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Moving to Greece – All you need to know

The country of the Balkan Peninsula is one of the most desirable nations to be visited. Thanks to its history, charm and proximity to European regions, it is the ideal destination to move. Would you like to live in Greece? Here’s the complete guide on how to move to Greece.

Learn Greek

One of the essential requirements for a smooth move to Greece is understanding the Greek language. That is, you must have listening understanding, speaking and writing skills as this will help you function better in the Mediterranean country.

Compared to other nations, in Greece they expect your resume or CV to have at least three to five pages, where it must specify studies and work experience. Everything you write should be supported by certificates and you will need to include medical evidence and a cover letter.

Find a job

Although getting a job in Greece can be difficult, this does not mean that it is impossible. Usually, immigrants are hired in sectors of agriculture, manufacturing and construction. If you want to move through the labor modality, you must get a job before starting your trip, or, be in the process of being hired.

In order for an expatriate living outside the European Union to apply for a job in the nation, the employer will have to prove that she could not find any person in the country or in the EU who is suitable for the job.

Apply for a visa

If you found your ideal job in Greece, or you are doing the documentation to formalize the contract, this is the ideal time to apply for your visa. These are the documents that you should have on hand:

  • Valid passport, which should not be close to three months of expiration.
  • Passport-type photographs.
  • University qualification test.
  • Bank vouchers that prove that you will be able to support yourself while they pay your first salary.
  • Proof of valid health insurance.
  • Proof of accommodation, it can be in your own or rented property.
  • Criminal Record.

If you are going to move with a pet, you must apply for a pet passport. For this permit you must have documents on hand that certify vaccines against rabies that have not been applied in a period of less than 21 days and routine vaccines.

Sign up for health insurance

It is law that your employer contributes for you so that you can get a health provider or medical insurance in Greece.

Apply for a work permit

You must request this permit within the first 30 days of your arrival in the country. To process it, you must have a social security number from the Social Security Institute and a local tax record from the Tax Office.

In addition, to request this permission, you must have:

  • Passport and photocopies of it.
  • Four passport-type photographs.
  • Proof of international medical insurance (i.e. it should cover Greece, or you can get insurance that works only in the nation).
  • Residential address.
  • Financial capability.
  • Salary certificate.
  • Certificate from a hospital that guarantees that you do not suffer from any serious and contagious disease.
  • Proof of payment at the required rate from the Tax Office.

Open a bank account

To open a bank account in the Mediterranean country you must be over 18 years of age. Even if you want to get your account before moving, you can do it. You just have to go to a branch of a Greek bank that is in your city. Unlike other nations, Greece offers expatriates checking, debit and savings cards.

In order to request a bank account you must present an ID and a local address in Greece. If you require additional help is preparing to move to Greece book online a meeting with professional lawyers who will help you with the process. Are you ready to move to Greece? Sure hope so!

To Move or to Improve, That Is the Question

Should you move home or improve your current abode? Should you relocate elsewhere or renovate where you are now? This is a huge decision that can impact your whole household, so it should not be taken lightly. There are a whole host of factors that should be taken into account if this a decision you have been thinking about or even faced with of late. A few of these factors can be found below to try and help you make the right decision.

First of all you have to think about the space your current home offers to you and your family. Children may spend the first years of their lives sleeping in the same room as their parents but there soon comes a time when they need their own. This means you have to have the rooms in your home to meet the demand, and to make rooms you need space. Now, your children could certainly cohabit in the same bedroom but there are proven dangers of having children of different ages do this. Because of this it may be prudent to relocate and seek a bigger home. And on the other end of the space spectrum you may also need to downsize too. If, for example, you are of an older generation and your mobility stops you from going upstairs then it may be time to downsize, no matter how hard that may be. It really is a case of considering how much house you realistically need before you invest any of your finances into either moving or improving. There are ways you can make the most out the space in your home, but if space really is an issue then moving is the best course of action.
Packed up and ready to move

But if space is not an issue and you are truly happy in your current abode then why waste your money on moving? Why not just plant your flag even deeper and renovate your current home? Renovating is the perfect way to scratch any itches you have to make a change and is a lot cheaper to do than to relocate. And there are even ways to renovate on a budget. Low costs do not have to result in a poor standard of renovation. But if you want to both relocate and renovate then there are ways you can have the best of both worlds. You could turn a building into a home by purchasing a place that needs a lot work doing on it. If this is your calling you should though be aware that you have to be very careful so as to ensure that you are protected in the venture. You should take a look into building survey quotes so you can have any prospective properties vetted professionally. Municipal reports don’t always dig up everything that is wrong with a home. By having any that you dedicate your finances to surveyed you might be able to have money knocked off the asking price. And that’s only ever a good thing, right?

