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Vehicle Importation - Backpack Traveller

Vehicle Importation


This pages shows you the paper work you'll require to take your vehicle into a country. A Carnet is basically an insurance policy you need to take out which states that you will take the vehicle out of the country or default on the policy. For more information contact you national automobile association.

Afghanistan
Prior authorisation by Ministry of Commerce in Kabul

Albania
Borders Closed to Tourist Traffic

Andorra
None

Antigua
None

Argentina
Written under taking to export or Carnet de Passages en Douanes

Australia
Carnet de Passages en Douanes

Bahamas
For under 6 months redeamable bond must be paid

Bangladesh
Carnet de Passages en Douanes

Belgium
None

Bulgaria
None

Canada
Free entry but deposit maybe required

Chile
Carnet de Passages en Douanes

China
No foreign vehicles except trade vehicles

Colombia
Carnet de Passages en Douanes

Costa Rica
Written undertaking to re-export

Cyprus
Written undertaking to re-export

Czech Republic
Entered into passport

Denmark
None

Ecuador
Carnet de Passages en Douanes

El Salvador
Written under taking to re-export

Finland
None

France
None

Gabon
Carnet de Passage

Gambia, The
Advanced permision from controller of customs & excise

Germany
None

Ghana
Carnet de Passage

Gibralter
None

Greece
Non EEC vistitors issued with vehicle free entry card.

Guinea
Visas not issued for tourist purposes

Guyana
Deposit of duty

Hong Kong
Import Declaration Required

Hungary
None. Registartion number entered into documents

Iceland
None. Diesel vehicles must pay weight tax by week

India
Carnet de Passage. Duty around 300% so vertually impossible to get Carnet Insurance

Indonesia
Border closed to tourist vehicles

Iran
Carnet de Passage. You usually have to be escorted and pay for it.

Iraq
Carnet de Passage

Ireland
None

Israel
None

Italy
None

Jamaica
Carnet de Passage or deposit of duty.

Japan
Carnet de Passage

Jordan
Carnet de Passage

Kenya
Carnet de Passage

Kuwait
Carnet de Passage

Laos
Borders closed

Lebanon
Carnet de Passage

Lesotho
Carnet de Passage

Liberia
Deposit of duty

Libya
Carnet de Passage

Luxembourg
None

Macau
Cannot take cars in

Madagascar
Advance permision and local guarantee

Malawi
Written undertaking

Malaysia
Carnet de Passage

Malta
Temporary import permit issued on entry

Mauritania
Carnet de Passage

Mauritus
Carnet de Passage

Mexico
Tempory importation of vehicle noted on visa

Mongolia
Border Closed

Morocco
Temporary Importation form issued at border

Myanmar
No entry over land allowed

Nepal
Carnet de Passage

Niger
Carnet de Passage

Pakistan
Carnet de Passage

Panama
Proof of ownership

Paraguay
Carnet de Passage

Peru
Carnet de Passage

Philippines
Carnet de Passage

Poland
None

Portugal
None

Qatar
Carnet de Passage

Romania
None

Saudi Arabia
Carnets are not valid

Senegal
Carnet de Passage

Sierre Leone
Carnet de Passage

Singapore
Carnet de Passage

Slovenia
None

Spain
None

Sri Lanka
Carnet de Passage

Sudan
Carnet de Passage

Swaziland
Carnet de Passage

Sweden
None

Switzerland
None

Thailand
Deposit of Duty

Togo
Written undertaking

Trinadad & Tobago
Carnet de Passage recommended, left hand drive cars restricted

U.S.A.
None

Uganda
Deposit of duty

United Arab Emirates
Carnet de Passage recomended

Uruguay
Carnet de Passage

Venezuala
Carnet de Passage

Vietnam
Borders closed

Zaire
Carnet de Passage

Zambia
None, written guarantee undertaking

Zimbabwe
None, written guarantee undertaking or CPD


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