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Greece is the ideal place for a surreal escape to the endless blue. Its seas and islands need no further introduction. By sailboat or motorized craft, inflatable or even by boat – the choices are endless. Deserted beaches that cannot be reached by land are in abundance. Escaping to the blue by boat has its own unique charm that is linked to man's primordial need to become an integral part of nature.
Dozens of companies rent out recreational boats. Known for their professionalism and large experience, they are a guarantee for safe, economical and unforgettable holidays for the group or family who decide to try this one-of-a-kind and memorable experience. The Greek seas and coasts, with their many comparative advantages, have made yachting a very popular activity, among both the Greek people and foreign visitors. 

A trip on the calm Greek waters, on your own or a chartered yacht, offers you the possibility to sail among extremely beautiful clusters of islands, to anchor in naturally protected bays of rare beauty, to visit inaccessible beaches and to swim with safety in exceptionally clear and transparent waters.

Arrival on a privately owned vessel (foreign flag)
Before arriving in Greece on your own vessel bearing a foreign flag, you should obtain information on the basic regulations in force concerning entry and exit, as well as the formalities required.
 

Formalities

Formalities regarding the arrival of a pleasure craft under foreign flag in a Greek port of call (entry).

Tourist pleasure craft arriving to the first Greek port of call are being accepted on the basis of international regulations by displaying the International Code Flag "Q" (indicating that the craft is healthy and asks to enter freely) and by coming into contact with the local Port Authorities.

For information regarding formalities click on the items below:

 
Inspection

The inspection undertaken by the Port Authorities (Ministry of Merchant Marine) upon the arrival of a pleasure craft under foreign flag, regards craft arriving from non-EU countries. Beginning on January 1st 1993, when the tax borders between the Member States of the European Union ceased to exist, and customs controls upon the passage of people and goods through intra-community borders were abolished, and the free movement of people and goods between the EU countries was allowed with no particular administrative formalities.

Passports

At the appointed entry-exit points of the country, there are branches of the Passport Control Police Authorities (Ministry of Public Order), which, when so alerted, take care of the craft. Otherwise  the broker or agent-representative are competent to carry out passport control upon the arrival of the pleasure craft.
All craft and their passengers arriving at Greek ports of call coming from abroad are subjected to passport control, while all foreign passengers are considered to be in transit.
Passport control is carried out on the basis of a list that the skipper of the craft is required to draft and sign in duplicate, according to the guidelines set forth in the Transit Log, taking into account the requisite data (Last name - First name - Father's name - Date of birth - Nationality - Passport No.) included in the passport or other travel documents of the passengers.
The same documents are required : (a) upon entry into the first Greek port of call, (b) upon exit from the last Greek port of call, (c) upon return of the craft from abroad to the first Greek port of call.
Without exception, all craft  arriving at Greek ports of call are subject to passport control, irrespective to whether they sail under EU flag or non-EU flag.

Health

Upon arrival of the craft, health inspection  is exercised by the competent health authorities (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Social Security) in accordance with International Health Charter. According to the provisions currently in force, any healthy craft (title V), even if it originates from an infected area, can enter Greek waters in accordance to the international rules of free society, while the port Health Authorities reserve the right, if they deem it necessary, to subject to a medical visit upon arrival any craft and any person undertaking an international voyage. No duty is collected by health authorities for a medical visit or vaccination or for any certificate issued, while in any other instance, it is collected upon issue of the relevant invoice.

Prohibition

It is prohibited by law for a tourist
craft under foreign flag to depart from Greek ports chartered or to take on board passengers for a fee for the purposes of a sea trip.
Sea tours and trips between Greek harbours are permitted only to "professional" tourist craft on a total charter basis, while tourist craft or vessels under foreign flag can be allowed to do so only with special permit obtained from the Ministry of Merchant Marine under certain conditions.

Entry to the country

Persons visiting the country on board of pleasure craft (passengers and crew) are checked at the port of arrival, and only then they may disembark on Greek soil. Spending the night outside the craft and remaining on land is officially considered an "entry" to Greek soil, and in that case regular passport control is required. Consequently, in such a case, it must be declared upon entry into the first Greek port of call, that the visitors wish to interrupt their trip at an in-between port of call where no Passport Control Authority exists, and in that case they undergo regular passport control.

