that look homemade The examiner sends your learner s permit with results to the Ministry of Transport regional office which forwards paperwork to Greek police They oversee printing of the license and then send it back to the ministry Processing time It can take 20 to 30 days for license issuance according to the driving school and ministry though it can take longer if your photo or papers are rejected The driving school follows up and or you inquire at the ministry or check its progress online at Εμφάνιση της προόδου εκτύπωσης άδειας οδήγησης It is only in Greek and sometimes does not work or show the correct information You or the driving school can pick it up in person at the local Ministry of Transport office when ready Living in Greece may not be reused About the adeia odigisis AO The majority of drivers in Greece have the pink paper booklet permits above which are valid in all EU member states until the year 2033 or until the driver reaches age 65 New licenses issued since April 1 2009 are plastic cards with layers of security photo at top of article which harmonizes with an EU directive made mandatory on January 19 2013 It does not have a microchip or swipe strip so it cannot store personal records or fingerprints Date of issuance is the date you passed your driver s test not when the license was printed Front Photograph Surname in Greek Surname in Latin letters Name in Greek Name in Latin letters DD MM YYYY Date of birth Municipality of birth if applicable Date of driver s license issuance Issuing municipality Date of expiration ΑΦΜ Greek tax number License number Type of license Category A B C D B E C E D E Your Signature A non Greek citizen s name is not in Greek letters it follows the spelling on your passport Back Unique identification number of license card Blood type optional Types of licenses awarded to driver if multiple categories and when Expiration of each license Restrictions on each license How is my Greek name written in Latin Names in English Latin letters on driver s licenses are transliterated from Greek following a formula set by ELOT 743 that harmonizes with the International Standard ISO 843 To see your name transliterated to Latin click ELOT 743 Translator use the left column and enter your name in Greek letters As of November 2011 law 401 2011 gives citizens the right to specify a transliterated name AND a translated name as long as you present documentation specified above in 11 in Documents and fees For example ΠΑΝΑΓΙΟΤΗΣ followed by PANAGIOTIS OR PETER taken from a private email Expiration date A license expires every 15 years On the driver s 65th birthday it must be renewed every 2 years by submitting all the same documents and fees again No lessons driving or written tests are required but renewal is not automatic Lost stolen damaged licenses Anyone with an unexpired Greek driver s license can request a replacement if it was lost or stolen damaged or worn See Replacing a Greek driver s license Fake licenses Greek driving school owners instructors and associated personnel offering to issue you papers and certificates in exchange for fee and without you completing any lessons or exams face between 13 months to six years in jail Sources Official documentation collected by a Greek citizen and an American sent to me via email First hand experiences of a Greek citizen 2007 Greek American 2009 and an American 2012 Πρόστιμο 200 ευρώ σε οδηγούς χωρίς δίπλωμα οδήγησης Naftemporiki Γάμος με ψηφιακά παράβολα To Vima Απλοποιημένο σύστημα εξέτασης για άδειες οδήγησης Eleftherotypia Ανώνυμα τεστ για νέους οδηγούς Ta Nea Εξιχνιάστηκε απάτη με ανανεώσεις εκδόσεις αδειών οδήγησης Kathimerini Αλλάζουν οι εξετάσεις για δίπλωμα οδήγησης mp3 To Vima Φάμπρικα έκδοσης πλαστών διπλωμάτων οδήγησης στην Αν Θεσσαλονίκη Ta Nea 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Comments Wendy wrote March 25th 2012 at 02 56 I m curious about the length of time and expense it takes to get a Greek DL for a Greek citizen living in Delphi He has been driving a motorcycle for years now and possibly has a license for it You mentioned thousands of euros in one of your responses a post above unclear whether it applies to this situtaion We will be in the Delphi area this spring and I was thinking about paying for this for a cousin of my husband I don t want to make the offer blindly though I would appreciate your input and if you know of one school that has a website that I can throw into Google translator to get some understanding of the process I would appreciate it Thank you Kat Reply March 28th 2012 at 23 56 My article is based on first hand experience and documents collected from a friend who completed the process in March If your husband s cousin goes to all the classes and passes both tests the first time acquiring a Greek driving license should go exactly the way it s detailed above However the price remains thousands of euros and can take months for many people because they don t pass the first second or third time The best way to find a school is to look around the neighborhood of his her location Delphi It s nice to see you again and thank you for your question peter wrote April 24th 2012 at 16 32 I am a non EU citizen and I recently passed my driving test and waiting for the license to arrive The process that I went thru was pretty simple and straightforward When I explained my driving instructor that I have been driving for years and I just need a driving license he told me that I don t need to take all lessons but just one in which he demonstrated me what all I need to know to pass a practical test The total fees I paid was about 500 Euros but I was not asked for health certificate and all the paperwork was taken care by my driving school The hardest part for me was the theory test the question bank I was referring to had over 750 questions and I was scared that I am allowed to make just one mistake I practiced the theory for over two weeks using an iPhone app and also did a lot of mock tests using the website link http www testdriveme gr I was surprised when I actually passed the theory test The practical test was quite easy They asked me to do a full U Turn in the middle of a road a reverse around a corner parallel parking along a curb and tested me on lane changes and road signs All in all it was good Kat Reply April 24th 2012 at 17 32 Nice to see you again A few comments The driving instructor could lose his certification and be fined for passing driver s license candidates who didn t complete all the lessons because he is a breaking the law b making a false statement and signing your papers So I would keep that information to yourself I say in the section Practical lessons that the paperwork is submitted by the driving school with a dilosi authorizing them to act of your behalf but not all schools offer this service I don t understand why you weren t asked for either of the health certificates since they re required I appreciate that you ve taken