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Parliament Approves MoU Between Greece and Egypt for Tourism Cooperation

The Greek parliament approved the draft law on "Ratification of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Greece and Egypt for cooperation in the field of tourism".
Posted On 12 Jan 2017

Greek Gov’t Planning Changes to Investor Visa Program

The Greek government is planning changes to the so-called golden visa program extended to foreign nationals investing in property in efforts to make it more attractive.

Application Deadline for Tourism, New Media Subsidies Jan. 31

January 31 is the deadline for all interested parties wishing to gain access to subsidies under the new development law estimated by the end of 2020 to distribute some 4.2-4.3 billion euros.

New Year Brings New Taxes to Greek Isles

If you're traveling to the Greek islands of Ios, Amorgos, Skopelos, Folegandros, Kythnos, Serifos, Sikinos, Anafi, Kimolos, Iraklia Donoussa Thirasia, Schinoussa, Koufonissia, then be ready to pay more for accommodation, fuel as well as basic food staples.

Greece Bets on Tourism, Ready for Challenges

Tourism professionals are seeing efforts pay off with data indicating a steady growth and plenty of room for improvement in 2017, according to the latest Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) data.

Embassy of Greece in Tehran: New e-Visa Service for Iranian Citizens

A new Visa e-Application & Appointment System site is available for Iranian passport holders to travel to Greece for business and tourism.
Posted On 27 Dec 2016

Greek Tourism Minister to Visit Tunisia in 2017

At the invitation of the Tunisian Tourism Minister Selma Elloumi Rekik, Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura will carry out a visit to Tunisia in 2017.
Posted On 23 Dec 2016

Greek Tourism Minister Calls For United Front

Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura recently met with a cross-party group of MPs responsible for tourism to discuss challenges, issues and ways to enhance their cooperation towards bolstering the sector.
Posted On 22 Dec 2016

Greek Parliament Votes in Favor of Island VAT Exemptions

The Greek Parliament voted in favor of suspending a planned VAT increase on islands of the northern and eastern Aegean for 2017.
Posted On 22 Dec 2016

Which Greek Islands will be Exempt from VAT Hike?

A number of Greek islands are to be exempt from a planned value-added tax (VAT) increase as of January 1, 2017.
Posted On 20 Dec 2016

Greek Marina Pros Slam Talks of New Docking Tax

Proposals of a tax applicable on mooring at private marinas in Greece has professionals up in arms, claiming an added levy will lead to financial damage.

Greek PM Pledges Relief Measures for Island Communities

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pledged to upgrade infrastructure, redesign coastal shipping, enhance transportation, support agriculture and local production, and boost local entrepreneurship in efforts to improve the standard of living on Greek island communities.
Posted On 14 Dec 2016

Erdogan’s Tactics Throw Off EU Visa Waiver Talks

Turkey’s negotiating card - stemming the growing refugee influx from its shores into Greece and the EU in return for visa-free travel within the Schengen Area - seems to be losing ground as EU officials appeared divided on Tuesday, saying Turkey still had a long way to go.
Posted On 14 Dec 2016

Bill for Short-term Rentals Goes to Greek Parliament

A bill set to regulate an ever-growing shadow economy in Greece, resulting from short-term rentals of residential properties, was tabled in parliament.
Posted On 13 Dec 2016

Greece Sharing Economy Bill Set for Parliament

A bill expected - once passed into law - to regulate an ever-growing shadow economy in Greece, is set to be tabled in parliament in the upcoming period.
Posted On 12 Dec 2016

Commission Action Plan to Tackle Travel Document Fraud

In efforts to stem terrorism and organized crime and improve border protection and migration management, the European Commission has announced a new action plan aimed at enhancing the security of travel documents.
Posted On 09 Dec 2016

Greek PM Suspends VAT Hike on Northern Aegean Islands

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced that the planned value-added tax (VAT) increase on islands of the northern and eastern Aegean will be suspended.
Posted On 08 Dec 2016

Commission Set to Change VAT Rules for Cross-border E-Commerce

The European Commission recently published a legislative proposal to modernize VAT rules for cross-border e-commerce.
Posted On 08 Dec 2016

E. Aegean Islanders Ringing Alarm Bells Ahead of 2017 Tax Hikes

Eastern Aegean island professionals are ringing alarm bells in view of VAT tax hikes to take effect January 1 and are calling on the government to apply taxation rates that were applicable in 2015.
Posted On 05 Dec 2016

Greece to Scrap Special Accommodation Sticker

The Economy and Development Ministry has tabled a draft law in parliament that abolishes a special operational sticker needed by tourist accommodation units (rooms and apartments) to operate legally in Greece.
Posted On 25 Nov 2016