Mackie wrote:Unfortunately Warwick, Turkey have changed the visa rules recently and we had to get E-Visa @€20 each but it took 5 minutes over the net.
Maybe the green card or something similar instead of international driving licence?Kilkis wrote:The EU has stated that it does not intend to make UK citizens get a Visa in order to visit EU countries, which is what you are doing if you are driving through them to get back to the UK or from the UK to Greece. As far as I know this decision is independent of what the final form of Brexit is. When the electronic Schengen travel notification system is in place you will probably have to use that but that was also going to be true if we stayed in the EU since the UK is outside Schengen. It is not a Visa as such but gives Schengen countries advance notification of your travel and allows them to decide if there is any reason that you should be prevented from doing so. It should be cheap, e.g. around €7, and easy to do, i.e. it will involve completing an online form, and will last for a few years, e.g. 5. We will know the exact details once it is fully implemented so those numbers may change.
Anyone using a UK driving licence will possibly (probably? certainly?) need an IDP in order to drive anywhere in the EU. It is not yet clear if those of us with a Greek licence will need an IDP in order to drive in the UK. It is up to the UK government whether to recognise EU licences or not. IDPs are associated with the licence so can only be issued in the country where the licence was issued and only last 1 year. In the UK I believe you have to be present in person to obtain one. I'm not sure of the procedure in Greece.
You should certainly carry all vehicle documentation with you when you travel. Other than that I don't think there should be any vehicle issues for Mackie's route. If you go through FYROM and Serbia then you do need Visas. I have entered FYROM from Greece through the Lake Doirani crossing point and there you could purchase a Visa at the border. They tend to check things like VIN and Engine Number plates on the car against the figures recorded in the log book and you also have to pay to drive through a disinfectant pit to disinfect the wheels of the car. I don't think there is any real reason for this but it is another revenue earner. I don't think it can be to prevent the spread of any animal diseases because, when I crossed, apart from at the crossing point itself the border was completely open and animals were free to wander back and forwards across it. It is probably different now after the migrant crisis.
I think Mackie's route, even ignoring side trips, is a bit longer than going through Serbia.
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