Hello Savvy Fellow Tavellers.
I am trying to get some info before deciding whether I should take my own vehicle or rent one to travel thru the Middle East. The plan is to enter from Turkey to Syria , Jordan , SA, Yemen and Oman and then retract to Aqaba and continue to Egypt. How to deal with the insurance and are there any restrictions ( red tape ) as far as bringing your own vehicle to these countries. Your help will be much appreciated.
Regarding red tape the only one I know is SA: you are not allowed in the country except when you are with a tour (diving is popular) or are working here. Or doing the hadj.
Otherwise, the only option is to get a 3-5 day transit visa. But only if there is not other option to get from point A (for example jordan) to point B (for example Oman). Therefore, I guess it would be better to bring your own car instead of renting one. In the latter case, the consulate/embassy might say you can go flying instead of driving. It's you only option and a matter of luck!
I know in Iran you need your own number plate in Farsi, but the tourist info office in Tabriz will help you with that one. There's also a fuel card of some kind. Again the brothers in the the tourist office can help.
Carnet de Passage, you should look into that one. I met a few who did not bother in the mid east. But then they had to bride a little in one or two places. Horzonsunlimited is a motorbike club that can offer some great advice on vehicle travel in this region.
All the best
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 13, 2008, at 8:03 PM by outcast ]