Are you traveling abroad by car? If so, you might need an international motor insurance card (formerly known as green card). This confirms that you have liability insurance for your car.
Our recommendation: You generally leave an international motor insurance card in your car to be on the safe side.
But not all countries accept the international motor insurance card. Each country has its own rules.
The green card was renamed on July 1, 2020 and is now known as the international motor insurance card
It can be sent by email so that you can print it yourself at home. You must note the following requirements when printing it:
Important: Electronic versions (PDF) on mobile devices such as smartphones are not valid. Foreign authorities only accept the international motor insurance card in paper form
When you’re involved in an accident while driving abroad. The international motor insurance card confirms that you have liability insurance for your car. It isn’t needed in countries bordering Switzerland which have signed up to the license plate agreement. Nevertheless, we recommend keeping an international motor insurance card in your car.
License plate agreement: In countries that have signed up to the agreement, a car’s license plate is recognized as proof that it’s covered by liability insurance.
Like the international motor insurance card, frontier insurance proves that you’ve taken out liability insurance for the car you’re driving.
You need to buy it in countries that don’t accept the international motor insurance card and haven’t signed up to the license plate agreement. The premium has to be paid directly at the customs office.
In principle, the international motor insurance card is valid as long as your liability insurance, but it does have an expiration date. Be sure to check that it’s still valid before you set off.
You’ll find everything you need to know about the international motor insurance card on the Swiss National Bureau of Insurance website.