Some time ago, Jim B asked for inputs on new Greek harbour check-in/check-out procedures. He had been given the impression that the very stringent requirements of checking into and checking out of every port had been relaxed and he asked for inputs on actual processes.
Well, I have just spent the last week in Kos and Symi and I decided to ask the PP here what their understanding was. This is clearly the two places in all of Greece where adherence to rules are the most paramount. The PP in both places claimed that there had not been any change in the rules; you are still required to check into and clear out of EVERY Greek harbour EVERY time. The PP in Kos even directed me to this web page run by the Greek Ministry of Tourism that contains the rules:
They claimed that if the rules would be changed, which they clearly thought was a very low probability, it would be announced on this page. I already knew of this page and as Jim B has noted; it has not changed in a long time. The PP also was quick to tell me that these rules are crucial to defend the Greek and EU borders and therefore are very unlikely to change. I had to severely restrain myself from commenting on the fact that sitting in an office putting rubber stamps on paper might not be the most efficient manner of border control. How about actually going out and patrolling the border? It has been tried very succesfully by other countries! But no, I was not brave enough to say this to an officer with a big gun on his belt.
My understanding of the Greek PP situation is unchanged and they are still in place: these silly rules are unknown or totally disregarded in the Ionian. Then they get gradually and unevenly more implemented the more east you get; until you get to Kos and Symi where it is almost religious. Rhodes and Tilos are very close in adherence to the letter of the law.
Now, in real life; things are very different. Most (if not all) cruisers totally disregard these rules. I have many cruiser friends who have cruised Greece for many years without any piece of paper or a rubber stamp. The risk of discovery is very, very low as the PP spends most of their time in their officies and are not patrolling. I have lately joined this majority of cruisers and are now disregarding the rules totally. However, if you do, you shouild be aware of what you are doing and make sure you yourself are happy with the risk/reward balance.