Please ADD TO this database with YOUR personal border crossing experience.
This is a temporary page, all this info will go into a nice searchable database - but it's still in progress.
|Country Leaving||Country Entering||Border Entry Point||Border Entry Date||Carnet required||Passport stamped?||Passport Required||Drivers Licence||Inter-national Drivers Licence||Vehicle Insurance||Reg- istration||Other documents?||photo copied carnet ok?||photo copied passport ok?||photo copied Drivers Licence ok?||Photo copied Inter-national Drivers Licence ok?||Photo copied Reg- istration ok?||Fees information||Entry Procedure||Visa length||Insurance Required?||Insurance price and duration||Exit Procedure||Reliability?||Additional Comments||First name||Last name||Citizenship||dmy entered|
Entries are in alphabetical order by "Country Leaving."
Last updated March 2012
|Albania||Macedonia||Hwy E86||07/03/2004||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||yes||50 euros, 7 days.||I was U.S. military stationed in Italy in 2004, and as a force protection measure we have two license plates - the "official" one that makes it obvious that your mc belongs to an American and a "cover" plate that looks like any other Italian license plate. When I crossed into Macedonia from Albania I was extorted for additional motorcycle insurance because my green international insurance form listed the official plate number, not the cover plate which was on my BMW. The fact that I had copies of vehicle registration papers that clearly listed that both plate numbers were for the same vehicle did not help, and I was forced to pay 50 euros for one week of insurance (despite only riding through Macedonia for 1 day). I could've turned back, but I'd just ridden over 30 miles of dirt roads on my BMW R1100S, and the prospect of repeating that journey to get to a different border crossing - but in the dark this time - was not worth the 50 euros to me.PS:Macedonian roads are from my experience the best in all of eastern Europe.||Derek||23/02/2006|
|Argentina||Brazil||Foz de Iguazu||03/05/2002||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no fee||First visa for 90 days. Then customs. But one has to insist of getting the apropriate entry form for brasil: Declaracao Simplificada de ImportacaoDSI. On weekends and public holidays custom is not working. One can enter Brasil here without any customs document at any time. Just ride through. Personal experience!||90 days, plus 90 possible||no||Exit by air from Rio de Janeiro.||Normal||EASY and very friendly.||Joachim||Goetz||Germany|
|Argentina||Brazil||Paso de los Libres/Uruguaiana||01/03/2012||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||Some people didn't have any problem other had the same.||Entry was denied at this border and a few hours later and 200 km northern at Santo Tome - Sao Borja . This was with an argentinian registration with european passport. It was Argentina who didn't want me to leave their country with Argentinian plates! Corruption ?||Dubois||Richard||Belgian|
|Argentina||Chile, Bolivia, Paraquay, Uruguay and Brazil||no||yes||Please see comments||Please see comments||Please see comments||Please see comments below.||Please see comments below.||I have just completed additional research regarding foreign
tourists purchasing a bike in Argentina and crossing into another country. It
is possible to cross into Chile, with luck and not 100% every time, Bolivia
is impossible to enter as a foreign tourist riding a bike purchased in
Argentina, BouqueBus, (the ferry) to Uruguay has really tightened up on
allowing a foreign tourist on a bike purchased in Argentina to board for
Uruguay. Brazil and Paraguay are difficult
Meanwhile, once out of Argentina, crossing other borders is no problem, if the foreign tourist has the "green card" for the bike with an Argentine address listed on it. We have found a way. this works 100% of the time, but is hard work, or not. If a guy or gal wants to buy in Argentina, he/she finds an Argentine "friend" willing to have the bike also put in his/her name as 50% owner and then request two "green cards," one for the Argentine "friend" the other for the foreign tourist. Then, the "friend" must ride to the border, even Bolivia or Brazil, and cross the bike with the foreign tourist. Once across the border, the "friend" may return to Argentina, leaving the foreign tourist with his/her green card in hand and easy border crossings through out South America. There will be no problem crossing the bike back into Argentina, as it will be legally registered in Argentina, although border officials may look a bit surprised when they discover the foreign tourist is not a resident of Argentina with DNI.
It has been proven to work. Elisa and I recently crossed into Uruguay on BouqueBus (the ferry), we have two bikes, both purchased new in Argentina and each has two "green cards" one in Elisa's name and the other in my name. I am a foreign resident of Argentina, Elisa is still in the process of becoming a foreign resident. The Customs official, a very determined woman, tried to stop Elisa from boarding, although BouqueBus had already sold us the tickets. I presented the "green card" indicating that I, a foreign resident of Argentina also owned Elisa's bike. The customs woman called her boss on her little radio, and after a short wait, he examined the "green card" for Elisa's bike in my name and my residency papers and sort of admonished the customs woman, smiled and allowed us to board. Happy New Year, Ed George
|Argentina||Uruguay||Mercedes, Uruguay||14/12/2004||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||There were no fees either exiting Argentina or entering Uruguay||No helpers available and none required, although neither immigration or customs spoke English||Transit permit for bike - 1 year||no||n/a||Very simple. No helpers available and none needed. No English spoken by officials.||don't know||I was out of Argentina and into Uruguay in less than 25 minutes total.||Tom||Hunter||USA|
|Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile||Bolivia||VillazÃ³n||will be entering 28-09-09||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||Yellow Fever Vaccine (this is the new requirement I want you to know)||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||Alec||Funes||Argentina||18/09/2009|
|Azerbajain||Kazakstan||Aktau||09/07/2004||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||yes||nil||long winded procedure to process bikes through customs, but no costs. german/english speaking girl working in business visa section is very helpful||2 months||no||into uzbekistan. no probs.||Leaving Baku was tedious. The ticket staff are particularly corrupt and even asked for sexual favours. Customs staff tried to take money from us as a 'gift'. the cost of the ticket was appalling and the ferry accom is disgusting.||Matt||Hobbs|
|Belarus||Russia||Smolensk||15/08/2004||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||Documentation is cheap, obligatory bribes for officials are what you negotiate. Expect to pay up.||Helpers useful.||Helpers useful.||yes||Buy at border and cheap||Entry and exit same process and hassle.||Mostly courteous officials especially when relieving you of your money. Police are difficult and corrupt.||Jan||Misiewicz|
|Belarus||Ukraine||Nov Rudnja N51.52264 E28.99202||03/06/2002||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||Administration fees of $3 per bike.||Similier to RUSSIA. 2 X Decleration forms and one you keep. Temp importation form given to you make sure its stamped and signed and registration and chasis numbers correct. it took about 3.5 hours to enter.||2 weeks but extended to one month||yes||$4.00 per bike 15 days||Show passport and bike docs. fill in new customs decleration and then submit the new one and the original given on entry and also submit the temp vehicle docs given on entry||normal||The police were nice on entry and whilst driving south to odessa but The police got worse and more currupt the nearer we got to the border and the Speedings fines increased from $10 to $180 the closer we got to the border (we did not pay and we were not speeding!) The border guards even wanted $10 per bike for using the last stretch of road (we did not pay - ask to see it in writing) Fantastic motorbike show in odessa in mid july each year. if you need an excuse to visit ukraine this is it. Sun sea and vodka and lots of nice company.||Simon and Monika||UK|
|Belize||Guatemala||Benque Viejo del Carmen - CA 13||15/02/2007||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||$ 13 usd to pay at bank counter in same building as immigration, hacienda and bank.||easy, no help required, spanish is a must if you want to do it without guide||3 month||no||none||easy as entry||good and organized for Central America||no helmet law in Guatemala||Andreas||Matthes||German and Mexican||19/08/2007|
|Belize||Guatemala||Benque Veijo Del Carmen||16/01/2012||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||11Q for the bike to be sprayed (try to avoid this), 130Q for the customs on the bike||Passport stamped and then customs for the bike. Polite but quite slow. Have photocopies ready.||90 days||no||Didn't see helpers, however a lot of people wanting to change money were hanging around the border||Pretty straightforward. Make sure you have money, no cards taken.||Robert||Wells||UK||16/01/2012|
|Bolivia||Brazil||Corumba, Brazil||25/05/2002||no||yes||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no||12.00 USD||leaving Bolivia I was hit up for a $25 US "departure fee" from Bolivian officials (behind a closed door in an office). I agreed to $12.00..||I had a 5 year visa from travelling to Brazil (non - motorcycle)||no||The "officials" at the Brazilian office in Corumba border negelected to give me motorcycle paperwork (only passport stamp) even though I told them I was entering with a motorcycle. They said "no problem" to enter with the bike. BIG mistake. 1,600 km later in Rio I encountered a hellish scenario where I was held accountable for THEIR mistake when I went to ship the bike home. I was NOT allowed to ship the bike home without the paperwork. I had a month of negotiations with Rio's bureacratic hell AND customs was on strike!!. I wasted lot's of time and money ($200 fine) dealing with the whole mess. Bottom Line: MAKE SURE YOU GET A MOTORCYCLE ENTRY DOCUMENT!!!!||Patrick||Seacor|
|Brazil||Venezuela||Santa Elena||19/04/2010||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||222 boliviars||April 24,
Toques on Moto
I entered Venezuela from Brasil leaving Boa Vista and crossing at Santa Elena. I made a few errors despite knowing better which included.:
1)not bringing a wad of Reals into the country,
2)Exchanging way too much USD with money changers at the border,
3)and not stopping for a military check point when directed to stop.
4) Not knowing that the bank machines only dispense an maximum of 300 Boliviars per transaction at a current rate of 4.5 Boliviars to a USD. I pay 5 USD per transaction in these countries so its expensive to make a 300B withdrawl at 5 bucks a pop.
5)Not knowing how easy it would be to exchange USD at most guest houses and hostels who will give you a black market exchange rate of 6.5 B per USD....much better than 4.5 from the bank plus 5 USD transaction fee.
Leaving Brasil was too easy, it took 20minutes. To enter Venezuela I got my passport stamped in 2 minutes but then I was directed by the woman at the Customs desk to ride 18km to the Polizia Matre Segurancia to get insurance for the bike (bad spelling of the company). Of course the time was now only 30 minutes before noon and I knew that the insurance office would be closed for lunch. I needed gas so I cut the line of more than 100 vehicles from Brasil waiting to fill up. Next I tried to withdraw cash from all the banks in Santa Elena but none would accept my card. I was left with the choice of exchanging my reserve USD for Boliviars at 6.3 boliviars to a dollar US on the black market. Alas, I exchanged 400 USD with the money exchanges. The woman at the insurance office beside the Police station "Maitre Segurancia" charged me 222 Boliviars and the process was no more than 30 minutes (of course she took an extended lunch break until 3 pm) I rode back to the Border to prove insurance and got a full size import stamp similar to the stamp I recieved in Guatemala for importation of the bike. In all, I arrived at the border at 1030am and was finally finished at 445pm. I passed the money changers for the 3rd time that day and was then followed into town, unknown to me where my money exchanger cornered me on the side of the road against a curb. He proceeded to accuse me of shorting him 20 USD. (it wasn"t hard to count the big bills I gave him and it was funny watching him try and show me how I must have tricked him) To make a long story short he was essentially beginning the robbery process ans sizing me up. I got rather upset with him and forced him to back down. Unnerved I blasted out of Santa Elena convinced that I"d be robbed if I stuck around and proceeded to blow through a militray check point some 10km out of town that had only a two single orange pillons. As it was getting dusk I could barely make out who the lone man who was standing in the middle of the road beside an unmarked military truck with his partner sitting on the tail gate. I glanced over my shoulder as I was slowing down and saw the man adopt a shooting stance. I jammed the Brakes and pulled a u-turn and was told that I had until the next pillon before he pulled the trigger. Two minutes for passport verification and 3 Km further down route 10 north I found a Camping ground at the Waruri river crossing. It cost me 20 Boliviars to camp and it was safe and quiet and worth stopping in for. Bring snacks and water as there are no available stores at the campground.
In Cuidad Boliviar I checked into a great place called Hotel Don Carls listed in the Lonely Planet. It has a secure garage and its pretty inexpensive if you choose to stay in an open air dorm style room.
Calle Boyaca No 26
con calle Amor Patrio detras Gobernacion
email@example.com (Paul at Don Carlos, Very nice and helpful)
P.S. Dont use the door knocker, its for decoration only....use the door bell, Its a real soft spot for Paul, he loves his knockers.
|90 days||yes||222 boliviars||Greg||George||Canada||26/04/2010|
|Bulgaria||Bosnia (yugoslavia)||main highway||19/12/2006||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes||v5 log books||no||no||no||no||vehicle wash 5- 20 euro's||custom's hold passports ,and send you for insurance. tried 4 kiosk's all same com ,125euro's,for a few hour's travel through country,asked for 1 day ins - no , asked for 12 month's ins - no .only 30 days .||30 day's||yes||30 day's||went out on the 28/10/2006 , okay , only , stung coming back,||insurance agent said he was very busy-i said it was highway robbery , and it will stop people coming , he states orders from belgrade , did not see local's paying .||Seems because they're not in the eec, they are going to make people pay to pass through .||les||burney||uk||25/01/2007|
|Bulgaria||Turkey||Malko Tarnovo, E87||13/10/2006||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||None, unless you don't have a carnet.||Go inside the main building and ask what to do, as there are no obvious signs. If you use the carnet you need to see the chief of customs first, as he enters the details into a computer and signs it. The carnet is stamped by another customs officer.||Not marked in passport||no||6 EUR / 1 month||Wait at barrier. Declare large amounts of cash (must have been declared on entry, I guess)||Normal||Route E87 is marked on maps, but not signposted as such
Use the carnet, if you have one, to save fees.
If you don't have valid Green Card insurance for TR I strongly recommend buying it at the border.
Try not to leave BG with lots of Leva, as TR banks don't change them. I paid the TR insurance in Leva and got rid of the rest at a money changer in Istanbul, at a bad rate.
|Cambodia||Vietnam||Chau Doc (Cambodia Phom Denh)||09/04/2005||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||None, except for $US24-25 for Vietnamese Visa in Phnom Penh||Thought you
might like to know that I scraped my Honda XL250 into Vietnam, although
originally being turned down, and had happy and untroubled riding for about
10 days before leaving.
Read http://hamilton2japan.blogspot.com for the details.
|30 days||no||$0||No problems here - just asked them to stamp my carnet - they didn't seem interested in the bit of tear-off I gave them.||Unusual - your milage may vary. Just thought I'd let you know I'd done it.||Please read http://hamilton2japan.blogspot.com for the details. Feel free to ask me if I can provide any info on recent South East Asian conditions.||Anton||Post||19/04/2005|
|Chile / Ecuador / Bolivia / Brazil||Peru||Arica Chile||30/11/2009||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||From this year Peruvian customs is now requiring CARNET DE PASSAGE if the bike is not of your property.||Luis||Eguiguren|
|China||Laos||Mohan / Yunnan hwy 213 - Boten||15/11/2007||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||Lots of Chinese paperwork which our tour company took care of.||no||no||no||no||no||Visa 30 USD or equivalent in EUR, Thai Baht or Lao Kip.||At the customs and immigration building all the counters are on the right (uphill) side outside. Go to "Check-In" and obtain an arrival card to fill in. If you don't have a visa go a little further along to the counter marked "Visa on arrival" and obtain and fill in a visa application form. Hand over one photo plus visa fee. Back to Check-In for entry stamp. Bikes must be pushed about 20 m past the final check point.||30 days||no||Customs: cursory chassis no. check. Immigration: exit stamp. All formalities were taken care of by our guide (normally compulsory in China).||Presumably normal.||Apparently, temp. import docmentation for Laos is required, but we couldn't rouse anybody at customs and entered Laos without completing any formalities for the bikes.||Peter||Hendricks||German||19/11/2007|
|China||Vietnam||Lao Cai||21/06/2005||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||yes||Nice friendly smile||no||no||no||no||no||about 20 S altogether. Plus 100 S helper's fee -very competent in my case- I could have given way less, buthe deserved it. ALL the numerous forms are in Vietnamiese only.||At first sight, it does seem impossible. During the 21 hours I spent at the border, I saw absolutely no motor vehicle crossing the border. Not even tourist busses, the guys cross the border on foot and take another bus the other side of the border. Kinda||1 month renewable. Can be gotten anywhere; including China.||no||Since your licence is not valid, you cannot get one.||I'm still in Viet Nam!||Fred||Tran Duc||Vietnam|
|Colombia||Ecuador||Ipiales||24/11/2005||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no||yes||yes||no||yes||Just had to pay $3 for the Ecuador customs guy to get back to the border as they process the bike permit in the town about 10 mins from the border.||No helpers. But they have new laws regarding entry for some countries.For Geoff on his NZ passport, he now needed a $60 visa - we also met a Mexican who needed one also. We had to go back to Ipiales (both already stamped out of Colombia) and stay another night while waiting for the visa. We met another kiwi who had the same problem and he spoke to the NZ embassy and they said that this visa requirement was new since 9 November and would no longer be necessary after 1 Dec, but we didn't have time to wait!||$60 visa for NZ - 30 days, entry for UK passport 90 days||no||na||Got stamped out of Colombia, bike paperwork copied and stamped, very easy.||Nina||Le Lievre||06/12/2005|
|Colombia||Ecuador||Pan am highway||20/11/2006||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||colombia exit doc for motorcycle||yes||yes||yes||ZERO! free border...a first!!!||stamp out of colombia..motorcycle out of colombia...us into ecuador, motorcycles into ecuador||no||CAKE! as in a piece of....easiest so far||ever day occurance....||go to colombia....go to colombia....go to colombia....||Mark||Kirkendall||usa||20/11/2006|
|Colombia||Ecuador||Quito, Ecuador||16/08/2008||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||No||no||yes||yes||no||yes||No fees what so ever||This is a piece of cake. Really fast on both sides. You don't need any helpers. And i didn't see any either||30, 60 or 90 days||no||Just giving back the paper to the colombian border. No more||This is the normal experience||Ask for 90 days right away. I didn't and i stayed longer. Before you can leave the country you have to pay ticket of 10% value of the bike. In my case 509 dollars. Make sure to do not stay longer than 90 days if you have permit for so. But the crossing is the easiest so far on my trip.||Anders||Sand||Norway||10/12/2008|
|Colombia||Equador||CA-1. hwy 35 on the Equadorian side.||30 Jan08||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||yes||nil||yes||yes||yes||nil||no real helpers but there were money changers, not very agressive, you get a much better rate of exchange (of Colombian pesos) on the Equador side. trust me on this one.||30 days||no||dirt simple, could just have drove out of Colombia and only in-cleared into Equador if I wanted to, but a good habit is not to burn bridges, sorta speak.||simple, all the officials on both sides looked slightly bored, no hints of tentions or criminality, only some spot checks by drug dogs on about 1 on 100 vehicles, all shabby cab's.||Mike||Jensen||CA||31/01/2008|
|Combodia||Thailand||Poipet||25/06/2001||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||can't remember, so it couldn't have been much.||No bribes. Everything is going by the book. Lots of form to fill in. Vehicles are also been weight.||no||Leaving Cambodia was as easy as entering it. Although Poipet is a shithol to stay. Make shure you be there before 17.00. The just close the gate. And you'll have wait until tomorrow.||No problems, standard procedure||Cambodia was great too! Road was made in Hell, but also part of the fun/experience/ romance of Cambodia.||Roland||Koster|
|Costa Rica||Nicaragua||CA1||Time about 9:a.m, it took about an hour to get into Nicaragua||$30 Total to enter Nicaragua from Costa Rica: $3 to get biked
spray' d for insects; $7 to get passport stamped in
$10 to pay officer for not inspecting my bags more closely (this according to the handler who barged in and took over again) I'm sure it went to the handler or at least half of it did; $10 Handler Fee. The handler said I had already paid for insurance for Nicaragua soI didn't need to worry about it? No charge to leave Costa Rica, (there is a $25 charge to leave Costa Rica at the airport, but I'm pretty sure they don't charge that for driving out).
|Costa Rica||Nicaragua||Interamericana||08/09/2006||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||Fumigation certificate (in Nic before doing the rest)||no||no||no||no||no||CR exit tax $2
Nic entry fee $7
|Helper on CR side was useful - customs is 100m before immigration, which you have to do first. Couple of dollars plus a reasonable exchange rate for colones to cordobas.||60 days||yes||$12/30 days||No single helper. Fumigation was handheld spray instead of car wash (free), then take certificate to main complex where all instructions are in English and Spanish so helpers not required. There is a "last man" who needs the little bit of paper the customs guy stamped, and your passport.||Seemed pretty normal.||Cynthia||Milton||United Kingdom||09/09/2006|
|Costa Rica||Panama||Paso Canous||01/06/2002||yes||We had to pay about 2 pounds to get out of Costa Rica, and pay about 1 pound each for fumigation||30 days for motorbike, 90 days for us||John||Green||UK|
|Costa Rica||Panama||San Vito - Rio Sereno||09/05/2005||no||yes||yes||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||1 Dollar for Fumigation on Panama side||Hi, we just
crossed the border into Panama at San Vito - Rio Sereno.
