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Traveling abroad by car: what documents are required and what coverage is provided under the Green Card

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Traveling abroad by car: what documents are required and what coverage is provided under the Green Card

Before traveling abroad by car, there are a few important details to consider regarding documents and insurance. Find out what you need to have for a worry-free international road trip

Issuing a policy Green card for traveling abroad by car
Issuing a policy Green card for traveling abroad by car
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Traveling abroad by car can be an exciting adventure, but in order to avoid unnecessary difficulties, you need to prepare all the necessary documents in advance and take into account possible financial aspects. Below, we will review the main documents required for traveling abroad by car from Ukraine, as well as what coverage is provided under the Green Card in the event of an accident in popular EU countries.


In order to travel abroad by your car, you will need to collect a number of documents and know a few important nuances.


Documents required for traveling abroad by car:


1. International passport. This document must be valid for at least six months from the date of your planned return. As for visas, each country has different rules. Therefore, to check the visa-free regime for Ukrainians in a particular country, follow the link.

2. Driver's license. Your driver's license must be valid and meet the requirements of the country you are traveling to.

3. Vehicle registration certificate issued in the name of the driver or passenger.

4. Identification mark of Ukraine on the car (UA sticker is not required if the symbols are indicated on the license plate).

5. International insurance policy "Green Card".


If a serviceman is traveling abroad, he must provide documents confirming the purpose of the trip.


Please note that the car must have a state license plate containing Latin letters. An individual license plate is accepted only in Ukraine.


Green Card: what are the amounts of coverage in case of an accident in different countries?


A "Green Card" is an international insurance certificate that provides the car owner with insurance coverage in the event of road accidents abroad. It is a mandatory document for motorists traveling to EU countries. 


The policy got its name because of the color of the paper on which it was printed. Nowadays, of course, the policy is printed on regular paper, but the name has stuck. You can often hear the term "Green card" as well.


It's worth remembering that, for example, at the border with Poland, which is considered the most popular border for Ukrainians to cross, representatives of the Polish Border Guard Service require the physical presence of a Green Card. That is, during the border check you need to provide a physical document, not an electronic one! 


How is the Green Card useful? Holders of this insurance can count on coverage of drivers' liability for damage in the event of an accident. However, it is worth noting that the amount of compensation may vary significantly depending on the country where the accident occurred and may reach the maximum amount established by the law of each country. 


Please note that the Green Card insurance company covers losses in full within the limit, but if they exceed the limit, you will have to pay the remaining amount out of pocket.


It is better to buy insurance online, because it is quick and easy. On the Visit Ukraine portal, you can take out a Green Card policy from a licensed insurance agent. Packages are available for 15 days, 1 or 6 months, or a year.




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Let's take a look at the coverage in several popular EU countries, according to the Kosht portal, for 2023:


 Poland, Slovakia, Latvia, and Lithuania: personal injury - EUR 5,000,000; property damage - EUR 1,000,000;

 Romania: personal injuries - EUR 6,070,000; material damage - EUR 1,220,000;

 Moldova: personal injuries - EUR 255,838; material damage - EUR 51,168;

 Bulgaria: personal injuries - EUR 5,112,919; property damage - EUR 1,022,584;

 United Kingdom: property damage - EUR 1,109,447;

 Spain (excluding Ceuta and Melilla): personal injuries - EUR 70,000,000; property damage - EUR 15,000,000;

 Italy: personal injury - EUR 5,000,000; property damage - EUR 1,000,000;

 Netherlands (except Aruba, Caribbean Netherlands, Curacao, St. Maarten): personal injury - EUR 6,070,000; property damage - EUR 1,220,000;

 Germany (excluding Büsingen am Geheim): property damage - EUR 1,235,000;

 France (except for the Overseas Region): personal injuries - EUR 5,785,236; material damage - EUR 1,157,047;

 Czech Republic: property damage - EUR 1,353,128;

 Switzerland: personal injuries and material damage - EUR 28,958,927;

 Sweden: personal injury - EUR 5,600,000; material damage - EUR 1,200,000;


To learn how to obtain a Green Card and what else you need to know about this document, read our article.




Our recommendation for a safe and comfortable trip: 


Visit Ukraine Insurance - insurance for a safe stay abroad without unnecessary expenses;

Green Card - compulsory car insurance for traveling abroad;

Visit Ukraine Tickets - book tickets for buses, trains, and airplanes to/from Ukraine and between cities around the world;

Private Lawyer service - professional legal support on visa and migration issues;

Visit Ukraine Merch - buy patriotic clothing and accessories with worldwide delivery.





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