Turkey - Iraq & Iraq - Iran border crossing
in the previous month we crossed both the Turkey-Iraq and Iraq-Iran border with our vehicle. Both crossing were not easy, for the following reasons:
Turkey-Iraq (Ibrahim Khalil crossing at Silopi):
It is normally not allowed to take a vehicle out of Iraq at a different border crossing, then where the vehicle entered Iraq (so, if you enter Iraq from Turkey, you have to take the vehicle out at the same border). They keep your vehicle papers at the border, or you have to pay a 1500 $ deposit. Eventually we got our vehicle in and got special permission to take it out to Iran. We did not pay anything for the special treatment.
Iraq-Iran (Penjwin crossing):
Border officials told us that there is no contract between Iraq and Iran for the temporary import of vehicles into Iran, and for that reason you can not enter Iran fro Iraq with a foreign licence plate vehicle, even with a carnet de passage. However, after some waiting, talking, 'begging' and drinking tea, we got our vehicle in and stamped the carnet de passage.
More info on our website:
Turkish - Iraqi border: Ibrahim Khalil
Stress at the border with Iraq and Iran
Edwin & Ivonne