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    Green Card in Bosnia & Herzegovina.. Maybe Others!

    On a recent trip to Georgia, my route took me through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey. I was insured through Carole Nash, with Ageas Insurance Ltd., and they provided me with a Green Card for these countries, and many more (see image), for a cost of about £60, if I remember correctly.

    The Green Card was sent through the post a couple of weeks prior to me leaving the UK but, when I came to assemble all my documents, I couldn’t find it. A panic phone call to Carole Nash and it was emailed to me immediately, and printed out on my trusty mono laser printer… sorted.

    You probably know what I’m going to say next… The (mono) Green Card did its job admirably, even getting me into B&H from Croatia to go and have a look at Mostar. Having done the tourist stuff in Mostar, I re-entered Croatia near to Dubrovnik, to spend the night on the coast. Next morning, my plan was to go back through B&H, and then into Montenegro to visit some National Park, or other. I never got past the border checkpoint into B&H because my “Green Card” was not green. This was despite entering B&H the day before, albeit at a different checkpoint, and exiting B&H through this very same checkpoint the evening before!

    Luckily, I had to fly back to the UK for a couple of weeks before I resumed my adventure, so I re-printed my Green Card, in green, and continued my 23 country trip without further incident, except for Georgia, which wasn’t on my Green Card… insurance was only about €10 for a couple of weeks.

    The point of my post is.. Make sure your Green Card is green.

    Oh.. I found my original Green Card that Carole Nash had sent me.. I'd pinned it to the map of Europe on the wall of my study.. so I didn’t lose it!
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    My insurer - Hastings, told me they didn't issue green cards anymore so I had to buy insurance at the Bosnia/Croatia border.
    About €7 for 2 weeks I remember correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vRSG60 View Post
    My insurer - Hastings, told me they didn't issue green cards anymore so I had to buy insurance at the Bosnia/Croatia border.
    About €7 for 2 weeks I remember correctly.
    Like their customers, every insurer is sometimes different.

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    Carol Nashtie (Aviva) refused me a green card for Albania and Macedonia last year but they did issue one to cover Montenegro and BIH...got a green card from the same aforementioned this year to cover Turkey and noticed that Albania was also on the covered list but Montenegro wasn't !

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    Carole Nash badly let me down for my trip to Morocco. 1 month before departure I phoned up and all was ok to get the green card on my existing insurance. “Just phone us a week before you enter the border and we’ll email it you”, they said. And so I did and guess what, “Oh sorry no you don’t have it after all, we made a mistake and we’ll put the advisor back through training”, came the reply. What a joke. Their solution was to change my insurance company at my cost to obtain a green card or do it myself at the border. I chose the latter which of course all added to the suspense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G&T View Post
    Carole Nash badly let me down for my trip to Morocco. 1 month before departure I phoned up and all was ok to get the green card on my existing insurance. “Just phone us a week before you enter the border and we’ll email it you”, they said. And so I did and guess what, “Oh sorry no you don’t have it after all, we made a mistake and we’ll put the advisor back through training”, came the reply. What a joke. Their solution was to change my insurance company at my cost to obtain a green card or do it myself at the border. I chose the latter which of course all added to the suspense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
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    I stand to be corrected, but my experience is that AGEAS is the only insurer in the UK that will issue a Green Card at the moment, maybe that will, or have to change after Brexit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GADGET View Post
    I stand to be corrected, but my experience is that AGEAS is the only insurer in the UK that will issue a Green Card at the moment, maybe that will, or have to change after Brexit.
    Do you have any more info, or if anyone else can chime in to provide additional facts please, thanks.

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    Question Stand alone Green Card 'companies'

    I'm with Carole Nash and then Ageas.

    Insurance covers Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Greece and rather abstractly (to me anyway) Serbia , but not B&H, Albania or Macedonia

    They won't offer a green card for these countries

    Has anyone first-hand experience of other companies that will on a standalone basis - seem to be some on a web search...but may be more cars orientated etc, don't want to get something that's not actually recognised in the Balkan countries missing on my current insurance.

    I guess it's insurance at the border otherwise...never know what the **** you've actually paid for but have to assume it's legit - the Ukrainian cover I got some years ago was double-Dutch...well, actually I may have stood a chance with the Dutch or alternatively no insurance and the obvious risks that entails

    Looking at a travel down to Albania next month so grateful if anyone knows anything - otherwise use threads hereabouts as guidance on the actual crossings.

    Last went to Yugoslavia the year before the war...hang on...same in Ukraine so be interested to see if I remember anything at all, main interest is Albania though, been meaning to go for ages.

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    Have a look at the links below, the first link has a further link to show the countries covered by the "Green Card" system. The second link is fro the AA explaining we don't actually need to carry a "Green Card" for EU countries, at least until we know how the outcome of Brexit.

    https://www.cobx.org/article/45/gc-s...ipating-system

    https://www.theaa.com/car-insurance/...nce-green-card

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    Good post B, the other thing that occurs to me is that in the past I've had a green card come through the post as a photocopy... and not green...!

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    Didn't get to where we needed more than we what we had covered with normal insurance, but my mate who came other way from Greece mentioned still a bit pot luck - one border told him he couldn't come in w/o green card and wouldn't sell insurance, had to turn round. Entered by another border with no checks! Unfortunately I can't remember which one though so info a bit wasted Think Bosnia.

    Bev was able to get a border passport stamp going through Slovenia / Croatia to humor her, something along the lines of you'll be getting one when you finally Brexit didn't give me on though in me oirish one
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    Quote Originally Posted by fritz View Post
    Didn't get to where we needed more than we what we had covered with normal insurance, but my mate who came other way from Greece mentioned still a bit pot luck - one border told him he couldn't come in w/o green card and wouldn't sell insurance, had to turn round. Entered by another border with no checks! Unfortunately I can't remember which one though so info a bit wasted Think Bosnia.

    Bev was able to get a border passport stamp going through Slovenia / Croatia to humor her, something along the lines of you'll be getting one when you finally Brexit didn't give me on though in me oirish one
    Can somebody translate this, please.

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    Our 'standard' green card covered us for Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia & Bulgaria and none of others. we were hoping to go to Albania (and those countries between) but time prevented it so not an issue in end for us.

    My mate however was travelling opposite way (from Bulgaria towards Croatia via Montenegro ) and when - I think - leaving Montenegro he was given a 'no' to enter Bosnia Herzegovina at one crossing without an 'existing' policy (or specific green card) and no option to buy insurance at border. He turned round and went out at another border point but was then allowed to enter without insurance question. That may however have been the narrow band near Neum. I was highlighting the fact it's still not quite cut and dried down there.

    That's why I was seeking advice in an earlier post about pre-buying specific green card insurance in the UK before setting out. But no help was forthcoming

    Clear as mud

    The passport stamp bit was just flack
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