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1. Posted by komokwa (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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!

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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 ]