International car insurance

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1. Posted by Scouser65 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I’m looking at driving from UK down to South Africa in my own vehicle.
Can anyone help with car insurance companies who specialise in this area please.

TIA

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1269 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

There are very few companies which offer this sort of coverage for your own vehicle......not surprising when one considers the substantial risks involved. The premium will, of course, be substantial.

You could start by contacting your own vehicle insurer (if you have one). They...or the AA/RAC...might be able to point you in the right direction. It's also worth contacting BIBA (British Insurance Broker's Association) for info about specialist UK insurers:

https://insurance.biba.org.uk/find-insurance

3. Posted by Scouser65 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the quick reply. I’ll check it out.
I’m not planning on travelling yet, but I was in the Girl Guides, so like to be prepared. ????

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 442 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

A quick google search turns up www.clements.com/international-auto-insurance

This may or may not be for you - perhaps it's another place to start?

5. Posted by Scouser65 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

road to roam, thank you for this. I googled them and spoke to them yesterday. Their site is a little misleading as they don’t do this type of insurance. :(

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1269 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I too saw Clements but was dubious about its willingness to provide cover for this sort of trip.

The type of insurance you want can only be provided by specialist insurer and, hopefully, BIBA can provide the leads you need.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-May-2020, 17:50 GMT by leics2 ]

7. Posted by Scouser65 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the reply.
I’m getting nowhere quickly, but Ive got plenty of time to look.
I did contact BIBA, who told me to go on their website and look at a particular page that isn’t there..

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1355 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I traveled in 2015 from Morocco to Guinea Bissau in a Toyota Land Cruiser. The driver had a Carnet de Passages en Duane the entire trip that was used to cross borders.

See these links describing it:

https://www.carnetdepassage.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnet_de_Passages_en_Douane

The carnet ensures the owner of a vehicle traversing Africa does not sell the vehicle during their travel.

As we crossed the border between Western Sahara and Mauritania we entered a no-man's land dotted with vehicles that, according to my driver, some were seized because they did not have the required documents or the papers were not in order.

See this link for an account: https://www.tourdeafrica.com/2018/02/no-mans-land/

We were refused entry at a border crossing between Mauritania and Senegal because my driver had let his vehicle insurance lapse. So we waited until someone arrived to help us purchase coverage to allow us into Senegal. The process took a few hours.

At some borders you might be able to buy compulsory vehicle insurance after customs, either from a salesman or from an official office. The coverage varies from days to weeks or more.

Please be aware that at some checkpoints you will be required to show that you have a fire extinguisher and triangles to warn of an accident.

Please also be aware that you may have to offer "cadeaux" as you travel, so it's important to have currency handy. Ask what the usual amounts are. We were stopped in Dakar for having too much stuff carried on the rack above the vehicle. We paid.

Also make photocopies of "la liste" to pass out at checkpoints along the way. This will help speed your way. Otherwise the occupants of the vehicle might have to get out and have their passport and visa information recorded at the checkpoint.

It's wise to carry extra fuel for the occasions when it is not available.

You will find others on the route including motorcyclists. They can provide valuable current information.

We decided to bypass The Gambia on our route. We took a car ferry, the Aline Sitoe Diatta, from Dakar to Ziguinchor, where we got our Guinea Bissau visa at the consulate there.

I've traveled extensively by road all over the world, usually hiring drivers instead of driving myself, with the notable exception of Australia and New Zealand.

P.S. I decided to take the time to respond to your inquiry because you seem determined to make this trip. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. I still have friends and contacts in the countries that you are likely to traverse, including someone who travels from Spain to southern Senegal twice each year.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-May-2020, 17:20 GMT by berner256 ]

9. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1269 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

>I did contact BIBA, who told me to go on their website and look at a particular page that isn’t there..

I'd phone them up again, tell them what's happened and ask them to sort their website out pronto...and, in the meantime, perhaps the person answering the phone could actually try to answer your query!

[ Edit: Edited on 16-May-2020, 17:02 GMT by leics2 ]