Close

I would like to bring my car to Egypt. What do I need to do??? Thanks

I am thinking of moving to Alexandria, Egypt and I would like to bring my car also. Does anybody know what are the formalities for this? Costs? Insurance policy? Thank you.

I doubt you will be able to bring your car to Egypt until you are fully resident here.

Have you got a full residence permit valid 3 years? (Iqamah)

Wow. Good question! Thank you. No, unfortunately. This means, I need this permit in order to bring the car, right??? Isn't there any other way??? I do not know yet for how long I will be staying in Alexandria. BTW, how's the traffic? From I've read, it's something close to chaos, is it right? I mean, no rule, but jungle rule.;)Thank you kindly for answering.

Hello Mona. I can help you bringing in the vehicle, regardless your residence status.
What I would like you to consider instead is if it is worthy, seen you are not sure how long you will stay in Alexandria, unless you plan to sell your car in Egypt.

to be honest i wouldn't do it!!
they will tax your car to the hilt - depending on the engine size - the tax along could be more than the cars worth.
the tax in some cases is 200 or more per cent.  There are also limitations - you are the sole owner , age etc.
Really not worth it!
and if you bring it on a trip ticket - then you will have the car for 6 months then you have to take it out for 6 months or park it a special car park for 6 months.

And also as to a residence visa for 3 years - no one gets one of thos - usually 6 months or if you are very lucky 1 year!!

Well, as I do not know anything about this, especially costs and insurance policies, due to the fact that the driving in Egypt is something rules free, ... I don't know. Selling the car in Egypt... no way. Maybe considering buying a cheap one, second hand, I really don't know. What I do know, is that I fully appreciate your help and support. Thank you.

biffy :

to be honest i wouldn't do it!!
they will tax your car to the hilt - depending on the engine size - the tax along could be more than the cars worth.
the tax in some cases is 200 or more per cent.  There are also limitations - you are the sole owner , age etc.
Really not worth it!
and if you bring it on a trip ticket - then you will have the car for 6 months then you have to take it out for 6 months or park it a special car park for 6 months.

And also as to a residence visa for 3 years - no one gets one of thos - usually 6 months or if you are very lucky 1 year!!

The engine is pretty big, sole owner, i have this car for 4 years now. So, your opinion, not worth it. I have heard that there is a tax you must pay and your you leave the country with the car, you get the money back, correct??

Outside this topic, can you please share some info regarding life in Alexandria for expats? Is there a place where expats meet??? Thanks deeply.

mona007 :

Well, as I do not know anything about this, especially costs and insurance policies, due to the fact that the driving in Egypt is something rules free, ... I don't know. Selling the car in Egypt... no way. Maybe considering buying a cheap one, second hand, I really don't know. What I do know, is that I fully appreciate your help and support. Thank you.

Now given the fact that this would be your first time to stay in Egypt, you need to keep on your mind the following points of consideration:

1) Driving in Egypt is pretty much chaotic, especially after the revolution, due to the absence of traffic police.
2) Having your own car, would partially save you the troubles of riding with a completely random taxi driver, yet, there are other alternatives for a relatively safe ride that you could consider.
3) Cost of keeping a heavy engine personal ride in Egypt, as a non resident expatriate, would be too high, that you'd need to reconsider.
4) What's also important is the safety of keeping the car as well, so I'd agree with Biffy, and advice you not to bring your car or buy a second hand one, at least for the first 6 months of your stay, until you get the whole picture and settles down...cheers

seif eldin :
mona007 :

Well, as I do not know anything about this, especially costs and insurance policies, due to the fact that the driving in Egypt is something rules free, ... I don't know. Selling the car in Egypt... no way. Maybe considering buying a cheap one, second hand, I really don't know. What I do know, is that I fully appreciate your help and support. Thank you.

