*** Update*** Please see inputs from readers of this blog (in Part 1 of this export procedure post). There are a few important changes. Many thanks to those who have taken time to write to me.
So… first part done (see earlier post) and now to hit the road with your newly exported car. You could do both the export procedure and drive to UAE in the day but believe me that would be a very very looooong and tiring day.
I decided that the best thing to do was to hang out with some friends over a nice dinner.
Driving to the Border
I chose to drive on a Friday since it is usually very quite till mid-afternoons. Got going by approximately 7am. Had planned originally to start at 5am but then you don’t go out for late night meals if one wants to wake up early and drive 500+ kms. 🙂
Anyway, back to the drive. On hindsight, 7am was not a bad time to start. Roads were fairly empty and the border was quite. This was a plus point as the officers were not hassled and things got done calmly. Can’t say quickly as it took a long time for certain things to get done.
Points to note:
- Make sure you take a few copies of your passport and the vehicle export form. This will be required at the border and you don’t want to be looking around for a copier at that point in time. Other than the drive being extremely boring, there was nothing significant. I used the Al Wajaja – Hatta border, only because I was more familiar with this one than any of the others and I didn’t want to take a chance of getting turned away from a border because they were closed for customs on Friday or just didn’t allow car export through that border.
- Make sure you carry cash for paying the 5% import duty at the UAE side. They do not accept card and I didn’t see any ATM (cash machines) around.
When you reach the Oman border control, just drive up to the window and give the officer your passport as usual as if you were crossing the border. Once you are past this, drive along a few minutes until you will reach a place where they inspect the contents of the vehicles when coming into Oman. On the right, you will see the Al Wajaja Police Station. Next to this is a small office with a covered area in front of it.
Park your car just ahead of this and walk back to the booth.
Give the person at the window a copy of the export certificate and a copy of your passport.
They will arrange for an officer to come and check your car VIN number against the export certificate.
Then they will fill some online information. Takes some time. Have patience. Cost RO 10.
The officer will ask for the value of the car to put down in the export form. It really does not matter what you put down here as on the UAE side they have their own valuation which is the actual book value of the car.
Note: This value is not the same as the street value; it is much lower so don’t get too worried.
Once you arrive at the UAE side of the border, just get your passport stamped as normal. The officer will give you an entry pass (a small white piece of paper for entry into UAE).
The car procedure does not happen until you reach the old immigration crossing. The building next to the duty-free is the Customs building. Go in there and start the paperwork process. Do not drive up straight to the booth which is in the lane going straight ahead.
This process took me approximately 45 minutes during which the car model and year were looked up in their database and price determined based on which you are asked to pay 5% import duty + processing fee of AED 85 + AED 30 for another piece of paper (that is to be handed over at the time of registering your vehicle, but more about that in the next post). As mentioned earlier, this payment is cash only.
The officer will also come out and confirm the VIN number is correct as per the paperwork.
Make sure your Insurance has got UAE region covered. This will be checked as well.
Once this is done, the officer will then stamp the white piece of paper and you are on your way.
Just cross the rest of the border posts as normal. On the last UAE entry post, all your paperwork will be checked but you don’t need to get out of your car for this.
Total Cost for this step – RO 10 + Import duty in AED _ AED 115
- UAE Resident card
- Car export papers
- Insurance documents
- Photocopies of your passport and car export certificate
- Cash (preferably AED)
(Feel free to update me in case there are any changes to this process).