Some UK citizens resident in Greece have been experiencing issues with being refused services due to not having the new biometric residence permit.
If you are affected by this, there is good news. A new circular has been issued, dated 16/4, and sent to all ministries and KEP offices across Greece. This circular confirms that you can use your old beige or blue EU residence permits in all public offices to prove that you are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, if you have not been able to get a biometric permit yet. If you don’t have the old permit, you can also prove your rights under the WA using other documents.
The circular can be found (in Greek) here: https://diavgeia.gov.gr/doc/6%CE%9E%CE%A8%CE%9746%CE%9C%CE%A4%CE%9B%CE%A0-%CE%A1%CE%91%CE%99?inline=true
If you have had issues, you can print this circular and present it to whichever office is refusing to serve you. The relevant section is the last few paragraphs of page 4 which say:
”In the event that a UK citizen, beneficiary of the WA does not have a biometric permit and considering that the system of registration is declaratory, the required documents at all ministries and public offices are
Information and translations are from the citizens rights group British in Greece – for questions and further information please follow there.
If you need information about how to apply for a new biometric residence permit, please see this article: https://www.kissamosnews.com/2021/01/new-biometric-residence-permits-for-uk-citizens-living-in-greece/