What is a green card ?

What is a green card ?

For some of the lucky ones a Green card means that you are allowed to move to America and work there without Visa. But there is also a green card for cars. This post will explain what a green card is. The Green Card or also called an International Motor Insurance Card is a document that provides prove that you have the minimum required third party liability insurance for the country you are traveling in. When you carry a green card it makes it easier to travel into different countries because you have prove of insurance at the border and it will protect the interests of the people from those countries in case of an accident. The Green Card is issued by 45 insurance organizations of mostly European countries, which are all affiliated to an umbrella organization, the Council of Bureau (CoB). The following list shows countries that don’t require a green card: Andorra, Austria, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Norway, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia,  Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland The following list shows countries that do require a green card: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Israel, Moldova, Morocco, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Islamic Republic of Iran. When you travel to any of the countries mentioned above, you can ask for a green card from your insurance company. If they cant provide one, you may consider contacting another insurance company, or you can ask for a border insurance at the point of entry of that country. The green card is still the most recognized and understood proof of car insurance by local police. Even when you travel to countries where the document is not required anymore it is good to keep one with you, so you can always show proof of insurance when its needed, for example after an accident. Since the Green Card is valid for a limited period of time, it is important to check its validity before setting off on a trip. In the event of an accident, the duplicate of the Green Card – if there is one – should be given to the police or the injured party. If a duplicate of the Green Card is not available, a copy will have to be made or the police will record all the relevant data in the police report. New Version During its General Assembly, 2008 the CoB has approved a new Green Card model. This document has subsequently been approved by the UN (ECE). During its meeting held 27.11.2008, the NBI & NGF Management Committee has also approved the new format. The new Green Card model is compulsory since 1.1.2011. Old Green Cards issued before 1.1.2011 remain valid until their expiry date (second date in field Nr. 3). A Green Card issued in the old format after the 1.1.2011 will be considered invalid. It can be confiscated by the border authorities. (Partly copied from...

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Hosting the European Accident statement

Hosting the European Accident statement

Hi all, Since the 9th of June 2011 Car Travel Docs is allowed to host the official European accident statement. We have worked hard to obtain the original versions from the CEA in Brussels and insurance organizations in each country. Slowly we are extending our list of documents and we hope to provide you with the documents you need to travel save on your holidays. Siebe

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New Site Launched

New Site Launched

Hi all,  A new site has launched with a new look and feel. When I received the Portuguese language I thought it was about time to update the old site with a new look. After browsing many themes of wordpress on the internet I came to www.elegantthemes.com. They were simply the nicest and most professional looking. Since its a paid wordpress theme there are many more features and it took quit a while to build the site. But its been worth it. I hope to all of you who will find this page, you can easily find the European Accident Statements and download them. soon more ….....

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Now 7 languages available

Now 7 languages available

Hi all, CarTravelDocs is proud to have now 7 languages available for download. We just added the Czech Záznam O Dopravní Nehodě and the Polish Wspólne Oświadczenie O Zdarzeniu Drogowym and Portuguese versions of the European Accident Statement. It gets easier and easier to deal with your and their Insurance companies. To download click this link  to go to the download page.  ...

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Welcome to CarTravelDocs

Welcome to CarTravelDocs

Hi all, My name is Siebe Brouwer and in my free time driving my old car to rock climbing places here in Finland. Last year I had a small accident where some Finnish guy drove backwards into my car (i was standing still). Later he blaimed me for driving into the back of his car and we ended up both paying for our own damages although it was his fault. :-(. That cost me alot of money. Its been very difficult to talk to him because I dont speak Finnish and I didnt have the European Accident Statement with me either. (very hard to get here in Finland). However, if I had one with me, I could have forced him to fill it in and I would have had the facts of the accident right there signed and all. It would have been very hard for him to change his story later. That put me thinking and I believe everybody should have the chance to have a foreign language accident statement at hand when you travel abroad. It took me about a year to get approval from the copyright owner and finally my company is allowed to host them on the internet. Currently we have English, French, Dutch, German, Polish, Czech and Portuguese and we are working hard to obtain more versions. So if you travel to any of these countries then feel free to download, print and use them. We put them ready for you to download at: http://www.cartraveldocs.com/download/european-accident-statements/ I just know what a hassle it can be to deal with an accident and you don’t speak the same language. Hopefully you wont need them but in case you do then I hope they will help you out....

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