In order to work and make charters in Greece, it is necessary to own a professional license delivered by the Hellenic merchant navy Ministry, to have a local address, to be registered at the tax office and to open a Greek bank account.

They are two ways to be allowed to work in Greece:
- Run a new business in Greece to which the existing business must sell the boat.
- Create a Greek branch of the business that owns the boat with a manager on the spot. The business which owns the boat must be registered into the European Union.
Then we can start the process to obtain the professional license.

Every boat possessing an official flag from a member State of the European Union allowing to work legally can obtain a license without changing the flag. If you donít, the fastest way would be to pass the boat under the commercial Greek flag. 

Many documents must be translated and certified with the Apostille seal (certification allowed by The Hague Convention the 5th October 1961).
Moreover, boat armament must respect Greek security standards for professional boats. A security visit which will thus have to be performed by an empowered organism (Lloyds for example). At the end of the visit, a certificate will be delivered (protocol).

From then on, an official application for a professional license can be dropped off to the competent authoritiesí administration office. To do so, will be required:
an official report from the board of directors to create a branch in Greece
the practice of a professional activity that all the documents are translated and sealed with the Apostille stamp; a certificate from the manager of the society appointing a legal representative and giving him the power to carry out the administrative procedures in the competent organisms. This proxy must be sealed by a legalization of the manager's signature which can be done before a solicitor in Greece or at the Greek consulate.

The cost for all procedures will not exceed 8,000EUR (administrative taxes, lawyer fee, navy inspection) for a pleasure boat up to 21 meters. Costs not included are compliance upgrade of the boat (if necessary).

It'll only take a few weeks on condition that all the documents are in compliance with the law.

For more information please do contact us.


To contact us :


Dr Jean-Jacques Paradissis

Member of the Syros Island Bar

Attorney at law (Syros Court of First Instance 

and Aegean Court of Appeal)

Ermoupolis - Syros

Tel: +30 6938615069

Fax: +30 22810 83629


Δρ. Ιωάννης-Ιάκωβος Παραδείσης

Mέλος Δικηγορικού Συλλόγου Σύρου

Δικηγόρος στο Πρωτοδικείο Σύρου 
  - Σύρος