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  • Important pre-arrival information: Greek Cruising Tax (TEPAI) should be registered for and paid online, in advance of your arrival in Greece. See Formalities for all the details.
  • Greece is a peninsular and mountainous country located in SE Europe, in the Balkans peninsula, and has a land area of 128,900 km2 (49,769 sq. miles). The country has the largest coastline in Europe (13,676km) due to its numerous islands. There are 2,000 Greek islands, but only 168 are inhabited. Athens is the capital of Greece.
  • The population is estimated at 10.7 million people.
  • The vast majority speak Greek, which is the country’s official language. The other languages spoken are Macedonian (called “Slav-Macedonian” in Greece), Albanian, spoken in the centre and the south, Turkish, spoken by Muslim communities around the Aegean, Arumanian and Bulgarian. None of these minority languages has official status.
  • Greece is part of the European Union and the currency is the Euro.
  • The standard time is Eastern European Time (UTC+02:00). See General Info. for more details.
  • The climate along the coastline is Mediterranean in character: mild moist winters and dry hot summers. See Weather for more details.
  • The crowds are also seasonal and it certainly pays to cruise Greece outside of the peak summer months, ideally around Easter, which is the main holiday in the Greek Orthodox calendar. The autumn months are just as attractive; both winds and weather are more pleasant than in the Meltemi-swept months of high summer.
  • Although the more popular places on the Aegean are quite crowded, especially during the high season, there are still plenty of less frequented places dotted around the rim of the Aegean and some of the more remote islands rarely see more than a handful of yachts.
  • The recent expansion in yachting has been accompanied by a parallel development in facilities, but fortunately, none of the picturesque ports have been ruined by the construction of pontoons in centuries-old harbors. Most marinas have been built inside newly built breakwaters or reclaimed land and in most islands yachts still either come stern-to the existing quay, if there is space or stay at anchor. Most of the new marinas are on the mainland and this is also where the best repair facilities are.
  • If looking to take an annual contract in a Greek marina, be aware that it may well stipulate that you avoid the marina during the summer months, or have your boat on the hard during the summer. This may be due to the availability of space for charter fleets or for visiting yachts, which is where most marinas here make their money.
  • The greatest concentration of facilities is in the Athens-Piraeus area, where there are several boatyards with haul-out facilities and a full range of repair services. See Yachting Essentials for more details.

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  1. August 12, 2022 at 7:40 PM
    oliviervetter-com says:

    We have a Turkish flagged boat and earlier this year found Harbour Masters unwilling to stamp our transit log, notably in Milos. This is not unusual as regulations are often “interpreted “ and implemented as HM sees as appropriate. Fortunately we had no problem checking out as using an Agent in Chios and well known there.
    Also we stayed mostly at anchor and only entered harbours for shopping and water or occasionally fuel. Not overnight.
    Going back in September for 2 months ( best time of year ) and will insist if necessary for stamps but that can sometimes not be welcome.
    NB: We are not Turkish but lived there many happy years and continue to keep our boat there in Çeşme Marina near Izmir, a great berth with full services by the way.
    Chios has a very cost effective outhaul and storage service about 5 miles north of the main port, just fyi.
    Regards from Lisbon, Olivier

    1. October 13, 2022 at 6:28 PM
      pkaras says:

      I have visited Cesme marina often and I’m considering storing my American flagged sailboat there in the future. Currently I winter the boat at Olympic Marine in Lavrion, Greece. I would be interested in communicating with you about you’re experience in Cesme. Please email me at [email protected]

  2. July 25, 2022 at 12:55 PM
    mirseb says:

    Anyone experienced in dealing with Greek authorities after an accident?
    In the thunderstorms early July my boat capsized 180° near Chalkoutsi. Me and my dog were taken ashore by the port police, the capsized boat was later towed to the buoy off the Evoikos boatyard, where it stranded upside down in the next storm, streamlining the roof..
    The capsize was benign compared to dealing with insurance, bank, authorities and the yard. I fetched my car and trailer
    and paid all invoices presented, but the yard intends to block the boat ‘until the case is closed’, whenever that may be.

    1. August 14, 2022 at 7:50 AM
      mirseb says:

      After three weeks the insurer send a surveyor (George Cottrel from EuropeMarine), who negotiated with yard and the tow.
      The police released the boat after I signed a solemn declaration to take the boat out of Greece by road.
      Big thanks to Francoise and Thierry from for their kind support!
      Learnings for me:
      1. Inshore waters have their own dangers, beware thunderstorms near mountains.
      2. Rescue gear: VHF, PLBs don’t remain waterproof very long. Try out Greek rockets, not easy to launch.
      3. Have a waterproof metal box with spare smartphone and creditcard in your grab bag, you are lost without them!
      4. Avoid Greek authorities, find a private tow. If authorities get involved, hire a lawyer. Once you lose tourist status you risk being treated like those refugees.
      5. Have a list with local surveyor, tow services and lawyer.

  3. July 9, 2022 at 4:14 PM
    maniescapes says:

    Gythion has new power and water stations in the harbor. They require a card which is purchased at city hall between 9 and 1430. Please feel free to contact us should you be arriving after that time or leaving before 9 in the morning as we have a commercial charter boat in the harbor and have extra cards, hose lengths and power extension cords. We are permanent and would like to see more cruisers in Gythion. Capt Sheri and Pierros Thomakos, Mani Escapes +306947425177

  4. June 27, 2022 at 8:52 AM
    cefalu says:

    I read that Greece is requiring non EU boats that have not paid the VAT tax to carry a transit log that must be stamped in each port they visit. And failure to have the log stamped results in a fine. Is there a published list of cities the cruising log must be stamped in?

  5. June 23, 2022 at 2:43 AM
    dedanann says:

    Greek ports are under attack from charter companies.

    We are finding in many of the popular ports in the Cyclades that the best mooring on town quays are being blocked off with dinghy’s and lines put out to stop cruisers berthing. This is being done by charter company staff and skippers and often assisted by port authority staff. They tell cruisers to go away that you need a reservation, then when certain charter company boats arrive they are tripping over themselves taking lines.
    We have witnessed port authority staff being abusive to cruisers when they are berthing where dinghy’s and lines have been put in the way, often tuning families away in bad weather only to help dock a charter company boat ten minutes later when they arrive.
    Very often cruisers are told by port authority staff (Aggressively, I might add) that they have to leave the port for the whole of the weekend as the moorings are reserved for these charter companies, regardless of the weather.

    The Greek charter skippers are all friendly with each other and the port staff, I believe they are working hand in hand to secure the best moorings for each other.
    Parokia, Paros, IOS, Milo’s to name a few.

    Catamarans are arriving from these companies in great numbers, packed with 8/10 guests on board, they are generally much more noisy than the usual cruisers and regularly arrive back on board at midnight, on with the loud music and party on these boats till 05.00 in the morning, their on holidays for a week and they don’t generally give a toss who they disturb.

    Slowly but surely the cruiser is being pushed out of these Greek ports.

    1. August 14, 2022 at 7:24 AM
      mirseb says:

      Greece needs to increase income from tourists, charter yachting has priority. Lucky us they only realise now, compared to other places Greece has plenty space. Eastern and northern Aegean islands don’t see many charter yachts. Downsizing to slip into small ports is another option.

  6. May 30, 2022 at 5:39 PM
    coteala says:

    I am curious about anyone with a non-EU flagged boat (and therefore not VAT-paid) having left Greece for another EU country. Our boat has been in Greece since 2019, but in the water for only some 220 days over that period. The authorities here have been very clear that as long as we hand in our Transit Log every time we haul out they stop the clock on the 18-month Termporary Importation, and we are free to stay as long as we like until we spent 18 months in the water. We are wondering if it is necessary to stop in a non-EU country on the way out of Greece to make sure that the country of our next port of call does not decide that, given the time spent in Greece, we are alreadty outside the rules on the Temporary Importation. Does anyone know what kind of exit document is handed to you as you leave Greece, if any? Does it mention the time spent there, time in the water, time since last launch? Thanks.

