DEKPA and TEPAI- Greek Cruising Tax
revised 24 January 2020
DEKPA and TEPAI-Greek Cruising Tax legislation has created a lot of confusion. In this blog post we will try to clarify the procedures as well as some common questions regarding these two requirements.
As of 2nd of April 2019 all yachts over 7m LOA are required to pay TEPAI-Greek Cruising Tax fee. The fee is issued using the web application for eTEPAI payment if your yacht is registered in a member country of the EU or/and at the customs office if your yacht travels with a transit log.
DEKPA is required on private motor yachts or sailing yachts with a LOA greater than seven (7)m belonging to the register of ships of a European Union member country.
The DEKPA should be issued by the Port Police offices upon initial entry into Greek waters. The validity of the document is for one (1) year and needs to be renewed before its expiration. If the owner of the vessel fails to do so the fine is 5000 Euros but our experience has shown that authorities are lenient. The cost for issuing the DEKPA document is 50 Euros regardless of boat length and type, if you are arriving from another country on your yacht you should issue DEKPA upon the yachts first port of call within the Greek state.
The new form that the yacht owner needs to complete is much more detailed and additional information is requested. You can find a link to the form in the following link:
To issue the new DEKPA document the owner must proceed to the local Port Police station with the following:
- Boat Registration Document. If a temporary yacht registration is handed over a temporary DEKPA will be stamped by the authorities which will be set to expire at the same date as the temporary registration. When a permamant yacht registration is issued a new DEKPA document (fee payable again) will be required.
- Insurance certificate which should cover marine pollution.
- Passport for every person on the registration certificate.
- ICC and Radio License or equivalent.
- Receipt for the €50 fee (Process to issue this detailed below)
To issue the €50 fee for DEKPA you need to follow the procedure below:
- Navigate to https://bit.ly/39sw9IB and click on the highlighted text as seen in the image below
- Complete the next page, you only need to complete those that are completed in the example below.
Fill in the required boxes folowing directions in text boxes
TEPAI-Greek cruising tax is required by all yachts cruising in Greek water (all flags) you will need to pay the fees at a financial institution. Keep the receipt as you will be asked to provide it by the Coast Guard, Port Authority, Private Marina administration officials and Greek Customs Officers. To begin the issuing process click on the following link.
A guide for completting the e-TEPAI issuing process is available at the following link, we have found this to be clear and detailed.
The following table displays the fees per month and per year (10% Discount) for TEPAI-Greek Cruising Tax depending on LOA.
TEPAI-Greek cruising tax is payble only for the time the yacht is cruising in the Greek Waters and it can be paid on a monthly basis or yearly basis.
- Yacht is travelling between 01.08-28.08(TEPAI-Greek cruising tax is payable only for the month of August)
- Yacht is travelling between 15.08-10.09(TEPAI-Greek cruising tax is payable for August and September)
- Yacht is on Dry Dock in Sept, Oct but travelling in November (TEPAI-Greek cruising tax is payable ony for November)
- Yacht is berthed in July travelling in August (TEPAI-Greek cruising tax is payable for August)
Notes from our experience
Paying the fees upfront will save you time from filling up the form again and you will avoid queuing to pay them again.
When your yacht is put in the hard for winter maintenance or is in long term berthing make sure you ask from the yard or marina administration office for a receipt and a written statement clearly mentioning the area where your yacht will be kept, the duration and who will be responsible. These documents will be needed to proove that you were not eligible for TEPAI-Greek Cruising Tax payment because your yacht was out of use.
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