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If you are travelling overseas with a car, motorbike, campervan or trailer registered in Australia, you will likely need a Carnet de Passages en Douane.

The Carnet de Passages en Douane, or CPD Carnet, is the international customs documents which covers the temporary admission of motor vehicles. The carnet (pronounced car-nay) is valid for 12 months and lets visitors temporary import their private vehicles for touring purposes only, without paying customs duties and other taxes when entering or exiting a country. It’s like a passport for your car.

The Australian Automobile Association is a member of the AIT/FIA Carnet network which guarantees to Customs authorities around the world payment of Customs Duties on motor vehicles, temporarily imported for touring purposes. The vehicle must carry current Australian registration while travelling overseas.

 

 

 

⚠️ Important information

CPD Carnet holders and applicants should be aware of key dates to finalise CPD Carnet applications and extensions due to the holiday period.

Final applications and extensions must be submitted no later than Friday 16 December 2022. 
Applications and extensions will resume processing from Monday 9 January 2023.

Where do I need a CPD carnet?

It is important to check the border procedures and custom formalities when you are planning to take your vehicle overseas. Certain countries may accept CPD Carnet even though they fall outside the AIT/FIA customs documents network

Use the tool below to check where a CPD Carnet may be required or generate a trip plan using the online CPD Carnet trip planner.

Which country do you wish to take your car?

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Argentina

CPD Required

No

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Special Requirements

Important to have a current drivers licence, passport and vehicle ownership documents all in the same name

Club

Automovil Club Argentino

Bangladesh

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Staying more than 90 days, must register your address with immigration autorities

Club

Automobile Association of Bangladesh

Contact Details

3/B Oute Circular Road Maghbazar 1217 Dhaka 17, Bangladesh

T: 880 2 831 1492
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aabangladesh.com

Belgium

CPD Required

No

Special Requirements

No CPD carnet is required for Europe. It may assist with importing & exporting.

Club

Royal Automobile Club de Belgique

Botswana

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Required to pay a National Road Safety Fund levy.

Club

Automobile Association of South Africa

Contact Details

Densi Paxton House, Kylalami Grand Prix Circuit Allandale Road 1684

T: 27 11 799 1000
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aa.ca.za

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Burundi

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at borders

Club

Club Automobile Du Burundi (CAB)

Contact Details

Avenue des Paysans, 6 BP 2441, Bujumbura

T: +257 61 055 155

Canada

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

CPD are accepted in Canada.

Club

Canadian Automobile Association

Contact Details

Chile

CPD Required

No

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Special Requirements

Important to have a current drivers licence, passport and vehicle ownership documents all in the same name

Club

Automovil Club de Chile

Colombia

CPD Required

No

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Special Requirements

Important to have a current drivers licence, passport and vehicle ownership documents all in the same name

Club

Touring y Automovil club de Colombia

Denmark

CPD Required

No

Special Requirements

No CPD carnet is required for Europe. It may assist with importing & exporting.

Club

Forenede Danske Motorejere

Egypt

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Recommended that visitors who are not travelling directly from Australia should obtain a visa in advance.

Club

Automobile and Touring Club of Egypt (ATCE)

Contact Details

10, rue Kasr el Nil Street, Cairo, Egypt

T: 202 257 43 355
E: [email protected]

Finland

CPD Required

No

Special Requirements

No CPD carnet is required for Europe. It may assist with importing & exporting.

Club

Automobile and Touring Club of Finland

Greece

CPD Required

No

Special Requirements

No CPD carnet is required for Europe. It may assist with importing & exporting.

Club

Automobile and Touring Club of Greece.

India

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Vehicles temporarily imported ONLY for period of 6 months under a CPD. May be extended for another 6 months upon request with customs.

Club

Federation of Indian Automobile Association (FIAA)

Contact Details

IMC Building 1stf Floor 76 Veer Nariman Road Churchgate Mumbai 400020

T: 91 22 04 10 85
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.wiaaindia.com

Indonesia

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

The Indonesian Customs and the Police Authories are to register all foreign vehicles entering into the country. Recommended to complete before entering into Indonesia.

