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Old 23 Jan 2011
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Made it to Greece

Thanks for all the advice. I took the easy way out of Israel....I shipped my bike with Salamis out of Haifa to Greece (Lavrio) and took an ELAL flight from Tel Aviv to Athens
Bike shipping cost Eur280 + NIS292 port taxes. Flight cost $230
The crew on the ship were kind enough to let me ride the bike on and lash it down myself, and even let me keep the keys (I had to promise that I will meet the ship in Lavrio when it docks on Monday morning 7am). So, another early morning for me tomorrow since the port is 2 hours away by bus
My only concern now is that I don't have European third party insurance and Greece Customs might send me back to Athens to go buy it (by bus again!)....any advice on buying cheap insurance in Greece will be much appreciated.
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Hi Shay
As mentioned in my PM, I would have loved to join you for the ride yesterday, but once again I was a pedestrian (no bike!)
I bumped into a Canadian couple (1200BMW) in Haifa who did a ride with you and your club. They speak highly of you guys.
Thanks again for the invite. Cheers
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Update Middle East - (border crossing, shipping, taxes, etc)

Hi Guys

I have been travelling recently in the region and here are my country and border crossing experiences.


No carnet is requires, BUT, visa 30$ and they MAY ask you for 90$ tax and $30 for insurance. I say MAY because in my case I enter into the country without paying, but probably they didn’t realize it. This taxes are due to pay every time you enter into border so if you intend to cross to Lebanon note that at your return you will need to pay again.

If you decide to park your bike in Damascus and bus to Lebanon, the border guard may not allow to leave Syria o ask you to bring your bike and park in its park.

Tax To leave the country 10$


Jordan is the most easygoing border crossing in the region. No Carnet is required, Visa 20 €, Tax import 20 €, Insurance depending number of days, but from 9 - 30 €. Please note if you enter again because your entry has been refused in other countries ( Israel, Egypt, Syria) you will have to pay everything again but insurance if still covers.

Taxs to leave the country 9€ for you & 5€ for the bike


No visa (USA, EU, Canada, etc.) and Carnet is required. If your insurance green card covers Israel you don't need to bay.

Hold your breeze at the border guards because they may take few hours ( 4h for me ) questioning, checking everything in you bike, bags, clothes. Especially if you have visited Syria.


Tax to leave the country 100 NIS. (20 €)

If for some reason you get stuck in Israel (Egypt and Syria don't let you cross) there 2 Ro-Ro ferry operating from Israel

Grimaldi lines :goes to Italy (not recommended, quite expensive and very unhelpful)

Rosenneft : goes to Cyprus and Greece for around 450€ (transport and harbour fees included)


CARNET IS REQUIRED, even for Sinai ( if you enter from Israel) if you don’t have an Israel plate. At taba border they may give the option to bay a "carnet" from a private agent in Nuewbea.

MY ADVICE IS " don't even try whatever custom officials says. You may will end paying 200$ paperwork, tax and insurance + 700$ for carnet with not guaranty of refund on top of the cost to enter in Jordan + ferry

Well guys hope this info helps you in your trips on the region.

Thanks for reading and good travels
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