    1. June 3, 2022 at 7:31 PM
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      sue-richards says:

      Chris Robbs of the Cruising Association says:
      “The Greeks are very relaxed with the 18 month rule, and are actually happy to extend to 24 months as allowed by the Union Customs Code (UCC). The UCC does not specify any length of time out of territorial waters, and the Greeks are more than happy to allow you to sail out 6 if 12 miles, depending in what part of Greece you are, take a picture of you chart plotter, and return.”
      Take a look at our EU page and the section on VAT –
      Why not make a copy of your transit log before handing it in on departure from Greece, so you can demonstrate (should you need to) the history of your time in the water.

  7. May 27, 2022 at 2:16 PM
    eldadhadani says:

    The new insurance requirements include pollution clause.
    But, be very careful.
    The port police issues fines for pollution, not payments of monies to clear/repair damage.
    As a standard procedure, insurance companies do not repay fines, only recovery of damage costs. So you may be in a situation of being fined but unable to use your insurance policy, even if the pollution caused by you was not intentional and result of malfunction of boat’s system.

  8. May 17, 2022 at 9:02 PM
    dedanann says:

    We have wintered DéDanann🇮🇪 here on the Island of Aegina for a few years now.
    We are back in the water in the port of Aegina. The port is busy with mostly charter boats and many of them are large catamarans taking up two and three berths which fill the ports very fast.
    It’s very noticeable how few British cruisers or tourists about these past few years.
    The new cruising tax Tepai must be paid before hitting the water, we have our boat yard do the application for us and up to this year took the document to any bank to pay. This year the banks have refused to take payment unless you hold an account with them. However, it can easily be paid at the post office.
    It can also be done online if your good with this tech stuff.
    The weather is just nice, sunny days, cool at night for sleeping.
    Happy Days😊

  9. March 8, 2022 at 12:48 PM
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    sue-richards says:

    Roditis Yachting report that the Corinth Canal will open late June, early July, for yacht crossing and for a period of 3-4 months. Keep updated at: Covid updates:

    1. March 29, 2022 at 8:55 AM
      foeni says:

      The offical administration/customer service ([email protected]) told me on the 28th March: Opening 5th July, closing: 31st Oct 2022

    2. March 31, 2022 at 8:03 PM
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      sue-richards says:

      Thanks so much for the feedback – very helpful!

  10. March 5, 2022 at 2:54 PM
    mike-graham says:

    Our South African flagged yacht entered Greece in September 2019. We left her ashore and returned home in late September when we left of transit log with Customs officials. Due to Covid we haven’t been able to visit Greece since then but we plan to return in May and are wondering if anyone can please comment on how Greek Officials are handling the fact that we have technically outstayed our welcome ?

    1. March 8, 2022 at 10:26 PM
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      Sue Richards says:

      Hi Mike, there was an EU statement about exceptional circumstances. The CA Greece Rep, recommends you say that the pandemic was exceptional circumstances for which you had no control, however, as you handed the documents in, time has stood still as the yacht was in bond so you may not even be questioned.

  11. September 24, 2021 at 2:40 AM
    dedanann says:

    We arrived back to Aegina 20th August 2021 after twenty months away due to Covid.
    The journey from Ireland?? was painless with little or no problems on arrival so long as you have a vaccination certificate and mask.
    We are currently cruising the Saronic and Cyclades islands. We have never seen the Saronic so busy with lots and lots of charter boats in the ports. Aegina and Poros are particularly busy to jammed packed by late afternoon each day.
    Whilst wearing of masks in shops etc is required, the Greeks are rgenerally relaxed about all this and there are not many if any cases of Covid about.
    The weather has been hot these past weeks but starting to cool down a bit as we move through September.
    I hear the situation in the Ionian is the same with ports jammed to capacity.
    The local chandlery shops are doing great business with batteries and anti foul paints, dinghy and outboards etc,

    1. October 5, 2021 at 7:06 AM
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      Sue Richards says:

      Hi Tony, welcome back, we’ve missed your great reports! Good to hear you made it safely back to Greece and thanks for this useful feedback.

  12. September 2, 2021 at 8:47 PM
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    sue-richards says:

    Entry to Greece from Preveza Port Authority, courtesy of Nicolas Charpy:

    A PLF form must be completed and a ‘Maritime Declaration of Health’ You must also have one of the following:
    – PCR Test of 72 hrs
    – Certificate of Vaccination (as long as it has been accomplished at least 14 days ago)
    – Certificate of Covid 19 disease.

    If you do not have any of these when you arrive in Greece you must remain on board and have a rapid test, if positive you must remain on board for 10 days.

    6 hrs before arrival you should inform the Port Authority of the health condition of all persons on board.

    You will also be required to show the following: Yacht Registry, Insurance Policy, a Crew List, Tepai and a notebook in which you have recorded the daily temperatures of all on board.

  13. August 21, 2021 at 12:07 PM
    alan-brook says:

    Hi there, I’m trying to plan a week’s cruise out of Lavrion Marina in mid-September into some of the nearer Cyclades islands.
    Any recommendations for a circular route including 3 or 4 must-see visits with good anchorages? NB. No overnight passages!

  14. August 14, 2021 at 11:47 AM
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    sue-richards says:

    We have just received the following from Roditis Yachting:



    First entrance and arrival of the yacht in Greece is permitted only in the following ports :

    Rhodes – Symi – Kos – Kavala
    Myrina of Limnos – Mytilene – Kalymnos
    Chios – Scala of Patmos
    Samos ( Vathi and Pythagorio )
    Agia Marina of Leros


    Notice prior to arrival must be given to the Port Treasury of the visiting port minimum 6 hours prior to arrival and all passengers or crew on board should have with them:

    – A vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority.

    If the passengers are not Vaccinated we need:

    – A negative PCR COVID-19 test result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 72 hours before entry in Greece, or

    – A negative antigen (rapid) result from a laboratory; the test must be taken up to 48 hours before entry, or

    – A certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory, or

    – Proof that the traveller was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, or

    – The EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate or a Covid-19 Certificate from a third country, in either printed or electronic form, which includes information related to their vaccination, or the result of their PCR or rapid test taken before travelling, or the details about their Covid-19 infection.


    On board the yacht besides the crew members, passengers residents of EU Member States and Schengen associated countries (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican, the Principality of Monaco), the USA, the UK, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Israel, Canada, North Macedonia, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Belarus, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldova, Brunei, Kosovo and Turkey may ENTER and visit Greece for pleasure, provided they can fulfill the general entry requirements.

    Dimitris Kastis (Roditis Yachting)
    +30 6937005447

  15. August 13, 2021 at 1:24 PM
    talaria says:

    As of today (August 13,2021) Greece is now open for private yachts sailing from Turkey. The “professional crew” requirement has been rescinded. This is the information I received this am from Roditis Yachting – the agent we are using for Greece.

  16. August 5, 2021 at 8:04 PM
    bennan says:

    Hi All,
    First time here…
    I am looking to winter my catamaran on the hard beginning November. I also need some interior carpentry/cabinet work done. I have narrowed down to Greece or Turkey. Looking for any comments and or suggestions. Quality of the work is important to me as is of course reasonable price. Thanks

    1. August 13, 2021 at 1:35 PM
      talaria says:


      We cannot comment on carpentry work however we just had our boat painted in Marmaris, Turkey. We used ROTA (they are in Netsel Marina). The work was excellent and the price was very reasonable. We can highly recommend ROTA. I believe they do carpentry work as well but am not sure. Contact person:
      Uluc. WhatsApp number: +90 545 465 0641

  17. July 14, 2021 at 3:27 AM
    papadopler says:

    Hi folks,

    Planning on summer cruising in the Med and considering buying a Catamaran this time. Does anyone know the average 11-13m berth WIDTH in the Med. Prout and Gemini make narrower, 5 & 4 meter respectively, models that may fit into a standard berth.


