Ok , here is the problem; I have 'chartered' a yacht from Croatia
for 6 weeks, with the intention of visiting the Ionian
Islands in Greece
for part of the trip , before returning to Croatia
. The yacht is FR registered (so EU) and presumably has a Croatian charter
licence. but not a Greek one.
In actual fact this is 'our' yacht being bought through the Dream Yacht Charter
program,and this is 'owners weeks' rather than paid charter, but I dont believe that makes any difference to the situation, as my name is not the owner on the rego documents at the moment, and the paperwork is the same as if it was a normal charter. In other words it appears like a standard charter from all the paperwork. I am non EU, not that that is relevant.
I have researched all the Greek entry formalities info that are commonly available on the web so dont need to repeat the basics , but....
I have become aware of a new law passed in Greece
in late 2017 that essentially prohibits chartered boats entering Greece unless they have a Greek Charter licence (impossible to arrange at this point) OR are a starting AND ending the charter outside of Greece (which we are) BUT must have the same crew/guests on departure as arrival ie no crew changes while in Greece.
This last is a problem for us as we have crew/guests (non paying) booked to fly out of Greece, during the time we are in Greece, and others set to join in while in Greece and sail back to Croatia, and this cant be rearranged .
The new law is 4504/2017 - Article 36 (Amendments to Articles 3 and 13 of Law 4256/2014).
I have found a few web articles that broadly state the changes in differing ways here;
How Greeceâ€™s New Law Will Affect Yacht Charters - Sarnia Yachts
Change in Greek Law Affecting Charter Vessels
these articles are written from a big charter yacht perspective, so for example it's not 100% clear whether the 'guests' referred to means paying passengers as opposed to non paying guests of the primary charterer. (although the first article does appear to rule
out real guests as well as passengers).
Because this change in the law is new, it is unlikely to be well known, possibly even by Customs/PP, and unlikely to have been tested enough for anyone to give definitive advice
, and the above articles are anything but definitive about exactly what it says.
I am probably clutching at straws here but I would like to read for myself exactly the wording of what this new law says. However I cant find the text of it online anywhere , or rather I cant find an English
translation of it.
So my first question is; 1. can anyone help finding an English
translation of Law 4504/2017 - Article 36 ?
2. Does anyone have any direct experience of it's application? (Specifically in Corfu but anywhere would be useful).
3. Can anyone recommend a useful yacht clearance agent in Corfu that I can ask, small enough not to be found by google
? I have emailed the 4 I found on google
but have no response as yet.
4. Assume we sail to and enter Greece with one set of crew, which we should be able to do. Then we go to exit several weeks later with a different set of crew, which is where the problem would come. How much trouble am I in?
Thanks for reading and thanks even more if you can help with any of the above