Green Card Car Insurance: what is a Green Card and which countries require it
Car insurance is a mandatory element for entering many countries of the world by car. In particular, a Green Card policy is required to travel from Ukraine to European countries. Find out more about which countries require such a policy, the liability for its absence, and where it is convenient to apply for a Green Card online
Green Card is an international policy of civil liability for drivers. The document is mandatory when traveling abroad for all vehicles registered in Ukraine. The Green Card has a number of advantages, including protecting drivers from unforeseen expenses during a trip, which is why it is primarily the car owner who is interested in insurance.
What does the Green Card cover?
The principle of operation of the Green Card is similar to CTP insurance, only abroad. The insurance certificate does not insure the owner's property, but his or her liability. In other words, in the event of an accident, the Green Card insurance policy of the culprit will cover the damage caused by his fault to other participants in the accident - the cost of treatment or repair of the victim's car.
Which countries require a Green Card?
The policy is valid in the territory of the member countries of the Green Card system, which includes 45 participants in total:
Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark (except for Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Estonia, Germany, Greece (except for Athos), Ireland, Israel, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands (except for Aruba, the Caribbean Netherlands, Curacao, St. Maarten), Germany (except Büsingen am Hochrein), Norway (except Spitsbergen and Bear Island), North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Hungary, Finland, France (except Overseas Region), Croatia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Switzerland, Sweden, Switzerland, Morocco, Tunisia and Iran.
Liability for not having a Green Card
As a rule, a Green Card is a mandatory document without which it is impossible to pass border control. For the period of martial law in Ukraine, this rule has been canceled. However, this does not mean that car insurance is not required at all. If a Ukrainian does not have a Green Card, then after crossing the border, it is necessary to purchase insurance in the host country. This can be quite difficult, because you need to find an insurance agent, choose a policy, and make a payment. Therefore, we advise you to buy a Green Card policy before traveling, which can be done even online.
If you are planning to travel without insurance, here are the risks that await you:
- fines for not having a policy from 1000 euros;
- prohibition to enter the country;
- seizure or arrest of a vehicle, etc.
Who is the Green Card issued for?
In fact, the Green Card is issued for a car. The documents indicate the data of the vehicle owner or any other insured. However, the policy applies to any driver who will drive the car legally.
Package of documents and validity period of the Green Card
To apply for a Green Card policy, you must provide: the applicant's passport and identification code, vehicle registration certificate and driver's license. The policy must be valid for the entire period of stay abroad, as an accident can occur at any time.
Actions in case of an accident abroad
If the driver gets into an accident abroad, several steps must be taken to cover the losses at the expense of the insurance company
- fix the place of the accident
- call the police;
- obtain a certificate from the police about the circumstances of the road traffic accident (RTA);
- give a copy of the insurance certificate to the victim;
- notify your insurance company of the accident within fifteen days.
How to apply for a Green Card?
The Green Card must be issued by a licensed insurer. The easiest way to do this is online. Visit Ukraine offers insurance for 15 days to 1 year. The cost starts from 24.54 EUR. Choose the package of services you need by following the link.
In 10 minutes, you will receive a policy that will cover all damages caused to the life, health and property of third parties in your mail - you can go on a safe trip!
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