    1. August 5, 2021 at 8:09 PM
      bennan says:

      Hi Jim,
      Keep in mind, once you get over a single berth width, most all marinas charge catamarans double price. It adds up in a hurry. We only enter marinas as little as possible

  18. July 1, 2021 at 6:32 AM
    uwethesailor says:

    Dear fellow sailors, I am looking for suggestions for Corfu. We our charter begins in two weeks time and I ask for first hand experience where to anchor and what to see around Corfu. Hints and tips are welcome! Thanks in advance!

  19. June 25, 2021 at 10:33 AM
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    sue-richards says:

    The operators of the Corinth Canal in Greece have advised that the canal will remain closed to marine traffic until the end of the summer 2021 season with a probable extension. Studies and restoration works are under way following a landslide in January this year.

  20. June 25, 2021 at 9:27 AM
    filb says:

    After spending last year in Greece we went together Italy for maintenance and came back to Greece this month.
    Because we were in international waters between Italy and Othoni we now have to get a transit log even though the boat has EU VAT paid status. ?

  21. June 19, 2021 at 5:01 PM
    sailskikayak says:

    Can anyone offer ideas on how to stay 6 months in Greece with USA passport? Or better yet any possibility for residence permit in any eu country

    1. June 25, 2021 at 10:35 AM
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      sue-richards says:

      HI Bob – this pages should help – – and all associated news and reports (scroll down to bottom to see links). Also try the Med Cruisers Facebook page – alot of good advice there too.

    2. July 16, 2021 at 9:35 PM
      pkaras says:

      Contact the Greek embassy in Washington. Long term visas are available (6 months).

  22. June 19, 2021 at 4:59 PM
    sailskikayak says:

    How can I get a skippers license or competency certificate online? I’m in Greece I own a catamaran and have lots sail experiences

    1. June 25, 2021 at 10:36 AM
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      sue-richards says:

      Again, the EU page (above) as info. on this.

  23. June 11, 2021 at 4:59 PM
    cconwayp says:

    I’m planning a non-stop voyage from France to Greece. Can anyone shed light on how an unvaccinated crew member who has been at sea for a week subsequent to a covid test at the port of departure will be treated on arrival?

    1. June 12, 2021 at 11:35 AM
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      Sue Richards says:

      Current rules can be found here – Situation is fluid and rules may well have changed by the time you get to Greece. Suggest you have a land-based helper keeping you informed with updates. Currently testing on arrival is possible in some ports. Suggest you maintain proof of passage time and demonstrate this on arrival to the authorities.

    2. June 22, 2021 at 4:56 PM
      cconwayp says:

      No problems entering Zakynthos with a PCR test taken day of departure (result collected via email en route) and nonstop 7 day sail. No test required on arrival. We used a local agent – very good value in the circumstances.

  24. May 25, 2021 at 9:17 PM
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    sue-richards says:

    May 25, 2021 at 9:12 PM

    Just in from the CA:

    UK yachts don’t need TL for Greece

    The Greek tax authority, the AADE, has agreed: “UK-flagged vessels moored or sailing in EU waters before the Transition Period ended (1.1.2021), regardless of where the taxes have been paid, retain their EU status for as long as they remain in [those waters].”

    This has been its position for some time, but the AADE did not initially tell its Customs offices that, as a result, UK yachts will not have any customs procedures and do not require a Transit Log (TL), until they leave EU waters and return. Therefore, offices insisted incorrectly that UK yachts must have a TL to sail in EU waters. This matter is now supposedly corrected but incidents are still happening. If you have an issue on this with Port Authorities (Customs), insist that the office ring Georgia Tounta of the AADE VAT-Customs on 0030 210 698 7417 for correct advice.

    The issue of returning from outside EU waters remains in dispute (Returned Goods Relief). If you leave EU waters you export your yacht (as for all VAT Goods) and temporarily lose EU Goods Status. On returning to Greece you should be able to check in to Customs and apply for “Relief from paying duty” under the exemption given in article 203 of the Union Customs Code (UCC). This is an automatic right and is not at the discretion of the local Customs officer. However, the AADE has not advised its offices of this and currently the issue is the subject of a formal complaint to the EU Commission. We are expecting results on this by June 10 and the CA website and forums will be updated accordingly.

    Until this matter is settled yachts should accept whatever Transit Log is offered, to avoid Impounding of the yacht, and sort the matter out later, if necessary contacting the CA for help (if you are a member of course).

  25. May 7, 2021 at 1:04 PM
    luisasea says:

    Good Afternoon to everyone,
    Currently we are moored at Port Ghalib Marina in Egypt. In a few days we will cross the Suez Canal end we would like getting to Crete by the end of May. Does anyone know the last procedures for yachts coming from extra EU area? Is the quarantine mandatory and if yes where we can do it as the Marina in Agios Nicholaos it’s full?
    Thanks a lot for the help.

    P.S. we are all EU citizens

    1. May 10, 2021 at 3:53 PM
      anakoza-shipping-agency says:

      Good afternoon….
      marina agios nikolaos its full now….but you can to do the paperwork… sitia….if you want help….tell me…

    2. May 11, 2021 at 7:37 AM
      luisasea says:

      Thank you very much,
      we have a complicate situation so we decided to clear in in Rhodes where there’s a good Agent.
      Best regards

  26. April 11, 2021 at 1:40 PM
    Jimroda says:

    Hi Y’all,
    Buying excharter Bavaria 39 in Alimos Marina Athens on the 20th May 21.
    I am exporting the boat to the UK. With present restrictions will it be possible to clear Greece??

    1. April 11, 2021 at 9:49 PM
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      Sue Richards says:

      Hi Jim,
      The latest info. we have can be found here:
      Permission to leave Greece will only be granted to yachts that are bound for a shipyard to get work done on their boat, or bound for home waters. There is a 5000 euro fine for yachts sailing in Greek waters without permission.
      Suggest you ask same question on Med Cruisers Facebook Page – many there in Greece that may know more.
      Do please let us know what you find out so we can add the info. to Noonsite.

  27. April 6, 2021 at 12:50 PM
    neilh says:

    Having just paid, I can report current harbour mooring fees (on Preveza Town Quay) are 0.50 €/m/night +VAT for our ~14m sailing yacht moored stern to. Surcharges apply for alongside and for cats. Power and water are extra, metered, for which a fob is required.

    I wanted to pay for a month but was told no, 15 nights maximum. They said it as “the law”, but to come back after the 15 days.

    @Phil: Yes pay cruising tax only when in the water. You can pay the eTEPAI online in euros by bank transfer, citing the payment reference from the eTEPAI application (i.e. the eParavolo number). The IBAN is given in the eTEPAI FAQs document on the portal.

  28. March 31, 2021 at 7:59 AM
    charlesmurphy says:

    Hi Sue,
    I’m planning to deliver a 40 ft cat from Volos back to Ireland starting mid April.
    Just wondering if you have any recent info regarding stop over en route?
    We’re thinking of making one stop or yet side of Corinth and on to Sicilly.
    ( we plan to carry rapid antigen tests with us… will that help re getting ashore?!)

    1. April 7, 2021 at 8:59 PM
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      Sue Richards says:

      Hi Charles, please review the biosecurity sections for each country you plan to stop at for the latest info. we have. See for quick access to all the links. Most countries want tests from an authorised lab and don’t accept home tests, however, you can but try. With Italy, you may be able to get a test on arrival if your home kit isn’t accepted – however – if you can’t you’ll have to undergo quarantine. If it’s just a stop to re-supply without going ashore, then this can be achieved without being tested. Do let us know how you get on and how the official rules actually translate in the ports you stop at. Many places take yachts on a case-by-case basis. All the best with your trip.