Club

Ikatan Motor Indonesia

Contact Details

Tennis Stadium Jalan Pintu 1, Senayan 10270 Jakarta Indonesia

T: +62 21 571 2032
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.imi.co.id

Iran

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at Borders

Club

Touring and Automobile Club Islamic Republic of Iran

Iraq

CPD Required

No

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Special Requirements

DO NOT TRAVEL

Club

Iraq Automobile and touring Association

Jamaica

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Important to have a current drivers licence, passport and vehicle ownership documents all in the same name

Club

Jamaica Automobile Association

Contact Details

7 Central Ave, Swallowfield Kingston 5 Jamaica

T: +1 876 929 12 00
E: [email protected]

Japan

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

No extension of validity will be granted.

Club

Japan Automobile Federation

Contact Details

Jidosha Kaikan 14F 1-1-30 Shibadaimon Minato-ku Tokyo 105-0012

T: +81 3 35 78 49 40
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.jaf.or.jp

Jordan

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

All foreign visitors to Jordan must report to a police station within 48 hours of their arrival. For the first three months of stay, a visa stamped on the passport is sufficient.

Kenya

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

All vehicles must be covered under a local minimum third party insurance and be in possession of a "foreign vehicle circulation permit" Contact AAK for permit

Club

The Automobile Association of Kenya (AAK)

Contact Details

AA House , Embakasi Nairobi

T: +254 20 261 2300
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aakenya.co.ke

Kuwait

CPD Required

Yes

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Right

Special Requirements

Terrorist attacks are possible

Club

Kuwait International Automobile Club (KIAC)

Contact Details

Shuwaikh Industrail Area, 4th ring Road, Block 3C Street no. 31. Building no. 228. Kuwait

T: (+965)24827521
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.kiac.com.kw

Lebanon

CPD Required

Yes

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Club

Automobile et Touring Club du Liban

Lesotho

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Required to pay security tax with Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) upon entry.

Club

Automobile Association of South Africa

Contact Details

Densi Paxton House, Kylalami Grand Prix Circuit Allandale Road 1684

T: 27 11 799 1000
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aa.ca.za

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Libya

CPD Required

No

Special Requirements

DO NOT TRAVEL

Club

Automobile and Touring club de Libye

Malawi

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at borders

Club

Automobile Association of Zimbabwe

Contact Details

Fanum House, 2 Kenilworth Road, Newsland Harare, Zimbabwe

T: 263 4 788 173
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aazimbabwe.co.zw

Malaysia

CPD Required

Yes

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The Automobile Association of Malaysia

Contact Details

225 Block 4, No.7 Persiaran Sukan Laman Seri Business Park, Section 13 40100 Shah Alam Selangor Malaysia

T: +30 3 5511 1932
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aam.org.my

Mauritania

CPD Required

No

Driving On

Right

Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at borders

Namibia

CPD Required

No

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Special Requirements

Tourist can visit for up to 3 months without a visa

Club

Automobile Association of Namibia (AA)

Contact Details

6 Eros Road, Eros, Windhoek

E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aa-namibia.com

New Zealand

CPD Required

Yes

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New Zealand Automobile Association (NZAA)

Contact Details

AA centre Level 17. 99 Albert Street, Auckland

T: 64 9 966 8800
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aa.co.nz

Oman

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Advanced permission upon entry

Club

Oman Automobile Association (OAA)

Contact Details

PO Box 2874, CPO Postal Code 111 Muscat

T: +968 24 51 06 30
E: [email protected]

Pakistan

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Persons holding a Pakistani passport may not enter the country with a foreign registered vehicle under the cover of a CPD carnet.

Paraguay

CPD Required

No

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Right

Special Requirements

Important to have a current drivers licence, passport and vehicle ownership documents all in the same name

Peru

CPD Required

No

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Right

Special Requirements

Important to have a current drivers licence, passport and vehicle ownership documents all in the same name

Qatar

CPD Required

Yes

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Right

Club

Qatar Automobile and Touring Club

Senegal

CPD Required

Yes

Driving On

Right

Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at borders

Singapore

CPD Required

Yes

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Club

The Automobile Association of Singapore

Contact Details

2 Kung Chong Road #06-01 AA Centre Singapore 159140

T: 65 6333 8811
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aas.com.sg

Somalia

CPD Required

No

Driving On

Right

Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at borders

South Africa

CPD Required

Yes

Driving On

Left

Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at borders. Extension of validity will only be allowed once and will be valid for a period not exceeding one (1) year from original validity. Substitute form required

Club

The Automobile Association of south Africa (AASA)

Contact Details

Densi Paxton House, Kylalami Grand Prix Circuit Allandale Road 1684

T: 27 11 799 1000
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aa.ca.za

Sri Lanka

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

CPD carnet is refused only for Sri Lankans living abroad.

