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Old 16.03.2010, 09:02
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Buying a car in Switzerland and driving it to Greece

Good morning all,

This is my very first post even though I have been reading this forum for nearly 2 years and have found it extremely helpful.

My question is a long shot but given there are so many knowledgeable people around I thought I would try.

I have been living in Switzerland for over 2 years on a B-permit valid for 5. I am in full-time employment and therefore pay my Swiss tax as required. I am of Greek nationality originally.

I would like to buy a car which I would then like to drive to Greece this summer (and back, so I am not planning to leave the car there!). I was told that this may cause me trouble when entering the Greek border in that I would have to declare the car as my possession and subsequently be taxed under Greek law. I was wondering if any Greek (Swiss residents) have come across a similar situation and if they could give me some advice. I know it sounds totally insane that I would be taxed in Greece but given how little I know about Greek tax law and how many complications there could be I would rather avoid dissapointment!

I would appreciate anyone's help on this.
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Faye
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Re: Buying a car in Switzerland and driving it to Greece

No thats only when you import the car there, otherwise you are like the tourist arriving by car.... you'll have swiss plates.

Maybe it is special in Greece but I dont see why it would be
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Old 16.03.2010, 09:56
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Re: Buying a car in Switzerland and driving it to Greece

Before driving to Greece, check the details of your car insurance.
Most of the companies do not cover you if you travel through the Balkan countries. There is an exception list of countries on the green paper detailing your car insurance.
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Re: Buying a car in Switzerland and driving it to Greece

I guess it will also depend on how long you intend to stay in Greece over the summer. if less than, say, 3 months, there is no way they can tax you or make you import your car (especially as you do not live there!).

As long as you can prove residency in Switzerland (you can, you have your B permit)and the car is swiss registered (also true) then you should have no problem. On entering Greece I would imagine you would say you are there on holiday visiting friends and family (or whatever). I think you are worrying a bit too much!
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Old 16.03.2010, 14:24
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Re: Buying a car in Switzerland and driving it to Greece

The situation is as follows:

You will have no problem at all as long as you ensure that your insurance covers you for Greece and you do not intend to stay for over 6 months. If the Tourist Poilce (Touristiki Astunomia) stop you for a check (since you have Swiss number plates in Greece) all you have to do is prove to them that you have not been there for over 6 months and this is easily done by showing them the ferry boat ticket with the date (Ancona to Patra for example). So make sure that you also keep proof of the ferry ticket.

I also went to Greece with my Swiss number plate car (I am also Greek living in Zurich) two years ago and I had no problems whatsoever.

Of course keep your Swiss residence permit with you at all times when driving in Greece.

Any further questions you can PM me.
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Re: Buying a car in Switzerland and driving it to Greece

A massive thanks to all of you guys! This forum is excellent.
One less worry for me now!
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