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ukTIP No. days - InitialTIP No. days immigrationTIP No. days - MaximumCarnet & TIP notesTIP - Fines for OverstayTIP - Additional User notesDocuments RequiredOther Vehicle RequirementsUpdate by Region
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Argentina90maybe240Some people have reported getting TIPs ranging from 90 days to 8 months, . We do not recommend using a Carnet in South America, TIP is trouble free South America
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Belize30Extend up to 90 daysCentral America
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Bolivia30Yes ask for 90 days stamp at immigration BOLIVIA and the ADUANA - USEFUL INFO ON VEHICLES 31 March 2016 Original post <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/OverlandSphere/permalink/1719100931641193/" target="_blank">here</a> <br> <br> <br> Since I am in La Paz and have some free time I decided to go to the central office of the customs and ask them about some issues, which I believe are of interest to at least some us. I have talked with senor Fernando Alarcon and he told me the following: <br> Q: Is it possible to leave the vehicle in Bolivia, exit without it and then return and drive out?<br> A: Yes, as long as one fits within the validity of the TIP, which is usually 90 days and can be extended by 90 days more (to do it one needs to be in Bolivia, it cannot be done remotely).<br> <br> Q:Is it possible to legally sell a vehicle to another foreigner while in Bolivia?<br> A: Yes, but only if that person will have a detailed power of attorney from either the country of vehicle's registration or original owner's country. The authorization needs to have a time limit (1 year is a maximum), state which countries the vehicle can enter and exit and also it needs to name a specific person, it can't be an authorization for a bearer (which is for example possible in Europe). The original owner can exit the country without problems as the new owners will drive it out (hopefully!) and cancel the TIP.<br> <br> Q: Is it possible to somehow cancel the permit without taking the car out of Bolivia?<br> A: No such way. There are no scrapyards in Bolivia and all foreign vehicles (even these totally destructed) have to leave the country eventually - either after being fixed or towed away or transported on a truck. If that won't happen the vehicle will be treated just like one, which overstayed (see below).<br> <br> Q: What will happen if somebody exits Bolivia without cancelling his TIP<br> A: The car will be treated just like one, which overstayed and upon next entry it will be seized by the customs. No way around this.<br> <br> Q: If one didn't cancel his TIP or left the vehicle in Bolivia (or violated the customs law for foreign vehicles in any other way) what are the consequences if one wants to re-enter Bolivia?<br> <br> <br> You can also ask for longer at the border. Some have reported obtaining 6 months TIP s. We do not recommend using a Carnet in South America, TIP is trouble free <br> A: a) With the same vehicle, which violated the law -&gt; the vehicle will be confiscated, the owner will never ever be able to enter Bolivia with another vehicle; there are no other consequences for the owner, no fines to pay and the owner can still enter Bolivia without a vehicle.<br> b) With another vehicle-&gt; entry will be denied, but one would still be able enter without a vehicle<br> c) Without a vehicle -&gt; no problems<br> <br> That said I haven't asked him about a situation when one enters on a new passport, but I doubt they have access to a worldwide database of old and new passports.<br> <br> Also according to aduana website a vehicle without a TIP or which overstayed is treated as a contraband and according to the law, namely article 181, point g) of Bolivian Tax Code this is punishable either by confiscation, a fine (50% or 100% of the value of the goods) or jail term of between 3 and 6 years, with the penalty depending on the value of the car (link: <a href="http://www.oas.org/juridico/spanish/mesicic3_blv_codtribut.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.oas.org/jurid…/Spanish/mesicic3_blv_codtribut.pdf</a>).<br> <br> Hope it helps someone!Vehicles may be seized / impoundedUsers have reported obtaining either 30 or 90 days at the border.South America
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BrazilUpdate (1) March 2016 Brazil appear to be registering the entry and exit of vehicles again. Message from a friend who crossed into Brazil from Uruguay yesterday.
"My knowledge was, that Brazil doesn't register the car. This has CHANGED at least at the border of CHUY we have passed today. They said that since "this year" the law changed back to registration of cars. The Immigration asked for the car datas when they registered the personal datas in the computer. The Receita Ferderal (Customs) registered all details of the car in the computer and gave us a signed form sheet, which has to be presented, when leaving the country." Update (2) March 2016 I went through the Chui border on March 2nd and was issued a TIP. It was good for 90 days. I asked the officer if I can get an extension , she said yes you can go to a customs office and they can do it. Later on I was told by someone else that as of this year they do not give extensions. I do not know which is the correct version. I was also told by the officer that there is no problem flying out of the country and returning back and taking the camper out as long it is done within the 90 day period. IDP 1926 or 1949 now accepted. We do not recommend using a Carnet in South America, TIP is trouble free
South America
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Canada365Visitors, Tourists and Temporary Residents
69. The vehicles that are entered by visitors, for a period not exceeding 12 months; temporary residents such as students studying at an institution of learning, for the duration of their studies in Canada; or individuals with valid work permits/authorizations for employment for a period not exceeding 36 months. <a href="http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d19/d19-12-1-eng.html" target="_blank"">Canada Border Services Agency</a>
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Colombia90Yes2016 June user update: you are allowed to extend for 90 additional days, for a maximum of 180 days per year. You must be outside for 180 days before another 90 days tourist visa can be given. I wish I had check up on the official requirements because now I am within 20 days of losing my truck if I cannot find a buyer. Or I will have to park my truck in Ecuador for 180 days and then bring it back into Colombia. I am currently applying for a temporary residence visa, and I will be without my truck for 6 months if I do not sell it first. We do not recommend using a Carnet. Carnet refused at Santa Marta harbor, TIP is trouble free. Medellin 2014: extension of TIP only until end of immigration autorisation, extension of immigration only in last week100 USD every 30 days startedKoen De VaereSouth America
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Costa Rica90Required to be out of the country for 90 days before returningCentral America
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Ecuador90Yes 180 days max every year183We do not recommend using a Carnet in South America, TIP is trouble freeVehicles may be seized / impoundedLima 2015: extension possible at cargo airport building. You need to go to immigration first because TIP never longer than immigration. Koen De VaereSouth America
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El Salvador90it had been possible to obtain a local Egyptian Carnet (Often refereed to as a triptyque) with the payment of a cash bond, with reports dating back to 2010 of successful entry.

