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Greece’s New ‘Stayover Tax’ to Be Charged to Hotel Guests

The new stayover tax, which will be imposed on Greek hotels and rooms to let as of January 1, 2018, will be charged to guests and will not be subject to VAT, the Finance Ministry said on Friday.

The announcement came after the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX) requested details and clarifications surrounding the new tax.

According to the ministry, following an amendment of Article 53 of Law 4389/2016,  the new tax will be charged “in every case” to the traveler/guest/user of the room or apartment through a special receipt, which will not be subject to VAT.

The ministry said the amendment is expected soon and will apply retroactively from January 1.

The stayover tax will be calculated based on the number of overnight stays and the category of the hotel as follows:

  1. Hotels included in the article 1 of law 4276/2014 (Α’ 155):
    1-2 stars 0.50 €
    3 stars 1.50 €
    4 stars 3.00 €
    5 stars 4.00 €
  2. Rented rooms – apartments included in the article 1 of law 4276/2014 (Α’ 155):
1-2 keys 0.25 €
3 keys 0.50 €
4 keys 1.00 €


The following accommodation facilities are exempt from the stayover tax:
– Organized camp sites
– Youth hostels
– Tourist accommodation complexes
– Condo hotels
– Accommodation facilities in traditional complexes
– Self-service accommodation facilities – furnished mansions (villas)
– Self-service accommodation facilities – furnished residences.

The stayover tax is imposed by hospitality enterprises through a special tax receipt, which is submitted to the tax administration via monthly declarations, until the last working day of the following month. The stayover tax is not imposed in case the aforementioned companies provide free accommodation services.

The aforementioned provisions will apply from January 1, 2018, for tax information issued from that date onwards.

For more information (in Greek) press here.

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  1. Virginia Davies Reply

    is that per room per night?

  2. David Evans Reply

    So holiday makers pay for the Greeks tax evasion, that can’t be write. Also 4-5 euro for bottle of beer and 2 euro for 1 scoop ice cream, rip of in Crete atm

    • Ben Reply

      You need to step off the tourist areas for cheaper things mate. Traveller 101.

  3. Prue thompson Reply

    Well that’s Greece off my holiday list.

    • Lin Baddeley Reply

      I paid 2$ a day tax in Hawaii hotel 13 years ago. This is nothing new and Greece is just doing what other tourist destinations have been doing for years.

      If you’re crossing Greece off your list solely due to this tax, then you’d better cross off lots of other countries too!


    Is the city tax 1,50 € per room for a 3- star hotel, or is it 1.50 € per room?

    • Maria Theofanopoulou Reply

      it’s 1.50 euro per room.

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