Sinkingslowly wrote:How would this apply if you are relatively new resident and not entitled to a 5 year blue certificate or applying under S1 for the first time?
I can't say that I know for sure but logically they should not ask a new applicant for any sort of residence certificate. Anybody new to Greece would need medical insurance to qualify for a residence certificate and would normally use an IKA book as proof of that. If IKA demand a residence certificate before issuing a book then they create a Catch 22 situation. You can't get a book without the certificate but you can't get a certificate without the book. I would turn up with your S1 form, your passport, a couple of photocopies of your passport, some proof of where you live, a couple of photocopies of that proof plus a handful of passport size photos and see what happens. If they ask for a residence certificate tell them you can't get one until you get the IKA book. If you already have a book and are renewing it take your normal residence certificate, i.e. beige one. As long as the issue date is within the last five years then you don't qualify for a permanent one, i.e. blue one, so I don't see how they can ask for one.
I'm not sure why they are asking anybody for any sort of residence certificate. An S1 form means that they can claim the cost of medical treatment from the home country, e.g. the UK. Surely that is their only concern. It may be a valid concern for the UK whether you are entitled to the cover but as long as the UK is prepared to pay I don't see why Greece cares? I would guess that in many cases they are not claiming anyway because they can't be bothered to return the second part of the S1 form to the UK. I would be surprised if the UK would pay any claim unless that part had been returned.