Post #BREXIT and all that. How it could affect you if you plan to stay in Greece for a long visit from January 1, 2020, well, you can’t, without residents permits
A deadline of December 31, 2020 is fast approaching. Many Brits who own property as a holiday home or stay with friends or family for longer than three months each year in Greece, now must face the reality of UK having left the EU in January 2020. When the interim change period ends on the last day of December, so will previous easy-going freedoms of movement. They come to an end. UK will be treated as an external country to the EU. Rules for that status are very different to what they are currently (as of time of writing this post). With this in mind, and in accordance with agreements between the EU and the UK, anyone who does not have a residence permit, can obtain one in the next few months, but are urged to start the process now. It is not only the residence permit (needed for any visit over 3 months in a 180 days period) but if you own any other asset in Greece, there could be complications. So check out how you may be affected if you belong to the long term stay without papers category.
A reminder has just been sent out as a memory jogger:
Issued to local community groups of Brits in Crete.
The UK’s departure from the EU will affect the current arrangements of UK nationals who are not resident in the EU but spend a significant portion of the year, for example more than 3 months at a second home in Greece. UK nationals who are not legally resident in Greece by the end of the transition period (31 December 2020) will be subject to Greece’s immigration rules for long stays. The EU has confirmed that it will grant UK nationals visa-free travel to the EU after exit, subject to reciprocity from the UK, which means UK nationals will not need a visa when travelling to the Schengen area for short stays of up to 90 days in every 180-day period. For longer stays you can find further details *here (SEE BELOW – Admin). If there are any changes in the future, we will update our Living in Greece guide accordingly.
Aristea Chourdaki | Vice Consul | British Vice Consulate Crete
June 2, 2020
If it were me in this situation, I would initially contact those contacts of yours who are Brits and living in Crete or another part of Greece right now and check with them to explore the subject further. It is the police who handle residence permits in Crete, in fact the head of local security, usually.