Greek Golden Visa
Greek Golden Visa: New Investment Tiers

Amidst a surge in popularity of the Greek Golden Visa Program last year, the Greek government has now revealed the long-awaited new real estate investment thresholds for the program.

Over recent weeks, anticipation has been high as official statements and insider reports hinted at impending changes to the program’s real estate regulations. Despite this anticipation, the specifics remained elusive, with varying reports circulating regarding the proposed alterations.

After considering multiple proposals and evaluating different price tiers for various regions, the Ministry of Finance has finally announced on March 21st the definitive rules. These rules are now poised for parliamentary approval.

The key points of the new real estate investment rules in the Greek Golden Visa Program bill, as announced by the Ministry of Finance, include:

1- Investments must now be made in a single property with a minimum area of 120 square meters, as opposed to the previous option of investing in multiple properties reaching the required minimum value.

2- These rules will come into effect on the 31st of March, with a transitional period for current applicants.

3- Property investment options:

1)   € 800,000 minimum in:

  •  Attica and its administrative regions (including Piraeus and most of the capital region).
  •  Thessaloniki’s regional units.
  •  Mykonos’s regional units.
  •  Santorini’s regional units.
  •  Islands with a population exceeding 3,100.

2)   € 400,000 minimum in all other regions of Greece.

3)   An exception is granted for property investments valued at € 250,000, irrespective of the property’s location or size, provided it meets one of the following conditions:

a) Conversion of commercial properties to residential, with the conversion completed before applying for the Greece Golden Visa .

b) Restoration of listed buildings, either by renovating it or completely rebuilding it. It is required that the renovation be completed by the fifth year of residency if the investor wishes to renew their Greek Golden Visa.

4- Restrictions will be imposed on property usage:

1)   Greek Golden Visa investors are prohibited from short-term rental of their properties, such as AirBnBs.

2)   Investors cannot use properties qualified through the conversion of commercial real estate to residential as registered company headquarters.

3)   Non-compliance with property usage restrictions will result in the revocation of the residence permit and an administrative fine of € 50,000. It remains unspecified whether these restrictions will apply to current or new Greek Golden Visa holders only.

It is highly likely that the bill of the Greek Golden Visa program will pass with minor changes in Parliament due to the government’s majority, with slim chances of significant alterations before final publication.

These updates to Greek Golden Visa program mark a new chapter in Greece’s approach to attracting foreign investment, offering varied opportunities for investors to contribute to and benefit from Greece’s growth while securing a future in this vibrant and historically rich nation.

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