    2. April 8, 2021 at 10:01 AM
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      Sue Richards says:

      Charles, today the rules have changed for Italy and you can’t get tested on arrival. If you are unable to provide test results taken 48hrs prior to arrival in Italy/Sardinia, you’ll have to self-isolate for 14 days. See full details here – As you can see, rules are changing all the time so it’s helpful to have someone at home who can keep an eye on the situation for you while you are on passage.

  29. February 3, 2021 at 9:10 PM
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    sue-richards says:

    The Corinth Canal closed at the end of January 2021 due to a land slide. It is expected to be closed approx. 3 weeks.

  30. February 2, 2021 at 6:20 PM
    ikapopoulos says:

    I would like to inform you that Greek government has voted the law 4646/12-12-2019 that has raised for all the pleasure boats (included the sailing boats with Greek and EU or non EU flag) the tonnage tax. This tax, was based on the law num. 27/1975, and was asked to be payed from the Greek boats that were registered in the Greek registration (niologio). It was payed once a year and general was low (~40euro for 10m sailing boat)

    According to the new law (4646/2019), the amount of the minimum tax that a pleasure boat has to pay yearly and was calculated using the tonnage of the boat, will be 1000euro from 1/1/2020. Bigger boats will pay much more.

    As I wrote, boats with Greek, EU and not EU flags are included to the “new” tax.
    We don’t have enough information about, how Greece will collect the tax from foreign boats.

    1. February 10, 2021 at 11:30 AM
      luisfgurt says:

      The new taxation law is not 4646/2019 (that’s a law approved in 2019) but a new one regarding the taxation of boats/yachts/ships under greek flag (Greek Ship Taxation Regimes Amendments for 2020). It does not affect al all the yachts under EU-non greek flag.

      The minimum tax is 200€ per year, but for the private boats a applies a factor x5, so every private boat under greek flag is paying at least 1000€ per year (or more if the tonnage is over 200GT).

      Foreign yachts are affected only by the TEPAI.

  31. August 29, 2020 at 6:56 PM
    talaria says:

    We are a US flagged boat and were unable to receive an extension on the TI of our boat so we hired a Captain to sail her out of the EU (US citizens are banned from the EU) to Turkey. He is now in Rhodes, Greece and trying to check in so that he may check out of the EU. They are citing Greek Law 4256/14 and saying that our boat insurance is insufficient? I am trying to get the limits increased but wonder if anyone has had an issue with this law?

    Thank you – M and M Dillard

    1. December 2, 2020 at 9:17 PM
      ioannisd says:

      I know this might be a bit late, but I recently joined. So, the minimum legal covers are per Law 4256/14:

      1) Death – physical injury (per person EUR 50,000 and per incident EUR 500,000)

      2) Material damage (third party) EUR 150,000

      3) Marine pollution EUR 150,000

  32. August 26, 2020 at 3:26 PM
    leo-denisov says:

    Hello everyone , now it is August 26 2020. My friend was told that for his sailboat Greece is still closed for entry from Turkish winter harbour. Is it the case . He has Schengen residence and owns this boat under Gibraltar flag. When this restriction is likely to be lifted?

  33. July 21, 2020 at 4:32 PM
    philstormy says:

    Hi all,
    I have my yacht in Aktio Marina boatyard and I am refitting it at the moment.

    I was hoping to do some sailing this year however with all the recent problems with Coronavirus I have decided to leave it until next year as I still need to do some work.

    Should I have registered it for the cruising tax or can I leave it until the boat is ready to lift in?
    As I understand it a boat in a yard is deemed out of use.

    Do I also need to be at my yacht in December prior to Brexit as proof of being there or will the yard contract be sufficient?

    S/Y Rhubie

  34. July 9, 2020 at 5:19 PM
    peterk says:

    SInce 01.07.20 is an new protocol for travelling into Greece (

    Beginning July 1, 2020, the Greek government has determined how the country will welcome travelers, carry out the necessary diagnostic screening and keep everyone safe throughout the season.

    The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is a key element in the planning. As of July 9th 2020, all travelers must complete their PLF at least 24 hours before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least.

    Travelers will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the PLF.
    Travelers will receive the PLF with their unique Quick Response (QR) code on the day of their scheduled arrival in Greece (at midnight) and will be notified via email (the QR code will be provided in a link in the confirmation email).

    The PLF can also be found on the Visit Greece app and at

    It is strongly recommended that all visitors download the Visit Greece app (GDPR compliant) for free, prior their arrival in Greece.

  35. July 9, 2020 at 10:49 AM
    zealfredo57 says:

    I plan to sail to Greece and have been inquiring about the Passenger Locator form which needs to be filled in at least 24 hrs prior to entering Greece.  As stated in the Bio security update posted on Noonsite on July 5th, 2020 it is not clear where to enter the information if one is traveling on a pleasure sailing vessel.  I have called the local Greek consulate to see whether they could perhaps comment on the situation. Unfortunately no  clear solution was given. In the meantime I looked through the ‘Protocol for Arrivals in Greece’ Frequently Asked Questions Travel Q&A section and found the following:

    Arrivals by sea by ferry ships are allowed only in Patras, Corfu and Igoumenitsa ports.

    Travelers must complete 24 hours before their arrival in Greece a Passenger Locator Factor (PLF) form and a confirmation email will be received upon its submission. An electronic or hard copy of the PLF confirmation should be presented to the designated crew members before embarkation onboard a ship at any Italian port. Travelers will also receive the PLF with a QR code on the day of their scheduled arrival in Greece (at midnight) and will be notified via email (the QR code will be provided in a link in the confirmation email).

    No such restriction applies on yachting.

    All visitors from air, land or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. Upon being tested, travelers move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.


    Does ‘ No such restrictions apply to yachting’ mean we are exempt from filling in the PLF?  Could this explain why there is no specific category for yachting?

    Joseph Miller

  36. June 1, 2020 at 11:37 AM
    Torami says:

    According to latest update (31-5-20) from GOV.UK. Everyone arriving in Greece from abroad will be tested for coronavirus. You will be required to stay in Government-provided accommodation for the first 24 hours, until test results are available. If your test is negative, you will be asked to provide details of your accommodation, and will need to self-isolate there for the next 14 days. If your result is positive, you may be required to remain in Government-provided accommodation for a further 14 days. In both cases, self-isolation is mandatory, and the authorities will enforce it by prosecution and fines.

    British nationals are not affected by the European Union’s measures to close EU borders to non-EU country nationals. If you’re a British national, you can still enter Greece, but you must comply with the Greek authorities’ advice.

  37. May 28, 2020 at 8:44 PM
    philstormy says:

    Hi all,
    I keep my boat in Greece all year round intending to use it more frequently when I retire in about 18 months time.
    Can anyone tell me how Brexit will affect me and will I be able to keep my boat in Greece?
    I have been reading the new updates and it talks about boats entering and leaving, getting a transit log etc. but I have not found anything regarding vessels permanently kept in Greece. I am a bit confused at the moment so any information would be very welcome.
    Thanks in advance.
    Phil Nichols
    S/Y Rhubie.

    1. May 29, 2020 at 5:28 PM
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      Hi Phil, I recommend you join the Cruising Association (CA) in London. They have representatives in Greece that lobby the government and work really hard to get good conditions for UK sailors in Greece. They will have the latest and can give you all the details. Go to

    2. May 30, 2020 at 7:35 AM
      philstormy says:

      Hi Sue,
      Many thanks for your reply and info.

  38. May 26, 2020 at 10:40 PM
    dedanann says:

    Be advised, as of Monday 24th private boats Currently based in Greece are free to move from port to port.