The following categories of visitors are subjected to passport control:
(1) those non-residents who arrive, remain in or depart from Greece by road by vehicle, accompanying a trailer
(2) those non-residents who come for tourism, intending to receive their craft that is being brought from abroad as cargo by another means of transport
or (3) those who desire to spend the night on land.

Entry requirements (regular passport control)
Any foreigner may enter upon Greek soil provided that he has:
(1) A passport or other travel documents
(2) For foreign tourists who come from countries outside the European Union, the passport must bear a Visa: Non-EU foreigners entering Greek waters by craft and desiring to remain overnight on Greek soil must have obtained prior to that an entry visa. Their passport must bear an official visa stamp, while upon the craft's arrival and departure, regular passport control takes place. At the same time, upon arrival the master or captain of the craft delivers to the Customs Authorities an Arrival Log and upon departure of the craft a Departure Log. Arrival and Departure logs must be delivered at the specified points of entry to and exit from the country. (The same documents are required for children as well).

Authorities competent to grant a visa can be found in Greek Embassies or other consular authorities established in every country. In order for a non-resident to receive a visa, the requisite stamp duty must be paid, while it must be stressed that no non-EU visitor will be accepted on Greek soil without a visa.

For persons remaining in transit in port or airport zones, or for persons passing through in transit, no visa is required, while at the same time, these persons are not exempt from inspection. Residence permit for tourists is limited to three (3) months, but it can be extended upon the petition of the interested party, provided that an authorisation is issued.

Entering the country by road.

If you travel by private car, the driving license issued in any country is valid provided that it corresponds to the type of automobile for which it has been issued in the country of origin.

Certain restrictions apply for vehicles and boats brought by trailer. The width of the boat and the trailer cannot exceed 2.5 meters (8.2 feet), otherwise a special police permit is required. The overall height of the boat on the trailer is restricted to 4.0 meters (13.1 feet), while the maximum combined length of the towing vehicle and boat is 15.0 meters (49.2 feet).

Pleasure craft (with a small motor or sails, and rowing boats), brought either by trailer or atop a car, require nothing more than a "Carnet de passages en Douanes". Their duty-free entry to Greece will be permitted for a period of 6 months, a period which can be extended for another 6 months by application to the Customs Authorities, provided that the owner is a permanent resident abroad. It is also possible in practice that the vehicle remains in Greece longer, provided that the foreign license plates are delivered to the customs office, in which case only the time of actual use of the vehicle is taken into account.

The entry/exit of the vehicle is documented at the border by making the relevant entry in the owner's passport, while its entry is rendered void when the craft leaves Greece.

Movement between Ports

Sailing of privately owned craft under foreign flag in Greek waters is free provided that all legal prerequisites are satisfied.
No passport control is undertaken at domestic ports provided that the status of the passengers or the crew of the craft remains unchanged.

For sailing between Greek ports the following conditions must be met:

  1. Before leaving the first port of call or any other Greek port, the skipper should deposit with the relevant port authorities a list of passengers, a copy of which he carries with the other ship's documents during the trip.
  2. The first port of call is the Greek port from which the trip starts or which the craft approaches first if the trip starts abroad.
  3. Each time the craft must record arrival and departure. This is the only way in which a party may prove its presence in case it has suffered damage in a particular spot. Arrival and departure can prove the mileage of the craft.
  4. All documents pertaining to the craft must be valid and be presented upon demand to port authorities.
  5. The Transit Log must be on board while the craft is sailing Greek waters and must be at the disposal of Port and Customs Authorities, while it must be updated for any changes.
  6. The person in whose name the Transit Log was issued or any other authorised party must be on board.
  7. Each time the craft enters a port, the Bulletin of Sailing for pleasure craft must be stamped by the relevant port authorities. The same applies each time a craft sails away from a port.
  8. Violations of the above-mentioned provisions are punishable with fines. A craft could be phohibited to sail away until such fines are paid.

