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A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:50:30 PM »
We have almost completed the procedure for importing our Nissan Xtrail into Corfu and have produced this two part guide to assist or entertain fellow Forum members and those contemplating bringing their cars with them to Corfu.  Due to the fluctuating nature of processes in Greece we cannot guarantee that your experiences will be the same as ours, but we hope it will provide a useful insight into what is required.  Our thanks go to previous Forum contributors who's informative words assisted us in the process, particularly Jan.

In Part One we will cover the process leading up to your arrival in Corfu with your vehicle.  The visit to the Greek Embassy in London and preparing documentation.

1.  Consider the use of your car in Greece and the value of taking it with you.  We wanted to keep our car as although 7 years old it was low mileage with full service and in tip top condition.  Larger cars can be expensive on Corfu.  Think about the driving costs on the island, road tax, fuel and insurance.  So you have decided that you will be keeping your car.  You must have owned it for over 6 months and should be in possession of the V5 log book and if you have the receipt for the purchase of the car keep it with the documentation you may need it later.

2.  Contact the Greek Embassy via their website and book an appointment for the Certificate for domicile transfer exemptions.  You can only book an appointment via email.  There can be a LONG waiting list for appointments so please book this as soon as possible.  Please note that the certificate that you will obtain is valid for 12 months.

3.  Contact the main dealership for your car in order to obtain an EU certificate of conformity for the car.  We did ours through the Nissan main UK office at a cost of 125.00 (but this price varies).  In order to receive this be prepared to provide photo evidence of the car registration, the Vin or chassis plate number and the engine number.  We also provided a photocopy of the V5.  We received the certificate by post within 10 working days.  This document is essential - DO NOT ATTEMPT TO IMPORT WITHOUT THIS.  It was so useful for us at various stages of the process.

4.  To prepare for our visit to the embassy we took the following documents, each one photocopied three times

V5 - Car registration document
Receipt of purchase
Certificate of conformity
Valid UK driving licence (photo) - (also took copies of Shelley's licence)
Valid UK passports (photocopies of all those leaving the country with you)
Council tax bills for the last 3 years
water bills for the last 3 years
Electricity/Gas bills for the last 3 years (we had a selection of these but were not looked at)
Greek Tax numbers (these were taken but are not required)
P45's and P60 last 3 years
Any paperwork relating to your place of residence in Corfu (deeds of purchase, pre-notary contracts, rental agreements etc) Also know the address and post code of the address
Large A4 size SAE (although they prepared the certificate while we waited, if they are busy they may send you away.  It helps if you have all the paperwork and plenty of photocopies)
15.00 cash to pay for the Certificate of permanent moving to Greece (currently 12.60 or 15 Euros)

5.  At the embassy

With the Embassy in front of you walk up the right hand side of the building and buzz for entry.  You then follow the path around to the rear where you will see an open reception with a desk to the right.  Tell them of your appointment time and confirm with them why you are here.  It is best to arrive 45 mins before your appointment as they will give you a selection of forms to complete while you wait and may mean you get seen without delay.  Be sure to have access to a pen and the car details, engine number etc.

You will be invited into a room where the paperwork will be processed.  We took everything but the kitchen sink but its better to have too much documentation than not enough.  At one point they will ask you to return to the waiting area to pay for the stamp for the certificate.  You then return directly to the room for the process to be completed.  The document is very thick by the time each photocopy is attached and they will stamp across the stapled join on every page.

About 90 mins later you should emerge with your certificate.  You will later have to hand this over to Greek customs in Corfu so although we didn't you may wish to photocopy it.  KEEP IT SAFE

Buy yourself a nice lunch as you have now successfully completed part one of the process......

Part 2 will cover the process of importing the car and getting Greek number plates utilising the help of an import agent in Corfu.  We would not advise going it alone.




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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2012, 03:09:36 PM »
just to add that if they send you away to get the special sae. from the post office, as they did me, the nearest one is in Notting Hill, so good to have got it beforehand just in case!

