I have just had a search online Phil and only found conflicting information on the Ministry website, but it looks like the 185 days may be the latest info, I'm afraid.
The English version is here http://www.yme.gr/index.php?getwhat=1&o ... d=&tid=537
Photocopy of a valid establishment or residence permit or other equivalent document, if applicant is not a Greek national, issued at least 185 days before the application or 95 days if applicant is a national of the EU or Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein and which will still be valid until the day of reception of the Greek driving licence. (My emphasis)
Kilkis wrote:I believe that the IDP issued by the RAC is not the correct version for Greece. There are two conventions as discussed earlier in the thread. The UK is a signatory to the convention under which IDPs are issued for Spain, for example, but will not be a signatory to the one suitable for Greece until the end of March 2019. I could be wrong.
RAC wrote:Which IDP will I require?
1949 IDP: If you are travelling to Ireland, Malta, Spain or Cyprus, you may require a 1949 IDP. The 1949 convention IDP is valid for 12 months.
1968 IDP: If you are travelling to all other EU states, you may require a 1968 IDP. The 1968 convention IDP is valid for three years, or for however long your driving licence is valid, if that date is earlier.
1926 IDP: A 1926 IDP is not required in any EU state (though you may require it if your onward travel is to Iraq or Somalia. Brazil also recognises this version
RAC wrote:Presently, the RAC issues the 1949 version of the IDP, alongside the Post Office, however from 1st February 2019, you will only be able to get IDPs from the Post Office.
You will be able to apply for all three types of IDP (1949, 1968 and 1926) at 2,500 Post Offices across the UK. The UK Government will announce which Post Office branches will offer IDPs in early 2019.
AA wrote:The Government has confirmed that if there is ‘no deal’ then mutual recognition of driving licences between the UK and EU may end.
I don't see why there is the need for two IDP's for countries that are in the EU?Jeffstclair wrote:scooby wrote:Talk about being bloody complicated.
so what is your answer scooby ...
Yup, idiotic.Kilkis wrote:Because, contrary to what is often portrayed, the EU is a collection of 28 independent sovereign states. There is only uniformity where the EU, and that means the 28 sovereign states through their elected leaders and their elected MPs, has decided it would be of benefit to the EU to have uniformity.
Thus the design of the EU licence and all the rules around it are defined in an EU Directive and all countries conform to them. That makes life simple for everyone. You get a licence in your own country and then you can use it to drive anywhere in the EU without having to get an IDP.
The EU couldn't care less what individual member states want to do about IDPs when it comes to driving licences from outside the EU so there is no uniformity. There is no need to have different rules at all but that is what happens when countries act independently. The EU could impose a uniform rule on IDPs but then it would be taking away sovereignty unnecessarily from member states. It's called subsidiarity. Arguably it isn't used often enough but sometimes when it is used it doesn't really help at all.
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