Originally Posted by stevo52
I just saw on the carnet page that these countries require a carnet (I know the Senegal set up. Been there). Does anybody have experience of these countries? Do they actually check for it and if so can you"talk" your way around it? Thanks
Some recent experience:
All in a private 4x4 with South African Registration and NO CARNET!
Senegal - Risky - entered in the south on border with Mali using "laissez passez voiture" issued by Senegal Consulate in Bamako and cost 2000CFA - useless document, but better than nothing! entered in the North at Rosso - complete nightmare - ended up paying 120,000CFA for an 'escort' to Dakar - other escorts go up to 240,000CFA depending on which border.
payments of 25 euro and up in the back pocket at Diamma have resulted in 24hour to 10 day passavants, depending on your luck!
Guinea Bissau - Temporary Import issued on the border. Many stamps at checkpoints (demands from 2000 to 5000 to pass) This costs 5000CFA plus "tax disc" which was 50,000CFA!
Guinea - when you purchase your visa, you buy a separate Laissez Passez valid 30 days - that will be stamped on the reverse at each major town (similar demands to Guinea Bissau - but more persistant!) This costs 10,000CFA.
Gambia - good luck - corrupt ****ers! They gave me "laissez passez" valid for 48 hours - were afraid I was going to sell my car.
Sierra Leone - practically the same as Guinea - buy it with your visa - valid 30 days - plenty stamps.
Ghana - no idea - but I am planning on heading there within the next 2 weeks - hoping to make it in without too much hassle (as opposed to getting the visa!)
Done West Coast of Africa with a Motorbike and Car 3 times and never needed a Carnet (besides Senegal). Countries included Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauretania, Morocco, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Gambia.