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Here you will find a collation of useful and fantastic resources to help you get prepared for your next adventure! 

 

1. WHAT IS A CARNET DE PASSAGE

Unravelling the mystery of a carnet!

A Carnet De Passage (CPD) is a customs document which allows you to temporarily import your vehicle (i.e. travel in your vehicle) through a variety of countries without having to pay any duties. It's been put in place to ensure people do not take a vehicle into a country and flog it without paying the right fees!

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2. HOW DOES IT WORK?

Stamp in - Stamp Out

When entering a country with your vehicle, the customs officers at the border will stamp and process your carnet document to say you have entered and tear off a slip for their records. Upon leaving, they will follow the same process but stamping you out.

 

If your vehicle enters a country and does not leave within a set time period, it means their customs can use the carnet as a way to reclaim any relevant taxes and fees.

The carnet will be issued to you for use over a set period of time. Once that period of time is up, you will have to return the carnet fully completed (and be sure to be out of the countries which require a carnet!). Upon receipt of the carnet, your carnet issuer will check it has been completed in full and correctly and then refund you any monies you are owed.

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3. WHICH COUNTRIES REQUIRE A CARNET?

A list of countries which require a carnet

Below is a list of countries which either require a carnet or it is recommended to travel with one through. Please note, these can vary daily so do check with your carnet issuer in advance of travelling.

AFRICA:

Botswana
Burundi
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Ghana
Guinea
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Malawi
Namibia
Nigeria
Rwanda
Senegal
Somalia
South Africa
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

AMERICA / SOUTH AMERICA:

(Recommended but not required):

Argentina
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Paraguay
Peru
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela

OCEANIA:

Australia

New Zealand

ASIA:

India

Indonesia
Iran 
Iraq
Japan
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Malaysia
Myanmar
Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
Qatar
Singapore
Sri Lanka
United Arab Emirates

EUROPE:

None

 

4. HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

Timing is everything!

Carnet’s are issued to cover a year only so if you’re planning on longer, it’s going to cost you more pennies!

 

There are a couple of exceptions to this whereby a Carnet will only be issued and permissible for a shorter period of time prior to requiring a new application for these specific countries. These are as follows:

Iran / Pakistan : 3 Months Only

Inda : 6 Months Only

(updated August 2018)

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5. WHERE DO I GET A CARNET FROM?

Finding your local Carnet Issuer

Depending on which country you are from will depend on which Carnet issuer you will have to approach. Each issuer has their own method and cost implications when applying for a Carnet but most of them work on a very similar premise as described on this page.

To establish who is your local carnet issuer, visit the FIA website below and follow the appropriate links to your Country!

https://www.fia.com/international-cpd-network

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6. INSURANCE vs DEPOSIT

Paying options for your Carnet

When applying for a Carnet in the UK, you will be given two options:

Insurance Indemnity. Paying for your Carnet via an Insurance Indemnity often works out cheaper in the short term. However once your travel is up and when you return your Carnet, you will only be refunded a total of £250.00. On average, you'll be looking anywhere around £850 - £3000 for a years carnet.

Deposit. By putting down a deposit, you will save money in the long run as it is fully refundable once you have returned your completed Carnet documentation other than a £500.00 fee. They do, however, require more equity and on average you'll be looking at dishing out £3500 - £12,000. Not always a sum easily found behind the sofa cushions!

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7. HOW MUCH IS A CARNET?

Pricing up your Carnet for your travels!

In the UK ,the price of your Carnet is affected by the following:

1. Number of Countries you are Travelling Through.

When ordering a Carnet, you will have to pay a one off, non-refundable fee for the actual document itself. Depending on how many countries you will be travelling through will depend on how expensive your document is. It's not a huge difference but worth factoring in! 

£210.00 - 5 Page Document

£225.00 - 10 Page Document

£250.00 - 25 Page Document 

2. The Value of Your Vehicle. 

The more expensive your vehicle, the higher in price your carnet is going to be.

3. Which Countries You Are Travelling Through.

Each country calculates a figure they deem suitable to reclaim if you do not leave their country with your vehicle within the permitted time and via the proper methods. They determine this figure by multiplying your vehicle value by a set percentage. So in essence...

Vehicle Value x Percentage (Defined by Country)

=

Total owed by You and the Carnet Department (if you fail to leave the Country with Vehicle on time with correct documentation to evidence)

A good deal of countries only expect 150% of the value of your vehicle to be paid to them if you do not abide by the Carnet regulations, but then there are a few others which require up to a stonking 800% the value of your vehicle.

The UK Carnet issuer does not, however, expect you to pay the full amount required by these countries. Instead, they calculate a figure they think is reasonable based on a sliding scale. If you plan on travelling through countries who demand a higher percentage, the cost of your insurance or deposit rises. 

Take a quick glance at our chart showing some of the most popular destinations to travel with a vehicle and their relevant percentages. The higher the percentage, the more you will be charged!

 

Country

Percentage

Iran, Pakistan, India

& Nepal

500%

Egypt

800%

Africa (excluding Egypt)

250%

Sri Lanka, Middle & Far East

(excluding any countries mentioned above)

200%

Japan, New Zealand
& Australia

150%

South America 
(if required)

150%

figures updated in August 2018

IMPORTANT!! If you DO NOT leave a Country within the specified time allowed and DO NOT fill out the required documentation you can be legally pursued by the Country to pay out the full amount they originally calculate DESPITE the fact you have an Insurance Indemnity or Deposit! The Insurance and Deposit is only in place as protection against the Carnet Issuer. Once they have paid this to the Country in full, if this is not a satisfactory amount you can be held liable for the remainder!!