These reports normally related of people entering on motorcycles with a refundable deposit of $800, which rather than being TIPs were the local Carnets/ Triptyque,

Recently (October 2016) the FIA confirmed that Egypt had changed thier rules and are not currently issuing local Carnets to foreign residents.

September 2016 - An individual reported that they are not issuing local Carnets or TIPs at the Sudan / Egypt border. However they were able to obtain a single page Carnet from Sudanese Automobile and Touring Club, for a cost of US$200. Reference <a href="https://goo.gl/lCmRo5" target="_blank"">Users Post</a>

September 2016 a member shipped into Alexandria without a Carnet, locally they asked for a €800 Carnet fee and a €2500 Euro Deposit, however despite being provided with a quote for the carnet they were not able to obtain one locally. Reference <a href="https://goo.gl/91tfyX" target="_blank"">Users Post</a>

*Note Egypt does not allow the use of extended carnets to enter the country, on the few occasions these have been allowed, lengthy validation of the carnet was required.

No reliable, consistent reports have mentioned entering Egypt only on a TIP for both motor vehicles and motorcycles recently therefore the status is still required.

A Carnet is highly recommended
Central America
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Falkland Islandsit had been possible to obtain a local Egyptian Carnet (Often refereed to as a triptyque) with the payment of a cash bond, with reports dating back to 2010 of successful entry.

These reports normally related of people entering on motorcycles with a refundable deposit of $800, which rather than being TIPs were the local Carnets/ Triptyque,

Recently (October 2016) the FIA confirmed that Egypt had changed thier rules and are not currently issuing local Carnets to foreign residents.

September 2016 - An individual reported that they are not issuing local Carnets or TIPs at the Sudan / Egypt border. However they were able to obtain a single page Carnet from Sudanese Automobile and Touring Club, for a cost of US$200. Reference <a href="https://goo.gl/lCmRo5" target="_blank"">Users Post</a>

September 2016 a member shipped into Alexandria without a Carnet, locally they asked for a €800 Carnet fee and a €2500 Euro Deposit, however despite being provided with a quote for the carnet they were not able to obtain one locally. Reference <a href="https://goo.gl/91tfyX" target="_blank"">Users Post</a>

*Note Egypt does not allow the use of extended carnets to enter the country, on the few occasions these have been allowed, lengthy validation of the carnet was required.

No reliable, consistent reports have mentioned entering Egypt only on a TIP for both motor vehicles and motorcycles recently therefore the status is still required.

A Carnet is highly recommended
South America
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French Guianait had been possible to obtain a local Egyptian Carnet (Often refereed to as a triptyque) with the payment of a cash bond, with reports dating back to 2010 of successful entry.

These reports normally related of people entering on motorcycles with a refundable deposit of $800, which rather than being TIPs were the local Carnets/ Triptyque,

Recently (October 2016) the FIA confirmed that Egypt had changed thier rules and are not currently issuing local Carnets to foreign residents.

September 2016 - An individual reported that they are not issuing local Carnets or TIPs at the Sudan / Egypt border. However they were able to obtain a single page Carnet from Sudanese Automobile and Touring Club, for a cost of US$200. Reference <a href="https://goo.gl/lCmRo5" target="_blank"">Users Post</a>

September 2016 a member shipped into Alexandria without a Carnet, locally they asked for a €800 Carnet fee and a €2500 Euro Deposit, however despite being provided with a quote for the carnet they were not able to obtain one locally. Reference <a href="https://goo.gl/91tfyX" target="_blank"">Users Post</a>

*Note Egypt does not allow the use of extended carnets to enter the country, on the few occasions these have been allowed, lengthy validation of the carnet was required.

No reliable, consistent reports have mentioned entering Egypt only on a TIP for both motor vehicles and motorcycles recently therefore the status is still required.

A Carnet is highly recommended
South America
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Guatemala90Part of the CA-4 Border agreement. 90 days entry in total all countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua) No return for 90 days. However if you do not use up your entire 90 days you can "suspend" / "put on hold" you TIP and return at a later date and use the remaining days.
If the TIP expires, you cannot circulate any more, but you could go to the border (how it is not clear!), pay a fine ("multa") and exit the country, without any limitation in terms of how much time has elapsed after the expiration. Reference articles are #448 RECAUCA (states generically that if the TIP expires, you pay the multa at the boder and it's ok to get out), #22 Ley Nacional de Aduanas (establishes the fine in USD300 for all the administrative infractions), #27 Ley Nacional de Aduanas (that says that there is 10 days limit on how much the permit could be expired, but not for tourist vehicles!).
Direct experience: I entered Guatemala on 20th August 2016, I left Guatemala and the motorbike there on 26th August 2016 by plane (no problem at the border, not having the vehicle with me). I came back on 17th December and on 19th I drove to the border, I payed a fine and I left the country with the motorbike. For some reason the fine I payed was 336 Quetzales (less than 50usd).
Federico, ItalyCentral America
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GuineaWest Africa
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Guinea-BissauWest Africa
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Guyana330They can confiscate your vehicle if you over staty. http://www.gra.gov.gy/24-traveller-s-information/88-driving-in-guyana-information. oming from Brazil you get 3 days to reach Georgetown (capital), where you can extend. How long depends on the story you write down on paper; a nice story can easily give you 15 or 30 days.
Coming from Suriname get 15 days, extending.
Extension: visit GRA on Camp Street 200-201. Note that you can’t enter the GRA building in shorts or wearing open shoes / flip flops, or bermuda, tank t
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Honduras90Part of the CA-4 Border agreement. 90 days entry in total all countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua) No return for 90 days.Central America
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Japan365365Information provided by Japan customs (June 2016) For temporary importation, if both of you and your vehicle will arrive at Japan by a ferry and will leave Japan within 1 year since entry, you can enjoy tax exemption system. When you will arrive at Japan, please make temporary import declaration with the customs form C No.5014. With this customs declaration, your vehicle can be exempted from taxes under the Customs Tariff Law, Article 17. Please note that if you will not re-export your vehicle within 1 year since entry, taxes which are exempted at entry will be imposed.
You can download this customs form from the following site.
http://www.customs.go.jp/kaisei/youshiki/form_C/C5014a.pdf

On the other hand, if you can prepare with ATA carnet for your vehicle and you will re-export your vehicle within 1 year since its issue, you can take simplified import procedures with ATA carnet and taxes are exempted.
For more detailed information, please refer to the following site.
http://www.customs.go.jp/.../c-a.../keitaibetsuso/7306_e.htm
(Export/Import Procedure for Private Automobiles Using a Carnet (Foreign Carnet)) http://www.jaf.or.jp/e/carnet.htm (JAF For Visitors Bringing Vehicles with Carnet de Passages en Douane)

On the other hand, if you will not arrive at Japan by a ferry or not prepare with ATA carnet for your vehicle, the importer has to make ordinary import clearance with required documents.
http://www.customs.go.jp/.../c-answer_e/customsanswer_e.htm
(Customs answer (FAQ))
Articles from 1102 to 1117 explain import clearance procedure.
In this case, you will be able to import them after duty/tax payment. In general, the duty rate on cars is FREE, but 8% of consumption tax will be imposed.

