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Old 10 Jan 2016
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Originally Posted by Keith1954 View Post
I have temporarily stored my NZ-registered motorcycle - always for months at a time - in the following locations:
  • Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Darwin NT, Aus
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Pokhara, Nepal
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Idilevo, Bulgaria
  • Wroclaw, Poland
I would like to know more about Nepal: is it legal? For how long?
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Originally Posted by crisidsto View Post
I would like to know more about Nepal: is it legal? For how long?
In my case, 4½ months - from December 2013 to April 2014.

Is it strictly legal to leave (temporarily abandon) a vehicle brought into a country under cover of a carnet? Well, I think that depends on (a) the country in question; (b) the rules of that country in place at the time, and (c) which particular official of that country - e.g. customs officer (or other official) - you talk to for permission .. if you indeed actually bother to ask for permission.

Regarding the Nepali system ? Hey it's Nepal .. therefore anything can happen!
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Which countries can I PARK my bike in temporarily?

Colombia - you can get another 90 days permission for your vehicle to remain in Colombia but 90 only and only once. In theory you could leave Colombia and return to get another 90 days and use this newer permit (TVIP) to extend giving you 180 days in total. If you leave your vehicle longer than the permitted time you must return with the vehicle to this office where you will be 'sanctioned' i.e. fined, you could then leave Colombia and continue your trip with another 90 days or, as I understood, whatever time you have on your visa. If the vehicle becomes known to the authorities during the time that it is in the country without the owner it will be confiscated on the spot. If you are caught with the vehicle you have five days from thereon to report to the nearest office and pay the fine. After this the vehicle will be taken from you. The fine per month for an overstay is about 60,000 COL. I don't know if there is a maximum 'fine' or if it just ticks on forever. NOTE - if your vehicle is not worth exporting and you want a neat LEGAL way to be rid of it, you could simply drive it here [N 4°41.565', W 74°8.161' - Bogota Int. airport] on your way to fly out and abandon it voluntarily over to the Colombian government.
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Originally Posted by crisidsto View Post
I would like to know more about Nepal: is it legal? For how long?
I will answer myself to my own question, and add some.

Nepal, under carnet, 6 months.

India, under carnet, 6 months.

Italy, legally 12 months, but, since there are no controls...
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We recently left Tigger in ECUADOR for two months. Don't overstay the TVIP. The fine is $365 USD PER DAY.

For COLOMBIA, the usual permitted time is 90 days plus 90 days extension for the TVIP if needed and it's possible to leave the country and return no issues within that time and leave your vehicle in the country. Due to family illness back in the UK, I needed another 180 days on top of the extended TVIP. I talked to/emailed aduana in Medellin who were very helpful and granted the extra 180 days no problem. Tigger (our Triumph Tiger 800) spent almost one year in Colombia, five and a half months of that was whilst I was in the UK.

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See discussion on parking in GAMBIA

also anywhere in Central America
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Customs weirdness in Peru

I got a 12 month import permit in peru, no idea why, it was 3 months the last time. Technically you are supposed to park it in bonded storage but I called the customs and they didn't care, I think it would only come up if someone else is riding your bike.

I recently discovered that Brazil no longer allows your bike to stay indefinitely, which complicates my plans to ride through Africa, Europe, and Asia next year in that I won't have the option to come back and ride the KLR back to Canada. It's hardly worth it in terms of the bike's value, but how cool would it be to ride it all the way back! I know I could nationalize it somewhere and store it there, but am hoping someone has another option they could share.

For the record, last year I managed to overstay my time limit in Ecuador by riding the bike to the Colombian border and handing in my paperwork as if I was leaving. I left it in a town close to the border and when I came back to Ecuador I just rode back to the border and did the paperwork again as if I was coming from Colombia. Riding without papers is risky but I was close enough to the border that it worked out fine.
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Macedonia - 6 months max.
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Mongolia - in a bonded warehouse, for a fee - 23 months, probably could've left them there longer.
Kazakhstan - in the KTM shop in Almaty, for a fee, 9 months, but could leave them longer.
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UK or Spain

How long can you temporarily store your bike in Spain or the UK?
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In the UK for six months is the official maximum. Practice suggests nobody worries if it stays longer in storage / irregular use. I suspect local police might show interest of they saw it obviously being used as local day to day transport. No knowledge of Spain

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I once left a bike in Spain for 8 months or so. It's not legal, but no one cares unless you give them reason to. Same in England, same throughout the EU. Just keep a low profile and try not to make any enemies.

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Customs approval needed in Australia

If you want to store your vehicle in Australia while you leave the country you need approval from Australian customs to be obtained through AAA (see https://www.4ever2wherever.com/enter...tion=Australia). You need to provide departure date, place of departure, return date, reason for departure.
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Mongolia - in a bonded warehouse, for a fee - 23 months, probably could've left them there longer.

Kazakhstan - in the KTM shop in Almaty, for a fee, 9 months, but could leave them longer.
Do both of these countries have a TVIP?

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Originally Posted by Saillots View Post
How long can you temporarily store your bike in Spain or the UK?
I rode an NZ registered Harley around UK (daily/only transport) on Kiwi plates for 12 months in 2001, then registered it in the UK as a 'returning resident' without needing to pay import charges.
I left the UK on many occasions for business travel (EU and back to NZ) during that time.
I thought 12 months was the legal limit, but subsequently found out it was six!
Whoops, what a terrible worry, too bad, so sad, never mind.
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