Please note: U do not get the official exit procedure for the bike because there is no Aduana on Costa Rican side. That means u can also do not enter here with ur bike into Costa Rica. But because CR does not stamp ur bike into ur passport, u can prob. leave here to Panama Semi illegally.
Exit. It is 5 km dirt road to the border. Just go to Migraciones on CR side and check urself out. No costs.
Entry. Cross 10 meters to the Panama side.
Migraciones: fill out the normal paper as u did in other CA countrys. No costs.
Pay 1 Dollar for Fumigation and get ur bike watered.
Go to Aduana. U need no copies, just title, passport and Drivers licence. no costs for us, other people paid 4 Dollars.
We were the only people at the border for about 2 hours. Main thing we did was chatting with army guys who wanted to practice their german. the easiest stuff we have ever done.
|90 days||no||see above||very relaxed border all the time. sometimes people pay 4 dollar aduana. seems to be normal here, just campesinos cross this border||That was the easiest border in all of Central America. Just see above the comment regarding your bike exit. Officials told us you can send the paper u received in Costa Rica lateron to the CR embassy to check out, but that is not approved.||Martin||Wickert||Germany||10/05/2005|
|Costa Rica||Panama||Sixaola (Costa Rica) / Guabito (Panama)||01/12/2004||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||No fees required for immigration or for the vehicle permit.US$1 for fumigation of bike.||1.Fumigation of bike immediately after crossing banana bridge. Cost US$1.2. Immigration. No fees.3.Aduana. Hand in vehicle registration and passport. No fees. Permit hand typed.They want to know where you will export the bike from.||30 days||no||Not legally required in Panama.||Exiting Costa Rica just meant handing in our vehicle permit to the Aduana. There was no stamp in the passport to cancel. Immigration is simply an exit stamp.||Border is not 24 hours.It opens at 7pm, closes at 5pm on the Costa Rica side.Remember that clocks go forward one hour in Panama. On Panama side, immigration closes for lunch at 12 - 12.30pm.||This is the northern crossing from Costa Rica to Panama.On the Panamanian side, there is now a new road that links Almirante to Chiriqui Grande.It is paved, but has already suffered from land slides.However it means that for the first time there is a road link all the way through down to the Pan Am.On the Costa Rican side, the road is now paved all the way through to the border, from Cahuita onwards.It is a new road, built only last year. However, despite new roads, the bridge remains the only way to cross the border.It is an old railway bridge, which has had wooden planks nailed down both sides of the tracks, to enable vehicles to cross. The planks are now old and worn away so it is a little precarious to cross (I came off!)and the bridge is quite long. Having made it across the bridge here, there is yet another banana bridge waiting for you on the other side of Chinguinola which is even longer.||Julia & Kevin||Sanders||UK|
|Croatia||Montenegro||E65||03/03/2006||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||yes||10 Euros for 15 days||The norm||James||Butler||British||03/07/2006|
|Ecuador||Colombia||San Miguel||15/01/2012||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||0||When you enter Colombia, there is no aduana (or DIAN) You have to go to Pto ASIS, office behind the airport. This means that you can enter Colombia without official paper... very handy if you want to sell the bike!||3 month||yes||did not ask for insurance||if you have expired paper DIAN you can leave colombia without problem becaus there is no controle DIAN at border. when you enter ecuador you get temporaly paper douane!! you must go to QUITO aduana for permanent paper!! 3 month||own experiance||We don't know what paper you get from Ecuador when you enter ecuador this way... this douane never have see motorbikes gringos. The road from San Miguel to Santa Ana is bad but the road is being paved! From Santa Ana, road is paved. Good hostal Casa del rio in Mocoa owned by Belgian guy.||Sofie||Lenaerts||Belgium||15/01/2012|
|Ecuador||Peru||La Balsas||12/08/2006||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||Copy of Ecuador importation doc||yes||NO FEES!!||No "helpers" -nice! Peru entry easy, all offices in a line on the right of the bridge. Passports logged at migracion, stamped by police then stamped at migracion. Bikes imported with hand-written green document. A hefty tax value was put on them, but only relevant if bikes are not exported from Peru.||3 months||no||No "helpers" -nice! Very small border post 80 miles South of Vilcabamba on dirt roads. Easy exit from Ecuador, get passport stamped at Migracion and bikes exported at Aduana next door. The offices are the only building that is not a wood shack!||This border is seldom used due to the hideous dirt road in Ecuador and Peru. Very laid back.||Lew||Lightfoot||British||24/10/2006|
|Ecuador||Peru||Macara / La Tina (?)||23/08/2004||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no||no||yes||yes||no||yes||USD$10 (approx) required for Peruvian Transit Pass||Very easy - less than 30 minutes. No helpers needed, or available.||90 days||no||Had my passport stamped - took less than 15 minutes.No helpers needed or available.||Tom||Hunter||USA|
|Ecuador||Peru||Vilcabamba, Zumba - San Ignacio||21/06/2005||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||We were asked for the Carnet, actually the officer insisted on it, At the end, we used it. Our swiss friend who did not have any, discussed for 20 min and suddenly there were temporary vhicle permits which were filled out very slowly and with the help of||no||no||no||no||no||There were no fees, no copies required, nothing at all, just the lazy officer who either had no clue what to do with the private vehicle or no motivation to fill out his own forms. But they all were very friendly.||Go to Immigration, officer fills out form. Police next door accepts, return to officer who stamps ur passsport. Aduana officer insist on carnet or fills out papers after a while. Easy, no problems, very friendly.||90 days||no||all easy obvious||Martin||Wickert||Netherlands|
|Ecuador||Peru||Vilcabamba, Zumba - San Ignacio||21/06/2005||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||We were asked for the Carnet, actually the officer insisted on it, At the end, we used it. Our swiss friend who did not have any, discussed for 20 min and suddenly there were temporary vhicle permits which were filled out very slowly and with the help of all of us.||no||no||no||no||no||There were no fees, no copies required, nothing at all, just the lazy officer who either had no clue what to do with the private vehicle or no motivation to fill out his own forms. But they all were very friendly.||Go to Immigration, officer fills out form. Police next door accepts, return to officer who stamps ur passsport. Aduana officer insist on carnet or fills out papers after a while. Easy, no problems, very friendly.||90 days||no||all easy obvious||Martin||Wickert||Germany||21/06/2005|
|Egypt||Libya||Amsaad||22/06/2009||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||Transit visa Libya||no||yes||no||no||no||Visa persons 80 egyptian pound,
plates for car: US$100
you have a receipt of the plates otherwise NO refund of your deposit on the
With our transit we did not have problems, but we saw some people having a hard time getting dollars and there papers ready for a longer stay
|5 days||no||No problems||Since you can only aply for visa for Libya in your home country, this was for us the only option to get through Libya, and so back home, Europe||You can aply for transit visa in Cairo. It took us 13 days of waiting but there is enough to do! You need one passphoto, translation of your passport, one application form||Martine||Luxwolda||Dutch||12/08/2009|
|El Salvador||Guatemala||Hwy CA 2 Border||45 minutes, total time. Time and Day, Monday Morning about 8:am||$5 Handling fee to a young kid who helped me get out of El Salvador (no charge) and into Guatemala, $10 Vehicle Permit and my permit for Guatemala, $15 Total Cost to get into Guatemala $15||Doug||French|
|El Salvador||Honduras||Amatillo||19/12/2007||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||Officially :
USD $10 for customs form 9A1
USD $20 for right to drive around Honduras
USD $7 to validate form 9A1
USD $1.50 for vehicle inspection
L560 to be paid in Limpiras, which covered form validation and right to drive around.
confusing and officials seem in league with "helpers" who make this
USD5 to "speed" up inspection
USD2 to obtain form 9A1 over lunchtime, but made no difference as bank shuts over then (helper neglected to say this).
Lots of shenanigans with photocopying of passport before and after stamps, plus title and form 9A1.The helpers are either stupid (doubtful) or try to confuse you as to the order and where and how much this costs.
|90 days||no||Leaving El Salvador was pleasant and easy.Call into office offset on RHS of road,
bloke at counter very helpful, just cancels your permit, no money
Total : 3hrs in the baking sun
Avoid lunchtime if at all possible (perhaps avoid beer the night before unlike me!)
|Entry into Honduras - nothing new I've heard.||Helper wanted to take the documentation and money and pay,
however, I paid and it was clear that there was a scam going on for USD20
which I didn't need to pay. At the end
the "helper" wanted USD15 to pay for something which could not be
defined, relating to an earlier exchange with the border police, but I
refused and he wasn't happy.
I would recommend :
Get a helper, as they know the officials and can make the process easier if YOU control THEM. (soz, not teaching you to suck eggs, but it helps to remind me when I've had beer)
- Ask for the steps in full up front and write them down
- Agree the price you will pay for helping
- Get them to take you to each step as per the list
- keep hold of your docs at all times and give them to officials only
- always pay the money yourself
- sit down in the shade and drink liquids regularly !
|El Salvador||Honduras||El Amatillo||10/05/2005||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||a crystal ball if handy||no||yes||yes||no||yes||Difficult to say as we were had. We think it should be 369 lempiras per bike or about US$18. It may be 650 lempiras or approx US$32. Watch out for the exchange rate at the border, it should be about 19.5 for US$1.||The thieves
seem to work in pairs. One will proudly present an id card hanging round his
neck. The other nothing. They claim to work for $5. Procedure: stop at first
check point and present vehicle import docs.100 metres on right present passports and vehicle docs.Proceed 1 km to border. El Savaldor &
Honduras next to each other. Get
stamped out then to Honduras pay US$3 each hand in completed tourist slip.
Next you need to find a "secretary", just passed central strucure
on right. She'll issue all papers needed (many). Cross the street to an
(computers) who will give you an A4 receipt and charge you US$10 per bike. Proceed to bank and pay for bike import. Exit turn left and 3 doors down an office with man & computer. He will write your bikes into the passport (no fee) exit turn right to portacabins and pay US$5 for fumigation (they don't fumigate the bikes however). Throughout the process you'll be required to present photocopies of passport, dvr license, bike registration and of some of the documents you have been issued. Alot of walking back to the copias.
|3 months||not sure||Simply thank God. Hand in the A5 sized official looking bit of paper to the first guy at the border.Proceed to main border post.||Going in was a traumatic experience, leaving was good.||This was the most complicated crossing we have ever done in terms of paperwork. We think in hindsight this was because the helpers made it so. They are slick operators and it is not helped by we think low level official help in the police and border bank. Under no circumstances exchange dollars at their insistence at the border. They'll tell you all sorts, principally, the bank will only take lempiras. Under no circumstances let them "pay on you behalf" in the bank. They'll insist that all the charges listed on individual bits of paper are to be added up for a total. We suspect the A4 sized receipt is the total you are to pay per bike. The helpers constantly ask for documents to be photocopied so you have to keep returning to the copia booths. Meanwhile they'll tell you the bank is closing so they try to go and pay on your behalf while you are preoccupied. Stand your ground here as when I thought I'd realised the scam the bank refused to even let me in: they too are part of the conspiracy I think. The police were utterly useless. The whole charade took about 4 hours. All i can say is, (except the US$3 at passport control) as soon as you have to start parting with money (over US$10) be very suspicious, do not exchange cash,you can pay all in US$. Make sure you get into the bank and ensure you are paying the correct money. Appologies if this is a confusing explanation but it was a confusing experience for us, I hope I have at least shed some light onto the process.||Matthew||Hobbs|
|El Salvador||Honduras||El Amatillo - CA 1||01/02/2007||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no||yes||yes||no||yes||$ 65 usd plus some extra fees of about $ 15 usd||pain in the but, bring time, I took a guide as you have to go to 5 locations to collect stamps and wait in line, guide cost me $ 10 usd and safed me 4 hours easy, spanish is a must if you do it yourself, some of the guides speak english. do not leave your bike unatended||3 month||no||none||as chaotic as entry, I would take a guide again any time even when speaking the language very good and understand the culture||none||bring time and watch your stuff||Andreas||Matthes||German and Mexican||19/08/2007|
|El Salvador||Honduras||Hwy CA1 by Valle||Time of day entering Honduras, early afternoon, time spent 3-4 hours||No charge for leaving El Salvador. Total to enter Honduras $325: $225 for vehicle permit and my permit. Apparently this covered all the countries in CA, just like I was told in Guatemala; $40 an extra charge because the border official "decided my title copy wasn't quite right" (this is what the handler told me, I should have been with him when he talked to the official myself"; $20 Fee to have a friend of the handler's drive me back to the nearest town to get more money at a bank. (after Guatemala and now these charges my cash was gone); $40 handlers fees, guys who watched my bike fee, passport and copying fees, its hard to know at this point what the money was going for.||EMBASSY AND CONSULATE ADDRESSES
Diplomatic Representation in US:
Chief of mission: Ambassador Roberto FLORES Bermúdez
Embassy: 3007 Tilden Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
Telephone:  (202) 966-7702, 2604, 5008, 4596
FAX:  (202) 966-9751
Washington, DC (Consular Section)
1014 M Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20001
(202) 682 7873
(202) 682 5947/48/49Another Red Flag Country for having corruption at their border
|Estonia||Latvia||Ikla N57.88589 E24.39483||22/06/2002||no||no||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||Good deal, quiet crossing, and insurance had to be paid in local currancy (cash). Money exchange at border.||Not required for less than 30 days||yes||$7.70 per bike for 2 weeks||No problems, quiet and friendly||normal||Simon and Monika||Newbound||UK|
|Finland||Estonia||Tallinn||28/05/2005||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||I had scanned photocpy of V5 but it wasn't accepted and the bike was impounded (it was because the document was a scanned copy and NOT the original that the border guards wouldn't let the bike through...)||no||no||no||no||no||none||no||took bike back to Finland and after short explanation no problems...||Nigel||Stevens||UK||22/06/2005|
|France, Germany, Italy, Austri||Switzerland||Zurich, CH||25/06/2007||no||yes||yes||yes||Recently we
had that change in our law regarding "weapons". Actually now a
knife is a weapon too if it can be opened with one hand or has a blade longer
than 8cm. Motorbiketravellers use Leatherman. They can be opened with one
hand and the blade is around that sice. In short: You should try not to bring
a knife into country. A shity dumbass roule, but, well, a roule. So customs
officers, if they're bored, do check you, especially if you might be stupid
enough showing that belt-clip, knife-pocket or what ever else indicator of
being armed with a knife.
Don't try to be clever, having plenty of explanations ready why the thing YOU are caring suppose NOT to be a weapon.... There's no knowledge about any exceptions.
No prison or similar painful punishing to be expected but just plenty of stress, trouble and wasted time plus a fine of around EUR 150.00 as well as the lost of the corpus delicti as punishment.
|Georgia||Azerbajain||Lagodeki||05/07/2004||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||nil||1 month||no||we had a visa for 1 month.customs staff said 'we give you two days'.they did not say they were referring to the bikes so when we got to baku customs said they had to impound the bikes.we explained to the consular staff in istanbul about the bikes and they said no probs.what we got was a 2 day transit for the bikes without being told. luckily we went straight to baku ferry port or we would have incurred a heavy fine.we heard of other bikers who had turned back at the border as they had been told they must pay approx $1000 to import the bikes, refundable on exit. we were not asked for this but not told we had a 2 day transit.||Matt||Hobbs|
|Greece||Turkey||Thessaloniki, Greece||08/05/2006||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||International Vehicle Insurance - Green card||no||no||no||no||no||None||Entering through Kipoi is really a mess from beginning of July up to the 20th of August, since thousands of Turkish workers living in Germany are returning to their homeland. Expect approx 2 hours for passing the border!||no||Anybody that wants to make the same trip, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org||fotis||kyrillidis||Greek||03/03/2007|
|Guatemala||El Salvador||Anguiatu - CA 12||15/02/2007||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no insurance required||no||no||no||no||no||$ 16 usd||easy and not to slow for Central America, organized, follow instructions by people in uniform, english possible, spanish helps||3 month||no||none||organized and easy||good||Andreas||Matthes||German and Mexican||19/08/2007|
|Guatemala||El Salvador||Hwy CA 2 Border||Time was about 5 p.m and it took two hours entering El Salvador||Total $20 to leave Guatemala: $7 to stamp out passport. $13 for a handler and a guy to watch my bike (both guys really unnecessary since this was not a hard border to deal with). No charge to enter El Salvador, in fact they have signs saying that you shouldn't have to use handlers if you don't want to in English and that the El Salvadorian officials are more than willing to help.||You get
stamped in, get a vehicle permit and an individual permit and your on your
way. Still the whole procedure was not quick and in the heat with no water it
took two hours.
