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Reply #4 - 12. Oct 2015 at 08:17
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I have registered to vote by post in the uk.You can apply online and it is quick and easy to do.Even as expats we need a voice as our finances are inextricably linked with the UK and changes in our pension rights etc will impact on us all.
  
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Reply #3 - 08. Oct 2015 at 14:50
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A recent chat with staff re-assures me that we can just drop in to a British consulate in Greece without an appointment during office hours.

Office hours for the public are 9am to 1pm on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays only.

Of course if there is a true emergency then to go on Tuesday and Thursday as well but best if possible to phone the Heraklion number for our Crete Consulate to alert them you would be coming.

As far as notary services go here is the clincher..... no more notarial services.

Many in Greece have received the latest "Life Certificate" form in the post.

So if you thought the consulate would be a quick and simple solution to get your certificate endorsed to state you are still alive and should continue to get your pension without interruption well THAT SERVICE IS WITHDRAWN, UNAVAILABLE along with virtually every other service for we as citizens should get from our own consulate EXCEPT an emergency such as lost passport replacement.

Everything changes if you are a company doing business between Britain and Greece. Then you get full priority and bingo, doors fly open wide.....

I applaud the fact we should promote Anglo-Greek business but consular services are there first and foremost to serve British citizens. What the hell is going on with thinking in London these days. It seems every British expat is out-of-sight, out-of-mind especially pensioners. So much for past contribution to the growth of our country's growth and prosperity.

This is one of the reasons I have been pushing for the continuous right to vote while abroad beyond 15 years for British citizens. It is a pity many others viewing this forum and the other forum have no interest in protecting their assets and pensions in mainland UK or Northern Ireland and failing to support the initiative started by disgruntled Brits in France after the winter fuel allowance debacle.

I guess we get the government of the day we deserve. If few care why should it?

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Reply #2 - 22. Jun 2014 at 14:08
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Hello Villager

You see the men from the ministry never look at the user factor, just what is convenient to their efficiency model or whatever.You are really re-inforcing my point. We should be able to just pop in and use it  as you put it.

Bottom line is they are probably re-inforcing security or a threat exists.

Have you been to the British Embassy in Athens recently? Understandably it is like getting into a gold vault.

I am afraid the days are passed when we can act as normal human beings going about our daily business to high profile offices because of a few who are intent on disrupting our lives.

In your case I bet a quick phone call beforehand to the Consulate to prepare them for your pending arrival would be enough and a cuppa would be waiting.

Take care

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Reply #1 - 22. Jun 2014 at 13:23
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Hi Gerald, Do you think this is a case of "Use it or loose it". I could not have managed without Claire and the girls when my husband died. The fact that I could just "pop" in and see them was a comfort.
  
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22. Jun 2014 at 13:11
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We have been informed by the staff at the British Vice Consulate in Candia Tower, Thalita Street in Heraklion that they have changed their contact details. The phone system is centralised on Athens for starters (even when you dial the local 2810 number), then they have changed their email address again and out of office emergencies are handled from UK (what?)

Just for your handy reference, the info is on our main website including map directions how to get to the British Consulate, its address etc with a picture of Candia Tower so you know when you get there.

The location is actually very convenient just up from the port on 25th August street - second small turning on the right (I think). You know you are right there when you find the little Church a few metres further on. Look up as Candia Tower is as its name suggests......

Time changes when British Consulate staff are available and its location map etc here
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