Moving to the Greek Islands

Mar 08 | 2024

Celeste Tat, Marketing Manager with KAE International Movers in Greece, offers some advice to moving companies with customers heading off for a new life in the Greek islands.

An increased number of people are moving to the Greek Islands. They are mostly retirees or digital nomads. Surveys show that Greece is one of the top destinations for digital nomads. They are lured by the dream of a holiday in Greece with the benefits of technology. This means they can work and stay for months or even years, Greece is also among the top 10 best places in the world to retire in 2024, according to the 2024 Global Retirement Index by International Living. For Brits, Greece is an especially attractive destination, and the country that experienced the biggest increase in popularity for those looking to retire abroad there. With their healthy Mediterranean food, endless beaches, and ideal weather, the Greek islands are offering the perfect location for a second home. 

The Greek islands are, without doubt, beautiful, but there are challenges for people moving there and the companies who move them. 

  • Lack of infrastructure: Small islands, especially the popular Cyclades, may have poor or limited roads, bridges, ports, and other facilities. This can increase the cost, time, and risk of moving trucks.
  • Regulatory and logistical barriers: Customs clearance, quarantine procedures, security checks, and fuel availability can be problematic. These barriers can create delays, inefficiencies, and uncertainties for truck drivers and operators. They can also increase the complexity and cost of inter-island transport.
  • No cars allowed: The islands of Spetses, Hydra, and Alonissos have banned cars.
  • Bureaucracy: The Greek bureaucracy can be slow and complex, which can make it difficult to navigate paperwork and administrative processes;
  • Language difficulties: While English is widely spoken in Greece, it is important to have a basic understanding of the Greek language. If one does not speak Greek, it may be difficult to communicate with the local staff.
  • Negotiation style: Greeks tend to be more direct and assertive in their communication style. This may come across as aggressive or confrontational.

These difficulties can be overcome, but it is essential that moving companies select a local agent with the right knowledge.  For example, at KAE International, before any Greek move we  connect with the local team to get information regarding the area, the terrain, the access conditions, and any other extraordinary conditions. A supervisor who speaks Greek and English will be appointed to inform the customer during the move ...

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