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Greek Taxes Force Yacht Owners To Sail Away

YACHTING-GREECEThe Greek Marinas Association (GMA) has reported a number of departures of foreign-owned yachts due to the new charges imposed since the start of the year on recreational vessels.

International organizations, associations and unions active in the maritime tourism domain have informed their members about the new increased taxation Greece has imposed on yachts. The GMA has also been informed about certain strong foreign associations, which have many members on their registers, that may resort to the competent authorities of the European Union to protest the tax hike.

International reports also cite the possibility that Greek tax and customs authorities could bar yachts from leaving local marinas if their owners are unable to pay the additional charges. In that context they note that unless the charges are paid this year, the obligation for their payment will be carried over to next year.

According to GMA data, yacht owners mostly from the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany and Austria have taken their boats from Greece to marinas at rival maritime tourism destinations such as Croatia, Montenegro and Turkey.

Source: Kathimerini

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  1. chuck ritenour Reply

    we are an american boat currently in tunisia — we had planned to visit tunis and apply for an extended visa to winter over in greece next year – with the new tax we will not be visiting greece at all – as non schengren we are only allowed in the eu 90 days and with a 12.19m boat we would have to pay 1300 euros for just a visit – we simply can not afford that – we are not rich – our average expenditures are about $3,000-$3,500USD a month on food, eating out travel, boat work ect – not a lot but more than nothing

    we have already made our reservations for tunisia for next winter –

    chuck patty and svsoulmates
    in port yasmine hammamet tunisia

  2. Luigi Rosa Reply

    A couple of years ago, then Italian Government made a similar decison and created a new tax for yachts.

    The result: yachts went away, many jobs were lost and Government did not make the money they were dreaming for.

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