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ATA Carnets

A Carnet or ATA Carnet (pronounced kar-nay) is an international customs and temporary export-import document. It is used to clear customs in 86 countries and territories without paying duties and import taxes on merchandise that will be re-exported within 2, 6 or 12 months.

The ATA Carnet allows the temporary importation of commercial samples, professional equipment or goods going to either a trade fair or exhibition to countries which are part of the ATA Carnet system.

These countries as of February 2017 are as set out below, the European Coutries in asterixed (*)  do not need a carnet for travel to/from another European country.

Soon to be accepting carnets: Qatar, Trinidad and Tobago and Saudi Arabia.

  • Antarctica
  • Australia
  • Austria*
  • Azores (Portugal)
  • Balearic Islands (see Spain)
  • Belgium*
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria*
  • Canada
  • Canary Islands
  • China
  • Corsica (France)
  • Croatia*
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus*
  • Czech Republic*
  • Denmark*
  • Estonia*
  • European Union
  • Faroe Islands (Denmark)
  • Finland*
  • France*
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia – Tahiti
  • Germany*
  • Greece*
  • Greenland (Denmark)
  • Guadeloupe (France)
  • Guernsey (United Kingdom)
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary*
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland*
  • Isle of Man (United Kingdom)
  • Israel
  • Italy*
  • Jersey (United Kingdom)
  • Latvia*
  • Liechtenstein (Admin by Switz.)
  • Lithuania*
  • Luxembourg*
  • Madeira (Portugal)
  • Malta*
  • Mayotte (France)
  • Melilla (Spain)
  • Mexico
  • Miquelon (France)
  • Moldova
  • Monaco (Admin by France)
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands*
  • Norway
  • New Caledonia (France)
  • Poland*
  • Portugal*
  • Romania*
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia*
  • Slovenia*
  • South Korea
  • Spain*
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Barthelemy (France)
  • St. Martin (French Side)
  • St. Pierre (France)
  • Sweden*
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom*
  • Wallis & Futuna (France)

Its also important to note the following:

An ATA Carnet is not required for travel between the UK and most European countries Please note 2 exceptions:

1. Norway is not an EU member – ATA Carnets ARE required between UK & Norway

2. The Spanish territories of the Canary Islands require an ATA Carnet

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