Now given the fact that this would be your first time to stay in Egypt, you need to keep on your mind the following points of consideration:

1) Driving in Egypt is pretty much chaotic, especially after the revolution, due to the absence of traffic police.
2) Having your own car, would partially save you the troubles of riding with a completely random taxi driver, yet, there are other alternatives for a relatively safe ride that you could consider.
3) Cost of keeping a heavy engine personal ride in Egypt, as a non resident expatriate, would be too high, that you'd need to reconsider.
4) What's also important is the safety of keeping the car as well, so I'd agree with Biffy, and advice you not to bring your car or buy a second hand one, at least for the first 6 months of your stay, until you get the whole picture and settles down...cheers

Thank you again Seif. Is there a possibility for example, to hire somebody that drives his own car? When will I stop to thank you people??:)

HI Mona,

you can get your car through the airport or the seaport. where the seaport are much cheaper than airport, once your car arrived to any port(Air/Sea), you have to options:-

1st option to pay taxes / customs & it's at least 45% from the value of the car & that's for motor engines category till 1600 C.C, if the motor engine over 1600 C.C the customs will be more & sometimes it reaches 250 % to some categories of motor engines then u'll get local private plates to your car.

the 2nd option:- to get triptic plates during your trip to Egypt
& that's very cheap as you gonna pay between 1500 to 3000 EGP & triptic plates it expires after 6 to 12 month & you should renew it before it expires, cause the car will be illegally in Egypt when it expires.

i recommend the 2nd option or to buy a car from here rather than paying a customs.

Muby :

HI Mona,

you can get your car through the airport or the seaport. where the seaport are much cheaper than airport, once your car arrived to any port(Air/Sea), you have to options:-

1st option to pay taxes / customs & it's at least 45% from the value of the car & that's for motor engines category till 1600 C.C, if the motor engine over 1600 C.C the customs will be more & sometimes it reaches 250 % to some categories of motor engines then u'll get local private plates to your car.

the 2nd option:- to get triptic plates during your trip to Egypt
& that's very cheap as you gonna pay between 1500 to 3000 EGP & triptic plates it expires after 6 to 12 month & you should renew it before it expires, cause the car will be illegally in Egypt when it expires.

i recommend the 2nd option or to buy a car from here rather than paying a customs.

Thank you Muby! Much obliged for these info.

hi
no you don't get the money back!!

the trip ticket covers the car for 6 months driving then you hasve to take it out of the country / park it somewhere they tell you so you will only have your car for 6 months of the year
And trust me if your car is relatively new - it won't look that way by the time you are ready to go home - it will be full of dents and bangs like any other car in Egypt!!

biffy :

hi
no you don't get the money back!!

the trip ticket covers the car for 6 months driving then you hasve to take it out of the country / park it somewhere they tell you so you will only have your car for 6 months of the year
And trust me if your car is relatively new - it won't look that way by the time you are ready to go home - it will be full of dents and bangs like any other car in Egypt!!

There are ways to play around that rule of taking your car outside the country, yet I agree with Biffy about the way your car would look like:)

seif eldin :
biffy :

hi
no you don't get the money back!!

the trip ticket covers the car for 6 months driving then you hasve to take it out of the country / park it somewhere they tell you so you will only have your car for 6 months of the year
And trust me if your car is relatively new - it won't look that way by the time you are ready to go home - it will be full of dents and bangs like any other car in Egypt!!

There are ways to play around that rule of taking your car outside the country, yet I agree with Biffy about the way your car would look like:)

yes, it can be renewed for another period without getting out the car outside the country

We checked this out thoroughly last year - and this was the information we were given from the deoartments on the know - so i can only tell you what we were told!!!
and what other peoples experiences are!

I have heard that if you use the tripticket method, be aware that ONLY the owner can drive the car. Should you be stopped at a police checkpoint and someone else is driving your car, you will have to pay all the custom fees, as for importing the car.

Geely :

I have heard that if you use the tripticket method, be aware that ONLY the owner can drive the car. Should you be stopped at a police checkpoint and someone else is driving your car, you will have to pay all the custom fees, as for importing the car.

not only the owner , but anyone one can drive the car, but S/he should have private driving license & the trip ticket of the car, so there is no any problems with any checkpoint.

I have gone through this very issue recently. It is incredibly expensive if you own a foreign car with a large engine (more than 4 cylinders)..For my 22 year old Mercedes, it was to be upwards of 30,000 USD simply for the customs and excluding shipping.
It would be best to purchase a car here.

