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Might be worth checking out http://www.britishtv24.com. They have a wireless set top box that only requires HDMI lead from set top to tv. There is a subscription charge though.
Thank you, this ties in exactly with our plans and pleased to know it actually works.
I have been advised by my IFA that I may be beeter off by taking my private pension as a gross figure and paying tax in Greece. What is the maximum pa that you can take without being liable to pay tax in Crete and what is the base rate of tax? I can arrange my monthly pension to arrive at a figure that in theory avoids tax and my wife can draw from her pensions to the same effect. It’s just a question of knowing what the maximum levels are so any feed-back would be appreciated.
Pity Kolo Toure didn’t use it!
We are planning the same move in 12 months and will have similar health cover issues. I’m sure that you will receive some helpful feed-back on your question. As far as I can ascertain providing you have been employed or contributing in the UK then you should be able to get the neccesary documentation to allow you two years state health care in Crete. Thereafter and until you reach retirement age you will need private health insurance. We have already received a quote from Health Insurance Group in Southampton for my wife and I of £2500pa. This includes dental treatment as well as normal medical. There are cheaper schemes available and it may be that insurance companies in Crete can better this. As I said you should get some good advice from people who are actually in Crete already.
Good luck with your move.
Thank you. Having been through the process yourself the advice you give is most welcome.
Interesting point Jon, funny how suddenly being a member of the EU starts to appeal when you need money. I think I’ll watch the site with interest for the next few months before making a final decision. As ever it is easy from a distance to say what should and should not happen but you guys are in Crete and you know what actually happens.
Thanks to everyone for their responses.
Thanks Jon, all your points tie in with info I have received from Greek Embassy. I can’t quite shake the feeling that no matter how much effort I put into getting all the neccesary paperwork that something will go wrong once I actually get to Crete. Somehow it does not seem right though that cars of every nationality under the sun can be seen on UK roads and yet the obstacles that are put in the way of someone legitimately trying to take a vehicle from one EU member state to another are allowed when it comes to Crete.
BC Thanks. It was your post from some months ago that prompted me and colandjohn quite rightly reminded me of this earlier today. I know Crete is a law unto itself but maybe it is time to try and deal with this. There are all manner of euro registered cars driving around the UK and at least I am trying to go through the right channels by speaking to Greek Embassy. I suspect though that there are still some horror stories out there!
Thanks Fred, to be honest this is my concern. I dont want to go through the process in the UK only to find that I am back to square one in Crete. This was the main reason for posting on the forum to see if anyone has recent experience.
I thought the same as you but if you look at one of the comments on the page in question it does say that by going through Greek Embassy in London the cost is negligible. Based on the info I have received from the Embassy that looks to be the case so I am going to look into this in more detail.
Thanks for taking time to respond. Unfortunately the thread cannot be accessed. Not sure why, perhaps age? Once again though thanks.
Kolo Toure without a doubt!
Hi Moggy, Can’t remember the exact cost as I was still reeling from the price of breakfast at Manchester Airport! I do know that before we’d got on the plane I’d spent nearly £50.
My wife was wearing 3 layers of clothes already and hand baggage was exactly 5 kg. Short of taking off the 3 security straps that we now use plus locks etc it hardly seems worth the effort. I wouldn’t mind but half the weight was magazines/wallpaper and clothes for friends in Crete, in future they can order on the internet!
We were stung by Monarch for 1 kilo overweight from Manchester in June and similarly for 1 kilo from Heraklion in October. Doesn’t seem that long ago that 20 kilo’s overweight didn’t incur charges on flights back to the UK.
Thanks to everyone for taking the time to respond to my question. Sensible advice and suggestions which are much appreciated. Good to see that we will be joining a community that helps each other. crete4ever – nice one! Any reasonable offer accepted!!