Van/car registration whilst abroad
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2013 3:05 AM Last Post By: orion_mike
Mar 22, 2013 2:07 AM
Van/car registration whilst abroadNot quite sure this thread belong here, but oh well.
Originally from Australia and I am beginning to travel the world by van from the 28th march onwards, starting in NZ and AUS.Now I know whats required for car registration in Australia, but I have absolutely no idea what I do with registration whilst overseas(planning to be overseas for 12+ years).Do you just register in the country you are a citizen?Is there a world registration group?Just what do I have to do to keep on the right side of the laws around the globe?
Thanks for your time
and happy travels.
Mar 22, 2013 2:52 PM
Mar 22, 2013 5:33 PM
Mar 22, 2013 5:59 PM
3My brother in law did the Mongolian Charity Rally from UK to Mongolia a couple of years ago. Judging by his experiences (maybe you're not going where he went but it shows what can happen), NO, you cant just wing it as you go.
But yes, research each country on your route before you go. Not only for vehicles but also for visa situations. Some like Russia can only be got from your home country, others have limited validity and others have conditions to get one.
Mar 22, 2013 8:35 PM
4Shit, well this throws a spanner in the works, I was planning to attempt to travel to every continental (countries on the major continents/non-islands) country in the world (other than those in northern Africa.....though we will see when I get there). I know in some areas I will need to get a tourist visa, but I don't plan on working in any country so I don't think they will be as harsh on me regarding visa's....I think.
Surely there has to be some governing body I can sign up to to get free reign in my van....some sort of european car union?.....or something....
Mar 22, 2013 8:48 PM
5Free rein allowing you to drive in and out of countries easilly?? Not that I know of.
What you're hoping to attempt will take a lot of forward planning. Countries like China are extremely difficult to drive in without paying a lot of money for drivers, guides, permits etc. You could try googling blogs and see what others have done.
I think it would be easier starting from somewhere like the UK rather than Australia. Straight up you've got to be able to arrange onward transport for your vehicle. Call it a baptism of fire.
Mar 22, 2013 9:40 PM
6Yeah this is going to get interesting.Reason I'm starting the journey from Aus I currently live here and have friends, travelling around the country for a year in a van before shipping it into Malaysia.It's just hard finding the specific info for my situation on google.China I knew was going to be trouble for the start, but I have no idea about traveling through places like Bhutan or Kazakhstan.
Mar 22, 2013 11:54 PM
7Have a read of this and see if theres anyrhing they did that could help.
Bhutan limits visitors who must be on a tour so I dont like your chances. Myanmar would also be out.
Mar 23, 2013 5:07 AM
Mar 25, 2013 6:47 PM
Mar 25, 2013 7:16 PM
10Thanks mate, I googled Carnette Due Passage and it led me to this aussie site:
Which answered a heap of questions I had, then answered a heap I hadn't yet even thought of, thanks for leading me in the right direction mate.The Carnette Due Passage was the exact thing I was looking for.
Yeah I plan on traveling in the van for 12+ years (I really don't know how long this trip could take....could be forever....) but I am willing to buy another van once the first van becomes too unreliable or if a cheap,enviro friendly fuel source becomes mainstream.
Apr 1, 2013 3:05 AM
11Ferret - ABC on-air personality John Fein (sic?) (in Melbourne) drove all the way from Melbourne to London via China and the 'Stans to Turkey; Greece and on through Europe. I think he went through an agency company to help organise the various temporary import permits for each of the countries. Also have a talk to the local motoring organisation in your home state - they should also be able to point you in the right direction. It can be done as we are seeing an increasing number of blogs regailing us with their travels and troubles. Good luck
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