Permanent Stay in Greek Waters

Information on formalities for permanent mooring of any privately owned craft in Greek ports can be obtained from:

Ministry of Tourism \ Directorate for Marine Tourism
Messogeion Ave. 119
tel.: +30 210 6969947, 210 6969959
fax: +30 210 6969931

Ministry of Merchant Marine \ Directorate for Marine Tourism
tel: +30 210 4191211, +30 210 4121211

Departure

A passport control similar to that upon arrival is carried out in the course of the departure of the craft from the last port designated as a "port of entry". The departure is announced and the Transit Log is returned to the customs office of the port at the same time that customs authorities carry out an inspection with respect to the data entered into the Transit Log. (The original and a copy of the Transit Log remain at the customs office of the port of entry and a copy goes to the harbour master.)

In extraordinary cases (force majeure), the departure from points other than those specified is allowed. In that case, the skipper of the craft must report that to the local station of the Greek police, which will inform the authorities of the nearest port of call.

In any event , and in order to avoid delays, it is recommended that only the ports specified as entry-exit points be used. If upon your departure it is not possible to submit the Transit Log, this must be sent as soon as possible to the customs office of a port of entry-exit, specifying the reasons for the delay.

Schengen Treaty

1. For European Union passengers (including Greek citizens), a minimal inspection will be carried out during entry/exit, including:

  • Identity inspection on the basis of the travel document in the possession of the traveller.
  • Verification of the validity of the document allowing the crossing of the external borders of the Schengen single area.

  • Inspection of the authenticity of the document allowing the crossing of the Schengen area.

2. For citizens of third countries, thorough inspection will be carried out upon entry-exit, including the following:

  • Identity inspection on the basis of the travel document in the possession of the traveller.

  • Verification of the validity of the document allowing the crossing of the external borders of the Schengen single area.

  • Inspection of the authenticity of the document allowing the crossing of the Schengen area.

  • Inspection of the consular visa required (upon entry only).

  • Examination with respect to the possession, on the part of the non-resident, of adequate financial means to remain in the country (upon entry only).

  • Examination with respect to whether the non-resident is entered in the Schengen information system, or our National System.

With regards to the enforcement of the Treaty and possible amendments to the Greek legislation, information can be obtained from the G.N.T.O. or the competent Ministries (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Order).
 


Yacht chartering procedure
When chartering a yacht, you should know:
-what type of yacht you are interested in;
-if you wish to have a crew on the yacht or not;
-the number of people to be accommodated on the yacht;
-the number of days and the exact dates of your trip; and
-the departure port.

For information regarding yacht chartering procedures in Greece, wach on one of the following:  
Cost
Charter contract
Cancellations
Insurance

Costs

Yacht chartering costs

The cost of chartering depends on the size of the yacht, the accommodations, the degree of comfort and the service required. Maximum rates are quoted for the high season, that is June to September, but reduced rates may be obtained for other months.

The base price agreed upon in the charter for a yacht, usually includes all yacht running costs, and wages and provisioning for the crew.

In some cases, depending on the type of vessel and the season, they may also include fuel and lubricants (e.g. sail boats and powerful-engine sailing boats.), or these may be charged extra (e.g. motorboats), while they may include water and port dues for a set time of sail. The daily price does not include the cost of food, drinks, refreshments, cleaning and any other demand made by the charterer. The costs of the Corinth Canal dues (if the vessels pass through that) and port dues for foreign ports are also charged extra.

In practice, it is accustomed for the boat broker/or owner to make a separate arrangement to supply foodstuff at an agreed daily rate per person. In the case of bare boats, the chartering terms are different from those of manned boats. The charter price only includes the chartering of the boat and insurance. A deposit is required against any eventual loss of equipment or damage, which is refunded immediately if the yacht is returned in its initial condition. The skipper wages (if required) are not included.

Charterers of bare boats usually buy their own food and drink, but the owner or yacht broker will, on request, arrange for supplies at local prices to be placed on board in readiness before the departure of the vessel.