Club

Automobile Association of Ceylon (AAC)

Contact Details

40 Sir M.M.M Mawatha Colombo 3 Sri Lanka

T: 94 11 242 1528
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aaceylon.lk

Swaziland

CPD Required

Yes

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Left

Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at borders

Club

Automobile Association of South Africa

Contact Details

Densi Paxton House, Kylalami Grand Prix Circuit Allandale Road 1684

T: 27 11 799 1000
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aa.ca.za

Syria

CPD Required

No

Driving On

Right

Special Requirements

DO NOT TRAVEL

Tanzania

CPD Required

Yes

Driving On

Left

Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at borders

Togo

CPD Required

Yes

Driving On

Right

Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at borders

Trinidad & Tobago

CPD Required

No

Driving On

Left

Special Requirements

Important to have a current drivers licence, passport and vehicle ownership documents all in the same name

Uganda

CPD Required

Yes

Driving On

Left

Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at borders

United Arab Emirates

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

UAE residents travelling to the UAE from all coutnries are no longer subject to approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) or approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA)

Club

Automobile & Touring Club for United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

CPD Required

No

Special Requirements

No CPD carnet is required for Europe. It may assist with importing & exporting.

Club

The Automobile Association (AA)

United States of America

CPD Required

No

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Right

Special Requirements

You will require an EPA to temporarily import your private vehicle into United States of America (USA)

Uruguay

CPD Required

No

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Right

Special Requirements

Important to have a current drivers licence, passport and vehicle ownership documents all in the same name

Venezuela

CPD Required

No

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Special Requirements

Important to have a current drivers licence, passport and vehicle ownership documents all in the same name

Zimbabwe

CPD Required

Yes

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Special Requirements

Ensure CPD carnet is endorsed at borders. Permit issued on entry from government

Club

The Automobile Association of Zimbabwe (AAZ)

Contact Details

Fanum House, 2 Kenilworth Road, Newsland Harare, Zimbabwe

T: 263 4 788 173
E: [email protected]
W: https://www.aazimbabwe.co.zw

What are the costs and fees to apply for a CPD Carnet?

The total application fee for a CPD carnet is $1420 AUD. This incorporates the following components;

  • Application fee of $920.00 (non-refundable)
  • Bond of $500.00 (refundable)

The application fee includes postage of your CPD Carnet within Australia. If postage is required overseas, surcharges apply. The application fee also includes an AUS sticker or plate for your vehicle while travelling overseas.

The bond is refunded when a fully discharged original CPD Carnet is returned to AAA.

Indemnity insurance is provided through Miller Insurance. This enables the CPD Carnet holder to take the vehicle out of Australia without having to provide a deposit of importation, duties and taxes in each country they visit.

 

How do I discharge my carnet and reclaim my bond?

When you are returning your vehicle back to Australia, ensure that your CPD Carnet shows a discharge customs stamp from the last overseas port of call. This will enable Australian Border Force to endorse upon entry back into Australia.

Its imperative you always have the CPD Carnet completed when you enter a country and leave a country. This allows AAA to discharge the CPD Carnet and return the refundable bond to you. The carnet holder must ensure that the Certificate of Location at the back of the CPD Carnet is completed by Australian Customs.

Once completed please return the CPD Carnet back to AAA GPO Box 1555, Canberra ACT 2601.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

lookingfor Q Do I need to be a member of a motoring club to apply for a CPD Carnet?

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No, you do not need to be a financial member of your state-based motoring club, however the AAA recommends that you are. Being a member of a motoring club provides you with reciprocal services whilst overseas.

lookingfor Q What is a CPD Carnet?

