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					                           Travellers
        Name               Citizenship   Country Leaving Country Entering




                                           countryleaving    countryentering
Cynthia Milton       UK                  Malaysia           Singapore
Julia & Kevin        UK                  Costa Rica         Panama
Tom Hunter           USA                 Argentina          Uruguay
Julia Sanders        UK                  Honduras           Nicaragua
Julia Sanders        UK                  Guatemala          Honduras
Tom Hunter           USA                 Ecuador            Peru
Julia & Kevin        UK                  Mexico             Guatemala
Simon Harby          UK                  India              Burma
Roland Koster                            Thailand           Malaysia
Roland Koster                            Combodia           Thailand
Roland Koster                            Vietnam            Combodia
Roland Koster                            Guatemala          Honduras
Vladimir Soto                            Mexico             Belize
Chris Stone          UK                  Iran               Pakistan
Matt and Jo Hobbs                        Uzbekistan         Pakistan
Matt Hobbs                               Georgia            Azerbajain
Matt Hobbs                               Azerbajain         Kazakstan
Matt Hobbs                               Turkey             Georgia
JD Smith             USA                 Guatemala          Honduras
Kerstin and Volker   Germany             per Ship           Singapore
Herbert Roelandt     Belgium             Russia             Mongolia
Angela Brandl        Germany             Russia             Mongolia
Ronald Colijn                            Oman               Yemen
Maarten Munnik       Netherlands         Lao                Cambodia
Olivier Servais                          Romania            Bulgaria
Simon and Monika     UK                  Russia             Mongolia
Simon and Monika     UK                  Russia             Kazahkstan
Simon and Monika     UK                  Belerous           Ukraine
Simon and Monika     UK                  Latvia             Lithuania
Simon and Monika     UK                  Lithuania          Belerous
Simon and Monika     UK                  Estonia            Latvia
Simon and Monika     UK                  Russia             Estonia
Simon and Monika     UK                  Norway             Russia
Patrick Seacor                           Bolivia            Brazil
Joachim Goetz        Germany             Argentina          Brazil
Benka Pulko          Slovenia            Jordan             Egypt

Steven Raucher       USA                 Malaysia           Indonesia
Steven Raucher       USA                 Laos               Vietnam
Dag Jenssen          Norway              Mexico             Guatemala
John Green           UK                  USA                Mexico
John Green           UK                  Mexico             Guatemala
John Green           UK                  Guatemala          Honduras
John Green          UK              Honduras     Nicaragua
John Green          UK              Nicaragua    Costa Rica
John Green          UK              Costa Rica   Panama
John Green          UK              Panama
Herbert Roelandt    Belgium         Spain        Morocco
Chris van deh Heever South Africa   RSA          Mozambique
Vincy                               Oman         United Arab Emirates
Carlos Azevedo                      Marroco      Mauritania
Martin Wickert       Netherlands    Mexico       Guatemala
Matthew Hobbs                       Thailand     Lao
Martin Wickert       Netherlands    Guatemala    Honduras
Matthew Hobbs                       Lao          Thailand
Martin Wickert       Netherlands    Mexico       Guatemala
Anton Post                          Cambodia     Vietnam
Martin Wickert                      Honduras     Nicaragua
Bob Morley                          Uruguay      Brazil




Martin Wickert      Netherlands     Nicaragua    Costa Rica




Martin Wickert      Netherlands     Costa Rica   Panama
Jan Misiewicz                       Poland       Belarus
Jan Misiewicz                       Belarus      Russia
Anton Post                          Vietnam      China

Susan Homer         USA             Guatemala    Honduras

Jonathan Morgan                     USA          Mexico
Martin Wickert      Netherlands      Ecuador       Peru
Nigel Stevens       UK               Finland       Estonia
Tobias              Germany          Niger         Nigeria
Rene Cormier        Canada                         Argentina
Richard Currie                       Jordan        Saudi Arabia
Martin Wickert      Netherlands      Peru          Chile
Nina Le Lievre                       Guatemala     Honduras
Matthew Hobbs                        El Salvador   Honduras
Nina Le Lievre                       Colombia      Ecuador
Jason Tonge                          Israel        Egypt
Fred Tran Duc       Vietnam          China         Vietnam
Derek                                Albania       Macedonia
Koos                                 Mauritania    Senegal
Brad DeShano                         Kosovo        Serbia
Fraser Cant         UK               Peru          Bolivia
Jerome Boucher      UK               Mali          Guinea (Conacry)
Lone Rider          USA              Mexico        Guatemala
Dayala Bharadwaj    India            Iran          Turkey
Nigel Smith         UK               Ukraine       Poland
Nigel Smith         UK               Romania       Ukraine
Dayala Bharadwaj    India            Turkey        Syria
Dayala Bharadwaj    India            Jordan        Egypt
James Butler        British          Croatia       Montenegro
James Butler        British          Montenegro    Albania
Christian Schulze   Germany          Thailand      Laos
Cynthia Milton      United Kingdom   Costa Rica    Nicaragua
Cynthia Milton      United Kingdom   Honduras      Guatemala
Alois Amrein        Swiss            Slovakia      Ukraine
Cynthia Milton      United Kingdom   Nicaragua     Honduras
Cynthia Milton      United Kingdom   Panamá        Costa Rica
Cynthia Milton      United Kingdom   Guatemala     Mexico
Cynthia Milton      United Kingdom   Mexico        Belize
Cynthia Milton      United Kingdom   Mexico        USA
Ryan Johnson        USA              USA           Mexico
Lee Lightfoot       UK               Ecuador       Peru
Mark Kirkendall     USA              Mexico        Guatemala
Mark Kirkendall     USA              Honduras      Nicaragua
Mark Kirkendall     USA              Guatemala     Honduras
Peter Hendricks     Germany          Bulgaria      Turkey
Peter Hendricks     Germany          Turkey        Iran
Mark Kirkendall     USA              Colombia      Ecuador
Ryan Johnson       USA                Guatemala     Honduras




Peter Hendricks    Germany            UAE           Oman
Jacob Sherman      USA                USA           Mexico
Peter Hendricks    Germany            UAE           Oman
Peter Hendricks    Germany            Oman          UAE
Peter Hendricks    Germany            UAE           Oman
Les Burney         UK                 Bulgaria      Bosnia (Yugoslavia)
Peter Hendricks    Germany            Oman          Yemen
Fotis Kyrillidis   Greece             Greece        Turkey

Peter Hendricks    Germany            Yemen         Oman
Andreas Matthes    Germany & Mexico   Guatemala     El Salvador
Andreas Matthes    Germany & Mexico   El Salvador   Honduras
Andreas Matthes    Germany & Mexico   Honduras      Nicaragua
Andreas Matthes    Germany & Mexico   Mexico        Belize
Andreas Matthes    Germany & Mexico   Belize        Guatemala
Andreas Matthes    Germany & Mexico   Nicaragua     Costa Rica
Gavin Francis      UK                 Turkey        Syria
Gavin Francis      UK                 Syria         Lebanon
Gavin Francis      UK                 Syria         Jordan
Gavin Francis      UK                 Pakistan      India
Fred Klein         Germany            Malaysia      Indonesia
Fred Klein         Germany            Russia        Georgia
Peter Hendricks    Germany            Laos          Laos
Ed Fule            USA                Uruguay       Argentina
Bill Altland       USA                Mexico        Guatemala
Mike Jensen        CA                 Colombia      Ecuador
Peter Hendricks    Germany            Thailand      Laos
Marc Davies        British            Poland        Ukraine
Matthew White      UK                 Hungary       Romania
Pawel Motel              Poland                  Mongolia             Russia
Anders Sand              Norway                  Colombia             Ecuador
Mitchell M               USA                     India                Bangladesh
G. Luigi Rota            Ecuador / Italy         Mexico               Colombia
Michael Clark            USA                     USA                  Bolivia
Martine Luxwolda         Dutch                   Egypt                Libya
Peter Hendricks          Germany                 Singapore            Malaysia
Alec Funes               Argentina               Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile
                                                                      Bolivia
Timothy Rawson           UK                      Montenegro           Albania
Victor Lapy              Ukraine                 Turkey               Iran
Doug French                                      USA                  Mexico
Doug French                                      Mexico               Guatemala
Doug French                                      Guatemala            Mexico
Doug French                                      Mexico               USA
Doug French                                      Guatemala            El Salvador
Doug French                                      El Salvador          Guatemala
Doug French                                      El Salvador          Honduras
Doug French                                      Honduras             El Salvador
Doug French                                      Honduras             Nicaragua
Doug French                                      Nicaragua            Honduras
Doug French                                      Nicaragua            Costa Rica
Doug French                                      Costa Rica           Nicaragua
Luis Eguiguren                                                        Peru
                                                 Chile / Ecuador / Bolivia / Brazil
David Radford            Canada                  Turkey               Iraq
David Wernery            Germany                                    S
                                                 United Arab Emirates ultanate of Oman
Guillaume Decks          France                  Malaysia             Thailand




                                    Border Crossings in Central America
The basic procedures for crossing borders In Central America are as follows. First you need to get your passport stamped out of the
When you get to Aduanas (customs) to get the vehicle and your own permits they are usually good for 30 to 90 days, but check to m
Its worth noting that the only places you should be spending money (outside of handlers fees or having someone watch your bike if
Nicaragua like Costa Rica is another country that apparently requires vehicle insurance to enter though I've heard varying reports. F
Customs is really the place where the hidden fees are, unclear charges and corruption can lie. If your going to get ripped off, here's
Tips for keeping your money in your wallet.
1) Ideally before you go spend two years studying and becoming fluent in Spanish.
2) Realistically; write out the actual Spanish phrases you'll need to know to ask directions and cover all the procedures, like ?donde
3) Write down what the actual border procedures are, which are you go through migracion and aduanas of the country your leaving,
4) You can try to write to each embassy of the countries your visiting and ask them to send you all the expected fees for your border
5) In the end if you feel like your getting totally ripped off, have a back up plan. You can refuse to pay and either go back to the coun
6) The Pan American Hwy. crossings are the busiest and hardest to deal with. Also with all border crossings try to get there early lik
Handlers
Remember, anyone who speaks Spanish well enough doesn't use them. And many who don't speak Spanish at all still suffer thru not
If you’re going to use them agree on a price before you start, $5 to $10 for some ones help, especially if they can help you out of one
Paying some one to watch your bike is debatable, most times I don't think its necessary, just carry your most valuable stuff with you
Most importantly don't just give your passport or paper work to a handler with money and have them run off to take care of busines
On my way back when I could I chose young handlers, kids about 12 years old who were basically honest and not out to rip you off. T
Don't flash much money, do your homework and know about what you should be paying for. But remember if you have to drive 20 m
Summary
Remember these guys are the pros, this is what they do for a living day in and day out, they see thousands like us every year. If your
Your best bet is to go early in the day, avoid weekends, and use non Pan American Highway crossings....learn as much Spanish as yo
Even with all these warnings it is hard to imagine the chaos, the heat and the slickness of these characters trying to get your money u




On African Crossings
      Paul Greenhalgh




On Central Asia Crossings
               Simon




Trip Planning: On Obertaining Russian Visa
                                                    Carnet Passport stamp
  Location of Border Entry       Date Entered      required instead of carnet         Passport




         borderentry             borderentrydate     carnet    passportstamp          passport
Tuas                             1/15/2005         yes        no                yes
                                 Dec-04
Sixaola (Costa Rica) / Guabito (Panama)            no         yes               yes
Mercedes, Uruguay                12/14/2004        no         no                yes
Los Manos                        Dec-04            no         yes               yes
Copan Ruinas                     Dec-04            no         yes               yes
Macara/La Tina(?)                8/23/2004         no         no                yes
La Mesilla                       22-Nov-04         no         yes               yes
                                 6/25/2004         yes        no                yes
Sadao                            7/21/2001         no         yes               yes
Poipet                           6/25/2001         no         yes               yes
Moc Bai                          6/6/2001          no         yes               yes
Florido-Copan                    12/25/2003        no         yes               yes
via chetumal                     Aug-04            no         yes               yes
Tehran                           9/19/2004         yes        no                yes
Islamabad                        8/31/2004         yes        no                yes
Lagodeki                         7/5/2004          no         no                yes
Aktau                            7/9/2004          no         no                yes
Vale                             6/30/2004         no         no                yes
Agua Calientes                   3/26/2004         no                           yes
Singapore                        12/30/2003        yes        no                yes
Kjachta                          7/1/2002          no         yes               yes
K'achta                          7/9/2002          no         yes               yes
Near Mayzuna in desert           June 03, 1999     yes        no                yes
Veun Kham                                          yes        yes               yes
                                 8/1/2002
Calafat, RO - ferryboat - Vidin, BG                no         yes               yes
Kyakhta                          8/2/2002          no         yes               yes
PETUKHOVO N55.09327 E68.26261    8/2/2002          no         no                yes
Nov Rudnja N51.52264 E28.99202   6/3/2002          no         yes               yes
Bauska N56.27718 E24.36272       6/24/2002         no         yes               yes
Kurganai N54.54666 E25.69084     6/27/2002         no         no                yes
Ikla N57.88589 E24.39483 6/22/2002                 no         no                yes
Narva N59.37713 E28.21167 6/15/2002                no         no                yes
Kirkeness N693980 E25868295/30/2002                no         yes               yes
Corumba, Brazil                  5/25/2002         no         yes               yes
Foz de Iguazu                    5/3/2002          no         no                yes
Jordan (El Aqaba) to Egypt (Nweiba) by ferry       yes        yes               yes

Dumai by boat from Malacca 10/10/2001              yes        no                yes
Highway #8                   6/1/2001              yes        no                yes
Cuauhtémoc/La Mesilla Border 2000                  no         yes
Tijuana                      Nov-01
                            F
Las Mesilla/Ciudad Cuauhtemoc eb-02                           yes
El Florida                    Mar-02                          yes
Gasaule                    Apr-02               yes
Penas Blancas              May-02               yes
Paso Canous                Jun-02               yes
                           Jul-02
Algeciras-Ceuta (Sebta)    several times   no   yes   yes
Komatipoort                 2/22/2005      no   yes   yes
Wadi Al Jizzi Boarder       5/2/2005       no   yes   yes
Bnr Guendos                 3/1/2004       no   yes   yes
Ciudad Cuauthemoc           3/8/2005       no   yes   yes
Huay Xai                    2/1/2005       no   no    yes
El Florido-Copan Ruinas     4/10/2005      no   no    yes
Huay Xai                    2/1/2005       no   no    yes
Ciudad Cuauthemoc           3/8/2005       no   yes   yes
                            4/9/2005
Chau Doc (Cambodia Phom Denh)              no   no    yes
Danli (Los Manos) to Esteli 4/17/2005      no   yes   yes
Rivera                      4/28/2005      no   no    yes




