Using the Serbia Route - Recent Observations

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Postby bgboo » Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:50 pm

I think the rumour started after the media stated that all duty free shops had been forced to shut at all border crossings with Bulgaria. The television showed the Serbian - Bulgarian border and I think people thought it was the border closing but it is not.

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Postby rock_roland » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:04 pm

Thank you all.

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Postby Razor » Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:17 pm

As there are conflicting amounts mentioned here for the Serbian border insurance could people give the price they paid along with the type of vehicle. I know that they charge different rates for different vehicles and would rather know how much I should be charged before I get there. I can't find a definite amount even on official websites.
I will be travelling in a 7 seater Honda but according to the regulations it is classed as a car as it is less than 1.3m from floor to windscreen.

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Postby glyndwr » Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:30 pm

did this route in may i was find 40e for overtaking a slow lorry at road works & in heavy rain did not see solid white line. covered by mud & water ..at border payed 130e for green card (car) ,.. two young boys behind me was quoted 230e for transit van .. dont know if they took up the offer

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Postby LUCI » Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:46 pm

In may I paid 115 euros for chrysler 300c saloon car

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Postby yankv8 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:23 pm

Like i said earlier,seems like Serbia is taking advantage of this route and 'RIPPING PEOPLE OFF',They even charged us for PARKING at the border because THEY kept us there 4 hours with paper work etc,had to pay for personal escort to sit with us in transit all the way to border,when he left,the border guard to leave Serbia asked for BRIBE not to hassle us.The police are also waiting near that border for thier payment.........its easy money for them and THEY WANT TO JOIN THE EU !!!!!!!If i knew how to complain to EU OFFICIALS i would.It cost us,as we had transit and big trailor and campervan to go through Serbia the same amount it cost to drive from Wales,so you can guess what i think of them......... :evil:

Glyndwr is your second name Thomas by chance,as i know an old school football mate from many years back,last time i knew he was in the police. :)

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Postby LUCI » Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:32 pm

its standard practice in Serbia, that if you cant seal your van and you are carrying goods, you pay for an escort straight thru the country to the next border - four years ago since it first happened to us which is why we go thru Romania if carrying goods in a van

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Postby glyndwr » Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:55 pm

yankv8 wrote:Like i said earlier,seems like Serbia is taking advantage of this route and 'RIPPING PEOPLE OFF',They even charged us for PARKING at the border because THEY kept us there 4 hours with paper work etc,had to pay for personal escort to sit with us in transit all the way to border,when he left,the border guard to leave Serbia asked for BRIBE not to hassle us.The police are also waiting near that border for thier payment.........its easy money for them and THEY WANT TO JOIN THE EU !!!!!!!If i knew how to complain to EU OFFICIALS i would.It cost us,as we had transit and big trailor and campervan to go through Serbia the same amount it cost to drive from Wales,so you can guess what i think of them......... :evil:

Glyndwr is your second name Thomas by chance,as i know an old school football mate from many years back,last time i knew he was in the police. :)
sorry yankv8 my second name is wright from south wales merthyr tydfil

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Postby ewayne » Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:04 am

Hi

Well we finally made it to Bulgaria.

We left England on 13th April travelling in a van, went through the tunnel and upto to Dunkerque, travelled via Belgium, stopped for a refuel and breakfast and carried straight through to Germany. First overnight stop at Passau and then through Austria, Hungary and Romania where we had a second overnight stop as the roads in Romania where getting bad plus it was raining and dark by now. Boy are we glad we did, start of next day we were driving over stones, as road works were in progress. Several delays at traffic lights, couldn't believe people were still trying to overtake while there was a queue.

Carried on through Romania and tried to enter Serbia via the Portal De Fier crossing, which would then have enabled us to enter Bulgaria at the Bregovo border and we would have only been 20mins away from Vruv, only to be turned back, no explanation and would not allow us to buy a Green Card.

A young Romania custom officer, who spoke very good english and was really helpful, couldn't understand why we were refused as all insurance documents were in order. Perhaps we just had the wrong guard on the wrong day. Had no choice but then to go via Calafat Ferry, by-passed Craiova and found a more straightforward route to Calafat, some roadworks but on the whole road was very good.

We finally arrived at out friends in Vruv at 4.30pm on the 15th April.

Stayed with our friends for just under a week and are now settled in our own home.


On the whole roads and traffic were very good and we never suffered any major hold-ups

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Postby MOD » Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:40 pm

ibuy added:
Came across this on Irish Dept Of Foreign Affairs website, may save money and make the journey shorter!!

If you are taking your car, you must have vehicle registration/ownership documents and a locally valid insurance policy. European green card vehicle insurance is now valid in Serbia. The Green card annotation for Serbia was recently changed to "SRB", the previous annotation (SCG) remains valid until July 2009. If you do not have a green card valid for Serbia you will be charged a border insurance fee.


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