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. It 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, as you would receive under your current membership.
The special indemnity insurance premium is based on 2% of the market value of the vehicle with a minimum premium of $300.00 and a refundable deposit of $250.
A fee of $400 is payable in addition to the amount of security required.
The vehicle must carry current Australian registration while overseas and have an AUS plate fitted near the rear number plate. The AUS plate is included with your Carnet pack.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.
To apply for a Carnet simply click on the 'print form now' link above, complete the application and email it through to TechnicalAdvice.Enquiries@rac.com.au. For specific advice or queries regarding applying for a Carnet, simply email a motoring advice officer at the same email address.
With your application form completed and all required documents and ID included, you must provide security in one of the following forms:
- Undertaking of an Indemnity executed by an approved financial institution eg. bank, building society, credit union or Insurance Company
- A cash deposit in the form of a bank cheque representing the security required
The Carnet is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
You may be eligible to extend the carnet if necessary. The Carnet Extension form is required for all international and local CPD holders to complete if extension of the carnet is required.For Australian CPD holders a further indemnity premium and further $100 AUD processing fee will be required.For International tourers Non Objection will be required from your home motoring club. This may require a further expense if you paid a vehicle insurance indemnity premium when obtaining your CPD.
...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...