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IMPORTANT: The minimum Golden Visa purchase requirement for properties located in Athens and Thessaloniki’s centres, as well as in Mykonos and Santorini increased from €250K to €500K in late 2023. To find out more, get in touch below.

Greece Golden Visa Program: Everything You Need To Know

As of 1 August 2023, Greek Golden Visa applicants can choose between the following program price points:

  • €250K: Real Estate Purchase, 10 Year Lease or Time Share Agreement, OR €500K Real Estate
  • €400K: Bank Deposit, Real Estate Investment Company, VC Company, Greek Treasury Bonds, Mutual Fund Shares, Alternative Investment Fund Shares
  • €800K: Corporate Bonds Or Shares

Below, we highlight all of the Greek Golden Visa investment options for 2024, and compare the program to one of its key competitors, the Portuguese Golden Visa program (€200K Cultural GV and €280K Property GV options).

WE HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY REAL ESTATE STOCK: PRICED FROM €258K – €300K+

What are the Greek Golden Visa options for 2024?

GREEK REAL ESTATE – ANY TYPE, ANY AGE

€250,000+ (~$249,000) OR €500,000+ (~$498,000), based on location

10 YEAR REAL ESTATE LEASE AGREEMENT

€250,000+ (~$249,000)

CAPITAL CONTRIBUTION TO VENTURE CAPITAL COMPANY

€400,000+ (~$398,000)

BANK DEPOSIT – GREEK CREDIT INSTITUTION

€400,000+ (~$398,000)

CAPITAL CONTRIBUTION TO REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COMPANY (REIC)

€400,000+ (~$398,000)

PURCHASE OF CORPORATE BONDS OR SHARES

€800,000+ (~$796,000)

PURCHASE OF GREEK TREASURY BONDS

€400,000+ (~$398,000)

PURCHASE OF MUTUAL FUND SHARES

€400,000+ (~$398,000)

PURCHASE OF ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUND (AIF) SHARES

€400,000+ (~$398,000)

NOTE: More than 95% of all locations in Greece remain unaffected by the recent price increases.

The new pricing changes are similar to the those implemented to the Portuguese Golden Visa program at the end of 2021, which exclude residential properties in Lisbon, Porto, the Algarve region, etc.

These legal changes are outlined in the ‘Amendment – Addition’ of the Permanent Residence of Investor (Golden Visa), paragraph B of Article 20 of the law “ 4521/2014 (Α’ 80)‘’, and stipulates that the price increase will apply to the following locations:

  • The North, South and Central Sectors of Athens
  • The Municipality of Thessaloniki in Macedonia
  • The Municipal Suburbs of Vari, Voula and Vouliagmeni in Attica
  • The regions of Mykonos and Santorini islands.

Therefore, the price increase will NOT apply to the overwhelming majority of Greek areas, outside of its core areas and top tourism destinations. 

 Greek Golden Visa (incl. 2023 program pricing changes) vs Portuguese Golden Visa Options (2023 – Cheapest Property & Cultural Production Options)

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Program Consideration Greece Golden Visa – Property 2023 Hungarian Golden Visa 2024 Portugal Golden Visa – 280K Property – 2022/2023 Portugal Cultural Production Golden Visa – 2022/2023
Program pricing €250K (Any property, of any age, outside of Athens and Thessaloniki); OR;

€500K (Any property, of any age, in some areas of Athens and Thessaloniki, and in Santorini and Mykonos. Starting from July 31st, 2023)

€250K Real Estate Fund Investment, or €500K+ for individual properties . .

 €30K professional service fee per family. (Additional €10K per additional adult dependent)

280K (Qualifying properties, older than 30 years, situated in low density areas (NUTS III), e.g. outside of Lisbon, Porto, the Algarve and most of the coastal areas of Mainland Portugal); €250K (Standard Rate Cultural Production Projects – Urban Areas);

OR;

€200K (Reduced-rate Cultural Production Projects – Low-Density Areas).

Typical yield 2-4% Variable 1.5-2.5% p.a. Some Capital Guaranteed / Non-Donation options anticipated
Minimum hold period 5 years 5 years 5 years Typically 5 years, but earlier exit possible (subject to penalty).
Legal basis / Official program guidance Greek “Golden Visa” Law 4251/2014 – Permanent Residency Permit for Investors Final Golden Visa Bill (Draft) Ordinance No. 305-A / 2012;

Law No 23/2007;

Regulatory decree No. 84/2007;

Portuguese Nationality Act No. 37/81 of 3 October;

Governmental program guidance;

Order no. 2360/2017 of 20 March;

