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Greek Accommodation Tax

In January 2018 an Accommodation Tax came into effect, to be paid by all holidaymakers/tourists visiting Greece. The tax is payable by all guests upon arrival at check-in, (or to the renter) either by cash or card (please ensure that you also ask for a receipt). 

This tax is payable in addition to any payments previously made to your travel operator. 

The Greek Accommodation Tax isn’t paid to holiday companies on booking and neither should they ask for it, the payment is between the tourist and the accommodation upon arrival at their destination.

The Accommodation Tax must be paid by all visitors with no exception, and the charges are for all accommodations including hotels, apartments and other furnished rooms rented out to visitors. It is also payable on short-term, furnished and rented apartments (covering the AirBnB sector). Charges will be calculated on the number of overnight stays and the “star rated” category of the accommodation. 

There are two category ratings; hotels and apartments/furnished rooms, as set out below:

Charges for hotels (per room, per night):

1 and 2 star hotels – 50 cents (per night).

3 star hotels – 1.50 euro (per night).

4 star hotels – 3 euro (per night).

5 star hotels – 4 euros (per night).

Example – If you are staying in a 4 star hotel for seven days your total accommodation tax owing would be 21 euro.

Charges for AirBnB, apartments/furnished rooms (per room, per night):

1 and 2 key apartments/furnished rooms – 25 cents (per night).

3 key apartments/furnished rooms – 50 cents (per night).

4 key apartments/furnished rooms – 1 euro (per night).

Example – If you are staying in a 4 key apartment/furnished room for seven days your total tax owing would be 7 euros.

** Please note that basic rooms are not taxable, only rooms with extras such as WiFi etc are chargeable. 

Clarification on Star Rating in Greece

The Greek Ministry of Tourism set ALL star ratings for Greek Accommodation. Every Greek Accommodation is given a GTNO Certificate (EOT in Greek) that states their official star rating. This is the rating that they have to go on for charging the Accommodation Tax, therefore this is the rate that you will pay Accommodation Tax on.

When holidays are sold by Tour Operators, many of these Tour Operators set their own star rating system. This system is worked out on the facilities etc. that the accommodation offers.

This can cause some confusion.

Some UK Tour Operator star ratings don’t match the Greek ones; (In fact generally the UK operates a different star rating system to Greece).

If you find that your star rating doesn’t match, you will have to pay accommodation Tax as per your accommodations GTNO rating, regardless of what your tour operator or brochure may say.

Holidaymakers to Greece are advised to calculate the extra money they will require on top of any monies already paid to travel operators, and be prepared to pay the accommodation tax on upon arrival at their accommodation. Anyone who is unsure what category their accommodation falls into should query it before their holiday/trip takes place to avoid any confusion.

About Chrissie Parker

Chrissie Parker joined the Zakynthos Informer Team in 2014. Chrissie’s first experience of the island was a combined birthday and wedding celebration, in true Zakynthian style. Since then she has been able to combine her love of the island, including its incredible history, tradition and culture, with her love of writing.

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