Charter contract  Agreement

In order to book a vessel, a charter contract needs to be signed between the contracting parties. This is a form in triplicate, approved by the Ministry of Merchant Marine, and specifying the terms of the charter (charge, deposit, dates and harbours of departure and return). This contract is signed by both contracting parties, and a deposit is paid to the owner or to the broker, while the remainder must always be paid before the departure of the vessel.

Charter agreement V.A.T.

With regards to charter agreements of professional tourist pleasure craft, V.A.T. (8%) is set as follows:

  • Tourist vessels on international cruises that go beyond Greek waters, when they have proof of having entered a foreign port, are exempt from V.A.T.
     
  • Tourist vessels on international cruises that go beyond Greek waters, when there is no evidence that they have entered a foreign port, are entitled to a V.A.T. discount of 60% (Category I).
     
  • Tourist vessels departing from a Greek port and going on long domestic cruises (e.g. Piraeus - Corfu - Northern Greece - Mytilini - Crete- Dodekanissa) are entitled to a V.A.T. discount of 50% (Category II).
     
  • Tourist vessels departing from a Greek port and going on short domestic cruises (e.g. Piraeus to Cyclades, N. Sporades, Zakinthos, Kefallonia, Corfu) are entitled to a V.A.T. discount of 40% (Category III).
     
  • Tourist vessels going on very short domestic cruises (e.g. from Piraeus to Saronikos Gulf and Argolikos Gulf harbours or from the harbours of the N. and S. Evoikos Gulf to Volos or between Korinthiakos harbours and Patras) are charged with 8% V.A.T.

YACHT INVENTORY LIST
Together with the charter agreement, the inventory list is also signed, according to which the broker/or owner "charges" the charterer for all the equipment mentioned in said list.

Cancellations

If, for whatever reason, the charterers cancel their booking, the initial deposit is withheld by the yacht owner. However, in case the yacht owner is able to charter the vessel under the same terms and for the same dates, it is customary that he returns the deposit (minus the expenses incurred by the yacht owner), although he is not required by law to do so.

By mutual agreement, the charterer may use the boat later during the same season, or in the next, whenever it becomes available.

Insurance

The charter must include full insurance cover for the vessel, the crew and any accidents caused directly by the negligence of the skipper or the crew or by defects in the vessel.
Charterers must arrange their own insurance coverage against illness or accidents arising out of their own negligence or misfortune.
 


More information regarding yacht charters is provided by the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owner Association, the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association as well as the competent authorities.


Sea

The wealth and diversity of the Greek seas, the endless kilometers of the Greek coast and the thousands of Greek islands, the protected sea areas covering thousands of square kilometers, the mild climate, the high percentage of sunshine and its interesting and varying landscape make Greece the ideal destination for the development of sea tourism activities.

This advantage is strengthened both by thousands of years of marine tradition and by conditions favorable for sea travelling: the Greek seas are considered safe, distances between coasts are small, while conditions related to wind strength, ambient and sea temperatures are equally favorable.

In Greece sea tourism started in the ‘60s and since then has been developing at a fast pace, especially in recent years.

Cruise ships under Greek flag organizing short or longer cruises to Greek ports and ports of other countries of the Eastern Mediterranean amount to more than 160,000 GRT units and have a total capacity of over 10,000 passengers. Greek ports, however, are also visited by cruise ships under foreign flags, which annually bring more than 500,000 passengers into the country by sea.
 


Sailing the Greek seas!

Greek ferries are of a high standard. A great many shipping companies offer their services with a modern and luxurious fleet. All Greek islands are linked to the mainland, and there is a regular service between them too, so one can enjoy a delightful and diverse island-hopping holiday.

The Greek fleet, consisting of all types of vessels (passengers ships, ferry boats, hydrofoils, etc) operating on domestic and international routes, has undergone major refurbishment, thus ensuring travellers speedy, reliable and enjoyable travel.

Aegean and Argosarosikos islands and Crete are linked mainly with Piraeus and Rafinas port.
Ionian Islands are linked with Patras, Killinis, Igoumenitsas and Astakos port.

Piraeus Port - http://olp.gr/en/home
Igoumenitsas Port - http://www.olig.gr/?q=en
Patras Port - http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ports/51/Greece_port:PATRA

 
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