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CPD Carnet is short for Carnet de Passages en Douane. It is a document used to identify your private vehicle and allows visitors to a country to temporarily import their vehicles for a limited period.
In Australia, these documents are issued only by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

lookingfor Q How long is a CPD Carnet valid for?

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A CPD Carnet is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. This approved period may be extended on application.

lookingfor Q Does my vehicle need to be registered while travelling overseas?

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Yes. It must be registered in the state or territory of Australia in which you reside, or in which you would normally register your vehicle.

lookingfor Q Who can get a CPD Carnet?

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Anyone over the age of 18 travelling with a vehicle that carries a current Australian registration (for the duration of the trip) is eligible to apply for a CPD Carnet.

lookingfor Q How much does a CPD Carnet cost and what do you get?

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The total application fee for a CPD Carnet is $1420.00AUD. This incorporates the following components;
  • Application fee of $920.00 (non-refundable)
  • Bond of $500.00 (refundable)
  • The application fee includes postage of your CPD Carnet within Australia. If postage is required overseas, surcharges apply. The application fee also includes an AUS sticker or plate for your vehicle while travelling overseas.
    The bond is refunded when a fully discharged original CPD Carnet is returned to AAA.
    Indemnity insurance is provided through Miller Insurance. This enables the CPD Carnet holder to take the vehicle out of Australia without having to provide a deposit of importation, duties and taxes in each country they visit.

    lookingfor Q Does the indemnity insurance cover my vehicle while travelling overseas?

    A
    The indemnity insurance cover is only for the temporary import into a country/countries. This insurance is not motor vehicle insurance. Seek advice from your current insurance provider regarding motor vehicle insurance. Some overseas motoring clubs offer some short-term insurance for visitors.

    lookingfor Q How longs does it take to obtain a CPD Carnet?

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    The usual processing time is 10 business days. If you require a carnet in a shorter period, the AAA will do it’s best to meet your timeline however additional fees will apply.

    lookingfor Q What do I need to obtain a CPD Carnet?

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  • A completed and signed application for CPD Carnet. Download the application here.
  • A photocopy of the vehicle’s registration certificate. This document must include the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), engine number, make, model and weight of vehicle
  • A current evaluation of the vehicle on letterhead from a reputable dealer (must include a valuation estimate and a statement from the dealer that the vehicle is considered roadworthy)
  • A colour photocopy of your current driver’s licence
  • A colour photocopy of your valid passport
  • A photocopy of your current state/territory motoring club membership
  • A brief itinerary of the proposed journey
  • Details of two (2) next of kin contacts in Australia who are not travelling with you
  • A list of spare parts/tools you intend to travel with and their value.

  • To apply, complete the application and scan all documents detailed above. Attach all documents to an email and send it to [email protected]

    lookingfor Q Can I extend a valid CPD Carnet?

    A
    In some circumstances you may wish to extend a CPD Carnet beyond the printed date of expiry.

    The AAA can help facilitate the extension for both CPD carnets issued in Australia, and CPD Carnets issued overseas and used in Australia.


    The process is as follows:
    • The CPD Carnet holder contacts AAA or the motoring club in country that they are requesting from and requests extension 1-2 months before expiry of carnet
    • The CPD Carnet holder then provides AAA details on:
      • the CPD Carnet No, Copy of the Carnet and CPD Carnet holder details
      • where the carnet holder is currently situated
      • the valid reason for the extension
    • The AAA will seek additional security from the CPD carnet holder.
    • Then AAA contacts the Overseas Club where the CPD Carnet holder is situated and provides a ‘No Objection’ letter to the extension.
    • The overseas motoring club will seek extension approval from the local Customs authority. If accepted, the Overseas Club provides a ‘No Objection’ letter to AAA.The CPD Carnet holder must go to the overseas club and get the extension processed by getting the CPD Carnet stamped with an extension stamp on the inside front cover where it states, ‘Extension of Validity’. The Overseas Club will then endorse it with the club stamp.
    • The CPD Carnet holder then needs to take the carnet to the Local Customs Authority and have the final endorsement.
    • The CPD Carnet holder should send a copy of the extension endorsed by the Local Customs Authority back to AAA.