As with many border crossings usually using a handler will include getting you out of one country and into another one, though if their not welcome like in El Salvador or Mexico they will simply get you out of their country and to the next countries border crossing. This is what happened going into El Salvador, the handler got me on the Guatemalan side and took me as far as he could go on the El Salvador side.
|Guatemala||El Salvador||San Cristobal Frontera||18/12/2009||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||Copy of Guatemala temporary vehicle import form.||no||yes||yes||no||yes||No fees.||1. El
Salvador aduana window to get vehicle import papers, valid for 60
2. El Salvador immigration. Note: there is an agreement between Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua concerning border crossings. If you have been given 90 days in Guatemala (as we were), you do not recieve another stamp from the other countries. The 90 days is still valid for all four countries. We know this is true for Canadian and US passports, may be different for other nationalities.
|90 days originally stamped in Guatemala.||no||1. Guatemala aduana official (he was on the road, not in an
office--check his badge) needed to see, sign and date the Guatemala vehicle
import form before proceeding to Guatemala immigration.
2. Guatemala immigration (office on left hand side) stamped passport with exit stamp.
3. Guatemala aduana window for vehicle discharge. (Guatemala and El Salvador aduana located in same office on El Salvador side)
|If you intend to return with your bike to Guatemala, you have to go to a different aduana office and the process is different. Do not cross here on a Monday or Friday as these are market days at the border and it is total chaos. Other days, we were told, are very quiet. Since we are two traveling together, one was able to stay with the bikes, while the other did the paperwork. Normally no need for an ayudante, but due to the chaos of market day, we let a young fellow show us which offices we needed to go to. He was a great deal of help in the end, so we gave him $10 US. (When I say this place was chaos on market day, I mean chaos and made worse by Christmas shopping)||Taz||Hirani||Canadian||21/12/2009|
|Guatemala||Honduras||Agua Calientes||26/03/2004||no||yes||no||Title only||The Honduras border official and her manager took me for $100 US. Be aware of this crossing. I could have called the managers manager or involved the police but after 2 hours of fun in the heat I just wanted out.||JD||Smith||USA|
|Guatemala||Honduras||Agua Calientes||12/02/2010||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||Pink Slip (Title) for the motorcycle.||no||yes||yes||no||yes||4 dollar entry fee||I speak good Spanish so was able to do it all myself but they were sticklers about the title to the bike.||30 days||no||just study some Spanish and you can get by without these "helpers"||Normal||Sean||Kerrigan||USA||03/04/2010|
Both Guatemala and Honduras customs are in the same building.
also both countries in same building
check out of Guatemala window, check in at the Honduras window
|2 years on the bike||no||No one approached me to help. It was easy to check out of Guatemala||no idea||They were all very nice folks||Homer||Susan||17/07/2005|
|Guatemala||Honduras||Copan Ruinas||01/12/2004||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||US$3 for immigration entry.US$35 for bike permit. It did not quite stack up, but fees were posted at this border which said that all foreign vehicles had to pay US$20 for raod tax and another 120 Lempira for the bike permit - about US$6, so US$35 seems||The windows are marked and the Aduana was helpful.You need to have a slip of papar which is stamped by Immigration, Aduana, Police and some man at a desk to then hand in to the bloke operating the border barrier, who will let you through.The border was very straight forward, which probably explains why there were no helpers there. None needed!||Bike permit was valid for 3 months||no||Exiting Guatemala was very simple.No costs.No helpers needed - no helpers were even there!||This is the best experience we have had crossing into Honduras. Agua Caliente has always been busy and confusing and has taken longer.||If crossing from Guatemala to Honduras, I would definitely recommend riders to use this crossing and not Agua Caliente.The road here is now paved both sides, which might not be as much fun, but it is still a nicer road than Agua Caliente too.||Julia||Sanders||UK|
|Guatemala||Honduras||Copan / El Florida||22/09/2005||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||$35 for bike permit, $3 each immigration||Very easy, immigration for both countries in same building, customs building just next door, no helpers||30 days||no||na||Very easy, immigration for both countries in same building, customs building just next door, no helpers||Sounds like this is pretty normal for this particular crossing||Whole procedure only took 45 mins, nice and easy!||Nina||Le Lievre||03/10/2005|
|Guatemala||Honduras||El Florida||01/03/2002||yes||yes||Had to pay about 40 English pounds each to cross the border and 3 pounds for our tourist card. This is official, they have a sign up stating how much for each vehicle entering the country.||90 days for motorbike, 30 days for us||John||Green||UK|
|guatemala||honduras||el florido- to - copan||25/10/2006||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||20 road use tax
5 paper work
3 exit tax (guatemala)
|cake. No helpers required, highly recommend this border. it took 90 minutes but only because of single finger one person typewriter||no||easy...$3 tax||normal...we hit this one because of it's easy rep||don't spit into the wind||Mark||Kirkendall||USA|
|Guatemala||Honduras||El Florido / Copan Ruinas||04/12/2006||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||$29 - Bike
$3 - Entry for me
$2 - Immigration Exit fee for Guatemala
first gate. Guatemala and Honduras
immigration are in the same blue and white building on left.
Pay $2 to Guatemala immigration. Show passport to Honduran Immigration. Pay $3 - entry fee. Since the beginning of Nov. '06 your immigration stamp(90 days-USA) for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador or Nicaragua is good for all 4 countries.So no stamp for Honduras will be issued. NO HELPERS AROUND AND NOT NEEDED. The Honduran Aduana is 100 METERS down the road, just before the second gate. Here, you will need 2 photocopies each of passport, title, registration. After the official types up two forms and stamps your bike into your passport you will need to take these to the next building down the road to make copies, one of each form and 2 of passport stamp.Return photocopies to aduana.Pay $29 entry fee for bike. You are on your way.
|90 days||no||No helpers around or needed.After going through Guate/Hond. immigration, you will need to go to the Aduana building to the left to get bike stamped out of Guate.NO CHARGE FOR THIS.||This seems to be the norm. Everyone I have talked to and read about on HU's Site says the same
Excellent border crossing.To bad they are not all like this one.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CROSSING.
|Steps taken are a little bit different than other crossings-
instead of getting you, then your bike checked out before getting you, then
the bike checked in its:
1- Get yourself checked out of Guatemala. Pay $2
2- Get yourself "checked" into Honduras.Pay $3
3- Get bike checked out of Guate. NO CHARGE.
4- Get bike checked into Honduras. Pay $29
NEW RULES FOR CENTRAL AMERICAN PACT COUNTRIES:
As of Nov. '06, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua now except the others immigration stamp.I was given 90 days in Guatemala, which in turn means I have a total of 90 days for all 4 countries.
|Guatemala||Honduras||El Florido - Copan Ruinas||10/04/2005||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||Exit cost: 10 Quetzales for the Stamp.Entry cost 3 Dollars or 60 Lempiras for Immigration 30 US dollars for vehicle permit.||No helpers needed:Exit Guatemala:1. Exit stamp cost 10 Quetzales. It was very easy, just go to the window and he stamps it, no discussions, not questions.2. Entry Honduras. You fill out a paper with Name, where u come from etc. Standard info. Give the paper to Window 4, the guy gives u 90 days (if u tell him that u are not only going to Copan). Cost: 3 Dollar or 60 Lempiras.3. Go to Aduana (right beside the Immigration). First exit Guatemala, the guy checks ur Serial number on the bike, than fills everything out. Fast and friendly, more discussion about futbol then about papers.The Honduras guys are ok as well. Need some help but do not even check ur correct numbers. Takes 30 min. because they fill it out by hand partly. Costs are 30 US Dollar, You need copy passport and vehicle registration.Whole procedure 30 to 40 minutes.All friendly, easy going.||90 days||no||Exit stamp cost 10 Quetzales. It was very easy, just go to the window and he stamps it, no discussions, ot questions.||Seems to be pretty normal||we recommend this crossing.||Martin||Wickert||Netherlands|
|Guatemala||Honduras||Florido - Copan||25/12/2003||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||10 dollar||first of all: this is an crossings permit that allows you only to stay in honduras for three days. You can use it to go to Copa Ruinas. You're are also not allowed to travel further Although its no problem to check out the surrending areas.Anyway, no hassle at all. Just have your usual paperwork ready. Take about twenty minutes. We had rental motorbikes from Antiqua (Guatemala)but no problem at all.||3 days||No hassle at all, you have to leave to same crossing as you came.||no nobody was surprised or something like that. Just tell you want to visit the ruins. That all||Roland||Koster|
|Guatemala||Mexico||InterAmericana, La Mesilla||19/09/2006||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||yes||yes||265 pesos for a road tax sticker (by credit card) and 210 pesos tourist tax (you pay this at a bank any time before you leave the country)||No helpers required. All simple, and they take credit cards. You also need copies of your entry card and a credit card for the bike tax deposit (see later)||Up to 90 days||no||No helpers required. All very straightforward.||Normal I believe||The Mexicans want a deposit or surety for the import tax for the bike. They're happy to take a photocopy of a credit card for the bike deposit - if you don't take the bike out of the country they'll simply charge the card. If you're one of these anti-credit card types that's tough, you'll have to pay the deposit in cash and work out how to get the money back at your exit border.||Cynthia||Milton||UK||20/09/2006|
|Guatemala||Mexico||Tapachula Hwy CA2||Time: about two and a half hours in late afternoon to evening on Monday to leave Guatemala; after I actually found both places it took probably a half hour to an hour to enter Mexico||$30 Total to leave Guatemala with handler fees: $10 Passport
stamped out and to cancel vehicle permit, $20 (he wanted $50) Handler Fee,
this one I needed.
$56.89 Total to enter Mexico from Guatemala: $26.89 for vehicle permit, charged to credit card. $20 permit for me, I paid cash for this. $7-10(I believe, it might of been free) to stamp my passport, this was done at the border, different than the check station to get my vehicle permit and personal permit , this was done in Tapuchula almost 20 or 30 miles inside the border.
|Honduras||El Salvador||CA1||Time entering El Salvador: it was in the afternoon and the heat was oppressive, it took 2-3 hours total.||$20 to pay handlers to get thru the maze at the border on the Honduran side. $3 Stamp Passport out; $7 Cancel Vehicle Permit; $10 handlers fees to get me thru the maze at the border to the El Salvador side. Not totally clear on all these charges, it was all very confusing in the heat and the handler running off for this or that but I'm sure I only paid about $20 total. That was it, again no charge for El Salvador.||Doug||French|
|Honduras||Guatemala||Copán Ruinas||16/09/2006||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||None||no||no||no||no||no||$3 to get out of Honduras
$5 for road tax in Guatemala
|No helpers - none needed. All windows clearly marked and helpful officials. You can even choose not to have an entry stamp for Guatemala||90 days||no||Hand in bike papers to Honduras aduanas. Exit stamp for bike in passport. No helpers required.||Sounds normal.||I reckon this is a good place to enter Honduras as entry procedures and fees are clearly posted with a number to phone if you encounter any funny business. I was clearly ripped off entering through los Manos from Nicaragua.||Cynthia||Milton||UK||17/09/2006|
|Honduras||Nicaragua||CA1 going towards Estel Nicaragua||$3 Stamp Passport Out; $7 Cancel Bike Permit; $10 Handler Fee; $20 Total For Leaving Honduras. $30 Total for entering Nicaragua, this was a hard border for me to remember, it could well have been a little more than this and may have even included vehicle insurance...also they should have spray' d my bike with an insecticide but I don't remember them doing it. $20 for vehicle and self permit and $10 Handlers fee.||Doug||French|
|Honduras||Nicaragua||Danli (Los Manos) to Esteli||17/04/2005||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||You need your car or bike title.||no||no||no||no||no||Exit of bike: no costs
Exit Honduras 3 $ US
Enter Nicaragua 7 $ US
Vehicle insurance 12 $ US
Bike entering: no costs ?
Between the borders is the main building.
1. Exit Honduras. (sign above the counter). Stamp in ur passport, pay 3 US Dollar. done
2. Enter Nicaragua: Fill out paper (same form like entering Honduras or Guatemala. pay 7 Dollar US. done
3. go to Aduana (sign above the counter).
they fill out a paper. U need drivers licence, Title and Passport. then they force u to buy an mandatory insurance (although having internatinal insurance we had to buy one, no chance to get around). pay 12 Dollar US for insurance. then they check ur bike registration and chassis number.
no more costs. no copies required. (although aother people needed to have copies!!!)
altogether it took about 2 hours for 4 people. Just two kids hanging around which were ok. Money changer are a little annoying but ok. U dont need to change here, u can pay in US Dollar as well (actually a better rate). But the rates for changing are the same on both sides of the border, so it doesnt matter.
|90 days visa/ vehicle permit 30 days||yes||12 $ US, 30 days||Honduras:
On Honduras site there is just Aduana.
Check out your bikes there. no costs, easy going. You get the same stamp u got when entering, just the exit version.
Exit yourself is at entry location.
|The crossing seems that easy all the time. Costs seem to be consistent what we heard. Just normally you seem to need copies of your documents. No idea why we didnt.||We recommend the crossing. If u can talk yourself out of the insurance, try it. We couldnt although we had an international insurance.||Martin||Wickert||Germany||18/04/2005|
|Honduras||Nicaragua||Gasaule||01/04/2002||yes||30 days for motorbike, 90 days for us||Just watch out for the money changers when you are leaving Honduras, they swarm you.We paid a guy about 2 pounds to help us get our exit paperwork done, he jumped the line. You have an option on the Nicaraguan side to pay for assistance if you need it but we did not bother.||John||Green||UK|
|Honduras||Nicaragua||Los Manos||01/12/2004||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||Immigration US$7 each.Bike permit was free. US$12 for compulsory insurance||We used a guide for the bike permit as this seemed to be the only way to get the attention of the young senorita who was busy in the vehicle permit office. His name was Enrique and he was good. We tipped him US$5.However check your bike permit very carefully as the senorita's typing skills were inaccurate.||Bike permit was valid for 3 months||yes||US$12 for 3 months||Exiting Honduras was straight forward but we paid a fee of US$5 each for cancellation of the bike permits (no receipt issued) and a further US$3 to exit at immigration. No helpers needed.||A pretty straight forward crossing. The longest wait was to exit Honduras immigration, which only had one window open to deal with everyone.||Julia||Sanders||UK|
|Honduras||Nicaragua||Los Manos||28/10/2006||no||no||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no||yes||$3 exit
7 entry for passports
|one helper, didn't do much for his 4 bucks||yes||12 - 30days||normal||better experience here than other nic borders I've heard about||Mark||Kirkendall||USA||2006|
|Honduras||Nicaragua||El Espino||15/02/2007||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no||yes||$ 20 usd||slow and a lot of offices that need to be visited. Even while speaking the language perfect I did take a guide that safed me 3 hours easy and cost $ 15 usd. Watchyour stuff and bike||3 month||yes||3 month and $ 10 usd in total||easy but took a guide again to help me navigating through the 5 or 6 desks and offices I had to see||Central American speed, bring time, watch your stuff||Andreas||Matthes||German and Mexican||19/08/2007|
|Hungary||Romania||Oradea||22/07/2008||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||I had an EU passport and once it was inspected i was free to travel||yes||This seems to be normal in most EU countries||matthew||white||29/08/2008|
|india||bangladesh||benapole||23/11/2008||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||baksheesh. i paid IR 200||hi all. for info only this post. i just
> bangladesh at benapole on an enfield not in my name. but
> borrowed form a friend. my name is not on any paperwork
> except for a letter from my friend (who's bike it
> is...an indian citizen) allowing me to use it.
>you must approach the customs personnel with a smile and
> being very jovial! this goes a LONG way towards the rest of
> your encounter. the big boss upstairs can make a decision to
> allow you in. its all according to his disposition. they
> will then find a huge folder with previous letters about
> similar circumstances, dictate to you to write it out in
> carbon triplicate, and then after much waiting and smiling
> and talking, stamp the document, write a paragraph in your
> passport stating that you will bring the bike (noting the
> numbers) back through the same place when your trip to
> bangladesh is completed.
> a small amount of baksheesh is implied, and for me, IR200
> did the trick.
> if you do this, make sure the letter from the bike's
> owner states you may bring it to bangladesh or nepal or any
> other country along with india as this will save you a
> possible failure. i schmoozed my way through that one! i
> couldnt have come that far and failed on this oversight!!!
>it took me about 3 hours to get this done, so arrive at
> the border in time to have plenty of daylight ahead of you.
>bangladesh customs was a breeze. they asked for the
> carnet. i said i didnt have one, showed him the page which
> indian customs wrote in my passport and he let me through. 5
> minutes. the customs guard asked me about my luggage all
> strapped on the bike. i said it was only clothes etc and he
> said 'OK'! bang immigration took about 5 minutes. i
> got my visa in kolkata. when i returned to the bike, the
> first 2 guys who greeted me at customs asked if i went to
> immigration, isaid yes and they said 'OK'!
> there are money changers on the street same side of customs
> about 50 yards in. got T1400 forIR1000 and T1360 for
|30 days from the consulate in kolkata. although i hear that if you apply in your home country, or maybe at an embassy, you can get 90 days.||no||got through both sides of the border in about 45 minutes. picked up a tout on the indian side who walked me through everything. not necessary, but with 4 cracked ribs any help was appreciated. tipped him some bangla 'leftover' money.||a little different because it is not my bike in my name.||Mitchell||M||USA||29/12/2008|
|India||Burma||25/06/2004||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||Road travel permit from Myanmar embassy||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Two month wait in for visa application in Delhi Second secretary at emabassy was helpful Needed special permits for Nagaland And Manipur (india) these were refused first time in Delhi - try calcutta||30 days||no||Bloody annoying it took 17 days!!!! to exit!! Cost over 400 USD. A major headache||A one off I think||Simon||Harby||UK|
|Iran||Pakistan||Tehran||19/09/2004||yes||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||the rules have changed will not issue visa's at the boarder or at zahan we were refused visa at tehran the british embassy would not issue a letter of introduction pakistan embassey won't issue visa without one||Chris||Stone||UK|
|Iran||Turkey||Bazargan||02/05/2006||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||no||No other documents||no||no||no||no||no||No fees of any kind. Paid 10 Turkish Lira for Vehicle Insurance at border.||There will be a big gate at Bazargan town itself and I was waved off without stopping. Went straight to the immegration office and stopped my bike there went in many locals were waiting but I went straight into the cabin of the officer written "Passports" and told him about me.He took me out and showed me another window where two women were checking passports and stamping. I had a clean visa and when they saw me they I know I am one more freak going to Europe on my bike. Asked nothing and they stamped it. When I asked them where I can get my carnet stamped they said they dont know. So I came out and asked an eagerly looking "Helper" who asked me to change my money, He showed me and took me to another office.There the customs officers were having tea and when they saw me they joked, may be about my motorcycle gear...and they signed and stamped my carnet with out any delay and told me I can go now. The "Helper" who took me to the customs office asked me some bakshis but two three times but when I said no he went away. Came out finished police check and entered Turkey.||I already had a visa valid for 6 months||yes||10 Turkish Lira or 7 Euros for 3 months||I had no bike insurance for Iran and no body asked for it.But on the Turkey side they wanted me to take insurance which cost me 10 YTL ie about 7Euros. Got all stamps.And the customs officer asked me if I am carrying any banned goods and I obviously said no and so he signed and told me I can go. I never thought crossing border with a vehicle was so easy...||This should be the normal proceedure unless you look very frightened.||May be not all crossings will be as easy I should know in future||03/05/2006|
|Israel||Egypt||Eilat, Taba||19/12/2005||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||yes||The carnet wasn't recognized in Israel. In and out on a temporary import paper, very helpful at Haifa.||yes||yes||no||no||yes||20EGP, INSURANCE
55EGP, REGISTRATION FEE (NUMBER PLATE)
270EGP,IMPORT FEE (WHAT I UNDERSTOOD!)
