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Crossing with own vehicle

Customs paper issued to those transiting through AZ with own vehicleSince recently they started to give permits allowing to stay with your vehicle for 10-20 days, no deposit is taken if leave within this period. They issue you a special form from Customs indicating entry time and the latest time you should leave AZ (see on the right).

Outdated info. Transit is allowed for 72 hours only. Customs declaration and obligation to leave with vehicle the territory of Azerbaijan will be taken from you. Unless you leave a full-value cash deposit back at the border (which will be returned to you when you exit), you may only keep the car in for 72 hours since you enter Azerbaijan. $15 road tax have to be paid. Otherwise, for periods exceeding 72 hours a several thousands deposit for the car has to be paid, and you must use the same entry and exit points to get the deposit back. For example, for the motorbike the deposit is around $3500 USD. They don't accept credit cards obviously.

The rules can change a little depending on how the border officials are feeling on the day. The experience of one of our group in May 2012 was that the customs staff didn’t speak much English, but the crew went to the customs building to talk to them, then the customs officials came out to have a look at the truck and came on board a couple of times to have a look around.  There was a bit of a wait while the documents were processed.  They did not stamp the Carnet de Passage.  We paid a total of USD185 to get the truck in (insurance, tolls and customs charges). They were very friendly on the border crossing. It took about 2 hours both sides. I got about 6 or 7 different and very beautiful papers on the Azeri part. We were then issued a 72 hour permit.  We have never investigated staying longer as 72 hours suits us to get from the border to the customs depot at the port. 

Read a post here on right hand drive vehicles. Despite the fact that officially RHD vehicles are banned in Azerbaijan most (if not all) tourists manage to cross Azerbaijan without any hassle.

Entering Azerbaijan through the Lagodekhi- Belakan border crossing (Mazim Çay):

I got a 30 days permit for the car. I had to pay $15 road tax and $5 (actually it is 2,5 AZN but they charge $5) for an insurance (third party liability of course). You must pay in USD. The insurance covered up to 1000 AZN of property damage and up to 5000 AZN of body harm. Azerbaijan was the only country of the Caucasus which had an (compulsory)insurance available at the border. I also had a secondary cover third party liability insurance with Ingosur (up to 1.000.000 USD).

Azeri law allows you to enter for up to 30 days without leaving a deposit (don't do this, because there is no bank to get your money back at the border) with a foreign-registered car IF:

Transit

Transit is allowed for 72 hours only. Customs declaration and obligation to leave with vehicle the territory of Azerbaijan will be taken from you. Unless you leave a full-value cash deposit back at the border (which will be returned to you when you exit), you may only keep the car in for 72 hours since you enter Azerbaijan. $15 road tax have to be paid. Otherwise, for periods exceeding 72 hours a several thousands deposit for the car has to be paid, and you must use the same entry and exit points to get the deposit back. For example, for the motorbike the deposit is around $3500 USD. They don't accept credit cards obviously.

P.S. We would highly appreciate if you could share with us your experience of crossing Azerbaijan in your own vehicle when your stay there was over 72 hours.

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