The international Green Card motor liability insurance agreements with Russia and Belarus expire at the end of May this year. Previously issued Green Cards in which the above countries are not excluded from insurance coverage are valid until 31 May 2023 at the latest. Pohjola Insurance has already ceased issuing Green Cards before this time.
The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs recommends avoiding all travel to Russia and Belarus.
All Green Cards to expire
All Green Cards to Russia are set to expire on 1 June 2023. Even if you have travelled to Russia in May with a Green Card that is valid until 31 May 2023, the card will expire on 1 June 2023. After this, you will need to purchase a Russian motor liability insurance or drive in Russia without insurance. The same applies to Russians travelling to Finland.
Motor liability insurance is also mandatory in Russia and Belarus
From 1 June 2023 onwards, you must purchase insurance from a Russian or Belarusian insurance company when you enter the country. Russian motor liability insurance must be purchased for a minimum of five days. According to our information, the insurance sales offices are open 24/7 on every day of the year. Insurance is offered by 21 Century at the border crossings in Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa and Imatra and by Renessans at the border crossing in Vartius.
Travelling by car to Finland from Russia and Belarus
The international Green Card motor liability insurance agreements with Russia and Belarus expire at the end of May this year. All previously issued Green Card expire on 31 May 2023 at the latest.
Motor liability insurance is mandatory in Finland. Frontier motor liability insurance at the border crossings is sold by Finnish Customs.
For more information about frontier motor liability insurance, visit the website of the Finnish Motor Insurers’ Centre at lvk.fi
Changes to Green Card
We have excluded Iran, Russia and Belarus from the coverage of our issued Green Cards.
Comprehensive motor vehicle insurance by Pohjola Insurance
No changes are planned on the validity of comprehensive motor vehicle insurance when travelling to Russia or Belarus, with the exception that international liability insurance is no longer valid in Russia or Belarus.
Print out a Green Card for your vehicle
You can easily print out your own Green Card in the op.fi service and on OP-mobile. The Green Card must always be printed on paper. An electronic Green Card on your smartphone is not accepted by the authorities as valid.