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Iran......here we come!

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We finally got our Iranian visas today so very happy indeed - only took 2months!!! Next thing to do is the dreaded carnet!!!

Sam and I now both have to cancel our UAE employment visas which is no problem. However, I have been told that you can only do this by flying out and not going through land borders like Hatta. We will be going from Sharjah port UAE to Bandeh E Lengeh IRAN, NOT a land border but a port. Do you know if this is still OK? The PRO person from our work will be coming with us I think when we cancel the visas (not sure why but apparently this is standard when cancelling employment visas).

Just one question, do you think there will be any problem with exiting through Sharjah port, cancelling our UAE employment visas there and taking out Dubai registered bikes (we are not exporting them, just leaving).

Thanks for any advice
Lou and Sam

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This is a bad time of yeat to apply for Iranian visas with it being Norouz and all. That's about what it took us, and then we had to get our visas in Baku, Azerbaijan.

I just let my UAE visa expire, I didn't cancel it. It seemed to be no problem.

You can read about out trip here, Iran is wonderful.

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Just one question, do you think there will be any problem with exiting through Sharjah port, cancelling our UAE employment visas there and taking out Dubai registered bikes (we are not exporting them, just leaving).
Congratulations on the visas.

When I crossed to Iran in 2002, my friend was, like you, finishing his UAE employment. Our HR visa man came down to the port (Dubai) and canceled the visa there. It was not a big issue. It's standard procedure that they make sure you have left to absolve themselves of any responsibility should you commit any crimes when no longer in their employ.

Perhaps you could ask your personnel officer to phone the port to see if it's still possible.

The bike registration is a separate issue. As long as you have the 'siaha' permission you can go out 'on holiday'. Without that document, they won't let you take the bike abroad on Dubai plates.

Hope that helps.
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Congratulations on the visas.

When I crossed to Iran in 2002, my friend was, like you, finishing his UAE employment. Our HR visa man came down to the port (Dubai) and canceled the visa there. It was not a big issue. It's standard procedure that they make sure you have left to absolve themselves of any responsibility should you commit any crimes when no longer in their employ.

Perhaps you could ask your personnel officer to phone the port to see if it's still possible.

The bike registration is a separate issue. As long as you have the 'siaha' permission you can go out 'on holiday'. Without that document, they won't let you take the bike abroad on Dubai plates.

Hope that helps.
Stephan

Hi Stephan, thanks for the info me and lou are busy now trying to sort out the carnet! Just a few questions:-
1) Where do we get hold of this siaha permission
2) We have been told at the carnet we cannot use an outside bank for the bank gaurantee letter it has to be a local bank, is this right?

Thanks for you for letting us pick your brain!


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1) Where do we get hold of this siaha permission
2) We have been told at the carnet we cannot use an outside bank for the bank gaurantee letter it has to be a local bank, is this right?
Get the 'siaha' (tourism) document from the police station. In Dubai, Tasjeel might do it. They will ask you what countries to mention on the document. Don't mention that you're not coming back! Just say Iran & Turkey or whatever.

I don't know about carnet bank guarantees. For Iran, I left 20,000 cash and a cheque. Lat year, I just left 8,000 or so dirhams (different bike and destinations). Obviously, your case is different since you're not returning. Can't help you there.

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I entered into Iran on my car last year (2008) in May and didn't prepare any carnet before I crossed the border. I had only tourist visa in my passport. Everything was done at the border for approx. 150 USD.
I crossed the border from Azerbaijan at Astara customs and left Iran at Anzali port directly to Russia. So they did for me transit documents, not carnet.
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Hey guys,

Wish you a nice and safe ride, speaking for all of us. Hope we will get from time to time an update.

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Wish you a nice and safe ride, speaking for all of us. Hope we will get from time to time an update.

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Here they are, with escort, setting off from Sharjah port this morning:




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Carnets, Siahas, export etc

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Get the 'siaha' (tourism) document from the police station. In Dubai, Tasjeel might do it. They will ask you what countries to mention on the document. Don't mention that you're not coming back! Just say Iran & Turkey or whatever.

I don't know about carnet bank guarantees. For Iran, I left 20,000 cash and a cheque. Lat year, I just left 8,000 or so dirhams (different bike and destinations). Obviously, your case is different since you're not returning. Can't help you there.

Stephan
Hi all, I reckon someone could make money by publishing the idiots guide to getting out of UAE for a trip abroad.


I am planning to leave next April and do not intend on bringing the bike back. If I leave the bike in the UK surely I have to export the bike dont I??

If I export, then presumably I need the Carnet but then how do I collect the cash or cheque or get back the money when I leave Iran, Turkey etc.

I heard that the Carnet is a bank guarantee and that you do not need to pay money out. It is kept as a bond in a bank awaiting your stamped carnet or whichever document is needed to provide evidence of exit. Is it only Iran that needs this?

Who requests the Sahia and for what?

I contacted the Automobile club for any clarification and was directed to an individual. Someone once said, just drive down there. Is that the only way to get advice?
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