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can i drive my own car into Cambodia ?


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I have driven all over Thailand and many places in Laos but when i ask at the Cambodian border they say no can do except at the border near cham Yeam/Klong yai....they said i can take my car as far as Sihanoukville,

i wanted to go all over the country is this possable ?

I know my thai insurance will stop when over the cambodian border.and i will have to hand out tea money to police.

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Actually I have seen some reports of people who did it in Poipet and per the new ASEAN agreement should be allowed since 2009

"Article 2: Exemption from Import Duties and Taxes
Subject to re-exportation and other conditions laid down in this Annex:
(a) each Contracting Party shall grant temporary admission to its territory of motor vehicles registered in the other Contracting Parties, without payment of import duties and taxes and free of other prohibitions and restrictions; and

(b the accessories, toolkit, and other articles that form the normal equipment of the vehicle and the fuel in the ordinary/original supply tanks, and the lubricants, maintenance supplies, and spare parts in reasonable quantities for the repair of the motor vehicle, shall be exempted from import duties and taxes (they need not be mentioned separately in the Temporary Admission Document).

Article 3: Temporary Admission Document
(a) Motor vehicles temporarily imported into the Host Country territory shall carry a Temporary Admission Document.

(b A semi-trailer may be covered by a separate Temporary Admission Document or shall be specified separately in the Temporary Admission Document for the prime mover.

© The Temporary Admission Document shall be issued by the vehicle’s Home Country authorized issuing/guaranteeing organization/institution.

(d) The Temporary Admission Document may cover one or more temporary admissions into the territories of Contracting Parties.

(e) The Temporary Admission Document shall consist of the following number of original copies:
(i) one for the authorized issuing/guaranteeing organization/institution;
(ii) one for the motor vehicle operator; and
(iii) two for each of the Host Country's Customs Authorities whose territory is entered.

(f) The Temporary Admission Document shall include the following particulars in the English language without prejudice to the parallel use of national languages:
(i) the title: Motor Vehicle Temporary Admission Document;
(ii) a reference to Article 18 and Annex 8 of the Agreement;
(iii) the name of the issuing organization and a box for signature and/or stamp;
(iv) the name and address of the holder and a box for signature and/or stamp;
(v) the period of validity and extension;
(vi) the geographic scope of validity;
(vii) the point of entry and exit;
(viii) specification and description of the motor vehicle (for prime mover and for semi-trailer):
- country of registration,
- registration number,
- date of first registration/year of manufacture,
- empty (net) weight (tare),
- gross weight,
- number of seats and/or payload capacity,
- number of axles,
- make (brand or name or trademark of the manufacturer),
- model/type/code,
- chassis number or production or serial number,
- engine brand (if different from body),
- engine fuel type (petrol/gas oil/other),
- engine serial number,
- engine capacity,
- number of cylinders,
- power (horsepower),
- coach work type (e.g., car, truck, bus, trailer),
- color (RAL code),
- upholstery,
- equipment: radio (make),
- number of spare tires, and
- other particulars;
(ix) the date and place of entry, signature, and/or stamp of the Customs Authorities (entry endorsement) for each temporary admission;
(x) the date and place of exit, signature, and/or stamp of the Customs Authorities (exit endorsement) for each temporary admission; and
(xi) a box to record the granted period of extension for re-exportation.
The Joint Committee may modify the particulars to be included in the Temporary Admission Document form, as appropriate.

Article 4: Re-Exportation
Vehicles mentioned in the Temporary Admission Document shall be re-exported in the same general state, except for wear and tear and normal consumption of fuel and lubricants, within the period of validity of such document.

Article 5: Evidence of Temporary Admission and Re- Exportation
(a) Evidence of temporary admission of the vehicle shall flow from the possession of the relevant copy of the Temporary Admission Document by the Host Country's Customs Authorities and the entry endorsement entered in the relevant copy of the Temporary Admission Document.

(b Proof of re-exportation of the motor vehicle shall flow from the exit endorsement entered in the relevant copy of the Temporary Admission Document by the Host Country's Customs Authorities.
"

http://tradeinservices.mofcom.gov.cn/en/b/2007-03-20/45144.shtml

Now whether or not officials in Aran and Poipet will cooperate, may be another matter, but by law, you can.

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Poi Pet will NOT allow a Thai car in.

If you do get a chance to meet the head guy at customs he will tell you that you need travel to Phnom Penh and obtain permission ( which could take up to 1 month) .

After you obtain permission than you can travel back to the border and drive your car in.

The ONLY borders that will allow a Thai registered car in are Koh Kong ( where you will be asked for 100 baht /day that you tell them your going to stay and you will be told that you can only drive in Koh Kong Province) AND

they take the export papers that the thai customs gives you.
I have entered 3 times here as have a few friends of mine

Note in 2008-9 i had my thai car in Cambodia for over 7 months without any trouble, when i left they asked me why i had stayed so long ( as you only legally allowed to have ur car out for 30 days) I told them i was having a good time :-)

Osmach ( south of Surin) allows cars in. I have entered 3 times there, very easy and no extra $$ charged.

I have exited Cambodia at Poi Pet, Palin and Osmach with no trouble

Motorcycles can get in at Poi Pet thou.

Just cause something is official ( as the above paperwork is) nobody signed the agreement.

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Poi Pet will NOT allow a Thai car in.

If you do get a chance to meet the head guy at customs he will tell you that you need travel to Phnom Penh and obtain permission ( which could take up to 1 month) .

After you obtain permission than you can travel back to the border and drive your car in.

