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Vignette Road-tax guide for Digital Nomads!

Many digital nomads make the mistake of driving without a Vignette in Europe, which results in hefty fines from police!
This guide will eventually save them from those fines!

What is Vignette?

A vignette is a type of road pricing imposed on vehicles as a mandatory road tax based on the amount of time the vehicle can be driven on the road. Vignettes come in all forms some times stickers that must be applied to the vehicle’s front window and most can be bought online or some even at the boarder crossing. The Vignette system differs from road tolls, which are calculated based on distance travelled.

Which countries require Vignette?

In the following European countries, vignettes are required for driving on certain roads, such as highways: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Austria. 

If you are caught driving without a vignette in any of these countries, you will be fined by the local authorities. It’s as simple as that and they are very good at grabbing you just across the boarder if you don’t have one. (good revenue raising duties) So let me tell you from experience it can and will happen if you do not do your research.  Check each country before entering is the best and safest way to travel without hassle. 

How much they cost? and How to get them?

An annual vignette for a passenger car costs between €30 and €150, depending on the country. Short period vignettes are sold in all countries except Switzerland for visiting or transiting vehicles. Foreign motorists visiting Switzerland must purchase an annual vignette in order to use the country’s highways. Vignettes are typically available at border crossings, gas stations, and other locations. It is important to remember that vignettes that are improperly used or lost are usually not refunded.

What happens if you don’t get them for driving a vehicle?

Roadside cameras are frequently used to monitor traffic, and vignettes are verified by state officials such as border guards and national police. Travelers who use public roads without a valid and properly affixed vignette are frequently fined large sums of money. Tolls are usually charged for passing through certain highway tunnels and bridges.
What is your experience with travelling and Vignettes any funny stories?
Where to Next?

The moral of the story is to do your research make sure before crossing boarders you do the research and make it a smooth trip. Then hey you can share it with others and help them where you made mistakes.


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