In which countries is an International Insurance Card mandatory?
The International Insurance Card does not have to be carried in any of the EU/EEA states or in Andorra or Serbia. Swiss policyholders automatically have adequate motor vehicle liability cover in these countries. The insurance bureaus of these countries have signed the so-called registration plates convention, so the registration plate counts as proof of insurance in these countries.
However, an International Insurance Card can be useful in any case in the event of an accident abroad. It contains important details about the vehicle and its insurance, and makes it easier to complete the formalities.
Helvetia’s liability insurance is not valid in the following countries: Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Iran. You can also easily recognize this by the fact that these countries are crossed out on the International Insurance Card.
The special case of Kosovo: The International Insurance Card is not accepted in Kosovo. On entry to the country, motor liability border insurance must be taken out at the border. If you have taken out partially or fully comprehensive insurance, this is valid in Kosovo.
The International Insurance Card is valid for a limited period and it can be reordered free of charge from Helvetia at any time.