One of the most frequently-asked questions by tourists, before they travel to a foreign country, is about the rules and regulations regarding bringing private vehicles into a new country.
In this article, Iranviva Group is going to acquaint you with these rules and regulations, to help you plan your trip to Iran with no worry. Vehicle entry rules for tourists in Iran are as follows:
- Tourists, who are visiting Iran for a while, can bring their personal vehicle with them into the country, considering the relevant regulations of temporary entry into the customs territory of Iran. These regulations also include Iranians who have been living abroad for at least three months before entering Iran.
- In the validity period of the temporary admission, the vehicle is allowed to enter and leave the country repeatedly through permitted routes after recording the date, and checks and controls needed.
- If the tourists’ personal belongings or vehicles with temporary permit are proven to be generally damaged, they don’t have to be returned, on condition of transferring to customs.
Traveling to Iran in your personal vehicle will be with great excitement for you as tourists to Iran. Obviously, you need to be aware of the regulations in this regard, so you will most definitely enjoy your visit to Iran.
Based on what mentioned above, in order to be able to travel to Iran with their personal vehicles, tourists need to apply for permission. The question is, though, what permissions are required for traveling to Iran in personal vehicles and how tourists can apply for these permissions!
Keep reading to know everything you need in order to have a trip with peace of mind and travel with ease to the country of Iran.
To bring their own vehicle with them while traveling to Iran, tourists can use one of these two ways:
1. Carnet De Passage (Trip Ticket)
Carnet De Passage is an entry permit (passport) for tourists’ personal vehicles (cars and motorbikes) across borders that is issued by Touring Clubs of contracting parties of New York Customs Convention (1954). This entry permit is a booklet with 5, 10, 15 or 25 papers, one of which is revoked after each time crossing the border of a country. It is valid for one year from the issuance date.
If foreign tourists and Iranians, residing abroad, are going to enter Iran with their own vehicles, they can get the permit at Touring & Automobile Club in their own countries and show it at the customs when entering Iran. In this case, they can use their vehicles in the country according to their visa application deadline and for a maximum of three months regarding the validity period of the permit, with no need to submit a customs declaration or pay the guarantee fee. It is possible to exit and enter the country via allowed borders several times, as well.
Foreigners and Iranians, residing abroad, can travel to Iran having this document needed for traveling to Iran. The following requirements are required at the customs to get the entry permit:
- Matching the name of the holder of the Carnet De Passage (printed on the carnet) with the importer of the vehicle;
- Matching the information of the vehicle with the information printed on the Carnet De Passage from the Touring & Automobile Clubs in the country of origin; Taking into account the contents on the back cover based on its validity in Iran;
- Without the name of Iran in the oval stamp on the license
- No expiration of the validity date (the expiry date is stated on the cover of the license).
Personal vehicles that enter Iran on a temporary basis for traveling around the country should get the temporary number plate at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office that is identified in the certification, issued by the cross-border Customs.
Enjoying all the benefits and advantages of this permit is subject to all the following conditions in the carnet:
- The carnet should be valid in Iran.
- Contents in the carnet should match the information about the vehicle.
- The carnet should be clean with no editing, deletion or revision, unless the amendments are approved (signed and sealed) by the center that has issued the carnet.
Since this way is an easy way to travel to Iran with your own vehicle, and some parts of the process can be done in your country of origin, it is recommended by Iranviva Group.
2. Temporary Admission
Those who have not succeeded to get Carnet De Passage or Trip Ticket for some reasons can apply for a temporary admission at the border by a cash deposit or bank guarantee or insurance guarantee, to enter Iran with private vehicle under conditions provided (Iranians residing abroad and foreign travelers should have a valid tourist visa). This is not recommended due to being time-consuming.
Either permit you use for traveling to Iran with your own vehicle, you need to be aware of the following information:
Iranians residing abroad can use these terms and conditions in case they have been living abroad for at least three months before entering Iran.
In the validity period of the temporary admission, the vehicle is allowed to enter and leave the country repeatedly, through permitted routes after recording the date and checks and controls needed.
If the vehicle is not taken out of Iran, it may be subject to smuggling customs laws. Therefore, if anybody is going to keep the vehicle in the country permanently or sell it in Iran, they need to go through the formalities and apply for permanent entry permits.
If the tourists’ personal belongings or vehicles with temporary permit are proven to be generally damaged, they don’t have to be returned, on condition of transferring to customs.
The maximum period of temporary entry permit for private vehicles brought into the country by Iranians living abroad and foreigners using Carnet De Passage is 3 months except for those brought into the country from the United Arabic Emirates, that would be one month at maximum. Extending this period will be subject to the prior approval by the Iranian Customs (import office).
If vehicles and goods, which are brought into the country in transit or temporary entry for being processed or returned, and those brought into the country on the basis of International entry permits, are not presented at the customs except for force majeure cases, they will be subject to penalties of two hundred thousand to one million rials for each day of delay in the judgment of the head of customs.
It is hoped that reading this article will help you enjoy a perfect trip to Iran.