Buying in Kefalonia & Brexit
"For those wishing to purchase property in Kefalonia it is advised that the process will be easier before June 2021"
Great Britain foreign commomwealth office (2019) https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office
Brexit and Living in Kefalonia
For those living in Kefalonia who have residency are permitted to stay. For those already residents in Kefalonia there will be no change to your rights to work, access healthcare, study and collect your UK pension if you have one. This is due to the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement which will last until the 31st December 2020.
After the Withdrawal Agreement on the 31st of December 2020
Non Greek citizens living in Kefalonia will be required to obtain a new biometric residency permit. The requirements for this are listed below.
Brexit and Moving to Kefalonia
After December 2021 - Those wishing to move to Kefalonia, you can still move to Kefalonia freely but will need to apply for a biometric residency permit at the police station. You will need to have passport photos, a Greek bank account, proof of your house purchase and will require your finger prints to be taken.
Brexit and Buying Property in Kefalonia
Those wishing to move to Kefalonia you will need to apply for a residency permit, which is fairly easy process. For those wishing to purchase property in Kefalonia over €250,00 you automatically qualify for a 'Golden Visa'. Brexit will not change the rules regarding property ownership, rent, taxation and shared ownership. However, if you are buying a new property in Kefalonia you will need to check current property acquisition laws.
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Obtaining a Residency Permit in kefalonia
To obtain a Residence Permit in Kefalonia, which currently does not require renewal, you will need the following:
1. A colour photocopy of your passport and your passport.
2. Four passport style photographs of yourself.
3. An address of where you are staying in Kefalonia at the time of the application.
4. Proof of health insurance cover (EU Health Card or Greek health insurance)
proof you have sufficient income (e.g. bank statements) if you are not working in Kefalonia
or proof of employment (e.g. a letter from your employer)
Currently obtaining a residency permit in Kefalonia takes approximately 4- 6 weeks and is free of charge.
You will not be permitted to drive in Kefalonia with a British driving licence. If you are planning to return and drive in the UK as well as driving Greece, you can obtain an international driving permit. An international driving licence can be obtained from a UK post office for £5.50. In order to obtain one you must:
Be over 18
Live in the UK
Have a full UK driving licence
If you wish to apply for an international licence at the British Post Office click here.
Alternatively, you can swap your British driving licence for a Greek driving licence at one of the post offices in Kefalonia for €60.
Keep up-to-date on the latest information on how Brexit will affect buying property in Kefalonia, Greece. Please follow the link below for the most up-to-date information on how Brexit will affect British citizens in Kefalonia and those wishing purchase property, travel or relocate to Kefalonia.
A very useful link for how Brexit will affect British citizens living in Kefalonia, is the British Govenment Site: