Who administers the CPD system?

The Alliance Internationale de Tourisme, founded in 1898, and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile founded in 1904 are the two international non-governmental organisations that control the CPD process on behalf of more than 220 affiliated motoring clubs and associations in some 130 countries around the world, in compliance with the UN Conventions and the Istanbul […]

I am already overseas with my vehicle; how do I get a Carnet?

You should call the CARS Carnet department on , or email us at to discuss your plans. A completed Carnet application form/terms & conditions, a copy of your passport, driving licence (paper & photo card version) and vehicle registration certificate should be emailed to CARS Carnet Services. A quotation will then be prepared & sent […]

I will be away for the more than 1 year, how do I renew?

Depending on your plans, CARS will either issue a new Carnet to cover further countries, or it may be possible to extend the Carnet locally with of the countries’ Customs authority and overseas motoring club. It is advisable to discuss your travel plans with CARS before your departure to ensure you are aware of any […]

How do I use the Carnet?

Each page is divided into three sections; the lower section is removed by Customs on entry into a country; the middle section is removed on exit; the top, counter-foil section, is stamped once on entry and once on exit. A country re-visited during a return journey will require a new page to be stamped. It […]

How do I pay for my Carnet?

Payment can be made with either a credit or debit card by calling CARS Carnet department on (additional charges may apply when using certain cards). Alternatively, a bank transfer can be made to CARS bank account. Bank details will be supplied on the bottom of the invoice. Payment must be received in full prior to […]

What is the price of a Carnet?

5 page – GBP 233.00, 10 page – GBP 248.00 or 25 page GBP 273.00 (from January 2024). Each page represents an entry and exit from a country. Therefore, for an overland journey across Africa a 25-page document would be required. The applicant must also provide a security amount in the form of either a […]

How do I apply?

Complete and sign CARS Carnet application form/terms & conditions and submit to CARS Carnets, along with copies of your passport, driving licence & vehicle registration certificate. All must be legible, up to date and in the name and address of the applicant. There is no need to send any fees at this point. The application […]

How long is a Carnet de Passage en Douane valid?

The CPD is valid for 12 months, but each country has its own rules on the period and the amount of time you can spend in that country. The period of temporary importation is fixed by the laws and regulations of the country visited. These must be strictly respected to avoid any incidents or claims […]

What are the benefits of a Carnet de Passage en Douane?

The CPD is an easy-to-recognise document that does away with the need to pay cash amounts to border officials to import your vehicle, discouraging the violation of temporary importation laws and helping to curb arbitrary procedures by customs officers. The document offers a link to the vehicle, owner or driver if a vehicle is not […]

What is a Carnet de Passage en Douane?

The CPD international customs document allows you to temporarily import your vehicle into certain countries. This means you don’t have to pay the import duties of the country you are driving through or staying in temporarily. The CPD is used within the legal framework of the United Nations Customs Convention of 1954 and 1956 on […]