Carnet de Passages en Douane a document
required to permit temporary import of a vehicle into various countries. Dependant
on destinations a guarantee of between 100-500% of the value of the vehicle is required.
You are issued with paperwork that needs to be completed
on all border crossings and is then lodged on return of the vehicle to the UK to release
Contact the RAC Travel Research team, who are extremely
helpful with information and advice to guide you through the process.
International Driving Permits also acquired
through the RAC and recommended for any international driving. It is a small book with
details translated into various languages.
International Certificate for Motor Vehicles another
document acquired from the RAC, and although not a necessity, it is not expensive to get
and is nice and official looking and may aid those tricky border crossings.
Vaccination Certificates. To travel to
Tanzania last year we needed a Yellow Fever vaccination for which we went to 1st Contact
travel clinic, so it was logical for us to go back to them to get the rest of our jabs
done and get our certificate booklet filled in. We were able to get them all done at a
time convenient to ourselves and they were reasonably priced.
Travel Insurance. We have to admit that neither
of us are strong believers in insurance. No matter how comprehensive they claim to be
there always seems to be a get out clause which leaves you asking why you bothered in the
first place. But there is always that 'if' factor so we did some surfing and eventually
went with Gap Year Travel Insurance.
Visas. Before leaving the only visa we needed to
apply for was for Venezuala, and this was only because we did not have a return flight
out. The process only took a couple of days. Will keep you updated as we go as I'm sure
we will be applying for more!
Inventory. This is a comprehensive list of all
personal items that we are carrying in the vehicle. (Hopefully translated into Spanish
& Portuguese.) This list was required for the shipping of the vehicle and it was suggested by
fellow travellers that we keep a few copies handy for border crossings.
Emergency Contact List. This included specific
travel advice and consulate contacts for all countries, which we obtained from the
British Foreign & Commonwealth Office website. Again we printed a few copies of these
and left them with our various base contacts.
Other copies that we took with us included the following:-
- Passport ID pages & Birth Certificates
- Drivers Licences - British & International
- Car documentation copies of originals
- Copy of Insurance documents
- 40 Passport Photos each!!