The Carnet can be expensive but very few people try and cross without one nowadays. Some are successful, some not. It all depends on how persuasive you are at borders. Basically it is a 'passport' for the vehicle. It guarantees in a way that you will take the vehicle out of the country, otherwise you lose money.
The problem is that you have to deposit or guarantee a sum of money, that can be for the countries you'll pass through, up to 500% of the value of the vehicle. For Egypt, when you get your carnet in the UK, it is 800%. So, if the value of your car is, say, 3000 pounds, you need to reserve or guarantee 15,000 pounds. You don';t spend this money, you just have to have some way of having it, be it a straight deposit, or your bank guarantees it, or you buy and Insurance that will cover it.
hwinpp, I'm also surprised that you did it in such ordinary cars. So the roads can't be that bad along the way. Crikey they may ask for 800% guarantee for the car? How the heck can they get away with this? hmmm....maybe it will be backpacking, hitchhiking and public transport after all. Now that will really make this trip interesting. .
Kerouac, I see what you mean about having the worry of your car being stolen or vandalized if driving ourselves. I guess we could always rent a car locally if we stay in one place for a while, even if only for a few days. Mark, I am serious about this trip, it's a case of 'when' and not 'if'.
This princess friend of mine will be starting her journey from the UK to Kathmandu in May. I'm rather envious. It will take her months to get there simply because she intends to tour around Europe on the way. She will sail to Bilbao first and drive around Spain then go into France to Monaco, then Trieste ...Yugoslavia, the Dalmatian coast, Greece and some of the Greek island, then Istanbul...Iran (skipping Pakistan) to go further north to Kashgar and into china, then eventually down to Ktm. She will buy a large Jeep or a Hummer for the journey. Sounds good and also rather tiring. Lucky thing. She will have a male driver.
Oh that sounds like so much fun. I guess May must be the best time to start, when most of the rainy season is out of the way? Let us know how she gets along, it'll be so interesting to see what she encounters on the way. Has she ever done this journey before?
One of my brothers has done part of the route before. He likes travelling around Europe and goes on sailing cruses around the Med. I should ask him more about that actually...
Is this a daring duo only or can I come along? I did some hunting, and there are insurance companies which will provide this "insurance" that the car will leave, however...if it does not you forfeit a significant amount of money. Even if everything is fine, you still forfeit a significant amount. It is, however, possible with a letter of credit from your bank, which sounds potentially much better. Basically, you deposit the necessary amount with your bank, which serves as a sort of disinterested third party. As long as you get that car out by whatever way, you are good to go. Unfortunately, if you fail to leave with the car...yeah, the bank hands them your money. I'm thinking I would hire a donkey to haul it out if I had to.
I wonder how much you have to deposit for one of those powered skateboards?
Spindrift, you gave me quite a chuckle as our husbands like to call my best girlfriend and I Ethel and Lucy! The only thing, they say we can't make up our minds which of us is channeling Lucy and which Ethel!
I don't think we could fit for in that particular model, but maybe we could find something in a VW bus model with perhaps a team to pull?
If we take the bus, I would like the no molting poultry section, please. ;D
Gertie - you made me chuckle - my bestfriend and myself - we are known as Patsy and Ed.... I am Patsy..... (Joanna Lumley character)... from the Ab Fab series. They were usually out shopping in Harvey Nichols
I'm all for a little titillation on the way East....