Penas Blancas              4/28/2005       no   yes   yes




San Vito - Rio Sereno      5/9/2005        no   yes   yes
Terespol, PL - Brest, BY   August, 2004    no   no    yes
Smolensk                   August, 2004    no   no    yes
Mong Cai                   4/23/2005       no   no    yes

Copan                      7/15/2005       no   yes   yes

Brownsville, TX            1/29/2005       no   yes   yes
                             6/21/2005
Vilcabamba, Zumba - San Ignacio                no        no    yes
Tallinn                      5/28/2005         no        no    yes
Damasak                      5/25/2005         yes       no    yes
Entre Rios from Zarare, just over the bridge on Routa 14
Al Haditha                   4/10/2005         no        no    yes
Tacna to Arica               23/8/2005         no        no    yes
Copan/El Florida             22/09/2005        no        yes   yes
El Amatillo                  5/10/2005         no        yes   yes
Ipiales                      24/11/2005        no        no    yes
Eilat, Taba                  19/12/2005        yes       no    yes
Lao Cai                      6/21/2005         no        no    yes
Hwy E86                      3/7/2004          no        no    yes
Rosso                        1/1/2005          no        no    yes
any                          frequently                  yes   yes
Desaguadera                  4/4/2006          yes       no    yes
                             2/12/2004
Kouémalé, route de Sibi (Sud-Ouest de Bamako)            yes   yes
Bethel                       12/21/2005        no        no    yes
Bazargan                     2/5/2006          yes       no    yes
Przemysl                     8/25/2005         no        no    yes
Chernivtsy                   8/20/2005         no        no    yes
Ackakal                      5/13/2006         yes       no    yes
Aqaba/Nuweiba                5/22/2006         yes             yes
E65                          3/3/2006          no        no
Podgorica -> Shkoder         4/3/2006          no        no
                             20/05/2006
Friendship Bridge to Vientaine                 yes       no
Interamericana               8/9/2006          no        no
Copán Ruinas                 16/9/2006         no        no
Ushgorod                     2/8/2006          no        yes
Los Manos                    13/9/2006         no        yes
Interamericana               3/9/2006          no        no
Interamericana, La Mesilla 19/9/2006           no        yes
                             26/9/2006
Santa Elena / Northern Highway                 no        yes
Ojinaga / Presidio           14/10/2006        no        no
Santa Maria, TX              10/11/2006        no        no
La Balsas                    12/8/2006         no        yes
                             15/10/2006        no        no
Los Manos                    28/10/2006        no        no
El Florido-Copan Ruinas      25/10/2006        no        yes
Malko Tarnovo, E87           13/10/2006        no        yes
D.400 Essendere - Saro       6/11/2006         yes       no
Pan am highway               20/11/2006        no        no
El Florido / Copan Ruinas   4/12/2006         no    yes




                          31/12/2006
Ras al Khaimah/Tibbat, Musandam peninsula     no    no
Tecate, Mexico            15/12/2006          no    no
Al Ain / Buraimi          14/01/2007          no    no
Buraimi / Al Ain          13/02/2007          no    no
Ras al Khaimah / Wadi Bih 12/1/2007           no    no
Main Highway              19/12/2006          no    yes
Sarfayt-Hawf, coast road  3/2/2007            yes   no
Thessaloniki, Greece      5/8/2006            no    yes

Hawf-Sarfayt, Coast Road 24/03/3007           no    no
Anguiatu - CA 12             February, 2007   no    yes
El Amatillo - CA 1           February, 2007   no    yes
El Espino                    February, 2007   no    yes
                             F
Chetumal - Subteniente Lepezebruary, 2007     no    yes
                             February, 2007
Benque Viejo del Carmen - CA 13               no    yes
Penas Blancas - CA 1         March, 2007      no    yes
Antakya - Aleppo             20/04/2007       yes   no
Latakia - Tripoli            1/5/2007         yes   no
Ramtha border                10/5/2007        no    yes
Wagha border                 17/08/2007       yes   no
Butterworth to Belawan       23/5/2007        yes   no
All 3 Bordergates            August, 2005     no    yes
                             Dec 12 2007
Buenos Aires                 12/12/07
Tapachula                    11/23/07         no    yes
CA-1. hwy 35 on the Ecuadorian side.
                             01/30/08         no    no
Bung Kan - Muang Paxsan via ferry
                             05/27/08         no    no
Przemysl                     29/08/08         no    no
Oradea                       22/07/08         no    no
                       Tsaganuur/Tashanta              03/09/06          yes           no
                       Quito, Ecuador                  16/08/08          no            no
                       Benapole                        23/11/08          no            yes
                       Cartagena                       30/01/09                        yes
                       Santa Cruz                      08/02/09
                       Amsaad                          22/6/2009         yes           no
                       2nd Link (Tuas)                 14/09/09          yes           no
                       Villazón                                         yes
                                                       will be entering 28-09-09       no
                       Shkoder                         05/09/09          no            no
                       E80 Dogubayazit (Gurbulak)      30/4/09           yes           yes
                       Prownsville/Malamoros
                       Tapachula Hwy CA2
                       Tapachula Hwy CA2
                       Malamoros/Brownsville
                       Hwy CA 2 Border
                       Hwy CA 2 Border
                       Hwy CA1 by Valle
                       CA1
                       CA1 going towards Estel Nicaragua
                       CA1, By Esteli
                       CA1
                       CA1
                       Arica Chile                     30/11/09             yes        no
                       Silopi to Zakhu                 24/11/2009           no         no
                       Hatta / Wajaja Border           07/02/05             no
                       Padang Besar                    30-1-2010            no         no




 as follows. First you need to get your passport stamped out of the country your leaving at Migracione (migration) and than get your vehicle permit and the
wn permits they are usually good for 30 to 90 days, but check to make sure their for as long as you want, 90 is the max but they will often put just 30 down
y (outside of handlers fees or having someone watch your bike if you choose to use them) while crossing borders is when your getting your passport stam
res vehicle insurance to enter though I've heard varying reports. For me they told me I had already bought some on my trip down and didn't need to buy it
arges and corruption can lie. If your going to get ripped off, here's the place. They may try to sell you bike insurance you don't need, or say the vehicle per



 know to ask directions and cover all the procedures, like ?donde estas aduanas? (where is customs?) how much is it? How much is a vehicle permit? How
ou go through migracion and aduanas of the country your leaving, and then migracion and aduanas of the country your entering.
ng and ask them to send you all the expected fees for your border crossings. It is doubtful you will get many responses, but if you can manage to secure som
back up plan. You can refuse to pay and either go back to the country you came from and wait for a different time to come back (often if your not driving ve
o deal with. Also with all border crossings try to get there early like at 7 or 8 a.m. Many of these borders close at night and getting to them early in the day

hem. And many who don't speak Spanish at all still suffer thru not using them. It just takes a lot longer to get thru with out them, but it can be done. As so
 $10 for some ones help, especially if they can help you out of one country and into the next can be well worth it. Be clear about this; don't just accept some
n't think its necessary, just carry your most valuable stuff with you, plus I found these guys didn't want to ruin their reputations by petty theft!
handler with money and have them run off to take care of business. Go with them to every window, and give the money directly to the person at the windo
12 years old who were basically honest and not out to rip you off. These kids would often be run off by the older handlers later on in the day. I thought abo
t you should be paying for. But remember if you have to drive 20 miles back to town and take more money out of a bank to pay them, they have you. Refus


 day in and day out, they see thousands like us every year. If your not prepared or have strategies for dealing with them the odds are in their favor for you
n Pan American Highway crossings....learn as much Spanish as you can before you go. Also when you see a long line of trucks (sometimes a mile long) bef
eat and the slickness of these characters trying to get your money until you've experienced it. The good news is it is all doable and you can reduce your risk
Documentation Required


                                       Vehicle                               Other
                   Internaitonal  Insurance (buy at       Vehicle       documentation
Drivers Licence   Drivers Licence     border)?          Registration       required




      dl                 idl            vehinsur            rego            otherdocs
yes               yes             yes                 yes
no                no              no                  yes              no
no                no              no                  no
yes               no              yes                 yes
no                no              no                  yes
yes               no              no                  yes              no
no                no              no                  yes              no
yes               yes             no                  yes              Road travel permit from Myanmar embassy
yes               yes             no                  yes
yes               yes             no                  yes
yes               yes             no                  yes              Vietnamese driverslicense. don't even try to get one.
yes               yes             yes                 yes
yes               no              yes                 yes
no                yes
no                no              no                  yes              air way bill
no                no              no                  yes
no                no              no                  yes
no                no              no                  yes
                  no                                                   Title only
no                no              yes                 yes              no
yes               yes             no                  yes              visa for Mongolia
yes               yes             no                  yes              You get a seperat pice of paper, and you have to exi
no                no              no                  no               Big Smile

yes               no              no                  yes              Authorization if the vehicle is not yours. - Green card
yes               no              no                  yes              no
yes               no              no                  yes              no
yes               no              yes                 yes              no
yes               no              yes                 yes              no
yes               no              yes                 yes
yes               no              yes                 yes              no
yes               no              no                  yes
yes               no              no                  yes
no                yes             no                  no
no                no              no                  yes
                                                      yes              Valid visa, registration papers, copies of legitimation

no                no                                  no               you have to get an itinerary stamped by the police an
no                no                                  yes
yes                                                   yes



                                                      yes
yes   no    yes   yes
yes   no    yes   yes   DA 341 temp importation docks
no    yes   yes   yes
yes   no    no    yes   Some times they require to buy one Insurance in
no    no    yes   yes
no    no    yes   yes   try not buy insurance at border as extremely exp
no    no    no    yes
no    no    yes   yes   try not but insurance at border as extremely expe
no    no    yes   yes
no    no    no    no
yes   no    yes   yes   You need your car or bike title.
yes   no    no    yes




yes   no    yes   yes   no




no    yes   no    yes
yes   yes   yes   yes
yes   yes   yes   yes
no    no    no    no

                  yes   Title

yes   no    yes   yes
no    no    no    yes   We were asked for the Carnet, actually the office
yes   no    no    yes   I had scanned photocpy of V5 but it wasn't accep
no    no    no    yes
            yes
yes         yes   yes   Visa obtained in advance
yes   no    no    yes   You have to buy or get a 4 pages Relaciones de P
no    no    no    yes
yes   no    yes   yes   a crystal ball if handy
yes   no    no    yes
no    no    yes   yes   THE CARNET WASN'T RECOGNIZED IN IS
no    yes   no    yes   Nice friendly smile
yes   yes   yes   yes
yes   yes   yes   yes   Well, you're not supposed to take a car into sene
yes         yes   yes
no    no    no    no    Immigration entry to Peru. Bit of a fine if you've
no    no    no    no    -Visa for you -you MUST have a permit to drive
no    no    no    no    none
no    no    yes   no    No other documents
no    no    no    no    EU passport or, if other passport held, EU visa
yes   yes   no    yes   None
no    no    yes   no    Nothing at all
yes   yes   yes   yes   No other documents
yes         yes   yes
yes   yes         yes
no    no    no    no    no
      yes   yes   yes   Fumigation certificate (in Nic before doing the r
no    no    no    yes   none
no    no    no    yes   Notional vehicle card
no    no    no    yes
no    yes   yes   yes   Fumigation certificate (CR side)
no    no    no    yes
no    no    yes   yes   none
no    no    no    no    None
yes   no          yes
yes   no    no    yes   Copy of Ecuador importation doc
yes   no    no    yes
yes   no    yes   yes
no    no    no    yes
no    no    no    yes
no    no    no    yes
yes   no    no    yes   colombia exit doc for motorcycle
no    no    no    yes




no    no    no
yes   no    yes   yes
no    no    yes   yes
no    no    no    yes
no    no    no    yes
no    no    yes   yes   V5 log books
no    no    no    yes
no    no    no    no    International Vehicle Insurance - Green

no    no    yes   yes
yes   no    no    yes   no insurance required
yes   no    no    yes
yes   no    yes   yes
yes   no    yes   yes   If the title of the bike is not in your name you ne
yes   no    no    yes
yes   no    yes   yes   if title is not in your name you need a letter notar
no    no    yes   yes
no    no    yes   yes
no    no    yes   yes
no    no    no    no
no    no    no    no    only carnet de passage and passport
no    no    no    no

      yes         yes   Citizenship related, read comments below
yes   no    no    no    Vehicle title
no    yes   no    yes   nil
no    no    no    yes   Thai temporary import form.
            yes   yes
no    no    no    no
                      yes                 yes                 yes                 yes
                      yes                 no                  no                  yes                 no
                      no                  no                  no                  yes
                      yes                 no                  yes                 yes                 House Bill of Lading, Master Bill of Lading, DIA
                                                                                                      bought visa for 135 dollars at airport. had yellow feve
                      no                  no                  no                  no                  Transit visa Libya
                      no                  no                  no                  no                  Singapore Autopass card AND Malaysian equivalent
                      yes                 no                  no                  yes                 Yellow Fever Vaccine (this is the new requirement I w
                      no                  no                  no                  no
                      yes                 no                  no                  yes

                                                                                                      (Total Time) Almost 4 hours. Time and Day - Sunday
                                                                                                      Time: about two and a half hours in late afternoon to


                                                                                                      Time was about 5 p.m and it took two hours entering
                                                                                                      45 minutes, total time. Time and Day, Monday Morni
                                                                                                      Time of day entering Honduras, early afternoon, time
                                                                                                      Time entering El Salvador: it was in the afternoon an