Buffy7 :

I have gone through this very issue recently. It is incredibly expensive if you own a foreign car with a large engine (more than 4 cylinders)..For my 22 year old Mercedes, it was to be upwards of 30,000 USD simply for the customs and excluding shipping.
It would be best to purchase a car here.

Thank you all of you for sharing these info. As my ca is an SUV, large engine, I have decided not to bring it with me to Egypt. Can anyone tell me of a civilised area in Alexandria for renting an app.? Thanks.

Hi, Mudy, looks like you know the matter. Do you have information on the following
1. Some people say that expatriate with resident visa (may be work permit is also required?) can bring his personal car duty free for long term use, not only for 6 months. Do you know something about procedures in this case? How old can be the vehicle? Can it be second hand car?
2. Foreign company in Egypt can do the same as above?
3. Do you know by chance which customs autorities are most flexible here - Cairo airport, Alex seaport, port said?
Would appreciate your reply, thank you.

1.  No only oil and gas sector jobs, and diplomats bring with them duty free privelieges!!  ANd no you have to have been the sole owner of the car.  But if you are EGyptian the rules are even tougher.
2. No!  oil and gas sector and diplomats only.
3. None of them are fleible with regards to this issue.

We went through all this around 6 motnhs ago - and either paying the duties or having a trip ticket are the only ways!

its a nightmare - you will be charged so much tax you might as well not bother as by the time you ship it, pay the taxes - it would be the same as just buying one here. All Egyptians I know of agree and i tried to do it - its not worth it. Parking and driving are a nightmare and taxis are cheap so save yourself the trouble.

Don't.
It is best to buy a car in Egypt.

Gleem is one of the prestigious suburbs in Alexandria.
I was born in Alexandria and spent 30 years in Australia and decided to retire and moved back in Alexandria.
I live in Gleem myself
[Moderated : pls post in the housing section]

I would like to bring my car to Egypt.
Can u pls give me a contact number.
Regards

Unless your car is less than 1 year old you cannot.
You will have2 choices
    Pay the astronomical tax you will be charged entering the country..
or
     Trip ticket have car for 6 months then park it in special customs for 6 months

Before your arrival in Egypt, make sure you gather the following documents and keep them in a safe place. You'll need to present them to the Customs officials in order to make your transition into the country go as smoothly as possible. Here is what you'll need:

Original passport is required - passport must have the latest entry stamp to Egypt included
Work or residence visa, must be valid for a minimum of three months
Copy of the Bill of Lading or Air Waybill

Typed copy of the complete valued inventory list of your shipment, must be in either English or Egyptian Arabic - must also include a typed copy of your complete packing list, also in either English or Egyptian Arabic
Authorization letter allowing the destination agent at Customs full control to clear the shipment - letter must be stamped by the Egyptian bank where the customer has opened an account prior to arrival
Proof of insurance coverage

Letter of guarantee from the customer's employer authorizing the import and approving the work contract or work visa

SHIPPING AND CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

Before you begin unpacking and settling in, you'll have to make sure your shipment fits all of the regulations to clear customs. Each country has its own unique set of shipping guidelines that must be followed, so here are what to expect when moving to Egypt:
All customers must be in Egypt, but are not required to be present at Customs when the shipment is cleared
All household goods imported into Egypt through customs are subject to a physical inspection upon arrival
All used household goods and personal effects are subject to taxes and duties, as well as various other storage fees and administration fees and costs that may be levied
PROHIBITED ITEMS

The following items are prohibited from being imported into Egypt through customs and may be seized by customs and border authorities upon arrival:
All narcotics and illegal drugs
All firearms, explosive devices, ammunitions and weapons, including decorative swords and daggers
Pornography and vulgar or objectionable materials of any kind, including all publications featuring semi-nudity such as fashion magazines or men's magazines
All alcohol is strictly prohibited and any customers attempting to import alcohol through Customs will face a penalty of up to 3,000 times the value of the alcohol
Politically sensitive material, as well as any publications or literary materials that are contrary to Muslim culture and Arab beliefs and morality laws
Gold and silver, with the exception of tableware
All telephones, including mobile, wireless or landline phones
Any communications equipment, including CB radios or any hand-held radio equipment
All live birds and all frozen or stuffed birds, including all bird-related products
Seeds or cotton

