Join Date: Oct 2009
My Motorhome: Knaus Sun Ti 600LF 2007
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Police Scam at Croatian / Slovenian Border
We have made three border crossings with Croatia in the last month with no problems but these were on major roads. Travelling on a minor road from Karlovac to Novo Mesto on the 6/105 we were subject to a scam by the police at Jurovski Brod. There is no question in my mind that this is deliberate.
There are two booths in line with barriers. The first one is down and you show your passport and they say yes that's fine and you can go. The second barrier is up and the glass is smoked so you can’t see anyone inside.
Travelling as a convoy of two, the van in front went through and pulled over 20 yds on to wait for me
The catch is that the first booth is Customs and the second is Police. Neither is marked and you are expected to stop at both. Result 500 Khuna (£55) fine in cash for failing to stop.
Very clever. You can't argue with the large police woman, hard as nails, and would be in their Olympic weight lifting team except she probably would fail the sex test. Her junior was highly embarrassed as he knew it was a genuine mistake.
They have a convenient manned exchange point next door for those who have used up all their Khuna before they leave. The Cashier didn’t answer when asked how often this happens!
I was in the lead at the Slovenian entry point over the river. I was told that my passport was OK and I was “Free to leave”. Jokingly I asked if there was anywhere else I had to show it before I could do so as we had just been fined. A big grin came over her face and she said, yes that booth there. This was 3 yds in front and again smoked and unmarked with not barrier or stop sign. I would have taken “free to leave" literally.
This is a warning to others and not a complaint as corruption and scams are everywhere. Both are lovely counties and I would recommend them to anyone. Just take care at the crossings especially on back roads.