                                                                                                      Time was early afternoon on Saturday, it took about
                                                                                                      Time about 9:a.m, it took about an hour to get into N
                      yes                 no                  no                  yes
                      no                  yes                 no                  no
                      no                  no                  yes                 yes                 All nationalities need a visa to enter Oman. Some na
                      no                  no                  yes                 yes




(migration) and than get your vehicle permit and the permit for yourself canceled at Aduanas (customs) for that country (it may not be in this order at every
nt, 90 is the max but they will often put just 30 down if you don't ask them for more (and don't let them charge you more for more days). As already mentio
ing borders is when your getting your passport stamped in and out at migration (these are often the cheapest charges ranging from $0-$10) and at custom
ught some on my trip down and didn't need to buy it going back (the problem with not speaking the language and using handlers, you never know what yo
ike insurance you don't need, or say the vehicle permit is good for all Central American countries when its not (saying that's why its so expensive), or mak



how much is it? How much is a vehicle permit? How long is it good for? Where is migracion ?etc. Everything you can think of that you might need to know
the country your entering.
many responses, but if you can manage to secure something that looks official with some sort of expected price it could carry a lot of weight. Remember th
erent time to come back (often if your not driving very far into the country they may not charge you a vehicle permit to simply spend one night. Mexico ha
s close at night and getting to them early in the day can be well worth it. You might avoid crowds and the heat and the bulk of the corrupt handlers. I had m

r to get thru with out them, but it can be done. As someone once put, how much you end up spending at these crossings is directly related to how determin
l worth it. Be clear about this; don't just accept someone's help without agreeing on a price, hopefully for both borders.
to ruin their reputations by petty theft!
d give the money directly to the person at the window, this way they can't fabricate charges as easily and you will be dealing with the official first hand, see
the older handlers later on in the day. I thought about just choosing the younger ones over the older ones but I was afraid the older ones would just take th
oney out of a bank to pay them, they have you. Refuse, say you only have so much money and if like I said if they still want more, just tell them and no and


ealing with them the odds are in their favor for you spending more than you should. Be prepared, like I said, how much you spend is in direct proportion t
see a long line of trucks (sometimes a mile long) before the border, just drive right up to the front of them and start your business. If your going to use a ha
 news is it is all doable and you can reduce your risk of losing money by being prepared. The bad news is the crossings are unavoidable and have to be dea
                                                                               International            Vehicle
                          Carnet            Passport       Drivers Licence    Drivers Licence         Registration




                         phocarnet         phopassport          phodl               phoidl             phorego


                   no                 no                  no                 no                  no
                   no                 no                  no                 no                  no
                   no                 yes                 no                 no                  yes
                   no                 yes                 yes                no                  yes
                   no                 yes                 no                 no                  yes
                   yes                yes                 yes                yes                 yes

                   no                  no                  no                  no                  no
Vietnamese driverslicense. don't even try to get one. you can buy one for 1.000.000 dong. or just drive and make sure you stay away from the police. m
                   no                  no                  no                  no                  no
                                       yes                 yes                 no                  yes
                   no                  no                  no                  no                  no
                   no                  yes                 no                  no                  yes
                   no                  yes                 no                  no                  yes
                   no                  no                  no                  no                  yes
                   no                  no                  no                  no                  no

                   yes                yes                 no                 no                  yes
                   no                 no                  no                 no                  no
                   no                 no                  no                 no                  no
                   no                 no                  no                 no                  no

                   no                 no                  no                 no                  no
                   no                 no                  no                 no                  no
                   no                 yes                 no                 no                  yes
                   no                 no                  no                 no                  no
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                   no                 yes                 no                 no                  no
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                   yes                yes                                                        yes

                   no                 no                  no                 no                  no
                   no                 no                  no                 no                  no
                   no                 no                  no                 no                  no
                 no               no               no        no    no
                 no                no               no       no    no
                 no                no               no       no    no
                                   yes              yes
Some times they require to buy one Insurance in Noubdhibou         yes
                 no                no               no       no    no
                 no                no               no       no    no
                 no                yes              no       no    yes
                 no                no               no       no    no
                 no                no               no       no    no
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                 no               yes              yes             yes




                 no               no               no        no    no
                 no               no               no        no    no
                 no               yes              yes       yes   yes
                 no               no               no        no    no

                                  yes                              yes

                 no               no               no        no    no
                 no                no                no                no               no
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                 no                no                no                no               no
                 no                no                no                no               no
                 no                yes               no                no               yes
                 no                yes               yes               no               yes
                 no                yes               yes               no               yes
                 yes               yes               no                no               yes
                 no                no                no                no               no
                 no                no                no                no               no
                 no                no                no                no               no

                  no             no                 no                  no               no
-Visa for you -you MUST have a permit to drive in Guinea, it's deliver by the malian embassy
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
                  yes            yes                yes                 yes              yes
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
                  no             yes                no                  no               no
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
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                  no             yes                no                  no               yes
                  no             yes                no                  yes              yes
                                 yes                                                     yes
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
                  no             yes                yes                                  yes
Copy of Ecuador importation doc                                                          yes
                                 yes                yes                                  yes
                  no             no                 yes                 no               yes
                  no             yes                no                  no               yes
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
                  no             no                 no                  no               no
colombia exit doc for motorcycle yes                yes                                  yes
                 no               yes      no    no    yes




                 no               no       no    no    no
                 no               yes      yes   no    yes
                 no               no       no    no    no
                 no               no       no    no    no
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                 no               no       no    no    no
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                 no               yes      yes   no    yes
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                 no               no       yes   no    yes
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                 no               no       no    no    no
                 no               no       no    no    no
                 no               no       no    no    no
                 no               no       no    no    no
                 no               no       no    no    no

Citizenship related, read comments below
                  no               yes     yes   no    yes
                                   yes           yes   yes
                  no               yes     no    no    yes
                  no               no      no    no    no
                       no                    no                 no                   no                  yes
                       no                    yes                yes                  no                  yes
                       no                    yes                no                   no                  no
                       no                    yes                no                   no                  yes
   bought visa for 135 dollars at airport. had yellow fever vaccination and invitation but they never asked for either
                                             yes
                       no                    yes                no                   no                  no
                       no                    no                 no                   no                  no
                       no                    yes                yes                  no                  no
                       no                    no                 no                   no                  no
                       no                    no                 no                   no                  no

   (Total Time) Almost 4 hours. Time and Day - Sunday late morning and into the afternoon.
   Time: about two and a half hours in late afternoon to evening on Monday to leave Guatemala; after I actually found both places it took probably a half h


   Time was about 5 p.m and it took two hours entering El Salvador
   45 minutes, total time. Time and Day, Monday Morning about 8:am
   Time of day entering Honduras, early afternoon, time spent 3-4 hours
   Time entering El Salvador: it was in the afternoon and the heat was oppressive, it took 2-3 hours total.



   Time was early afternoon on Saturday, it took about an hour to get thru to the Costa Rican side.
   Time about 9:a.m, it took about an hour to get into Nicaragua
                       yes                 yes                  yes                                      yes
                       no                  no                   no                  no                   no
                       no                  no                   no                  no                   no




oms) for that country (it may not be in this order at every country). Upon entering the next country you get your passport stamped in at migration and than
 em charge you more for more days). As already mentioned when your leaving a country you need to first have your passport stamped out of that country
e cheapest charges ranging from $0-$10) and at customs when you pay for the vehicle permit, your permit, possibly your vehicle insurance (some countrie
 language and using handlers, you never know what you are or aren't getting). All this is debatable, certain bikers say they just refuse to pay it and don't. O
when its not (saying that's why its so expensive), or make something up like your title is not the original so they need to charge more. As in the case of Hon



 verything you can think of that you might need to know and have them handy (having practiced basic phrases will help you countless times on you trip, no


pected price it could carry a lot of weight. Remember these border guys are looking for easy targets and the more road blocks you can throw at them the be
u a vehicle permit to simply spend one night. Mexico has a 20 mile buffer zone around the border so you don't have to get a vehicle permit if your simply v
nd the heat and the bulk of the corrupt handlers. I had much better luck approaching these borders early in the day and on week days.

ng at these crossings is directly related to how determined you are not to accept help.



y and you will be dealing with the official first hand, seeing how much is being given to them. This is where I lost a lot of money, by giving the handler mon
r ones but I was afraid the older ones would just take their money from them later on so I just used the older ones when they were both present. The older
 I said if they still want more, just tell them and no and go back the way you came, either waiting for a different time to come back or going to border diffe


ike I said, how much you spend is in direct proportion to how determined you are not to spend more than you should.
f them and start your business. If your going to use a handler, choose one that hopefully speaks your language. As they flash their badges at you trying to w
ews is the crossings are unavoidable and have to be dealt with. They can be unpredictable, chaotic, hot, time consuming and totally frustrating, but I never
Photocopies Required of

Fees: How much
    were the      Entry Procedure: What did you have to do, who
 individual fees,  did you see, anything else of note. Were there Visa/Entry Permit
  and for what?     "helpers" and were they a good or bad deal        duration




       feeinfo                                 entryproc                             visa-dur
no                                                                              14 days
                      immigration or for the vehicle permit. US$1 for banana bridge. Cost
                                                                                30 days
No fees required for1. Fumigation of bike immediately after crossingfumigation of bike. US$1. 2. Immigration. No fees. 3. Adua
                     either exiting Argentina or entering Uruguay               Transit permit or bike - 1 spoke
There were no fees No helpers available and none required, although neither immigrationfor customsyear English
                    We used a guide was free. US$12 as this seemed to be the    Bike permit was valid the months
Immigration US$7 each. Bike permit for the bike permitfor compulsory insurance only way to getfor 3attention of the young senorita
                    The windows are marked and the did not was stack up, butneed were valid for of months
                                                                                 You fees was posted 3 papar which is stamped by Im
US$3 for immigration entry. US$35 for bike permit. ItAduana quitehelpful. Bike permitto have a slipat this border which said that all
                    Very easy Peruvian Transit Pass                             or days
USD$10 (approx) required for - less than 30 minutes. No helpers needed, 90 available.
                    cost 12.40 time at a Vehicle permit cost 41 quetzales. Immigration was the best quetzales.
                                                                                90 days
Vehicle Fumigation For the firstquetzales.Guatemalan border, there were no helpers. Thisstamp was 20 border crossing into Guatem
                                                                                30 days
                    Two month wait in for visa application in Delhi Second secretary at emabassy was helpful Needed special perm
                    easy nothing get. Everything dollars
can't remember, betweenas it can and a couple of very modern. The forgot write in my passport about me bringing a motorbike in the
                    it could,t have been much.
can't remember, so No bribes. Everything is going by the book. Lots of form to fill in. Vehicles are also been weight.
                    Entering Cambodia was easy! to the back so I you take take have been made some copies.
Not sure about the copies, but he took all the stuff Only one rule: if presume therethe bike in cambodia, you have to take it out again
10 dollar                                                                       3 to stay
                    first of all: this is an crossings permit that allows you onlydays in honduras for three days. You can use it to go
insurance for a week was about $15                                              30 days

                      cargo terminal in were assigned checked freight. we2had to pay ourselves as some sort of customs charge,
                                                                              months
at islamabad airportassigned agent wecargo terminal. a handling agent. unloaded bikes400 rupeesas we preferred to do it. agent did
nil                                                                         1 month
nil                                                                         2 months
                    long winded procedure to process bikes through customs, but no costs. german/english speaking girl working in
                     in istanbul for $40 + visa to guard booth. - at border valid for 3 months for a
                                                                            for "vehicle and V5 to customs. - sign import document
visa from consulate present passport and $20 admin charge. $20 present passport/visa importation"14 day visit

                     First of all you have to go to the Automobile Assocation30 days
                                                                                of Singapore, located at
An administration fee of S$10.40 for Customer Services from Automobile Assocation of Singapore 336 River Valley Road, #01-00
zero                 No Problem                                               2 weeks
                     I had border a all.                                      I Hill to Barack. Somebody gave
There was no cost on theto have at reentry Visa for Russia. I drove down thehad a 3aweek Visa for Mongolia me a form to fill in, th
none                                                                           in your passport, thats all.
                     Just get Carnett stamped, they scribble loads of pages 6 weeks
2.00 USD for Caret stamp if you missed the customs-house; at the Cambodia customs and immigration, They will ask you for 10 do
                     The whole process + Boat: 20 EUR or USD (must be paid in those no at the most. Plan at least 4 hours Desinf
                                                                              EU-citizens: given currencies!)
Leaving Romania: City tax: 70000 ROLtakes a lot of time. Ferries run about every 2 hours visa required Entering Bulgaria:from yo
None                                                                          1 month
                     Show passport and M/C documents. Customs have a book which they record your M/C details and date of entry
                     Complete to declaration forms and after
$2.00 each bike and was able twopay with Russian Roubles being stampedmonth   1 and signed, you keep one. Customs agent created tem
                      of $3 per RUSSIA. 2 X Decleration forms and one you2keep. Tempextended to one month to you make sure its
Administration fees Similier tobike.                                             weeks but importation form given
                                                                              No
                     Show passport, show bike docs and buy their insurance. visa
                                                                              1 month
                     Similier to Russia. Fill in two custom decleration forms one you keep. They create temp vehicle importation docu
                                                                              Not local currancy (cash). Money
                     Good deal, quiet crossing, and insurance had to be paid in required for less than 30 daysexchange at border.
no                                                                            not required
                     New border point, very friendly and relaxed. Lots of Drug sniffer dogs. exhange money at border.
no fees                                                                       6 months
                     At the border we were given a piece of paper with the guards local number on it and your registration no, make o
12.00 USD                                                                     I from 5 year officials travelling to Brazil (non-motorcyc
                     leaving Bolivia I was hit up for a $25 US "departure fee" had aBolivianvisa from(behind a closed door in an office
no fee                                                                        90 of getting 90 apropriate
                     First visa for 90 days. Then customs. But one has to insistdays, plus the possible entry form for brasil: Declara
                       have been the ferry; those horrifying stories about the month
                                                                              1 procedure on entering most expensive hours and no
6.5 E.Pound for Bill Iof laiding onhearing all20 Egiptian pounds for photocopies (probably the worlds Egypt, about 6-8copies;of nightm

none               No Problem                                              here is the trick, most nationalities get an automatic 2 mo
                   there is a baggage                                      1 month, entry date is police, you
usd 1 per person brie for entry stamp declaration form which must be filled in and handed to thespecified must keep your copy o
                   First you 35Q, the last five was for buying the documents they issued;18 Quetzales part of the bikes and took u
We paid 10Q for tourist card;will meet is a closed gate and fumigation post. They only sprayed the lowerfor fumigation, and it was re
                                                                           6 months (for both moto and us)
                                                                    30 days for motorbike, 90 3 pounds
Had to pay a minimal fee, about one English pound, for the bikes to be disinfected and aboutdays for us each for the moto
                                                                    90 days for motorbike, card. This us
Had to pay about 40 English pounds each to cross the border and 3 pounds for our tourist 30 days for is official, they have
                                                                        30 days for motorbike, 90 days for us
                                                                   90 days for motorbike, to days Costa
Paid about 1 pound each to get out of Nicaragua. Paid 30 pounds each for the motorbikes 90 enter for us Rica
                                                                   30 pound motorbike, 90 days for
We had to pay about 2 pounds to get out of Costa Rica, and pay about 1days for each for fumigation us

