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Insurance for foreign registered car

Hi,

I need insurance for my foreign registered car. Can I get this in Geneva or nearby France?

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Hi,

I need insurance for my foreign registered car. Can I get this in Geneva or nearby France?

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No, it needs to come from the country of registration, the law changed about 3 years ago. Under EU agreements the country issuing the no plates is legally responsible for any accidents.
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Re: Insurance for foreign registered car

Shame, didn't know that had changed. Used to get insurance cover on the Swiss side of the douane at Ferney Voltaire, was able to get it for 1,2,3,4 months at a time.
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Old 05.07.2017, 13:41
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Re: Insurance for foreign registered car

Likewise for my US plated bike when I moved here back in '86.

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yeah but our last time doing this was in 2014...not yesterday, but that long ago neither.
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Shame, didn't know that had changed. Used to get insurance cover on the Swiss side of the douane at Ferney Voltaire, was able to get it for 1,2,3,4 months at a time.
No change in law.

Border insurance is still possible and offered (Either 1 month for CHF 200, or 6 month for CHF 1200). What changed is that in the past, some Swiss insurance companies offered this service albeit it was never really allowed.

You can get it at any customs office (Opening times and locations https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...ing-hours.html)

Details on border insurance in French and German:
https://www.nbi-ngf.ch/en/nvb/rechtl...nzversicherung

In theory it is possible to get a border insurance from other European countries which are part of the Green Card agreement. They may be cheaper and still cover Switzerland. In Germany the ADAC provides it. In Luxembourg it is ARISA Assurance.
Considering that the Croatian border insurance
https://www.huo.hr/eng/frontier-insurance/47/ is nearly the same price as the Swiss one I doubt you will save much.
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Re: Insurance for foreign registered car

tourinsure in germany will cover any car (even non EU registered) with a eu green card that covers switzerland. 1 month to 12 months. flat rate. its a good deal.
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Re: Insurance for foreign registered car

OP, one thing for sure is that your vehicle has to be legally taxed and insured from whence it is registered...otherwise no insurance will be given to you, so you will need to have those documents with you.
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OP, one thing for sure is that your vehicle has to be legally taxed and insured from whence it is registered...
Not true, or at least it wasn't when I did it.

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What changed is that in the past, some Swiss insurance companies offered this service albeit it was never really allowed.
I got it for free from Winterthur.

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Not true, or at least it wasn't when I did it.

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Well it was between 2009 - 2014, at least Ferney Voltaire required the car to be legally on the road from where it came from (my family had a Florida registered vehicle), we had to show US registration papers, and valid insurance, but as you know, things change and update often.
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yeah but our last time doing this was in 2014...not yesterday, but that long ago neither.
The car has to be legal in it's country of registration, if it's a UK car needs to be taxed, Insured & MOT's if over 3 years old. Plenty of UK cars are SORN yet driven in France sans tax & MOT. If the car is not legal in it's country of residence any foreign insurance can avoid paying out as it's ultimately the UK governments problem with a GB plated car.

Edit just seen your car was non EU so irrelevant to above.
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Re: Insurance for foreign registered car

Thank you for all your replies. I will get my green card insurance extended to cover me in France and Switzerland for a few weeks more.

Do I need to inform border police that I am entering Switzerland in a foreign registered car? I've already driven into Switzerland from France twice this week without being stopped. My next trip into Geneva will be on Friday.

Finally, how long have I got before I must change my car to French plates? (I will be living in France but working in Geneva).

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Do I need to inform border police that I am entering Switzerland in a foreign registered car? I've already driven into Switzerland from France twice this week without being stopped. My next trip into Geneva will be on Friday.
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Where is your place of residence? If it is Switzerland you must stop, declare, and get permission for temporary use. Otherwise you will do a tax and duty violation if you do not do it. T

his is regardless if you are stopped or not. A resident can not simply bring valuable goods (value more than CHF 300 per day) over the border into the country without declaring, that would be called smuggling.
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Re: Insurance for foreign registered car

i wonder what would happen in the case of a car worth LESS than 300 CHFs?
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i wonder what would happen in the case of a car worth LESS than 300 CHFs?
Would be a tax free import, but still a duty issue. Unless you can proof an European origin you owe up to CHF 12 car duty (4% of the value)
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Re: Insurance for foreign registered car

the 25 chf fee for the yellow form seems to look pretty expensive.
the 80 chf fee for the colaudo (mfk) extortion.
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Re: Insurance for foreign registered car

I am a tourist until July 23. I will return to start a job on August 25th. I will reside in France near Geneva from August.
Driving to Montreux via Geneva on Friday and spending 7 days there. Will avoid the motorway as I do not have a 'vignette' yet.
Evrything sound legal for now?

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Finally, how long have I got before I must change my car to French plates?
Ask on a French forum.

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