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Old 19 Jul 2001
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Carnet Overview -Africa

Hello everyone,

Maybe you can all help me compile a little list...

The question is: Do you know which African countries DO NOT require a carnet?

If you are certain please list below.

For example I have heard so far that countries not asking for one are:

1) Morocco
2) Mali
3) Mauritania

There must be more.

(Please don´t tell me to talk to my local Automobile A. Already tried that on previous occasions...)


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I guess we can start it with a reply to myself.

Just read that the following don´t require a Carnet:

4) Senegal
5) Niger
6) Burkina Faso

That makes six.

Hope the list continues, the idea being to see how far we can get without one...



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Also not needed for
Libya (if you get in at all)

South Africa, Namibia and Botswana have a 'customs union'. You DO need a carnet to get in but dont need to get it stamped when you go from one to another of the three countries.
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Thank you Pete!

So we now have:

1) Morocco
2) Mauritania
3) Mali
4) Senegal
5) Niger
6) Burkina Faso
7) Tunisia
8) Libya

Going once!
Going twice!

Or... do I hear more out there ladies and gentlemen?

PS: (looks like if we stay in the Sahara where doing ok...)

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They didn't check ours at theEthiopian border, but it was useful to get a visa for Ethiopia in Karthoum without having to buy a Rtn flight ticket and cancelling after.
They never asked for one in Mozambique either, and if I rememeber Zimbabwe use them but also provide temporal import document.

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What I've heard is that you don't need a carnet from SA to Kenya. That's 8 countries. Kenya can be difficult
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Richard Washington writes on the HUBB:

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">You'll survive without a carnet for a long way, but I really wouldn't like to get through Kenya, Tanzania and countries to the south without one. I know of one person who drove from Kenya to SA without a carnet, but it took a very long time at each border (i.e. days and days) and entailed forwarding evidence of money on deposit in bank accounts, taking detours to sleepy border crossing, back tracking from those who weren't playing the game and so on. On the other hand, I went through Tanzania, Kenya etc without much fuss with a carnet in hand. My advice is get a carnet, but only start producing it once you through N Africa. </font>

This is in line with our experience of flying into Kenya, and coming into Tanzania overland with a carnet. Piece of cake. Without it, very difficult.

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Met an Irish guy who went Europe, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, SA without using a carnet at all.

OK so he had to buy one in Egypt leaving the bike in Nuweiba and discharged it in Aswan where he had to return to Cairo to get his cash back. But it can be done!

My advice - get a carnet!
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