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Brexit / Re: Brexit / expats driving in Greece
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 19 February, 2019 @ 12:34:11 »
If you're living in Greece and driving on a UK licence then:

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Once you reach the age of 70, your licence expires, but this doesn't automatically mean you have to stop driving. You just need to renew your driving licence if you want to continue. You'll need to renew it every 3 years after that. Renewal is free of charge.
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/travel-hobbies/driving/

However, as it looks as there won't be a Brexit deal then it seems UK nationals resident in Greece will need to exchange their UK licence for a Greek one. In which case:

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Under the legislation, drivers need to take a road test at the age of 74 and at regular intervals after that.

As the article in eKathimerini says, it's not clear what kind of driving test these motorists must take to renew their license.

Hm, think I can foresee some elderly Brits ending up driving around Kef without a valid licence.
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Brexit / Re: Brexit / passports & pet passports
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 19 February, 2019 @ 03:27:27 »
Few more months, Bryan, and you would have had a nice new blue passport!

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The new blue and gold passports, complete with a new, super-strength plastic polycarbonate picture page, will only be issued to those renewing or applying for a new passport from October 2019.

In the intervening six months, burgundy passports will continue to be issued – but with no reference to the European Union.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/brexit-explained/brexit-explained-blue-passport-uk-valid-no-deal-eu-schengen-a8783491.html


Check a passport for travel to Europe

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UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 19 February, 2019 @ 03:17:31 »
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Hottest-ever February day may be recorded this week as Britain braces for balmy weekend

Temperatures will rise to near-record levels for February over the weekend as warm weather spreads across the UK, the Met Office has said.

The mercury could hit 18C this Saturday in some places, and most areas will see a lot of sunshine, forecasters say.

The warm, sunny weather will contrast with the same time last year, when Britain was braced for the arrival of the Beast from the East, which took hold at the start of March.

The warmest February since records began was in 1998, when temperatures reached 19.7C in Greenwich, south-east London.
https://www.independent.co.uk/weather/uk-weather-forecast-met-office-sun-weekend-temperature-a8785651.html

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Holidays in Hellas / Re: Fewer flight seats
« Last Post by TonyKath on Monday, 18 February, 2019 @ 18:22:34 »
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Five reasons behind drop in air seats to Greece

The reduction in demand for air seats to Greece for the summer of 2019 is mainly attributed to the slowdown in eurozone growth, failure to complete a deal for Britain’s exit from the European Union, the dynamic return of Turkey as a tourism destination with very competitive prices, the bankruptcy of Germania....and to a relatively warm summer in Europe last year that affected the travel behavior of holidaymakers this year.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/237799/article/ekathimerini/business/five-reasons-behind-drop-in-air-seats-to-greece

....and some random leaves in the bottom of an empty tea cup

Or possibly grounds at the bottom of a greek coffee cup!

 :)

Tony
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Brexit / Re: Brexit / passports & pet passports
« Last Post by TonyKath on Monday, 18 February, 2019 @ 18:14:29 »
Like you, Bryan I wouldn't take the chance.  Have a good time in Blighty without worrying.

 :yiamas:

Tony
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Kefalonia News / Re: 2019 Calendar
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 18 February, 2019 @ 18:06:45 »


Kefalonia carnivals 2019:

03/03/19 @ 14:30 Poros
10/03/19 @ 15:30 Lixouri
10/03/19 @ 14:30 Argostoli
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Brexit / Brexit healthcare
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 18 February, 2019 @ 16:13:22 »
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Brexit: Will Britons living in the EU still get healthcare?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, reciprocal healthcare arrangements will not automatically survive. The UK is trying to reach agreements with EU governments to extend them.

For emergency treatment on holiday, UK nationals can use their EHIC card if they fall ill in another EU country, but if there is a no-deal Brexit it will no longer be valid and they will need travel insurance.

There are about three quarters of a million UK nationals living in other EU countries, although estimates vary.

UK nationals who live in EU countries will have different arrangements to access healthcare, depending on which country they live in.

"We are in a situation now where many of our fellow-citizens living in Spain or France do not know in just over 40 days time whether they will have any health cover," Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative chair of the House of Commons health select committee told BBC News.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47213212

 :oki:
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Holidays in Hellas / Re: Fewer flight seats
« Last Post by TonyD on Monday, 18 February, 2019 @ 16:04:58 »
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Five reasons behind drop in air seats to Greece

The reduction in demand for air seats to Greece for the summer of 2019 is mainly attributed to the slowdown in eurozone growth, failure to complete a deal for Britain’s exit from the European Union, the dynamic return of Turkey as a tourism destination with very competitive prices, the bankruptcy of Germania....and to a relatively warm summer in Europe last year that affected the travel behavior of holidaymakers this year.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/237799/article/ekathimerini/business/five-reasons-behind-drop-in-air-seats-to-greece

....and some random leaves in the bottom of an empty tea cup
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Holidays in Hellas / Holidaymakers stocking up on euros as Brexit looms
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 18 February, 2019 @ 13:27:31 »
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Holidaymakers stocking up on euros as Brexit looms

Holidaymakers have been stocking up on euros as Brexit draws nearer, new figures suggest.

Post Office Travel Money, which accounts for one in four UK foreign exchange transactions, said there has been “strong demand” for euros in recent months, suggesting there is still a significant appetite among holidaymakers to travel to Europe in the months ahead.

Euro sales are up 3% year-on-year in 2019 so far compared with January to mid-February in 2018, figures provided by Post Office Travel Money to the Press Association showed.
https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/national/17439876.holidaymakers-stocking-up-on-euros-as-brexit-looms/


Edit: moved to correct forum
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Greek News / Re: More strikes coming soon
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 18 February, 2019 @ 13:15:35 »
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POE-OTA local worker union calls strike for Thursday, demanding benefits

The union representing local authority workers, POE-OTA, has called a 24-hour strike for Thursday, February 21, to demand that staff working hazardous jobs get paid a corresponding bonus.

The union has also appealed for the public nature of services to be safeguarded, protesting against the "avalanche" of recent privatizations.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/237808/article/ekathimerini/news/poe-ota-local-worker-union-calls-strike-for-thursday-demanding-benefits
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