No fees           This is the best bordercrossing into Morroco. The most safe and straight forward. The ferry from Algeciras in Sp
                  On entry of the RSA border post you obtain a stamp your temp import docks permit for your bike als
                                                                          pass entry 30 days, import fill in
To stamp your passport R12.00 Third party insurance R85.00 TogateSingleat the entry gate. ThenR12.00the DA341 (get i
               10 Easy process, Take care about Insurance papers 1 Month
                                                                        90 and
                  First costumes, then border, we enter one small housedays they fill some papers, we pay and they stam
about 25 euros, but they can ask for work extra-time cash ;o)
                  u encounter desinfection first. let him Guatemala: Desinfection: vehicle migraciones, fill
                                                                        visa 90 days, 12 Quetzales 40 (Immigration): get
costs: (on 8. March 2005) no exit costs in Mexico Entry spray and pay in office.then go to permitVisadays out paper,10 Q
                  avoid the travelling insurance receipt                 is compulsory period of which told us entry
100 baht import duty per bike - you are issued a salesman. insurancevalid for 60 dayin lao but no-one 30 daysthis. no-one
                  No helpers needed: Exit Guatemala: 1. or 60 Lempiras for Immigration 30 very easy, for go to the w
                                                                        90 days
Exit cost: 10 Quetzales for the Stamp. Entry cost 3 Dollars Exit stamp cost 10 Quetzales. It was US dollars just vehicle pe
                  avoid the travelling insurance receipt                 is compulsory period of which told us entry
100 baht import duty per bike - you are issued a salesman. insurancevalid for 60 dayin lao but no-one 30 daysthis. no-one
                  u encounter desinfection first. let him Guatemala: Desinfection: vehicle migraciones, fill
                                                                        visa 90 days, 12 Quetzales 40 (Immigration): get
costs: (on 8. March 2005) no exit costs in Mexico Entry spray and pay in office.then go to permitVisadays out paper,10 Q
                  Thought for Vietnamese know Phnom Penh                 Honda
None, except for $US24-25you might like toVisa inthat I scraped my 30 daysXL250 into Vietnam, although originally bei
                   or and Enter. Between the car or bike title. You 90 days visa/ vehicle title.(sign days the car or bik
                                                                        need your car Honduras. You need
You need your carExitbike title. You need your borders is the main building. 1. Exitor bike permit 30 aboveyourcounter). S
                                                                        90 days
nonecrossed the After leaving Uruguay you have to find the police station to get your passport stamped. NO papers issu
Just
border to Costa
Rica at Penas
Blancas. Cost us
about 3 hours for
4
Bikes.Procedure:
Exit at
Nicaragua side.
Pay 1 Dollar
municipal, drive                                                        90 days




                 Hi, we just crossed the border into Panama at
                 San Vito - Rio Sereno.
                 Please note: U do not get the official exit
                 procedure for the bike because there is no
                 Aduana on Costa Rican side. That means u can
                 also do not enter here with ur bike into Costa
                 Rica. on
1 Dollar for FumigationB Panama side                                 90 days
                 Agree Dollars and Euro. Herbert, not push to front  Determined problems, given priority by locals and tr
Reasonable, cheap. Takewith earlier post bySterling isbikesrecognised. with no when applying in London for transit vis
                 cheap, useful.                                      negotiate. Expect
Documentation is Helpersobligatory bribes for officials are what you Helpers useful. to pay up.
zero                                                                 30 days?
                 This was the second border I tried (Lang Son/Pin Xian previously) - no special requirements, just a lot
                 1. Aduana: Both Guatemala and Honduras
                 customs are in the same building. 2.
$29 bike $3 person                                                   2 years on the bike
                 $15.00 charged to a credit card/debit card. Must
                  a credit card/debit card. Must About $10 in
$15.00 charged tohave valid visa or MasterCard.have valid visa or MasterCard. About $10 in other fees.
                                                                     6 months
                    Go to Immigration, officer fills all, just Police officer who either had no clue what to stamps ur priv
                                                                       90 days
There were no fees, no copies required, nothing atout form.the lazynext door accepts, return to officer whodo with thepass
none
                    no issues
                    Immigration for check-in (present check-out
                     exit fees in some Customs)
Nil. But there are ticket from Jordanadjoining countries (Jordan and UAE)
                                                                       Normally a week for transit
                    You reach Chile side, stop the bike near he helped90 daysImmigration, get stamp of Entry, then in Tac
                                                                         us to
We only payed the little propina, tip to the officer, becausecheckpoint.gogetting and filling out the form. If u buy itcheck
                    The each seem to work
                    Verythievesimmigration in pairs. One will           building,
$35 for bike permit, $3 easy, immigration for both countries in same 30 days customs building just next door, no helper
                    we were had. We id card hanging 369 lempiras per bike or about US$18. It may be 650 lempiras or a
Difficult to say as proudly present anthink it should beround his      3 months
                     for the Ecuador they have new get back to the border as they countries. bike permit UK NZ passport
                                                                       $60 visa for NZ - 30 days, Geoff on his passport 90
Just had to pay $3No helpers. But customs guy to laws regarding entry for some process theFor entry for in the town abou
                    At first sight, it does seem impossible. During PASS,VISA CONTROL, CUSTOMS(NEARLY ALL
                    SECURITY POLICE,(EMPTY THE BIKE)!!!the ONE MOUNTH
20EGP,INSURANCE; 55EGP,REGISTRATION FEE(NUMBER PLATE); 270EGP,IMPORT FEE(WHAT IUNDERST
                    21 hours 100 S at the border, I saw absolutely
about 20 S altogether. Plus I spenthelper's fee -very competent in my 1 month renewable. Can be gotten but he deserved i
                                                                        case- I could have given way less, anywhere; includ

                    rubbish, and chaotic, luckily we had a guide who did everything for us.
About €100 a car for entry very insurance                              Didn't get one
                    1. Immigration (blue building on left on Peru
                    side of bridge) 2. Opposite side it's something to 30 or agriculture.
5 Bolivianos sometimes if the guy is there. I think is customs. Get do with90 days. Always go for 90 it's free.
                    Drive slowly, we are anable to temporay is the real border
                                                                       1 month
10 000 FCFA at the border 35 000 FCFA for the see where driving permit checkpoint. Smile and talk friendly
none                No help is needed gate at Bazargan town itself
                    There will be a big
                    and I was Turkish Lira for Vehicle Insurance
No fees of any kind. Paid 10waved off without stopping. I Went at border.
                    Long queues approaching the border. joined         I already had a visa valid for 6 months
None                A very and border crossing (6:00 pm on a
                    the linequietwas approached by 2 men who said
None the
Except              weekday). Onlya2small one and there are only
                    The border was local-registered vehicles           No visa required for Ukraine for EU & US citizens s
Syrian vehicle                                of the gate and a Egypt
                    two sheds on either sideprocedure to entersmall Already had visa so no problems. But I don't think t
                    It is generally a lengthy
                    with your to Neweiba is $40 worry about it. As I bike it had visa. given month.
Fast ferry ticket from Aqababike but nothing to per person and for the alreadyis $30 to be paid1in US$. 605 Egyptian Pou

                   No helpers at both side Euros was Everything 30 days Euros
I'm not 100% what I paid for but I think 2of the river.for road tax and then 10at the for something else! They were most
                   troublefree. side was useful customs is 100m border
At the Thai-side they try to charge 1000Baht per-Bike and 200Baht per Person. After some chatting we pay all together 2
                   Helper on CR
                   before fee $7none needed. you have to clearly
CR exit tax $2 Nic entry immigration, which All windowsdo first. 60 days
                   No helpers -
                   marked $5 helpful tax in Guatemala
$3 to get out of Honduras,and for road officials. You can even         90 days
None               slow, but no problems for $5. There appears to 3 months
                   Had a helper - good deal
                   be of entry stamp
$2 then $3 to get out no Nicaragua for Honduras, only for the bike 60 days
                   Helpers - ten-year-old Panamanian, definitely
                   worth the $5 $2.50 him. simple, and they take
Panamá exit $1 CR fumigation I gave CR insurance $13/30 days
                   No helpers required. All                            60 days
                   Normal immigration, need copies of pesos tourist
                   credit sticker (by alsothen next door for customs. tax (you pay
265 pesos for a road tax cards. You credit card) and 210your entry Up to 90 daysthis at a bank any time before you leav
None               No helpers and not necessary (Belize speaks
                       helpers. For a Brit,just fill in the same green 60 days
                   Immigration stamp then on a Customs, pay for 90 days
US $12 entry fee visa waiver card you get go to plane.
$30 - Bike
permit, $10 -      both permits at customs. entry easy, all offices in 180 days
                   No "helpers" -nice! Peru
NO FEES!!          a line on the right middlebridge. Passportsmess. 3 months
                   we crossed at the of the border, it was a logged
                   helpers screaming at
fumigation $4? passport $5 Vehicle $7 us 1 mile from border.           90 days
                                       do much something else...
                   one helper, didn´tinsurance, for his 4 bucks this 30 days
$3 exit, $7 entry for passports, $12required, highly recommend
                   cake..no helpers
                   paper work, 3 90 tax (guatemala)
20 road use tax, 5 border. it tookexit minutes but only because of     30 days
                   Go inside a carnet.                                  there are no obvious signs. If you use the carnet you
None, unless you don't have the main building and ask what to do, asNot marked in passport
None                                                                   you to the
                   The Iranians take you by the hand. They will send 30 days "Road Office" to have the BACK of the c
                   stamp out of
ZERO! free border...a first!!! colombia..motorcycle out of colombia...us into ecuador, motorcycles into ecuador
                  Go thru first gate. Guatemala and Honduras
                  immigration are in the same blue and white
$29 - Bike        building on left.
$3 - Entry for me Pay $2 to Guatemala immigration. Show
$2 - Immigration passport to Honduran Immigration. Pay $3 -
Exit fee for      entry fee. Since the beginning of Nov. '06 your
Guatemala         immigration stamp(                                     90 days




                  visa, first window fill in the visa form. If you get the visa
6 Omani Rials for At theavailable at the border for most Westerners. 4 weeks in advance KEEP the form and hand it over
                  Very easy permit                                    6 months
$20 USD for vehicle import fast border. Immigration immediately on right after crossing border. Bank and import office
                  The new Omani visa.                                 4 weeks
12 Drh UAE exit fee. 6 OROmani border post was still being decorated and hence not operating. Head 30 km along Rou
                  Show documents
None                                                                  ???
                  Smile, say "Salaam" to the guard, tell him you are going to Wadi Bih and he waves you through. It's th
                  Customs                                             30 days
Vehicle wash 5-20 eruos hold passports, and send you for insurance. tried 4 kiosks all same com, 125 euros, for a few h
                  Get your                                            3 month
40 US$ / 17 OR for visa. visa and/or stamp at the window on the immediate right after entering the Yemeni compound.
None              Entering through Kipoi is really a mess from beginning of July up to the 20th of August, since thousan

Viasa 6 OR.                                                             30
                   Park at the barrier and hand over passport and rego. days (Note: The Immigration Authority in Sana'a
$16 USD                                                                 3 follow
                   easy and not to slow for Central America, organized,month instructions by people in uniform, english
                   pain in the of bring time, I took a gude as you havemonth to 5 locations to collect stamps and wait in l
$ 65 usd plus some extra feesbut,about $ 15 usd                         3 to go
$ 20 USD                                                                3 month
                   slow and a lot of offices that need to be visited. Even while speaking the language perfect I did take a g
free of charge                                                           stop at the small both on the right hand side, it says
                   after Mexicna immigration coming over the bridgemax 3 month
                   bank counter in same building is immigration, hacienda and bank.
                                                                        3 to do
$ 13 usd to pay at easy, no help required, spanish as a must if you want monthit without guide
free of charge                                                          2 month
                   all offices I needed to visti where within spitting distance, immigration to the left, hacienda to the right
                    on Syrian side problems, ignore all the young kids trying
                                                                        15 days
Tourist Help DeskTurkish side no to be avoided, they will try to rip you off to help and change money. Office for passp
                    10USD from us on Lebanese problems exiting 1 it…
Customs guy tookSyrians all fine, happy and no side, but no receipt formonth, but insurance 1 year!
                   so for Insurance, and 30D or so for temp import (they don't take carnet)
About 30 USD or Leaving Syria was fine                                  one month
none                                                                    6 months
                   Pakistani side no problems, arrive early (border opens 9.30 am) and drive down the lane to the Right. S
                    about clearence easy,                               visa before in Kuala Lumphur over 60 Days, 2 mont
all together, roundCarnet 150 US Dollar and pick up the bike,customs and warehouse in belawan together, the freightoffi
                   no bordercrossings for foreigner people              German don't need for Georgia a visa
                   Leaving without import documents - no problem. Crossing via the "Friendship Bridges" at Vientiane an

