• Thursday , 14 December 2017
Eastern Europe Border Crossings

Eastern Europe Border Crossings

There are our experiences crossing borders in Eastern Europe. Our party consists of two people and two motorcycles. Overall the crossings were very easy and generally took no more than ten minutes.

Paperwork required
*Passport
*Vehicle title
*Insurance
Note: we keep all originals in individual plastic sleeves. We labeled these sleeves clearly to avoid confusion as to what was what, to keep original documents clean, and to differentiate what is original and what is a copy. All border-crossing officials have respected the sleeve.

Insurance
Insurance is required throughout all European countries. It is referred to as a Green Card (it is indeed green). We purchased our insurance through Motocamp in Bulgaria (http://motosapiens.org/motocamp/Info). We know Green Card insurance is less expensive through ADAC in Germany but you must purchase in person with the bikes and we did not go to Germany. Our cost was US$974.87 for two bikes for nine months. Depending on where you purchase your insurance and how much it costs it will cover you in some but maybe not all countries. Our insurance didn’t cover us in a number of countries that were on our route (some we avoided so we didn’t have to purchase additional coverage and sometimes we took a chance of no one looking) non-covered countries included: Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia. Our friend, who purchased through a shipping company before arrival in Europe, paid more than us but was covered in all European countries as well as Russia, Morocco, and Turkey. So review your coverage carefully. Purchasing additional insurance at borders is possible but it is expensive (see our experience in Serbia) though depending on where you go it may be worthwhile to go with less expensive coverage and buy additional as you go.

Costs: US$1,077.91
*EU Green Card insurance per motorcycle for nine months US$487.44
*Serbia insurance per motorcycle for one month (minimum purchase amount) US$117.80 (Euro 100 for policy plus Euro 5 for processing)

Slovenia to Croatia
We tried to cross at a small border on the free road but we were not allowed to cross here (only those with EU passports allowed to use this border) so we got onto the A2 toll road in order to cross the border. We only had to show our passports for both exiting Slovenia and entering Croatia (received entry stamp). It took about ten minutes to exit and enter.

Croatia to Serbia
We crossed on the free road (road 120) between Tovarnik, Croatia and Sid, Serbia. It was a quiet crossing. Exiting Croatia we only provided our passports (exit stamp) and nothing for the vehicles. Entering Serbia we were only requested to show our passports (received entry stamp). It took about ten minutes to exit and enter.

Serbia to Romania
We used another smaller crossing on road E-70 between Vatin, Serbia and Stamora Germana, Romania. Exiting Serbia we were only required to provide our passports (received exit stamp). Entering Romania we provided passports (received entry stamp) and vehicle titles. It took about ten minutes to exit and enter.

Romania to Serbia
We crossed from the E70 (Romania) onto the 34 (Serbia) across the Danube River between Gura Vaii, Romania and Davidovac, Serbia. There were lines for exiting Romania so it took about 15 minutes to get to the immigration/customs booth. We were required to provide passports (received exit stamp) and vehicle titles. Entering Serbia (no lines) we provided passports (received entry stamp) and vehicle titles. Mike was also taken to the side and searched for about two minutes. This crossing took about thirty minutes to exit and enter.

Serbia to Montenegro
We crossed on the M8 between Jabuka, Serbia and Otilovici, Montenegro. Exiting Serbia we provided passports (received exit stamp) only. Entering Montenegro we were required to provide passports (received entry stamp) and vehicle titles. This was a quiet crossing and took about five or ten minutes to exit and enter.

Montenegro to Serbia
We crossed on the E65 (Montenegro) and 22 (Serbia) between Bac, Montenegro and Spiljani, Serbia. Exiting Montenegro we were only required to provide passports (received exit stamp). Entering Serbia we were required to provide passports, vehicle titles, and Green Card insurance (for the first time) and, of course, our insurance didn’t cover us in Serbia so we had to purchase it at the border. The border official called an insurance agent who came to the border to sell us insurance (payable in cash in Euros) for a 30-day policy (they do not have anything shorter) at a cost of Euro 100 per bike plus Euro 5 processing fee per bike. This crossing took about an hour and a half; most of that time was waiting for the insurance agent.

Serbia to Bulgaria
We crossed on the E80 between Gradinje, Serbia and Dragoman, Bulgaria. Leaving Serbia we were required to provide passports (received entry stamp) and vehicle titles. Entering Bulgaria we were also required to provide passports (received entry stamp) and vehicle titles. It took about ten minutes to exit and enter.

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