Moving to Greece


Moving to Greece

Basic information Greece

If you are moving to Greece, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

  • Official name: the Hellenic Republic
  • Population: 10,816,286 of per 2012
  • Capital City: Athens
  • Formation: Independence declared from the Ottoman Empire
    • Recognized: 3 February 1830
    • Current constitution: 11 June 1975
  • Official language: Greek
  • Major religion: Eastern Orthodox Christian
  • Monetary unit: Euro (EUR)
  • International dialing code: +30

Are you moving to Greece? Start by checking out the information below, and filling in the form in order to receive the best removal quotes.


The education system of Greece consists of the following levels: primary, secondary and tertiary. Primary education is compulsory and lasts 6 years from the age of 6 till 12 years old. The secondary level is for children from the age of 12 to 15 years old, and this is also compulsory. These levels are as followed:

  • Pre-school education
  • Primary education
  • Lower secondary education
  • Higher secondary education
  • Post-secondary, non-university education
  • University education
  • Postgraduate studies


Public schools and universities do not charge any costs for tuition and textbooks are also free of costs. The private schools provide more a supplementary tuition. The private schools are more expensive. Costs can vary from school to school and can be from 1500 EUR to 13000 EUR.

When moving to Greece, it is possible to discuss schooling for your children with your employer.


The unemployment rate of Greece was 26% on January 2015, which is very high compared to the other countries in the EU. You must know that when moving to Greece that because of the poor economic situation in Greece, that many job scams are in operation. If your employer asks for money it in order for your job application to be processed, it is advisable to not do so. If you are not from one of the EU or EEA countries, it can be a tricky process to obtain a work permit. Work permits in Greece are on average valid for 1 year and are occupation specific, location specific and employer specific. You can only obtain this if you have a valid visa.


Bank accounts

If you are moving to Greece and want to open a bank account in Greece is possible for expats (if not from the EU). Greek banks mostly provide check books, and bank cards for you to use. The biggest banks in Greece are:

  • National Bank of Greece SA
  • Piraeus Bank SA
  • Eurobank Ergasias SA

Keep in mind that some banks may require a minimum deposit. And that some banks do not open bank accounts for people under the 18 years. You will need the following documents to open a bank account in Greece:

  • Identity card and/or passport
  • Proof of residence
  • Formal statement declaring that the account will not be used for trade
  • Copy of tax statement

Moving to Greece


If you are from one of the EU or EEA countries and are moving to Greece, then you will not need a visa to enter. However depending from which third country you come from, you will definitely need a visa if you want to enter Greece. The following documents are required if you want to obtain a visa:

  • A Visa Application Form fully filled in and signed in both places indicated.
  • Valid travel document and photocopies (which can be found in the link below)
  • Two photos are required
  • Proof of sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the intended stay


If your employer is paying for the costs, the following documents will be required:


    • Flight tickets confirmation,
    • Proof of accommodation (hotel bookings, original invitation letter duly signed by the host, whose signature needs to be verified by a Greek authority (police, honorary consulate etc).
    • An original invitation from a firm or an authority
    • Travel medical insurance
    • Proof of employment and letter from the company stating the purpose of the business trip to Greece.


Cost of living

If you are moving to Greece, you must know that living is Greece is very safe. Moreover living in Greece is compared to other EU countries, 30% cheaper. However salaries are also lower compared to the other EU countries. Food and doing groceries is cheap in Greece, especially in Rhodes. The cost of accommodation is not too expensive either.

Medical care

The health care system of Greece consists of compulsory health insurance and private health insurance. For the private health care, you will need to pay more of course. This is provided by the national health care insurance. If you are moving to Greece and are unemployed for more than 1 year, you will be uninsured and all the costs that you need to pay for medical care will not be subsidized.

Driving license

If you are moving to Greece and want to obtain a Greece driving license, you must be at least 18 years old. Depending on which country you come from, it is also possible to swap your license into a Greek one. If you are from one of the EU or EEA countries you must live 185 days (or 6 months) in Greece, if you want to apply for a Greek one. You must first pass a theoretical examination and a practical examination. The following documents are needed:

      • Proof of identity
      • Proof of residence
      • Passport photo
      • 2 paid fees to the national bank of Greece
      • Health certificate from pathologist
      • AFM/ Greek tax number
      • Application form



Because the economic crisis in Greece, VAT rates have been increased. Like any other country in the world, the more you earn the more tax you will need to pay.

Moving to Greece

Why Moovmii?

Instead of spending time searching for movers, Moovmii will send your request directly to the international removal companies. You will just have to wait, and get contacted by them, either by phone or by email. And by doing that you can save money, since international removal companies will compete for your move! You will be able to choose the right mover for you, depending on its services, and its price. Is this not enough to convince you to use Moovmii and its network of removal companies when moving to Greece? Here are some other reasons that will surely convince you:

        • Our service is free!
        • You get up to 5 quotes, giving you the possibility to choose;
        • International moving companies have years of experience, and have done furniture transports just like yours innumerable times;
        • Movers can disassemble and assemble your furniture, pack your belongings, and do all the heavy lifting;
        • Moving companies are specialized in transporting furniture and hefty items around, so they can guarantee you the best protection for your things, whether you are opting for a shipping by land, by air, or by sea;
        • Other services provided are insurance and help in the handling of documents

With Moovmii your international move to Greece starts in the right way: You will get up to 5 quotes, and be contacted by the best movers around. All without having to spend time, and money. Thanks to Moovmii and its network of international removal companies you can be assured that your international transport will start, and end, with a smile. Moving to Greece could not be easier!