Life in Greece: everything you need to know before moving

Жизнь в Греции: всё, что нужно знать перед переездом

Moving to a new country requires adaptation and a change in the usual way of life. In this article, we will look at the pros and cons of living in Greece, discuss prices, the healthcare system, the real estate market and ways to move. May 21, 2024 AUTHOR: Anna Galchenko 0 11 min

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Жизнь в Греции: всё, что нужно знать перед переездом

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Advantages of living in Greece

  • Low cost of living. Compared to other European countries, the cost of living in Greece is quite low. According to reviews, a family of 4 people can invest 2,000 – 2,500 euros per month, including rent.
  • Low crime rate.Greece is a very safe country with one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. Violent crimes are quite rare.
  • Delicious food. Greek cuisine is considered one of the most delicious in the world. The Mediterranean diet is synonymous with the word health, because it includes the consumption of large amounts of fresh vegetables, meat and seafood.
  • Simple immigration process. You can stay in Greece if you get a residence permit for employment or study. A Digital Nomad Visa, Nomada, has also been earned here.

Disadvantages of living in Greece

  • It’s hard to find a job here. It is better to move to Greece if you have a high freelance income or a stable paid remote job.
  • High taxes. Income tax here can reach 43%, and VAT in Greece — 24%. In addition, there is a tax on renting out real estate and cars — up to 45%.
  • Bureaucracy. This is a very painful topic, probably for all Mediterranean countries — everything is extremely slow here. Simple things are often delayed due to paperwork, and many processes are not organized.
  • Siesta, the so-called “whitefish.” Every day from 12:00 to 16:00, Greek towns and villages are immersed in a relaxed mode. Shops, cafes, restaurants and even museums are closed for 3 hours. Those who move to Greece for permanent residence have to quickly get used to this tradition, which the indigenous people value terribly.

Visas to enter Greece

The main type D entry visa is issued at the consulate of the country of residence, valid for up to 90 days, and subsequently a residence permit can be issued.

Types of visas:

  • work visa: provide a work document from a Greek employer;
  • study visa: provide a document on admission to a university;
  • “golden visa”: a five-year residence permit is provided in exchange for investments in real estate in the amount of 250,000 euros with an extension every 5 years, subject to the preservation of investments.

To apply for a visa, the following documents are required:

  • a completed and signed questionnaire;
  • 2 3×4 cm color photos;
  • medical insurance;
  • financial means or a certificate from the bank on the availability of funds sufficient to stay in Greece.

Citizens of Ukraine do not need a visa to enter Greece, you need to have a biometric passport, medical insurance, a confirmed hotel or apartment reservation and have with you an amount of 50 euros per day for an adult and 25 euros per child or a bank card statement.

Digital Nomad Visa

The digital nomad visa allows you to live and work in Greece without problems, earning remotely. After arriving in the country, you need to contact the Ministry of Migration in Athens and apply for a residence permit. The visa is issued for a period of 2 years with the possibility of extension for another 2 years.

Necessary documents for obtaining a visa: a valid passport, photo, completed application form, housing reservation, certificate of no criminal record, medical insurance, income statement — at least 3,500 euros per month.

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