If you’re taking your car on an international trip, you’ll need a carnet.
A Carnet (pronounced car-nay) is a document that identifies your vehicle when travelling abroad with your vehicle. It is a set of vouchers and Customs simply remove one each time you pass in and out of each country.
A Carnet allows visitors to temporarily import their vehicles for a limited period of time with a minimum of formalities and without the need to make a cash deposit at borders in local currency, equivalent to the Customs Duty and other taxes.Carnets are also referred to as Carnet de Passages en Douane or simply CPDs.
Carnets are essential for the temporary importation of vehicles into New Zealand and most African, Asian, Middle Eastern and South American countries. Please note, all documents exclude Iraq.
A Carnet is not required for motor cars, campervans and motorcycles entering most countries in Europe or the Continent of North America, for touring purposes.
However you are required to confirm the length of time you plan to stay in an area and stick to that time limit.
Anyone over the age of 18, with a valid Australian driver’s licence and a vehicle that carries a current Australian registration (for the duration of the trip) is eligible to apply for a Carnet.If you are a member of the RAC you are entitled to receive reciprocal services and similar benefits whilst overseas in certain countries, as you would receive under your current membership.
The total application fee for a Carnet is $1420.00. This incorporates the following components:
- An Application Fee of $820.00
- A special indemnity insurance premium of $100.00 (non-refundable)
- A Refundable Bond of $500.00
The application fees include the postage of your Carnet pack (via express post in Australia). This pack includes the Carnet, which is a booklet of vouchers and an AUS plate. The Carnet vouchers must be stamped upon entry and exit of every country. The vehicle must carry current Australian registration while overseas and have the AUS plate fitted near the rear number plate.
The Carnet Bond is refunded when a fully discharged Original Carnet is returned back to the Australian Automobile Association.
Keep in mind Australian motor vehicle insurance is generally not valid overseas, so seek the advice of your insurance provider.
Some overseas motoring clubs offer short term insurance for visitors. Ensure you browse the International Driving Permit Directory to see which countries provide reciprocal services and assistance.
If you require your Carnet in a shorter period of time than 10 working days, additional fees will apply. See the application form by clicking the 'print form now' link above for more details.
To apply for a Carnet simply click on the 'print form now' link above, complete the application and scan and email it through to the Australian Automobile Association (AAA).
For specific advice or queries regarding applying for a Carnet, simply call AAA on (02) 6247 7311 or email a AAA representative.
In order to obtain a Carnet (CPD) the following steps must be taken.
- Complete and sign an Application for Carnet de Passages en Douane (click the 'print form now' link above to download the application form)
- Provide a photocopy of the vehicles current renewal registration certificate and a verification of currency from the Department of Transport's website. These documents should include; Make, Model, VIN, Engine No, and weight of vehicle (if possible)
- A current evaluation of the vehicle on letterhead from a reputable dealer
- A photocopy of your current Driver's Licence (in colour)
- A photocopy of your passport(s)
- A photocopy of your current club membership
- A brief written itinerary of the proposed journey
- A list of at least two next of kin contacts
- A list of spare parts/tools and their value
The Carnet (CPD) is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
You can extend your Carnet for another 12months, but this must be applied for prior to expiry. Please note fees may apply.
To learn more about Carnet extensions contact the Australia Automobile Association via email or call direct on (02) 6247 7311.
...The Carnet is essential and having a Carnet makes the paperwork process at border crossings, quick and easy. A Carnet also simplifies having to explain to officials what you are doing, where you've been and where you are going...