87EGP, ROAD TAX.35 EACH+17 FOR BIKE!. WELCOME!!!
POLICE, (EMPTY THE BIKE)!!!
PASS, VISA CONTROL,
CUSTOMS (NEARLY ALL DAY!!)
ONE CUSTOMS GUY NEEDED 20 POUNDS FOR PHOTOCOPYING I DID MYSELF AT HILTON, COST 10! (AFTER 4 SECURITY CHECKS)!!
|ONE MONTH||yes||20 EGP, 1 MONTH||NOT KNOWN YET||Any additional Comments? PATIENCE!!!!||Jason||Tonge||21/12/2005|
|Jordan||Egypt||Aqaba / Nuweiba||22/05/2006||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||No other documents||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Fast ferry ticket from Aqaba to Neweiba is $40 per person and for the bike it is $30 to be paid in US$. 605 Egiptian Pounds on the Egypt side for insurance and vehicle registration||It is generally a lengthy proceedure to enter Egypt with your bike but nothing to worry about it. As you get down the ferry you can find Tourist Police in white uniform who will guide u to the customs office which is located few meters away. There your vehicle will be inspected by somebody and he will write something on the carnet. You take it to the customs office and he will ask you to get photo copies of your passport and other documents along with some forms and files for vehicle registration. Just beside the photocopy you buy insurance for 20EL for one month. Your vehicle must be registered in Egypt and you must put Egyptian number plates on your bike. The photocopier will charge 25EL and will give u all u need. Then go and get traffic registration form for 5EL. Some body will come and get a pensil impresson of the engine number or chasis no and will stick it on that form. you submit all this at the customs and then he give u reciept to pay 505EL registration fees.Then you go to traffic department with all this and they will give u two number plates and a license for 55EL. The customs will check the bike and goods and will give u gate pass. You have to put the number plates on before you can go out. All this seems to be extreme trouble but you will be guided by the Tourist Police all the way and so it takes maximum one hour in my case. He did not insited for bakshish bus was eagerly looking for it, satisfied with his efficient service I paid him 50EL. At the gate they will again check and enter your number in a register and you are off...into the desert.||I already had visa. given 1 month.||yes||20EL one month||Exiting Jordan is a straight forward affair first you buy tickets for the bike and you and then you have to pay departure tax depending on number of days you stayed. Bike will be checked and stamped and then you go get your passport stamped and off to the fast ferry by the dock.||This should be the normal proceedure unless u get some uncooperative officer on the Egyptian side.||27/05/2006|
|Jordan||Egypt||Jordan (El Aqaba) to Egypt (Nweiba) by ferry||yes||yes||yes||yes||Valid visa, registration papers, copies of legitimation page of the passport and of the entry stamp to Egypt, copy of registration documents, copy of one of the inside pages of carnet||yes||yes||yes||6.5 E.Pound for Bill of laiding on the ferry; 20 Egiptian pounds for photocopies (probably the worlds most expensive copies; and no way you can bring the copy of your entry stamp with you from home); 17.5 insurance; 265 EP for clearing the carnet; 40 Ep f||I have been hearing all those horrifying stories about the procedure on entering Egypt, about 6-8 hours of nightmares and got, naturaly, ready for that. Instead, as I was riding off the ferry, tidly dressed on white uniform walked to me traffic police man and asked me to wait for him in front of his office, on the other side of the port. He showed up inwithin a minutes and start clearing the documents with me. In 45 minuts (!) I was leaving the port. Unbelivable eficient!||1 month||Obligatory third party local insurance||5 pounds for clearing the carnet if you do it in the morning but 15 in the afternoon, 5 pounds to the traffic police in the port but you get 20 pounds refund from the licence plates.||I just hope you can get one of those tourist police huys on the other entery points as well. They work marvels.||Benka||Pulko||Slovenia|
|Jordan||Israel||Cheikh Houssein border||20/12/2008||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||Green card is necessary. Otherwise, insurance is compulsary (100$ a week for a bmw K100rs!!!)||no||no||no||no||no||No fees||First: TURN
OFF YOUR LIGHTS!!!
It is a tricky border, they are very...well, you know..
You first get a paper, that you must keep all along the boarder crossing. Then there is a first inspection. You get the visa.
Once you have the visa, EVERYTHING is carefully inspected. I personally had to give my motorcycle keys to someone. The bike went somewhere (not far: 100 meters on the miler), and came back an hour later...
|3 month||yes||100$ a week without a green card||Same as for entry. They are much more regardless on the search...||If you have either a Syrian Visa or an Iranian Visa on your
passport, things get very difficult. Be ready to wait between two and four
hours. you really Need to have a good connection in Israel.
- If in top of that you ask for a stamp on a flying paper, things get very very very difficult.
Having two passports make things easier for both yourself and your heart...
|Jordan||Saudi Arabia||Al Haditha||10/04/2005||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||Visa obtained in advance
||no||no||no||no||no||Nil. But there are exit fees in some adjoining countries (Jordan and UAE)||Immigration
for check-in (present check-out ticket from Jordan Customs)
Customs - obtain vehicle permit (do not lose this as it is required on exit)
No helpers required.officials generally friendly and co-operative.
Check-out (the policeman will check passport stamp, vehicle entry certificate, insurance).
|Normally a week for transit||yes||70 Saudi Riyals per week||Immigration check-out
Customs check-out.Hand in vehicle permit.
Collect check-out ticket which needs to be presented on arrival at next border.
|Procedures seem to be consistent at borders with Jordan and UAE.||No right hand drive vehicles permmitted in Saudi
Women not permitted to drive in Saudi Arabia
Numerous check-points, particularly near towns, where the police are likely to stop foreign registered vehicles to check paperwork. All generally friendly and sometimes offer tea. You should accept.
|Kosovo||Serbia||any||frequently||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||YOU CAN'T DO IT!!... period.If you come out of Macedonia, into Kosovo, Serbia WILL NOT allow you to come into Serbia. You have to go from Macedonia into Serbia, basically, they refuse to recognize a Kosovo stamp on your passport.... just figured I'd warn you all.||Brad||DeShano||18/03/2006|
|Lao||Cambodia||Veun Kham||yes||yes||yes||2.00 USD for Caret stamp if you missed the customs-house; at the Cambodia customs and immigration, They will ask you for 10 dollar (well, they did with me). I lied that the embassy specificly told me NOT to pay anything. This seemed to do the trick and I||Just before the tarmac road (HW13) ends and you are left with a choice to go either right onto a dirt-road to Veun Kham (border-town) or straight ahead onto a forest-path where the customs-house is on the left. Don't miss it, there you have to get your carnet stamped. Then go straight onto the forest-path. (Not to Veun Kham unless you want to take the ferry to Stung Treng witch is expensive). on to Cambodia customs and immigration. Don't offer your carnet.. it will only confuse them or give them a reason to ask for money. Cambodia has no document or rules for bike's. If you want to go the other way (Cambodia to lao) get a exit-permit at Stung Treng (I don't know what it is or where to get it, I just know you need to get it there to avoid paying 50 dollars for it at the actual border). There are hotels in Stung Treng, but you can easy make it to Kratie (140 Km, 4 hours) although they will all tell you it's impossible.||Maarten||Munnik||Netherlands|
|Lao||Thailand||Huay Xai||01/02/2005||no||no||yes||no||no||yes||yes||try not but insurance at border as extremely expensive.(2-3000 baht) visit local insurance office where it is $3.5 for 2 bikes for 20 days||no||no||no||no||no||100 baht import duty per bike - you are issued a receipt||avoid the travelling insurance salesman.insurance is compulsory in lao but no-one told us this. no-one checks either. just show passport and vehicle docs, pay 100 baht each bike and off you go.||valid for 60 day period of which 30 days entry||yes||$3.5 for 2 bikes for 20 days||from savanakhet - exit stamp in passport and just got on the ferry back to thailand||i think normal||we were never asked for carnet, although two new zealand friends had their carnet stamped on entry and exit||Matthew||Hobbs|
|Laos||Laos||12/12/2007||Leaving without import documents - no problem. Crossing via the "Friendship Bridges" at Vientiane and Savannakhet not possible. But apparently you can put the bike on a truck, pickup, etc. Leaving at Vientiane MAY be possible.||Peter||Hendricks||Germany|
|Laos||Vietnam||Highway #8||01/06/2001||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||usd 1 per person brie for entry stamp||there is a baggage declaration form which must be filled in and handed to the police, you must keep your copy of this at all times||1 month, entry date is specified||no||make sure you have your baggage declaration form,||the only border in vietnam that accepts bikes over 175 cc is this border, no bikes are permitted to enter vietnam from cambodia||Steven||Raucher||USA|
|Latvia||Lithuania||Bauska N56.27718 E24.36272||24/06/2002||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||Show passport, show bike docs and buy their insurance.||No visa||yes||$15 per bike for two weeks||Show passport and bike documents.Nice and relaxed||Normal||Simon and Monika||Newbound||UK|
|Lithuania||Belerous||Kurganai N54.54666 E25.69084||27/06/2002||no||no||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||Similier to Russia. Fill in two custom decleration forms one you keep. They create temp vehicle importation document and they sign and stamp it. Nobody spoke english but they were friendly||1 month||yes||$2 per bike and would only take dollars||Fill in new customs decleration and submit new one with original which was given on entry. Submit temp vehicle importation document||Normal||Extreamly large border que on entry to belerus. We rode to front on bikes with no problems from customs and were then the first in to do entry procedure||Simon and Monika||Newbound||UK|
|Malaysia||Indonesia||Butterworth to Belawan||23/05/2007||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||only carnet de passage and passport||no||no||no||no||no||all together,round about 150usdollar||carnet clearence easy,and pick up the bike,customs and warehouse in belawan together,the freightoffice not far from the warehouse in the port,fees alltogether there roundabout40 usd||visa before in Kuala Lumphur over 60 Days,2 months stay,but you can make 1 time for 30 days by an immigration office an longer extension, visa 2 months 60usd, extension 30usd||no||easy from malaysia,Butterworth,opposite Penang,freightagency,the load the bike on a freightboat full off onions,saftly handling,nothing broken or stolen,good deal||it is not more possible to bring over a passengerferry bikes to Indonesia,i try all the ports in Malysia,but the captians have order this not more to doing,the inonesia ferry will be blocked in indonesia,only over an freightagency and cargoboat||the easiest simple way to bring your own bike to indonesia from malaysia.||fred||klein||on the roads from the world||16/10/2007|
|Malaysia||Indonesia||Dumai by boat from Malacca||10/10/2001||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||you have to get an itinerary stamped by the police and give it to the customs officials, you also get a copy you get to keep||no||no||no||no||no||none||No Problem||here is the trick, most nationalities get an automatic 2 months visa, but if you spend usd 50 and go to the embassy in KL, you can get a type B visa, this is the only extendable visa, otherwise you will have to leave the country after 2 months or pay a fine||no||carnet stamp from customs officer at airport on the way to oz||there were rumours that they were stopping this before i got here, but the customs in sumatra are so keen to meet bikers i am sure that this is possible in the future||these are the shippers i plan to use for quantas air freight:
Christina Tri Rini; Krishna Bali Cargo; tel. 0361 754 242;
email@example.com. One more thing, one needs a exit ticket
for an indonesian visa, ie a
return ferry ticket or the lik
|Malaysia||Singapore||Tuas||15/01/2005||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||14 days||yes||RM 70, 30 days||Normal||1. Get to Johor Bahru (JB).
2. Get insurance from UniAsia Insurance: 17/18 Jln Tebrau, 80250 Johor Bahru, Tel: 07-2230488. Helpful lady called Easwary. Cost around RM70 for 30 days.
3. Go to Singapore AA in River Valley Road. Get a taxi from the Singapore Taxi stand in JB for wait-and-return if you're feeling lazy (cost me S$70).
4. Hand over:Insurance policy and certificateCarnet de PassageUK (or wherever) Driving licenceInternational Driving PermitV5 (original registration doc)Passport Completed interminable form S$10.50A promise (cross my heart and hope to die) that I'll go back with the Bill of Lading from the shipping company
5. Receive in exchange: International Circulation Permit
6. Go back to JB. at this stage don't affix ICP to inside of screen.
7. Get on bike and go to border (the second link is about 20km away but completely empty and much nicer).
8. Usual border stuff with carnet. They search the panniers. You get issued with an ERP card (electronic road pricing) and explanatory leaflets in exchange for S$10. You can now put the ICP on your screen.
|Malaysia||Singapore||Johar Bahru||06/03/2012||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||ICP. International Circulation Permit||Insurance circa $200 US, ICP $80||"The main headache is that you have to leave the bike at the border, go into central Singapore to the Automobile Association of Singapore
336 River Valley Road,
#03-00 AA Centre
Tel: 6333 8811 (Main Line). They issue insurance and ICP.
This took over 1/2 day by the time I was taking the bike back through the border. Many apparently turn back at this stage as it is a hassle.
|90 days||yes||$150, 30 days||Flew out air freight and used Glenn Phuah, a fellow biker, who I had met at Riders Corner in Chiang Mai. He had not shipped a bike before, but the service was fabulous and his rate was less than that of Malaysian, which more than covered the expense of the insurance etc.: MEGA-AIR PTE LTD, 9 Airline Road #02-16 Cargo Agents Building D, Singapore 819827, Tel : 65 65430115 ext 122, Fax : 65 65430679, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||lots of paperwork, but very orderly and no short cuts||Harry||Lyon-Smith||GB|
|Malaysia||Thailand||Padang Besar||30/01/2010||no||no||yes||no||no||yes||yes||0||Easy. We had Malaysian registered motorbikes, which might help.||30 days||yes||500 B for one month||Guillaume||Decks||French||03/08/2010|
|Mali||Guinea (Conacry)||Kouémalé, route de Sibi (Sud-Ouest de Bamako)||02/12/2004||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||-Visa for you
-you MUST have a permit to drive in Guinea, it's deliver by the Malian embassy
|10 000 FCFA at the border
35 000 FCFA for the temporay driving permit
slowly, we are anable to see where is the real border
Smile and talk friendly
|1 month||no||No probleme we cross to Guinea-Bissau on a small path into the deep jungle||We were well prepare for this border. We came many time at the guinea embassy before.||Jerome||Boucher||25/11/2005|
|Mauritania||Senegal||Rosso||01/01/2005||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Well, you're not supposed to take a car into senegal which is more than 5 years old without a Carnet, so we needed some sort of form and a custom official that would accompany us during our drive through Senegal.||no||no||no||no||no||About €100 a car for entry and insurance||rubbish, very chaotic, luckily we had a guide who did everything for us.||Didn't get one||yes||about €70||very easy, absolutely no problem, no bribes or anything. Just a couple of stamps and thats it||seems to be normal||DON"T GO THROUGH ROSSO!!
Before getting to Rosso, turn right towards Diama. Cross the border there. Much easier
|Mexico||Belize||Chetumal - Subteniente Lopez||15/02/2007||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||If the title of the bike is not in your name you need a notarized letter from the owner allowing you to cross the border with this bike||no||no||no||no||no||free of charge||after Mexican immigration coming over the bridge stop at the small both on the right hand side, it says Atlantic Insurance, you need to buy insurance for $ 6 usd a day. without insurance your bike will be impounded at any of the police road blocks and you go to jail. get the bike fumigated for $ 6 usd, walk to immigration, tell them you want to take a bike into Belize, they send you to customs, enter your bike into a book and stamp your passport, then they look at your luggage and off you go.||max 3 month||yes||$ 6 usd a day for duration of your stay||100 % easy and english spoken||Andreas||Matthes||German and Mexican||19/08/2007|
|Mexico||Belize||Santa Elena/Northern Highway||26/09/2006||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes||None||no||no||no||no||no||None||Normal immigration, then next door for customs. No helpers and not necessary (Belize speaks English, hurrah). They direct you to the insurance office outside the border complex, where they take credit cards for the insurance, more hurrahs.||60 days||yes||US$9 per day, extendable||Nothing special. The Mex let you keep your vehicle permit if you're coming back, which saves a few dollars.||No idea, but all seemed normal||One of the easier borders.||Cynthia||Milton||UK||28/09/2006|
|Mexico||Belize||via chetumal||01/08/2004||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||insurance for a week was about $15||30 days||yes||$15 for a week||Going into belize we realized there are actually two steps to trying to enter a country with the bikes, one. gotta get yourself checked in and get your passport stamped. two. gotta get your bike checked in, passport stamped with bike details so you won't try to leave the country without it, and place a temporary vehicle import sticker on the bike's windshield. in belize a couple of agents sending me from side to side insisting i had to do the other procedure first. howver, they were pleasant and even apologetic for the confusion. guatemala was a breeze both in and out, trying to exit guatemala through puerto barrios took about 45 minutes. Corinto, honduras, 2usd to enter, 35us for the bike and since the customs agents don't have the benefit of a typewriter in-house, i had to pay a customs broker to fill out the needed from and take two photocopies for another 15usd.||Vladimir||Soto|
|Mexico||Colombia||Cartagena||30/01/2009||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||House Bill of Lading
Master Bill of Lading
DIAN (customs) form
Copy of entry stamp
Payment of Port Authority Fees
|no||yes||no||no||yes||US$ 23.00 for de-consolidation of container||NOTES:
A. You do not need to hire a customs broker for this procedure.
B. Confirm the arrival date of your shipment (Container) by contacting the forwarder or shipping company, and consider 48 hours later as the earliest starting date for the customs procedure. I arrived before that and it served no purpose, and had to wait until the container was emptied.
C. Make sure all of the shipping fees have been paid for, so that you can obtain the Bills of Lading, (Master BL and House BL if applicable).
D. Fluency in Spanish is a must for this procedure. If you are not fluent, it's very advisable to obtain the help of a local, or at least a native speaker.
