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Old 26 Mar 2007
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Insurance For Non EU Countries

Can any UK riders offer advice as to where one can find motorcycle insurance for travel in Romania, Bulgaria and European Turkey? The cover will only be required for one month, July 2007.

My current insurers specifically exclude European Turkey and offer the minimum Third Party Cover for Romania and Bulgaria. Any advice would be appreciated.
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I havent been to turkey, but for RO & BG I have just always got it at the border. BG was cheaper, 7euros a month for a klr650, 14 for a 1200 indian. I think they go by bike size, as they always ask me about that. Ro was 30 USD for a month. Since they joined the EU, I dont know what may have changed, guess I'll find out next month
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Thanks for that guzzidoug.
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You can get Turkey insurance at the border and its dirt cheap.
I picked mine up at the Cesme port for 18 Turkish Lira for 3 months...which is about 12-13 USD or 10 Euro...
BUT if your insurance Green Card or International Insurance specifies Turkey, you're off the hook.
Not sure about the other guys...
Hope that helps.

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Thanks MotoEdde, my current insurers specifically exclude Turkey and they are somewaht vague on Romania & Bulgaria. Although these two countries have joined the EU the insurers are unclear as to whether whatever agreements are in place for other member countries are applicable to them as yet.
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Bosnia and Serbia

Anyone have ideas re insurance cover for few days crossing Bosnia and Serbia just passing through ? Observed wisdom seems to be get it at the border but that seems a bit too dependent on the mind set of the bloke at the border.

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Hi EMBEE

There's a company called Groupama do it, you can find them here :
https://www.groupama.co.uk/brokers/
I know they do it because I've used them for quite a few years now. They won't deal with you direct though, you'll have to go through a broker. Carole Nash use them and are probably your best bet just specify that you want Groupama as your insurer, you'll get breakdown cover too with the Carole Nash policy and it'll cover you in all the member countries. I've found them pretty good they do non EU countries aswell, green cards used to be free but last year they started charging for them, I got one for Ukraine and I think it was about forty quid. When I protested on the phone with Carole nash that green cards had been free before the guy said that they were gonna stop doing them but people complained so they said they'd carry on but were gonna have to charge for it. Fair enough I think.
I hope this helps, everything I've said refers to when you take a years policy though, I guess if you've already renewed with your current insurer there would be some cost involved for you to change but you can always get some quotes and see what you think.
Also this may help with who's in and who's not when it comes to Europe:
EUROPA - Countries
Carole Nash will tell you you don't need a green card for Europe members because they'll be on your policy but I like to take one with all my options on and I can go where I want then.
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Hi EMBEE

There's a company called Groupama do it, you can find them here :
https://www.groupama.co.uk/brokers/
I know they do it because I've used them for quite a few years now. They won't deal with you direct though, you'll have to go through a broker. Carole Nash use them and are probably your best bet just specify that you want Groupama as your insurer, you'll get breakdown cover too with the Carole Nash policy and it'll cover you in all the member countries. I've found them pretty good they do non EU countries aswell, green cards used to be free but last year they started charging for them, I got one for Ukraine and I think it was about forty quid. When I protested on the phone with Carole nash that green cards had been free before the guy said that they were gonna stop doing them but people complained so they said they'd carry on but were gonna have to charge for it. Fair enough I think.
I hope this helps, everything I've said refers to when you take a years policy though, I guess if you've already renewed with your current insurer there would be some cost involved for you to change but you can always get some quotes and see what you think.
Also this may help with who's in and who's not when it comes to Europe:
EUROPA - Countries
Carole Nash will tell you you don't need a green card for Europe members because they'll be on your policy but I like to take one with all my options on and I can go where I want then.
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I like your enthusiasm and efforts to help, but EMBEE last posted on this subject 5 years ago. Gulp.

All,
If you take a look at the forum for "trip paperwork" and the sticky threads in there, you can spend the rest of your days reading about this subject.
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You can get Turkey insurance at the border and its dirt cheap.
I picked mine up at the Cesme port for 18 Turkish Lira for 3 months...which is about 12-13 USD or 10 Euro...
I can confirm that this is unchanged as of the fall of 2011. I rode into Turkey in September 2011, and purchased Turkish coverage (basically just an extension of the Green Card I already had to include Turkey) for about the price mentioned above - somewhere around $15 or €15 for 3 months.

The insurance sales booths are located at the principal border crossings, no advance arrangements are necessary. Just have your bike's papers available, and set aside 15 minutes to fill out the paperwork.

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Mumbo68

I like your enthusiasm and efforts to help, but EMBEE last posted on this subject 5 years ago. Gulp.

All,
If you take a look at the forum for "trip paperwork" and the sticky threads in there, you can spend the rest of your days reading about this subject.
Oh yeah, I was in the Recent Topics section so didn't take much notice.
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Insurance/green card

Hi all
Just throwing this out to see what comes back my way :-)
Can anyone see any problems we might come against re insurance for travelling through Turkey and various other Eastern European and No EC Countries.
The thing is - we have been travelling now for three years and hence have no UK insurance, road tax or MOT. I was hoping to be able to buy insurance at the borders until we get a bit closer to home, e.g. Italy, Austria, Germany.
It seems I can buy insurance at the border for Turkey but how important is a green card?
And does anyone know about a requirement for a CDP in Turkey? RAC website says not needed but on Turkey, Travellers Info page it says mandatory for foreign vehicles.
Thx for your replies.

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All,
If you take a look at the forum for "trip paperwork" and the sticky threads in there, you can spend the rest of your days reading about this subject.

Guys, the mother of all threads on this subject is at http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...cheap-34822-12
which is a sticky within the "Trip Paperwork".

Oh yea, there is this also http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...ong-term-39472
Panhandle,
Welcome back to the bureaucracy of Europe - for when you arrive.
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Hi, in 2009 i was having the same problem but my sons insurance company AXA gave him a green card that covered all Western & Eastern European countries and even Turkey. I was getting nowhere with my own insurer and ended up cancelling and taking out an AXA policy. This may of have change since then.
This made border crossings much easier and faster. Andy
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My partner and I are currently planning a trip to Greece from the uk going down through the Balkans and returning via parts of Eastern Europe. Have found Carol Nash (UK brokers) very helpful who have recommended policies with Grouprama (mentioned above)
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