Greek Parliament Passes ‘Stayover Tax’ Amendment
Greek Parliament recently passed an amendment to the law of the “stayover tax”, already being charged since January 1 to guests at hotels and rooms-to-let across Greece.
According to the amendment, the stayover tax is imposed per day and per room or apartment. The tax amounts, according to category of accommodation or room-apartment, remain unchanged.
The stayover tax foresees a surcharge of 0.50 cents at one- and two-star hotels, 1.50 euros at three-star hotels, 3.00 euros at four-star hotels and 4.00 euros at 5-star hotels. One- and two-key furnished rooms/apartments will be charged 0.25 cents, three-key furnished rooms/apartments 0.50 cents and four-key furnished rooms/apartments 1.00 euro.
The amendment also makes it clear that the tax is charged to the customer who resided in the room or apartment. The extra fee will be charged on top of the going rate at the customer’s departure and a receipt, which does not include VAT, will be issued.
Accommodation facilities that are exempt from the stayover tax include organized camp sites, youth hostels, tourist accommodation complexes, condo hotels, accommodation facilities in traditional complexes, self-service accommodation facilities – furnished mansions (villas) and self-service accommodation facilities – furnished residences.
It is noted that the amendment applies retroactively from January 1. For details of the amendment (in Greek), press here.