1. Go to the "Sociedad Portuaria" (Port Authority) Administrative Building. At the entrance, tell them that you need to talk to a Customer Service associate about a "Transito para vehiculo de Turista" procedure, but that you will also need access to the post area for the inspection. They will give you an electronic access card.
2. With the card, enter the Customer Service Area. NOTE: YOU DON'T NEED TO STAND IN LINE for a teller. Just knock on the door, and ask to talk to an associate about a "Transito para vehiculo de Turista" procedure, and present required paperwork. They will fill out the forms for you and will have you sign them.
3. With the forms that the CS associate gives you, go to the "DIAN", (Customs) office right next to the entry to the Port, and request a "Solicitud de Inspeccion", (Request for Inspection). Make sure you have 2 copies of the required documents, and hand them over to the clerk. They will fill out the request, assign the inspector, and return the forms to you. The name should be written on the top of the form.
4. With the set of documents, you need to enter the port area. The electronic access card may need to be reset in order to gain access. Technically you need a Hard Hat, Steel-toe boots and a reflective vest, but tell them that you are a tourist who is coming to get a vehicle, and they should waive the requirement.
5. Take the internal shuttle bus and ask them to notify you when to get off at the "Area de Aforo", (Inspection Area). Once there, ask to see your assigned inspector. They will in turn assign a police officer to escort you to the storage area where your Motorcycle is located.
6. The Officer will inspect the bike, and may ask for support documents. Be prepared to show them. Once the inspection has concluded, the officer will file the report.
7. Return to the "Area de Aforo", (Inspection Area) with the officer, and wait until the Inspector hands you the formal report.
8. Return to the DIAN, (Customs) office right next to the entry to the Port, and present the report, along with the rest of the documents. The Director of DIAN (Luis Soto), will sign the forms and return them to you.
9. Retunr to the Sociedad Portuaria" (Port Authority) Administrative Building, Customer Service Area. The electronic access card may need to be reset in order to gain access. The clerk will review the paperwork , and will give you the vehicle pick-up documents that will allow you to leave the port.
10. Retun to the storage area where your Motorcycle is located, and present the documents to the clerks. They will in turn fill in another chemical carbon copy form with which you can request a SCALE TICKET.
11. With the aforementioned forms, go to the scales and have your motorcycle weighed. The clerk at the scale will sign the forms.
12. With the signed forms and the rest of the documents, CAREFULLY head for the port exit.
13. The officer at the exit shack will inspect the bike to see if the docs match, and will let you leave
|It depends on how much the Immigration officer gives you, but it's renewable at any DAS office, and after that, you need to get the extension for the bike at the DIAN office||yes||The insurance is called SOAT, and to the best of my knowledge, they only sell it for one year.||Contact the DIAN Office at the port of departure and have them stamp the exit on the bike docs.||Normal||If the steps are followed, there is no hassle, no need to "grease" anybody and you should be finished in 4-6 hours.||G. Luigi||Rota||Ecuador / Italy||08/02/2009|
|Mexico||Guatemala||Bethel||21/12/2005||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||none||no||no||no||no||no||none||No help is needed.||no||Nothing done.||Assume it's normal.||This is a river crossing at Frontera Corozal, MX. Your bike is carried on a lancha upstream for about 30 min.||Lone Rider||26/12/2005|
|Mexico||Guatemala||Ciudad Cuauthemoc||08/03/2005||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||costs: (on 8. March 2005) no exit costs in Mexico Entry Guatemala: Desinfection: 12 Quetzales Visa (Immigration): 10 Quetzales Bike Permit (Aduana): 41 Quetzales took 20 minutes in Mex and 30 in Guatemala.||you encounter disinfection first. let him spray and pay in office.then go to migraciones, fill out paper, get stamp (request 90 days , just in case); then go to aduana, fill out paper, show ur bike registration, the guy checks the numbers of engine or bike, hen u receive a paper (doublecheck the numbers). no helpers needed and we have not seen any.||visa 90 days, vehicle permit40 days||no||go to aduana first, check out the bikes. hand the officer the mexican form u received, he fills evrything out. he checks ur bike numbers then. u receive copy. then go to migraciones, hand ur paper u received while entering mexico. the oficer stamps your exit in passport||seems to be that way on this border crossing all the time||we strongly recommend that crossing. it was very easy and everybody more than friendly and helpful.||Martin||Wickert||Netherlands|
|Mexico||Guatemala||Cuauhtémoc / La Mesilla Border||22/06/1905||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||We paid 10Q for tourist card; 35Q, the last five was for buying the documents they issued;18 Quetzales for fumigation, and it was required; "Tramitador" not needed||First you will meet is a closed gate and fumigation post. They only sprayed the lower part of the bikes and took us inside to receive the 18Q it costs. A receipt was issued. The gate were opened and we moved the bikes ten meters to the Immigration across the road. No receipt were issued and it's possible we were ripped off for 5Q, which didn't bother us the least. We moved the bikes again, this time six meters on the same side of the road to the next office, the Aduana. The Banrural, located in the same building, was the last stop after a thirty minutes process of filling out the necessary forms at Aduana. Price was the same as stated on the receipt. The costs were 10Q more than stated from Gonzalos information, but it didn't seem corrupt. Registration with the police not necessary.||no||Everyone was friendly and we cannot do other than strongly recommend this border crossing to other travellers. Even the people who hung around were nice and not too bothering. Not a single tramitador approached us, which I took as a sign of how civilized this border crossing is.||Dag||Jenssen||Norway|
|Mexico||Guatemala||La Mesilla||22/11/2004||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||yes||no||no||yes||Vehicle Fumigation cost 12.40 quetzales.Vehicle permit cost 41 quetzales.Immigration stamp was 20 quetzales.||For the first time at a Guatemalan border, there were no helpers.This was the best border crossing into Guatemala that we have done (this was our third).It was very simple.First the fumigation.Next block was immigration.Final block was the vehicle permit.Didn't take more than 30 minutes for both bikes.||90 days||no||Exiting from Mexico was very simple.This northern border crossing is very quiet. The Customs lady did check the VIN numbers on the bikes to the documents.||Anyone going into Guatemala from Mexico, should seriously consider this border. It is quiet (no commercial traffic) and so easy that there are no helpers there to bother you.||Julia & Kevin||Sanders||UK|
|Mexico||Guatemala||La Mesilla, Hwy CA1||15/11/2009||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||Exit document issued by Mexican Aduana for the motorcycle.||no||yes||yes||no||yes||Q12.50 = fumigation of tires
Q40 = temporary import permit for motorcycle
|We did not use a helper. We parked the motorcycles in the fumigation area (on the right hand side of the road) - if crowded, it"s difficult to notice this area.While paying the fee in the adjacent office, the tires were fumigated - no documentation required; a receipt is issued. We then rode (10 m) to Migracion, left the motorcycles unattended outside and went inside to do the paperwork - only passport required and it was stamped for 90 days.We then rode (20m) to Aduana, parked the bikes and walked to the window. We did not have to pay for copies. We were given some paperworks and went to the adjacent bank, paid the fee, returned to the window and were given our final docs.The above process took 30 minutes.||90 days||no||No helpers used. Went to Migracion on left side of road - our tourist permit was taken and passport was stamped. Then rode bike to Aduana (next door)and gave the fellow our temporary import permit only.He came out to take a photo of the VIN. He then issued us an exit document. No fees were required.||This is pretty normal.||Taz||Hirani||Canadian||17/11/2009|
|Mexico||Guatemala||Las Mesilla / Ciudad Cuauhtemoc||01/02/2002||yes||Had to pay a minimal fee, about one English pound, for the bikes to be disinfected and about 3 pounds each for the motorbikes to enter the country.||30 days for motorbike, 90 days for us||John||Green||UK|
|Mexico||Guatemala||Tapachula||23/11/2007||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||no||Vehicle title||no||yes||yes||no||yes||$40.oo guatemalan||I had both a mexican helper who I actually thought was immigration, but not the case. This guy had a Guatemalan cohort. Was through in about an hour, but the Mexican guy stopped me on the road about 25 miles BEFORE the border. I had not heard of that happening before.||40 days||no||N/a||The Mexican "helper"actually stopped me on the 4 lane highway well before the border. Because of his ID, I thought he was immigration. He was not.||Sounds like something new to me. I had not heard about being stopped by helpers with ID's so far from the border before.||If forced to stop by anybody in civilian clothes on the Mexican side with an official looking ID, don't assume he is official. I was traveling solo with little Spanish skills. This helper got on the back of the bike. I and said to drive. I guess that fact should have tipped me off.||Bill||Altland||USA||26/11/2007|
|Mexico||Guatemala||Tapachula Hwy CA2||(Total Time) Almost 4 hours. Time and Day - Sunday late morning and into the afternoon.||No charge at Mexican side. $1.50 (10 Quetzals I think!) to get
stamped into Guatemala, $243 vehicle permit (I was told this covers all of
the Central American countries) I gave the " border official"$250 which he left with and never did give
me my change back, $50 Handlers fees which he said included bug spraying the
bike (normally a couple of dollars) and a permit for me (in Mexico this would
be $20), $5 to the guy for watching my bike for 3-4 hours (he wanted $20 and
was not happy at all after seeing what everyone else was getting). $307 Total
spent getting into Guatemala
|we crossed at the middle border, it was a mess.helpers screaming at us 1 mile from border.||90 days||no||Exiting Mexico was easy||don't know||friend crossed at the northern most border with little problems. i'd recommend it over this one. if you use a helper, negotiate how much first, and you pay all fees directly. our helper kept helping himself to our change||mark||kirkendall||usa||30/10/2006|
|Mexico||USA||Malamoros / Brownsville||No Charge||Doug||French|
|Mexico||USA||Ojinaga / Presidio||14/10/2006||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||None||no||no||no||no||no||US$12 entry fee||No helpers. For a Brit, just fill in the same green visa waiver card you get on a plane.||90 days||no||No helpers. Get exit stamp. Customs man comes out, takes paperwork you got on entry, issues receipt. All takes 10 minutes.||No idea.||No US paperwork for the bike. Customs man was unable to enter my British registration number on his computer as it wouldn't accept the number/letter format, so he gave up.||Cynthia||Milton||UK||16/10/2006|
|Mongolia||Russia||Chuluunkhoroot - Solovyevsk||15/10/2011||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||Vehicle Title (this document says I own the motorcycle, registration says I"ve paid my vehicle taxes for the year)||no||no||no||no||no||None||I presented my passport with my Russian visa and title for the bike and filled out an immigration card and customs declaration for the motorcycle.The forms were available at the border; the guards helped me with them. There were no helpers. This was a "normal" border crossing - just go through passport and customs control and you"re done. No special papers or permission required.No one asked about insurance; I didn"t see an obvious place to buy it anyway.||I had a 1-yr, multiple entry visa.||no||I presented a customs document for the motorcycle I received when I entered the country, my passport, and title.I went through passport and customs control. No problems, this is a "normal" border crossing.There were no helpers.||I haven"t heard of any other motorcyclists going through this border. I imagine my experience was typical since Lonely Planet talks about this crossing and does not mention any special requirements.||From my experience, this is a quiet border crossing and doesn"t get a lot of use.Officials on both sides were as friendly and helpful as you could expect. The road to Borzya, Russia is mostly unpaved and rough washboard.||John||Thoreson||USA||19/12/2011|
|Mongolia||Russia||Tsaganuur / Tashanta||03/09/2006||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||yes||There was a minor fee for copying the documentation of the motorcycle and, suprise surpise, for disinfection of the bike! It cost around 1.5 EUR and was funny as hell! An officer sprayed our bikes with a disinfection liquid, as if Mongolia was a country from which milions of sinister patjogens were trying to escape into fragile Mother Russia..||Due to unpredicted hardness (although it was a great fun in general!) of traveling in Mongolia, we exceeded the duration of the Mongolian visa and arrived to the border 3 days after the expiry of the visa... The officers let us through, but were not very happy about that fact.. It advisable planning a ride through Mongolia it will take you two times more than you'd expected ;)||yes||To get out from Mongolia to Russia (Altai Republic) is not a
quick thing to do.. There are basically three steps:
A. Checking out at the Mongolian border in Tsagaanuur - it takes a few hours despite the fact that you may be the only vehicle trying to get out of Mongolia. But still, after checking your documents, you may need to wait a few hours before the gate is open for you. Then you proceed to point B, which is..
B. a barrier on the Russian border. It is guarded by two soildiers holding Kalashikovs in their hands. They allow vehicles to cross the barrier when they get a confirmation from the proper border point that they are ready to serve you. We were the third or fourth vehicle waiting on the barrier and after a few hours we were told that the border point is not operating that day anymore, so we had to get back to Mongolia and go through point A again the next day... After you are successfull at point A, and allowed to get through point B, you hit the tarmac which you hadn't seen for ages, and ride down the valley for the next 20 km (!!!) before reaching the actual border point and without your papers being processed!!! After 20km ride, you finally hit the Point C, which is Russian border post in Tashanta..
C. Processing the papers takes 2-3 hours, when you have to show the Russian customs al the documents you have about your bike, buy an insurance, prove that you have a valid Russian visa etc.
|One of the strangest border crossings we'cve seen.. There's 20km
of "no man's land" between your passport is checked by Mongolian
and Russian border officers.. Crossing from the Mongolian side doesn't mean
that you will cross the Russian border the asme day.. An there is no shalter,
no trees and almost no vegetation at all between those two points..
Allow at least one full day to cross this border going from Mongolia to Russia. It is highly recommended to show up at the Mongolian border as soon as they are openig in the morning to be one of the first clients in order to be on time to cross the Russian border later on. In our case, we were returned from the Russian "barrier" back to Mongolia and told to try next day.
|Montenegro||Albania||Podgorica -> Shkoder||04/03/2006||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||I'm not 100% what I paid for but I think 2 Euros was for road tax and then 10 Euros for something else! They were most insistent I paid anyway.||I wasn't asked so kept quiet!||Albanian roads (if you can call them roads) are amazing. Northern Albania has potholes you can get lost in!||James||Butler||British||03/07/2006|
|Montenegro||Albania||Shkoder||09/05/2009||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||I made sure they knew I was English, and offered them everything I had on me..passport, greedcard (which didn"t cover me) driving licence and bike registration. They didn"t look at any of it and waved me through. Took me about 40 minutes, of queueing, to get through on a Saturday morning.||no||I left Albania on the Greek border, at Kavakia (having been told by many people it was the best). The only difference here was that they asked for my "customs" paper...which I said I didn"t have, and wasn"t given. They waved me on. A begger ran up and said "stop stop! you must enter customs office". Unless he"s uniformed...I'd ignore...he's scamming.||Timothy||Rawson||English||27/09/2009|
|Morocco||Mauritania||Bnr Guendos||01/03/2004||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||Some times they require to buy one Insurance in Noubdhibou||yes||yes||yes||about 25 euros, but they can ask for work extra-time cash ;o)||First customs, then border, we enter one small house and they fill some papers, we pay and they stamp the passport. Take care of the form where you describe the money you take to Mauritania. Something like 100 is one good advice. You have to justify in the way out the change of currency and only banks do it, you will get better deals in the streets.||90 days||Justify the money you describe in the entrance with receipts from banks and show the rest.||Sometimes they ask for more money in the entrance. There are some guides after the border that can take you to Noubdhibou, normally is not needed.||Carlos Azevedo|
|Nepal||Pakistan||Mahendranagar / Banbassa||29/05/2007||yes||no||yes||yes||no||yes||None.||no||no||no||no||no||None||The passport officials and vechicle customs officials where in separate huts. Make sure to find both, on both sides.||no||N/A||On the Nepali side the passport officials and vechicle customs
officials where in separate huts, as they are on the Indian side too. Make
sure to got to both.
The Carnet was properly stamped for export.
|Seems very normal. I noted at least 20 or so others had come through in the last month.||The road between the two sides is a rough dirt track. The indian side only opens customs for vehicle at 5am-6am, noon-2pm, and 5pm to 6pm(?). Actually I found that the gates were open until 7am ... so just starting your at the indian side by 6am seems to work.||Akira||Kurogane||Japan||30/05/2007|
|Nicaragua||Costa Rica||CA1||Time was early afternoon on Saturday, it took about an hour to get thru to the Costa Rican side.||$40 total to leave Nicaragua. This is another border that was hard to remember everything but I'm sure these estimates are right, and I'm sure the handler made at least $20 on me: $10 or $20 I'm guessing to get everything stamped out and permits canceled. $10 or $20 for handler who also worked with me thru the Costa Rican border. $10 to pay officer so he wouldn't tear thru all my bags and inspect them too heavily (I'm sure if I paid this they split it up themselves). $80 total to enter Costa Rica: $58 for bike insurance (its required for Costa Rica but was told later it might have really should have been $25 for 3 months); $22 for handler's fees and any extra costs. This was another hard border to remember because I had the same handler who helped me out of Nicaragua and seemed to be ripping me off the whole way. I think the only for sure fee was for the bike insurance which may have been as much as $55 but I think it was less, and I was pretty sure there was no other charges to get into Costa Rica. So about $25 total or maybe a little more is what one should expect to pay without handlers to get in.||Doug||French|
|Nicaragua||Costa Rica||Penas Blancas||01/05/2002||yes||Paid about 1 pound each to get out of Nicaragua. Paid 30 pounds each for the motorbikes to enter Costa Rica||90 days for motorbike, 90 days for us||Veryyyyyyyyyyy slowwwwwwwwprocess. The queues were horrendous, 2 hours to get a tourist card and 2 and a half to get the motorbike paperwork completed.||John||Green||UK|
|Nicaragua||Costa Rica||Penas Blancas||28/04/2005||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes||yes||Just crossed the border to Costa Rica at Penas Blancas. Cost us
about 3 hours for 4
Exit at Nicaragua side. Pay 1 Dollar municipal, drive than to imigration office on left side. There are guys with blue shirts (like the guy at entry who checked ur bike) who will check ur bike out. Then u need to find a police officer to sign that paper. (u can take a guide for 2 Dollars, but it is not needed). Then go to Immigration, there are three counter. At one u check out the bike, at the other urself. Cost is another 2 Dollars.
Then ride to COsta Rica.
1. Fumigation. Its 2.50 Dollar.
2. RIde on to Immigration. u get entry stamp at no cost. (same form to fill out as always).
3. then they force you to buy insurance in the same building. costs are 10 Dollars per Bike.
4 then cross the street to Aduana (they force u to do insurance first). they fill out the standard papers, u do some papers. No costs. You get some papers.
5. ride on. 100 meters further on right there is a police/Aduana building. Pass the papers and ur titel and licence and passsport. He gives u the final permit. No costs.