Renovation needed

So, whether you want to move home or improve your home, it’s completely up to you. You have to feel for which scratch is the most itchy and then proceed to itch it!

Something About Doors Closing and Windows Opening…

I can finally stop being cryptic.

That thing that I was feeling too superstitious to talk about? Well, it was a job. A great job. My dream job. And it involved moving home.

The position was as a Digital Editor for a new magazine with a major publishing company and it was based in the West Country. I didn’t know if I was suitable, but I applied for the job just for shits and giggles. But they must’ve liked me because I made it to the next stage and they asked me to do the second part of the application process, which was submitting a schedule for a weeks worth of content for the site and a full work-up of one day’s worth of posts and social media.

“This has got me written all over it”, I thought.

And I really bloody enjoyed it. It was stressful as I wanted it SO badly, but the creative process was amazing and I really got a kick out of it.

As I said, it would have also involved a relocation, so I spent hours perusing houses in Bath, imagining life in a new city, I even picked out a school for Sausage. In my head, I was there.

I sent it all off and waited. And waited…

When I started this process, Sausage was having a bad time at school and the thought of being able to whisk her off to somewhere new and change everything was really appealing. Then she started enjoying it, the tears dried up and she settled in and I started to have doubts about whether I could inflict this upheaval on her if it came to it. I concluded that no, I probably couldn’t.

I’d be asking so much of my family. Sure, Husband works for himself and could technically do it from everywhere but I’d be asking them both to move away from all of their family and friends, just for me. Not to mention that I’d be moving all this way, then working full time hours. It was too much.

Then, yesterday, I got this (this is an abridged version of the original email):

Dear Jayne

Thank you for your application for the role of Digital Editor. We apologise for the delay in contacting you with an update on your application and the outcome of your task. I am afraid that due to unforeseen circumstances this role has been withdrawn due to business reasons and we are no longer recruiting for this role.

We appreciate the time you have spent on your application and the task and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We felt that you had good skills that would be suitable for a role with us and would be really keen to hear from you again for further Digital Editor roles or other positions that we may have in the future. 

Thank you for your interest and we wish you all the best in your employment search.


I didn’t get the job. But not because I’m not good enough, because there is no job. This means that I don’t have to ask my family to relocate, I don’t have to cause them upheaval and I don’t have to make the decision to NOT do these things either. It didn’t work out, but I don’t have to feel like my confidence has been knocked. It’s not me, it’s them. And I’m fine with that.

My Bath dream may be no more, but I’m happy. And what’s more important is that Sausage and Husband get to carry on being happy too. I also have an interview for a local job which is something totally different to anything I’ve done before but I’m excited about it and it would be great for our family.

(On a different note, as you can see, my skills for digital editing are clearly BRILLIANT, so if you know anyone who’s recruiting, do let me know!)


It’s funny how life goes, isn’t it? You can be cruising along at a comfortable pace and then BAM! Something comes along and changes everything. Only, this life-changing event seems quite apt, it’s happened at a time that’s coincided with other events and I’ve woken up today feeling reborn.

(No, not like a born-again Christian, you should now me better than that by now!)

If you’re reading this, you’ll have cottoned on to the fact that this is my first post on the new URL, which is a rebirth in itself and it’s feeling very good at the moment. New me, new URL!

Today, instead of going to work, I took Sausage to nursery, came home (via the shops where I bought myself some cappuccino for my Tassimo machine!), tinkered with the settings on the blog, caught up on some emails. Then I went to pick Sausage up from nursery, which is something I never used to be able to do and we walked to the swimming pool, doing this along the way:

After swimming, which was fab until a kid pooped in the pool, we came home and had lunch together, something else I don’t get to do with Sausage on a Wednesday. We’ve spent our day singing songs, laughing, having fun and generally feeling free and easy.

It’s not too bad, this unemployment lark!