GREEN CARD INSURANCE - The Facts

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    GREEN CARD INSURANCE

    The Green Card system was originally established in 1949 with two primary objectives. The Green Card system allows for easier passage of vehicles between the borders of countries that comply with the Green Card system.

    The Green Card system also protects the interests of victims of an accident by a foreign registered vehicle.


    HOW TO GET GREEN CARD INSURANCE
    Green Card is not in itself car insurance and offers no cover. Green Card is a document that provides proof that the minimum legal requirements of third party liability insurance are met. The minimum legal requirements are valid in all participating countries and is covered by the individuals own car insurance policy.

    You may simply ask your own insurance provider to provide you with a Green Card certificate, although they have no obligation to do so. Not all countries require a Green Card, but if you intend on traveling to a country that does, you must ensure that your car insurance provider can issue you with one, find an alternative provider that can or obtain border insurance at the point of entry into the country.

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    The Green Card system allows for easier passage of vehicles between the borders of countries that comply with the Green Card system.

    GREEN CARD INSURANCE EUROPE
    It is not required that a Green Card by law is used to travel and cross borders in Europe. Each European Union country complies with the First Directive on Motor Insurance meaning each motor insurance policy issued in the EU must provide the minimum of third party liability insurance for traveling between each European Union country.

    GREEN CARD INSURANCE COUNTRIES
    The Green Card document is recognised in over 40 countries and includes all counties in Europe. The table below details all Green Card countries and whether a green card is essential or not.

    Green Card countries Green Card needed
    Albania Yes
    Andorra No
    Austria No
    Belarus Yes
    Belgium No
    Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
    Bulgaria No
    Croatia No
    Cyprus No
    Czech Republic No
    Denmark No
    Estonia No
    Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Yes
    Finland No
    France No
    Germany No
    Greece No
    Hungary No
    Iceland No
    Ireland No
    Islamic Republic Of Iran Yes
    Israel Yes
    Italy No
    Latvia No
    Lithuania No
    Luxembourg No
    Malta No
    Moldova Yes
    Montenegro Yes
    Morocco Yes
    Netherlands No
    Norway No
    Poland No
    Portugal No
    Romania No
    Russia Yes
    Serbia No
    Slovak Rep No
    Slovenia No
    Spain No
    Sweden No
    Switzerland No
    Tunisia Yes
    Turkey Yes
    Ukraine Yes

    AM I COVERED TO DRIVE IN EUROPE
    Your car insurance policy may or may not cover you to drive in European Union countries. Before doing so, read your insurance policy documentation or call your provider. If you are insured, it is highly likely that you will be covered for third party only and will need to extend this cover if third party is not sufficient.

    GREEN CARD INSURANCE COST
    Green Card insurance is an extension of your current car insurance and the cost is not for the actual Green Card document. Your car insurance policy may already cover the minimum legal requirements for Green Card and some insurance providers offer this for free for a limited time.

    If your current car insurance policy does not extend to the Green Card to the extent that you wish, it’s likely that you will need to upgrade your current insurance policy, which will typically incur an extra fee. Check initially your car insurance documentation to see the type of Green Card coverage your policy covers.

    SHOULD I GET A GREEN CARD
    In the EU countries that do not require a Green Card to cross borders it is not necessary. By taking a Green Card however, will help to resolve any issues quicker should any arise.

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