Carnet de Passages en Douanes - List of countries where it is Required
To the best of our knowledge, this page lists all countries where a tourist must produce a Carnet de Passages en Douanes to be able to temporarily import a vehicle.
Burundi, Cameroun, Congo, Djibouti, DRC, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal (for vehicles older than 5 years), Southern African Customs Union (BW/NA/LS/SZ/ZA), Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda.
Other countries have a mechanism for temporarily importing a vehicle. This document is often referred as Passavant, Laissez-Passer or Salvo Conducto. A small fee is often charged to obtain it, and it allows the vehicle to be imported and driven for up to 1 month. It replaces the Carnet in that country, and should be returned to the customs office upon leaving the country.
From 2006 Senegal is easing the requirement for a Carnet de Passage. It is only required at the North Border, and drivers usually get through without a Carnet by paying a variable amount between 80-100 Euros.
Also from 2006, Egypt now has its own Carnet, available for those without a valid Carnet de Passage at the borders. It still requires a cash deposit (up to 2000 Euros) which is returned upon exit.
Americas (North, Central and South)
None. NO carnet is required anywhere, but you CAN use one if you already have it - but don't get one just for the Americas, it's not worth it.
Asia and Middle East
Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka
Malaysia: while officially required, it is no problem to enter or leave via land borders on the peninsula. Local bikers think that a problem would arise attempting to ship the bike out.
A letter from the Automobile Association of Malaysia
"...Please be informed that AAM provide the service in issuing of the Carnet the Passage (CDP) for Thai registered vehicles. Documents required are as belows;
- Application form for CDP (attached)
- Original and photocopy of vehicle Registration Card and current Insurance Policy.
- Depending on the purpose of application, vehicle inspection may be carried out to certify the vehicle details are in accordance with the registration card.
- Bank guarantee equivalent to the market price of the vehicle. v RM 1,000.00 per vehicle is charge (for non-AAM Member)
Regards, Erly Sarina
Member Relation Unit
Automobile Association of Malaysia
Tel no : 03-21626915
Fax no : 03-21618540
website : www.aam.org.my
Indonesian Motor Club:
Ikatan Motor Indonesia (IMI)[A]
Stadion Tennis, Sayap Kanan
Jln. Pintu Satu, Senayan,
Australia (now required - more details here), Vanuatu
The contents of this page was originally mostly copied from the relevant Wikipedia page. However, updates to the Wikipedia page have been undone by others, citing 'original research'. Fair enough, this is not allowed on Wikipedia, but experiences by travellers are more useful to others than an academic requirement, so this page attempts to tell the reality as encountered by travellers at actual border crossings.
There are various documents on the internet, often cited, claiming to list 'requiring' countries. One of them is this page from the ADAC, a German auto club. These lists seem to be mostly outdated and highly inaccurate, hence this attempt to produce a list for travellers that we ourselves can keep up-to-date.
Updates by Peter Hendricks (beddhist) or Grant Johnson
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