  39. May 18, 2020 at 10:01 AM
    laterunner says:

    Hi, what about sailing OUT of Greece ?

    1. May 19, 2020 at 8:03 AM
      elzambi says:

      For the time beeing, there is no possibility to sail yachts in and out of any harbour in Greece. It is expected, that these restrictions will end on May 25.

  40. May 17, 2020 at 9:12 AM
    andreaspc says:

    Greek Cruising Tax TEPAI registration and Application form guide is at
    Vitually impossible to know how to complete the form without this manual.

  41. April 3, 2020 at 7:58 AM
    ican47 says:

    Hi there,
    are there somebody living aboard now in Mesolongi Marina? I would need to Contact him, when possible. Thanks, give me a call on [email protected]
    Thanks in Advance

  42. March 19, 2020 at 3:11 PM
    dedanann says:

    Hi All.
    There is a lot of confusion about private boats being allowed to move from port to port or not?
    My understanding having made some enquires from a Greek cruiser who understands what’s happening on the ground there, is, that all private boats currently in Greek ports or town quays can move from port to port. Social distancing applies of course.
    This particular cruiser launched from his boatyard last Friday and moved to his marina in Pireaus.
    I hope this is of some assistance.

    1. March 19, 2020 at 3:21 PM
      dedanann says:

      Hi All.
      Please ignore my last post about boats moving in Greece.
      No sooner had I posted this that I received an update from the same source to advise the following as of today Thursday March 19th,
      No further movements of private boats being allowed in Greek waters.
      Apologies for any confusion caused.

  43. February 22, 2020 at 12:10 AM
    nycgypsy1 says:

    Hi! Are any of you familiar with “Limenas Port Thassos” or “Marina Limenas Thassos?” We are looking to stay at a marina that has water and electric at the end of July for 1 week, while waiting for friends to join the boat. Another possibility would be “Kavala Marina/AISTER” on the mainland in Kavala. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

    1. February 25, 2020 at 11:19 PM
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      sue-richards says:

      Hi Holly, both “marinas” in Thassos have water and electricity – see, and the new marina in Limenaria is pretty big so finding space should not be too difficult. Unfortunately I cannot find any contact details for this new marina, so it might benefit a visit in advance to scope it out. Please do pass on more details if/when you visit.
      Suggest you try the Med Cruisers Facebook page to see if anyone has been to the new marina there.
      Kavala may be a better bet, and you can contact them in advance for details as well –

  44. December 14, 2019 at 7:55 PM
    uwethesailor says:

    Boat Sharing & Peer-to-Peer Boat Charter

    I was researching peer to peer charter today. I was looking for boat owners who want to share their boat, maybe because they want it to move or to earn a buck or two, or just because. I was a bit shocked by the current applications and or website who seem to offer peer to peer – direct boat charter from the owner. It seem they are far away from being handy and also the offers are mostly established charter bases rather than private people.

    My question, do you have any experience with peer to peer charter and/or are you or do you know boats owner who like to share their boat? How would you find boats to deliver and to charter from fellow owners?

    All the best and always fair winds.

    1. February 4, 2020 at 1:22 PM
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      sue-richards says:

      Hi Uwe,
      There seem to be many websites now that offer “boat-sharing” models. Sailum is one of them ( There are also a number of facebook pages (Women Who Sail is one) who have boat share/boat sitting sections.

  45. December 9, 2019 at 4:30 PM
    iandhjolliffe says:

    Hi, anyone tried to do the 2020 cruising tax yet? As of a few days ago the 2020 dates come up but none of the annual pay discounts are being applied 🙁

    1. February 4, 2020 at 1:27 PM
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      sue-richards says:

      Hi, I have been speaking with Chris Robb at the Cruising Association and he has confirmed the following:


      Several of our members have now done this, it was unblocked just before Christmas. Provided they answer the correct questions about being in a Greek port all year, they will get their discount if they mark every month. In theory, they should have done it before 31st December, but I guided someone through it yesterday.

      You may also find the following points of interest with regards to the E-TEPAI:


      Your account will be blocked if you have 11 failed attempts to access it. It is then not clear what you need to do. The answer is simple:

      1. Go to the E-TEPAI Login

      2. Enter your email address

      3. Click on “Reset Password”

      4. Await email response.

      A) Your account is now unblocked – you don’t have to change the password

      B) If you have forgotten your password, follow the instructions on the email to change the password

      The most common problems is people forgetting passwords, and forgetting that the document number is in fact their Passport number.


      When paying by bank transfer, you should just enter the 20 digit payment code. Users should note that they now have a block of numbers 5 or more long giving in excess of 25 digits. Just enter the first 20 digits.

      Do not be helpful and add the name of the boat or anything else especially in the “Notes for beneficiary” when even a dash will be added to the reference number and the PAYMENT WILL FAIL AND BE RETURNED.

      When a payment has successfully been made, the user will get an email back with the Application Print Out with the payment status amended. This is the receipt to show to the Port Police.

      This final step may not yet be implemented as they are doing a number of unspecified changes.

      Our thanks to the Cruising Association for clarifying these points.

  46. September 9, 2019 at 8:00 PM
    dedanann says:

    We have come out of Athens and cruising the islands presently. The meltimi has been blowing hard almost non stop for several weeks now, it starts at 5.00 am and blows through to 9.00 pm most days. This is not the place to be if you like easy cruising, it is however, great for those seeking adventure.

  47. August 25, 2019 at 2:56 PM
    dedanann says:

    Astakos, is a nice port to spend time, not so congested as other Ionian ports. Good mooring stern to on the town quay lying to the anchor for 20 or more boats, free water and electricity provided by the town hall, no charge to stay in July.
    Lots of good shopping and good taverna’s that are most reasonable and friendly.

  48. June 13, 2019 at 5:39 AM
    sysirona says:

    Kassiopi, Corfu.
    As of Wednesday 12th June this is no longer a free harbour. If your draft us shallow enough you can get on the left if there is space. Otherwise the other side is good if you have pre-booked ( However be careful of the rocks that stick out from the wall. For a 13m yacht on the left €26 in the right an extra 50% so €40! I got the impression that locals were none too happy either. No facilities for the yachty. Though lovely new water and electric points have been added round the harbour but you have to get a pre-paid card. Beyond all that, lovely little spot. If you don’t mind using a tender, go round the corner to one of the big bays, anchor for free and wander into town from the other side – little swell in the bays from passing speed boats/tripper boats.

  49. May 31, 2019 at 3:52 PM
    wdragon says:

    We on our way from Levkas on a 44ft catamaran planning to find a mooring closer to Athens to leave the yacht from approx 23rd June till end of August (in the water) when we plan to return and then from the end of September on the hard till June 2020. Any suggestions ?? We from South Africa so euro/rand exchange rate very bad, we need affordable place, thanks Patrick

    1. June 15, 2019 at 12:54 PM
      rersk says:

      Good News from Messolonghi Marina. They have just officially re-opened as of June 14, 2019. We were the second boat to arrive in the marina after it’s 2 1/2 years closure. There are some boats on the pontoons and hard standing, but otherwise the place seems semi-deserted at this time. The office is operational and responds to VHF 69. The store and the chandlery are starting to re-open. The sanitary facilities and power and water on the pontoons are clean and functional. We are paying 400 Euros/month high season rates to store our 12.8 m sloop until mid-Sept.
      Reed Erskine s/v Cayenne

  50. May 17, 2019 at 7:34 AM
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    sue-richards says:

    With just one day to go until the grace period for boats in Greek waters expires, members of the CA have reported problems in Rhodes when attempting to file their ships papers to put their boat “out of use” and therefore exempt from the TEPAI. Our thanks to the CA for sharing this feedback with Noonsite. Greek cruising tax – filing boat papers with the authorities to get “out of use” status. Heads up for anyone whose boat is in the water but wants to file for “out of use” – the Port Police here in Rhodes have taken the position that the official grace period until May 18th only applies to PAYING the tax, not to filing your papers for an exemption if you are not using your boat.

