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‘Get Ready for Brexit’ Campaign Launches in Greece

The UK government recently launched a major information campaign urging UK nationals living in Greece and travelling to the EU to take steps and get ready for Brexit on October 31.

According to an announcement, the campaign is aiming to inform more than one million UK nationals living in the EU about specific actions they need to take to secure their rights and services in their host country, including information on residency, healthcare, driving licences and passports.

It will also aim to encourage people travelling to the EU to make all necessary preparations by checking passports, buying travel insurance and checking driving licenses and pet passports.

UK nationals living in Greece are advised to take action and prepare for Brexit by checking the Living in Greece Guide at gov.uk/livingingreece and:

  • Apply for residency,
  • Register for healthcare,
  • Exchange their UK driving licence for a Greek one,
  • Check their passport is valid for travel.

The campaing will use multiple channels – including social media, online and offline media – urging people to take action ahead of October 31.

“This campaign provides practical advice to the more than one million British people living in the EU, as well as British tourists and business travelers,” UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.

The UK Government recently announced up to £3 million in grant funding for charities and other voluntary organizations who can inform UK nationals about the need to register or apply for residency and to support them as they complete their applications.

Moreover, the announcement said the government also allocated an extra £300,000 to British Embassies and Consulates across the EU to engage with ‘hard to reach’ UK nationals such as disabled people, those living in remote areas or people who might need extra help to complete any paperwork in preparation for Brexit. “This extra assistance will build on the support that British Embassies are already providing with more than 541 outreach events with UK nationals since November 2017,” the announcement said.

Europe is the most popular travel destination for British travelers, with around 60 million visits every year. For Greece, the UK is the country’s second main travel market for tourism.

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