                I                                                       was immigration, but not the case. This guy had a G
$40.00 guatemalan had both a mexican helper who I actually thought40 days
nil             no real helpers but there were money changers, not very agressive, you get a much better rate of exchange (of
                                                                       30 days
                Stop at the barrier at the exit of the Lao Laissez enter 950000 Kip.
Thai customs 100B. Ferry for bike and rider 300B.compound andpasser the building on the left. Get your immigration stamp at t
                                                                       30 days
Zero            Complete simple paperwork for bike - you give to guard on final entry gate to Ukraine - you don't get a copy of te
                   I had an EU passport and once it was inspected i was free to travel
                                                                                              Due to unpredicted hardness (although bike! a great fun
                      There was a minor fee for copying the documentation of the motorcycle and, suprise surpise, for disinfection of theit was It cost arou
                                        This                                                    don't need any helpers. And i didn't see any either
                       No fees what so ever is a piece of cake. ReallyT fast on both sides. You30, 60 or 90 days
                                         hi all.                                                    30 at benapole on an enfield kolkata. name. but borrow
                      baksheesh. i paid IR 200 for info only this post. i just crossed into bangladesh days from the consulate innot in myalthough i hear tha
                                         NOTES:
 of container
                                                 A.                                            It depends on how much the arrival date of your shipm
                      US$ 23.00 for de-consolidationYou do not need to hire a customs broker for this procedure. B. Confirm theImmigration officer giv
                                          line
                       123 dollars for visa is slow no computers                              3 years, 90 day max entry
                                          Make sure you plates for car: the plates            5 refund
                       Visa persons 80 egyptian pound,have a receipt ofUS$100 otherwise NOdays of your deposit on the other site!!With our trans
                                          After had to immigration there is no customs check. you for Europeans, 30 d for out of
                       None at the border, butclearing buy Touch'n Go card for 10 RMT/S$If90 d intend to ship your vehicle Thais.Malaysia you shou

                                           I made sure they knew I was English, and offered them everything I had on me..passport, greedcard (which didn
                                          "helpers" are very good                              one
                       It is possible to make TRANSIT papers at Iran border instead of Carnet week
                       $53 total: $30 Vehicle permit, I put on a credit card, I was told this would be refunded when I left the country (by some p
                       No charge at Mexican side. $1.50 (10 Quetzals I think!) to get stamped into Guatemala, $243 vehicle permit (I was told t
                       $30 Total to leave Guatemala with handler fees: $10 Passport stamped out and to cancel vehicle permit, $20 (he wanted $
                       No Charge
                                           Guatemala: $7 in, get a out passport. $13 for a handler and a guy to watch way. Still the whole really u
                       Total $20 to leaveYou get stamped to stampvehicle permit and an individual permit and your on yourmy bike (both guysprocedur
                       $5 Handling fee to a young kid who helped me get out of El Salvador (no charge) and into Guatemala, $10 Vehicle Perm
                       No charge for leaving El Salvador. Total to enter Honduras $325: $225 for vehicle permit and my permit. Apparently thi
                       $20 to pay handlers to get thru the maze at the border on the Honduran side. $3 Stamp Passport out; $7 Cancel Vehicle P
                       $3 Stamp Passport Out; $7 Cancel Bike Permit; $10 Handler Fee; $20 Total For Leaving Honduras. $30 Total for enterin
                                          Total time For another copy of entering Honduras about an hour. got there at 7:30 a.m., early and there wa
                       $40 For Vehicle Permit; $2 leaving Nicaragua andsomething; $5 Handler Fee: $47 ITotal to enter Honduras from Nicaragua
                       $40 total to leave Nicaragua. This is another border that was hard to remember everything but I'm sure these estimates are
                       $30 Total to enter Nicaragua from Costa Rica: $3 to get biked spray' d for insects; $7 to get passport stamped in$10 to pa

                                          Leaving
                       Free- didn't pay a penny Trukey was easy- first station checks docs then you go into tranistion zone. Go straight through to cove
                                                                                              10 days
                                        holders: Omani Riyal 6 (roughly USD 17)            45 minutes all in all, except when officials are praying.
                      European passport Exit stamp of UAE authority, then Oman customs, where you will receive a stampled piece of paper. Then Oman
                                        0 Easy. We had a Malaysian registered motorbikes.           30 days




ou get your passport stamped in at migration and than go to customs for permits for the vehicle and yourself. That's basically it, migration and customs fo
to first have your passport stamped out of that country and than again go to customs to have the vehicle permit (and your own) canceled. This is very imp
 permit, possibly your vehicle insurance (some countries seem to require it, I bought no special insurance for the trip, basically I was uninsured as most m
certain bikers say they just refuse to pay it and don't. Or you hear other stories of people going all the way through these countries without paying hardly a
nal so they need to charge more. As in the case of Honduras and Guatemala this is where both the vehicle and my permit came to $250-$300 contributing



sic phrases will help you countless times on you trip, not only at border crossings).


and the more road blocks you can throw at them the better. Guatemala and Honduras were the most corrupt borders and remember all handlers and offic
o you don't have to get a vehicle permit if your simply visiting a border town), or you can look at trying a different border crossing (most countries except f
 early in the day and on week days.




s where I lost a lot of money, by giving the handler money to go pay for something having no idea if they even went to any window or official at all. In fact
 the older ones when they were both present. The older "seasoned" handlers are the ones that are the hardest to deal with, they don't take no for an answe
r a different time to come back or going to border different crossing.



ur language. As they flash their badges at you trying to woo you with their professionalism, know this is all part of their act. Most of them have no official ro
hot, time consuming and totally frustrating, but I never felt physically threatened or in danger from all these characters. So be patient and guard your wall
                                                              Exit Procedure: What did you have to do, who did you
                            Insurance      Insurance Price     see, anything else of note. Were there "helpers" and
                             Required        and duration                 were they a good or bad deal?




                             insreq          ins-price-dur                              exitproc
                      yes                 RM 70, 30 days
                      no                                      Exiting Costa Rica
                                          Not a legal requirement in Panama. just meant handing in our vehicle permit to the Aduana. There was no st
                      no                  n/a                 Very simple. No helpers available and none needed. No English spoken by officials.
                      yes                 US$12 for 3 months  Exiting Honduras was straight forward but we paid a fee of US$5 each for cancellation of the
                      no                                      Exiting Guatemala was very simple. No costs. No helpers needed - no helpers were even t
                      no                                      Had my passport stamped - took less than 15 minutes. No helpers needed or available.
                      no                                      Exiting from Mexico was very simple. This northern border crossing is very quiet. The Cust
                      no                                      Bloody annoying it took 17 days!!!! to exit!! Cost over 400 USD. A major headache
                      no                                      You just have give all the form to the officals at the vietnamese border crossing. Make you g
                      no                                      Leaving Cambodia was as easy as entering it. Although Poipet is a shitholl to stay. Make sh
                      no                                      leaving vietnam was much more difficult then entering Cambodia. We were driving on the M
                                                              No hassel at all, you have to leave to same crossing as you came.
                      yes                 $15 for a week

                      no                  n/a                 pssports stamped and carnet details checked by customs employee. they were almost insis
                      no
                      no                                      into uzbekistan. no probs.
                      no

                    yes                                       Outward endorsement of documents at the AAS. After this got to Land Transport Authority (w
                                         S$ 208,00 for minimum 4 week
                    no                                        No Problem
                    no                                        Comming back to the Broder, there was some hassle with people on cars. They had given a
                    no                                        Realy remote crossings, no white face seen in 16 years according to camp officer.
bodia customs and immigration, They will ask you for 10 dollar (well, they did with me). I lied that the embassy specificly told me NOT to pay anything. Thi
                    no                                        Same problem: long and expensive (even a little more). No depolution tax is due in Romania
                    no                                        Show passport and bike docs. Customs will then review their vehicle entry/exit book and ent
                    no                                        Show passports and M/C documents. Submit temp bike documents to customs.
                    yes                                       Show
                                         $4.00 per bike 15 days passport and bike docs. fill in new customs decleration and then submit the new one a
                    yes                                        weeks
                                         $15 per bike for twoShow passport and bike documents. Nice and relaxed
                    yes                                       Fill in new customs
                                         $2 per bike and would only take dollars decleration and submit new one with original which was given on entry. S
                    yes                                       weeks
                                         $7.70 per bike for 2 No problems, quiet and friendly
                    no                   n/a                  No problems, very relaxed and easy
                    no                   n/a                  First complete new declaration form and with the new one you hand in the original one given
                    no
                    no                                        Exit by air from Rio de Janeiro.
                    Obligatory third party local insurance 5 pounds for clearing the carnet if you do it in the morning but 15 in the afternoon, 5 pounds

                     no                                       carnet stamp from customs officer at airport on the way to oz
                     no                                       make sure you have your baggage declaration form,
                     no
  6 months (for both moto and us)
  30 days for motorbike, 90 days for us
  90 days for motorbike, 30 days for us
30 days for motorbike, 90 days for us
90 days for motorbike, 90 days for us
30 days for motorbike, 90 days for us


                   yes                                    Same story,easy. And waiting for the ferry to Spain is much nicer as you are already in Spain
                   yes                  R85.00 / 30 days There are helpers but they just want to make a buck, rather ask the staff at the CGSM
                   yes
                                                           Justify the money you describe in the entrance with receipts from banks and show th
                   no                                      go to aduana first, check out the bikes. hand the officer the mexican form u received,
                   yes                                     from savanakhet - exit stamp in passport and just got on the ferry back to thailand
                                        $3.5 for 2 bikes for 20 days
                   no                                      Exit stamp cost 10 Quetzales. It was very easy, just go to the window and he stamps
                   yes                                     from savanakhet - exit stamp in passport and just got on the ferry back to thailand
                                        $3.5 for 2 bikes for 20 days
                   no                                      go to aduana first, check out the bikes. hand the officer the mexican form u received,
                   no                                  $0 No problems here - just asked them to stamp my carnet - they didn't seem interested i
                   yes                  12 $ US, 30 days Honduras: On Honduras site there is just Aduana. Check out your bikes there. no cos
                   no                                      Leaving Uruguay was a snap.




                   yes                                    Easy,
                                        10 Dollars for 90 days see Entey Procedure




                   no                                    See EntryProc
                   yes                                   Helpers were good.
                                        cheap, buy on border
                   yes                  Buy at border and cheap
                   no                   zero             Not an issue

                   no                                     No one approached me to help. It was easy to check out of Guatemala

                   no                                     Take your window sticker in and make sure you get a receipt. If you don’t turn in you
no                      all easy obvious
no                      took bike back to Finland and after short explanation no problems...
no                      Straightforward
                        Immigration check-out
yes                     Customs
      70 Saudi Riyals per week check-out. Hand in vehicle permit.
no                      Buy or get the Pasajeros de Relaciones document and fill it out. Then go to aduana, h
no    n/a               Very easy, immigration for both countries in same building, customs building just ne
      not sure          Simply thank God. Hand in the A5 sized official looking bit of paper to the first guy
no    n/a               Got stamped out of Colombia, bike paperwork copied and stamped, very easy.
yes                     NOT
      20 EGP, 1 MOUNTH KNOWN YET
no                        is still in Viet Nam!
      Since your licenceI'mnot valid, you cannot get one.
yes   50 euros, 7 days.
yes   about €70         very easy, absolutely no problem, no bribes or anything. Just a couple of stamps and
                        1 Cross bridge. DO NOT go any further than the
no                      barrier. Go to left of building in middle of the road.
no                      No probleme we cross to Guinea-Bissau on a small path into the deep jungle
no                      Nothing done
yes                        had no for months
      10 Turkish Lira orI 7 Euros bike3insurance for Iran and no body asked for it. But on the Turkey side the
no
no                       No hasslese at all.
yes   $44 one year       Exiting Turkey was very easy. As I was the only one crossing it, they processed every
yes   20EL one month Exiting Jordan is a straight forward affair first you buy tickets for the bike and you an
yes   10 Euros for 15 days
yes   I wasn't asked so kept quiet!
no                        You should have the white special thai importpaper, otherwise you can have really t
yes   $12/30 days        No single helper. Fumigation was handheld spray instead of car wash (free), then tak
no                       Hand in bike papers to Honduras aduanas. Exit stamp for bike in passport. No helper
no                       same
no                       Exit from Nicaragua - man takes bike paper (white one), then just an exit stamp. Sim
yes   $13 for 30 days Same helper on both sides. Everything pretty straightforward, except that the custom
no                       No helpers required. All very straightforward.
yes                      Nothing
      US$9 per day, extendable special. The Mex let you keep your vehicle permit if you're coming back, wh
no                       No helpers. Get exit stamp. Customs man comes out, takes paperwork you got on ent
no    $120 for 180 days
no                       No "helpers" -nice! Very small border post 80 miles South of Vilcabamba on dirt roa
no                       Exiting Mexico was easy
yes   12-30 days
no                       Easy… $3 tax
no    6 EUR / 1 month Wait at barrier. Declare large amounts of cash (must have been declared on entry, I g
no                       Stop at the gate to get a piece of paper from the guard. (I rode right in and had to wal
no                       CAKE! as in a piece of....easiest so far
                   no                                   No helpers around or needed. After going through Guate/Hond. immigration, you w




                   no                                    Park on the dirt before the compound. Enter the main building on the right, counter 4
                                      230/6months online
                   yes                                   Pass the long queue of dump trucks OR use the car entry to get a pass. Park up and g
                                      7 or 10 days or 3 months available. 3 months costs 30 and at the border.
                   no                                    None, Omani border post not staffed.
                   yes                                   Hand passport and
                                      Can't buy it here and nobody checks. rego to the guard, who enters the details into a book.
                   yes                30 days            Went out on the 28/10/2006, okay, only, stung coming back
                   no                                    Dead easy. Just park in the shade.
                   no