    Despite the fact we have an official statement from the boatyard where we are moored that the boat has been immobile in the water for 18 months (we’re doing a refit), when we tried to file our papers today the port police insisted we pay the tax for this month by tomorrow or face penalties of EUR1000 or more. This was confirmed by two separate agencies here with respect to other immobile boats trying to file their papers this week.

    Hopefully, it’s only the Rhodes PP who are taking this position but thought it might be of use to let others know what the situation is here… 

  51. May 10, 2019 at 7:30 AM
    2Canoes says:

    May 10th in Itea – TEPAI payment We have a Canadian flagged vessel. We therefore cannot use the website. We went to the custom office with the form as provided in the tax regulation. I printed and filled the form beforehand. They knew about the new tax, took my money and issued the receipt. The form is in the following document on page 14,15:
    ΠΟΛ.1210 (ΦΕΚ Β’ 5170/16.11.2018)
    available on this link: The custom office itself did not have the form. The documents they asked for are: 1) Transit Log 2) Passport 3) Boat registration 4) Tepai form They did not have the means to accept debit cards or credit cards, I had to pay cash. I got an official receipt and my form back with the appropriate signatures and stamps.
    The staff was pleasant and helpful.
    Went to Port Police after to get our Transit Log stamped. They did not make a point of asking for proof of payment of Tepai.

    1. May 11, 2019 at 9:35 PM
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      sue-richards says:

      Thank you very much for this useful info. I have added details of the online form, with a link, to our Greek Fees section.

  52. May 6, 2019 at 7:03 AM
    rick says:

    6th May 2019

    We have just purchased an Australian registered yacht on the hard in Corfu. We are also Australian.

    I cannot make head nor tail of what I need – i.e. Dekpa yes/no? TRansit log yes/no. What papers do I need from previous owner in relation to permits etc.

    Look forward to you clearing the smoke for me

    take care

    1. May 8, 2019 at 3:16 PM
      johnster says:

      Hi Rick.
      Greek admin is not making life easy for us cruisers.
      You’ll need the DEKPA for sure. Non-EU boats also need the transit log (shows when you first entered and exited european waters). If the boat has been in the EU for more than 18 months you’ll need a VAT proof (That the previous owner has paid a European VAT).
      As of May 9th 2019, you’ll allegedly need the carry proof that the latest scam tax (TEPAI) has been paid (This is somewhat unclear though). If and when applicable, it should allegedly be paid before launch via a complicated greek website that (a) is incomprehensible and ( b) randomly broken. (fee valid until each end of the month and no monthly pro-rata discounts are available).
      I spoke to the greek coast guards in Lefkada about 2 weeks ago when I went to renew my DEKPA and they were completely clueless about the TEPAI. My recommendation is not to launch until you are sure about the TEPAI or launch and leave the greek waters right away until it’s sorted.

    2. May 9, 2019 at 1:59 PM
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      sue-richards says:

      Hi Rick, See for all the details.
      As a non-EU yacht, it will not have a DEKPA (this is for EU boats only).
      The yacht will have a Transit Log, which must be surrendered to Customs on leaving Greek waters, or, when wintering the boat in Greece and leaving it empty. Ask the previous owners about this. Likely the boat has been bonded so as to extend the Transit Log by 6 months, again, ask the previous owners.
      All the info. on paperwork and documents you need for Greece are at the above link.
      BTW – the Cruising Association are recommending yacht owners wait a few weeks before worrying about the new tax, at least until the Greek Government have got a functioning payment system. There are currently no fines for late payment. See Related news for more info.

  53. April 24, 2019 at 6:57 AM
    Lynda Lim says:

    We are US flagged in Greece but have Pantaenius NY, must be different coverage. Brexit?

  54. March 30, 2019 at 4:51 PM
    Lynda Lim says:

    We are a canadian resident/flagged sailboat ashore in Corfu. Got same notice from Pantaenius Monaco at renewal last year. Pantaenius America (NY office) will provide a quote if you contact them.
    There are other possibilities out there. We are in the process of completing new survey for new carrier.
    More if needed via [email protected]

  55. March 26, 2019 at 9:43 PM
    Lynda Lim says:

    I have a US flagged boat in Greece and my insurance carrier, Pantaenius UK recently informed me that they can no longer provide coverage for not EU boats in Greece. Can anyone recommend a company that can provide me with coverage?

  56. February 4, 2019 at 9:12 PM
    Lynda Lim says:

    Feb 04, 2019 09:12 PM

    I was 3 days late with the DEKPA stamp in Kos summer 2018, and had to pay 500€ in penalty. No negotiations possible. Furthermore, this happened on a Friday and I had to stay on the island during the whole weekend until the bank opened Monday.

  57. October 8, 2018 at 11:23 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Reported by Joerg Esdorn Re. Transit Logs:

    In 9 months of cruising in Greece, I have not found a single port police office that follows the rules you are publishing.

    I have been told consistently that getting the stamp from the port police is required and failure to do so can result in heavy penalties.

    I have spoken with senior officers who were obviously smart and spoke perfect English, who have confirmed this. When I asked for an English language piece of paper that outlines the rules.

    I was told that it does not exist. I have also spoken to other Americans who seemed to have the same understanding of the rules.

  58. September 26, 2018 at 8:06 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Cruising updates of the Peloponnese from Cristopher Slaney.

    Nisos Stamfani – the small island south of Zakynthos. Very pleasant anchorage in settled weather. The cruising guide mentions the island is uninhabited with a deserted monastery.

    But in June 2018 there was a custodian living close by the impressive monastery buildings and a fast launch coming and going daily from the mainland. Kardamyli – watch out for fishing nets laid across the anchorage.

    Karovastasi – large bay south of Kardamyli. Pilot book states yachts sometimes tie up alongside the simple jetty. We did and got woken up just before daybreak by a returning fishing boat.

    It’s his jetty! Diros – bay south of Karovastasi with interesting cave system to visit. The anchorage is only viable in very settled weather and there is often a two or even their hour wait for the guided boat tour of the caves.

    Porto Kagio – never fails to disappoint. Well protected anchorage and off the beaten track. Plitra – small village of the eastern side of the bay which is dominated by Githio. Great place to spend a few days.

    Go stern-to on the inside of the breakwater while taking care to avoid the permanent fishing boat moorings. Local boat owners very accommodating. Single water tap on the breakwater, several bars and simple eating places on shore. Pleasant walks through the olive groves north of the village.

  59. July 28, 2018 at 11:07 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    We had the same from the Port police in Korfu, however, the Customs lady took the DEKPA from us anyways, so we have to buy a new one on entry again…

    1. May 29, 2019 at 7:12 AM
      yachtmaryflavin says:

      There seems to be some confusion here between DEKPA and Cruising Log. A DEKPA, which was revised in 2018 and then only issued when a fee of €50 had been paid at a tax office, the older version becoming void, is for EU boats and needs to be renewed either on or before the anniversary of its issue or last renewal, otherwise you pay again. A Transit Log is for all other vessels and it is technically to allow a non
      VAT paid boat to cruise Greek waters. Officially you should check in to every harbour you visit’s Port Police, and GET IT STAMPED, although many will not do so. It lasts for three years and will need to be surrendered, at a “Port of Exit” when you leave Greek waters.

  60. June 30, 2018 at 5:37 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    When we departed from Greece, we were told by the port police that if we returned within 12 months then our Dekpa will still be valid. Otherwise, you would need to purchase another one. The Dekap was about 50 euros. Irenka, Mothershipadrift.

