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rental car restrictions croatia to mostar or through bosnian strip of coast??

It seems many on this forum have rented cars for driving the length of the Croatian coast. I am planning to do this in May. Then I saw this recent response to a post:
We have found that car hire companies have not permitted us to take the hire car into Bosnia (Mostar) when renting from Split airport so you will need to check the rental terms or pay extra to get covered for Bosnia. Most hire companies also will not permit the car to be driven through the narrow coastal strip of Bosnia to get to Dubrovnik.

Please advise. I am planning to drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar, Mostar to Split, and beyond into Slovenia. I plan to tell them ahead of time (rental company) and am okay with paying extra fees.

Thanks in advance,
Kaye

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Hi Kaye
In 2012 we rented a car in Dubrovnik and drove to Montenegro,and then up along the coast through the Bosnia strip and then into Slovenia, eventually dropping off the car in Zagreb.

There were absolutely no restrictions or added costs. We advised the rental company of our itinerary before hand.

Can't remember who we rented from but can look inout files if you wish.

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I'd suggest you continue to research your exact issue, because you've already found information that is inconsistent.
You don't want to be wrong on this.
And of course tell your car rental company exactly what you're going to do.
And make sure you're fully insured for loss of the car, etc, some credit card and other insurance may not cover renting in these countries.
And any statements your rental car company makes about these issues, make sure you have those in writing.

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As the previous poster says check with the hire company to be sure. But if the piece in italics that you quote is correct, which I doubt, then this is to do with some hire companies in Split looking for extra revenue.

We have a house in Croatia near to the border at Neum, the narrow coastal strip. When we have not driven there in our own car, we fly to Dubrovnik (or Split) and hire one. There has never been any question about the car coming with insurance covering Bosnia. It has always been included, and at no extra charge. That was not always the case for Montenegro, but things may have changed.

If the worst happens, and you find yourself in Dubrovnik with your hire car, facing a very high charge for insurance for Bosnia, all is not lost. Providing you miss out Mostar, you can take the ferry from Trpanj to Ploce, and stay in Croatia all the way up the coast.

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I am planning a trip in early April, including driving to Mostar for an overnite. I am using Rentalcars.com. I just called them about going to Bosnia and Montenegro. They told me that they need to know ahead of time, then they will confirm that it is fine. They need to make sure that the insurance documents are appropriate. There is no extra cost with this company and no restrictions as long as you confirm your plans with them. I don't know anything about your trip in detail, only what they told me when I called yesterday. Don't take may word for it, but call your rental car company and see what they need from you.

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Kaye-

What are you finding about car travel into Bosnia and Montenegro ?
Which car rental company did you choose ?

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Carla,
It is still a work in progress. Found out our credit cards do not cover liability and will plan to take that when signing out the car. It is my expectation that when I decide which company to use, I will call as we will take the car around Croatia (including car ferry), into Bosnia-Herzegovenia, and into Slovenia. I know we will need to buy a "vignette" for the car when we cross into Slovenia. I hear you can ask for a border crossing card for Bosnia-M.
Kaye

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We traveled to that area in September 2014. We have never rented a car in one country and returned it in another because of the expensive fee. On this trip we rented a car in Slovenia and returned it there, then took the bus to Rovinj where we got another rental car. We drove from Croatia to Bosnia then Montenegro and returned our car to Croatia. We rented our car through economycarrentals.com. When getting the estimate we checked the box for cross border driving. Economycarrentals is a wholesaler and the rental company was actually Last Minute Rent a Car. All the necessary insurance papers and stickers were provided. At the border of Montenegro from Bosnia we had to pay a fee. To get an idea of the cost of a car for comparisons you can check out economycarrentals web site.

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All rental cars in Croatia (and Slovenia) have liability insurance included, I believe. (You are paying extra for it, but it should automatically be part of the quote.) So you don't need to worry about credit card coverage for that. What you need to worry about is comprehensive and collision insurance.

The quotes I have been getting lately have included some sort of comprehensive/collision insurance but not covering everything (glass for example) and also with a deductible. I'm planning to use my Amex's premium rental car coverage again, as I have with past rentals over there. It's $0 deductible and should cover anything, according to someone I know who needed to make a claim with it. You have to sign up for it with Amex - free until you book a car with your Amex card, then it costs $24.95 per rental, up to a certain number of days.

FYI, I've heard that the Montenegro border fee has been discontinued.

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I think the fee we paid upon entering Montenegro from Bosnia was some sort of environmental fee - something like 3 Euro but although it was only a few months ago my memory might be inaccurate.

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I think I read in Rick's book that the fee to cross into Montenegro from Croatia is going away. I'm guessing the reason the fee is being discontinued is that this is now a European Union border, since Croatia has joined the EU.

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FYI: I have reserved a car with Oryx Rent A Car in Rovinj (return in Zagreb). I contacted them about border crossings. I was told that they charge a fee of 31 Euros (plus 25% tax - so 38.75 Euros) one-time extra fee to take any car outside of the European Union, of which Croatia is now a part. So taking the car to Bosnia and Herzegovina (which I plan to do) will cost me 38.75 Euros extra total cost of the rental.

I imagine this fee varies by company. A few years ago, Sixt did not charge me any fee for this.