                     yes                                 was in the shade
                                      Don't know, mine Park still valid and somebody will take you by the hand. You need passport, carne
                     no               none               organized and easy
                     no               none               as chaotic as entry, I would take a guide again any time even when speaking the lang
                     yes                                 easy but took
                                      3 month and $10 usd in total a guide again to help me navigating through the 5 or 6 desks and office
                     yes              $ 6 usd a day for duration of your stay
                     no               none               easy as entry
                     yes                                 usd
                                      2 month and $ 15 same as coming in, easy with guide
                     yes              38 USD, for a monthAvoid the Tourist Help Desk. They sucked us in and tried to rip us off. When we rea
                     yes              1 year, 35 USD No problems, Lebanese soldiers all v friendly (though telling us not to go to Lebano
                     yes                                  month
                                      about 30USD one Took three hours, v slow on Jordanian side but friendly. Go to front of queue. Don't
                     no                                  Indian side is VERY slow, but corruption free and friendly. Whatever you do, try to
                     no                                  easy from malaysia, Butterworth, opposite Penang, freightagency, they load the bike
                     no                                  Over the Black Sea by ferry to Georgia or to Turkey and then over Turkey by border
. Crossing via the "Friendship Bridges" at Vientiane and Savannakhet not possible. But apparently you can put the bike on a truck, pickup, et

                   no                 n/a               The Mexican ¨helper¨actually stopped me on the 4 lane highway well before the bord
                   no                                   dirt simple, could just have drove out of Colombia and only in-cleared into Ecuador if I wante
                   no                                   In Bung Kan ride towards the river, then turn left into the second to last street. Follow a smal
                   yes                £10 for 1 month Very simple, easier than entry - into Romania through fast-track EC lane
                   yes
                    yes                                  To get out from Mongolia to Russia (Altai Republic) is not a quick thing to do.. There are bas
                    no                                   Just giving back the paper to the colombian border. No more
                    no                                   got through both sides of the border in about 45 minutes. picked up a tout on the indian side
                    yes                                  Contact the DIAN Office at the of of knowledge, have them stamp the exit on the
                                       The inustrance is called SOAT, and to the bestportmydeparture andthey only sell it for one year. bike d
  3 years, 90 day max entry                              30 dollar airport tax
                    no                                   No problems
                    yes                ?                 After clearing immigration park up and see the ICA office to get an exit stamp in your carnet.
                    yes
                    no                                   I left Albania on the Greek border, at Kavakia (having been told by many people it was the b
                    no                                   If transit expires you may pay penalty 40 usd/10 days per person
 would be refunded when I left the country (by some people outside of the system), it wasn't. 23 for a 30 day permit for myself.
mped into Guatemala, $243 vehicle permit (I was told this covers all of the Central American countries) I gave the " border official" $250 wh
 ped out and to cancel vehicle permit, $20 (he wanted $50) Handler Fee, this one I needed.$56.89 Total to enter Mexico from Guatemala: $26

vidual permit and your on your way. Still the whole procedure was not quick and in the heat with no water it took two hours.As with many border crossings
dor (no charge) and into Guatemala, $10 Vehicle Permit and my permit for Guatemala, $15 Total Cost to get into Guatemala $15
$225 for vehicle permit and my permit. Apparently this covered all the countries in CA, just like I was told in Guatemala; $40 an extra charge
uran side. $3 Stamp Passport out; $7 Cancel Vehicle Permit; $10 handlers fees to get me thru the maze at the border to the El Salvador side. N
$20 Total For Leaving Honduras. $30 Total for entering Nicaragua, this was a hard border for me to remember, it could well have been a littl
 about an hour. I got there at 7:30 a.m., early and there was no one at border. While apparently this is a CA1 border crossing, it seems a lot of the traffic t
 o remember everything but I'm sure these estimates are right, and I'm sure the handler made at least $20 on me: $10 or $20 I'm guessing to ge
 y' d for insects; $7 to get passport stamped in$10 to pay officer for not inspecting my bags more closely (this according to the handler who ba
                       no
                       no                                    Still in Iraq
                       yes                                   There are
                                          USD 40 (roughly) for 30 days no helpers. Most officials are friendly. Do ask, if you don't know the procedure.
                       yes                around 500B for one month




e and yourself. That's basically it, migration and customs for the country your leaving and migration and customs for the country your entering. The amoun
he vehicle permit (and your own) canceled. This is very important for in the case of Mexico if you don't cancel your vehicle permit on leaving, you may not
 l insurance for the trip, basically I was uninsured as most motorcycles are that go south of the border, it is way too expensive, hundreds or maybe even a
g all the way through these countries without paying hardly anything. Knowing the language and having a basic knowledge of border crossings can save y
h the vehicle and my permit came to $250-$300 contributing to a staggering some of $630 just to cross those two borders. On my return trip coming back




e most corrupt borders and remember all handlers and officials are not corrupt or out to get you, but the ones that are have it down to a science.
 t trying a different border crossing (most countries except for Costa Rica have at least two) spending the time to drive to another one. Going back the way
ea if they even went to any window or official at all. In fact don't give the handler any money unless you can see who their giving it to. Pretty much the onl
are the hardest to deal with, they don't take no for an answer and have the whole rip off system down to an art.




w this is all part of their act. Most of them have no official role to play outside of some times being the lead man for some corrupt official behind them.
from all these characters. So be patient and guard your wallet at all times, the borders are not the only places where some people will try to get all they can
                        Reliability: Do you
                         know if this is the
                        normal experience,
                        or something new?                   Other Comments




                              reliability                        comments
                       Normal                   1. Get to Johor Bahru (JB). 2. Get insurance from UniAsia Insurance: 17/18 Jln Tebrau, 80250 Johor Bahru,
                                                 It opens at 7pm, closes at 5pm on the Costa to Panama. On the Panamanian go forward one hour in Pana
                       Border is not 24 hours. This is the northern crossing from Costa RicaRica side. Remember that clocks side, there is now a new roa
                       don't know               I was out of Argentina and into Uruguay in less than 25 minutes total.
                                                A pretty straight forward crossing. The longest further US$3 to exit at immigration. No helpers needed.
d but we paid a fee of US$5 each for cancellation of the bike permits (no receipt issued) and await was to exit Honduras immigration, which only had one w
                                                If crossing from crossing into Honduras. would definitely recommend riders to use this crossing and not A
                       This is the best experience we have hadGuatemala to Honduras, I Agua Caliente has always been busy and confusing and has take
 than 15 minutes. No helpers needed or available.
                                                Anyone going into Guatemala from numbers on the bikes to the documents.
  This northern border crossing is very quiet. The Customs lady did check the VINMexico, should seriously consider this border. It is quiet (no commercia
                       A one off I think
                       very good                It has been one of the easiest border crossings. But also the least adventuras. no old fashion border crossin
                                                Cambodia
                       No problems, standard procedure was great too! road where made in Hell, but also part of the fun/experience/ romance of Cambod
                                                vietnam was great!! Get to make rent you have some registration on your name between 250-400 a proble
                       Depends on what kind of motorbike you drive. Just Hanoi sure a motorbike for 80 US a months (or buy forand it shouldn't be US) and
                       no nobody was surprised or something like that. Just tell you want to visit the ruins. That all
                                                Going into belize we realized there are actually two steps to trying to enter a country with the bikes, one. got
                                                the rules have changed will not issue visa's at the boarder or at zahan we were refused visa at tehran the br
                                                we insistent we tashkent to and became quite a we checked the bikes had left the plane and were in carg
checked by customs employee. they were almostflew PIA fromexchanged $islamabad. on arrivalnuisance
                                                we had a visa for 1 month. customs staff said 'we give you two days'. they did not say they were referring to
                                                leaving baku was tedious. the ticket staff are particularly corrupt and even asked for sexual favours. custom

                                                 The Honduras border official and her manager took me for $100 us. Be aware of this crossing. I could have
                       This is the normal way Somene told us that it is possible to drive by train to Malaysia and buy the inssurance over there for less mo
                       it is much easier now;on the Russian side there is a brand new customs zone; on the Mongolian side it is under construction
                                                 I given away there pasport to some "helpers" to get them throug faster. Ther where about 50 cars waiting. T
as some hassle with people on cars. They had have done all crossing without help of none officials. there is only one lady on the Russian Border who spe
                       No problem                Everybody thinks this is not possible but I did not have any problem a all! Oman side is realy well organised
                                                 Just This seemed to do the trick and I
e embassy specificly told me NOT to pay anything.before the tarmac road (HW13) ends and you are left with a choice to go either right onto a dirt-road to
                                                  saw very angry guys complaining about the after the custum check in ends is not mandatory, even about
                       This is the way it goes. IDO NOT take the road assistance insurance costs, it seems as it neverBG. It because you are asked if the o
                                                 Heard many stories from people who had only an entry visa and not
ms will then review their vehicle entry/exit book and enter your date of departure. Nice an dfriendly, took one hour. an entry and exit visa which they though
 Submit temp bike documents to customs.
                       normal                    The police were nice on entry and whilst driving south to odessa but The police got worse and more currupt
                       Normal
                       Normal                    Extreamly large border que on entry to belerus. We rode to front on bikes with no problems from customs an
                       normal
                       Normal                    Estonia is very relaxed and friendly as is their police and customs
                       Normal                    We were never asked to provide aids certificate or medical jabs certificate. we were never asked to show in
                                                 The "officials" at the Brazilian office in Corumba border negelected to give me motorcycle paperwork (only p
                       Normal                    EASY and very friendly.
                                                   just hope the can get one in the port but police 20 pounds other from poins as well. They
 do it in the morning but 15 in the afternoon, 5I pounds to you traffic police of those touristyou gethuys on the refundenterythe licence plates. work marvels
                                                 these are the shippers i plan to use for
                                                  they were freight: this before got
                       there were rumours thatquantas airstoppingChristina Trii Rini;here, but the customs in sumatra are so keen to meet bikers i am sure
                                                 the only border in vietnam that accepts bikes over 175 cc is this border, no bikes are permitted to enter vietn
                                                 Everyone was friendly and we cannot do other than strongly recommend this border crossing to other travel
                                                You DO have to sign a "Promise to Return" letter along with an imprint of your credit card. If you
                                              Just watch out for the money changers when you are leaving Honduras, they swarm you.We paid a
                                              Veryyyyyyyyyyy slowwwwwwww procces The queues were horrendous, 2 hours to get a tourist ca

                                              We had to get the bikes checked at the Police Station to prove that they were not stolen, then a load
                                              Big advantage is that Ceuta and Mellila are to fill up the tank as fuel is much cheaper here, same for tobacc
ferry to Spain is much nicer as you are already in Spain. As Ceuta is tax free,do not forgettax-free! So cheap fuel etc available. The same story goes for th
                                             Information supplied is for RSA at the RSA border, I citicens mention that corruption is prevalen
                      This is the correct procedure as I am a Customs officer registerd vehicles andmust alsoof the RSA. With foreigners a Carn
                      Good                   Take plenty of water (heat and humid)
                      Sometimes they ask for more money in the entrance. There are some guides after the border that can take you to Noubdh
                                             we strongly recommend that time
                      seems to be that way on this border crossing all thecrossing. it was very easy and everybody more than friendly and helpf
                      i think normal         We were never asked for carnet, although two new zealand friends had their carnet stamped on entr
                                             we recommend this crossing.
                      Seems to be pretty normal
                      i think normal         we were never asked for carnet, although two new zealand friends had their carnet stamped on entr
                                             on strongly recommend that crossing. it was very easy and everybody more than friendly and helpf
                       seems to be that way we this border crossing all the time
                                              may read http://hamilton2japan.blogspot.com for
                      Unusual - your milagePleasevary. Just thought I'd let you know I'd done it.the details. Feel free to ask me if I can provide
                                             We recommend the crossing. If to be talk yourself out of the insurance, try it. We seem to need cop
                      The crossing seems that easy all the time. Costs seem u can consistent what we heard. Just normally you couldnt although
                      no idea




                      yes, have heard it is always busy but never too annoying, just takes time. Getting better now where new buildings are alm




                                             That was sometimes people pay of Central America. Just be normal here, just campesinos your th
                      very relaxed border all the time.the easiest border in all 4 dollar aduana. seems tosee above the comment regardingcross b
                                             Take Dollars and experience
                      entry and exit procedures were the sameEuro to pay for fuel and bribes. Credit cards are recognised at few petrol outlets.
                                             Mostly courteous
                      Entry and exit same process and hassle. officials especially when relieving you of your money. Police are difficult and cor
                                             See http://hamilton2japan.blogspot.com/2005/04/hengyang-hunan-china-day-70-11469-km.html fo
                       I definitely wouldn't expect to be able to get away with this.

                      no idea                 They were all very nice folks

                      Should be the same Find out what the prime exchange rate is before arguing with the cambio guy on the sidewalk.
r short explanation no problems...
                     it seems to be normal
                                          Initially the cop wanted to fine me for not having reflectors on the Touretech cases (which I have).
                                          No right hand drive vehicles
                                          permmitted in Saudi Arabia.
                   Procedures seem to be consistent at borders with Jordan and UAE.
                                          Took us less no an hour to very thru with 2 bikes. Depends they are doing.
                   Seems pretty organised, no trouble,thandiscussions,check friendly, they all know whaton waiting line. Chilean side more o
                                          Whole procedure particular crossing
                   Sounds like this is pretty normal for thisonly took 45 mins, nice and easy!
                                          This was the most complicated crossing we have ever done in terms of paperwork. We think in hin
                   Going in was a traumatic experience, leaving was good.
e paperwork copied and stamped, very easy.
                                          PATIENCE!!!!!!!

