Removals to Greece

The country of Greece has a population of 11 million, of which around 7% are foreign citizens.

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It is favoured by many expatriates mainly for the climate and a relaxed lifestyle, making it a popular place to work and retire abroad with many British Expats in search of warmer climes.Although not as popular as some other European countries for British expats, currently 40,000 reside here. Popular locations for British expats include the Mani peninsula as well as the main cities of Greece including the capital Athens and the second most populous city Thessaloniki.Greek society has a very strong culture with many traditions and customs. The traditional Greek tavern is a familiar site in many parts of the country and is a key part of the Greek way of life, where families and communities spend time together.Greek cuisine is popular around the world and is characteristic of a typically healthy Mediterranean diet including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.The Greek language can be a difficult language to learn but to learn it can be very rewarding and of course will assist with integration into the local community.Living in such a culturally and historically rich environment has many advantages and can lead to some very interesting experiences. There are so many places of interest and historical significance to explore in the country and of course many islands to visit. Greece’s location in Southern Europe means that it is also a good staging post to explore the rest of Europe and also Africa and Asia.Greece is a mountainous country and its log coastline and large number of islands means that there are lots of opportunities for living by the sea if so desired.

In terms of employment, shipping is a key industry in this country as is tourism. Many expats also teach English at one of the many language schools in Greece.

Removals to Greece

John Mason International have been moving individuals and families to Greece for over 50 years. We can provide both full and part load options and road and sea freight options for your household removal.

We provide a full door to door option for your move including export packing services, loading, transit to destination, customs clearance, full unloading and unpacking service. Transit insurance is also available at competitive rates. Further destination services are also available upon request including a handyman service, cleaning service, orientation tours, home search and temporary accommodation. Contact us for further details about our full range of relocation services to Greece.

Removals to Mainland Greece

Depending on your budget and transit time preference, we can offer both sea and road options to transport your household goods to Greece. During your pre-move survey or initial telephone call, we can advise the transportation methods available to you and help you decide which option would be best suited to your circumstances.

Removals to the Greek Islands

If you are moving to one of the Greek Islands, shipments will usually be routed through the Athens port of Piraeus.

Customs Requirements

If you are moving to Greece from an EU Country, duty free entry is permitted.

If you are moving from a non-EU country, the following regulations apply:

EU Nationals – a certificate of repatriation is required for duty free entry (a period of two years continuously living abroad is required in order to apply for this certificate from the Greece Embassy at the origin location. You will need to apply for the certificate at least one month before your move).

Non EU Nationals – duties and taxes are payable.

Customs Regulations can change on a regular basis so please contact us to confirm the above customs requirements. A copy of the most recent customs requirements will also be provided with your quotation.

Prohibited Items

We will provide a full list of prohibited items for your prior to your move. Customs restrictions are also in place with regards to the amount of alcohol which can be brought into the country, the restriction is currently no more than 3 cartons (a maximum of 12 bottles per carton). Live plants, stuffed animals and tobacco products are also prohibited as well as hazardous goods.

Air Freight shipments to Greece

Declaration and authorisation documentation is required in order to ship a personal air freight consignment to Greece. The documentation must be completed either at a Greek Embassy or Consulate in the origin country or at a police station or Citizen Service Centre (KEP) in Greece. Taxies and duties are payable on air freight shipments to Greece.

Importing a car / motorbike into Greece

The vehicle must conform to the most recent European manufacturing standards for cars or vehicles to be eligible for use on Greek roads. Documentation must also be completed at a Greek Embassy or at a police station or KEP centre in Greece prior to importing the car or motorbike.

For further information on your removal to Greece, don’t hesitate to contact us for advice or a free quotation, experienced consultants are always on hand to provide information.

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