English couple outraged over limited three month stay at Syros property due to Brexit


A sweeping new set of rules established by Prime Minister Boris Johnson has restricted UK nationals to a maximum of 90 days in any six months in most European countries without a visa or residency permit.

Coming into effect next month, the rule will affect the estimated half a million British citizens with properties on the Continent.

David Young, an award-winning novelist, bought a two-bedroom home on the Greek island of Syros with his wife Stephanie two years ago.

The view from the couple’s home in the Greek island of Syros. Photo: Daily Mail

He said the rules mean their “hopes of long hot summers” at their house will be severely curtailed, Daily Mail reports.

He added: “All we’re asking for is reciprocity. The irony is that post-Brexit, EU citizens will be able to spend up to six months at a time in the UK.

“The only solution is to apply for residency, but that comes with a minimum 183-day stay requirement. It’s a horrible Catch 22 situation – many owners have ties in the UK they just can’t sever, so they can’t opt for full residency.”

Asked if Mr Johnson is sympathetic to the plight of the holiday home owners and whether he will lobby the EU on their behalf, his spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has been clear on the fact we are leaving the European Union and what that entails in terms of bringing back control of our money, borders and laws.”




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

Breaking taboos: Greek Australian end-of-life doula to launch death cafe

Katerina Stevens is carving a unique path for herself as a newly-minted death doula. Read more about her story here.

The Greek Herald’s exposé on Orthodox funeral certificate up for Walkley Foundation award

The Greek Herald journalist Pamela Rontziokos has been named finalist for the Walkley Foundation’s 2024 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism.

Dimitris Basis to wow crowds at Greek Fest Brighton-Le-Sands

The Greek Festival of Sydney has announced that Dimitris Basis will grace the stage at the Greek Fest at Brighton-Le-Sands on Sunday, May 26.

Federation of Greek Elderly Citizens Clubs of Victoria to hold new elections

The Federation of Greek Elderly Citizens Club of Melbourne and Victoria will hold new elections on Friday, June 7.

Opening of Greek National Tourism Office in Melbourne enters final stage

The Greek National Tourism Organisation is currently hiring to fill the position of Head of the GNTO office in Australia, based in Melbourne.

You May Also Like

Melbourne woman shares why she pays her Greek dad to cook family meals

Amy Revell decided to hire her father, John Georgiou, to cook for her family as she discovered it wasn’t a task she enjoyed.

Greece’s PM reveals key developments aiming to enhance lives of Greeks abroad

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis highlighted a series of ground breaking initiatives to improve the daily lives of Greeks abroad.

Ruth Bardis’ new Greek cookbook curates the perfect culinary experience

Ruth Bardis, who has just released her third cookbook Simply More Greek, believes that Greek food is for everyone.