DOne. Long and confusing but easy possible without a guide. No begging kids, some money changers.
|90 days||yes||10 Dollars for 90 days||Easy||yes, have heard it is always busy but never too annoying, just takes time. Getting better anow where new buildings are almost ready.||Martin||Wickert||Netherlands||30/04/2005|
|Nicaragua||Costa Rica||Penas Blancas - CA 1||15/03/2007||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||if title is not in your name you need a letter notarized letter stating that you are allowed to drive the bike and enter the country||no||no||yes||no||yes||free of charge||all offices I needed to visti were within spitting distance, immigration to the left, hacienda to the right, stop 100 meters to the right at vehicle registration. I took a guide again for $ 10 usd that saved me about 2 hours||2 month||yes||2 month and $ 15 usd||same as coming in, easy with guide||good and organized||commercial trucks can be blocking the road, just pass them and go to the front of the line||Andreas||Matthes||German and Mexican||19/08/2007|
|Nicaragua||Honduras||CA1, By Esteli||$40 For Vehicle Permit; $2 For another copy of something; $5 Handler Fee: $47 Total to enter Honduras from Nicaragua I don't think there was a fee for stamping my passport in but I don't remember. $9 total to leave Nicaragua: $3 stamp my passport out; $3 to cancel my vehicle permit; $3 in handler fees||Total time leaving Nicaragua and entering Honduras about an hour. I got there at7:30 a.m., early and there was no one at border. While apparently this is a CA1 border crossing, it seems a lot of the traffic takes the coastal route out of or thru Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua. It didn't seem to have nearly the traffic some of the other border crossing had.||Doug||French|
|Nicaragua||Honduras||Los Manos||13/09/2006||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||$2 then $3 to get out of Nicaragua||Had a helper - good deal for $5. There appears to be no entry stamp for Honduras, only for the bike in the passport (I asked to double-check - we'll see when I exit). The bike paperwork was $42 but I only have a formal receipt of $9. 2 copies of passport and vehicle ownership paper, then more copies of passport stamp and Honduran papers.||60 days||no||Exit from Nicaragua - man takes bike paper (white one), then just an exit stamp. Simple.||Varying reports so not sure||Judging by other reports I got off lightly and it took less than an hour. Nicaragua's no problem, only Honduras.||Cynthia||Milton||UK||13/09/2006|
|Niger||Nigeria||Damasak||25/05/2005||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no issues||no||Straightforward||it seems to be normal||Tobias||Germany|
|Niger||Nigeria||Damasak||25/05/2005||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no issues||no||straightforward||it seems to me normal||Tobias||09/06/2005|
|Norway||Russia||Kirkeness N693980 E2586829||30/05/2002||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no fees||At the border we were given a piece of paper with the guards local number on it and your registration no, make of vehicle, and name of person and then you ride about 50 kilometers! to the customs office, passing numerous army security check points on the way. (Their Watchtowers and electrical fences were a little intimidating). At security checks and then at the customs control submit the piece of paper you were initially given. You are then required to fill in 2 x customs declaration forms which also included details about your vehicle, one you keep, the other you submit. Once completed they give you a Temporary Importation document and a copy of customs declaration copy which you must not loose and do make sure that it signed and stamped by customs officer and it is to be handed in to customs when you exit. The border was quiet and the staff were friendly and helpful but it was all made easier because Monika speaks Russian. There is no money exchange on the russian side not for at least 80 kilometers where the hotels will change dollars.||6 months||no||n/a||First complete new declaration form and with the new one you hand in the original one given on entry and also submit your temp vehicle declaration and customs declaration forms.||Normal||We were never asked to provide aids certificate or medical jabs certificate. we were never asked to show international drivers or international registration papers. And when ever we where stopped they only ever wanted to see passport and uk driving licens||Simon and Monika||Newbound||UK|
|Oman||UAE||Buraimi / Al Ain||13/02/2007||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||-||Show documents.||no||None, Omani border post not staffed.||The UAE is in the process of closing up and fencing this border, which until very recently was just open. Expect things to change rapidly.||Not all border crossings are open to non-locals. We were turned
back from the Southbound crossing (GPS N24 13.986 E55 46.173) and sent to the
crossing at Hili Park (GPS N24 15.847 E55 46.221). Since we had entered Oman
via Wadi Bih (see separate entry) we were not officially in Oman, so no
stamps and no fees. This will change soon.
Fuel is cheaper in Oman.
|Oman||United Arab Emirates||Wadi Al Jizzi Boarder||02/05/2005||no||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||10||Easy process, Take care about Insurance papers||1 Month||yes||Good||Take plenty of water (heat and humid)||Vincy|
|Oman||Yemen||Near Mayzuna in desert||03/06/1999||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||Big Smile||no||no||no||no||no||none||Just get Carnett stamped, they scribble loads of pages in your passport, thats all.||6 weeks||no||Really remote crossings, no white face seen in 16 years according to camp officer.||No problem||Everybody thinks this is not possible but I did not have any problem a all! Oman side is realy well organised and friendly, alltough I was 3 days late on my visa there was not problem.Yemeni side looks pretty dangerous with guns, Adidas everywhere. But guys were okay as long as you have a Carnet.||Ronald||Colijn|
|Oman||Yemen||Sarfayt-Hawf, coast road||03/02/2007||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||40 US$ / 17 OR for visa.||Get your visa and/or stamp at the window on the immediate right after entering the Yemeni compound. Ride through the gate opposite down the hill. In the big building on yoiur left turn right and get your carnet processed.||1 month||no||Dead easy. Just park in the shade.||Normal.||Visa available at the border for some nationals. Check with a Yemeni embassy near you. Keep passport and rego handy on the road for army checkpoints. First one is 20m after the border. Fuel is hard to come by in the border area. Fill up in Salalah. There are no money changers at the border and you can't buy YR in Oman. Pay the visa with a 20 OR note and you get 1500 YR change, good for buying food or drink on the road. First money change facility is in the centre of Al Ghayda at Moneygram (N16 12.607 E52 1.803).||Peter||Hendricks||Germany||05/02/2007|
|Pakistan||India||Wagha border||17/08/2007||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||none||Pakistani side no problems, arrive early (border opens 9.30 am) and drive down the lane to the Right. Sell / buy guidebooks from stall at border||6 months||no||Indian side is VERY slow, but corruption free and friendly.Whatever you do, try to get them to do your immigration before the bus tours of Pakistani tourists...||normal||HAVE A VALID CARNET!! We saw a brand new Harley impounded at the border for having problems with the carnet, and also a newish Land Rover discovery.They will stick to the letter of the law.||Gavin||Francis||British||22/08/2007|
|Panama||01/07/2002||We had to get the bikes checked at the Police Station to prove that they were not stolen, then a load of typing, to obtain a document.||John||Green||UK|
|Panamá||Costa Rica||Interamericana||03/09/2006||no||no||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||Fumigation certificate (CR side)||no||yes||no||yes||yes||Panamá exit $1
CR fumigation $2.50
CR insurance $13/30 days
|Helpers - ten-year-old Panamanian, definitely worth the $5 I gave him.||60 days||yes||$13 for 30 days||Same helper on both sides. Everything pretty straightforward, except that the customs at Tocumen (Panamá) cargo terminal (I flew the bike from Bogotá) hadn't entered the bike in my passport. But it wasn't a problem.||Seemed pretty normal from other reports I've had.||Cynthia||Milton||United Kingdom||09/09/2006|
|per Ship||Singapore||Singapore||30/12/2003||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||An administration fee of S$10.40 for Customer Services from Automobile Assocation of Singapore||First of all you have to go to the Automobile Assocation of Singapore, located at 336 River Valley Road, #01-00 AA Centre,Singapore 238366 for the inward endorsement of documents before custom clearance can be effected.The opening hours are from Mon-Fri 0830hrs to 1730hrs, Sat 0830hrs to 1300hrs. The AAS give you a stemp on the backside of your carnet. As you intend to drive on Singapore roads,you have to apply for a International Circulation Permit(ICP). You need to produce the vehicle registration card, Bill of lading(Ship)Passport (Holder) and a valid third party coverage. You would also need to fill up an application form. The quotation for 3rd party insurance for one month or less for driving in Singapore and Malaysia roads will be S$208 per motorcycle.The ICP is issued on the spot, based on the period of stay in Singapore, the maximum duration being 90 days. For more on AAA and complete motoring information, visit www.aas.com.sgAfter all this the custom clearance is very easy.||30 days||yes||S$ 208,00 for minimum 4 week||Outward endorsement of documents at the AAS. After this got to Land Transport Authority (www.lta.gov.sg) and there you have to buy a autopass. This pass is needed at the border (S$ 10,00) We used the border S-Woodland / MA-Johor Bahru. The custom is on your righten side after the immigration service.||This is the normal way||Somene told us that it is possible to drive by train to Malaysia and buy the inssurance over there for less money.Requirements for Foreign Registered Vehicles driving on Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) roads.For more information on ERP,VEP and toll charges, please refer to Land Transport Authority website at www.lta.gov.sgWe didn't use our bikes in the city and never took the ERP unit. And after 7.00 pm and on weekend you don't need.the ERP||Kerstin and Volker||Germany|
|Peru||Bolivia||Desaguadera||04/04/2006||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||Immigration entry to Peru. Bit of a fine if you've lost it, but negotiable.||no||no||no||no||no||5 Bolivianos sometimes if the guy is there. I think it's something to do with agriculture.||1. Immigration (blue building on left on Peru side of bridge) 2. Opposite side is customs. Get carnet stamped.||30 or 90 days. Always go for 90 it's free.||no||1 Cross bridge.DO NOT go any further than the barrier.
Go to left of building in middle of the road.
At far end is immigration. Fill in entry form and get it stamped. DO NOT LOSE.
Stay in the building but come back towards the bridge and last door on left they take details of vehicle.
Go out of building and head to bridge. On the outside of the building facing the bridge is a window where customs do paperwork.
All borders in Bolivia shut at 8pm and I think it's 8am opening
|Peru has been changing procedure for years. Sometimes they want the carnet others they don't and you have to do other forms and other times they want you to do the other forms until they realise they haven't got any and then stamp the carnet!Just look bored but unconcerned and they get it done.||Things can be different each time you go to this border as with many SAmerican borders. They ask you for something they know that you won't have or tell you that you can't bring fresh food in. They always relent if you play the dumb tourist and don't offer them money. Chile and Argie you don't want fresh meat or veg crosing those borders.||Fraser||Cant||UK||29/04/2006|
|Peru||Chile||Tacna to Arica||23/08/2005||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||You have to buy or get a 4 pages Relaciones de Pasajeros. You can buy it in Tacna or ask a border post who will kind of sell it to you. Probably its free, but he asks for a Propina, tip kind of style.||no||no||no||no||no||We only payed the little propina, tip to the officer, because he helped us getting and filling out the form. If u buy it in Tacna u also pay a Dollar or so, thats what we paid him.||You reach Chile side, stop the bike near checkpoint.go to Immigration, get stamp of Entry, then check the luggage thru x/ray, get 2 stamps on Pasajeros de Relaciones doc. from checking police, then go to counter 2 Aduana, lady types ur data on temporary permit, another stamp on Relaciones de Pas. doc. and u are free to go. After 300 meters is a checkpoint where they take ur last copy of the relaciones Document. keep the temporary permit for ur bike.||90 days||no||Buy or get the Pasajeros de Relaciones document and fill it out. Then go to aduana, he stamps the document and keeps a copy. Then drive over to Immigration, get ur exit stamp, he keeps another Relaciones de Pasajeros part. Then go to Chile border.||Seems pretty organised, no trouble, no discussions, very friendly, they all know what they are doing.||Took us less than an hour to check thru with 2 bikes. Depends on waiting line. Chilean side more organised, but search thru ur luggage can be little annoying, because u have to take some off and x ray it like in the airport. Useless, considering that they dont open the aluminum boxes but check all other luggage. If u are friendly they leave u alone after the first bag.||Martin||Wickert||Netherlands||23/08/2005|
|Poland||Belarus||Terespol, PL - Brest, BY||15/08/2004||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||Reasonable, cheap. Take Dollars and Euro. Sterling is not recognised.||Agree with earlier post by Herbert, bikes push to front with no problems, given priority by locals and treated kindly. Anyone in a uniform is out to add something to your price of entry so be prepared for the "missed step" in your procedure that he/she will waive for a small fee. Pay and move on, or say you've got nothing to give and wait for the unofficial "toll gate" to open. It always does.||Determined when applying in London for transit visa, be generous with your time, though Belarus can be crossed in a day.||yes||cheap, buy on border||Helpers were good.||entry and exit procedures were the same experience||Take Dollars and Euro to pay for fuel and bribes. Credit cards
are recognised at few petrol outlets.
Beware of sleeping on the side of the road, warnings of bandits, though I had no experience of theft or harassment.
simple paperwork for bike - you give to guard on final entry gate to Ukraine
- you don't get a copy of temp import to keep - no request made for it on
exit to Romania.
Buy insurance from the many cabins just beyond the last 'guard'. Money changers here too. All in Cyrillic so no chance to understand / check. (ours was TAC) Ask for a UA sticker if you want one - hard to come by in country and should be free with insurance (not a legal requirement - just if want a sticker for your pannier)
|yes||£10 for 1 month||Very simple, easier than entry - into Romania through fast-track EC lane||Less than 1 hr into, less than 0.5 Hr out of
Gill750 gave us same details from July 08.
|Berlitz have published a Ukraine phrase book - worth getting because of the Cyrillic alphabet||Marc||Davies||British||17/09/2008|
|Romania||Bulgaria||Calafat, RO - ferryboat - Vidin, BG||01/08/2002||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||Authorization if the vehicle is not yours. - Green card (insurance) with RO/BG not crossed||no||no||no||no||no||Leaving Romania: City tax: 70000 ROL + Boat: 20 EUR or USD (must be paid in those given currencies!)Entering Bulgaria: Desinfection: 3 EUR + Depolution tax: 12 EUR (valid for a 72 hours transit) or 20 EUR.||The whole process takes a lot of time. Ferries run about every 2 hours at the most. Plan at least 4 hours from your arrival in Calafat, RO until you are able to leave Vidin, BG.||EU - citizens: no visa required||no||Same problem: long and expensive (even a little more). No depolution tax is due in Romania but they make it up with higher desinfection tax + city tax. However, on the way back all the costs (about 50 EUR) can be paid in Euros.||This is the way it goes. I saw very angry guys complaining about the costs, it seems as it never ends because you are asked about four-five times for money. The whole process costs about 50 EUR one way (a bit cheaper for bikes).||DO NOT take the road assistance insurance after the custum check in BG. It is not mandatory, even if the officer will tell you to go show your papers at that office. The depolution tax is to be paid at the very end. It's a half-A4 white paper=>keep it safely! Check every fees written on papers before paying. DO NOT pay attention to the guys trying to sell you things at the BG border. 1 + 2 Euro coins are accepted at both sides.||Olivier||Servais|
|Romania||Ukraine||Chernivtsy||20/08/2005||no||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||None.||no||no||no||no||no||None||A very quiet border crossing (6:00 pm on a weekday).Only 2 local-registered vehicles waiting.Immigration officials seemed unsure what to do with me at first. I was given a customs form to fill in. They asked for my original bike registration document and passport; I gave them this together with my international drivers' license (which did not seem to be required).They returned and asked the purpose of my vist; I sid "tourism". No baggage search, they just let me through after a 10-minute wait for stamps etc. I changed money in the shack the other side and had a bit of craic (in German, they spoke no English) with a bunch of soldiers, all very curious about the bike.Then I was on my way on a wide fast road, no other traffic in sight in either direction.||No visa required for Ukraine for EU and US citizens since 2005.||no||No hassles at all.||I was uninsured in Ukraine; no requirement for it at the border.||Nigel||Smith||08/05/2006|
|RSA||Mozambique||Komatipoort||22/02/2005||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||DA 341 temp importation docks||no||no||no||no||no||To stamp your passport R12.00 Third party insurance R85.00 To stamp your temp import docks R12.00||On entry of the RSA border post you obtain a gate pass at the entry gate. Then fill in the DA341 (get it at the customs desk) form a temp importation documentation for your vehicle, that together with the gate pass must be stamped by customs. They will tear out one page from the DA341. Make sure to declare all your valuables and serial related items. Then off to Immigration to stamp your passport together with your gate pass. On the exit gate they will collect the gate pass and might search your goods and vehicle. When entering the Mozambican side, they will issue you with a gate pass, then to the CGSM office (red building) to obtain your third party insurance, then go to Customs (Alfandega) with your DA342 form gate pass and vehicle registration papers to be stamped, then to immigration to stamp your passport (sometimes you will have to fill in a form about all your passport and travel details before stamping your passport). If you don't have a visa you would have to fill in another form and pay + R185.00 (to pay in their currency namely Meticais the visa would be cheaper) make sure that Customs AND IMMIGRATION STAMPED THE GATE PASS. Find a Customs officer to come and inspect your goods and your bike, he has to sign on the gate pass before you leave. Hand in your gate pass at the exit gate.||Single entry 30 days, import permit for your bike also 30 days. For longer periods you have to go to Maputo the capital city.||yes||R85.00 / 30 days||There are helpers but they just want to make a buck, rather ask the staff at the CGSM office for assistance obviously not free but reliable.||This is the correct procedure as I am a Customs officer at the RSA border, I must also mention that corruption is prevalent and officers might try to take advantage of uninformed foreigners.||Information supplied is for RSA registerd vehicles and citicens of the RSA. With foreigners a Carnet is sufficient, or you just simply get a tempory import permit on the Mozambican border. (sorry i dont know how much it will cost)||Chris van deh||Heever||South Africa|
|Russia||Estonia||Narva N59.37713 E28.21167||15/06/2002||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||New border point, very friendly and relaxed. Lots ofDrug sniffer dogs. exchange money at border.||not required||no||n/a||No problems, very relaxed and easy||Normal||Estonia is very relaxed and friendly as is their police and customs||Simon and Monika||Newbound||UK|
|Russia||Georgia||All 3 Bordergates||15/08/2005||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no bordercrossings for foreigner people||german dont need for georgia a visa||no||over the black sea by ferry to georgia or to turkey and then over turkey by border to georgia crossing now problem and german dont need a visa||new changing in 2005||Fred||Klein||Germany||14/10/2007|
|Russia||Kazahkstan||PETUKHOVO N55.09327 E68.26261||02/08/2002||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no||no||yes||no||no||yes||$2.00 each bike and was able to pay with Russian Roubles||Complete two declaration forms and after being stamped and signed, you keep one. Customs agent created temp importation document for both motocycles. Whole procedure took less than one hour.||1 month||no||Show passports and M/C documents. Submit temp bike documents to customs.||Simon and Monika||Newbound||UK|
|Russia||Mongolia||K'achta||09/07/2002||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||You get a seperate piece of paper, and you have to exit the country on the same border ans give this paper back||no||no||no||no||no||There was no cost on the border at all.||I had to have a reentry Visa for Russia. I drove down the Hill to a Barack. Somebody gave me a form to fill in, then I had to go to a Container with Custom, another form again and this Custom-Officer told me that I have to come back to this Border, somebody with no Uniform loocked to these papers and I was free to carry on. all Mongolian Borderentry was done in one hour||I had a 3 week Visa for Mongolia||no||Comming back to the Broder, there was some hassle with people on cars. They had given away there pasport to some "helpers" to get them throug faster. Ther where about 50 cars waiting. The customs whaved me to come to the crossing. Somebody wanted to help me as well, but I went strait to the man with the Uniform and he started the prozedere himself. Afterwords he told me where I can see custom. I had to fill in an exit-form and to go to both of the cantainers again. At least I had to see one more official. All was done in about 1 houre without anny, as it loocked not helpfull, people at all.||I have done all crossing without help of none officials. there is only one lady on the Russian Border who speaks a little english. But everybody tells you where to go.||Angela||Brandl||Germany|
|Russia||Mongolia||Kjachta||01/07/2002||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||visa for Mongolia||no||no||no||no||no||zero||No Problem||2 weeks||no||No Problem||it is much easier now;on the Russian side there is a brand new customs zone; on the Mongolian side it is under construction||Herbert||Roelandt||Belgium|
|Russia||Mongolia||Kyakhta||02/08/2002||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||None||Show passport and M/C documents. Customs have a book which they record your M/C details and date of entry but they do not give you any paperwork to keep. They stamp your passport and make sure they modify their passport stamp to reflect that you have brought a M/C into the country. Seen and heard of people crossing border who had US dollars on them at time of entry and where then were asked to go back to city to exchange for Russian Roubles. So it could be easier to exchange in advance of border crossing||1 month||no||Show passport and bike docs. Customs will then review their vehicle entry/exit book and enter your date of departure. Nice an dfriendly, took one hour.||Heard many stories from people who had only an entry visa and not an entry and exit visa which they though they had! So check your visa for both. GPS: We had entered Russia four times previous with no GPS licence and had no problem. Even told by Russian Consulate that one is not required before departing UK. However we were also told by police and customs that one is required for Siberia because of the large amount of military establishments. To obtain a GPS licence is easy once we found out how to contact Russian Radiation Office in Ullan Ude Fax: 3012 260999 or email: email@example.comThey will fax you a cover registration document and will give you a original once you arrive in Ulan Ude. Price is $15.00 per onth. It may be easier just to remove GPS before border or just say it is a electrical compass. But it could be better to play safe.||Simon and Monika||Newbound||UK|
|Russia||Mongolia||Tashanta - Tsagaannuur||15/10/2011||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||Vehicle Title (this is the document that says I own the motorcycle, my registration papers say I"ve paid my taxes for the year on the vehicle)||no||no||no||no||no||About $1 for sterilizing the tires||I had my tires sprayed, then went through passport and customs control.All I needed to show was my passport and title for the motorcycle. There were no helpers. The customs officer filled out the paperwork for my bike.||30 days with an American passport||no||This was a straight forward border crossing:I went through passport control and then through customs control. I showed my passport and title and handed over my white immigration card and customs declaration for my motorcycle (I obtained both at the border when I entered Russia).I did not need any special letters or documentation.There were no helpers.||I talked with almost 10 other motorcyclists and drivers from the Mongol Rally - we all had the same experience:no problems, no special papers required.||Lonely Planet 2009 and 2011 say that you need to register with
the Federal Migration Service in Gorno-Altaisk before traveling in the Altai
Republic and that you need special permission to approach the border at
Tashanta. From my experience and
talking with others who made this crossing, neither of these requirements are
true. There is a border control
checkpoint just outside of Kosh-Agach, but they only looked at my passport.I encountered this kind of checkpoint at
the Kyakhta - Altanbulag border in Northern Mongolia.The gist:treat this like any other "normal" border crossing.Nothing special is required.
