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Old 17 Feb 2005
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Libretta - how much, and is it worth it?

Hi guys

Hope you'll be able to help. A mate and I are biking LA - Buenos Aires this year.

Does anyone know how much a libretta (sp?) costs for a motorbike (xt600e worth ~£3000)? I can't find the costs anywhere at all on the web - argh!

Secondly - is it worth getting a libretta? From what I've read, you can get by without one?

Any advice greatly appreciated!

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Dunno where you got libretta from - may be thinking of a carnet, but as noted ad nauseum on the HUBB, you don't need one for the Americas.

All paper can be taken care of at the borders when neeeded.

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In the past, we have heard of a "libretta" being a South American equivalent of a carnet, issued in Venezuela! Wouldn't bother. A carnet is not technically required in South America - Ecuador can be a pain without it, as rules have only recently changed, but if you have plenty of time and patience, then it can be sorted.
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A follow up to the post from Kevin & Julia "Globebusters" regarding the libreta.

I can confirm this document is the equivalent to the carnet in South America & is issued only be the national motoring clubs who form FITAC (Federacion Interamericana de Touring y Automovil Clubes). There used to be a summary of the document on their website, but seems to have been moved/deleted ?

http://www.fitac.org

RAC continues to get mixed feedback on use of the carnet in South America. As stated by Grant & Globebusters, it is possible to transit without one !

However, if a carnet is used to enter a country, you should ensure you exit that country before carnet expiry. Peruvian Customs impounded Richard Heaphys' bike last August in these circumstances.

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