Greece’s Climate Resilience Tax

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Greece’s Climate Resilience Tax on Tourists is in Effect by the beginning of the Season 2024. The fee varies based on both the time of year tourists choose to visit and the category of hotel or accommodation they opt for.

Accommodation Taxes in Greece

The Climate Crisis Resilience Tax, previously announced in Greece, is now in effect for this season. The fee amount is contingent on the time of year tourists visit and the category of hotel or accommodation they choose.

After a challenging 2023 marked by floods and fires, the Greek government has introduced this tax to aid in covering the costs of post-disaster reconstruction. Tourists are required to pay this tax directly to their accommodation providers.

However, Greek hoteliers have expressed dissatisfaction with the tax, which adds an extra financial burden on top of existing taxes. They argue that it creates "disparities and distortions." President Ioannis Hatzis of the Hellenic Hoteliers Foundation is quoted in Greek Travel Pages as saying, "Instead of abolishing the bailout law, which initially anticipated the need for a stayover tax, the fee has now been increased by 100 to 200 percent."

The Fees

The following fees will be in effect from March to October and for hotels are:

  • 1.50 euros per night for one or two-star hotels (previously 0.50 euros)
  • 3 euros per night for three-star hotels (previously 1.50 euros)
  • 7 euros per night for four-star hotels (previously 3 euros)
  • 10 euros per night for five-star hotels (previously 4 euros

Additionally, short-term rentals booked through online platforms will be subject to the following:

  • 1.50 euros for apartments
  • 10 euros per night for single-family homes and luxury accommodations

The Greek government expects the new tax to generate up to 300 million euros in additional revenue in 2024.

Despite the concerns of accommodation providers, Greece expects to again break new records for tourism in 2024.

The winter season

During the months of November to February the amounts are defined as follows:

For main hotel accommodation

  • 1-2 stars, fifty cents (0.50) euros,
  • 3 stars, one and a half (1.50) euros,
  • 4 stars, three (3.00) euros,
  • 5 stars, four (4.00) euros,
  • In rented furnished rooms – apartments, the amount is set at fifty cents (0.50) euros,

In properties available through short-term lease, fifty cents (0.50) euros, while if the properties available through short-term lease are single-family houses of more than eighty (80) square meters, a durability fee of four (4) euros is imposed,

In self-catering accommodation – tourist furnished mansions (villas) it amounts to four (4) euros.

How is the fee collected

It is important to highlight that the climate crisis resilience fee is the responsibility of the resident who utilized the room or apartment. This fee is applied after their stay in the accommodation and before their departure. Accommodation businesses issue a special document, proof of climate crisis resilience fee collection, which is then submitted to the Tax Administration along with monthly statements.

These declarations must be submitted by the last day of the month following the issuance of each special document indicating the collection of the climate crisis resilience fee.

It is worth noting that the special document, proof of collection of the climate resilience fee, is exempt from VAT. Additionally, the specified fee is not levied in cases where accommodation services are provided free of charge by the aforementioned debtors.

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