Border is open M-F, 9am-6pm.
|Singapore||Malaysia||2nd Link (Tuas)||14/09/2009||yes||no||no||no||no||no||Singapore Autopass card AND Malaysian equivalent "Touch'n Go" card. The latter is compulsory as of today and you may get major hassles if you don't have it.||no||no||no||no||no||None at the border, but had to buy Touch'n Go card for 10 RMT/S$||After clearing immigration there is no customs check. If you intend to ship your vehicle out of Malaysia you should park and get your carnet processed. If you are driving into Thailand don't bother with this. Insurance in Malaysia is compulsory, but seems not available at the border.||90 d for Europeans, 30 d for Thais.||yes||?||After clearing immigration park up and see the ICA office to get an exit stamp in your carnet.||Normal, except Malaysia toll card was sold on the spot, as the system went 100% live that day.||Singapore Autopass cards are needed to pay the .70 S$ road toll at a cost of 10$. The card is tied to the vehicle, so each bike needs one. Malaysian cards can be shared between several vehicles, but if travelling in a group make sure you don't pass all at once, as you can't use it more than once in a row, i.e. use different lanes or let other vehicles in between. The card costs 10 RMT. I didn't have RMT, so had to pay 10 S$, i.e. more than double.||Peter||Hendricks||Germany||16/09/2009|
|Slovakia||Ukraine||Ushgorod||08/02/2006||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||National vehicle card||no||no||no||no||no||none||slow, but no problems||3 months||no||same||It is new.||No visa required for EU, Swiss||Alois||Amrein||Swiss||15/09/2006|
|Slovakia||Ukraine||Uzhgorod||27/07/2010||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||International vehicle registration. I also had originals whcih they looked at, but did not seem to require.||no||no||no||no||no||None||First is police control, they examine all docs. I had to complete standard immigration entry doc. Passport check took about 5 minutes. Moved onto customs. Cheery chatter (Football world cup) Asked if I had guns or drugs :)||Not limited, but I believe you can only use bike in Ukraine for 60 days before getting visa renewed||yes||They must have forgotten to sell it me. I arranged it later with private broker. 3 months for £30.00||I left bike in Kiev, returned to UK by Air. No complications or questions||Normal||I had been told that Polish / Ukriane crossing takes hours. I
thionk I was through in 45 minutes maximum - but it was
There is a long truck queue - about a mile. Just ride past it all ( there are no helpers :) ) and turn right into the border crossing abit 100 metes before the truck crossing section ) there is a small gap between the trucks
|Spain||Morocco||Algeciras - Ceuta (Sebta)||several times||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||No fees||This is the best bordercrossing into Morroco. The most safe and straight forward. The ferry from Algeciras in Spain to Ceuta (Sebta in Morrocan language) is the quikest and cheapest. You arrive in Ceuta but no hassle because Ceuta is still Spanish territory; The bordercrossing is much easier than like in Tanger. Much safer, too. Less hustlers around. Fill up the tank here, Ceuta is tax-free, so fuel is much cheaper here than in Morocco!||yes||Same story,easy. And waiting for the ferry to Spain is much nicer as you are already in Spain. As Ceuta is tax free,do not forget to fill up the tank as fuel is much cheaper here, same for tobacco and alcohol.||Big advantage is that Ceuta and Mellila are tax-free! So cheap fuel etc available. The same story goes for the bordercrossing in Mellila, but the ferry ride takes much longer and is more expensive A European Green card is ok for Morocco, so probably no need to buy an insurance on the border is MA is listed on the green card||Herbert||Roelandt||Belgium|
|Sudan||Egypt||Aswan||12/09/2007||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||make sure that info on carnet de passage are the same on the egyptian licence you take, specially car type, motor and chasset number, model year||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Egypt must be on your carnet de passage in order to let your car in.||according to its expiry date||I am a helper, i arrange customs procedures, and shipping procedures, in case need to ship you car or bike in containers, also, I can arrange a ferry booking and all relative details at Wady Halfa||Emad||Younan||Egyptian||13/10/2007|
|Syria||Jordan||Jabber Border||15/12/2008||no||no||yes||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||- Visa (bought at the border): 20JD
- I think there was 10 JD for the vehicule (but I do not quite remember, sorry)
Need to go to the customs.
- with the customs paper, you can get the Visa
- From there, you Need the paper From customs for the vehicule, to get the insurance
|1 month||yes||23 JD for one month||- Pay the exit tax (10JD)
- Bring the Carnet and get a stamp
- get your passeport stamp
|Pretty easy. Jordan police and customs are pretty well organized. If you have any trouble, it is possible to ask anyone there.||Vincent||Cloatre||french||01/03/2009|
|Syria||Jordan||Ramtha border||05/10/2007||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||About 30 USD or so for Insurance, and 30D or so for temp import (they don't take carnet)||Leaving Syria was fine||one month||yes||about 30USD one month||Took three hours, v slow on Jordanian side but friendly. Go to front of queue. Don't forget to go to get visa and passport stamp (they'll forget)||was fine||Jordanians v friendly and though slow, at least no corruption at all. They don't use carnet but will put a stamp in your passport, and so you have to pay for it. They Money exchange booth there is brilliant.||Gavin||Francis||British||22/08/2007|
|Syria||Lebanon||Latakia - Tripoli (coast road)||01/05/2007||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||Customs guy took 10USD from us on Lebanese side, but no receipt for it...||Syrians all fine, happy and no problems exiting||1 month, but insurance 1 year!||yes||1 year, 35 USD||No problems, Lebanese soldiers all v friendly (though telling us not to go to Lebanon, are we crazy?)||don't know||Beware of Lebanese drivers.They are merciless, and they don't sound their horns as warnings like in the rest of the Middle East||Gavin||Francis||British||22/08/2007|
|Thailand||Lao||Huay Xai||01/02/2005||no||no||yes||no||no||yes||yes||try not buy insurance at border as extremely expensive.(2-3000 baht) visit local insurance office where it is $3.5 for 2 bikes for 20 days||no||no||no||no||no||100 baht import duty per bike - you are issued a receipt||avoid the travelling insurance salesman.insurance is compulsory in lao but no-one told us this. no-one checks either. just show passport and vehicle docs, pay 100 baht each bike and off you go.||valid for 60 day period of which 30 days entry||yes||$3.5 for 2 bikes for 20 days||from savanakhet - exit stamp in passport and just got on the ferry back to thailand||i think normal||We were never asked for carnet, although two new zealand friends had their carnet stamped on entry and exit||Matthew||Hobbs|
|Thailand||Laos||Bung Kan - Muang Paxsan via ferry||27/05/2008||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||Thai temporary import form.||no||yes||no||no||yes||Thai customs 100B.
Ferry for bike and rider 300B.
Lao Laissez Passer 950000 Kip.
|Stop at the barrier at the exit of the compound and enter the building on the left. Get your immigration stamp at the far end on the left "Visa for foreigners". Optional, it seems: Ask for customs to get a Laissez Passer.||30 days||no||In Bung Kan ride towards the river, then turn left into the second to last street. Follow a small road out of town. Pass the customs house (passenger boats only) and continue for 2.1km to the border post, turn right. Get your exit stamp and your temp import form processed.||Normal, although nobody seemed to know what they were doing with a foreign vehicle.||*No visa on arrival in Paxsan!* You can get a visa at the Lao consulate at 171 Thanon Prachasamoson (Cnr with Soi 21), Khon Kaen, N16 26.164 E102 50.999. Open Mon-Fri, 8-16h. Controls on the Lao side are lax. I could have ridden away without my bike having been processed. I think I wasted time and money in doing it properly, as I was previously in Laos without docs and left without any problems. Dto. for my 3 friends who left via other borders.||Peter||Hendricks||German||28/05/2008|
|Thailand||Laos||Friendship Bridge to Vientaine||20/05/2006||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||No||no||yes||no||no||no||At the Thai-side they try to charge 1000Baht per Bike and 200Baht per Person. After some chatting we pay all together 220 Baht. 1$ is about 38 Baht.||No helpers at both side of the river. Everything troublefree.||30 days at the border||no||You should have the white special thai importpaper, otherwise you can have really trouble and meaby you have to pay a fee from up to maximum 2000Baht. We are lucky and they let us through without much stress. We hadn't any paper like they want to have…||New, because a lot of thais mean that this border is closed for bikes.||Christian||Schulze||German||11/07/2006|
|Thailand||Malaysia||Sadao||21/07/2001||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||can't remember, between nothing and a couple of dollars||easy as it can get. Everything very modern. The forgot write in my passport about me bringing a motorbike in the country. So it was easy to leave it there. Otherwise sofar I know , Laos is the only country you can sell your bike without having to pay tax etc.||no||You just have give all the form to the officals at the vietnamese border crossing. Make you give only the necc. forms.||very good||It has been one of the easiest border crossings. But also the least adventuras. no old fashion border crossing charm!||Roland||Koster|
|Turkey||Georgia||Vale||30/06/2004||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||visa from consulate in istanbul for $40 +$20 admin charge. $20 at border for "vehicle importation"||present passport and visa to guard booth.- present passport/visa and V5 to customs.- sign import document for bikes. no helpers on hand but none required.||valid for 3 months for a 14 day visit||no||Matt||Hobbs|
|Turkey||Iran||D.400 Essendere - Saro||06/11/2006||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||None.||The Iranians take you by the hand. They will send you to the "Road Office" to have the BACK of the carnet slip stamped. This is outside at the far end of the other building behind an unmarked door.||30 days||no||Stop at the gate to get a piece of paper from the guard. (I rode right in and had to walk back.) The right hand entrance door to the customs building is locked, so you enter into the arrival hall. Pass through the narrow passage on the right into the departure hall. Have your passport stamped out at the passport office. The carnet is processed at one of the counters of the block of offices opposite.||Normal?||If you arrive after summertime has finished try to arrive early, as you loose 1.5 h when you enter Iran. You may be accosted by a money changer as soon as you enter the Iranian compound. Ignore him, there are plenty more at the exit, where competition rules. You can get rid of your TR Lira here. Know the official exchange rates (e.g. http://www.xe.com/ucc/), as there are no banks until Orumyieh where you can check. There is petrol soon after the border, so arrive with an empty tank!||Peter||Hendricks||German||08/11/2006|
|Turkey||Iran||E80 Dogubayazit (Gurbulak)||30/04/2009||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||It is possible to make TRANSIT papers at Iran border instead of Carnet||helpers are wery good||one week||no||If transit expires you may pay penalty
40 usd/10 days per person
|Turkey||Iraq||Silopi to Zakhu||24/11/2009||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||Free- didn"t pay a penny.||Leaving Turkey was easy- first station checks docs then you go into tranistion zone. Go straight through to covered exit point. Two stops- one for you and one for vehicle. Then drive across river to Iraq. First stop on left under welcome sign for temp. check (H1N1.Then go right and give your passport at the window before going in the building. Get stamp and then follow road past statue with flag and go left to check.Wait around while they figure what to do- this may take a while, but is easy- they just don"t know what to do with you. Mechanic looks at bike fills out form, you get it signed and your through. Total 1 hour, 40 minutes just sitting and waiting. Ignore the helpers on the Turkey side, on the Iraq side they are good and free (gov. paid).||10 days||no||Still in Iraq||My first time through.Felt like they had never had anyone through, so I"m guesing it will be change.||You will be a tourist attraction.The border guards were more concerned about getting a good pic with me and bike than my papers.They really love pictures- if an official looks like trouble, ask him if someone can take his picture with you in front of the bike and you'll be set.||David||Radford||Canada||30/11/2009|
|Turkey||Syria||Ackakal||13/05/2006||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||no||Nothing at all||no||no||no||no||no||Except the Syrian vehicle insurance no other fees.||The border was a small one and there are only two sheds on either side of the gate and a small building at a distance. No chance for helpers as I think I am the only one crossed that day...They charged $44 for the Syrian vehicle insurance. Nothing more.||Already had visa so no problems. But I don't think they will give visa there.||yes||$44 one year||Exiting Turkey was very easy. As I was the only one crossing it, they processed everything in 10 minutes and stamped the carnet and passport at the same place and let me go. But they checked all my luggage. Very friendly.||This should be the normal procedure as the traffic is very less, they are very co operative.||All the officers were enjoying their tea and chatting as there was no one except me crossing the border.In fact the border itself is situated just across a railway line and I missed it once and got back to it after asking around. The Turkish officers said they have no problem but the Syrians will not allow so they wanted to find out first if they will allow me so that these people can process my carnet and send me. First they refused but after showing the carnet they agreed and the entire processing took not more than 45 min. Nobody till then had ever asked for the bike papers or my driving licence.||Dayala||Bharadwaj||India||19/05/2006|
|Turkey||Syria||Ackakale||13/05/2006||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||no||Nothing else||no||no||no||no||no||The Jordan side it was very busy with atleast a 100 cars and many other vehicles. But everybody waved me ahead I parked my bike right in the diplomatic vehicles lane and the customs checked the luggage and gave me a slip notice down my video camera and laptop. At the customs office, they asked me to first get the insurance. The office is just next door. charged 21Jordanian Dinar for one month insurance. Bank is just opposit building. Then they asked for bike documents and lisence. I think its more to note down the name and numbers not for verification. Though I had carnet, they issued a temporary vehicle import permit and charged 11JD for that again the office is next door. But they stamped the carnet also otherwise they will note it in your passport. And u r free to go. No helpers approached me though the border is very busy with other vehicles.||Already had visa so no problems. But I don't think they will give visa there.||yes||21JD||Exiting Syria was very easy process. The customs just asked me what is in boxes, and i said my tools so he signed on my carnet, at the stamping counter, after stamping the clark asked me for 100Syrian pounds (Bakshish). Cleared by immigration and out on the road to Jordan border which is about a couple of km away.||This should be the normal proceedure. Nothing special is noticeble||The officials were friendly, no problems anywhere. On the Jordanian side they are busy with others but the process is efficient and easy. Entire process of exiting and entering took not more than a couple of hours.||19/05/2006|
|Turkey||Syria||Antakya - Aleppo||20/04/2007||yes||no||yes||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||Tourist Help Desk on Syrian side to be avoided, they will try to rip you off||Turkish side no problems, ignore all the young kids trying to help and change money.Office for passport is quite obvious, and customs desk is just after it.||15 days||yes||38 USD, for a month||Avoid the Tourist Help Desk. They sucked us in and tried to rip us off. When we realised and pointed out the true charges to them they became quite nasty.||Apparently this is a good border, the Lebanese we met told us the Syrian officials are more trouble at the quieter borders, we don't know if this is true.||Welcome to Syria! The people are wonderful, among the kindest we have met on this RTW trip, but the government and bureaucracy and corrupt officials are some of the worst.||Gavin||Francis||British||22/08/2007|
|Turkey||Syria||Bab el Awa (syrian name)||01/12/2008||yes||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||Insurance is about 35$, plus about 15$ for something
- visa control first
- then get the carnet signed a first time by an officer
- go to the insurance
- with the paper given by the insurance, go to the bank
- make payment and bring receipt to the insurance
- go back to the officer
Insurance and Bank are in the same building. You can hardly find anyone to guide you through the process, but when you ask to truck drivers, they help you.
|15 days double entry in my case||yes||35$ for one month||Need to go to the bank to pay 500 Syrian pounds (about 10$) for
an exit tax.
