A belated thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread. We are now ‘mission complete’ and tucked up in our new berth in the Ionian
. Herein are our experiences for others following in our wake.
We eventually brought the boat into Greece
Ingumenitsa, is a large and unattractive port that actively discourages all private pleasure boats. At first we were asked to leave and go elsewhere but when we explained we needed to ‘clear in’ with the port police we were shown to a tatty berth at the far end of the old port.
With the amount of ferry
traffic entering and leaving it is easy to see why the authorities don’t want an armada of yachts descending upon them. That being said the service
we received was extremely friendly and efficient.
The port police office is located in the (new) main buildings at the southern end of the harbor. They are up on the first floor and to the back of the building. The girl behind the reception
desk walked us through the building to the office we initially needed. They in turn walked us to the various departments to get documentation
copied, stamped and fee’s paid. The tax department and the harbor authority are all on the same level within metres of each other.
From memory we paid 19€ for the DEKPA (cruising permit), 15€ for the tax and 19€ for berthing the boat. (This would have been less if we had moored stern to instead of alongside).
they wanted to see was; The boat’s registration
documentation (very keen on this one), insurance
documents in Greek, The boat specification, LOA
and Beam, hull
number and engine serial
number plus its rated HP. If they checked the VAT invoice I wasn’t aware of it. They also insisted on a list of all crew and passport numbers and seeing evidence of experience. They were happy with an RYA Coastal Certificate and copied mine and my wife’s passports as we were the owners.
The whole process took just over an hour. Some of that time was spent with one young and charming official who was keen that we should see his home island of Corfu.
Apart from a very efficient service
Ingumenitsa itself has nothing to offer the visiting yacht. We wanted to be on the mainland but in a place ideal for getting crew on flights back home. In this respect it is well placed with hourly(ish) ferries over to the island. They take between 30-60mins depending on which sort of ferry
you catch and cost around 10€.
is not particularly well serviced by UK airlines and ticket prices are far more expensive than those to Corfu. Taxis are also expensive, around 170€ from Preveza to Ingoumenitsa ferry port. I understand there is a bus service but I have no information on this.
Before we left the officials were very keen to point out that is we stapled the tax receipt to the DEKPA we would not be asked to pay anymore tax for the life of the DEKPA. Everywhere we have been since have shown no interest in the document which is supposed be stamped at least once per month.
We did meet one other cruiser who tried to clear in through Preveza and was told to come back in a month or so because they had run out of their stock of DEKPA’s! All very relaxed apparently.
When we flew home at the end of the season the Marina completed all the documentation and notified the port police to say the boat was not being used until next year!
If you are entering Greece
and do not want to put people on aeroplanes then I think it would be wise to go to one of the smaller named ports
of entry where you don’t need a taxi to visit port police or tax offices, which are not always located together.
Be organized with your paperwork and take every last bit of information you need about yourself and the boat, including where you intend keeping it over winter. Note, photocopies of official documents are not really acceptable.
Whilst (we found) officials were not out to make the process difficult it was obvious that they would not short cut the procedure. If you don’t have the documents they want to hand they will send you back to your boat to get them.
However, all in all, the experience was far less troublesome than we expected. Long may it remain so!!!!