Dunno for sure John. My bike(s) and I have never spent more than four months in any one overseas country - and I've never needed a carnet for these visits. E.g:
- a 13-week spell (summer 2007) + a 10-week spell (springtime 2008) on my UK-registered bike in North America - where a carnet is not required. The bike was imported/exported all within 12 months (I came back to winter-over in the UK); and
- a 4-month spell (2006-07) in New Zealand. No problem on this occasion either because I bought a NZ-registered bike down there, which incidentally, is right now in a kiwi storage depot (South Island). I guess you could say. 'where it belongs'.
I'm interested in this thread as I want to ship my Kiwi bike across 'the ditch' (Tasman) to aussie and spend time there before heading up and across to Singapore / Malaysia / beyond. I too was looking to explore oz in two distinct separate visits. See attached map. [red line outbound from NZ March-May next year ('09) - blue line up and out from the top end during early-mid 2010]. I was
thinking of breaking-up the tour with a fly-back visit to the UK.
But this, of course, after my research, doesn't seem possible because of the aussie rules & regs. I don't want to disrespect their conditions by 'sneaking' home for a few months because this could easily be picked-up at customs. For instance, how could I explain a passport exit and a re-entry stamp out of /back into Australia with my bike parked-up in their country all that time? The penalty, if I got caught, could be a ton of money in costs + maybe ultimately even seeing kiwi bike destroyed!
In summary, and to answer your question, I'm assuming that foreign visitors to oz, travelling with their foreign-registered vehicles, must always import and get them back out of the country again, to 'somewhere else', within the 12 month carnet limit.
For me, I'm now thinking of doing the whole aussie tour thing in one 3-4 month visit; or alternatively keeping to the original two-tour idea, but shipping the bike back to NZ in between time. Either way I'm gonna have to rethink my whole itinerary AND indeed my overal budget (ouch! ..
Lemme know if you come-up with any ideas, eh John.
Last edited by Keith1954; 11 Aug 2008 at 13:14.