Following what was thought to be an April Fools joke earlier in the month, the Cruising Association has confirmed that the Greek government has issued a delay to the cruising tax.
The long running saga of the Greek Cruising tax, known as the TEPAI, was due for implementation on 2 April 2019 following the first attempt to introduce it in 2014. However, the Cruising Association (CA) reports that there has at last been a breakthrough regarding the TEPAI, with the Greeks agreeing to delay this new tax until May.
The Greek government has since announced the delay is now until 9th May instead of 2nd May as they need the extra time to implement the tax.
They have also published important concessions, namely:
- Yachts hauled out of the water are automatically deemed “Out of Use” – in their description, “Not in Greek Waters”. There is no need to file your ship’s papers when hauled out. This will remove a significant issue.
- Note: Yachts “Out of Use” but still in the water are required to file their ship’s papers with Customs (Transit Log) or Port Police (DEKPA).
- Initially, you can back-pay tax if you “willingly” go and pay it, if you are found to be unpaid – and will therefore avoid a fine.
Christopher Robb of the CA, who has worked tirelessly to get some concessions from the Greek government, comments: “There are still further issues needing clarification, but the main issues of initial fines has been passed. We still expect that there may be queues at the Port Police at the end of each month, but much of the pressure has been lifted from them.”