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Greece: News Flash Regarding the TEPAI (New Cruising Tax)

By Val Ellis — last modified Apr 02, 2019 10:53 AM
Contributors: CA/Christopher Robb
Concessions have been agreed regarding the implementation of the new TEPAI. The start date has been delayed - currently until 9th May, 2019.

Published: 2019-04-02 00:00:00
Countries: Greece

Posted 2nd April, 2019

Further delays until 9th May, reported by the Cruising Assocation - https://www.theca.org.uk/news/greek_tax_update_010419

Posted 29th March, 2019

The Cruising Association have reported today that there has at last been a breakthrough regarding the TEPAI, with the Greeks agreeing to delay this new tax until 2nd May.

The formal announcement of this will be later today (29th March 2019).

They have also published important concessions :

1.  Yachts hauled out of the water are automatically deemed "Out of Use" - in their description, "Not in Greek Waters".   There is no need to file you ship's papers when hauled out. This will remove a significant issue.

Note: Yachts "Out of Use" but still in the water,  are required to file their ship's papers with Customs (Transit Log) or Port Police (DEKPA).

2.  Initially, you may back pay tax if you "willingly" go and pay it, if you are found to be unpaid - and will therefore avoid a fine.

Chris Robb of the CA who has worked long and hard to get some concessions from the Greek government told Noonsite, "There are still further issues needing clarification, but the main issues of initial fines has been passed.  We still expect that there may be queues at the Port Police at the end of each month, but much of the pressure has been lifted from them".

The Greek Press release is here: https://www.aade.gr/polites/etepai

The PDFs to look at are the second of each group in English.  Note that they have not as yet been updated with the changes.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 07, 2019 09:47 PM

From: Kostandis Xydas - Manager
Marina Mytilini S.A.
Date: Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 11:04 AM

Dear customers,

We would like to inform you on the recent developments regarding the Hellenic Cruising Tax (TEPAI).

Firstly, as of today the implementation of the Cruising Tax has been postponed till Thursday the 9th of May 2019. You will find attached the informative brochures published by the Authorities regarding the details and implementation of the tax along with methods of payment and a list of frequently asked questions which are quite helpful. Other than the postponement nothing else has changed regarding the details of the tax.

Furthermore, we are happy to inform you that in cooperation with the Mytilini Coast Guard HQ our Marina will provide a certificate which will confirm that your boat is indeed stationary (not sailing) and anchored in our Marina and therefore will be exempt from the tax for the relevant months. After your arrival of course and once you commence sailing you will be obliged to pay the tax for the respective month.

Marina Mytilini S.A.

Ad Mutsaers
Ad Mutsaers says:
Apr 03, 2019 11:05 AM

just don't go to greece, that's the solution
It is not normal what they are trying to do there.
If other countries see this they will soon collect shipping tax everywhere.
So all boats look for another beautiful country.

Manfred Mueller
Manfred Mueller says:
Apr 02, 2019 03:10 AM

Bill of boatyard = prove.

Manfred Mueller
Manfred Mueller says:
Apr 02, 2019 03:07 AM

hi, John,
you will be in Greece. This is a comfortable country.
My private opinion:
Anchor overnight in Kalami and do the paperwork the next day.
Yours
Manfred

John Charity
John Charity says:
Mar 30, 2019 02:49 PM

I live in the States but keep a UK registered small yacht (9 meters) in Montenegro, where I spend several months each year. I intend to visit Greece (and Albanian waters) several times each year. Will I need to obtain and pay for both DEPKA and TEPAI.
Also, coming from the north, my first preferred anchorage in Greece would be Kalami. Would it be an offense to anchor there overnight without the DEPKA or TEPAI, which I assume can only be obtained in Corfu town?

vas
vas says:
Mar 30, 2019 02:27 PM

Good news regarding the delay and the haul out. However i wonder how someone will prove he has been hauled out when getting his dekpa stamped AND has not paid the complete year.

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