RESTRICTED ITEMS

Restricted items are items which may be limited to certain quantities or require additional duties, taxes or fees before they can be cleared by customs officials. Here are the items that are restricted and dutiable by the government of Egypt:
All consumable items, such as food, toiletries or cosmetics, are subject to import taxes and duties upon arrival at Customs
All works of art and antiques are discouraged, as they are required to undergo a lengthy evaluation and examination process by a committee, which can significantly delay the clearance process
All media, including video tapes, DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes and records are subject to censorship and may be confiscated if they fail to meet the required standards stated in the prohibited items category
All religious material not related to Islam is subject to restriction
All printers, scanners, fax machines and copiers are subject to inspection and approval from the Ministry of Security and the brand and model number must be included on the typed inventory submitted to Customs prior to arrival

MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS

Each country has different rules and regulations when it comes to the importation of motor vehicles. If you're hoping to take your vehicle with you when you relocate to Egypt, take some time to familiarize yourself with these regulations so that you can be prepared when it's time to relocate overseas with your vehicle:
All vehicles being imported into Egypt are subject to high taxes and duties
Vehicles must be new - no used vehicles may be imported to Egypt; vehicles must be made the same year of importation and the customer importing it must be the original owner of the vehicle
All diesel vehicles are prohibited

Customers must receive prior authorization before importing a vehicle of any kind - consult with your destination agent prior to importation

The following documents are required for importing a vehicle to Egypt:
Original title and registration
Original purchase invoice or receipt of purchase
Original bill of lading, including all information about the car such as the state, make, model, engine and chassis number, color and weight
PETS AND ANIMAL REGULATIONS

Pets are always welcome when moving overseas. However, many destinations have their own laws pertaining to bringing animals into the country:

All cats and dogs will be subject to examination upon arrival by a licensed veterinarian from the Ministry of Agriculture - quarantine is not required
If a pet looks unhealthy or ill upon arrival to Customs, it will be placed in a government kennel for a maximum of 15 days before being cleared

Birds of any kind may not be imported
All pets must be accompanied by a certificate of vaccination stating that the animal received all vaccinations, including rabies, no more than 30 days prior to arrival
All pets must be accompanied by a health certificate signed and endorsed by a licensed veterinarian from the customer's origin location, dated no more than 30 days prior to arrival

There's a lot of good information here, but some of it is inaccurate. You don't have to have a residency permit for temporary import, but it does cost more as a foreigner if you don't. I'm not sure of how much it costs, but I doubt it's cheap. Either way, if you have this much doubt, you should contact a shipper to see if they can answer your questions. I'm not sure where you were considering shipping from, but I had a friend that used this company to ship to Egypt from the U.S. https://www.a1autotransport.com/ship-car-to-egypt.php It looks like they ship to just about every country and they give free price estimates, so it might be a good place to start.

Hello Everyone👍i would love to Come to Egypt by my Hummer for one month✌️please i need help ...kind regards from sweden 🍒

Hi There,
I'm shipping a Land Rover 110 from Southampton to to Alexandria in a container, by a freight forwarder. (About £800.00). You need a Carnet de Passage to clear at entry to Egypt. I am getting mine from ADAC in Munich. I understand it can be tricky at customs port of entry. I'm trying to find an Agent to clear for me in Alexandria.
Hope this is of some help.
JR

thx xx

You can also check with transportmyautomobile.com where they do overseas shipping and get all information regarding shipping. One of my friend did overseas shipping through this service only.

hi dear
should i be the first owner to get it triptic

New topic

Expatriate health insurance in Alexandria

Free advice and quotation service to choose an expat health insurance in Alexandria

Moving to Alexandria

Find tips from professionals about moving to Alexandria

Travel insurance in Alexandria

Enjoy stress-free travel to Alexandria

Flights to Alexandria

Find the best prices for your flight tickets to Alexandria

2 million members!

Watch later