Below are some example costings we have collaborated to give you a rough idea of how much you will be set back when applying for a carnet in the UK. The costings include a variety of different vehicles at varying values and travelling various countries with different percentages (see chart above to get an idea of their percentages) but DO NOT include the cost of the Carnet document - prices of which you can find above.

 

We have given you both the insurance and deposit options as a comparison. Remember - the Insurance option is non-refundable other than a £250.00 fee which have been included on the chart, where as the deposit is fully refundable (upon the return of a complete Carnet) other than a £500.00 fee.

Please note, these are example costings and will vary according to your individual travel arrangements and vehicles.

 

Vehicle

Vehicle Value 
(GBP)

Countries to

Travel

Length of Time

Insurance incl.

£250 refund (ins.)

Deposit incl.

£500.00 fee (dep.)

Landrover Car

£10,000.00

Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania

1 Year

ins. £2,361.00

dep. £8,000.00

Landrover Car

£10,000.00

India

6 Months

ins. £1,965.00

dep. £8,000.00

Landrover Car

£10,000.00

South Africa, Namibia

1 Year

ins. £1,414.00

dep. £3,500.00

Landrover Car

£10,000.00

New Zealand

1 Year

ins. £1,019.00

dep. £4,000.00

Amarok Pick Up

£20,000.00

Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania

1 Year

ins. £3,021.00

dep. £8,000.00

Amarok Pick Up

£20,000.00

India

6 Months

ins. £2,625.00

dep. £8,000.00

Amarok Pick Up

£20,000.00

South Africa, Namibia

1 Year

ins. £1,965.00

dep. £3,500.00

Amarok Pick Up

£20,000.00

New Zealand

1 Year

ins. £1,525.00

dep. £4,000.00

Unimog Truck

£30,000.00

Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania

1 Year

ins. £3,549.00

dep. £11,750.00

Unimog Truck

India

6 Months

ins. £2,955.00

dep. £11,750.00

£30,000.00

Unimog Truck

£30,000.00

South Africa, Namibia

1 Year

ins. £2,295.00

dep. £5,000.00

Unimog Truck

£30,000.00

New Zealand

1 Year

ins. £1,855.00

dep. £5,750.00

Yamaha Motorcycle

£6,000.00

Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania

1 Year

ins. £1,921.00

dep. £8,000.00

Yamaha Motorcycle

£6,000.00

India

6 Months

ins. £1,525.00

dep. £8,000.00

Yamaha Motorcycle

£6,000.00

South Africa, Namibia

1 Year

ins. £1,019.00

dep. £3,500.00

Yamaha Motorcycle

£6,000.00

New Zealand

1 Year

ins. £781.40

dep. £4,000.00

KTM 690 Motorcycle

£12,000.00

Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania

1 Year

ins. £2,572.20

dep. £8,000.00

KTM 690 Motorcycle

£12,000.00

India

6 Months

ins. £2,097.00

dep. £8,000.00

KTM 690 Motorcycle

£12,000.00

South Africa, Namibia

1 Year

ins. £1,525.00

dep. £3,500.00

KTM 690 Motorcycle

£12,000.00

New Zealand

1 Year

ins. £1,137.80

dep. £4,000.00

8. LOST OR STOLEN CARNET

What happens if I lose my Carnet or it is stolen?

If possible, try not to let this happen!! Do everything in your powers to keep this document as safe as possible! However, if you are unfortunate enough to lose your Carnet or it is stolen the following should take place : 

 

Report your Carnet lost / stolen to your Carnet Issuer as soon as possible. They will then contact the FIA (Federation Internationale de L'Automobile) and get your document blacklisted.

Re-issue. Your Carnet Issuer will organise re-issuing a replacement Carnet in full to you. This will be identical to your original, other than having a new carnet number. You will not be able to add new Countries and the time remaining will be identical to that of your original.

Cost Implications. Unfortunately, if you have an insurance indemnity, you will have to repay in full for your replacement issue. If you have a deposit, there is a possibility it could be transferred. In order to do this you will need to provide evidence all of your border crossings to date. We HIGHLY recommend taking photos of each carnet page once they are stamped and cleared at each border and of any additional custom documents you may be issued to keep a clear record. Each case is normally assessed on an individual basis. 

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9. ACCIDENT / STOLEN VEHICLE

What happens with my Carnet if my vehicle is written off / stolen?

Firstly, this would really suck and we would hate to think this would occur. However, on the rare occasion these things happen and in the event of this the following should take place : 

 

Report the incident to the Police / Officials of that Country and request a Report / Reference Number of the filed case as soon as possible. This will then be used as evidence to prove you have not sold your vehicle or done anything untoward whilst in the Country you are visiting.

Advise the Carnet Issuer of the Details as soon as possible. They will then make contact with the relevant authorities to advise them of the situation. You will then have to return your semi completed Carnet document to them.

Cost Implications. Upon receipt of your Carnet document, if you have a deposit and are able to evidence that your vehicle was written off or stolen, your deposit will be refunded to you in full minus the £500.00 fee. If you have an insurance indemnity then you will only be refunded the £250.00 fee as per standard. Should you wish to continue your travels with another vehicle, you will have to re-apply for a new Carnet and pay any new costs again.

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