West Africa: Carnet - Temp. Import Permit - laissez-passer
In the LP "Africa on a shoestring", they say : "In most West African countries, South Africa,... a Carnet de Passage (CDP) is not needed. Now I have several questions:
1: What are those "most" West Africa Countries? (We're leaving on the 1st of october with a Toyota landcruiser to Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauretania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Niger).
2 : Is it possible to travel the above countries without a CDP at all?
3 : What are the consequences if we do it without CDP? Do we have to buy (more expensive) permits at the border? Is there bound to be a lot of hassle about it? Do we have to make other preparations before we leave?
4 : What exactly is that "laissez-passer" and/or "Temporary Import Permit".
General Question : we are leaving in 2 months and were about to buy the CDP, but now we here all different stories about doing it without, so we just want this solved so we can make a final decision. Any experiences...?
We thank you already for you help!
Wim & Nicole