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Updated : 02/10/2014

Professional qualifications – Greece – Physiotherapists

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Only if you want to work abroad, not for study purposes.

If you obtained your professional qualifications outside the European Union, you should check with the relevant authority whether you must apply to have them recognised.

Permanent stay

Documents you must provide [permanent stay]

If you wish to work as a physiotherapist in Greece on a permanent basis you will have to submit the following documents:

  • completed and signed application form msw8 - 46 KB [46 KB] ελληνικά (el)
  • certified photocopy of a national identity card or passport
  • copy of diploma, certificate or other evidence of a formal qualification
  • transcript or equivalent document from the university or educational establishment that awarded your qualification. It must list all courses taken, broken down by year
    If you attended more than one higher education establishment, you must submit a diploma (or confirmation thereof) plus transcript for all of them
  • certificate or equivalent document authorising you to practise, issued by the relevant authority in the country where you are authorised (licence / registration / certificate of professional practice)
  • if the profession is not regulated in your home-country, certificate, issued by the relevant authority in the country where you obtained your qualifications, confirming that they comply with article  3, par. 1 (e) of Directive EC/2005/36 (for qualifications obtained in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and you are therefore able to practise as physiotherapist in your home country
  • if neither the profession of physiotherapist nor the respective education is regulated in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years in the last 10 – submit copies of social security documents
  • if your qualification comes from outside the EU, you must provide documentation from the relevant authority in the EU country that granted your professional license showing that:

    1. your academic qualification has been recognised there
    2. you are licensed to practise your profession there and
    3. you have 3 years of professional experience there (include copies of social security documents).

If the documents you submit are copies, they must be certified – by the relevant authorities in your home country or in Greece.

All documents must be translated into Greek. Translations must be certified, provided by an officially recognised translator in Greece or in any other EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

You may be able to find an officially recognised translator by contacting- the relevant national translation body .

Responsible authority [permanent stay]

Hellenic Republic
Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports
Directorate for EU Affairs
Council for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications

A. Papandreou, 37
EL- 151 80 Maroussi
Tel:   +30 210 344 3167 / 3169 / 2486 / 2487
Fax: +30 210 344 3158
Email: srpq@minedu.gov.gr

Website ελληνικά

When you can expect an answer [permanent stay]

Once you have sent your documents, the authorities have:

  • 1 month (from the time they receive your application) to acknowledge receipt and ask you for any other documents they require
  • 4 months to take a decision – from the time they have a complete application in their possession.

Cost [permanent stay]

€100 – to be paid to any Greek state tax office (D.O.Y.).

Temporary stay

Documents you must provide [temporary stay]

If you wish to work as a physiotherapist in Greece on a temporary or occasional basis, you must submit the following documents:

  • completed and signed declaration form
  • photocopy of a national identity card or passport
  • copy of diploma, certificate or other evidence of your professional qualification
  • attestation from the relevant authority in your home country (or country of establishment) that you are legally established there as a physiotherapist and are not prohibited from practising, even temporarily, at the time the attestation was issued
  • if neither the profession of physiotherapist nor the respective education is regulated in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years in the last 10 – submit copies of social security documents.

You must re-submit this declaration every year. However, as regards all the other documents, you only have to submit them with your initial declaration - unless there have been changes in your personal or professional situation.

If the documents you submit are copies, they must be certified – by the relevant authorities in your home country or in Greece.

All documents must be translated into Greek. Translations must be certified, provided by an officially recognised translator in Greece or in any other EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.


You may be able to find an officially recognised translator by contacting- the relevant national translation body.

Responsible authority [temporary stay]

Local Administrative Districts (perifereies) - Health Professions departments

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When you can expect an answer [temporary stay]

Once you have sent your documents, the authorities have:

  • 1 month (from the time they receive your application) to acknowledge receipt and inform you:

             - whether or not your qualifications will be checked
             - whether they need other documents
             - whether there is likely to be any delay in their decision, and why.

  • 2 months to take a decision – from the time they have a complete application in their possession.

Cost [temporary stay]

Free of charge.

However, if you have to sit an exam – to compensate for any shortcomings in your professional experience with respect to the Greek requirements – you'll have to pay the relevant fees for it (the same fees as those paid by Greek nationals).

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