The ONLY borders that will allow a Thai registered car in are Koh Kong ( where you will be asked for 100 baht /day that you tell them your going to stay and you will be told that you can only drive in Koh Kong Province) AND

they take the export papers that the thai customs gives you.

I have entered 3 times here as have a few friends of mine

Note in 2008-9 i had my thai car in Cambodia for over 7 months without any trouble, when i left they asked me why i had stayed so long ( as you only legally allowed to have ur car out for 30 days) I told them i was having a good time :-)

Osmach ( south of Surin) allows cars in. I have entered 3 times there, very easy and no extra $$ charged.

I have exited Cambodia at Poi Pet, Palin and Osmach with no trouble

Motorcycles can get in at Poi Pet thou.

Just cause something is official ( as the above paperwork is) nobody signed the agreement.

Many thanks for this info. Did you arrange some form of car insurance inside Cambodia or just go on a wing and a prayer?

I would be interested to know places of interest that you visited and places to stay along the way. Can you buy maps for planning routes as I don't know if I can get my GPS loaded with the Cambodia road info?

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no insurance was it once by a big truck in Phnom Penh, i stopped, he kept going :-) damaged my rear door, Car repairs are very cheap and quick in Phnom Penh

50% cost of Thailand.

Lets see

Plenty of maps available here. I use 2 of them with the Asia books one the best

I have been most of the north, south, west and next trip will take in Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri

If u enter at Osmach, head south and at Samron Take the road to the right which goes via Banteay Chhmer( a great temple in the middle of nowhere ( its about 115 kms of dirt road thou).Continue down to Sispohon and then off to Siem Rep.

After ur 4 days ta SR head to Bang Mealea- Koh Ker- Then up to Preah Vihea

do not take a thai person with you as they will NOT be allowed up to the temple) I took my daughter who is American /Thai, At the bottom we checked in with her us passport, When we got to the top someone asked her where she was from and she said Thailand, Spent the next 15 minutes under armed guard while then phoned back and forth, Finally they let us us go but we had 2 cops and 1 army guy with us the whole time, Very uncomfortable for my daughter was they kept trying to separate her from me so they could talk to her which i would not allow, So much so that i was pushing and yelling at the army guy to <deleted> off. Another friend of mine went with his thia wife, she was stopped at the bottom and not allowed up the mtn.

then down to Kampong Cham before arriving in Phnom Penh

Then off to Kampot/Kep and than back up to Sihnoukville before heading back to Phnom Penh

Return home on route 5 thru Battambang and if u wish exit at Poi Pet.

Not sure where u live.

That's the tip i have done twice with a few extras thrown in.

2012 trip ( which took in laos as well)

Last July's trip ( laos as well) 7,200 kms

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ive been to many visa run at poipet and not one time have i EVER seen any vehicle of any sort cross during the whole time of my visa stamping in/out. only things that go through are cambodian push carts,

No problem at O'Smach..

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ive been to many visa run at poipet and not one time have i EVER seen any vehicle of any sort cross during the whole time of my visa stamping in/out. only things that go through are cambodian push carts,

I've been in through Poipet twice by motorbike - it's the only crossing AFAIK which will give you a customs form which passes muster even in Sihanoukville.

As Richard said, going in via Cham Yeam only allows you to ride in Koh Kong Province.

I believe Richard knows as much as anyone about taking a car into Cambodia.

Signed or not, the guys on the Cambodian side know nothing about that Pinned procedure, so don't try waving it at them.

I believe the issue at Poipet is that they don't want right hand drive vehicles in - common sense rather than rules.

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@mickba that may not be the reason. Last week I saw a number of Thai cars in Poipet but none beyond the border area. On the other hand since a new agreement was signed betweenn Thailand and Cambodia and went into effect last year I think you see more and more Thai trucks well inside Cambodia as well as Thai buses (not to mention Cambodian buses inside Thailand). It could be that no agreement has been signed between the two countries on cross border movement of private vehicles. Anyway about 1 in 3 Cambodian registered vehicles has right hand drive. Check carefully and you'll see.

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Just came back from Pailin in Cambodia on a border run. Went in at Ban Laem and then went around to Ban Pakkard to the casino. Parked my car on the Thai side at Ban Laem, where parking seems to be free (I didn't pay anything). As I can read Thai, the signs are a bit confusing. My GPS led me to the border market, which is at Ban Pakkard but I ignored it and went to Ban Laem, some 20-30km away. My car still had red plates so there was no way I could get it across but I did ask the Cambodian and Thai customs what the arrangements are.

At Ban Laem/Daung, Thai and Cambodian cars can NOT cross each other's borders except maybe Thai cars to the casino 1km inside and Cambo cars to pickup goods in Ban Laem. Although there are no checkpoints inside Cambodia (I went all the way to Pailin and then to Prom) I'm pretty sure Cambo customs wouldn't open the gate for vehicles at Daung without you getting permission first.

I saw plenty of Thai vehicles scattered all the way between Daung and Pailin and Pailin and Prom. I have determined that they all come in and exit via Ban Pakkard. The Cambodian customs official at Daung also confirmed that Ban Pakkard is the place to go if you want to enter Cambodia by car in that part of Cambodia. I have heard reports that Thai vehicles can not travel further from Pailin to Battambang, but some reports suggest it is OK. Gt-rider and ride Asia have good trip reports.

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Chong Chome Crossing is user friendly for private cars, trucks and bikes for driving threw out Cambodia. BTW quick question. Whats the status of driving a Thai registered car/truck FROM Laos into Cambodia ?

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