How Britain leaving the EU affects our lives and rights in Greece.
The Withdrawal Agreement (WA) covers Citizens Rights and has now been signed into law, protecting those who are already legally (i.e. registered) living/working/retired living in the EU.
From tonight we lose our right to vote in local & European elections in our host country.
After 31 December 2020 (end of the transition period) we will become Third Country Nationals in Greece and be required to exchange our EU residence certificates for Biometric Permits.
YOU NEED TO BE IN POSSESSION OF A BEIGE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE OR A BLUE PERMANENT RESIDENCE CERTIFICATE before December 2020 to secure your residence rights after the end of the transition period. The British Embassy in Athens is strongly pushing this message out,
If you have held a beige card for 5 years are more you should upgrade NOW (before end of 2020) to a blue permanent residence certifcate if you have resided for 5 consequtive years in Greece as the blue card permits you more rights under EU law. You will need to show evidence of your residence with utility bills, bank statements or Greek tax returns (for 5 years)NEW BIOMETRIC PERMITS from Dec 2020
Beige residence card holders will most likely again have to prove health insurance and sufficient resources to change to the new biometric permit, while blue permit holders (permanent residents) should not have to again prove their entitlement, if Greece follows the WA, although the WA does not prevent Member States from deciding to grant more generous rights. . See Residence Rights under https://ec.europa.eu/commission/pressco ... nda_20_104The AUTOMATIC right to move to live, work or retire in Greece/EU ends 31 December 2020 when UK citizens will no longer have EU Freedom of Movement.
Throughout the transition period, until 31st December 2020, nothing much changes and you can travel back and forth freely between the UK and Greece/EU and/ or work in Greece. You can also move to Greece to live until the end of 2020 but must obtain a registration certificate in order to have the right to stay beyond Dec 2020 and ‘exchange’ that in Jan 2021 to a new Biometric Permit (subject to the conditions above for beige permit holders).For UK State Pensioners
S1 form holders who have moved to Greece before 31st December 2020 will continue to have life-long healthcare rights provided they remain registered as resident in Greece. This means access to healthcare in Greece will not change for those S1 form holders for as long as they remain resident in Greece.
If you’re (registered) living in Greece before the end of the transition period but you haven’t reached state pension age at that point, you will be entitled to receive an S1 form when you qualify for your UK state pension, as long as you you haven't worked long enough in Greece to qualify for a Greek pension.The EHIC card
for health cover beyond 2020 within the EU comes under the next round of negotiations. Until December 2020 a UK issued EHIC is valid in all EU countries.ADDENDUM
: HOWEVER Article 30 of the WA covers the right to use an EHIC, after Jan 2021, as follows: 1. S1 holders who have a UK issued EHIC will be able to use it across the EU/EEA; 2. People working in their host countries who hold the country equivalent of the EHIC issued by the health scheme of that country (e.g. Greek issued EHIC) will be able to use them in the UK and across the EU.
Pensioner S1 holders will also continue to be able to access UK health care under UK regs, as they can now.'Married to a Greek citizen?
There are restrictions after 2022 if you want to move to the UK with your Greek spouse. They will fall under the much tougher UK immigration laws for third country nationals.
How to obtain a REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ( beige and blue permits) http://www.livingincrete.net/residencepermit.html
How to change a UK DRIVING LICENCE to a Greek Licence http://www.livingincrete.net/drivingincrete.html
How to get an AMKA number (for residents for Primary Healthcare cover in GR) http://www.livingincrete.net/natinsika.html
Withdrawal Agreement six-part informative Guide from British in Europe https://britishineurope.org/
Join the informative FACEBOOK GROUP BRITISH IN GREECE (affiliated with the British in Europe Group) for ongoing updates and info https://www.facebook.com/groups/313197395758514/
Good luck everybody,