getting a vehicle into South Korea
Japan with no carnet - very unlikely !
South Korea. (we came here a week ago)
We are in a 4x4 and left on the Dong Chun ferry from Zarubino (south of Vlad, 200kms) but same ferry also serves Vlad, Zarubino port is quieter and easier to deal with (VERY EASY) and the ferry runs 3 times a week from there but only once a week from Vlad.
We DO have a carnet but it is not recognised (valid ?) for South Korea.
When you arrive here you will have to buy insurance and leave a deposit which officially is supposed to be 40% of the vehicle value.
We bought 3 months insurance for about $250 (bike should be cheaper)
We negotiated the deposit from $2000 to just over $1000.
A friend of mine came in the week before and he too negotiated his deposit from $4000 down to about $1500.
If you want to see Korea (and I highly recommend you do - it is beautiful and such a delight after Mongolia) then you will have to pay.
The deposit is fully refunded on exit.
You have to pay in Korean WAN (bank at port), if you need to use visa only 1 bank in town has facilities. Their machine will spit out 500,000 wan each day for you !
Ferry cost : $250 per person vehicle cost $450 (bike should be $200)(we were the only vehicle on the ferry from Zarubino).
1 guy in customs office here speaks acceptable English and he is extremely helpful.
We are using Wendy Choi of aerokorea for arranging our shipment to States in November.
Wendy is excellent. & she has helped no end (at no cost) for getting us into the country. I cannot recommend her high enough. USE HER !
We were met at the port (SokCho) by the guy who speaks english and he completely walked us through all paperwork - absolute breeze.
Everybody here is very friendly and very helpful, scenary is gorgeous, plenty of excellent facilties, camping etc and all free coz it's out of season !
Get this - in SokCho City Hall are toilets and showers available for tourists & Vips !!! very clean and all weird electronics ! not UB style !!!!!
If you don't want to ride here in Korea then Wendy can arrange 'bonded freight' of your bike from Zarubino direct to ???? (USA) she did this for MotoEdde just few weeks back.
If you do get here, we may have space in a container across to LA, probably leaving towards end of October.
MotoEdde - regular on HUBB, you'll find him.
Wendy - wendychoi2 (who is AT) gmail.com