  61. June 19, 2018 at 11:32 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    New scam in Greece:

    On entering a harbour some random guy ‘helps you in’ i.e. takes your lines. Later you are presented with a bill for at least euro10 or more commonly 1euro per boat metre.

    I haven’t asked for help and don’t need it but we yachties often volunteer and help each other. I was charged euro 12 for the guy taking two lines. The receipt he offered was a joke – something from a stationer.

    I demanded a tax receipt (the rule in Greece is now no tax receipt = no pay). He became very abusive and aggressive. Later the port authority came along with an itemised tax receipt which I paid. But I am sure they were involved because they take a cut.

    In SIMI near Rhodes, the mooring fee of 7.50 was given to me along with a bill for 10 euro by the same official.

    You can demand a tax receipt (one with the VAT itemised) before paying – but be prepared for hassle and even abuse. OR you can refuse any assistance and deal with your own lines.

    I am complaining to the Ministry for Tourism and urge any other victims to do the same. This is such a shame as there is a camaraderie amongst yachties taking each other’s lines and generally helping each other.

    Now if a yachtie tries to help he/she is sworn at by these guys who see their scam being spoiled. They often wear a tee shirt with ‘Mooring Man’ – SIMI, or ‘Mooring Services’ – Kalymnos.

    Khalki is also a problem and there may be others. Best to take your own lines. Don’t let this scam spoil your trip.

  62. October 22, 2016 at 10:39 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Posted on behalf of Mark & Lisa Powell

    A warning to non-EU cruisers in the Med.

    We would like to pass on our experience yesterday with French customs. As the website correctly states, non-EU registered boats may remain in EU waters for 18 months before payment of VAT is required.

    We entered the EU last July, after crossing the Atlantic in May and then spending some time in Portugal and “resetting the clock” in Gibraltar in July. Therefore, the boat could stay in the EU until Jan 2017 without paying VAT.

    However, before returning the US for the winter, we obtained a “Precinto” (6-month customs bond) in Spain. This basically put the boat in bond while we went back to the U.S. for 6 months. Our understanding was that this Precinto would stop the Temporary Importation (TI) clock for 6 months, effectively extending our time to 24 months in EU waters before VAT payment is required.

    Yesterday, while motoring along the south coast of France (near Bandol/Toulon), we were approached and boarded by French customs. Because out boat has only been in EU waters for since last July (13.5 months), they were very cordial and we had no problems.

    We also showed them our Precinto from Spain. They were completely unfamiliar with this document. I also showed them the paragraph in the IMRAY cruising guide describing the customs bond and 6-month extension.

    In no uncertain terms, they told us that France does not provide such an extension and that they would not recognize or honor this Precinto from Spain. They kindly suggested that we sail to Tunisia for a day to “reset the clock” before our 18-month deadline in Jan 2017.

  63. October 11, 2016 at 10:09 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Reported by SY Funny Girl – September 2016:

    Porto Kaio (Kayio) – Gulf of Lakonika, Southern Ionian
    A nice natural harbour, but with westerly winds of 18 knots there are heavy gusts into the bay.

    We anchored the most westerly we could, very close to the beach, good holding in places but not everywhere. There is a little floating pontoon – place for 2 or 3 yachts.

  64. October 2, 2016 at 2:17 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    When Scirocco winds are blowing hard from Africa (we experienced 50+ knots winds off southwestern Crete), none of the bays from Ak.

    Lithinon all the way to the Southeastern-most point of Crete, including Lerapetra which is promoted as a sheltered anchorage, will offer calm water, and the swell will be big and rough.

  65. October 2, 2016 at 12:11 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Car Rental in Greece. Be aware that in Greece, unlike in most other Mediterranean countries, they want to see an international drivers license, which you cannot get online instantly.

    The larger agencies will not rent you a car without this. In Chios Greece (the large island off Cesme Turkey), despite having a pre-paid online car rental reservation, the agent could not give us the car. We walked down the street to a local agency who did rent to us without a problem.

    1. October 3, 2016 at 10:46 AM
      Data Entry5 says:

      Further feedback from Peter of SY Funny Girl:

      Today (30th September) I had a nice conversation with a port police officer.
      He told me that there are no new Dekpa forms because there is coming a new form next year.

      Everybody should pay for that new form as the existing ones become obsolete.
      He could not tell me about the cost etc., but he had phoned with his office in Athens after running out of Dekpa forms.

      The explanation of this, higher level, office in Athens gave him this information.

    2. November 9, 2016 at 3:02 PM
      Data Entry5 says:

      Update from Peter Pelo from Poros – 6 November, 2016:

      About DEKPA

      A policeman told me there was a governmental communication, in the Gazette of 26th of September this year, about the DEKPA.

      From what I understand, the DEKPA forms have been renewed and will now cost 50€.
      Another thing I heard was that all old DEKPAs will lose their validity at the end of August 2017.

  66. August 15, 2016 at 10:31 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    We have checked with our contacts in Greece whether the shortage of DEKPA forms indicate that the regulations have changed. It appears not.

    He suggested the best solution was to have a signed note added to your Crew list and to have a Customs office issue you with the correct form when you find one which has any available.

    He said he has not heard of any problems arising from this solution.
    Presumably, they are all aware of the shortage.

  67. August 15, 2016 at 10:29 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Reported by Dutch Sailing yacht “Funny Girl”:

    I went to the port police in Preveza (Ionian) last Sunday, friendly people there, “we are sorry Sir, we have no DEKPA forms anymore!”

    My question: when will they come? Answer – no idea, maybe never!!
    But I insisted for a paper that I was there and wanted some proof because if the police or so catch you without a DEKPA it can be a high fine.

    So I get a paper where it is mentioned that I was in the police station asking for a DEKPA, plus a nice stamp from the Preveza Port Police office.

    At my request, the lady called to all nearby police stations, Corfu, Lefkas, and Gouvia marina, result: they all have no forms any more.

    But with the paper, she gave me I can sail around in Greece and do not need stamps because there is no space for it on the paper.

    This all cost no money.!

  68. September 17, 2015 at 1:46 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Posted on behalf of MY LeeZe (who posted this elsewhere on the site):

    We just spent the last 3 months cruising the NW Aegean. When we checked at Alexandroupolis, They did not charge for the transit log (we think that was a mistake) but they did charge 15 Euros to process our entry.

    Our passports were stamped. We checked OUT in Mytilini (we do not recommend… see other entry) and they stamped our passports and transit log and we left. If you are stuck in Greece after your visa expires, and cannot leave because of weather.

    Check out on day 90 and stay on board until you can leave. The Greek authorities in Mytilini and Myrina both told us that is authorized and there is no fine. Mytilini will probably move you to the Customs dock though.

  69. September 4, 2015 at 8:37 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Posted on behalf of Bruce Hops – SY Twins

    Today, Monday 31st. Aug., we arrived in Vathi/Meganisi. The Marinero there indicated to us where to tie up. A minute later we were told that it was a private marina and that a lot of boats were expected, hence we should move to the old port at the far end.

    According to Rod Heikell’s guidebook, we should be welcome there – figure it out…
    The said “old port” has an easy access and good holding, but the water there is filthy.

    Practically everything floats around and falling in would be a horror. The electrics are not operative and there is water at one end only.

    1. October 22, 2015 at 6:46 AM
      Data Entry5 says:

      It is known that diesel distributed in Greece (probably also abroad) is allowed to contain up to approx 15% of biodiesel. I personally use apart from some additives the premium diesel versions that contain max 5% of biodiesel. Of course, I mind using fresh diesel.

  70. August 6, 2015 at 2:48 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Posted on behalf of SY Twins:

    We have been cruising the Ionian Islands & the Peloponnese for the last six years. Obviously, we often use the engine on our GibSea 31. The diesel in this area seems to be only biodiesel or mixed diesel at best.

