Everywhere but Croatia?

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  1. Mr Ed

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    Hi everyone, is it just me or is anyone facing the same problem. My insurance agents are saying that i am insured to travel in the EU but wont cover me for Croatia. I therefore either have to cancel the whole insurance and try to find a company which covers a wider cover to european countries not in the EU. Any advices would be appreciated, thankyou,
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  2. Mel

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    Can you not by insurance at the border?

    I dont know we dont have that problem here i am insured full stop.

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    I wouldn't have even thought about it, thought of heading that way, shall have to check now, let you know
     
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    As I leave for Bulgaria on Saturday I had the same problem with transiting Croatia and Serbia. Having checked my policy with Saga it does say am covered, BUT having researched the net there are obviously problems re insurance in Croatia. I have decided to transit Hungary and Romania instead. Several forums are suggesting that Croatia is charging for insurance at the border at exorbitant rates.
     
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    Just another rip off
    i would change my plans and not be a mug
     
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    Yes mines saga, and it does include Croatia. So I don't see a problem:cry:
     
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    My current insurance (Saga) clearly states Croatia is coverd. I have been there twice without any queries at the border.

    Croatia joins the EU in June or is it July this year so would have to be included for at least 3rd party.
     
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    I have done :Smile:
     
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    Most companies will issue green cards for non eu countries - if yours won't then you are with the wrong company!

    I would do that rather than buy at border - personally I would always worry whether insurance bought at the border really did cover my van rather than just the legal min.

    The other thing that may be more difficult to solve is the vehicle breakdown cover, which does not necessarily apply to the same countries as the main insurance. Croatia may be a problem for that perhaps.
     
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    Safeguard cover Croatia, Fully Comp, as well as Morocco. They now also cover Serbia.

    If you want Fully Comp cover for Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia and Montenegro Fully Comp the only one is Caravan Guard, ironically and perhaps Saga.
     
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    We're with Safeguard and cover for Croatia is included although not listed in the list of countries in the details booklet. I specifically asked if it was covered , they confirmed it was and at my request sent me an email to confirm this.
    Cover for Bosnia however is not provided by many insurance companies and we tried to buy at the border with no joy - we chose to get the ferry across to the island and drive that way down to Dubrovnik.
    We did have cause to use breakdown cover whilst in Croatia through our insurance policy (it was AA cover) with no problems , in fact they were very helpful:thumb:
     
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    Thanks for that. I'm with Safeguard, & its BOSNIA that is the issue. If you want to travel down to Dubrovnik, then its a ferry to bypass the 10kms of Bosnia in the way.
     
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    In situations like this it does pay to do your homework. With the internet it is soooo simple now. There are other forums out there other than fun specific to travel in other countries which give up to date information for the traveller that wants more than mainland southern Europe. I realise that some will have travelled to Croatia with no problems BUT it only takes one bolshi border guard and you are in deep do do. Its not much use quoting chapter and verse to some foreigner that does not speak English when he wants a baksheesh. I speak from experience :Smile:.
     
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    Croatia is not on the list of my breakdown thingy from quote line direct but the policy is axa have to look into it
     
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    Exactly. Lots of people said we could buy insurance at the border no problem but the border guards were having none of it, whatever anyone else said. Nothing we could do - having tried to buy insurance they knew we didn't have any so no go there.
    However, taking the small Ro-Ro ferry over to the island and driving that way was actually really good, we stopped at some campsites on the way and saw things we wouldn't have seen otherwise! It wasn't too big a diversion either.
     
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    I lived in Croatia for 5 years and worked in Germany and crossed the boarders all the time. I never had an issue as the Green Card automatically had Croatia as one of the countries you could enter and transit

    I know they don’t technically do Green Cards any more, but even when they switched them of the Policy had a list of countries you could visit and Croatia was one of them:BigGrin:

    It might well be that your particular Insurance Company don’t or wont cover it for whatever reason, so you'll have to either take out a separate insurance for entering the country, change insurance companies and policies, or simply just not go and tour down the other side of the Adriatic in Italy where the population are friendlier, the roads better and its just as hot and sunny (also the girls are better looking and don’t look like their dads.....I know after 5 years :thumb:)

    Hope you get it sorted out and happy Motorhoming :driving2::driving2:
     
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    My insurance is with Comfort and I checked with them this year to make sure we are covered for Croatia as we are looking to go later in the summer. Fully covered but not able to drive to Dubrovnic as entails a short spurt through Bosnia which is not covered. Would be interested to know if anybody has trouble.

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    Thank's for all of your inputs I will take all of your positive comments on board and probably end up going straight to Romania and Bulgaria and then decide what to do by the usual means of rolling the dice.:Doh::Doh:
     
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    Insurance problems but will the little ferry help a bit?

    Is the ferry that bypasses this bit of Bosnia straightforward ? Do you need to pre book / how regular and big is it?

    I have a 8 metre camper and want to leave hvar on the ferry to drevnik in the morning and get to dubrovnik the same evening ... (11th August). This little bit of Bosnia is a slight problem....

    My insurance covers Croatia (Zurich via coast), but not Albania, Montenegro or Bosnia. Caravanguard seem to be the only company that will cover these but they are more than £300 a year more than I currently pay, plus a £27 green card. Any other suggestions very welcome as quite fancied a quick visit to albania whilst thereabouts although will be running out of time by then....

    Ps ... I'm a newbie to this site so please be kind!!
     
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    Very easy.
    You get the ferry at Ploce - it's a roll on roll off ferry and you just park in the que and buy a ticket from the ferry office opposite the quayside. Its only a small local port. Our van is 7.5 mtr and was no problem - there were lorries bigger than us. It cost about £30 ish (can't remember exactly and my diaries are at home!) The boat is not huge but takes a lot of vehicles, there are several a day so if you can't get on the first one then you will be first in line for the next one. There is a seating area up top to admire the views.
    We bought a single, the trip takes about 45mins. We camped at the north of the island for a couple of days in sites before driving off at the south end back onto the mainland. The drive from northe to south takes around 3/4 hr I think but there is a nice town at the bottom to stop in and have a look round - very historic, specializing in oysters with parking spaces off the main rd for big vans.
    Glad we did it rather than just drive along the coast.
    Hope this helps
    jacky
     
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