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by Tim
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Covid/Vit D
Replies: 27
Views: 1418

Re: Covid/Vit D

Thanks for posting that, TweetTweet. I do love to read a good crackpot conspiracy theory from time to time, where a load of unrelated cherry-picked 'facts' are shoehorned into supporting a whacky theory. I'd just like to know one thing: If the pandemic is a hoax, then how is Bill Gates going to sell...
by Tim
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Residency
Replies: 48
Views: 2491

Re: Residency

Thanks, Warwick. I'm pretty sure that's what I was referring to. I remember it was somehow linked to residency. At least my mind's not playing tricks on me which means I'm not drinking too much. I will look into that policy closer to the time, being a mere stripling and not of pensionable age. For n...
by Tim
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Residency
Replies: 48
Views: 2491

Re: Residency

I'm interested in if/how expats are obtaining private health cover to satisfy the requirements of their new biometric permits. We currently spend just under 6 months a year in Crete, and would have no problem making that just over 6 months. We are tax-resident in the UK. We obtained our beige resid...
by Tim
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Residency
Replies: 48
Views: 2491

Re: Residency

Tom, I'd be interested to know how you get on in your quest for a Residency Permit. Who would have thought that the insignificant beige card which, aside from buying a car or swapping a driving licence, you never ever get asked for, would become the Holy Grail of the ex-pat?

Tim
by Tim
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: UK Bank accounts for ex pats
Replies: 39
Views: 2220

Re: UK Bank accounts for ex pats

Sorry, bob. I no longer understand what you're trying to say. It's really simple. My bank requires an address where they can write to me, should they need to. I have supplied them with a suitable address. They have not asked me if I live there, and I have not claimed so to do.

Tim
by Tim
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: ENFIA 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 1867

Re: ENFIA 2020

solitude1 wrote:I think ENFIA bills will arrive on Friday 25th September.


Yes. Tried my accountant on Monday, only to be told to come back next Monday. (28th).

Tim
by Tim
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: UK Bank accounts for ex pats
Replies: 39
Views: 2220

Re: UK Bank accounts for ex pats

I disagree, bob. Banks don't ring 'addresses', they ring phone numbers. If my bank rings me, they will find me on the end of the phone wherever in the world I happen to be. No deception involved or required.

Tim
by Tim
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Residency
Replies: 48
Views: 2491

Re: Residency

Hi tom Your post implies that you don't have a beige Residency Permit. If not (and I'm no expert on this) I think you need to act very swiftly indeed. If you don't hold a Residency Permit by the end of the year you won't (as I understand it) be able to apply for the biometric ID card which you need ...
by Tim
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: UK Bank accounts for ex pats
Replies: 39
Views: 2220

Re: UK Bank accounts for ex pats

This is precisely why the first rule of being expatriate is to keep a UK address. I'm sure Lloyds don't care where I live so long as they have an address in UK for me. Tim How can you do that without involving family or friends? I'm not sure I understand your question, margarita. You make it sound ...
by Tim
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: UK Bank accounts for ex pats
Replies: 39
Views: 2220

Re: UK Bank accounts for ex pats

Kamisiana wrote:According to some wise old forum members if you keep a UK address you are only pretending to live in Crete :roll: :wink:


Excellent strategy! I'll just pretend it's been p****ng down all day, then. :lol:

Tim
by Tim
Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: UK Bank accounts for ex pats
Replies: 39
Views: 2220

Re: UK Bank accounts for ex pats

This is precisely why the first rule of being expatriate is to keep a UK address. I'm sure Lloyds don't care where I live so long as they have an address in UK for me.

Tim
by Tim
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: UK car to Crete Import cost?
Replies: 32
Views: 1241

Re: UK car to Crete Import cost?

I did it with a small van, but the principle's the same:

Bought a van in UK, drove it to Crete and unloaded. Used it for a few weeks to buy furniture/building materials etc. Attempted to sell to any ex-pat who wanted it (failed). Drove it back to UK and sold it. Flew back.

It worked for me.

Tim
by Tim
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Σεισμός!
Replies: 12
Views: 616

Σεισμός!

Wow. Felt that. 5.9 on the Richter Scale, and not even that close to where I live. The old ladies of the alley all came sprinting outdoors. https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/?currentFeatureId=us7000bpvt&extent=-7.88515,-65.56641&extent=67.06743,116.19141 This map seems to suggest i...
by Tim
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Biometric Residency Cards
Replies: 6
Views: 749

Re: Biometric Residency Cards

Kilkis wrote:...or they just say that the existing blue and beige Residence Certificates continue to be valid until they are ready to issue the new documents?

Warwick


Yep. Just as likely, Warwick.

Tim
by Tim
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Biometric Residency Cards
Replies: 6
Views: 749

Re: Biometric Residency Cards

I've always assumed (so long as I prove to be eligible) that I'd be issued with a piece of paper 'in lieu' when the time comes. I am still of that view.

Tim

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