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Old 07-17-2013, 08:23 PM
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Croatia - Can we drive there now?

So now that Croatia is part of the EU, does that mean we can drive there on a European Delivery?

Does anyone know who could officially confirm deny this? The restrictions in the past have been EuroZone countries, so I would expect it is now allowable, but the documentation from BMW is pretty out of date.
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So now that Croatia is part of the EU, does that mean we can drive there on a European Delivery?

Does anyone know who could officially confirm deny this?
Yes, BMW ED department. Give them a call.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:21 AM
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I was trying to find the number on the site and didn't see it. Do you have it or am I just blind.
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So now that Croatia is part of the EU, does that mean we can drive there on a European Delivery?

Does anyone know who could officially confirm deny this? The restrictions in the past have been EuroZone countries, so I would expect it is now allowable, but the documentation from BMW is pretty out of date.
Did you call them? What did they say?
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I never got through to anyone at that number. Now my new European Delivery Program Guide that I got in the mail on Friday says that YES we can now drive in Croatia.

I'll take this as confirmation enough for me since it's what the ED department mailed to me.
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I can post a picture of the page if people need proof, but that will have to wait until I go home again.
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Just a follow up. Any experience with Dubrovnik? You need to go through Bosnia, Neum corridor. Is that strictly allowed?
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Old thread I see but I am curious also is the car covered for that pass through Bosnia on the way to Dubrovnik?
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I drove to Dubrovnik in September.

I am guessing that the 6 or so miles through Bosnia was not covered by insurance but I wouldn't worry about it if you are going. We also did a bus tour to Mostar so we also passed back through that same section two more times and then another entry into Bosnia so in total we went through border checkpoints a total of ten times. The four times in the car they never looked at the cars so I doubt the fact that they don't officially recognize the plates is a problem. They only stamped our passports once and only looked at our passports one other time. They would barely look up and wave us on when they saw the U.S. Passports.

I would really recommend you go. Croatia has the best driving in Europe. The freeways are new, little traffic and no cops. On the freeways the speed limit is 130 KPH but once we got out of Istira I drove 100-110 MPH. Never saw the police, speed cameras or any of the other hassles you have elsewhere in Europe.
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I would really recommend you go. Croatia has the best driving in Europe. The freeways are new, little traffic and no cops. On the freeways the speed limit is 130 KPH but once we got out of Istira I drove 100-110 MPH. Never saw the police, speed cameras or any of the other hassles you have elsewhere in Europe.
I think this need a little bit of adjustment in order not to create some false expectations for those reading it and thinking about going.

It is the truth that roads are great to drive. As long as you stay close to the coast, of course. The terrain doesn't allow any straight lines, even on highways. drand took the highway from Rijeka down to Split but if you really have all the time in the world and if it is not June, July or August, forget the highway and check State Highway 8 on Google maps between Rijeka and Split. Images of that road: https://www.google.com/search?q=imag...w=1920&bih=955 Mind, that drive is about reasonable 8 tourist hours, while highway will take you there in 4 hours obeying speed limits. I've been there, done that and even suffered heat and traffic in non-AC car in late '80s but I'm still planning to go again with a good driving car. About 3 years ago we were dead-set to do it but then realized Sixt at MUC won't let me take BMW to Croatia. So, now is the time to try to do it again

It is only partially true that there is no traffic. First, if you are going there between October and May, you will be fine and very little traffic is to be found. Still great to drive, really. But if you get close to the coast in June, July or, God forbid, August ... you will wish you stayed in LA traffic September is iffy and it depends on weather, especially up North where I'm from. Lots of people will just drive from Slovenija, Italy and Austria for a long weekend if weather is good. Causing quite a bit of traffic jams when they all arrive in same 2-3 hour period on Friday.

I'm from Pula (in Istria), Croatia. I went to help my dad harvest the olives 4 weeks ago and got a speeding ticket in my hometown where I know every stone they can hide behind I've seen them also on the highway towards Trieste, Italy. It was only $40 if you pay cash on the spot (for 28 km/h over the limit), double that if you want to go through channels plus whatever other expense you might pay on the top of that. No it is not a bribe, it simply means faster money and less hassle for them and you should get a receipt if you pay on spot.

You are right about speed cameras - there are none. For now. With joining the EU comes also the progress, so that might change pretty quickly

They've never been so cash-strapped as they are now, even during the '90s war, so use your judgement if you want to speed.


EDIT: added the link for Google images search results so you can see how that coastal highway looks like
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