time to share your experience on more than one occasion since coming to Greece Alima wrote May 13th 2012 at 00 44 I cannot find the answer I need anywhere on the internet My husband is a Gambian national He has a 5 year Resident Visa for Greece in his passport He wants to travel to Canada for a visit Does he need a visa for this or not Thank you for any help you can offer Kat Reply May 13th 2012 at 22 28 Because you re in Canada you could ask local authorities Your husband could have also found the answer at the Canadian Embassy in Athens There s no such thing as a five year residence visa for Greece so I assume you mean a five year residence permit His Greek permit grants him no privileges outside Greece or the EU The only thing that matters is his nationality and whether he needs a visa to visit Canada if he does he can apply at the Canadian embassy in Greece Craig wrote May 18th 2012 at 12 35 Comment was moved to Converting to a Greek driver s license Niv wrote June 24th 2012 at 12 16 Hi I have an international drivering license I am an Indian national and have obtained the relevant resident permit I was told that I can get my international driver s license converted to greek license by my colleagues I wanted to confirm if this is true Thanks Kat Reply June 24th 2012 at 23 05 Your colleagues have given you incorrect information Only regular full driver s licenses issued by the countries listed in the section Who is exempt are allowed to convert to or swap for a Greek driver s license Further an international driver s license is a translation of a driver s license not a full regular driver s license Therefore you are not eligible If you want a Greek driver s license you need to follow the steps given in the article above Anthony wrote August 23rd 2012 at 02 15 Hi I just wanted to know that i wanted to convert my greek licence to an australian licence they have asked me to get a confirmation letter from greece regarding my licence who do i have to ask to get it for me and how long will it take and cost for me to recieve Thanks Kat Reply August 23rd 2012 at 09 42 You did not provide enough information for me to help you Persons qualified to help with matters pertaining to Australia are a Australian authorities b Staff at the Greek embassy consulate nearest you in Australia I m not an expert on Australia nor am I familiar with the kind of confirmation they need and your description is vague Therefore my guess is that you inquire at the Greek embassy consulate to assist with this letter or you could contact the Ministry of Transportation YME in Greece directly Kasia wrote November 4th 2012 at 11 58 Hi There I am Polish Canadian currently living in Greece My Canadian licence has expired and i dont plan on vising until 2014 I was wondering what are the steps I need to take Also can i write my exams in English as I dont speak Greek Please help I really need to get driving Hope to hear from you kind regards Kasia Kat Reply November 4th 2012 at 14 19 Your questions are already answered in the article above 1 You could have swapped your Canadian license for a Greek one without lessons or tests BEFORE it expired as it says in Who is exempt Too late 2 The article gives step by step instructions It s based on real life experience Please take a look 3 As it says under Documents and fees in 10 and Final exams you can take the written in English but the driving exam is only given in Greek The information can only help you if you help yourself Good luck Michele wrote March 12th 2013 at 01 07 I m going to be working in Corfu for about 9 months I have an English provisional licence to drive a scooter up to 125cc so long as I display L plates Can I do the same in Corfu I wont be hiring the scooter but given the use of one Hope you can help with information on this Thanks Michelle Kat Reply March 12th 2013 at 09 34 I know nothing about UK laws and how they harmonize with Greek laws as I m a non EU citizen and have never lived in England Please try http www livingincrete net She s a UK citizen living working in Greece longer than me and is very knowledgeable on these matters rich wrote April 4th 2013 at 14 36 Hi I am staying in holland butt but want to come and stay in greece afther after how long can I start dere there with my drivenlinces driving license can I start afther after one week Kat Reply April 7th 2013 at 09 19 You should find the answer you need in the When to apply sections of Converting to a Greek driver s license or the article above The most important thing is if you meet all requirements julien wrote April 21st 2013 at 18 23 Hi I have a full uk drivers licence for many years and I am a greek citizen living in the uk I am going to visit greece this year and would like to know what is the procedure for obtaining a motorbike licence large bike in greece i e would have to sit a test do lessons etc and how long from start to finish regards Kat Reply April 21st 2013 at 22 29 You didn t provide enough information for me to answer your questions However if you look in Basic criteria it says you must be normally resident in Greece If you re living in the UK you don t meet this requirement and cannot obtain a Greek driver s license If you already have a motorcycle license issued by the UK you can use that during your visit to Greece as it says in the second paragraph of the article Spanogianni wrote July 16th 2013 at 13 23 HI I obtained my drivers licence in 1982 in Zimbabwe ex Rhodesia Africa I kept renewing it and to this date my licence is still valid Am I allowed to drive with it in Greece Please advise thanks POLY Kat Reply July 16th 2013 at 23 19 No one can advise you because you didn t give enough information citizenship if you re a tourist or resident of Greece and how long you ve been here if you re in possession of an IDP etc However you should be able to determine the answer by reading the article as it provides very detailed info on whether you need a Greek license and when how to apply My guess is you re a Greek citizen living in Greece so your Zimbabwe license isn t valid and you need a Greek license to drive in Greece Os wrote November 28th 2013 at 11 32 Hello I have one question I have a mexican license that hasn t expired I also got an international permit in Mexico that I m using nowadays Do I really need to go through all this process cause I didn t see Mexico in the list of foreign countries that can make the conversion of their licenses thanks Kat Reply November 28th 2013 at 21 37 You didn t provide enough information for me to definitively answer your question but the article above is clear about who can swap and who needs to go through the process detailed above If you re living in Greece and are not a tourist yes you re required to get a Greek driver s license marilia wrote February 4th 2014 at 17 49 thanx for all the info they are very useful do you have any idea if in the list of the countries that

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