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Old 22 May 2006
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Carnet de Passage in South America when we buy bikes in Chile or Brasil ?

Hello dear readers,

We are planning a motor trip throughout South America and already get very useful information from you guys on this hub. Our plan is now to buy two light motorbikes in Chile or maybe Brasil and travel through several countries in South America. (See our previous question about buying and travelling).

We are now checking out how the border crossings work. To my information so far I need a carnet de passage. That is when I transport my motorbike through South America. On the site of www.adac.de (which is the company how can provide me with information) I don't need one for Brasil or Uruguay but I certainly need one when I'm entering Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador or Venuezuela !

If so how can I get such I document in Chile or Brasil ?

Thank you on the forehand

Gerjan & Tamara
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ADAC is flat wrong.

There is NO need for a carnet in ALL of the Americas, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.

If you like, read the Carnet page - link on left: Planning / Paper /

Just show up at the border and they'll sort the paperwork.
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Hello,
regarding Carnet de Passage i can tell you, that I did a trip over 4 months across South america coming from Chile, passing through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and ended up in Brasil. I did not need a carnet de Passage. But I needed the green Insurace-Card. It was in English and therefor the Policeguy did not even realise that it was just valid with in Europe. well it did not matter, he just wanted to see a green docment and we showed him one.

So again: Carnet de Passage is not necessary in South america!

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No need for insurance in Brasil either...
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insurance motorbike

on the insurance motorbike ; have been searching the net to find an insurance for my motorbike for the whole 6 months through whole SA...well I found one BUT expensive...689$ for 6 months. (company in the netherlands). wrote a few companies in the states and none of them wanted to insure SA. friends who did the trip told me it is hassle finding/getting insurance in SA.
anyone more news on this ?
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on the insurance motorbike ; have been searching the net to find an insurance for my motorbike for the whole 6 months through whole SA...well I found one BUT expensive...689$ for 6 months. (company in the netherlands). wrote a few companies in the states and none of them wanted to insure SA. friends who did the trip told me it is hassle finding/getting insurance in SA.
anyone more news on this ?
You can buy insurance locally. Easy and very cheap in Buenos Aires for example but know someone who bought it in La Paz. Make sure it covers "Mercosur" down south which includes Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay and Brazil if I Remember well. Maybe also Paraguay. If not, at borders or big towns.

Insurances are worth nothing in case of accident. Make sure you don´t cause any damages, you will have to pay for it !
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paperwork

I'm traveling for 7 months is southamerica width a Honda Xr 250 buyed in Brasil and a Carnet de Passage is NO need.
I made an insurand valid for ride 4 months in Argentina,Chile, Brasil,Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru. I made it in Argentina(insurance company "La Segunda") and I paid 150 pesos (30€).
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everything said

no ****ing carnet needed.
Best is to create your own decent looking insurrance paper, just in case some useless person want so see something. Mine is "worldwide insurrance", pretty cheap, only a few minutes of work.
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no ****ing carnet needed.
Best is to create your own decent looking insurrance paper, just in case some useless person want so see something. Mine is "worldwide insurrance", pretty cheap, only a few minutes of work.
haha this DOES seem like the best way. If you know Photoshop, you're good to go.
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<edit>Bah, not worth it.</edit>
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Just one thing, if you buy a bike in Brazil be sure to pay all the taxes and have the registration in your name, otherwise you won't be able the leave the country with your bike.
In Brazil we have a kind you mandatory insurance called DPVAT (Danos Pessoais Causados por Veículos Automotores de Via Terrestre - Insurance for Personal Injury Caused by Motor Vehicles) and you pay it with you registration taxes, the IPVA. This is the only insurance you gonna need to travel on the roads in Brazil. If you are planing to take you bike on other Mercosul countries you will also need a "Carta Verde", an international insurance valid to the whole Mercosul, Chile and Bolívia. This insurance is only required for cars and bikes with Brazilian, Uruguayan and Argentine plates and costs around US$ 100 per month. Bikes registred in Paraguay, Bolivia or Chile usually don't need this "Carta Verde" insurance.
I would go with Tobi's advice, is a much better option to buy a bike in Chile. Brazilian bikes are extremely expensive compared with other countries arround.
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