                                          I was U.S. military stationed in Italy in 2004, and as a force protection measure we have two licens
                    seems to be normal    DON"T GO THROUGH ROSSO!!!! Before getting to Rosso, turn right towards Diama. Cross the
                                          YOU CAN'T DO IT!!... period. If you come out of Macedonia, into Kosovo, Serbia WILL NOT a
                                          Things can be different each time they want the carnet as with many SAmerican borders. They ask
                    Peru has been changing procedure for years. Sometimesyou go to this border others they don't and you have to do other f
                    We were well prepare for this border. We came many time at the guinea embassy before.
                    Assume it's mormal This is a river crossing at Frontera Corozal, MX. Your bike is carried on a lancha upstream for abo
                                          May be not all crossings will beat easy I should
                                          There are apparently long lines very
                    This should be the normal proceedure unless you look asall frightened. no in future
                                          borders coming into the EU from
                                          I was uninsured in Ukraine; no requirement for it at the border.
                                          All procedure were traffic is very less, they are very there was no
                    This should be the normalthe officers as theenjoying their tea and chatting as co operative. one except me crossing the bor
                    This should be the normal procedure unless u get some uncooperative officer on the Egyptian side.
                    The norm
                                          Albanian roads (if you can call them roads) are amazing. Northern Albania has potholes you can ge
                    New, because a lot of thais mean that this border is closed for bikes.
                    Seemed pretty normal.
                    Sounds normal         I reckon this is a good place to enter Honduras as entry procedures and fees are clearly posted with
                    It is new.            No visa required for EU, Swiss
                                           sure
                    Varying reports so notJusging by other reports I got off lightly and it took less than an hour. Nicaragua's no problem, only
                    Seemed pretty normal from other reports I've had.
                    Normal I believe      The Mexicans want a deposit or surety for the import tax for the bike. They're happy to take a photo
                                          One of the
                    No idea, but all seemed normal easier borders.
                    No idea               No US paperwork for the bike. Customs man was unable to enter my British registration number o
                                          Easy as could be. Finished in 20 minutes
                    This border is seldom used due to the hideous dirt road in Ecuador & Peru. Very laid back.
                    don't know            friend crossed at the northern most border with little problems. i´d recommend it over this one. if y
                    Normal                better experience here than other nic, borders i´ve heard about
                    Normal… we hit this one because of it´s easy rep
                    Normal                Route E87 is marked on maps, but not signposted as such anywhere. Use the carnet, if you have on
                    Normal?               If you arrive after summertime has finished try to arrive early, as you loose 1.5 h when you enter Ira
                    everyday occurance go to colombia....go to colombia....go to colombia....
                      This seems to be the
                      norm. Everyone I        Steps taken are a little bit different
                      have talked to and      than other crossings- instead of getting
                      read about on HU´s      you, then your bike checked out before
                      Site says the same -    getting you, then the bike checked in
                                              its:
                      Excellent border
                      crossing. To bad        1- Get yourself checked out of
                      they are not all like   Guatemala. Pay $2
                      this one. I HIGHLY
                      RECOMMEND             2- Get yourself "checked" into
                      THIS CROSSING.        Honduras.
                                            We couldn't get our carnets processed
                                            here. Since you have to leave by the
                                            same crossing I don't believe this to be
                                            a problem. Nobody asked for it in
                     Normal                 either direction.
                                            Word is that the import office will close and will be done online starting in Januar y 2007.
                                            Compulsory insurance is available border, which until very recently office, open. marked, about h
                     The UAE is in the process of closing up and fencing this for 18 OR for 3 months at a smallwas justclearly Expect things to
                                            Not of closing up and fencing this non-locals. We were turned back from the Southbound crossin
                     The UAE is in the processall border crossings are open toborder, which until very recently was just open. Expect things to
                                             likely change in the near future.
                     Normal, but will very The UAE is closing bit by bit the hitherto open borders between Oman and itself. At the moment y
                                            Seems because there not in the eec, they are going to make stop people coming, he states
                     Insurance agent said he was very busy - I said it was highway robbery, and it will people pay to pass through . orders fro
                     Normal                 Visa available at the border for some nationals. Check with a Yemeni embassy near you. Keep pass
                                            Anybody that wants to make the same trip, you can email me at f938417@yahoo.com
                                            I tried to find out about the availability
                     Normal                 of insurance and it seems you may
                     good
                     none                   bring time and watch your stuff
                     Central American speed, bring time, watch your stuff
                     100% easy and english spoken
                                            no helmet law in Guatemala
                     good and organized for Central America
                     good and organized commercial trucks can be blocking the road, just pass them and go to the front of the line
                                            Welcome to Syria! The we met told us the Syrian officials are more trouble at the quieter borders,
                     Apparently this is a good border, the Lebanesepeople are wonderful, among the kindest we have met on this RTW trip, b
                     don't know             Beware of Lebanese drivers. They are merciless, and they don't sound their horns as warnings like
                     was fine               Jordanians v friendly and though slow, at least no corruption at all. They don't use carnet but will p
                     normal                 HAVE A VALID CARNET!! We saw a brand new Harley impounded at the border for having pro
                                              to easiest simple way to ferry your to Indonesia, I try all from malaysia.
                     It is not more possibleThebring over a passenger bring bikes own bike to indonesiathe ports in Malaysia, but the captains h
                     New change in 2005
parently you can put the bike on a truck, pickup, etc. Leaving at Vientiane MAY be possible.
                                            Guys pay with this
                     Could be new -you never knowattention an be aware - This is very important I am crossing the border from Uruguay next week to
                                            If forced me. I by not heard about clothes on the by helpers with an official looking ID, border before
                     Sounds like something new toto stop hadanybody in civilian being stoppedMexican sidewith ID´s so far from the don´t assume
                     Current as of today simple, all the officials on both sides looked slightly bored, no hints of tentions or criminality, only some spot
                                            *No visa on arrival what they were can get a a foreign vehicle.
                      Normal, although nobody seemed to know in Paxsan!* Youdoing with visa at the Lao consulate at 171 Thanon Prachasamoson (Cn
                                               than 0.5 Hr out of Ukraine.Gill750 gave book - worth getting July 08.
                      Less than 1 hr into, lessBerlitz have published a Ukraine phrase us same details frombecause of the Cyrillic alphabet
                      This seems to be normal in most EU countries
                                                 One basically three border Checking out at seen.. There's 20km in Tsagaanuur - it takes a few hours des
Altai Republic) is not a quick thing to do.. There are of the strangeststeps:A.crossings we'cve the Mongolian borderof "no man's land" between your passpo
                                               Ask for
                       This is the normal experience 90 days right away. I didn't and i stayed longer. Before you can leave the country you have to pay tic
                       a little different because it is not my bike in my name.
                       Normal                     If the steps are followed, there is no hassle, no need to "grease" anybody and you should be finished in 4-6
                                                  you may need 2x2 passport size photo but I did not. I had previously bought an international drivers license
                                              for can aply for in your home country, this was for us of only option to get enough to do! You need one
                       Since you can only aplyYouvisa for Libyatransit visa in Cairo. It took us 13 days thewaiting but there isthrough Libya, and so back hop
                                             Singapore Autopass cards are as the to pay went 100% live that day.
                       Normal, except Malaysia toll card was sold on the spot,needed systemthe .70 S$ road toll at a cost of 10$. The card is tied to the veh


Kavakia (having been told by many people it was the best). The only difference here was that they asked for my "customs" paper...which I said I didn't hav
                       Normal
't. 23 for a 30 day permit for myself.
 n countries) I gave the " border official" $250 which he left with and never did give me my change back, $50 Handlers fees which he said in
$56.89 Total to enter Mexico from Guatemala: $26.89 for vehicle permit, charged to credit card. $20 permit for me, I paid cash for this. $7-10

 water it took two hours.As with many border crossings usually using a handler will include getting you out of one country and into another one, though if th
 Total Cost to get into Guatemala $15
                                           EMBASSY AND CONSULATE ADDRESSESDiplomatic Representation in US:Chief (this is what the hand
t like I was told in Guatemala; $40 an extra charge because the border official "decided my title copy wasn't quite right" of mission: Ambassado
ru the maze at the border to the El Salvador side. Not totally clear on all these charges, it was all very confusing in the heat and the handler ru
for me to remember, it could well have been a little more than this and may have even included vehicle insurance...also they should have spra
s is a CA1 border crossing, it seems a lot of the traffic takes the coastal route out of or thru Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua. It didn't seem to have n
e at least $20 on me: $10 or $20 I'm guessing to get everything stamped out and permits canceled. $10 or $20 for handler who also worked wi
more closely (this according to the handler who barged in and took over again) I'm sure it went to the handler or at least half of it did; $10 Ha
                                                  From this year Peruvian customs is now requiring CARNET DE PASSAGE if the bike is not of your prope
                                               You will be had never had anyone border so I'm were more concerned about getting a good pic with me a
                       My first time through. Felt like they a tourist attraction. Thethrough,guards guesing it will be change.
                                            Make sure to cross Hatta Wajaja border not during the weekend (Thursday / leave / Saturday), or on throu
                       Check with Royal Oman Police website about any/ changes. These occur frequently. The procedure toFriday the UAE to Oman publ




 and customs for the country your entering. The amount of time and money you spend doing this simple process can vary considerably.
 n't cancel your vehicle permit on leaving, you may not be allowed back into the country ever (I'm not sure if this is just with a vehicle or is a life time ban o
er, it is way too expensive, hundreds or maybe even a couple of thousand dollars for full coverage for a long trip), and any other charges like vehicle spray
ving a basic knowledge of border crossings can save you a lot of money no doubt, but I've also heard some of the most outrageous claims like one guy sa
 oss those two borders. On my return trip coming back the total for both borders was about $80! Later in this post I describe strategies one can employ to t




ut the ones that are have it down to a science.
 g the time to drive to another one. Going back the way you came to find another one sounds like a hassle (and it is), but it could save you 2 or 3 hundred d
 you can see who their giving it to. Pretty much the only money you should be giving them anyway is when everything is done and your paying them for th




he lead man for some corrupt official behind them.
nly places where some people will try to get all they can from you....
surance: 17/18 Jln Tebrau, 80250 Johor Bahru, Tel: 07-2230488. Helpful lady called Easwary. Cost around RM70 for 30 days. 3. Go to Singapore AA in R
n the Panamanian side, there is now a new road that links Almirante to Chiriqui Grande. It is paved, but has already suffered from land slides. However it

 it Honduras immigration, which only had one window open to deal with everyone.
commend riders to use this crossing and not Agua Caliente. The road here is now paved both sides, which might not be as much fun, but it is still a nicer

consider this border. It is quiet (no commercial traffic) and so easy that there are no helpers there to bother you.

east adventuras. no old fashion border crossing charm!
art of the fun/experience/ romance of Cambodia.
a months (or buy for between 250-400 US) and go to e.g. Sapa, Halong Bay, Dien bien phu. Very nice drivig! All the way down to Saigon too. but lot off tra

 ying to enter a country with the bikes, one. gotta get yourself checked in and get your passport stamped. two. gotta get your bike checked in, passport sta
 at zahan we were refused visa at tehran the british embassy would not issue a letter of introduction pakistan embassey won't issue visa without one
ed the bikes had left the plane and were in cargo dept. PIA charge $1 per KG (also quoted $8.60 per KG from other tour agent in tshkent so seemed ok f
wo days'. they did not say they were referring to the bikes so when we got to baku customs said they had to impound the bikes. we explained to the consu
 upt and even asked for sexual favours. customs staff tried to take money from us as a 'gift'. the cost of the ticket was appalling and the ferry accom is dis

100 us. Be aware of this crossing. I could have called the managers manager or involved the police but after 2 hours of fun in the heat I just wanted out.
 and buy the inssurance over there for less money. Requirements for Foreign Registered Vehicles driving on Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) roads. For m
 Mongolian side it is under construction
s only one lady on the Russian Border who speaks a little english. But everybody tells you where to go.
 oblem a all! Oman side is realy well organised and friendly, alltough I was 3 days late on my visa there was not problem. Yemeni side looks pretty dange
 h a choice to go either right onto a dirt-road to Veun Kham (border-town) or straight ahead onto a forest-path where the customs-house is on the left. Don
  check in BG. It is not mandatory, even if the officer will tell you to go show your papers at that office. The depolution tax is to be paid at the very end. It's
 nd not an entry and exit visa which they though they had! So check your visa for both. GPS: We had entered Russia four times previous with no GPS lice

ssa but The police got worse and more currupt the nearer we got to the border and the Speedings fines increased from $10 to $180 the closer we got to th

ont on bikes with no problems from customs and were then the first in to do entry procedure


bs certificate. we were never asked to show international drivers or international registration papers. And when ever we where stopped they only ever wan
ected to give me motorcycle paperwork (only passport stamp) even though I told them I was entering with a motorcycle. They said "no problem" to enter w

 other entery poins as well. They work marvels.


his border, no bikes are permitted to enter vietnam from cambodia
ecommend this border crossing to other travellers. Even the people who hung around were nice and not too bothering. Not a single tramitador approache
 with an imprint of your credit card. If you do not leave the country at the correct time your credit card will be charged with US$400
ving Honduras, they swarm you.We paid a guy about 2 pounds to help us get our exit paperwork done, he jumped the line. You have an optio
were horrendous, 2 hours to get a tourist card and 2 and a half to get the motorbike paperwork completed.

prove that they were not stolen, then a load of typing, to obtain a document.
p fuel etc available. The same story goes for the bordercrossing in Mellila, but the ferry ride takes much longer and is more expensive A European Green
 iticens of the RSA. With foreigners a Carnet is sufficient, or you just simply get a tempory import permit on the Mozambican border. (sorry i

fter the border that can take you to Noubdhibou, normally is not needed.
nd everybody more than friendly and helpful.
 nd friends had their carnet stamped on entry and exit

nd friends had their carnet stamped on entry and exit
 nd everybody more than friendly and helpful.
details. Feel free to ask me if I can provide any info on recent South East Asian conditions.
 f the insurance, try it. We couldnt although we had an international insurance.




ng better now where new buildings are almost ready.




 st see above the comment regarding your bike exit. Officials told us you can send the paper u received in Costa Rica lateron to the CR embas
 cards are recognised at few petrol outlets. Beware of sleeping on the side of the road, warnings of bandits, though I had no experience of thef
  of your money. Police are difficult and corrupt.
ang-hunan-china-day-70-11469-km.html for the actual crossing, and http://hamilton2japan.blogspot.com/2005/04/mong-cai-vietnam-day-67-1



 with the cambio guy on the sidewalk.
ors on the Touretech cases (which I have). I go into the room, and there the story changes to a really good one:the luggage (presumably the sa

pends on waiting line. Chilean side more organised, but search thru ur luggage can be little annoying, because u have to take some off and x

one in terms of paperwork. We think in hindsight this was because the helpers made it so. They are slick operators and it is not helped by we t




 rce protection measure we have two license plates - the "official" one that makes it obvious that your mc belongs to an American and a "cove
Rosso, turn right towards Diama. Cross the border there. Much easier
cedonia, into Kosovo, Serbia WILL NOT allow you to come into Serbia. You have to go from Macedonia into Serbia, basically, they refuse t
as with many SAmerican borders. They ask you for something they know that you won't have or tell you that you can't bring fresh food in. Th

ike is carried on a lancha upstream for about 30 min.




here was no one except me crossing the border. In fact the border itself is situated just across a railway line and I missed it once and got back
on the Egyptian side.

