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According to the British Embassy in Athens when it comes to extensions, sale and transfer of cars imported by tourists and intending residents, advice can be sought from the Greek state department in charge, the Directorate for the Supervision and Control of Cars (DIPEAK). The contact details are:

Now here is the reality of settling in Crete . Crete is not Athens. There are local prefectural offices on Crete that liaise with DIPEAK but ultimately it is the local tax officials that determine the fate of the level of tax to be paid on a vehicle.

There are some harrowing stories of how the special task force within the police (other countries call them ‘Fiscal Police’) are on the look out for vehicles with foreign number plates. Often a task group sits in waiting at strategic cross roads locations along main roads. Be warned, Land Rovers seem to attract special attention.

A day over the six months limit for temporary importation and it can be problematic. We are not talking about a few Euros. We are aware of one case where the monies could not be produced in cash and a night was spent in a local police cell – even though a local lawyer was at hand. That is how serious the situation is for vehicle importation into Greece by the Crete authorities. Vintage, Sports and Other Car Models

Vintage, sports cars, modified and other unusual makes and designs or those that just fall through the cracks and are not mentioned in any official government paperwork, can be a nightmare. It is as simple as that, but many do with varying degrees of success.

The background to all this as applied in 2014, Greece continues to be fined a huge sum every day for its failure to meet EU tax obligations to bring their laws in line with the rest of the EU on Car importation from one member state to another. It pays the Greek government to maintain the status quo. Remember VAT alone is 23 per cent (2014). A Human Dimension

Major assets and high ticket items such as cars, boats, caravans, camper vans, RCV’s and the like which attract customs and excise duties are best left behind in any move to Greece. Here is a typical scenario. Local public officials earn low income compared to UK. They see the value of these items. We are foreigners, labouring with the language for the most part. Enter the human element. Bureaucracy

Bureaucratic inconsistencies from tax office to tax office and local interpretation of the rules, work against all but the most intrepid and determined person. Of course, if the "assessment" is acceptable and you as the owner has deep pockets, then all is well.

When we as foreign residents understand that we will always be guests in the beautiful and idyllic island of Crete and Greece, the quicker we can settle in and adjust. Otherwise, we can be more frantic and pressured than back home — wherever that is. From our experiences:

Before you leave. Useful information on things to do. Details are taken directly from The Greek Embassy Web site in London. It is no longer possible to visit the Embassy without a prior appointment, on security grounds. Duty And Taxation Exemption For Persons Going To Greece For Permanent Settlement:

*Greek and foreign nationals who are permanent residents abroad may be issued with a certificate of transfer of normal residence provided that they have been residing permanently in the United Kingdom for at least the last three years before they transfer their normal residence to Greece.

*In the event that the above persons are in Greece for any reason and they later express their wish to transfer their normal residence to Greece, they may be issued with a certificate of transfer of normal residence not later than 24 months after the date of their arrival in Greece.

*In order to take advantage of duty and taxation exemptions Nationals of European Union member states MUST produce to the Greek Customs authorities at Customs clearance their five years residence permit for a national of a European Union member state issued by the Aliens Department or the local police in Greece. What to do for the Presentation of Documents to the Embassy in London for Clearance

In order to be issued with the CERTIFICATE FOR DOMICILE TRANSFER EXEMPTIONS, for MOVING RESIDENCE TO GREECE – ΠΙΣΤΟΠΟΙΗΤΙΚΑ ΜΕΤΟΙΚΕΣΙΑΣ to which you are entitled allows you to clear your vehicle, mobile home or motorcycle (over 250cc) you must produce the orriginal copies to the Consulate General of Greece the following: a) any passports they may have (Greek or Foreign) covering the previous four years. If married, spouses passports are required for the same period.

b) vehicle registration document. They must have been keeper, owner and user in the United Kingdom of the specific vehicle , mobile home/caravan or motor cycle for more than 6 months prior to their entry to Greece. ALL UNITED KINGDOM TAXES must have been paid in total and a full driving license for at least the same period (i.e. over six months). The entitlement is one car per family.

*Vehicles remain under the legal status of temporary importation for a period of six continuous months. If after six months vehicles are not re-exported they must be taken off the road that is, number plates must be handed in to the appropriate Customs office for at least six months but not more than twelve months.