    Many boat owners have to get their tanks cleaned out and the tubing also, as the diesel deteriorates and creates a mass, blocking the fuel from reaching the injectors.

    Left longer in the tank and filters, it eventually takes the aspect of treacle. The problems encountered with engines stuttering and falling silent are very unpleasant and sometimes dangerous.

    We welcome any feedback from cruisers who might have a solution to this problem. B.T.W. none of the additives ever made a difference – just in the wallet!

    S/Y Twins

  71. May 22, 2015 at 6:32 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    I would like to inform all the people that are interested to visit Greece by sailing that the new tax system that was about to be applied -which was very… cruel- finally will not…

    Also, some things that were opposite to European Law, like the duration of staying in EU waters -vessels with no EU registration and not VAT paid- is about to change soon…

    So visit Greece with no any hesitation…

    1. June 1, 2015 at 11:17 AM
      Data Entry5 says:

      Non-EU cruising boats only get 6 months cruising in Greece now in every 12 months. The good news is that the transit log rules state that if your boat is “laid up for the winter” (in other words, in a marina or boatyard and vacated and not active), this time does not count towards the 6 months.

      Be sure to hand in your transit log to Customs when leaving your boat for the winter, and keep marina or boatyard receipts to prove that you were not on board.

      If however, you remained on board over the winter, it is very likely you will be penalized. Official fees are 88€ for out of the deadline exportation plus 14€ for each day you have stayed in Greek waters after the 6-month deadline.

      Good luck!

    2. June 23, 2015 at 10:24 PM
      Data Entry5 says:

      Wdragon sent us an update:
      Thanks for the advice. I eventually “settled” at Samos for an amount or 325 euro !! New log and penalties included. They started off with a penalty of some 995 euro – 65 days at 14euro/day plus 85euro +

      Eventually, I had to sign letters of apology, etc… All in Greek so I hope it’s all legal and then they reduced it to 325.

      In future one needs to hand the log in at the nearest customs office for safekeeping and to prove that you are not using the yacht, so one could in actual fact “stretch” your 6 months log over a year or more should you not be sailing.

  72. May 21, 2015 at 9:16 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    We entered Greece in Sept 2014 on our Non-EU registered yacht and us from South Africa. The 6 months cruising permit expired in March 2015 and now we are led to believe that we will not be able to extend our stay?

    And even more worrying is the mention of penalties! Any idea of the amount of these penalties and what I should do?

  73. October 2, 2014 at 5:27 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    We spent two months cruising the Ionian, and waters around Athens this 2014 summer. We found some excellent service providers, engineers, electricians etc who were both competent and interested in the customer.

    Our experience with marina staff and management, however, left much to be desired. Overall, imagine you were in Africa with a few brilliant spots in between.

    The Greek waters remain outstanding sailing/cruising grounds on many levels but, generally, the local industry is completely uninterested in the customer. This is sad.

  74. July 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Posted on behalf of Bruce Hops:

    We are at present in Galaxidhi and have discovered that the DEKPA has been (re) introduced for all boats above 7 meters. The 10-meter rule has been cancelled. We sail a 31ft. sloop – DEKPA price €29,35. The port seems much more busy than in the past.

  75. June 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Re. the Stephanielee posting above and payment of a 945 euro tax.

    Similar incidents reported this year have shown that the boat had paid a backlog of non-EU boat cruising tax (old style). That tax will be replaced by the new tax as and when it is introduced.

    The Ministry of Maritime has still not decided when they are going to start enforcing the new cruising tax. Keep up to date on this new tax at

  76. June 26, 2014 at 2:33 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Posted on behalf of SY Funny Girl: 12 June, 2014

    We are back at our yacht (Funny Girl), for the summer in Greece. We had our boat wintering at Aktio marina, very close to Preveza, at their dry standing. It is, for us, a very good place, also you can sand your boat etc. and every boat has his own electricity and water connection.

    Hauling in and out of the water goes quick and professional and at the time you want. Then we went to the port authority, we get a friendly explanation that our insurance needs to be updated to the latest Greek insurance law (Greek law 4256/14).

    The lady officer let us go but we had to promise that we should contact our insurance company about this. The lady also told us that maybe another port station could make (more) trouble about this.

    Then the famous DEPKA form, she gave us two stamps, one for the fact that we landed in the water this Tuesday and another one with a validity for a whole year, and……. we have for this whole year never to go to a port police station or other authorities.

    At my question what to pay, she said: “you do not have to pay anything”. The next question from me tax for boats?? she replies “no NOTHING”.
    This all was in a friendly atmosphere.

    Peter Terhaar
    sy / Funny Girl
    Jeanneau Sun Oddysey (Dutch flag)

  77. June 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    On behalf of Stephanielee;
    We received a receipt for the 945 euros. We are 13.1 metres and we entered Greece May 15th 2013. The boat has been out of the water for the past 10 months.

  78. June 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    The law has been changed since 2012. First of all the invoice should be given by the Customs office since the flag in non an EU country. If you had stayed in Greece for the last 9 months and you have paid the tax then you don’t pay a new tax.

    Can you please tell me the ship’s length in order to find out the right amount of money you have to pay? And furthermore, I need to know when you entered the Hellenic seas for the first time.


  79. June 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    We are an Australian registered yacht and entered Sami in May 2013. We wintered the boat in Levkas and on returning in May 2014 we went to collect our transit log at the Port office.

    They required us to pay the cruising tax of 945 euros. We paid this in cash at the local tax office. I think this is for the past 6 months and the next 6 months.

    I am not entirely clear exactly which period we have paid for. So it seems it is a requirement depending on where you are and at what office you go into! Stephanie James

  80. May 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Posted on behalf of Michael Lutz – Catamaran Swanie

    Many cruisers have heard of the new Greek Cruising Permit for non-EU citizens. For our boat, it would have cost about 400 Euros for 3 months.

    We just entered Greece the end of April, 2014 and no mention was made of this permit. Remember that every port of entry and every officer is different, but clearly, this requirement is not uniformly enforced at this time.

  81. April 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    April 2014.
    We were launched on Tuesday 1st April from Cleopatra MArina.
    We visited the Port Police as required. Our papers were duly inspected and stamped, end of story.

    No money was requested or changed hands.
    It would seem that this CRUISING TAX that we have all spent the winter worrying about is not going to happen this year, if at all.

    The problem seems t be that it is uncontrollable and unenforceable at the moment.
    The rumour is that the Port Police have refused to become involved with collection.

    This is our personal experience so far and is also confirmed by talking to numerous locals who are like us not in favour of this ill thought out scheme.

    Ray & Mandy
    SY Josephine.

  82. January 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Note that as US citizens, you are only permitted to stay in the whole of the Schengen Area (which includes Greece) for a total of 90 days in a six month period. As you discovered, over-stays incur substantial penalties and will also affect any subsequent visit to a Schengen Area country.

    A non-EU boat can remain in the EU for 18 months before having to leave (or officially import the boat). A short, documented visit to a non-EU country will ‘re-set the clock’ for another 18 months.

    The 6 months referred to by the Greek Customs official, is the initial Transit Document (log/cruising permit) issued at the first port of entry and only applies to Greece. It is extendable to 18 months.

    The Noonsite Team

  83. January 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    We entered Greece on our boat at Samos in 2013 and got our 90-day visas for US citizens. But the customs official was explicit that we now had 6 months in Greece.

    So we stayed for 4 months and ran into trouble in Mitilini on Lesvos when checking out. They said we overstayed for one month and the fine was 600 Euros per person, paid then or when we next re-entered Greece in the next four years.

    We suspect the customs official might have been referring to the boat having 6 months, but we are not sure. This was a bittersweet ending to a grand circumnavigation of the northern Aegean Sea.

    Michael A. Lutz