. Northern Albania has potholes you can get lost in!


procedures and fees are clearly posted with a number to phone if you encounter any funny business. I was clearly ripped off entering through l

than an hour. Nicaragua's no problem, only Honduras.

x for the bike. They're happy to take a photocopy of a credit card for the bike deposit - if you don't take the bike out of the country they'll simp

 le to enter my British registration number on his computer as it wouldn't accept the number/letter format, so he gave up.


blems. i´d recommend it over this one. if you use a helper, negotiate how much first, and you pay all fees directly. our helper kept helping hi


h anywhere. Use the carnet, if you have one, to save fees. If you don't have valid Green Card insurance for TR I strongly recommend buying
early, as you loose 1.5 h when you enter Iran. You may be accosted by a money changer as soon as you enter the Iranian compound. Ignore h
e online starting in Januar y 2007.
 hs at a small office, clearly marked, about halfway to the old Omani border post. This option will vanish once the new border post is operatio
e turned back from the Southbound crossing (GPS N24 13.986 E55 46.173) and sent to the crossing at Hili Park (GPS N24 15.847 E55 46.22
between Oman and itself. At the moment you can drive deep into Oman without any formalities and you can just possibly bypass the Omani b
 ke people pay to pass through .
 ith a Yemeni embassy near you. Keep passport and rego handy on the road for army checkpoints. First one is 20m after the border. Fuel is ha
il me at f938417@yahoo.com




em and go to the front of the line
 e kindest we have met on this RTW trip, but the government and bureaucracy and corrupt officials are some of the worst.
ey don't sound their horns as warnings like in the rest of the Middle East
ption at all. They don't use carnet but will put a stamp in your passport, and so you have to pay for it. They Money exchange booth there is br
rley impounded at the border for having problems with the carnet, and also a newish Land Rover discovery. They will stick to the letter of the




crossing the border from Uruguay next week to Buenos Aires - If you were born in ARGENTINA and are traveling on any other passport (in my case USA
 side with an official looking ID, don´t assume he is official. I was traveling solo with little Spanish skills. This helper got on the back of the bike. I and said
 hints of tentions or criminality, only some spot checks by drug dogs on about 1 on 100 vehicles, all shabby cab´s.
consulate at 171 Thanon Prachasamoson (Cnr with Soi 21), Khon Kaen, N16 26.164 E102 50.999. Open Mon-Fri, 8-16h. Controls on the Lao side are lax
because of the Cyrillic alphabet
20km of "no man's land" between your passport is checked by Mongolian and Russian border officers.. Crossing from the Mongolian side doesn't mean th
e you can leave the country you have to pay ticket of 10% value of the bike. In my case 509 dollars. Make sure to do not stay longer than 90 days if you h


se" anybody and you should be finished in 4-6 hours.
 viously bought an international drivers license but they never asked for it only the passport was required to obtain the visa at the airport. Don't lose the gre
 iting but there is enough to do! You need one passphoto, translation of your passport, one application form
d toll at a cost of 10$. The card is tied to the vehicle, so each bike needs one. Malaysian cards can be shared between several vehicles, but if travelling in


 r my "customs" paper...which I said I didn't have, and wasn't given. They waved me on. A begger ran up and said "stop stop! you must enter customs offic



e back, $50 Handlers fees which he said included bug spraying the bike (normally a couple of dollars) and a permit for me (in Mexico this wo
20 permit for me, I paid cash for this. $7-10(I believe, it might of been free) to stamp my passport, this was done at the border, different than t

 f one country and into another one, though if their not welcome like in El Salvador or Mexico they will simply get you out of their country and to the next co


resentation in US:Chief of mission: Ambassador Roberto FLORES BermúdezEmbassy: 3007 Tilden Street NW, Washington, DC 20008 Telephone: [1] (2
ery confusing in the heat and the handler running off for this or that but I'm sure I only paid about $20 total. That was it, again no charge for E
hicle insurance...also they should have spray' d my bike with an insecticide but I don't remember them doing it. $20 for vehicle and self permi
apital city of Nicaragua. It didn't seem to have nearly the traffic some of the other border crossing had.
$10 or $20 for handler who also worked with me thru the Costa Rican border. $10 to pay officer so he wouldn't tear thru all my bags and insp
he handler or at least half of it did; $10 Handler Fee. The handler said I had already paid for insurance for Nicaragua so I didn't need to worr
 DE PASSAGE if the bike is not of your property.
 concerned about getting a good pic with me and bike than my papers. They really love pictures- if an official looks like trouble, ask him if someone can ta
kend (Thursday / Friday / Saturday), or on public holidays in the UAE, as a lot of people from the UAE do a 'visa run' those days, and the waiting can be en




ocess can vary considerably.
 this is just with a vehicle or is a life time ban on yourself as well), they figuring you sold it for a big profit without paying duty or import fees.
g trip), and any other charges like vehicle spraying. Having your bike sprayed with insecticides is required to enter Nicaragua and Guatemala and the char
 of the most outrageous claims like one guy saying he only spent $12 to drive from the U.S. to Argentina on border fees.
s post I describe strategies one can employ to try to reduce some of these risks of getting ripped off.




nd it is), but it could save you 2 or 3 hundred dollars (or at least give you the satisfaction of knowing you didn't give in to some ones corruption). When pla
everything is done and your paying them for their service. They can show you what windows you need and act as an interpreter for you at the window, but
  around RM70 for 30 days. 3. Go to Singapore AA in River Valley Road. Get a taxi from the Singapore
d, but has already suffered from land slides. However it means that for the first time there is


 s, which might not be as much fun, but it is still a nicer road than Agua Caliente too.




nice drivig! All the way down to Saigon too. but lot off traffic! Region Hanoi is better. Enjoy

 mped. two. gotta get your bike checked in, passport stamped with bike details so you won't
n pakistan embassey won't issue visa without one
per KG from other tour agent in tshkent so seemed ok from PIA. all palleting we had to organise a
ey had to impound the bikes. we explained to the consular staff in istanbul about the bikes an
ost of the ticket was appalling and the ferry accom is disgusting.

e but after 2 hours of fun in the heat I just wanted out.
 driving on Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) roads. For more information on ERP,VEP and toll cha


here was not problem. Yemeni side looks pretty dangerous with guns, Adidas everywhere. But
 orest-path where the customs-house is on the left. Don't miss it, there you have to get your ca
ce. The depolution tax is to be paid at the very end. It's a half-A4 white paper=>keep it saf
ad entered Russia four times previous with no GPS licence and had no problem. Even told by Russian C

ines increased from $10 to $180 the closer we got to the border (we did not pay and we were not s




s. And when ever we where stopped they only ever wanted to see passport and uk driving licens
ng with a motorcycle. They said "no problem" to enter with the bike. BIG mistake. 1,600 km later




nd not too bothering. Not a single tramitador approached us, which I took as a sign of how civilized
 credit card will be charged with US$400
rwork done, he jumped the line. You have an option on the Nicaraguan side to pay for assistance if you need it but




much longer and is more expensive A European Green card is ok for Morocco, so probably no ne
 import permit on the Mozambican border. (sorry i dont know how much it will cost)




r u received in Costa Rica lateron to the CR embassy to check out, but that is not approved.
 ings of bandits, though I had no experience of theft or harassment.

blogspot.com/2005/04/mong-cai-vietnam-day-67-10236-km.html for the attempt at the first border. Please email me if
o a really good one:the luggage (presumably the same Touratech cases and maybe my guitar) exceeding the s

e annoying, because u have to take some off and x ray it like in the airport. Useless, considering that they

They are slick operators and it is not helped by we think low level official help in the police and border bank.




s that your mc belongs to an American and a "cover" plate that looks like any other Italian license plate

om Macedonia into Serbia, basically, they refuse to recognize a Kosovo stamp on your passport.... just figured I'd wa
ve or tell you that you can't bring fresh food in. They always relent if you play the dumb tourist and don't offe




 ss a railway line and I missed it once and got back to it after asking around. The Turkish officers sa




business. I was clearly ripped off entering through los Manos from Nicaragua.




 u don't take the bike out of the country they'll simply charge the card. If you're one of these anti-cred

r/letter format, so he gave up.


you pay all fees directly. our helper kept helping himself to our change


 rd insurance for TR I strongly recommend buying it at the border. Try not to leave BG with lots of Leva, as TR
  soon as you enter the Iranian compound. Ignore him, there are plenty more at the exit, where competition rul
on will vanish once the new border post is operational. You MAY also be able to get insurance for Oman in the
 crossing at Hili Park (GPS N24 15.847 E55 46.221). Since we had entered Oman via Wadi Bih (see separate entry) we
lities and you can just possibly bypass the Omani border post on Route 7 (near Buraimi), but then you would be in

points. First one is 20m after the border. Fuel is hard to come by in the border area. Fill up in Salalah. There




officials are some of the worst.

pay for it. They Money exchange booth there is brilliant.
Rover discovery. They will stick to the letter of the law.




d are traveling on any other passport (in my case USA passport/citizen) and are trying to enter with
kills. This helper got on the back of the bike. I and said to drive. I guess that fact


. Open Mon-Fri, 8-16h. Controls on the Lao side are lax. I could have ridden away without my bike having been processed. I think I wasted time and mone
ers.. Crossing from the Mongolian side doesn't mean that you will cross the Russian border the asme day.. An there is no shalter, no trees and almost no
 . Make sure to do not stay longer than 90 days if you have permit for so. But the crossing is the easiest so far on my trip.



quired to obtain the visa at the airport. Don't lose the green immigration form!


be shared between several vehicles, but if travelling in a group make sure you don't pass all at once, as you can't use it more than once in a row, i.e. use


an up and said "stop stop! you must enter customs office". Unless he's uniformed...I'd ignore...he's scamming.



e of dollars) and a permit for me (in Mexico this would be $20), $5 to the guy for watching my bike for 3-4 hours (he wanted $20 and was not
assport, this was done at the border, different than the check station to get my vehicle permit and personal permit , this was done in Tapuchula

will simply get you out of their country and to the next countries border crossing. This is what happened going into El Salvador, the handler got me on the G


n Street NW, Washington, DC 20008 Telephone: [1] (202) 966-7702, 2604, 5008, 4596FAX: [1] (202) 966-9751 Washington, DC (Consular Section) 1014
d about $20 total. That was it, again no charge for El Salvador.
 mber them doing it. $20 for vehicle and self permit and $10 Handlers fee.

fficer so he wouldn't tear thru all my bags and inspect them too heavily (I'm sure if I paid this they split it up themselves). $80 total to enter C
or insurance for Nicaragua so I didn't need to worry about it? No charge to leave Costa Rica, (there is a $25 charge to leave Costa Rica at the

f an official looks like trouble, ask him if someone can take his picture with you in front of the bike and you'll be set.
AE do a 'visa run' those days, and the waiting can be endless (many hours!).We do this crossing on a regular basis, so please ask, if you need further exp




profit without paying duty or import fees.
 quired to enter Nicaragua and Guatemala and the charge is usually $2-$4. Costa Rica requires vehicle insurance and was $25 for ninety days. Also havin
entina on border fees.




g you didn't give in to some ones corruption). When planning ones trip if possible one should try to plan on quieter border crossings (like non Pan Americ
eed and act as an interpreter for you at the window, but that is all you really need them for, again paying them your agreed upon wage when your are all do
er. Please email me if
... just figured I'd wa
(see separate entry) we




been processed. I think I wasted time and money in doing it properly, as I was previously in Laos without docs and left without any problems. Dto. for my
 .. An there is no shalter, no trees and almost no vegetation at all between those two points..Allow at least one full day to cross this border going from Mon




 ou can't use it more than once in a row, i.e. use different lanes or let other vehicles in between. The card costs 10 RMT. I didn't have RMT, so had to pay




ke for 3-4 hours (he wanted $20 and was not happy at all after seeing what everyone else was getting). $307 Total spent getting into Guatema
personal permit , this was done in Tapuchula almost 20 or 30 miles inside the border.

oing into El Salvador, the handler got me on the Guatemalan side and took me as far as he could go on the El Salvador side.


6-9751 Washington, DC (Consular Section) 1014 M Street, NW Washington, DC, 20001 (202) 682 7873 (202) 682 5947/48/49




 y split it up themselves). $80 total to enter Costa Rica: $58 for bike insurance (its required for Costa Rica but was told later it might have real
ere is a $25 charge to leave Costa Rica at the airport, but I'm pretty sure they don't charge that for driving out).


ular basis, so please ask, if you need further explanation (email me dwernery@gmail.com)




nsurance and was $25 for ninety days. Also having copies of everything is important, as many as you need for the amount of borders your crossing. You s




on quieter border crossings (like non Pan American Hwy. ones), in an effort to avoid a lot of these hassles.
hem your agreed upon wage when your are all done.
ut docs and left without any problems. Dto. for my 3 friends who left via other borders.
st one full day to cross this border going from Mongolia to Russia. It is highly recommended to show up at the Mongolian border as soon as they are open




d costs 10 RMT. I didn't have RMT, so had to pay 10 S$, i.e. more than double.




 etting). $307 Total spent getting into Guatemala


the El Salvador side.


3 (202) 682 5947/48/49                              Another Red Flag Country for having corruption at their border




Costa Rica but was told later it might have really should have been $25 for 3 months); $22 for handler’s fees and any extra costs. This was an




 ed for the amount of borders your crossing. You should
 at the Mongolian border as soon as they are openig in the morning to be one of the first clients in order to be on time to cross the Russian border later on




handler’s fees and any extra costs. This was another hard border to remember because I had the same handler who helped me out of Nicaragu
to be on time to cross the Russian border later on. In our case, we were returned from the Russian "barrier" back to Mongolia and told to try next day.




same handler who helped me out of Nicaragua and seemed to be ripping me off the whole way. I think the only for sure fee was for the bike
rrier" back to Mongolia and told to try next day.




. I think the only for sure fee was for the bike insurance which may have been as much as $55 but I think it was less, and I was pretty sure the
but I think it was less, and I was pretty sure there was no other charges to get into Costa Rica. So about

				
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