Law no. 63/2015 of 30 June

Governmental program guidance

Application submitted by government entity No No No Yes
Typical application timeline to  3-4 Months 6-8 weeks 12-18 Months 10-12 Months
Path to permanent residency / citizenship Yes Yes Yes Yes
Minimum in-country presence requirement None None On average 7 days per year during temporary residency period (first 5 years) On average 7 days per year during temporary residency period (first 5 years)
Language testing requirement for temporary residency No No No No
Family eligibility Yes Yes Yes Yes
Timeline to citizenship and a passport After 7 years Around 8 years After 5 years After 5 years
Health insurance required Yes Yes Yes Yes
Government pre-approval issued before capital is committed No Yes No Yes
Local tax number required Yes Yes Yes Yes
Start process from home Yes Yes Yes Yes
Are Russians currently eligible to apply? No Yes No No
Local employment allowed? No, unless you set up your own business TBC Yes Yes
Can I pay for this Golden Visa using crypto? No TBC Yes (convert your crypto to fiat via Bison Bank) Yes (convert your crypto to fiat via Bison Bank)
Visa-free travel access to Schengen Area? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Language and /or cultural exam required for naturalization? Yes (The Panhellenic exam is conducted in Greek, with a minimum required pass rate of 80% to obtain the “Certificate of Adequacy of Knowledge for Naturalization (PEGP)”. Yes Yes (Portuguese A2 Level CIPLE exam  – Certificado Inicial de Português Língua Estrangeira. No cultural knowledge test applicable)  Yes (Portuguese A2 Level CIPLE exam  – Certificado Inicial de Português Língua Estrangeira.  No cultural knowledge test applicable)
Government pre-approval step No Yes No Yes (GEPAC – Portuguese Ministry of Cultural Affairs)
Principal guaranteed Generally not Generally not Only on some options Yes
Residency permit validity 5 years 10 years, and renewable for an additional 10 years. 2 years (first permit), then 3 years (second permit) 2 years (first permit), then 3 years (second permit)
Minimum means of subsistence requirement No No No No

Benefits of The Greek Golden Visa program

To date, over 10,000 Golden Visa applicants chose the Greek program as their Plan B…

☑ ENJOY EU (SCHENGEN) VISA-FREE TRAVEL

Enjoy freedom of movement across the entire Schengen area.

☑ DIVERSIFY YOUR REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS

Benefit from exposure to the thriving Greek property market in 2023 and beyond.

☑ GET THE FASTEST EUROPEAN GOLDEN VISA

Get your flexible Greek Plan B residency in just 3 to 4 months

☑ NO MINIMUM STAYS

Unlike with Portugal’s Golden Visa, there are no in-country presence requirements with the Greek Golden Visa.

☑ ENJOY HIGH ROI

Greek properties in Athens and Thessaloniki can deliver yields of 4-6%.

☑ FAMILY ELIGIBILITY 

Bring your spouse, your children under 18, and both your sets of parents.

The Greece Golden Visa application and renewals process at a glance

  1. Contact us and book a discovery call with your case consultant

  2. Sign term sheet and commence application process

  3. Initial client due diligence screening

  4. Purchasing of real estate / eligible capital transfer

  5. Compilation of client case file and supporting documentation

  6. Submission of client application to the Greek authorities.

  7. Receipt of approval notification, and residency cards issued.

  8. Renewal of residency card every 5 years, OR citizenship application after year 7.

Why choose to work with us?

✓ A track record of success – over 3,000 Greek Golden Visa clients successfully assisted without a single rejection.

✓ A leading team of Greek immigration professionals – 7 languages spoken.

✓ A 1-stop shop for Greek immigration services:  Greek Golden Visa program applications, Greek FIP Visas, and assistance in identifying and buying property in Athens and Thessaloniki. 

✓ Trusted ancillary service provider relationships in Athens and Thessaloniki.

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    Greece Golden Visa overview for 2024 compiled by…

    Andre Bothma Author
    Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Andre is a seasoned digital entrepreneur with extensive experience working in the demand-side of the Residency and Citizenship By Investment industry. He has been writing about Golden Visas, Citizenship By Investment and investment migration programs for over six years, and has frequently written and been interviewed by industry-leading RCBI publication, IMIDaily.com. Andre is a D7 Visa holder and Portuguese resident himself. Having identified a gap in the market for affordable European immigration solutions outside of Golden Visas, he launched D7 Visa to help more foreign individuals and families settle in Europe without the need for property investment. Andre is a regular contributor to the pages of Sovereign Man, a leading international diversification publication catering to a global audience. He is also one of the earliest global promoters of the HQA Visa Program and the Cultural Golden Visa program (Portugal) as well as the Hungarian Golden Visa. Andre spends half his time in Porto, Portugal.
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