Using the Serbia Route - Recent Observations

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Postby fizzgiguk2001 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:04 am

Pascalcho wrote:
fizzgiguk2001 wrote:Hi Stewarty.

I think the statement means you have to pay a higher amount of Tax compared to a car or small van. Been looking at this ourselves, we have an LDV convoy.

Good Luck

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LDV convoy = double (have one myself)
Close to or over 50 euro travelling from Hungary to Nis...

(Toll road) :)

I know that travelling with a van is more expensive but it's a matter of doing all our sums before hand to ensure that we know what we are going to have to pay out along the way. We have decided that this route in the van will be more of a pain to do, not only with the charges but issues with driving over the border (see earlier posts). Would possibly think of doing it in a car one day, as I believe that this is a wonderful route with breathtaking views. IMO never say never.





Postby spannerman » Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:39 pm

Any ideas how much to come through serbia with a small car? Also, do you pay with card, euros or local currency. Not done this route before so any tips would be great.

ps. can't get green card through our car insurance.


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Postby codking » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:14 pm

Hi,tried this route during the middle of April,and they wanted 250 EUROS to drive through their country.We saw 2 border police being given back handers.We were asked how much we had in our pockets but declined to give them this info.After we declined their offer,we then had the hassle of leaving the country.Our van was searched about 3 times.Ended up taking the Rumania route,which is a little slow but scenic.Best of luck.

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Postby Tiarnan » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:46 pm

about 18 months ago we paid apprx 22 Euro to cross Serbia ..we paid it in toll booths. Had our Green Card so no hassle at all at I,ve posted before we,ve had absolutely no trouble passing through Serbia......found the Border Guards to be polite and professional.....certainly a lot more polite than a muppet we got in Dover.

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Postby owain » Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:19 pm

spannerman wrote:Any ideas how much to come through serbia with a small car? Also, do you pay with card, euros or local currency. Not done this route before so any tips would be great.

ps. can't get green card through our car insurance.


Hi spannerman,
I would avoid the Serbian route without a Green Card, the border guards will be rubbing their hands :wink: They will happily accept Euros, never offer them your card or you may be taken to the nearest cashpoint so they can empty it :lol:
The cost of short term insurance is now in the region of 150 Euros plus the cost of the tolls (20 to 30 Euros). They could also insist that you should have an International Driving Permit to accompany your licence(easily obtained from the AA), which will be another reason to 'fine' you.
I've travelled this route a few times without any problems but my vehicle has had a Green Card.Many get caught for varying amounts without one, you may be lucky and they charge you the normal price but you may not.

It is almost impossible to find insurers in the UK that will issue a Green Card for Serbia. If you do this trip regularly from the UK, it's worth contacting They specialise in EU cover and Breakdown.


Postby deeoz07 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:06 pm

For UK insurer willing to give a green card for Serbia, try NFU {National Farmers' Union} Insurance. - YOU DON't HAVE TO BE A FARMER!

I heard last year that they were issuing green cards valid for Serbia at no extra charge, but this information may be out-of-date or just completely wrong.

Done the trip through Serbia several times in a BG registered vehicle {no problems with insurance} and have found you just need to have a bit of cash to pay the tolls. {Best to use an ATM somewhere to get the cash rather than get fleeced at the border. Just stop at the first town coming in from either direction to find an ATM.

Fuel and anything else can be bought on your card, as there is little point in getting a load of cash, and then have to change it back again.

Have a good trip, it certainly makes a pleasant change from the roads in Romania!

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Postby LUCI » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:24 pm

aviva have been issuing green cards for serbia for the past 18 months at least - ours have been free of charge but I understand that they sometimes chrge around £15 - if you dont have a green card then you buy it at the border - the border guard holds your passport whilst you pull forwrd into a parking area in front of a kind of small bank type office where you pay - the last one we bought wasabout 130 euros but that was a couple of years ago. It is a number of years since we have come across any type of corruption or even rudeness from any staff at the serbian border and the roads are very good and well worth paying the relatively small tolls to use in my opinion - just try to observe their speed limits or at least watch out for speed traps as the traffic police will still try for a back hander!

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Re: Using the Serbia Route - Recent Observations

Postby Liliputian » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:37 pm

Hi, just looking to update the situation on driving through Serbia. I understand that since January 1st 2012 Serbia has been part of the International Motor Insurance Green Card System, and as such if you have insurance from an EU member state you don't need a Green Card, but that many (maybe most) UK insurers still won't cover driving through Serbia. After reading some accounts online about insurers simply not updating their policy documents to reflect the change (first telling people they couldn't cover Serbia, but then after some prompting on the above 2012 agreement, saying they could cover it after all).

I spoke with the Motor Insurers' Bureau (the UK body who deals with Green Cards) today and they said for the purposes of motor insurance they now consider Serbia as a member of the EU, but that (as I have also found myself) many/most UK insurers still won't cover it, but they said I could buy cover at the border.

I'm still making enquiries to try to find a policy that will cover the Serbia route, but in case I can't, does anyone have any updates on the situation with buying temporary cover at the border? (i.e., cost and where to get it).

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Re: Using the Serbia Route - Recent Observations

Postby bigbulg » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:20 am

I had the same issues with my insurer, until i pointed out that the MIB has included it, they updated there policy schedule, you don't need a green card it should be included on your normal policy document, check it, Serbia is SRB, I planned to visit Macedonia with Bulgarian friends this summer (for this i need a green card) and was refused cover, even third party yet was offered a green card for Turkey and Morocco????? only.

Just read this today..... ... 0%B8%D1%8F not sure if this link works, i copied and pasted but it hasn't come out the same.

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Re: Using the Serbia Route - Recent Observations

Postby Liliputian » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:08 pm

Thanks bigbulg, the link works fine for me - thanks for the info.

I spoke with my insurer and though they acknowledged the change in Serbia's status they still won't cover it. I've contacted the specialist insurance company that 'owain' suggests above (Stuart Collins) so will see what they come back with.

I'd still be keen to hear if anyone knows what's likely to be the situation at the Serbian border if I arrive without insurance, now that the green card issue seems to have been taken away - i.e., how much I might get charged for temporary cover.

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