BALKANS INSURANCE (Green card) - border insurance prices and experiences

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  1. weponshotter69

    weponshotter69 n00b

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    Just checking in again.

    Leaving Albania I had no problems and into Macedonia I did have to pay 50 EUR. Into Serbia, surprisingly, the guy just asked "Ameriky?" when he saw my passport and when I said yes, he stamped my passport and let me on my way, no questions about insurance. According to a government website though, insurance should be no more than 67EUR for motorcycles entering the country for a period of 30 days

    Entering Kosovo, the border guards were very friendly. I had to pay the standard 15EUR for insurance but all else was fine. They also checked my driver's license and despite not having an IDP they didn't seem to mind.

    Entering back into Serbia I again did not have my insurance checked, they just checked that I had an entry stamp into Serbia and once they found it they let me on my way. I think I'm getting pretty lucky.
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  2. beebeer54

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    Therefore you weren't insured for Serbia? This is fine until you have an accident or the police stop you and ask for your insurance, then the fun begins!
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  3. weponshotter69

    weponshotter69 n00b

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    I'm well aware but I'll take my chances.
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  4. davss

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    Quick update: Croatia -> Bosnia paid no insurance. Bosnia -> Montenegro on exiting Bosnia had to bribe 10EUR for "coffee" although now I think I really shouldn't have paid anything. When entering Albania paid 16 EUR for 2 weeks third party insurance.
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  5. robxxx

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    Looks like I was proper ripped off at the Bosnia border then. 36.00 Euro's for 5 days.
    Border guard refused to let us in to start with. Then decided that he "knew" someone who could give us the scrap of paper. His mate the taxi driver at one of the many booths provided "cover" for us.
    To be fair, I had no problem with the cost, it was a beautiful and interesting country to visit and I would pay that again in a heartbeat.
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  6. weponshotter69

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    Yeah that's a bit pricey for BiH even if BiH is pricey in general.

    A couple days ago I passed from Serbia into Bosnia. They checked my insurance and saw that I needed to buy some so they happily took me to their nearby insurance agent and sold me 15 days of insurance for 41 Euros. Again, pricey, but it was in accordance with their rules and regulations so I wasn't paying any more than I had to.

    It definitely helps to know some of the language where you go. They were very friendly when I was using my sparse Serbian.
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  7. slashtommy

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    I have since moved from Ireland to Germany, where my new insurance company HUK have provided me with a green card valid for 5 years, for all the countries in the region except for Kosovo (who are not in the scheme). They have in fact sent me a Green Card that is valid for every country in the scheme except for Morocco, Tunisia, Israel and Iran.
    No charge.
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  8. Inblues

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  9. nickguzzi

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    An address worth saving...

    To whoever thinks it is OK to ride in the Balkans without insurance, my mate was dragged out and put in jail. They got a translator to inform him of his obligations and misdeeds. The judge would be around in a few days.
    Funny thing was, because they had grabbed all passports, they grabbed the one with a beard, because that was shown in the passport. Over a year away, guess who had grown one, and who had shaved one off.
    Embassy (a days ride away) told us to go away and suck it up. YMMV.

    Yeah, take your chances. We had not had an accident or caused any bother. Just a routine stop Sir, just routine.
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  10. Frgich

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    Hi Inblues,

    thanks for the heads up, appreciate it :thumb

    We do have our own dedicated thread here on ADVrider : http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...key-green-card-provider-bike-storage.1075077/

    And there is also one on HUBB too.

    If anyone have any kind of questions regarding green card insurance and/or bike storing, we're very fast with replies, and with vast knowledge of EU countries specifics can provide loads of valuable signposts how to sort paperwork in any of the EU countries.

    Direct email for all inquiries is: borderinsurance@lobagola.com

    Cheers
    Dooby
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  11. Frgich

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    Balkans is timid compared to South America :lol3 .

    Cheers
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  12. glitch_oz

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    Should make this post a sticky-thread that can be referred to as often as the same issues get posted. Throw in bike-shipping/ storing/ EU registration for o/s bikes etc as well.
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  13. slowriding

    slowriding Dopeless Hope Fiend

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    I purchased my green card from Lobagola and will do so again, very fast service and a good price. I can also recommend staying at the B&B if your in Zagreb, Dooby is a wealth of knowledge for riding the Balkan area and beyond, both dirt and pavement.
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  14. Frgich

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    Thanks D, much appreciated :thumb

    Looking fwd to see you again this year.

    For all the rest, we're storing motorcycles on site, trickle charging is included in the price of the storage. Free shuttle to airport both ways is included in the price of the storage. Spare parts, tires are available, as well as workshop with professional tool set, as is pressure washer. Bike transport inside EU is also available, and with our partners we're shipping bikes to NZ, AUS etc.

    Trans euro trail network of more then 38 000 km of non paved roads, started last year, and we're part of the project, providing linesman role for Croatia, but supporting throughout the Balkans, or farther away to Asia or Africa. Check the website at www.transeurotrail.org and join the forum (http://transeurotrail.org/forum/index.php ) , where you can find abundance of info on non paved road riding in Europe and beyond.

    Have a great riding year !

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  15. petertakov

    petertakov Been here awhile

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    These prices are ridiculous - you can buy Green Card at the border at a fraction of the price asked by Lobaloba-whatever.

    I have explained this in another thread that I wanted to link to but now I find out that my posts have been quietly deleted.
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  16. Trobs

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    Which border did you get your green card at? I entered the EU in Greece and they just waved me through without asking for any documents so I didn't get insurance. I just got turned away by the Croatians at the Croatia/Montenegro border near Dubrovnik because I don't have a green card and there's no place to buy it there. Haven't been able to find an insurance company in Albania, Kosovo or Montenegro that will sell me a green card on a foreign registered bike.
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  17. petertakov

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    I have just completed a tour of Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. The only border where GC was not available was the border between Slovenia and Italy because there simply is no border.

    I am currently in Greece and have been unfortunate enough to spend half an hour at the border between BG/GR because of the vacation crowd and have seen at least 5 places with a big "GC here" signs on them.

    Give me the name of the border crossing where you entered Greece as I am going there quite often and I will take a picture of the exact spot where GC are being sold.

    And here is another guy's report from the Croatian/Montenegro border that you refer to - somehow he was able to buy a GC at the same border https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTop...rossing_buy_at_Montenegro_border-Croatia.html
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  18. Trobs

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    I realise that insurance is for sale at non-EU Balkan country borders for those countries on their own.

    I need insurance for the EU. I realise I should have stopped and bought it at the Greek/Turkish border but I didn't and got waved straight through. That trip advisor link is about someone coming from Croatia to Montenegro, not the other way.
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  19. petertakov

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    As you say you should have bought insurance at the EU border - Greece in your case and it would have been valid throughout the EU and some other European countries such as Montenegro, for exemple. The fact that they have waved you through has nothing to do with your obligation to buy insurance.

    Nevertheless, GC is available at the Croatian/MN border, regardless of which way you cross it. Apparently they got frustrated by something (probably the fact that you have made it throughout South-Eastern Europe without insurance) and didn't let you through. What you should have done is leave your bike on the MN side of the checkpoint walk 50 meters to buy a GC, go back and pass through.
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  20. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    Your situation may vary depending on which country your bike is registered, so an Indian registered bike, might well have more problems buying insurance
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