For just information, when you will use your vehicle on the public road, after import permit, you have to register your vehicle to MLIT, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
For further information, please ask the MLIT directly.
http://www.mlit.go.jp/english/inspect /etop.html <br> <br>
User Report - There have been reports of people entering on a passenger ferry on requiring a carnet.
Eastern Asia
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MexicoEntering Mexico requires paying a refundable deposit for a TIP ( <a href="http://overlandsphere.com/overland-forum/threads/entering-mexico-with-your-foreign-vehicle.4535/" target="_blank">more info here</a>, this can be obtained on the border or online, note to reclaim your refund most banks are not open on modays so plan ahead. 2016 (apears to be Resloved) - Several Forums / Groups have reported that vehicles with a GVWR which are not regiestered as motorhomes / GYM over 3500kg / 7700lbs have been prevented from entering Mexico. The reports suggest these rules are being incorrectly implemented on Southern Borders. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/OverlandSphere/permalink/1741889646028988/" target="_blank">User Report on FB</a> More information on TIP and Insurance here: <a href="Entering Mexico with your foreign vehicle" target="_blank">Entering Mexico with your foreign vehicle</a> - Motor Homes and RV's can get a 10 year TIPNorth America
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Nicaragua90Part of the CA-4 Border agreement. 90 days entry in total all countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua) No return for 90 days. Overstay charges US$50 fine + $1/ day penalty. Overstay charges US$50 fine + $1/ day penalty. Central America
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Panama9090, but if it expires, provided that you cannot circulate anymore, it is still possible to exit the country via ship from the Kuna Yala area to wherever you want.To drive in Panama, you’ll need a valid photo-card UK driving licence. The Panamanian authorities will not accept paper licences. Foreign driving licences are only valid for 90 days following your entry to the country (make sure you carry a copy of your passport with the date stamp as proof of entry within the allowable period). In order to obtain a local licence, you should bring, from the UK, a legalised certificate of entitlement issued by the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and once in Panama, contact the issuing agency SERTRACEN for further information on the requirements needed.
Direct experience: entered Panama with the motorbike, left the motorbike in Carti, in Kuna Yala region. The motorbike was shipped to Colombia via ship, without even closing the TIP, I left the country via plane from the Panama airport: despite in my passport it was written very clearly that "the visitor could not leave the country without his own vehicle", I left without any problem: they told me that in Panama there is no computer based register for temporarily imported vehicles. The TIP could have been expired since years and no one would have noticed it. I expect that it woule be a completely different story to exit Panama via land to Costa Rica.
Central America
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ParaguayWe do not recommend using a Carnet in South America, TIP is trouble freeSouth America
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Peru9090We do not recommend using a Carnet in South America, TIP is trouble free. *Warning some have reported having their bikes impounded when exiting the country due to being in the country for longer than the TIP stipulates. (clinton logan: I personally had my motorcycle confiscated by the peruvian aduana for being 10 hours late to the border. I will not be getting it back. DO NOT OVERSTAY your vehicle permitVehicles WILL be seized / impounded. Owner forfets vehicle.90 days are suspendable if car is not used: suspension procedure: 1: constatation policial (closed police station) should be signed by owner of place where car will stay 2: application de suspension with a lot of copies, local Sunat will sent your application to entry border post 3: agrement of entry border official (can be sent by mail) We did it twice agrement took 14 days to arrive by mail 4. on return application de levante de suspension 5: local SUNAT checks if your car did not move 6: locat SUNAT gives new TIP valid for less than 90 days (days not yet used) LIMA: SUNAT opposit to airport TUMBES: SUNAT at Zarumilla border CEBAF (not poosible at Sunat office in Tumbes)Koen De VaereSouth America
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United States365If shipping in EPA approval is required more in on <a href="http://overlandsphere.com/overland-forum/threads/temporarily-importing-and-driving-your-foreign-vehicle-in-the-usa.4529/" target="_blank">Temporarily importing and driving your foreign vehicle in the USA</a> North America
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Uruguay365365We do not recommend using a Carnet in South America, TIP is trouble free. 365 Day TIP on each entry NOTE that current situation (late 2017) means that leaving the vehicle behind without official permission while you return home may not be wiseSouth America
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Venezuela9090Temporary Import Document (TID) is valid for the same amount of time the immigrations will give to you in your passport (commonly three months).
Can’t extend it; you have to leave the country and reenter. We do not recommend using a Carnet in South America, TIP is trouble free
South America
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