- Go to the customs with the receipt
- then get your passport stamped out
|Normal procedure||At small boarder points, things are much much easier. Syria is a place of transit for people from russia, turkey, etc.. to go to saoudia for religious purposes. So motorway boarders are just unloading buses, and you spend quite some time there.||vincent||cloatre||french||01/03/2009|
|UAE||Oman||Al Ain / Buraimi||14/01/2007||no||no||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||12 Drh UAE exit fee. 6 OR Omani visa.||The new
Omani border post was still being decorated and hence not operating. Head 30
km along Route 7 for the old post. Don't join the queue, park in front of the
building and go to the visa counter. When you are finished ride past the
queue straight to the customs checkpoint.
Cursory luggage check.
|4 weeks||yes||7 or 10 days or 3 months available. 3 months costs 30 OR at the border.||Pass the long queue of dump trucks and use the car entry to get a pass. Park up and go into the customs building. We had stamped carnets from our entry through Dubai, Port Khalid. It seems these people had never seen one and they made a mess of ours. We had to show them how it's done and get back our incorrectly stamped import vouchers!||The UAE is in the process of closing up and fencing this border, which until very recently was just open. Expect things to change rapidly.||Compulsory insurance is available for 18 OR for 3 months at a small office, clearly marked, about halfway to the old Omani border post. This option will vanish once the new border post is operational. You MAY also be able to get insurance for Oman in the UAE. Since you can save a lot of money this is worth looking into. There is an ATM in the old border post which accepts Visa only. UAE Dirhams are accepted, however. Fuel is cheaper in Oman.||Peter||Hendricks||Germany||16/01/2007|
|UAE||Oman||Ras al Kaimah / Wadi Bih||01/12/2007||no||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||None||Smile, say "Salaam" to the guard, tell him you are going to Wadi Bih and he waves you through. It's that simple.||???||yes||Can't buy it here and nobody checks.||Hand passport and rego to the guard, who enters the details into a book.||Normal, but will very likely change in the near future.||The UAE is closing bit by bit the hitherto open borders between Oman and itself. At the moment you can drive deep into Oman without any formalities and you can just possibly bypass the Omani border post on Route 7 (near Buraimi), but then you would be in Oman illegally. The normal route is exiting via Dibba back into the UAE. You don't even see any border there, so far... Note that nobody, but Omani citizens can cross the checkpoint in a Northerly direction, i.e. go up the Musandam peninsula, or vice-versa.||Peter||Hendricks||German||16/01/2007|
|UAE||Oman||Ras al Khaimah/Tibbat, Musandam peninsula||31/12/2006||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||6 Omani Rials for visa, available at the border for most Westerners.||At the first window fill in the visa form. If you get the visa in advance KEEP the form and hand it over with your passport. You get an exit card which you hand over at the exit.||4 weeks||no||Park on the dirt before the compound. Enter the main building on the right, counter 4 marked for residence permit holders. Hand over passport and vehicle registration to get an exit stamp and an exit card.||Normal.||We couldn't get our carnets processed here. Since you have to
leave by the same crossing I don't believe this to be a problem. Nobody asked
for it in either direction.
On public holidays this crossing is slow.
Reverse direction is almost the same, except no visa required for UAE, so it's quicker.
|Ukraine||Poland||Przemysl||25/08/2005||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||EU passport or, if other passport held, EU visa||no||no||no||no||no||None||Long queues approaching the border. I joined the line and was approached by 2 men who said they would get me to the front of the line for 5 Euros. I gave them $5 and they sheperded me to the front (Ukrainian Immigration), where I discovered that bikes were allowed to go straight to the front anyway, I didn't need to give these scamsters 5 bucks.||no||There are apparently long lines at all borders coming into the EU from Russia / Ukraine / Romania.The good news is that there are no longer long queues at borders between the new EU countries (Hungary, Czech, Poland etc) and other EU countries; nothing more than a cursory passport check.||08/05/2006|
|United Arab Emirates||Sultanate of Oman||Hatta / Wajaja Border||02/07/1905||no||yes||no||no||yes||yes||All nationalities need a visa to enter Oman. Some nationalities need to apply at the Embassy beforehand. Check out Oman Royal Police website for updates on border and visa regulations.||no||no||no||no||no||European passport holders: Omani Riyal 6 (roughly USD 17)||Exit stamp of UAE authority, then Oman customs, where you will receive a stampled piece of paper. Then Omani Border police for Visa, who check your car insurance and the piece of paper received at customs. The latter you give back to Border Police official upon leaving border inspection compounds.||45 minutes all in all, except when officials are praying.||yes||USD 40 (roughly) for 30 days||There are no helpers. Most officials are friendly. Do ask, if you don't know the procedure.||Check with Royal Oman Police website about any changes. These occur frequently. The procedure to leave the UAE to Oman through another border post, varies slightly, especially on the UAE side, where sometimes exit fees are charged. The exit fees of Omani Riyal 2 (USD 7) is always required upon leaving Oman.||Make sure to cross Hatta / Wajaja border not during the weekend
(Thursday / Friday / Saturday), or on public holidays in the UAE, as a lot of
people from the UAE do a "visa run" those days, and the waiting can
be endless (many hours!).
We do this crossing on a regular basis, so please ask, if you need further explanation (See my Email)
|USA||bolivia||santa cruz||08/02/2009||yes||bought visa for 135 dollars at airport. had yellow fever vaccination and invitation but they never asked for either||yes||135 dollars for visa||line is slow no computers||3 years, 90 day max entry||30 dollar airport tax||you may need a 2x2 passport size photo but i did not; i had previously bought an international drivers license but they never asked for it only the passport was required to obtain the visa at the airport. dont lose the green immigration form!!!||michael||clark||usa||21/03/2009|
|USA||Mexico||Tijuana||30/08/2011||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||We just sailed through border without being stopped at all||no||no||no||no||no||We paid our tourist visa fees at the town of Ensenada which came to $45 for two people and 1 bike. Plus we had to pay a fine of $6 each because we should have done this at the border. All in all an easier experience than the border. We will fill in bike paperss in La Paz as you don"t need these for the bike until you enter the mainland Mexico.||Just waved through. We did not stop and do any paper work||180 days||yes||Brought in US online||If you do not get stoppped like we didn't then look for customs at the port of Ensenada further down the coast||This experience was strange. Stop and get your tourist visa at the border if you want to. If not wait til Ensenada.||Please pay attention to all the above comments. Was a strange experience. We arrived ther at 6.30am on a Tuesday morning.||Nick||Harvey||British||05/09/2011|
|Uruguay||Argentina||Buenos Aires||20/12/2007||yes||yes||yes||Citizenship related read comments below.||COULD BE NEW - YOU NEVER KNOW WITH THESE GUYS||Guys pay attention an be aware - This is very important I am
crossing the border from Uruguay next week to Buenos Aires -
If you were born in ARGENTINA and are traveling on any other passport (in my case USA passport/citizen) and are trying to enter with any vehicle to Argentina(motorcycle / automobile) you NEED A CERTIFICATE FROM THE ARGENTINIAN CONSULATE IF POSSIBLE IN THE COUNTRY WERE YOU LIVE - that shows that you had your address changed and have been living overseas for more than a year - IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THAT PIECE OF PAPER YOUR VACATION WILL SUFFER SOME DELAYS UNTIL YOU GET IT - Yesterday 12/12/07 a friend of mine riding an american bike, american plate, american passport; was rejected in CUSTOMS (Puerto Madero)-.
He made it back to Uruguay and needed to get THAT CERTIFICATE FROM THE CONSULATE TO TRY AGAIN TO GO ACROSS THE BORDER-
In my case I am getting the CERTIFICATE from the ARGENTINIAN CONSULATE in Los Angeles USA - YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED BE WISE AND DON'T TAKE ANY CHANCES -
This is my third season traveling by motorcycle in South america.
Ed Fule - AKA thepatagoniakid
BMW R80 1986
leaving Uruguay you have to find the police station to getyour passport stamped.
NO papers issued for the bike, and after pestering people for an hour they threw me out.
|90 days||no||Leaving Uruguay was a snap.||no idea||Bob||Morley||UK||28/04/2005|
|USA||Bolivia||Santa Cruz||02/08/2009||bought visa for 135 dollars at airport. had yellow fever vaccination and invitation but they never asked for either||yes||123 dollars for visa||line is slow no computers||3 years, 90 day max entry||30 dollar airport tax||you may need 2x2 passport size photo but I did not. I had previously bought an international drivers license but they never asked for it only the passport was required to obtain the visa at the airport. Don't lose the green immigration form!||Michael||Clark||USA|
|USA||Mexico||Brownsville, TX||29/01/2005||no||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||$15.00 charged to a credit card/debit card. Must have valid visa or MasterCard. About $10 in other fees.||$15.00
charged to a credit card/debit card. Must have valid visa or MasterCard.
About $10 in other fees. Simple easy and fast.
But, you must park bike and go inside the immigration building to get papers if you want to go past the 50km buffer zone. Insurance is not required. Shop around for the best price. Buy only short time, if you need to extend it you should be able to over the internet.
When you cross the border you get a green light, keep going
If you get a red light they will search you bags for drugs and guns.
|6 mo.||no||Take your window sticker in and make sure you get a receipt. If you don't turn in your sticker they will charge your card and block future entry.||should be the same||Find out what the prime exchange rate is before arguing with the cambio guy on the sidewalk.||Jonathan||Morgan||31/05/2005|
|USA||Mexico||Brownsville / Malamoros||$53 total: $30 Vehicle permit, I put on a credit card, I was told this would be refunded when I left the country (by some people outside of the system), it wasn't. 23 for a 30 day permit for myself.||Doug||French|
|USA||Mexico||Santa Maria, TX||11/10/2006||no||no||yes||no||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||$30 - Bike permit, $10 - Tourist permit||Immigration stamp then go to Customs, pay for both permits at customs.||180 days||no||$120 for 180 days||Easy as could be. Finished in 20 minutes||Ryan||Johnson||USA|
|USA||Mexico||Santa Maria, Tx||10/11/2006||no||no||yes||yes||no||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||$30 - Bike permit
$10 - Tourist permit
|Immigration stamp then go to Customs, pay for both permits at customs.||180 days||no||$120 for 180 days||Easy as could be.Finished in 20 minutes.||Ryan||Johnson||USA||23/10/2006|
|USA||Mexico||Tecate, Mexico||15/12/2006||no||no||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||no||yes||$20 USD for vehicle import permit||Very easy fast border. Immigration immediately on right after crossing border. Bank and import office across the street.||6 months||230/6months online||Word is that the import office will close and will be done online starting in January 2007.||Jacob||Sherman||USA||19/12/2006|
|USA||Mexico||Tijuana||01/11/2001||6 months (for both moto and us)||You DO have to sign a "Promise to Return" letter along with an imprint of your credit card. If you do not leave the country at the correct time your credit card will be charged with US$400||John||Green||UK|
|Uzbekistan||Pakistan||Islamabad||31/08/2004||yes||no||yes||no||no||no||yes||air way bill||no||yes||no||no||yes||at islamabad airport cargo terminal we were assigned a handling agent. we had to pay 400 rupees as some sort of customs charge, 120 for something else in customs office - both payments with receipts.1500 in the warehouse to a counter again with receipt.||assigned agent in cargo terminal. checked freight. unloaded bikes ourselves as we preferred to do it. agent did alot of the running about but we had to visit customs office a few times and also the dry port in islamabad.all a simple procedure for us with a little waiting and some visiting of various offices||2 months||no||n/a||passports stamped and carnet details checked by customs employee. they were almost insistent we exchanged $ and became quite a nuisance||we flew PIA from Tashkent to Islamabad.On arrival we checked the bikes had left the plane and were in cargo dept. PIA charge $1 per KG (also quoted $8.60 per KG from other tour agent in Tashkent so seemed ok from PIA. All palleting we had to organise at Tashkent IA cargo dept although PIA sent an employee with us. Cost was $70 and they were ok with us to help. Took about 1 hour to actually weigh and pallet the bikes (big aluminium tray and ratchet straps).the whole process was our first but seemed to be fairly simple this time.||Matt and Jo||Hobbs|
|Venezuela||Colombia||Maicao||08/05/2010||no||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||65 boliviars were required to exit Venezuela and the building where you pay is approximately 5 km from the border after you stop at the Aduana which is 8 km within Venezuela||On the Colombian side Dian deals with the Bike papers and on the other side of the road opposite DIAN you"ll see DAS and they"ll stamp your passport. It was easy and took 20 minutes and they filled out all the paper work while you sit in the airconditioned building||60 days||yes||Getting out of Venezuela begins about 10 from the border with filling up with cheap gas one last time. Cut the line to the front of the cars and ride to km 8 before the border. There is a military check point and the Aduana building named "Aduana Subalterna de paraguachon" It takes 15 minutes here and you"ll ride to about 5km from the border to a small police building about 5x3 meters square and pay 65 boliviars to exit. From here its smooth sailing to the border where you can easily exchance your boliviars for Colombian Peso"s and enter the immigracion office for a stamp out of venezuela, takes 2 minutes.||seemed to be normal to me, I just followed standard procedure||The crossing between Venezuela and Colombia was touted as the
worst crossing of all the America"s and in lieu of this thought, I spent
the night in Maracaibo barely able to sleep. (possibly because Hotel Monte
Video was a breezy place with ample cigarette burns in each individual bed
I filled up with gasoline one last time in Venezuela about 10km from the border and only 2km further I found the Aduana, well signed and very modern. The building had "Aduana Subalterna de Paraguachon" written in big block letters right on the face of the building adjacent from the military stop roughly 8km inside the border. The folks inside called me to the window and accepted my papers right away and dismissed me. It happed too fast and I had to inquire if they did everything correctly.
Next I proceeded toward the border and at roughly 5km from the line I had to stop at a tiny little building and pay 65 Boliviars to exit the country. At the actual border you"ll find the immigration office. Here I exchanged my Boliviars for Colombian Peso"s at half the rate I paid for them so ensure you don"t have too much left over, just enough for a tank of gas or just enough to get you to Santa Marta where there are banks in the big shopping mall. Getting stamped out of Venezuela was a breeze and I didn"t feel like this border was scary or unsafe. Infact I just left my bike parked and went ahead with the paperwork worrying a bit, but really for nothing.
Crossing through no-mans-land over to Colombia was approximately 300 meters of bumpy dirt road but the highway up to that point was fine.
On the Colombian side the Immigracion and the Aduana are on opposite sides of the street. DAS Migracion stamped my passport in 3 minutes after inputting my info into the computer and DIAN filled in all my paperwork for me and I was stampped in within 20 minutes. Of all my border crossings this one was the only one which I lost sleep over and it turned out to be the easiest of them all. It cost me nothing to get into Colombia. I just out right refused insurance when it was offered to me stating falsely that I had international insurance. When ever I get pulled over by the police or military I just smile and keep telling them I"m Canadian, and that the bike is a Kawasaki and very reliable, After about 3 minutes they realise that I"m just a dude on a bike and waive me on.
The Venezuelan side has alot of animals on the road and it was shocking to see how many police and military there were on the Colombian side. Easy border crossing once you know where you need to go, but don"t worry there will alway be someone to point you in the right direction if you were to drive by the little building that charges 65 boliviars.
Greg George, www.toquesonmoto.blogspot.com
|Vietnam||Cambodia||Poipet||24/02/2009||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||We could basically just drive through. Just showing our passport and getting a visa on the cambodian side||one month tourist visa||no||Just a month after us a couple from England did exactly the same with the motorbike||We bought a Minsk 125cc in Hanoi. And drove around Vietnam for 2 months. Entered Cambodia afterwards.||Ivan||Brand||Swiss||28/04/2009|
|Vietnam||China||Mong Cai||23/04/2005||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||no||zero||This was the second border I tried (Lang Son/Pin Xian previously) - no special requirements, just a lot of sweet talking. I think having a carnet helped.||30 days?||no||zero||Not an issue||I definitely wouldn't expect to be able to get away with this.||See http://hamilton2japan.blogspot.com/2005/04/hengyang-hunan-china-day-70-11469-km.html for the actual crossing, and http://hamilton2japan.blogspot.com/2005/04/mong-cai-vietnam-day-67-10236-km.html for the attempt at the first border. Please email me if I can help further.||Anton||Post||16/06/2005|
|Vietnam||Cambodia||Moc Bai||06/06/2001||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||Vietnamese drivers license. Don't even try to get one. You can buy one for 1.000.000 dong. Or just drive and make sure you stay away from the police. Most of the times they aren't bothered to go after you.||Not sure about the copies, but he took all the stuff to the back so I presume there have been made some copies.||Entering Cambodia was easy! Only one rule: if you take take the bike in Cambodia, you have to take it out again. You get a stamp in your passport. No hassle at all. Officials even friendly!||no||leaving vietnam was much more difficult then entering Cambodia. We were driving on the Minsk motorbikes. One motorbike was registrated in my name (police had to be bribed for this (50 USD)And gave no trouble at the border. The other bike had its original reg. from some local dude. We bought our bike in Hanoi from a nice guys who gave us also his buisniss card. The official at the border crossing gave him a call and averything was ok.||Depends on what kind of motorbike you drive. Just make sure you have some registration on your name and it shouldn't be a problem.||Vietnam was great!! Get to Hanoi rent a motorbike for 80 US a months (or buy for between 250-400 US) and go to e.g. Sapa, Halong Bay, Dien bien phu. Very nice drivig! All the way down to Saigon too. but lot off traffic! Region Hanoi is better. Enjoy||Roland||Koster|
|Yemen||Oman||Hawf-Sarfayt, coast road||24/03/2007||no||no||yes||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no||Visa 6 OR.||Park at the barrier and hand over passport and rego.||30 days||yes||Don't know, mine was still valid.||Park in the shade and somebody will take you by the hand. You need passport, carnet and rego. Very quick. Then ride up the hill and get your exit stamp at the small building with the only sign in Arabic.||Normal.||I tried to find out about the availability of insurance and it seems you may have to go to Salalah to pay for it. The officer didn't know. Expect delays or even to be turned back, if insurance can't be sorted on the spot. While everybody was very friendly the Omani customs man was not and I had to unpack almost everything, which took very long. Get rid of most of your Yemeni Rials in Al Ghaydah, as you can't change them in Oman. Also, get some Omani Rials and fill the tank there, no fuel until Salalah.||Peter||Hendricks||German||31/03/2007|