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2012, 07:00:55 PM »
CarlandShelley

We are planning to move to Corfu when our house sells in the UK and we will need to take our car with us as we have a cat and dog to take with us. I had read somewhere that there was a 6 month restriction on the retention of your vehicle in Greece. Does the process you brilliantly plot out below allow you to then keep your vehicle on Corfu permanently or must the vehicle be removed after 6 months?

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2012, 07:18:13 PM »
the process above is for importing your car and putting it onto Greek plates legally- and avoiding a lot of tax.  Only downside is that you cannot sell the vehicle in Greece for 5 years

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2013, 05:05:21 PM »
This may be a silly question - but what if you haven't owned your car for 6 months in the UK prior to moving to corfu?
We are thinking of buying a LHD to travel over with the dog and then keep it as our car when we live there...

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2013, 05:07:33 PM »
roxysmom,

I don't think you can do it. Unless it has changed, the six months prior ownership still stands as far as I am aware.

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2013, 05:25:18 PM »
Thanks Bob
do you think we could drive it there on UK plates for 6 months before trying to import it? It would be covered under UK insurance etc...
We don't have a residency permit yet either so could put that off for a few months too...
We don't want to buy and then find we can't bring it into the country!!!

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2013, 06:53:07 PM »
Thanks Bob
do you think we could drive it there on UK plates for 6 months before trying to import it? It would be covered under UK insurance etc...

Unless things have changed, you have to start the import procedure within 1 month of the car entering the country. Maybe someone else know differently.
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We don't have a residency permit yet either so could put that off for a few months too...
Yes, you probably could .... See here for more info.

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We don't want to buy and then find we can't bring it into the country!!!
Why not bring your UK registered car. Driving a RHD car is no great shakes! I did it for years!

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2013, 03:41:57 AM »
i bought a lhd car 3 years ago, changed german plates for uk ones, drove it to corfu where it stayed for six months after which i drove back to uk, did the paperwork at the enbassy where i had to prove 6 months ownership, then soon after drove it back to corfu and imnported it.  the journeys  suited me at the time, and being diesel it wasn't too expensive either, but if you are buying look at the size engine as   car tax alters appreciably. 

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2013, 08:26:30 PM »
Thanks Jan that sounds quite useful - presumably we can come back to the UK to do the paperwork at the embassy while leaving the car in Corfu and then go through the importing process when we get back - don't actually have to physically remove the car and bring it back in?

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2013, 03:04:11 AM »
you have to physically take your car out of greece and begin process of importing it when you get back in- you will be asked for your ferry ticket showing the date of car's entry.....mind you this is 3 years ago but ask the customs agents opposite the port customs office if things have changed.  i drove a van down last winter for a friend- and the ticket was needed then!

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2013, 12:17:23 AM »
Thanks all for your help and advice - I have one other question - we also want to import a couple of motorbikes which will be transported in the removals van - I'm presuming the process will be the same i.e. we will need the papers from the embassy before we come. Any restrictions on how many vehicles we can import?

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2014, 02:55:58 PM »
I am following this thread as I am now seriously looking at a move to Corfu in 2015. Can I bring in 2 vehicles? I have a motorhome in which I plan to live (are there any restrictions on this) and also a car. The motorhome probably wont need to go onto Greek plates as it will become like a static home as I can run lights, fridge, cooker, heater etc from solar panel and or gas instead of a mains supply. If I have a car I wouldn't need to drive the motorhome. Or would it be better to buy a scooter, have it attached to back of my motorhome and come with then and sell my car in the UK.

Your thoughts and comments would be greatfully received.

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2014, 03:05:45 PM »
ask the embassy- but you have to be aware that the answer you are given this month may be superseded by new regs. next month! 

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Re: A guide to importing your car to Corfu - Part One
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2014, 05:49:16 PM »
It's 1 of, car, motorbike, boat per family but that was a month ago.

I arrived in Corfu at lunchtime today and will be going through "part 2" over the next few days. I have a hip flask ready!!!

 

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